Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's Coming.

Brace yourselves. In just three short days, it's the first Advent, officially kicking off Christmas time in Bavaria.

Christmas trams, Christmas markets, Advent wreaths, Glühwein and if we're lucky, a little snow. I gave into the kitschy glory of it all a long time ago, and you should to. I'm a vaguely jewish, secular-humanist agnostic married to an atheist, and we just can't get enough.

But before all that starts, we have Thanksgiving to attend too. If you haven't read it yet, you may find my post on Thanksgiving in Munich helpful. Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Are You Ready For Advent?

More pitching this week, lucky you!

There are two things that you should bust ass to get to before the month ends; my workshop and the Glücksmaid Weihnachtsbazaar.

My advent paper workshop, the first of which last weekend was a smashing success. Look at all the fun things the ladies made while sipping, chatting and listening to good tunes:

You'll also get an exciting goodie bag, who knows what treats wait inside!

And I won't leave you hungry or thirsty...

Advent starts November 30, yo - so get on it! Grab your spot here:

Saturday, 23. 15:00- 19:00 November at Glücksmaid
Saturday, 30. 15:00- 19:00 November at Glücksmaid

At the same awesome location (Glücksmaid) on Friday November 29 starting at 17:00 uhr you can also enjoy some Vorglühen at the Vintage and Weihnachtsbazaar:

There will be Glühwein, local vintage and handmade sellers (including yours truly) and I'll also be selling a tasty new product I've been working on that's met with rave reviews and 'Do you have any more of those?' from friends.

Be there or be square!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


 I wrote for the Design*Sponge Munich guide the following about about Josefa:

Josefa is, as they say in German, “klein aber fein” (small but lovely). With only four tables and a tiny open kitchen, the selection in the handbound leather menus manages to offer an intriguing list of items. Choose from a daily soup, salad or pesto or opt for a creative cocktail. For dessert, don’t miss the homemade cakes.

I have a confession to make: at that point, I had only ridden by, I hadn't yet actually patronized the establishment. But come on, I could tell by how cute it was it had to be good...and I was right!

I met a girlfriend for lunch the other day. I had to go to Papier Stein to get supplies for my Advent Paper Workshops at Glücksmaid.

It was small, packed and super charming. The two people working the teeny open kitchen (the owners, perhaps?) were refreshingly jokey and chummy. The menu was small but appealing. I had a very tasty tomato soup, and my friend enjoyed a yummy looking vegan curry.

We ate at the little bar, and enjoyed the warm cozy buzz of the place, and watched as yummy looking post-lunch  home made cakes and coffees were being served. Sadly, I'm on a paleo kick right now, or else I would have scarfed a piece down with gusto.

If you find yourself in Westend (the Kreuzberg of Munich!) , you definitely need to check it out.

Cafe + Bar Josefa
Westendstraße 29
089 28979183

Wednesday, November 06, 2013


I love our Dropbox app feature which automatically uploads pictures on your phone into a 'Camera Uploads' folder. Now, when I have zero idea what to blog about, I can just scroll through the folder and find all the old pics I've taken of things that I planned to blog about someday.

Case in point this week Mitani: A great little family-run Japanese restaurant in Haidhausen. I took these pictures two(!) years ago! But I remember that lunch like it was yesterday.

Mitani's claim to fame is it's weekday lunch menu, which is incredibly reasonable, and the food is pretty darn good. I had the Japanese fried chicken shown in the pic above. I still dream about it today.

A friend ordered some Sashimi and Maki. I'm not a big Sashimi eater, but from what she told me it was tasty. We were a group (around six, I think) and they put us in a small room in the back. Something to consider if you want to go there for a birthday or a small dinner group event.

Here's the inside of the main dining room. It won't win any design prizes, but with food and price like theirs, it's not necessary (not to mention refreshingly unpretentious!)

Rablstraße 45
81669 München

089 4489526

Friday, November 01, 2013

Halloween in Munich

Just like Thanksgiving in Munich, since I've lived here Halloween is slowly but surely grown into an observed holiday. Actually much more than Thanksgiving.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and it makes me homesick each year that it rolls around, devoid of Jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treaters.

But wait!

This year I found out through friends who have kids, there are neighborhoods in the greater München metropolitan area where pumpkins and treats abound. Ramersdorf and also Üntermenzing (or was it Öbermenzing?) I'm told.

I tagged along in Ramersdorf. While I can't say the streets were teeming with costumed youth, and I was blinded by all the light coming from all of the jack-o-lanterns, it was a start.

It was funny and kind of cute to see how tentative everyone was. It's wasn't the rough and tumble 'TRICK OR TREAT!' mania that I remember from my childhood. Instead, the kids shyly knocked, usually asking politely 'May I have some candy?', some recalling that you're supposed to say 'Trick-or-Treat'.

Germans are generally private people, much more so than Americans. The ritual of strangers coming to the door and demanding candy is not one that I think would have ever originated in a Teutonic culture. They're slowly getting the hang of it though.

A word to all those that lament American culture taking over: Fuhgeddaboudit.

We are moving towards a global culture. There are people in the U.S. right now ranting about how Soccer is going to replace Baseball. When I moved here 14 years ago, techno dance music was a strictly European phenomenon, now it is become irretrievably embedded into a American popular culture, referred to now by a mere acronym 'EDM' (Electronic Dance Music).  I know it can feel like a one way street sometimes, but it's not. All of our cultures are changing.

Germany is an extremely stable, traditional (on some days, I might even say static) culture that is slow to change (which, of course, has advantages and drawbacks). Every time I travel between here and America, this becomes more clear to me.

My point is: Halloween is not going to destroy German traditions, it will just add more fun to the mix. The only thing to be afraid of is goblins and ghouls!

P.S. If you want to get prepared for next year, you can download my free Halloween printable mini poster here.