Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Aroma Kaffeebar

The first time I came here a few years ago, it immediately reminded me of the kind of cute café one finds in San Francisco or somewhere in the East bay. I don't get over here nearly enough, but every time I do I'm glad.

It goes without saying that you can order all sorts of excellent coffee drinks at a place like this, but there are also tasty smoothies and fruit juices and a really good deli counter serving sandwiches and lunch fare. I also always forget how central it is. It's in the über-trendy Glockenbachviertel, but it's just a few minutes away from Sendlingertor on foot. 

If you meet here for an evening drink, have a back up plan though, they close at 20:00

Aroma Kaffebar
Pestalozzistr. 24

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving in Munich: A Guide

For all of my fellow pilgrims in reverse; those who have set sail from the New World, back to the old, this is for you. I have great news! celebrating a proper Thanksgiving in the Fatherland has never been easier. I remember past Thanksgivings in München as exhausting scavenger hunts. In this pre Toy Town Germany, secret knowledge was passed from expat to expat in a kind of oral tradition; "You can get Pecans at Hertie", "I know someone who is retired military that can get you canned pumpkin from the military base in Garmisch" "There is a website from the UK where you can order American brown sugar"

Contrast that with today. We're celebrating with friends properly on Sunday, but I decided, on a whim, to whip up a little Turkey day dinner for just me and my husband tomorrow night. Here's what I did.

Dialed up Stefani's Geflügelparadies and asked them if they had any whole turkey breasts. Kein problem! I have ordered my whole Truthahns from them for years now (order early!), and they have always served me in good stead. Plus they are proof positive that you can get good, friendly customer service in Germany (and in Bavaria, no less!) Always a friendly 'Grüss Gott!' and a smile. I picked up my turkey breast an hour later.

I strolled through the Viktualienmarkt. You could get most of your ingredients at the regular Supermarkt, or at Vinzenzmurr (for the Turkey) but why would you do that, when the Viktualienmarkt is so much more fun and festive?


I picked up Pecans (Pekannusskern) at the little nut and spice booth on the backside of the big Turkish olive booth.

Then I went to my favorite vegetable stand and picked up some green beans, Sußkartoffel (sweet potatoes), mehlige kartoffel (floury potatoes) and Cranberries. For the last few years Cranberries have started showing up in the regular supermarkets like clockwork towards the end of October. They have funny labels on them that say things like 'Die Power-Beeren aus den USA'  ('The power berries from the U.S.A.' Needless to say, the berries we export are the powerful kind, USA! USA!)


It's a commentary on the infux of American expats in Munich that the sellers at the vegetable stand take one look at me, my order of Cranbeeren und Süßkarttoffel and then merrily wish me a 'Happy Zanksgeeveenk!'

I didn't need any brown sugar because I brought a contraband megapack back the last time I was Stateside. In a pinch you can use the Thai brown sugar that you can get in the Asiamarkts, or rumor has it that British shop Pomeroy & Winterbottom on Reichenbachstrasse carries American brown sugar (and on their website, much to my squealing delight, I just learned they carry Hellmann's/Best Food's mayonnaise! Perfect for post-Tday turkey sandwiches!)

Over the years I've learned that the German word for Allspice is 'Piment' and that you can take that, some Muscat (nutmeg) and a bit of a cinnamon stick and throw it in a coffee grinder to make a passable pumpkin pie spice. Chestnuts are plentiful, certainly more plentiful then in Los Angeles where I grew up. If you want cornbread you can always buy a little polenta and bake a batch, and things like maple syrup are easily come by in the regular markets. The weather is cold, crisp and very Autumn-y which helps create a cozy, Thanksgiving-y mood.

So that's it! Everything for a Thanksgiving dinner collected in less than an hour!

I have found that Thanksgiving is really the holiday where Americans come together here (unless you consider presidential elections a holiday). Ironically there ends up being multiple Thanksgiving celebrations spanning the actual day all the way to Sunday, and we usually have to turn down at least one invitation.

Except for missing my family back home, I have really grown to love celebrating Turkey day in München. The only other thing I have to figure out is where to get canned pumpkin, and although there is an abundance of local Hokkaido pumpkins, they don't really work in a pie. Anybody know someone in the Army?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

e.m.papers at Goldstück Lokaltermin at Hotel Louis

Yay! My livelihood - my printable stationery business e.m.papers - and my hobby, Wahlmünchnerin are getting together (kind of). I'll be at the Goldstück München Lokaltermin this Saturday selling a smattering of delectable paper goods (Christmas cards, and calendars to be specific). Stop by and say hi if you're out and about downtown.

In the (very lovely) lounge their will also be all kinds of coffee drinks, cakes, pastries and cocktails, all the more reason to drop in!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Kofferldult and Knitting

I knew that Knit Nite was going to take place at the 'Kofferldult' in the Augustinerkeller on November 24th, but I didn't realize that the Kofferldult was actually a hand-made market until I walked passed this poster today. Even more reason to go!

Saturday, November 03, 2012

SOFA Magazine - A Munich-Based Project About Couch Surfing

This landed in my inbox from Rachel Simplson, one of the talented people behind the SOFA Magazine project. It's a pretty cool idea, and something I would definitely subscribe to. Check out their Kickstarter video above, and contribute...they only have a few days left!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Shopping in Munich - Kadoh

I can't resist a good home wares store. Munich offers a lot in the way of modern, modern organic, urban and, to some degree, vintage home interior options, but what I often find lacking is ethnic home furnishing items. When I travel I try to load up as much as I can on local crafts like textiles, baskets and rugs.

So even though I was in a rush, I was lured into the warm but bright tones of Kadoh yesterday. It had been awhile since I'd popped in and the inventory has grown impressively.

Beyond tons of Indian paper lanterns (my usual Kadoh purchase), the store was filled with Oaxacan (?) hammered tin boxes and Christmas ornaments, handmade crocheted blankets, textiles, chunky bead jewelry, Vietnamese rice baskets and tons more. One more excuse to hit Sendlingerstrasse more often.