Altbier, Altstadt, All Schweinefleisch

At Dusseldorf’s heart is the Altstadt (“Old Town”); this pedestrian area stretching about half a square kilometer out from the banks of the Rhine is historical, beautiful, and nicknamed “the longest bar in the world”. Altbier (“Old Beer”) is Dusseldorf’s famous beer, brewed from a traditional recipe, served in brewpubs, and an absolute must for... Continue Reading →


Castle Dining

I’m at Schloss Hugenpoet, for my niece's wedding dinner, where things are a little different than the last wedding I attended—cold plate at the local Legion. The castle is just outside Dusseldorf, Germany, and is enjoying a renaissance as an exclusive hotel known for fine dining. We’re dining in the Festsaal, which has Murano glass chandeliers, towering... Continue Reading →

the global language

English may be the international language of commerce, but love of food is the language of international unity. I am in Dusseldorf, Germany, to attend a beloved niece's wedding, and to sightsee for a few days. Through a coincidence of incredible stupidity and a moment of inattentiveness, I lost my wallet. I did get it... Continue Reading →

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