We went to dinner at the Hotel Restaurant Ober Winter in Remagen along the Rhine River at 6PM local time and got a table for four near the window but not at it. The conventions had reserved those ahead of us. Our son ordered pork medallions with potato pancakes and broccoli. My husband and I ordered the asparagus special. We enjoyed rolls with asparagus butter of all things. Then we feasted on asparagus soup with pieces of white asparagus that tasted really original. The main course was boiled asparagus with hollandaise sauce and boiled potatoes, very hearty and plain but a native specialty of the region. There was a side dish of ham slices of various types with a small salad. For dessert we had black tea. It was the best meal of the trip in Germany.
Dorint Hotel in Weimar: Traditional Thuringian Feast
We drove through a very large rural area right before we drove into Weimar. It was part of Thuringia and was surrounded by the Thuringian Forest. At one point we entered a deep valley filled with trees. It was overcast. There were clouds. There was a spooky effect. You couldn't see the bottom as we crossed it on a bridge. It was part of the Thuringer Wald. We even saw the "Devil's Valley". It was more rural and had more tunnels than any other area we drove through.
It was all setting the atmosphere for the Thuringian feast we enjoyed during our stay at the Dorint Hotel in Weimar, the land of Goethe. Talk about old-fashioned food! We came out of the dark forest to the table filled with a various kinds of homemade breads. What could be more traditional? To go with the luscious bread slices there were even thicker slices of wurst on a long plate. The leafs of lettuce seemed to stand up like a plant ready to be plucked. Of course no one in Thuringia would leave out the mustard. And for dessert we have a fluffy, flavorful creation. All what one would expect on his table when he steps out of the misty Devil’s Valley to eat.
The Village Inn: You Have To Sneak In When It’s Not Mobbed
This restaurant is the only sit down restaurant in a several mile radius in far east Tucson. Everything else is a pizza joint or a fast food restaurant. So it’s literally mobbed from breakfast through dinner, especially on Wednesdays which is free pie day. The only let up is late in the afternoon when you might be very early for dinner say around 4 or 5ish. That’s when we slipped into the restaurant for our most recent visit for dinner on January 21. We hadn’t visited in almost a year. Nothing much had changed. The pies were still on display in the glass cases at the cash register. The staff remembered that we liked to have a table instead of a booth. We ordered the usual —- chef’s salads with double blue cheese and a cup of tomato basil soup with iced tea to drink. Believe it or not, it’s the best thing on the menu if you don’t want to eat breakfast for dinner. We don’t recommend the steak. It’s small and burnt around the edges. They have wi-fi. You have enough room to put your laptop on the table and check your email while you eat. Time to go. I’m there right now as I’m penning the review. We have to take out the cheeseburger with fries for the Labrador Retriever back in the car.
Best Pizza In Town: Pizza Hut Golf Links
We sat down to a feast for lunch last Wednesday. Pizza Hut may be a chain restaurant, but it makes piping hot pizza with the best tasting pepperoni in town. It's temperature must be at least a couple of degrees hotter than what I've tasted elsewhere. And there salads with blue cheese dressing that accompanied the pizza were just as good. As always we ordered a pitcher of Pepsi for three. It is the best accompaniment to the pizza. We always do a barbecue wings takeout for our dog. He really devours it. If we were really pigs, we would order some for ourselves. They also come with blue cheese dressing.
Ritz Of Fast Food:
You think all fast food restaurants and burger joints are alike? Think again! Freddy's tastes like a gourmet burger made by a restaurant that caters to people who like to taste grilled beef and real beef at that. In addition, just to tantalize your taste buds, they add real bacon, not to mention all the fixings. And you can taste each one of them from onions to tomatoes to lettuce. The buns aren't bad either. When you walk away from the restaurant your hungers are satisfied until the next time you see the Freddy's sign. It's the Ritz of Fast Food.
On the night of June 12 we went to dinner at the Best Western Hotel in Oldenburg in a strange restaurant called the Heidekate or the Rastide. We were the only customers there for a couple of hours. It was as quiet as a tomb. You could hear a pin drop. And it was dark, too. They tried to make it seem as if you were in a basement when you weren’t by having fake window wells —- windows high up on the walls that didn’t let in much illumination. Only a single candle burned in the middle of the table in the darkness that seemed inhabited by invisible vampires instead of people. as a solitary waitress fluttered by from time to time saying little and not lingering. All the food seemed strange and foreign, the tastes even more so, and we couldn’t read anything on the menu. The waitress couldn’t help us. We ordered the cheese plate for dessert thinking that was safe. It was accompanied by delicious pumpernickel bread which we have decided to bake ourselves using a Westphalian recipe. But nothing and no one could be safe here. If by tomorrow morning we’re changed into ghouls I’ll try to post it to Facebook and Trip Advisor, too.
It looks like the days of ancient Rome, but it couldn’t have existence back then. You think of slaves delivering it on a silver or golden platter. It looks sculpturesque with eyes and a mouth. But wait a minute! It’s a watermelon. Now we’re thinking of Arkansas and moonlight and magnolia, not ancient Rome. So that shows the ingenuity of the chefs in the King’s Court Restaurant on deck 7 of the Queen Mary 2. At dinner many nights the passengers were treated to food sculptures in the fruit section just to whet your appetite and discover possibilities we hadn’t thought of when it comes to something as pleb as watermelon. Here a photo really is worth a thousand words.
Hardees: Nostalgic Lunch Stop On 29 North:
This past summer on a roadtrip back from the cruise terminal in Brooklyn we stopped for several days where we used to live in Charlottesville, Virginia. The first day there we couldn’t resist going to Hardees for lunch. It was one of the few restaurants that we remembered left standing in the exact same location at the corner of Rio Road and Seminole Trail or 29North. In the old days we used to always order hot ham and cheese sandwiches. Those still appeared on the menu. But we opted for cheeseburgers, for in the years since we last visited Carl’s Junior has taken over the chain. We headed for the same table just to the right of the door. Amazingly the seating was exactly the same. It seemed for a magical moment at lunch that late July day as if we’d never left town.
This eatery didn’t exist when we used to live in Charlottesville. We stumbled upon it in a shopping center on 29North near the airport exit. One day for lunch we ended up there. But it was mobbed and there was no seating available. The air-conditioning wasn’t any good. We moved to the next door yogurt shop that was deserted and had my husband bring the takeout order of sandwiches there where the A/C was much better and we could find a place to sit down. I don’t recommend it.
Selection Of Frozen Yogurts Wonderful:
We ate here more than once on our nostalgic trip back to Charlottesville this past summer where we used to live before moving to Tucson. Sweet Frog is new and we never ate there before, but we were pleasantly surprised at how good the A/C was. Also it wasn’t crowded at all. And the selection of frozen yogurts was wonderful. It was self-serve. You paid at the cash register and seated yourself where you pleased.
We can learn a lot about how to prepare a fancy buffet from those chefs on deck 7 of the Queen Mary 2 in the King’s Court Restaurant at lunch time. During those last days of the transatlantic crossing they exerted themselves to carve ice statues and to create magical centerpieces to create a mood of celebration for their 175th anniversary at sea. You too could create or buy a statue or two for your biggest table and set it with foods to take buffet style on three different levels. The levels are important. Whether you have as much food as this or not, they create a feeling of plentitude and having a choice. They also create a more artistic effect pleasing to the eye especially when combined with vases of cut flowers or pots of flowers. You might even have a color theme. Here they offer a lot of green, orange, and white.
As we travel in search of material for the Edward Ware Thrillers this is what we encounter:
$92.14 For Dinner And My Husband Lost His Hat:
We went to dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s in Lexington, Virginia to celebrate my husband's birthday on the return leg of our summer trip. We ordered steak with rice and green beans as you can see in the photo. The steak was decent but it was very expensive for what you get. We paid $92.14 for three of us and a takeout for our dog. Also the restaurant was rather dim inside. On the way out my husband lost his hat. No one could find it. It must have fallen into some dark corner of the restaurant.
The Only Hotel To Provide A Yellow Duckie To Adopt:
The hotel in Lexington, Virginia was obviously fancier than your typical Best Western. I suppose that was why it was a Best Western “Plus” at Hunt Ridge, though I've stayed at other "plus" hotels that didn't deserve the title. They thought of every little detail including a fancy breakfast buffet in the morning with plenty of seating and your very own little yellow rubber duckie to float in the tub or the sink. Our six inch bears loved it and have adopted it. Right now it sits in my kitchen in a cabinet with glass doors. As I write I'm looking right at it. P.S. As you can imagine, the hotel was pet friendly. We brought both a dog and a cat.
Olive Garden, Abilene, Texas provides the perfect lunch for people on the go. Here is what we always order: a big bowl of minestrone soup with ground up cheese to your liking accompanied by lots of warm bread sticks. The bread sticks are delivered by a waiter who is willing to give you as many as you can eat. If you like you can order a small spaghetti or pasta with it. But really the big bowl of soup with cheese and bread is plenty for lunch along with iced tea.