Author: jmerhar

Verona: Where Streets are Paved Pink

Verona: Where Streets are Paved Pink

In Verona leave your rose colored glasses at home. This Italian city is steeped in romance and passion, even the pedestrian alleyways are paved in pink limestone. Scribbled hearts with names and poems are written on walls, telephone poles and public letter boxes. You can’t 

Gruene Hall: A Snake. A Beer. A Memory

Gruene Hall: A Snake. A Beer. A Memory

(This post is a memory from 2014.) Walking into Gruene Hall, boots are greeted not only by worn wooden floorboards, but with a clacking sound as heels scoot over weathered metal license plates that are nailed to the floor. I wasn’t sure if their purpose was to add 

Not a Typical Love Story

Not a Typical Love Story

Falling in love with someone nearly half my age wasn’t the plan. After all, I’ve been happily married for seventeen years. We even have four daughters. I most certainly didn’t expect my ten-year-old and a pop icon to introduce me to this new love. Our 

From Proust to Prost: Trink Magazine

From Proust to Prost: Trink Magazine

Proud to have a piece I wrote about a special Wiesbadener included in Trink Magazine. Prost, to Holger ~

Todd Bruney’s (Grandmother’s) Fig Cake

Todd Bruney’s (Grandmother’s) Fig Cake

Todd is a true Southern gentleman for sharing his Grandmother’s delicious family treasure. Your house will smell like the comforts of fall when this cake is baking. The final outcome is dense, moist and packed with flavors of autumn. *Note: you can replace equal amounts 

Where Souls Blossom: The Dominican Hotel

Where Souls Blossom: The Dominican Hotel

An “urban oasis” in Brussels is a five minute walk from Central Station and steps from the Grand’Place. The gentle hum of Gregorian chants drift through the rooms and elevators ushering cares and concerns toward the place they belong, the exit. The ambience of the 

Spelt Pumpkin Bread (Hildegard Inspired)

Spelt Pumpkin Bread (Hildegard Inspired)

1 ½ cups spelt flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves ½ teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon salt 4 eggs 1 cup white sugar ¼ cup light brown sugar ½ teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ cup canned 

Pumpkin Cannelloni (Frankfurt for Cooks)

Pumpkin Cannelloni (Frankfurt for Cooks)

This below recipe was sent courtesy of Frankfurt for Cooks and was also printed in SHAPE Community Life Magazine, September 2021 issue. Pumpkin Cannelloni Ingredients: 250g pumpkin flesh, 50g water for cooking pumpkin and more for cooking pasta sheets,1 stalk of lemon grass,1.5 Tbsp olive 

Frankfurt for Cooks: A Journey Home

Frankfurt for Cooks: A Journey Home

“The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of mankind than the discovery of a star” ― Brillat-Savarin Cooking with Anna was a lifeline I didn’t see coming. Her Instagram, Facebook and online cooking classes coaxed me out of a cooking comfort 

Arenberg Abbey

Arenberg Abbey

They are mythical creatures. You know one when you see one; their habits flutter with the slightest breeze and rest just above sensible rubber soled shoes. They often have a strand of beads dangling from a hip pocket and the shine of their hair remains