Category Archives: General

German Cuisine on the Day of German Unity

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

October 3 is the German national holiday, the Day of German Unity. But unlike the Fourth of July in the United States, there are no parades and no traditions, culinary or other, because the holiday only goes back to 1990. It was introduced to mark German Reunification that year and replaced June 17, the holiday that commemorated the East German uprising of 1953.

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Oktoberfest: What to Eat

by Rachel

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

Weißwurst. Photo copyright dpa

If you’re planning on lasting longer than one Maß (a litre of beer), you’re going to need to eat at Oktoberfest.

There’s plenty on offer, from blood sugar boosting cotton candy to salty brezn, and I’ve rounded up my favourite Oktoberfest bites:

Weißwurst breakfast

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Living in Germany: Our First AirBnB Guests

by Vanessa Abel

Photo courtesy Leather & Abel

I feel good…

We knew from the moment we saw their happy smiling faces that it was going to be fun meeting Tony and Wilma. From their message that read “We’re on a four-month European trip for our 40th wedding anniversary…” we knew they would be the perfect first guests for us.

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The Week in Germany: Berlin Movies, Blogger Meet-Ups, Cash, and Oktoberfest (of Course)

A lion at the Heidelberg Zoo. Photo courtesy A.Herzog.

A lion at the Heidelberg Zoo. Photo courtesy A.Herzog.

It’s Oktoberfest!

So you probably need advice about buying Lederhosen and Dirndls. (From The Rococo Roamer and Germany, Ja, respectively.)  The second post is meant to be Kaiserslautern specific, but I’m sure you’ll manage to glean some general tips from it as well.

Netflix has come to Germany!

Which has a lot of American expats pretty excited.  Everybody else doesn’t really seem to care.  There are plenty of streaming options already.  But behold! überlin has compiled a list of Berlin-ish things that you can watch on it once you sign up.  (Or somewhere else.)

Why do Germans always pay with cash?

I was amused by Observing Herman’s answer.

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German Cuisine: To Each His Own (Pancake)

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Unlike me, my husband does not enjoy cooking. His repertoire nonetheless includes two dishes where I yield the kitchen to him without hesitation: grilled cheese sandwiches and American pancakes. The emphasis is here on American because German pancakes are quite different, in ingredients and size, and they are also eaten at a different time of the day.

On more than one occasion my husband announced to friends or family visiting from Germany that he would make them pancakes for breakfast the next morning. Sometimes he got a puzzled look and lack of enthusiasm, which he did not understand. So I told him he should explain that pancakes are a breakfast fare and that American pancakes are actually much smaller than German pancakes.

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