An Exploration of Curiosities

Mincing Words Abroad

Mincing Words Abroad

An Exploration of Curiosities

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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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The Toque of the Town:  Karl Müller & Co

The Toque of the Town: Karl Müller & Co

If your apron and cookbook wear stains with honor, then I suggest you do what cooks in Wiesbaden have done for 70 years, head to Karl Müller & Co. Tucked on a quiet lane under a striped awning you’ll discover a door leading to a […]

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Caffè Nero

Caffè Nero

  Sometimes getting caught in the rain has benefits.  I’m thankful for the day I forgot my umbrella at home during a downpour, it’s what brought me to an entry I’d passed countless times without noticing.  With only four tables, blink or sneeze and you’re […]

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Chasing The Unknown

Chasing The Unknown

I’m haunted by a painting.  A girl stands on the cusp of womanhood with shades of copper and cream draped upon slight shoulders with impeccable posture. Tarnished gold strands coil and rest haphazardly above a complexion washed in soothing shades of peach and cream. Full […]

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The Right Regrets

The Right Regrets

Human longings are infinite.  We long to create. We long to understand. We long to be understood. We long to feel connected. We long for a home. We long to love. We long to be loved.  And we desperately long for purpose. Our first introduction […]

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Barefoot in Paris

Barefoot in Paris

  Cemeteries train the eye to glance downward. As if the thought of death weren’t somber enough, most are flat and grey.  The only breath of life – the occasional wilting flowers that rest beside headstones. If you have the opportunity to visit the cemetery, Père Lachaise in Paris, you’ll […]

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Portrait of a Professional Waiter: Luigi Orelli

Portrait of a Professional Waiter: Luigi Orelli

I’m fascinated by individuals who make waiting tables their profession. My forearms have balanced trays.  My hands have pulled tap handles. And once-upon-a-time, I served cocktails at 32,000 feet. The service industry is physically and mentally demanding, which is why a few months ago I […]

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Penny’s Butter Cookie Dough (My Favorite!)

Penny’s Butter Cookie Dough (My Favorite!)

Fifteen years ago I attended a luncheon and met a delightful woman, Penny McConnell (former owner of Penny’s Pastries in Austin, Texas).  Ms. McConnell gifted me a treasure, her famous butter cookie recipe. This paper relic, stained from use, has claimed a permanent spot among […]

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Thanks Bob, For Getting Me To Land

Thanks Bob, For Getting Me To Land

  (Originally written in February, 2015.)   Showing up at the Moody Theater in Austin, I was the demographic: middle-class female, 30-60, chasing a raspy masculine voice known only through airwaves.  When my husband surprised me with tickets to see Bob Schneider for Valentine’s, I was thrilled!  But the real […]

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Expat Observations From Wiesbaden

Expat Observations From Wiesbaden

Scattered below, in no certain order, are observations I’ve made since moving to the land of lederhosen and schnitzel.  If you have opinions you’d like to share, please leave a comment below… When greeting a couple, German men often extend their hand to the woman […]

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