I don’t know why it took me so long to recap Germany when it was probably my favorite dinner to concept thus far. There were so many fun elements and I have a LOT of tips this week.
Germany was actually a long time in the making because I had to prep the sauerkraut about a month in advance. I’ve made sauerkraut a few times before- in fact I once had a new roommate move in while a batch was fermenting on the counter. She immediately thought I was strange but soon came to understand it was just the beginning of my odd personality. For our Germany dinner I wanted to make two types of sauerkraut- green and red. I thought it would make for a beautiful plating and we could compare the different flavor profiles of the cabbage. So back in November of 2015 I made a batch of sauerkraut. It failed. Then the day before I left on my honeymoon in December I made another batch. It also failed. In February I decided to try again. I only succeeded with the red batch and I called it a success. So what happened? Continue reading →
When narrowing down 80 countries from around the world, Malta may seem like an odd choice. Most people probably haven’t heard of Malta, and if they have there’s a good chance they think it is an Italian island like Sicily. I have had Malta on my brain for almost a decade now, thanks entirely to my dear friend Liz. Liz’s parents are both from Malta and they own a home there where Liz and her siblings spent summers parading up and down the island, causing a big raucous I’m sure. She is extremely proud of her heritage and won’t let you forget it. So when I told her we were finally cooking food from Malta I received an overwhelming amount of texts that went something like this: Continue reading →
I had one of the most romantic evenings of my life in Austria. Bill and I were on our first international trip together, a two week tour of Italy, Austria and Germany. We spent a couple of days in both Vienna and Salzburg where I fell further in love with the Bavarian area and culture. One night in Salzburg we found an outdoor restaurant at the base of the Hohensalzburg Castle. We ordered pork and golden potatoes with seasonal white asparagus smothered in a hollandaise sauce. We also had the most amazing dessert of fried ricotta cheese with stewed apricots. The cheese balls were light and fluffy and oh so mouthwatering. Then we walked across the Makartsteg footbridge under the stars with a live band playing in the background. Makes your heart go pitter-patter right? Continue reading →
I’m kind of blanking on what to tell you about Scotland. I swear it has nothing to do with all the Scotch we drank…. okay it has everything to do with the Scotch. We each brought a bottle of Scotch ranging from 12-16 years old. Bill and I even went to this Scottish store in downtown SF to look for a bottle. Everything there was a bit out of our price range (think $80 to unlimited) but if you really want a good bottle I highly recommend it. Our Scotch was called Bunnahabhain 12 and around $60. Now, let me preface this by saying, I love whiskey. How much do I love whiskey? Here is a picture of me right before I was about to walk down the aisle (I know it’s bourbon): Continue reading →
You know those TV episodes that start out as a complete disaster? You wonder how the characters ever got themselves into that particular situation. And then the scene pauses and these bold words appear… 24 hours earlier… Let’s imagine this is that episode. Start with me running around the kitchen, slightly drunk, nothing at all cooked, and the doorbell rings, “AHHH”… Continue reading →
Switzerland couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. It was our last dinner before Christmas, and when I think of Switzerland in winter images of snow capped mountains, cozy ski cabins, turtlenecks, and fondue come to mind. We planned a night of fondue like no other – a three course meal of dipping delicious food into vats of boiling cheese, oil, and chocolate. Continue reading →
Originally we were going to skip this Sunday, being the Sunday before Thanksgiving, but we had been on a roll. The night before we celebrated “Friendsgiving” with a little bowling and dinner at Tommy’s Joynt. So we decided to roll the fun into a Brunch! Brunch = waffles = Belgium. Easy. Done. Everyone meet at 10AM. Continue reading →