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).

National Beer Day in Germany

Every year on 23 April, we celebrate National Beer Day in Germany. This was started in 1994 to mark the German Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Requirement), which dates back to 1516.

The International Beer Day, on the other hand, is set for 2 August 2019.

It is recommended to drink certain types of beer from certain kinds of glasses to bring out the flavor.

  • Tulpe: most suited for Pils and Schwarzbier
  • Kölschstange: for Kölsch beer (dialect for Cologne) served in a tiny glass of just 0.2 liter
  • Weißbierglas: for Weizenbier
  • Flöte: for light Edelbier (select beer)
  • Schwenker: especially for Dunkel- und Spezialbier
  • Glaskrug: universal usage for all types of beer
Glaskrug for any kind of beer

Prost!

“Im Himmel gibt’s kein Bier, darum trinken wir es hier!” 🙂

Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt goes Educational with iCampus

We usually pass by Ledward Barracks twice a year. This latest update is with photos taken on 20 April 2019.

Left main gate of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

Right main gate of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

Here we are approaching the corner of Niederwerrner Straße and Franz-Schubert-Straße, and there it is, the new iCampus under construction.

For a closer view, we’re turning into Franz-Schubert-Straße.

This iCampus is being built in the Carus-Park, which is the new name for the former Ledward Barracks area. For more information about the Carus-Park in German, visit iCampus Schweinfurt.

Entering Franz-Schubert-Straße
iCampus and Ledward Barracks Schweinfurt
Former eastern side gate area
Looking towards the former MP station

Tank Trail next to Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany

We spent the past couple of days, Good Friday and Good Saturday, in the Schweinfurt area, and arrived at Ledward Barracks on our way to the village of Hambach. We turned into tank tail road heading to ‘Yorktown’, but had forgotten the road is sealed off for regular traffic. Which wasn’t always the case 30+ years ago…

This corner of Ledward Barracks still looks untouched.

Heading towards Kessler Field. It was a gorgeous day to be out and about.

In the late 1980s, the building on the right was part of an infantry battalion.

Soon after this part of Ledward, we had to turn around to get back onto Niederwerrner Straße. These buildings appear to have been part of the motor pool.

This is an update on the current works at Ledward Barracks. This part hasn’t changed much, as far as I can see. But in my next post, I will take you around the other side of Ledward Barracks.

I hope you’re buckled in for this ride.

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