Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Birthday Loot - Jassi's Munich Picks

It's true that the best gifts are personal. For my birthday (a few months ago) My friend Jassi, a real Munchner Kindl gave me a truly incredible gift. A sweet little Notizbuch für München Landmark Notes, Arts, crafts and Coffee in Munich (which incidentally, the publisher of reached out to me about a few weeks later. Funny the things you start getting when you start a blog)

The book is great, but the real treat is the list of her favorite München spots. She wrote down the following places below, on a sweetly trimmed peice of kraft paper. Gold, I tell you, pure gold!

I was pleased to see I knew several of the places, and even more delighted to see a bunch I'd never even heard of. Here's the run down:

Gerdismänner - Super cool vintage antique shop near Sendlinger Tor (there is also a cool bottle store near by)
Conway's Recycle Art - Shabby Chic store on the border of Au and the increasingly hip (in my estimation) Untergeising
Func Feldafing - Oh. My. God. and look at their Pinterest boards! Following.

Josefa - I actually wrote about this in the Design*Sponge Munich Guide
Cafe Schöntag - This article gives a better overview.
Gartensalon - Make sure to go here on a sunny day, next time I'm in Schwabing.
Das Neue Kubitschek - Fuck the Backmischung! Good cake. Also hit it in the D*S Guide.
Goldene Bar - I have been here, and it is definitely a cool bar. Have to remember this as a good mid-way meeting point  bar for friends that live in Schwabing.
Cafe Kosmos - I've walked by it, thought 'That place looks cool' and my immediate following thought was 'I may be too old.'
Kaffee Sonnenschein - In Geising!
Pavesi Picknic - Yummy looking healthy place on Turkenstr.
Charlie - Vietnamese place with Hotpots. Across from the Scheryenbad.
Wash & Coffee - Looks like BrainWash in SF. (but maybe a little less charming and cool.) Fortunately I have a washing machine, so may never make it over here.
Hoover & Floyd - LOVE this place! So much so we had our wedding day lunch there.
Maria Passagne - Another favorite that I don't get to enough. A Secret bar in Haidhausen. Also wrote about it in the D*S Guide.
Die Blaue Donau - Never even heard of it, but looks great.
Hotel Achterbahn - Definitely going on my list for visiting out-of-towners (in non-Oktoberfest season, though)
Hotel Ritzi - Ritzi indeed! Met a friend for dinner here years ago, I remember it being nice. Also goes on the out-of-towner hotel recommendation list.
Bar Centrale - A München classic. Also included in the D*S guide.

So after going through this list, the places I want to hit in the near future, which I've never tried, in this order are:
  • Die Blaue Donau
  • Pavesi Picknic
  • Kaffee Sonnenschein
  • Cafe Schöntag
  • Cafe Kosmos
  • Fund Feldafing
The places I want to go back to soon because I love them and want to document in this notebook are:
  • Maria Passagne
  • Goldene Bar
  • Bar Centrale
What does it mean that they are all bars?
Stay tuned for reports!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Cocktails and Steak at Bar Tabacco

One of the earliest posts on this blog was about where to get a good steak in Munich. It was supposed to be the start of a round-up. I think round-up's are going to take about 3-4 years here on Wahlmünchnerin, but no matter.

Last Friday night, my husband and I had the perfect date night. It was perfect because we didn't really plan it as a date night (because, how lame) and it was just one of those evenings when things kind of unfolded easily and everything was perfect.

Mr. Wahlmünchner needed a new jacket. I said I didn't have time to go looking, and when he said he understood and that he'd just find one on his own (which was really a subtle threat) I sprang to action:

"Let's meet at Beck's at 6:30, Friday after work"

Ludwig had nothing on offer except a host of crappy schnösel faux aviator looking jackets. We ended up in Muji in the Funf Höfe, which didn't disappoint.

After finding a no-frills, no brand name black spring jacket (and a few goodies for me), we hoofed on over to Tobacco. 

Tobacco has been suggested multiple times when I've made inquiries about finding a good steak. Since it was um the ecke from our shopping, I made a reservation earlier that day. I knew we would need a drink and a slab of meat after trying on all those jackets.

It's a dark wood and leather, classic bar-keeper kind of place. That's not typically my kind of thing, but the service was great, and the vibe was laid back but hopping. And the steak. I had a filet which was excellent with a really nice mix of braised vegetables. My husband had an Entrecote with the most salty, succulent, ridiculous border of perfectly crisped fat around it. Good goddamn, was it lecker.

We washed it all down with a nice Babera and a perfect Whisky Sour.

Go there, it's good.

Bar Tabacco
On a little side-street right across from the Bayerische Hof