An Exploration of Curiosities

Mincing Words Abroad

Mincing Words Abroad

An Exploration of Curiosities

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Turning Lemons into Oranges

Turning Lemons into Oranges

A dream vacation to the tiny Greek island of Santorini was booked.  It was surreal to imagine what I’d admired in the glossy pages of a magazine becoming a reality. I found a chartered flight on Condor Airlines, booked a traditional white cave residence and had […]

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A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

A Place to Linger Since 1859: Café Maldaner

( “The Chocolate Girl” by Jean-Étienne Liotard )   Café Maldaner is often crowded and customer service is hit or miss. I still believe it’s worth a visit, or in my case, a dozen. Spinning through the turnstile doorway transports you to a bygone era of a […]

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Finding Mary: A Kitchen Counter Baptism

Finding Mary: A Kitchen Counter Baptism

  The melancholy voice of a woman I’d never known brought me to a standstill. Her siren serenade came from a tiny blue speaker on the kitchen counter. Her lyrics were a baptism, cleansing.  I’m not religious. I couldn’t quote a single line in the […]

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La Vie Est Belle: Lambertus

La Vie Est Belle: Lambertus

My heels and head were confused as I entered. The GPS read Wiesbaden, but my eyes saw Paris. Clusters of blood red roses accentuated by flickering candles topped tables draped in crisp white linen. Reflective silverware became bookends to napkins shaped like crowns.  Hundreds of […]

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Brimming With History: The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

Brimming With History: The Schwarzer Bock Hotel

Dieter Ege’s gunmetal rimmed spectacles complemented his well-groomed gray mane.  A tailored suit rested on shoulders with impeccable posture while a crisp white collar framed a poised jawline. For 30 years Mr. Ege has managed a historical property in Wiesbaden, the Schwarzer Bock Hotel. Stepping […]

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Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free: Flammkuchen

Tasty, Simple and Hassle-Free: Flammkuchen

In Wiesbaden, regardless of season, there is a tasty staple at every festival – Flammkuchen. Pizza dough is heavy and requires more effort than its German cousin, flammkuchen.  With a quartet of simple ingredients (water, flour, oil and salt) and the omission of yeast, this […]

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Sugar Tinged Smiles:  Dale’s Cake Café

Sugar Tinged Smiles:  Dale’s Cake Café

A door handle disguised as a rolling pin, that was enough to get me through the door of Dale’s Cake Cafe.  But it’s the chandelier dangling over a glass case filled with an assortment of mouth-watering baked sweets and savory quiches that brings me back.  […]

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A Sanctuary For Book Lovers: Buch-Café Nero39

A Sanctuary For Book Lovers: Buch-Café Nero39

  Christopher Deyer and his wife Antje Probst surround themselves with objects they love and value – books.  In 2014 the couple opened a shop where bookworms would feel at home, Buch-Café Nero39.  They chose a beautiful location off a quiet street.  The store’s interior includes […]

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She Only Planted Purple Flowers

She Only Planted Purple Flowers

“Morning Awakening” by Eva Gonzalès (April 19, 1849—May 6, 1883)   I fell in love with 21 kindergarteners before I could remember their names.  And the feeling was mutual. While the teacher began her day in the back of the room on the computer, the first fifteen minutes […]

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Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

Marmorkuchen – Marble Cake

It’s been a year since I received, Classic German Baking by Luisa Weiss.  And I’m happy to share, I finally rolled up my sleeves, tied on my apron and stained my first page.  The recipe I wanted to tackle first is found at nearly every […]

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