Noodlehaus

Adam loves ramen, so we couldn’t miss Takumi Ramenhaus on our last day in Dusseldorf.

We started with pork dumplings- yum! Adam had pork and noodles in a meaty broth. I had beef, veggies, and noodles dipped in a rich miso broth. Adam loved everything. My dish fell a little flat- sweet and salty, but not tart or spicy. Not bad, but not my favorite.

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Speckfast

Breakfast? Speckfast. I slowly crisped speck while fresh bread baked in the oven. I cut up some fresh fruit and mixed iced coffees. Speck is too salty for me, but Adam can’t get enough of it… We need to get home and back on the healthy eating bandwagon before we both have heart attacks! I had a couple small bites, but decided to shift my focus towards the fresh bread and butter instead 🙂 Adam was happy to relieve me of my piece.

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TV time

Sunday in Germany + rain = nothing to do. All the shops are closed. Parks and walking are out. Day in watching TV and snacking? Of course!

We had chocolates, chips, wine, strawberries and raspberries. Not too bad. Forgot a picture though :/

Mitte Rhein

After saying goodbye to Annette, we jumped on the train back to Dusseldorf. It’s a beautiful ride along the Mitte Rhein or “middle Rhein” region. We were headed straight home, but after passing a few adorable half-timbered villages, we decided to make multiple stops along the way. We stopped in four villages- St. Goar, Spay, Rhens, Boppard and stayed in each for about an hour. We had great wine and enjoyed great views!

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For lunch, Annette packed us yummy sandwiches. We stopped at a cafe overlooking the Rhein for tasty cold beers to compliment our sandwiches.

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Dinner with friends

We met Annette at the train station in Obervesal and she drove us to her home in Kastelaun. She kindly offered to host us for the night 🙂 We had a great time getting to know Annette and her children, Anna and Jacob.

I made dinner and Annette provided spectacular local wines and spirits! I made crispy roasted chicken quarters with thyme and lemon, garlic carrots and green beans, and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. They requested a typical American dinner and I thought the menu was both typical and delicious! We completed the meal with a Florida classic- Key Lime Pie!!!

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