Monthly Archive: September 2021

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MEET YOUR NEW FAVORITE BAVARIAN SNACK: A CREAMY CHEESE DIP CONTAINING BEER! (Vegan version included)

Fun fact: Once I was four years old, my mama told me, go learn how to pour beer or you’ll be lonely. Granted, the conversation didn’t go precisely like that, but I did learn how to pour a cold one around that age and so did many of my childhood friends. That’s how you can tell I grew up in small-town Bavaria. Beer is not simply a beverage there – it’s a way of life. So, it’s not surprising that there are oodles of dishes that contain the alcoholic drink. Here’s my favorite: a Bavarian delicacy, served at beergardens and...

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NINE EASY STEPS TO SAVE MONEY WHEN HEATING YOUR GERMAN HOME

Winter is coming. I’ve never watched a single episode of Star Wars, but I’ve been seeing the quote bob around the internet, so I thought I’d join the cool cats and kittens and use it anyway. Kidding! Obviously, I know it’s from Frozen. Or was it Ice Age? Oh well, just let it go, because no matter who said it first, winter IS coming, although it has never really left Germany this year in the first place. Just like those new neighbors who seemed pleasant at first, so you invited them over for dinner, and realized that they’re actually slightly...

WHAT THE HONK? GERMAN WEEKEND CAR PROCESSIONS EXPLAINED!

Chances are if you’re living in Germany, you’ve lucked into a neighbor who has at least once grumbled at someone who was disturbing quiet hours. And that someone might have been you. Don’t stress. I’m not judging – we’ve all been there. Maybe you were drilling on a Sunday. Or mowing the lawn at 12.30. Perhaps you’re a noodle and were having a karaoke party till 4.31 am on a weeknight – in that case: bleep you! All of the above can cause your neighbors to complain. However, feel free to smooth along the streets in a procession of cars,...

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TASTE THE 50s BY MAKING THIS QUICK AND DELISH GERMAN DINNER

Picture the most stereotypical German meal you can think of. Is it Schnitzel? Schweinbraten? Bratwurst with Sauerkraut? Yes, they’re all very German – but there’s another dish that often falls between the cracks. I mean, you might quite literally find crumbs of this in-between people’s couch cushions. It’s a meal that you’ve likely never heard of before, and that most places no longer serve these days. Nevertheless, it’s very authentic and a key part of our cultural history. The mouthwatering concoction consisting of ham and pineapple baked cheese toast has been a German dinner staple since the 1950s. It was...

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HERE’S WHAT’S OPEN AND CLOSED ON SUNDAYS IN GERMANY

“Let’s get a new *insertitemthatjustbroke* tomorrow.” – “No.” “Why not?” – “Think about it.” This is probably the most frequent conversation I’ve had with my husband on Saturdays over the past seven years while living in Germany. If you’re not in the country yet, I hate to break it to you, but German stores are closed on Sundays. To make your weekly shopping trip even more convenient, they also don’t stay open late at night during the week. Granted, this mainly applies to southern Germany – rules are a little less strict in the north, but still, be prepared for...