Saturday, December 25, 2010

Fröhe Weichnachten

It's white christmas, folks!

It's been snowing since the end of November here in Germany, but because it's christmas, everyone is happy and enjoying a white christmas. Here is the place, where we went sleigh riding.

and here is a view from the back of my home

I was invited for christmas dinner by my landlady and she served a pork medallion with cognac sauce and home made spätzle, as side dishes, there were Blaukraut and veggies in herb butter. Not a typical German Christmas dishes, because usually the German eats goose or duck for christmas dinner. However Mrs Diebold told me, that they were just too fatty for her so instead of those poultry she choose pork. And the pork medallions were tasty, it was small but crisp outside and juicy inside. The cognac based sauce was rich but gave an extra flavour to the soft and chewy spätzle.

Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday

Friday, December 17, 2010

Pizzeria Amalfi

Probably the best Pizzeria in Laupheim? After eating in a lot of pseudo-Italian restaurant, I have to say, Amalfi is easily the best Italian Restaurant Laupheim can offer. The restaurant itself is pretty small. We went there on a cold friday night and we were lucky to be given the only free, unreserved two-seater table in the middle of the restaurant. It's not the best table, but then again, we didn't know that it would be that full. So, noted, a reservation is recommended.

I was positively surprised that even in such a small restaurant, there's a wood-fire brick oven. And the menu was pleasantly surprising too, for they offer buffalo Mozzarella and spicy salami, which are my favorites pizza toppings. Not only that, they also offer Rocket Salad with Parma ham and Parmesan cheese Pizza, another favourite of mine. I didn't order this that night but I will visit them again just to have this.

On the table, there're bottles of balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. And once you placed the order. They served a basket of white bread which you eat with the olive oil.

So here are some stuffs that we ordered that night:
Small mixed salad with balsamic reduction (4,50 euro)

Pizza with Buffalo Mozarella, spicy salami and mushroom

I like the pizza a lot. The combination of the toppings and the crispy pizza bread is heavenly. Unfortunately, the dough is a little burnt and I don't like the taste that much. Not as best as it can be.(Although, for around 7 euro, it's a pretty huge serving! I could only eat half of it and packed the rest for lunch the next day)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

A New Beginning

I must say, this is the most difficult post that I have ever written. I've been dreading to write this post for months. And even as I was writing, I kept rereading sentences, deleting them and then I try to rewrite them again and again. I don't think there's anything I can write to explain these complicated feelings that I have. Anyway, long story short, I'm moving out of Berlin. Scratch that. I've moved out from Berlin. THE Berlin that has been my home almost 10 years. I've spent some of the best years of my life in the capital of Germany. I came to Berlin as a teenager and in that city I grew up to be the young adult that I am today. I've come to love Berlin as much as my hometown. Maybe even more. So I'm pretty sure you can imagine how difficult it is for me to write this post. I felt as if I left a part of me behind and that by writing this post, I'm officially ending my 10-year-long relationship with this fascinating city.

So, the next question that needs to be answered is: where have I moved to? well right now I'm living in a tiny town, about 30 km from Ulm. For those of you who doesn't know where Ulm is, Ulm is located around 90 km from Stuttgart. Well Stuttgart must at least ring a bell for you right? And what am I doing here? Well, I'm calling this city as my transit place until I find the next place where I can call home. The reason for all this relocation is because I have recently pocketed my master degree and now I'm desperate for a decent job. So if any of you, my dear reader needs a chemist with knowledge and experience on HPLC and homogeneous catalysis, Please please please contact me. I will be deeply indebted :D

Well I've been wondering this whole time about what to write after I moved out of Berlin into this charming little town. Well, I'm glad to say that I've realized that I can still express my love for food, wherever I am. Food doesn't only means Asian or Chinese. Here I can have the freshest products available. I can hand picked my tomatoes from the garden, yes! the house where I'm living now has a garden. And the generous landlady of mine told me, that I can take whatever I want, from tomatoes, wild berries, plums and much much more.

Not only that, here I can get in touch with the local "schwabisch" food , imagine hand made spätzle (german noodle) with cheese, Maultaschen and lots more. And because of the scarcity of Asian ingredients in this little town. It forces me to be creative whenever I want to eat some decent Asian meal. So I think, I will post more recipes rather than reviews about restaurant. But for those who loves my restaurant review, don't worry. I still have some Berlin restaurants review posts that I haven't published. So don't go away but keep on waiting and I promise I'll come up with some interesting posts soon.