The Christmas Markets of Europe: Munich and Madrid

Peruse the sights, sounds, and flavors of one of Europe’s great societal treasures – the Christmas markets. Many of you may have grieved along with Berliners as they mourned the tragic vehicle attack on one of Berlin’s Christmas market on 19 December 2016. I grieve with Berlin, Aleppo, Zurich, Yemen, and countless other cities across…

Oktoberfest: De-mystifying the world’s most famous state fair

Munich, Germany’s Oktoberfest is the stuff of legend for most college students and twenty somethings in North America. It is seen as the holy grail of beer festivals, imitated, but never duplicated, every year worldwide. It is that safe, friendly environment for all to sport traditional Bavarian costumes while yelling “Prost!” and singing (or slurring)…

Steinernes Haus: Steak on a hot stone

Steak on a hot “lava” stone is a fun, interactive way to enjoy a meal. My one and only introduction to the genre  left me wishing it was common outside of Germany. When you think about it, it’s a bit odd that we humans seek out restaurant experiences in which we pay to cook our…

Fontana di Trevi: Italian at its best in Frankfurt

Perfectly balanced beef carpaccio accented with chanterelles; ethereal angel hair pasta with shaved black truffles; gnocchi with tangy gorgonzola sauce. Those dishes were irresistible at Frankfurt’s Fontana di Trevi. I have to admit that despite my German ancestry, I’m not a huge fan of German food. It’s too much pork and potatoes for my taste…

The Rhine Wine Cruise

The best adventures are those born of the unexpected. That absolutely came to pass when a group of us took a day cruise up the Rhine (Rhein) river in search of an authentic Rheingau winery experience. After a great experience at the Rheingau Wine Festival in Wiesbaden, my friends decided we would make it a full…

The Rheingau Wine Festival

Germany loves its festivals. During summer months, you can’t throw a rock without hitting a new festival. And a German wine festival is a sight to behold. Or, rather, an extravaganza for all of the senses to behold. If you’re looking for happy people, interesting if not great music, refined festival cuisine, and every nuance…