Category Archives: General

German Cuisine: Holiday Bread

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Sweet German Christmas specialties are the only area that seems to be untouched and untainted by the stereotype surrounding German cuisine.

Every Christmas season, German producers ship their goods all over the world, in wooden boxes and colorful metal tins embossed with winter village scenes. During GDR times, Salzwedeler Baumkuchen, the famous tree cake consisting of a mass of layers, was nationalized and the cake was produced solely for export. This not only brought in Western currency but it eventually ensured the survival of that unique tradition.

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Wordless Wednesday: Adventon

Histotainment Park Adventon.

Histotainment Park Adventon.

Histotainment Park Adventon.

Histotainment Park Adventon.

Histotainment Park Adventon.

Histotainment Park Adventon.

Histotainment Park Adventon.

Histotainment Park Adventon.

For more information, visit Adventon’s website.

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Not Better or Worse, Just Different

by Jay Malone

Gutaussehender Geschäftsmann drückt die JA Taste auf einen virtuellen Schirm

Copyright dpa

I went back and forth with Slate’s Rebecca Schuman a few weeks ago on Twitter after reading her article about German universities. I agreed with a lot of what she had to say, and thought it was great that she was an informed perspective, rather than adding to the glut of dashed-off summaries that have come out in recent weeks. Still, I was a little taken aback by what I took as negativity on her part.

Ultimately, though, I came around to her point of view. In general, she did a good job of discussing some of the challenges that can come with the experience of studying in Germany, drawing on her personal experience studying abroad in Germany and Austria. And these challenges are very important to remember when deciding whether or not to move to Germany to study.

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One Year in Berlin: The First Few Weeks

by Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

Photo courtesy Patrick Molligo

It’s amazing how busy I’ve become in only three weeks here. Although classes at the Freie Universität don’t officially begin until  mid-October, the BCGS (Berlin Consortium for German Studies) program is in full swing. During our first six weeks in Berlin, myself and five other students are enrolled in an intensive language course that meets four times per week for about four hours. The class has proven to be more strenuous than I originally expected, but I’m nevertheless thrilled at the opportunity to sharpen my German skills before the semester starts up.

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The Week in Germany: Cool Street Art, American Christmas Markets, Thwarting Neo-Nazis, and Protesting in Berlin

Photo: Public domain.  Photographer:  Matt Hobbs

Photo: Public domain. Photographer: Matt Hobbs

Find a German Christmas Market in the United States.

Germany.info has compiled a list.

The best street art I’ve seen in a while.

While I like stencils and murals and the like, these tongue-in-cheek stickers are my favorite kind of street art.  To be seen in Frankfurt right now, apparently.

Berliners gather to protest the loss of their green spaces.

And Der Irische Berliner is here to tell you how it went.

Neo-Nazis thwarted by chartiy walk.

What a great idea for a counter protest.  Almost as good as the same group’s previous “trojan tshirt”, a shirt that has a neo-Nazi slogan on it that washed out to show an anti-neo-Nazi slogan.  Ba-da-bing!

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German Cuisine: Warming Up to Cabbage

by Nadia Hassani

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo copyright Spoonfuls of Germany

For Thanksgiving 2013, I made an all-German menu from my cookbook: Roasted Duck Stuffed with Rum-soaked Raisins and Apples, Potato Dumplings, and Spiced Red Cabbage.

I usually do not like cabbage yet a while ago I decided it was time to take my cabbage dislike head-on. With very few exceptions like okra and celery root, I have always loved vegetables. The more I am centering my cooking around vegetables from my own garden and locally grown, seasonal produce, the less it seemed excusable to avoid an entire vegetable family. Putting a cabbage dish on the Thanksgiving table was part of my self-designed aversion training.

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Wordless Wednesday: Eltville

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

Eltville, Germany. Photo copyright Nicolette St

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