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Metric conversion charts for cooking

December 15, 2012

I’ve had an Excel spreadsheet where I’ve been collecting cup to gram and spoon measure to gram conversions for several years now. I figure it would be helpful to other expat cooks out there like me. I keep a printout of it in my kitchen so that I can convert on the fly and use […]

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Q&A: Working and Living as a Foreigner in Germany

May 20, 2010

No real change in how I’ve been feeling (pretty lousy), except you can add killer heartburn that often keeps me up half the night to my symptoms.  The plan is still that I’ll be induced in 1-2 weeks.  Until then, I thought I’d finally get around to answering some more questions. Michael M. wrote: I’m […]

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How to eat American restaurant food without leaving home

December 16, 2008

I blogged about this topic briefly in passing, but now I think it’s deserves it’s own post.  A while back, I got the book Top Secret Restaurant Recipes: Creating Kitchen Clones from America’s Favorite Restaurant Chains by Todd Wilbur (also available at Amazon.de) and it’s follow-up Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2.  It’s been nine months […]

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How to dress like a German

September 12, 2008

It’s a topic many travelers to and expats in Germany wonder about at some point: how do I blend in with the locals? In my travels throughout Germany, I’ve found it pretty easy to pick out Americans, even the ones dressing incognito. I’ve developed “American Radar.” There’s a way Americans carry themselves: a certain walk, […]

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Dealing with ticks

May 19, 2008

If it’s summer, it’s tick season. I’ve already found three ticks on Charlie this week. In Germany, when it comes to tick-borne diseases, you mostly need to worry about Frühsommer-Meningoenzephalitis (FSME) known in English as tick-borne meningoencephalitis (for folks who can read German, the Frühsommer-Meningoenzephalitis Wikipedia article is much more informative) and Borreliose (Lyme disease). […]

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Sorting Trash in Germany

March 10, 2008

Germans take recycling very seriously.  I’ve heard of fights erupting among neighbors in apartment houses over improper sorting.  To help you with figuring out what goes where, I’ve compiled this little guide. First, there can be up to four containers at your residence or in public places.  There’s the paper and cardboard container, that is denoted by either green or […]

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The Great Vanilla Extract Experiment

February 28, 2008

For six years, I’ve brought a large bottle of vanilla extract home with me from the States every year.  While living in Berlin, I considered the tiny, overpriced bottles available at KaDeWe.  I searched expat and gourmet  shops.  I searched online.  I looked at recipes.  To be honest, it doesn’t look that difficult to make your own, […]

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