Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shuhbeck's Gewürze Laden

I usually avoid the Platz called 'Platzl' in the Altstadt. It is the epicenter of all things touristy in Munich, complete with a Hard Rock Cafe and the year-round faux Oktoberfest at the Hofbräu Haus (I always inform out of town guests that going there is strictly verboten)

But alas, I was making a recipe which called for smoked paprika. A week prior some friends were kvetching about the minimum purchase amount (20 grams) at Shuhbeck's Spice or Gewürze store, but they do have every kind of spice imaginable, so...what couldja do? Surely I could find my smoked Paprika there, so I hoofed it on over.

'HOW could I have never been to this place in all my years in München!?!?!' was what I asked myself four seconds after entering the store. It was true, they had everything! More than everything! I instantly realized what a dangerous find it was; I could easily spend too many hours and Euros in the place. A quaffed and courteous sales woman led me to the smoked Paprika.

The atmosphere was fantastic. The store was opulent in a hokey, Bavarian kind of way, all of the sales people were lovely and there was really just an incredible assortment of spices, sugars, herbs, salts, sauces, you name it. I could see why Shuhbeck's Brand dynasty was so successful. Prior to my visit here he just seemed like an old guy with a cooking show and with slightly trashy looking women on the posters. But after a visit to the Gewürzladen, I am now a breathless Shuhbecks evangelist.

More pics on Flickr.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Keeping Priorities Straight...

A Gripe. Alternative fuel is making our beer more expensive, Godammit!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Getting Married in Munich: Wirtshaus in der Au

This won't be a post providing an exhaustive list of wedding reception venues in Munich, but rather a little write up about where we had ours, at Wirtshaus in der Au. We had it there for a couple of reasons; it has sentimental value in that it is around the corner from where we live and is kind of our 'neighborhood place', they have a lovely banquet room upstairs, complete with a classic wood paneled bar and lastly, considering it's Munich there prices for a large affair are extremely reasonable.

We had about 85 people, and they did a great job. The service was great, the food was fantastic and they were really easy to work with. We bought our own wine (my husband is from the Pfalz) and the corkage fee was pretty modest. It's also a great place for out of towners. It is definitely Bavarian, but doesn't have too much of a yode-a-lay-hee-hoo feeling.

The only things to consider are that they book up FAST, but I guess that's true of most of Munich. You also have to turn the music a little lower at 11:00 p.m. because it's in the middle of a neighborhood. That was fine with me though, our wedding wrapped up at around 1:00 a.m. and I was tired! I can't keep up with the Germans that like to party on until 4 a.m. at a wedding.