June 2024


Fall = Pumpkin Spice MADNESS in the USA!

I love the Pumpkin Snaps, I can leave the Pumpkin Spice Popcorn. I’ll try the pasta sauce tonight

If I weren’t lactose intolerant.

Yesterday I popped into a Spouts Market – an American Organic Supermarket chain that is challenging Whole Foods by being affordable.

What immediately caught my eye is the appearance of […]

Things I do not want to do in the next week, in Germany: Shop.

This year is an “Adam—allein zu Haus” kind of Christmas.

Translated in to English, that’s “Adam, alone at home”, a variation on the “Kevin—allein zu Haus” them that Americans know as “Home Alone”.

My plan is to avoid shopping after Saturday until after the Christmas holidays. If I could actually swing it, I would avoid […]

Enforcing my own personal rules…

Living alone and without an auto I am responsible for buying and schlepping all of my food home.

One of the worst things to schlep home is milk – and so I tend to not want to bring it home. And I eagerly forget to put it in the shopping cart because I don’t want […]

Happy to report that I survived!

Some how I survived the week that was – albeit, barely.

And, I must confess, that I missed the birthday party.

By Friday afternoon, I was plum exhausted and made my way to find the birthday colleague, to whom I simultaneously congratulated and gave my regrets.

Since Friday was a gym day, I force myself […]

Salzburg Essen

With 3.5 days in Salzburg, eating was bound to happen.

I stayed in a 4 star hotel, but with a discount rate that did not include breakfast – so all meals were out and about.

There were several notable restaurants.

The person I was with wanted to, quite specifically, eat at St. Peter Stiftskeller. The […]

Easter Apples?!

So I have two questions about the above Easter Apples:

1) Who came up with the crazy idea to put cute cartoon characters on apples?


2) Who is stupid enough to buy the apples because they have cute cartoon characters on them?

Oh wait…


Eatin’ out the fridge…

I’m on the verge of leaving Berlin for a few weeks: off to America for a trip that is partially “vacation” (although given the state of my Father’s heath, I’m not sure that part of the trip is vacation) and partially work.

There’s actually a good balance of things: Denver for family, Fargo for friends, […]

This sign does not mean what it says.

…but what does it really mean?

Packaging Overkill by Käfer

I wanted to get a gift for a friend who lives in Munich—a quick consultation with the über-wise Headbang8 delivered the perfect solution: a gift certificate to Käfer, a high-end grocery store.

Online I found a 50€ gift certificate, which then cost 5,90€ to get shipped to me.

I expected an envelope—worst case scenario. It […]

It’s American Week at Lidl

I owe a debt of gratitude to Yelli for the warning that Lidl’s American Week started today. I popped into my local Lidl to see what was on offer–and amazingly I could sort of see a connection for most items to America.

Actually, I lie.

Doritos, ok. Brownie, ok. Amerikaner, not really.

The pretzel […]