Head South but Skip the Oktoberfest!

I kid you not, there’s more to the beautiful southern regions of Germany in general (not just castles and parks)  and Munich in particular than the large-scale, marathon beer gulping festival also known as the “Oktoberfest”. You can opt out and still enjoy your beer. For instance, you can sip your craft beer in a cosy environment and be courteously treated by your very own Italian beer sommelier. Again, I kid you not. 🙂 I have always associated sommeliers with starched white shirts, polite demeanours and wine!

At AMBAR BISTRO, in Tegernseer Landstrasse 25, 815411 Munich, you’ll be greeted by a very helpful and cheerful Italian beer sommelier with a passion for food and beverages.On offer are a range of local craft beers, wines (yes, they do really good wines as well) paired with small plates of Italian and Mediterranean finger food. It’s not just cheese and olives, small dishes of pasta and ragu were offered as well. The menu changes often so there is no chance of getting bored of the nibbles.

I’m not really a beer fan but the beer there is so rich and varied in taste to your everyday <insert-favourite-tap or supermarket bottle> beer that it will make a convert out of you, even if you lean more towards a good glass of vino in the evenings.

Craft Beers at Ambar Bistro
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Yes, the label designs are interesting….

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The place is a bit of a hole-in-the-wall that’s inconspicuously located on a main street, full of shops and restaurants. I mistook it for an Italian cafe. I wanted a respite from the snow, some caffeine, free wifi and time to plan a route towards a nice dinner location. However, the charming sommelier, the warmth and the great food prompted us to stay and enjoy the sight of snow from the safe confines of our now, new favourite trendy bar.

If you are in Munich and overwhelmed by the options and want some clean, craft beer and mouthwatering nibbles, this is the place for you. Let me know what you think of it, if you do partake of the beer and dine there! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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& I would walk 2.5 km & I would walk a 100 more

 

Singapore isn’t really known for its athletes or it’s athleticism. You can’t get us to walk, not often, not much. It’s too hot, too muggy, too humid, we say but we’ll walk miles for a particular dish that we’re hankering after. I had no such hankerings, I wasn’t even homesick, I was simply lucky! I live in Dusseldorf and there’s simply no where else better to live when it comes to food.

If you have the time and money, you could eat out in Dusseldorf every day, 365 days a year, 366 in any leap year & you still wouldn’t have discovered all that is to discover.

Guess what I discovered recently? FUYU in Immermanstraße has a tiny, little hole-in-the-wall bistro with great food and a very content-looking,  manly “large-size” chef. The food is great. I had the hot, sweet soya bean milk, with fried chicken, braised pork with rice and spring rolls. I know how bla the latter sounds, but this wasn’t bland or boring. When you bite into it you get this wonderful waft of sesame oil and there are thin strips of cooked, shredded chicken it. 🙂 Yum…

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My Pie Affair

I love pie, I like the effort that goes into pie making & pie baking. It starts with making the dough. I use a huge stoneware bowl, the kind you use to bake loafs of bread.

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I like  kneading the dough & rolling it out to shape for a pie dish. Then going back to the stove to check on the sweet or savory filling. Waiting for it to cool. Filling the pie base. Making a pretty lattice pattern for the pie top and then putting it into the oven to bake & watching the colors & smells that ensue from the oven.

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Soothing, isn’t it? There’s something homey & meditative about it, which is why I in 2015 I’ve taken to baking pies a lot more often. I can “coerce” family, friends and acquaintances into partaking in my pie feast, which may include sweet and savory pies throughout a single day. Just before they make their escape and head for the door, I always manage to press a Tupperware with a piece of pie in it.

Yup, I dedicate my 2015 personal journey to the patience and comfort that I’ve garnered from making pie!