Korean Café Hae ah in Oberursel

On 11 May 2019, Café Hae ah opened its doors in Oberursel. It is located in the Rosengärtchen shopping carree (next to the Korean supermarket Handok).

It is not only a café, but also more like a bistro serving a few lunches. We had Steak Pasta and Jeyuk Bokkeum (제육볶음), which is spicy fried pork.

Steak Pasta

Both dishes were really good, but the Steak Pasta really took me in. I’ll be back for more soon.

Service in Korea usually has to be super fast. Well, this one isn’t… yet.

Sights to see around Kitakyushu, Japan

Some of you might know that I once lived in Japan for three years. That was in the early to mid-1990s. Besides having many fond memories and souvenirs of all kinds (including our son, who was born there), I also have some good friends there.

My friend, Yoshiko Harada, sent me these lovely photos today, and so the credits for the following photos go to her .

She attended the 6th Oktoberfest (held in April and May) in Kitakyushu earlier in the day. The timing for this month-long event is perfect: spring temperatures are very pleasant in Japan, and the rainy season is till a few weeks away.

Where: Fukuoka Prefecture, Kitakyushu City, Kokura Kita-ku, Jyonai, Katsuyama Park
When: 4th of April until the 8th of May
Opening times: 11:00am until 21:00pm

Prost! (German) Kampai! (Japanese)

Oktoberfest Kokura Kita-ku, Jyonai, Katsuyama Park

For more natural beauty around Kitakyushu, visit the Kawachi Wisteria Gardens (Wisteria is ‘Fuji’ in Japanese).
Tickets for the Fuji Garden can be bought at 7-Eleven or Family Mart stores.

Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu

Visit https://kawachi-fujien.com/ for more information.

Last, but not least, there is the Kokura Castle. I don’t think I have ever seen in such beautiful darkness.

Kokura Castle in Kitakyushu

Bike Race on 1 May 2019 – Public Holiday in Germany

This is for all newcomers to the area, and a friendly reminder for all others as well.
Due to the annual bike race on 1 May, there are many road blocks in and around Oberursel between 9:00 – 14:00.

If you plan on taking a day trip somewhere, then leave your home early that day.

Bike Race coming through Oberursel, photo taken 1 May 2018

There are 17 bike races in the Frankfurt area and vicinity on this day. 

More about it here: https://www.eschborn-frankfurt.de/de/home/skodavelotour/strecken


Germans’ Love for White Asparagus

When I was a kid, I hated white asparagus. My mom only made salad from it, and the asparagus she had back in those days was very stringy (or a woody texture, not to be confused with a nutty flavour). I remember seeing the adults sucking the juice of out the asparagus, and then disposing of the rest. That was not to my liking.

Nowadays, we serve it steamed, on toasted bread, with a slice of smoked salmon, topped then by a few sticks of asparagus, and then Sauce Hollandaise. Sprinkle a bit of dill on it, if you like.A good white wine will be a perfect companion. I am German, and I love it. But it took me about 35 years to find out how wonderful this is when served this way.

You can read more about this ‘Spargel Love’ at https://frankfurt-expat.com/2018/04/23/spargelzeit-why-do-germans-love-white-asparagus/


A Visit to Mainberg Castle in Northern Bavaria, Germany

One of my stateside readers, whose ancestors lived and worked at the Mainberg Castle from 1822 -1842, was able to visit there for the first time last summer.

Quoted: “… we made arrangements to visit the castle, when our river cruise ship was docked at Würzburg. We only had less than 90 minutes at the castle, but had a nice tour by the caretaker…”

He then gave me permission to share the link to his Google photo album (amazing photos!) taken at Mainberg Castle: https://tiny.cc/xzdm5y

In general, if you are also interested in learning more about castles and palaces in Germany, then this might be your guide (e-book in English).

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