Wine and Chocolate – A Global Affair

Hernando Cortez Schokoladen WIne and Chocolate

It’s the first Friday of the month again and that means a trip to Wine and Chocolate at Hernando Cortez Schokoladen in Gertrudenstraße here in Cologne.  Every month Marco painstakingly researches 3 wonderful wine and chocolate combinations, which pairs some amazing chocolate with some fantastic wines. It’s the same procedure every month.  As any British expat in Germany will hopefully know, this phrase is a very important in Germany culture.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about then follow the link (here) and read more about the German phenomenon that…

Beer-Tasting At A Heavenly Beer Shop in Cologne

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I made a fantastic discovery this week.  Just around the corner from Jameson’s, our local Irish bar, I found a heavenly new beer shop that does beer-tasting as well.  I used to be a regular visitor to Jameson’s.  At least I was until Norwich City got relegated from the Premier League.  Now they are in the Championship, there aren’t so many reasons to go anymore. Anyway, if you turn left down the little alley to the right of Jameson’s (looking at the front of the bar) there is a fantastic…

The Amazing Insiders Guide to the Cologne Christmas Markets

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The Cologne Christmas Markets are some of the most famous in Europe.  People travel from all over the world to come and soak up the magic of Christmas  in this lovely German city.  I’m lucky to call Cologne home and believe me it really is a magical place at this time of year!  There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a drinking a warm Gluhwein while taking in the atmosphere of a German Christmas Market. It’s nearly 6 years since our family moved to here…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 4: Awesome Tasty Pasties

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We have reached the final part of the Cologne expat quest.  This time it’s Cornish Pasties!  Not only will you get to meet Dan and hear all about his Tasty Pasties but you will also get to hear about the German tradition that is “Dinner for One”.  First, it’s perhaps worth having a quick recap of the what we’ve found so far in the quest.  We started off by finding a great cafe that served something other than coffee and cake .  We followed this up with the joy of…

Hernando Cortez – Wine and Chocolate Heaven

Marco Hernando Cortez

I’ve found loads of amazing independent cafes over the years.  One of our family’s favourite ever is in our home city of Cologne.  It’s called Hernando Cortez and not only do they serve warming hot chocolate and great coffee, but they also have a great selection of wonderful cakes.  Best of all, it also happens to be one of the most perfect and wonderful chocolate shops we’ve ever come across.  What makes it so special?  The main reason is the cafe’s owner Marco Mühlberg.  He doesn’t just sell chocolate, he genuinely…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 3: Finally! Fish and Chips

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It’s time for the 3rd phase of the Cologne Expat Quest.  We have had a lot of success recently in our search to find some of our favourite things from back home in the UK.  First we managed to expand our weekend cafe routine beyond just the normal Coffee and Cake.  Then we finally found somewhere to have a decent curry, which you can read about here.  The quest is hopefully useful for both expats and visitors to Cologne who might be looking for a little taste something different.  What…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 2: Hunting for a Decent Curry

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Welcome to the second part of the Expat Quest Series.  Having been a British expat family in Germany for over 5 years we have had a great adventure learning about life in a new country.  In the first part of the series, I wrote about the German tradition of Kaffee and Kuchen.  Finally, we found a cafe where we could get something different on a Saturday afternoon.  It was such an exciting find in a little town to the west of Cologne that I felt obliged to write about our…

Expat Quest Cologne – Part 1: The Search For More Than Coffee and Cake

It’s over 5 years since I became an Expat in Germany after moving to Cologne from the UK.  One thing we have grown to love about German culture is that short break between lunch and dinner where people meet up for coffee and cake, or “Kaffee und Kuchen” as it’s known.  It’s become a regular feature of our lives, there’s no better way to cheer yourself up on a wet Sunday afternoon.  With lots of people raving about Denmark and their Hygge, the concept of “Kaffee und Kuchen” is the…

Peanut Tofu – Are You Kidding Me?

When we first arrived here in Cologne back in 2011, some friends suggested going to a restaurant for Peanut Tofu and I remember my initial reaction might have involved a request to rearrange a well known phrase or saying that involved at least one rude word. Having had my arm twisted a bit, our first visit to Warung Bayu was a memorable experience that we have repeated many times over the past few years.  Every time we have friends visiting from the UK for the first time I always make…

Vietnamese Food Cologne Style – Bánh Mi Brothers

For my first real food post on this blog I want to start with 3 friends (Frederik, Jonas and Robin) from Cologne who are exactly what this blog is all about. I met the Bánh mì Brothers at the Cologne Street Food Festival at Jack in the Box in Ehrenfeld where they were cooking up their amazing Bánh mì baguettes.  I’d tried Bánh mì a few years ago when we went on holiday to North and Central Vietnam in an attempt to be adventurous as I was panicking my way towards my 40th…