Local Heart, Global Soul

January 25, 2017

Il Caminetto, A Beautiful Setting for Both A Meal And A Learning Experience…

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Having been lucky enough to score a spot in the central restaurant in Isselburg-Anholt, a German town almost on the German/ Dutch border, exactly on the day that they were celebrating the hunting season with a grand and formal meal.

As part of a series of events it was clear that a lot of preparation had been put into this special day.

From the young people taking part in their formal attire, traditional sashes, hats and costume for the young men, the formal group meal with speeches and, the horses and carriages that arrived to carry the party off to the next stage of the celebrations, we had stumbled on something special and were excited to learn something new to us.

The restaurant called “il Caminetto” and is located in a very beautiful, equally old building.

The staff were very friendly, helpful and informative, even though most of the time they were very busy with the larger hunting party event group. Our main course was lovely, the dessert delectable and the atmosphere of the building added what ended up being a well enjoyed lunch. We didn’t have a horse drawn carriage waiting for us when we left, but we left well fed and happy, so we got the fairy tale ending anyway.

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Il Caminetto – Ratskeller Anholt
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Italienisches Restaurant im historischen Rathaus Anholt
Germany /  Isselburg-Anholt / Restaurant il Caminetto

October 11, 2016

Irrhausen Hosts Us For A Lunchtime Break…

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Heading back to the Hague at the end of our last summer’s holiday in Germany, we stopped in the small town of Irrhausen for lunch.

The restaurant that we find in the town is called “Im Pfenn” and it quickly becomes apparent that it is probably a very central part of the local community.

This chalet-style restaurant is large and airy, there is yet another version of the distinctive curvy looking bar at the end of the room, a very clear ‘relative” of the two wooden bars that we have seen earlier in this holiday.

After a late (relaxed and unhurried) start to our trip back and several stops already for fresh air to relieve symptoms of car sickness, we arrive well after the usual lunch time trade so pretty much have the place to ourselves.

We get drinks, fries and nacho chips and enjoy a quiet break to our journey.

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Im Pfenn Restaurant and Hotel / Irrhausen / Germany

 

October 9, 2016

Perfectly Accommodating Our Desire For Laziness…

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Last summer Family Kiwidutch went to the Landal Wirfttal holiday park near Stadkyll in Germany for a family holiday.

In spite of having a cooking hobby and being an avid foodie, I have one and a half picky eaters as children.

By this I mean that Little Mr is still a very picky eater, detesting things with sauce,  mixed items of any sort and even simple flavourings (Well the ones he knows about at least, because I sneak them in whenever I can!).

Kiwi Daughter started out as a picky eater too but in recent years has experimented with more things than I could ever have imagined, so is well on her way to broadening her palette to eventually a more adult form.

She does not for instance like vegetable soup yet but when in the mood for it, enjoys a plate of tomato soup or even Dutch pea soup, and whilst mashed or boiled potatoes are not yet successful, she tried oven roasted potatoes now and again so these are not just baby steps foreword but giant leaps in the right direction.

As I mentioned earlier, we opted to eat out more often than not during our stay and with a restaurant in the grounds of the holiday park, and whilst the food is catered for a middle-of-the-road public, and was neither spectacular nor terrible, it filled a gap and perfectly accommodated our desire for laziness. It will not take more than one guess to pick out Little Mr’s menu choices: more simple offerings are almost impossible to find.  I managed to change the ice-cream and cream offering to ice-cream and warm chocolate sauce… a treat that should not be attempted too often if you are trying to stay healthy but.. well holiday’s and all… a treat like this once or twice this holiday was in order. We are leaving here shortly so here is a final compilation of some of our holiday park restaurant treats.

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October 3, 2016

Scoring Bonus Food Points With A Little Blue Car…

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In my last post from the Restaurant “La Grappa” in Stadtkyll where we stopped for lunch one day whilst on holiday in Germany last summer,  and where our fussy kids found food that they actually liked.
Kiwi Daughter saw me sorting out the photographs for this post last week and the conversation went:  “What are you doing?” (Me) “Sorting photographs for blog posts” (K.D.)

” Where was that?” (Me)” …. ” (K.D.) interrupting before I could answer, meanwhile pushing me into the corner of the sofa so that she could get a closer look at the computer screen.

“Never mind, I remember that place now… Germany holiday last year.. right?” (Me)” ….”  (K.D.) interrupting yet again before I get the chance to speak: “hmmmm I remember that place, I liked that … You know, I fancy that meal again right now, can you make it for me?” (pointing at the schnitzel and chips (fries)photo.

(Me)” Um no,  we don’t have oven chips in the house ” …(seriously kid? we have oven chips in the house maybe twice a year, this answer should not come as any surprise) …”no schnitzel, either, sorry”. ( although we do eat that fairly often.)
Kiwi Daughter sighs dramatically and points to the ice-cream sundae, “Guess we don’t have that either?” (Me) “Nope… you and I are on a healthy eating plan and Papa is under instructions not to buy it, remember? (K.D) “Ugh yeah, heathy eating sucks”.

(Me) ” Haven’t, you forgotten one not so small detail?” (K.D.) “What?” (Me)” We ate a nice dinner an hour ago”…
… (K.D.) “Oh, Yeah… forgot… that picture made me hungry again”.

Kiwi Daughter often thinks that keeping photographs of “restaurants and stuff” is a waste of time, but our conversation proves that nice holiday memories come back in more ways than via the photos of castles, activities and landscapes.

I opted for what is often a favourite of mine: “Schweinshaxe”, a roasted ham hock / pork knuckle, but sadly this one wasn’t the best I’d ever had. Usually this is slow cooked until the meat almost falls off the bone when you touch it, this on needed the meat levered off and I gave up after a while because it was more filling than I’d bargained on for a lunchtime meal.

My bad for choosing something so big for lunch. Little Mr. gets an ice-cream with his menu choice and even his (then) ten year old face lit up when he saw how it was presented. The dish was in the shape of a cheeky little blue car, one that made us all grin. There were sprinkles on top of the ice-cream with the usual wafer decoration but this one came with a tiny packet of Haribo gummy sweets (candy) to be added on top as an additional bonus. If ever points were scored for keeping kids happy, they were given out now. It even more than made up for the tough schweinhaxen.  The people were mega friendly too, so fine, I’m not sweating the small stuff.  I found the little ice-cream car to be incredibly photogenic so rattled off some photos before impatient noises were made that it was time that the serious business of devouring the contents was at hand.

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La Grappa / Stadtkyll / Germany

October 1, 2016

When Stocky And Generous …Is a Beautiful Form.

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My next discovery in the Restaurant “La Grappa” in Stadtkyll, Germny became an excellent treat for a friend of ours back in The Hague.

It was a dark local beer that came in a large dark glass stocky bottle… one that contained roughly three litres of beer! (that is approx. 101.4 oz. for our North American friends).

Himself tried this beer by tasting a glass in the restaurant,  his opinion of this dark beer it was that it was that a little watery and not sweet enough for his tastes, but he also knew that one of our beer loving friends back home loves less sweet dark beers, hence this was an ideal gift to bring back for him to try.

The gift was greatly appreciated and enjoyed.

For me, not being a beer drinker at all,  I just enjoyed the generous and unusual form of these beautify stocky bottles.

Of course, being able to add this to my archive Inspiration drawing file is just a bonus feature in my artistic eyes.

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La Grappa / Stadtkyll / Germany

 

September 27, 2016

La Grappa In Stadtkyll Looks Like A Great Place For Lunch…

Last summer Family Kiwidutch spent a family holiday at the Landal Wirfttal holiday park in Germany. One day we after doing some local sightseeing we stopped in the nearby town of Stadtkyll for lunch and chose a restaurant called “La Grappa“. As usual we arrived later for lunch so there were few other patrons inside but permission to take photographs was granted and I got busy whilst we waited for our food to arrive.

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La Grappa / Stadtkyll / Germany

September 25, 2016

Kid Friendly And Edible… Bonus Points Indeed.

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After leaving the city of Trier, Germany, Family Kiwidutch last summer returned to our holiday accommodation base at the Landal Wirfttal holiday park near Stadtkyll.

Like many of our day trips out, we arrived back too late to contemplate cooking ourselves, so opted for dinner in the on-site restaurant.

This post is a compilation of a series of meals… we basically worked our way through a decent part of their menu.

Little Mr changed his order by varying the amount of grated cheese he heaped on top of his plain boiled pasta, or by changing the flavour of his ice-cream from vanilla to strawberry (shock horror that he might one day stray further off the culinary pieste!).

The cooking isn’t the best of all of the various Landal parks we have been in, in fact my expectations were higher because we have come to expect better food in Germany than the Netherlands. That said, it was kid friendly and edible… true bonus points after busy days out and arriving back tired.

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Landal Wirfttal

 

September 2, 2016

Dinners A Plus Point, But Two Busting Negatives…

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After all of our wanderings, sightseeing and activities last year in the Landal Wirfttal holiday park near Stadtkyll in Germany, we would often eat at the park’s restaurant.

The cuisine here of course caters to as wide as possible audience, especially to families with young children and therefore whilst the food was good, none of it was particularly adventurous for our taste buds.

Still, it was decent enough food when we came home late from our travels and no one fancied cooking or cleaning up.

Our fussy Little Mr would be easily kept happy with bowls of plain boiled pasta, topped with grated cheese (provided by the kindly Chef per our special requests).

Himself,  Kiwi Daughter and I tried out a range of dishes on various evenings that included schnitzel, steak and mushrooms, onion soup, and chicken salad.

It’s simple food done well, nothing spectacularly good or bad to list, just stuff to fill up on and be pleased about doing so. We went there for a few easy lunches too, the kids being ravenous after a swim in the park’s pool directly next door.

Usually those lunches consisted of a plate of steaming hot chips (French fries) or a toasted sandwich, and a salad for me. There are two things that are minus points for the Landal Wirfttal holiday park restaurant though, but they are not to do with the food.

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The first: the toilets were situated downstairs and there was no lift.

Stairs are by far the most painful thing I can currently do: I am forced to stand on my bad foot whilst raising or lowering my good foot to the next tread, and even for a second, it’s pain beyond reason.

At home I do the stairs from bedroom to living room only once per day, and visa versa in the evening, such are the stairs my nemesis.

After one slow panful and ungainly stair negotiation that I vowed not to repeat, I tried the offered alternative: the toilet in the swimming pool next door.

The annoying thing was though, the toilets were on the far end of the changing room, the floor of which was completely wet as streams of dripping kids scurried back to the cubicles to dry off and get their clothes.

My crutches acted as though the floor was ice and skidded everywhere.

I was so afraid of putting weight on the crutches and following them sideways, that I picked my way across holding onto the cubical doors as I went. I got a few strange looks for my efforts. Not only was I desperately needing to pee, this mode of motion was very slow thus was not the best of options either.

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Added to that, the pathway between the rows of cubicles was very narrow, as were both the toilets, so I wondered how on earth someone in a wheelchair would ever be able to manoeuvre in here. They certainly wouldn’t be taking the stairs to the toilets a floor below us.

The other minus point for the restaurant was that there was no Wi-Fi. I mentioned in earlier posts that the advertised phone and Wi-Fi in our accommodation had a signal so weak that a mobile phone was dead and hopeless, so we had to go down to Reception to catch the Wi-Fi signal there.

The sitting area inside was enough for four people, difficult when half the park turned up because they had the same problem we did.

There were several sets of picnic tables outside but in sunny weather they were swarming with wasps, when it rained there was no cover and sitting at a soaking table with a laptop in the rain… well….nope.

When I asked about internet at the Restaurant they shook their heads and suggested I try and pick up the Reception Wi-Fi from here… no such luck, the signal was so low that the page constantly timed out. The Restaurant would be a perfect alternative sitting area for people wanting Wi-Fi, apparently Wi-Fi has had it’s “issues” in this area for years, they are “working on it”. With all the rain we experienced here it’s a darned shame that these “issues” have not been given more of a priority, we wouldn’t ever be returning here until this “issue” has been fixed. Minus points apart, the meals here are good but plain, idea family dining for fussy kids.

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August 22, 2016

You Can Keep Your Pizza, I want Flammkuchen!

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First I need to apologise  for the glitch in yesterday’s post.

I thought I had this all sorted and in the WordPress “schedule” since were away from home this weekend attending a friend’s birthday party in the south of The Netherlands.

I had had a few difficult days and only packed my overnight bag at the last minute. I therefore neglected to check the post before we left and it seems that only the first photograph uploaded successfully.

(I know I saw error messages but thought things were ok, actually  I’d taken rather a lot of pain medication so goodness knows what I was thinking). Now that we are back and I’ve slept for four hours to recover from the one and a half hour car ride, I checked in and saw that the photographs were missing. I’ve fixed it all now, sorry ’bout that!
Visiting Burg Satvey Castle in Mechernich, Germany gives Family Kiwidutch and our guest a chance to work up an appetite. Luckily in the courtyards that is off the main courtyard, there is a restaurant called “Restaurant Kreuzritter”.To my complete and absolute delight we find that the one of the main specialty items on the menu is “Flammkuchen” (also known in France as “tarte flambée”).

Basically it consists of an ultra thin dough, spread with crème fraîche (a slightly less sour and far creamier version of sour cream) that is then covered with lardons and onions and cooked for a couple of minutes in a wood fire oven, ones similar to what pizza is made in.Flammkuchen originates from the Elzas (Alsace) region which is why it has both German and French names. Either way it is beyond delicious. I would eat this meal 99.9% of the time over pizza.

As usual we arrive right at the end of the lunch time service, having been distracted until now by the castle and it’s grounds, and also because I lost the others and it took me a while to find them. (More on that story in a little while).Little Mr could not be persuaded to try anything that sported onions so obviously in plain sight, so pumped for chicken nuggets and fries, but the rest of us enjoyed this a lot and within an indecently short time not a crumb was left behind. My biggest regret was that the restaurant wasn’t around the corner from where we live in the Hague. Needless to say we enjoyed lunch very much indeed…

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Restaurant Kreuzritter
An der Burg 3, 53894 Mechernich Satzvey, Duitsland
+49 2256 958327

Restaurant Kreuzritter / Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

Burg Satzvey Castle / Mechernich / Germany

July 30, 2016

Once Again A Toasted Sandwich Only For The Brave…

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Last summer whilst on holiday in Germany we travelled to the site of an extinct volcano, but only Himself and our guest wanted to walk around it.

The rest of us ended up at the nearby “Gastwirtschaft Sünnen” restaurant in Steffln just a few kilometres down the road from the volcano site.

After a short wait a toasted sandwich lunch and a hot chocolate arrive for Little Mr, and again we are astounded at the amount of cheese on top of the toasted sandwich, it must be a regional thing here.

There is also an ice-cream sundae for Kiwi Daughter who lunched earlier but twisted my arm that she shouldn’t need to have bread for her “second lunch” if she already had it for her first.

Little Mr was promised ice-cream too after his toasted sandwich but as soon we saw the amount of cheese he was almost in tears, knowing that he would never be able to finish it.

I let him off the hook and said that if he made a good attempt at the sandwich then the ice-cream would still be on,  on the condition that he didn’t fight with his sister.

Deal done, I settled into a nice cup of tea, which turned into two because Himself and guest took longer than expected making their walk.

Once they both joined us, Little Mr had recovered enough from the cheese to order an ice-cream with his guest.

Himself ended up helping them both finish theirs though because they were more filling than they looked, but in Little Mr’s case I was hardly surprised because the hot chocolate alone was almost enough to fill him up.

The staff were friendly despite us speaking no German and they speaking no English (or maybe being unwilling to), certainly Kiwi Daughter who has had some German classes, didn’t dare open her mouth.

Maybe she wasn’t alone.

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And after all that waiting then this is the only photograph that Himself  of the Volcano crater (well, what is left of it, it’s really low because you can see blue sky through the trees over the edge on the left. This is probably why it was so hard to find).

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Gastwirtschaft Sünnen /Steffeln / DE.

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