Category Archives: German Culture

German Cuisine: Making a Wedding Cake

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

It was the photo of a wedding cake in the shape of a Louis Vuitton suitcase that had my cousin’s girlfriend in Germany in stitches a few years ago. I had emailed her the link to show her how outrageous some American wedding cakes are. Back then I decided that when she and my cousin got married I would make them a wedding cake. They did get married last winter, and when they announced they would visit us in August, it was finally time to get to work.

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview With Der Irische Berliner (and a giveaway)

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Berlin. Photo copyright Nicolette Stewart

Berlin.  Everybody loves it.  Everybody talks about it.  Everybody likes to say it is over, or has just begun.  But if you want to move there, it can be hard to know where to start.  Giulia Pines recommends finding the right neighborhood.  Her book Finding Your Feet in Berlin is full of helpful tips (in English!) about making Berlin your new home, and we’re giving away two copies right here.

In the meantime, we’re collecting more insider tips on Berlin neighborhoods.  Today we’ve brought Der Irische Berliner on by to find out about his neighborhood and why he loves it.

What Berlin neighborhood do you live in? 

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview With Sole Satisfaction (and a giveaway)

Graffiti in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. Photo copyright dpa

Graffiti in Prenzlauerberg, Berlin. Photo copyright dpa

What do you  need to know to get settled in Berlin?  Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions.  One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you.  But how to choose?  Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Kate from Sole Satisfaction here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome.  As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.

What Berlin neighborhood do you live in?

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German Cuisine: Doughnuts Out of Africa

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

“May I have some?”, my husband asked after he finished photographing the German carnival pastries I had made as tasting samples for a German food and history talk to the German club of a local high school. I allowed my photographer to eat the two rejects and took away the rest.

Driving home with the empty trays in the trunk, I felt bad about it. My husband photographs just about everything for Spoonfuls of Germany. It sometimes takes 2 or 3 hours until he is satisfied with the set, the light and the “pose”, and before he signs off on the food portraits that you see.

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The Best Neighborhood in Berlin: An Interview with Back to Berlin…and BEYOND (and a giveaway)

Photo (cc) flickr user optikfluffel

Photo (cc) flickr user optikfluffel

What do you  need to know to get settled in Berlin?  Giulia Pines’ book Finding Your Feet in Berlin has all the answers to your questions.  One of the most important factors is finding the neighborhood that is right for you.  But how to choose?  Which neighborhood is the best? Today we’ve got Ebe from Back to Berlin…and BEYOND here to tell us about her neighborhood and why it is awesome.  As for that book we mentioned, we’re giving away two copies of Finding Your Feet in Berlin right here, right now, so go enter and vote on your favorite Berlin neighborhood.

What Berlin neighborhood do you live in? 

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German Cuisine: Pigs, Pork, and Luck

by Nadia Hassani

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

Photo courtesy Spoonfuls of Germany

When it comes to pigs, there is no beating around the bush: as much as I want to dispel the idea that German food is nothing but pork and sausage, I must acknowledge that there indeed is a longstanding and intimate relationship between Germans and their pigs.

With a per capita amount of 87 pounds per year, pork is the most consumed meat in Germany. Consumption is decreasing slightly every year, and the meat industry has a nervous eye on this development. But let’s be realistic: Germans won’t turn into a nation of vegetarians. Poultry, beef, fish and seafood have a long way to go to catch up with pork – even with their numbers added up, their overall consumption is less than pork. That Germans keep filling their plates with pork is of vital economic interest, as Germany produces more pork than it consumes. The country is the biggest exporter of pork in the European Union.

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Wordless Wednesday: Cro

CRO at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

Cro at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

CRO at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

Cro at the Frankfurt Book Fair Open Stage. Photo coypright Frankfurt Book Fair/Peter Hirth

In case you don’t know who Cro is:

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