Monday, March 22, 2010

German Chancellor Portrait

Pictures of the Week: An employee of the Castle Neuhardenberg museum holds a portrait of German Chancellor Angela Merkel painted by artist, Ommo Wille. The painting is part of a larger exhibit entitled, DUCKOMENTA. Read more:,29409,

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Chai Tea

It’s my new obsession: Chai Tea/ Chai Tea Lattes

A sweet, spicy and milky warm drink…

In its most basic form, chai is black tea that is brewed strong with a combination of spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, pepper and ginger) and is diluted with milk and sugar.
Here is a simple recipe to make chai tea at home. This is what you will need:
1 1/2 cups of water
1 1/2 inch stick of cinnamon
8 whole cloves
1/4 inch fresh ginger root (sliced thin)
2/3 cup of milk
6 teaspoons sugar
3 teaspoons of Darjeeling Tea leaves
Place water, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and ginger in a pot and bring to a boil.
Cover and lower heat to low setting and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add milk and sugar and again bring to simmer.
Next, add the tea leaves, remove from heat and cover.
Let steep for 3 minutes and strain.

* For a real chai tea latte however, make the tea and then add the milk from a coffee machine milk steamer, for a frothy texture.

* Usually served hot but can also be served over ice

Thursday, March 4, 2010

German Restaurants Around Town

 Beer Gardens are on the rise! We are just waiting for the right weather...

NY Magazine tells us about some German Hotspots:

Hallo Berlin
626 Tenth Ave., near 45th St.
This branch of New York’s self-proclaimed “wurst restaurant” celebrates summer by unfurling the beer-company umbrellas in the backyard, where locals wash down wienerwurst, knockwurst, and other unseasonably hearty but tasty German fare with a respectable selection of German brews.

The German Fräuleins

(Spring 2009)

The new New York City- based fashion line The German Fräuleins creates Lieblingsstücke, personal favorites, for modern and sophisticated women.
The two founders and designers Alexa and Angelika turned their professional experience and visions into their own clothing line in 2008. The duo said they were happy about being able to build their own collection, where all their ideas could be put into effect, with two core elements in mind: flattering designs and uncompromising quality. The designer duo thinks of their collection as a luxurious ensemble, from evening chic to luxurious loungewear. (Image: