Wednesday, March 24, 2010

OsterBrunch

We tried to do an Easter Brunch last year, and couldn't find anyplace, so thought I would share this...  we got a flyer in the mail about the Ramada in Herzo, and the Easter Brunch they're offering.  I know it sounds terrible, but the Ramada in Herzo is quite a bit classier than most of the Ramada's in the states!

So if you're interested, it's 11:30 - 3:00 Easter Sunday and Monday
Buffet including Aperitif, Breakfast and Lunch, with hot and cold soft drinks.
Children from 0-6 are free and 7-12 are half-price!

P.P. 31 E.

Haven't been, so we'll let you know how it was!
091 32 7472 0

Monday, March 22, 2010

Osterbrunnen

"Easter Fountains"

(Taken directly from Wikipedia...) The Franconian Switzerland (Frankische Schweiz) is the origin of the so-called Osterbrunnen. It describes the colorful decoration of public water wells during the Easter season. Today, more than 200 villages decorate their village well with colored easter eggs. The main reason for this custom is probably the significance of water for the arid high plateau of the Franconian Switzerland. The Bieberbach Osterbrunnen (Egloffstein) was admitted to the Guinness Book of Records as "the largest Osterbrunnen of the world".

We went to the Bieberbach well last year, and it was pretty impressive - thousands of eggs on a fountain in a little tiny town!  And the drive out there was a wonderful springtime weekend activity.

But if you don't have time, you can probably find some, just by driving out our way!  They're in lots of little towns!



Alte Mälzerei

A friend of ours just hosted a surprise birthday dinner for her husband at this place, which my husband and I already had on our list to try.  It may be a little out of the way for those in Nürnberg or Erlangen, but I also think it may well be worth the drive.

The restaurant has re-invented an old "malthouse" or brewery, and incorporated much of the old, wooden and iron machinery into their decor.  They have also invented a very successful "gourmet" menu, which should delight any "foodies" stranded here in Germany.

Menu changes seasonally, but make sure to try any of the many dishes with uniquely combined ingredients!

For the website click HERE.

For the current menu click HERE.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Good Word - gleich

I was studying a little German this morning, and kind of got into the word "gleich."  I've known this word for a while, but frequently get confused by it.  I like to listen to German talk-radio to learn new words, but because "gleich" has a one-to-many relationship with English words, sometimes it leaves me hanging.  So I thought I'd share, because it's a super handy word!

gleich:
adj - equal
adj - (identisch) the same
adv - (sofort) equally
adv - (bald) immediately

gleich hinter dem Haus - just behind the house
gleich am Anfang - at the very beginning
es ist mir gleich - it's all the same to me
zu gleichen Teilen - in equal parts
das gleiche, aber nicht dasselbe Auto - a similar, but not the same car
ganz gleich wer/was - no matter who/what
2 mal 2 gleich 4 - 2 times 2 equals 4
bis gleich! - see you soon!
wie war doch Ihr Name? - What was your name again?
Es ist gleich drei Uhr. - It's almost 3 o'clock.
gleich gesinnt - like minded
gleich lautend - identical
sie sind gleich groß - they are the same size
gleich nach/an - right after/at
gleichaltrig - of the same age
gleichartig - similar
gleichbedeutend - synonymous (meaning the same)


phew!  What a workhorse of a word!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Some Gift Shops

Need to get a gift for a friend or loved one?  Try one of these shops...

Zapfino!
Specialty shop with a large assortment of different vinegars and oils (and other items.)  Will construct a gift basket for you!
Hauptstr. 46
91074 Herzogenaurach
For their website click HERE.


Australiss
 Unique and affordable jewelry, scarves and gifts, including fun gourmet  wine and food items.
Martin-Luther Platz 5
91054 Erlangen

Restaurant Suggestions

A friend just gave me a list of her favorite restaurants in the area....  enjoy!

Arabesque
Egyptian and Arabic Specialties
Reservations Suggested
Buffet on Friday Nights

Holzgartenstr. 3
91054 Erlangen
09131 401 141 4

For their website click HERE.

Recommended Dishes:
#426 Gemischter Vorspeisen Teller (Mixed Appetizer Plate - different dips served with pita)
#445 Schish Taouk (Chicken Shish Kebab)
#443 Kofta Teller (Kofta is a middle eastern meatball or meat loaf)

Poseidon
Greek Food
Nürnbergerstr. 108
91052 Erlangen

Haru
Japanese Food
Südliche Stadtmauer straße 1
91054 Erlangen
(Really close to the Arcaden)
For their website click HERE.
A bit pricey for lunch, but worth it for special occasions.

'S Baggers
"Franconian Tapas" served in high technology fashion (food is ordered table side at a self-serve computer, and the food is delivered to your table on a twisty-curvy slide contraption!)


Am Steinacher Kreuz 28
D-90427 Nuremberg
Tel. 0 911 / 477 90 90
Reservations recommended.
For their website click HERE.
Has it's own parking lot!

Kleine Welt
Fantastic Argentinian Steaks
An der Schütt 6

91074 Herzogenaurach
T: 09132/60122
For their website click HERE.

Vineria
Mediterranean Fare and Wine Bar
Great special occasion location, reservations recommended.
Kleinreuther Weg 87

90408 Nürnberg / Germany
0172 - 953 953 7
For their website click HERE.

Vapiano
Pasta, Pizza Bar - Cafeteria Style Pasta and Pizza, great for days when you're out and about in Nürnberg walking area.
Königstr. 17
For their website click HERE.

Lindenhof Bier Garten
Limited menu - typical German fare.  Play area and petting zoo with pony rides and "riding" toys.
Dahlienstr. 5
91074 Herzogenaurach - Hammerbach
If you get there late, menu items may be sold out!

50's Diner
Typical American Diner food - great place to get American favorites like Potato skins and other comfort foods.  Fast food quality.
Am Gewerbepark 1

91350 Gremsdorf
For their website click HERE.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Nippon - Teppanyaki in Erlangen

We recently tried out a Teppanyaki place in Erlangen.  For those of you who may not be familiar, Teppanyaki is a Japanese style restaurant, where they prepare and cook the meal on an electric cooktop attached to your table.  You sit community style with a group of other customers, and typically get several courses ranging from soup; meat, poultry and fish; to veggies and sushi with your meal.

Different menu styles are available for you to choose from including a vegetarian focus or a meat or fish focus.  Prices range from under 20 Euros to over 50 Euros per person, per menu .

If you like Teppanyaki, or if you'd like to try it for the first time, this is a good place to go!  They also have a sushi bar, but we haven't tried it.

You can see the menu by clicking HERE.

See pictures by clicking HERE.

You can view their website by clicking HERE.

And to get address and directions, click HERE.

Cilantro

Recently I got asked about where to buy cilantro here in Germany.  Then I realized I hadn't included that here on the website yet!

Cilantro is known as Koriander here in Germany.  Yep!  You heard me right!  Coriander as we know it comes from the seed of the coriander plant, but when you let it grow into a plant, we call it cilantro, and use the leaves as fresh or dried herbs.  Here they still call it corinader!

You can find it in most town markets or farmer's markets.  Haven't seen it yet in a grocery store...