Best Roast Pork at the Kronenhof in the Oberursel Area

For the past three weeks, I had been craving German style roast pork (German: Schweinebraten). But it has been too hot and humid to make this dish at home, and no one else in the family wanted it. So I was waiting for Schweinebraten Wetter (roast pork weather), which is a somewhat cooler day to have such a filling dish at a nearby restaurant or Biergarten.

That perfect day never came, but I did not want to wait any longer. We braved the heat and humidity this late afternoon, and went to the Kronenhof * in Bad Homburg (a 10-minute drive).

This was the best pork roast I’ve ever had around here in the whole state of Hesse. The gravy was superb, and the meat so tender. These bread dumplings are a nice variation to the regular potato dumplings.

On the menu, look for: Schweinebraten in Biersoße mit Semmelknödel und Krautsalat (Roast pork in beer sauce with bread dumplings and coleslaw).

Pork roast at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

Pork roast at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

My husband opted for the prime boiled beef with strips of vegetables, horseradish sauce and boiled potatoes. Look for the German term ‘Gesottener Tafelspitz’, also with a choice of green sauce (local herb sauce specialty) or horseradish sauce.

Tafelspitz at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

Tafelspitz at the Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

For my foreign friends and readers – they also offer the popular ‘Grilled knuckle of pork with Sauerkraut or coleslaw’. Guten Appetit!

For more information, visit: Hofgut Kronenhof in Bad Homburg

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Yesterday evening, I had one of my closest friends over. Come to think of it, this was only her second time to visit us. We usually go out together and rarely meet on home ground. Some working women like us are just not into entertaining at home.

Rhiannon did point out though that the wooden sign ‘Maria’s Beer Balcony’ needs a make over, because the beer glass is painted in black and hardly visible on the dark blue background. We looked at the ‘white foam’ floating downwards, which resembles more a tooth or a dripping cloud.

beer balcony

Rhiannon, originally from Wales

Yes, we had wine to toast to the arrival of a new baby in the family.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

We had a spontaneous visit by two very dear friends to watch the soccer match Germany-Italy together at our home. Before the match started at 9pm, I got Peter to sit with me on the beer balcony.

Peter S on the beer balcony

Peter S., originally from a few places in the USA, now a German citizen

My, oh my, what an exciting soccer match this was! Italy and Germany both have very good teams. But in the end, it was down to nerve-wracking penalty shootouts. Italy played a strong game against Germany, the current world champions, but we finally lifted the spell and beat Italy for the first time in history.

Score: Germany – Italy 1:1 (1:1, 0:0) n.V., 6:5 i.E.

 n.V. = nach Verlängerung (overtime)

i.E. = im Elfmeterschießen (penalty shootouts)

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My friend Debbie  has traveled the farthest for the beer balcony. She has come all the way from Lorne, Australia. In 1996, we first met here in Germany, and only again now – 20 years later. So we have quite a bit of catching up to do.

beer balcony with Debbie

Debbie J. from Lorne, Australia

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

I had a surprise visitor passing through Oberursel, and looking me up. Yes, our beer balcony is back in order after last summer’s three-month long renovation (German style). It passed inspection.

Beer Balcony

Jeannette from Nottingham, UK

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