Brauhaus Schmitz Brings Oktoberfest to Philadelphia

Last updated October 6, 2017
Food, Travel

Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest at the 23rd Street Armory in Philadelphia.

Earlier this week, after 18 days of rowdiness, revelry and more beer than you can shake a stick at, the original Oktoberfest celebration in Munich, Germany came to a close. But most of us can’t make it over to Bavaria to celebrate. Philadelphia‘s Brauhaus Schmitz has come up with the next best thing: an Oktoberfest celebration to entice partiers from around the region. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest, which runs Friday, October 6th through Sunday, October 8th, 2017.

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10 Munich Biergarten & Wirtshaus for Bavarian Food

Last updated September 30, 2017
Food, Travel

A giant pretzel, beer and Johanisbeer Shorle at Munich's Chinesischer Turm in Englischer Garten.

As soon as there is the slightest hint of warm or nice weather, Biergarten across Bavaria will start popping up. Those long wooden tables and large umbrellas will begin to be set up. But even in the colder months or bad weather you can always turn to your favorite Wirtshaus, or pub. Many of these restaurants serve local Bavarian food in addition to the friendly, joyful and fun atmosphere. I want to share some of my favorite Munich Biergarten and Wirtshaus. Plus I want to make sure you know all the ins and outs you’ll need to know for your next meal!

Here are 10 great Munich Biergarten and Wirtshaus for Bavarian food!

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6 Delicious Munich Bakeries & Pastry Shops

Last updated September 23, 2017
Food, Travel

Violetta cake at Maelu in Munich, Germany.

The Austrians might have invented the croissant, the French are considered masters of pastry and the Italians are the gods of gelato. But German baked goods shouldn’t be overlooked — or underestimated. And I’m not talking about bread. Well, not just bread. The Germans do cakes and pastries to make your mouth water. Munich, in particular, has some delicious specialties that you shouldn’t pass up. On your next visit to the Bavarian capital city check out these favorite Munich bakeries and pastry shops! They’ll have you saying “Mmm, lecker!”

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Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies Light Up Philly Parkway

Last updated September 24, 2017
Travel

Riding in Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies pedicab in Philadelphia.

As Philadelphia‘s Benjamin Franklin Parkway kicks off its 100th anniversary, the city is spending the next year celebrating. And right now Fireflies are pedaling up and down the boulevard that is home to so many fantastic museums: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Rodin Museum, Barnes Museum, Franklin Institute and more. That’s right — pedaling. Each Firefly is a pedicab covered in cheery Chinese-style lanterns. It’s all part of an art installation by artist Cai Guo-Qiang. And until October 8th, visitors can get involved by taking a free Fireflies ride!

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Smith Island: The Epitome of Slow Travel

Last updated September 20, 2017
Travel

Seafront shack in Ewell on Smith Island.

Admittedly it was The Cake that lured me to Smith Island. But the prospect of visiting Maryland’s only inhabited island seemed like the ideal day trip. And there would be fresh crab cakes. I mean, 8-layer cake and crab cakes: what more could you want?

While Smith Island is only about twelve miles off the coast of Maryland, once there, it’s easy to feel even more isolated. If you’re looking to escape our hectic always-on society, then a trip to Smith Island is in order.

What I ended up finding on Smith Island was a fiercely loyal and welcoming community just looking to sustain their way of life. And if that means sharing some seafood and a slice of cake, well then the more the merrier. My husband and I recently made the trip to get to know Smith Island.

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Palace to Park: Ultimate Guide to Nymphenburg Palace

Last updated November 6, 2017
Travel

Nymphenburg Palace in Munich, Germany.

For me, no visit to Munich would be complete without a visit to Schloss Nymphenburg, or Nymphenburg Palace. It’s a little different than the nearby royal buildings. At Munich’s Residenz you can spend days touring the riches of the Wittelsbachs. Neuschwanstein is a fan favorite that is world famous as a massive fairy tale castle. But Nymphenburg is a little different. It’s almost as if it’s a suburban park that just happens to have a spectacular palace.

Maybe you’re your interests lie with the royal connection. Maybe you just want to experience life like a local. Nymphenburg Palace and Park is a great way to spend a day.

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Smith Island Baking Company Takes the Cake

Last updated September 20, 2017
Food, Travel

A classic Smith Island Cake from Smith Island Baking Company.

Anyone who has driven along US Route 13, anywhere from about Delaware to Virginia, has likely seen the signs. Amidst the signs for farm fresh produce and crabs are banners that shout “Smith Island Cakes.” They pop up all along the eastern shore. But what is a Smith Island Cake? I recently traveled to visit the Smith Island Baking Company in Crisfield, Maryland, to find out.

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