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I’ve stumbled upon such a nice and simple live webcam of Frankfurt am Main skyline. It updates the pic by reload once a minute or so.

This is how Frankfurt looks right now.

Frankfurt live

Here you find the direct link to it.

Ahti

Sunshine and +22′C, can’t complain. This is a test with the Wordpress iPhone mobile app from my garden. Nice feature to be able to take and post pics as well.

Nacht der Museen

Nacht der Museen

Tomorrow it’s again Night of the Museums in Frankfurt. Plenty of happenings, live music, good food and drinks. Check out the program from the link above. Worth checking out if you’re in Frankfurt.

Ahti

D-LUX 4 case

There is an optional case for Leica D-LUX 4, which can be purchased separately either in black or brown. Before I pulled the trigger on the Leica, I had no idea how the case actually worked. There was hardly any pics available of the case open.

I must say I’m more than happy with the case. It’s absolutely beautiful, protects the camera well and it’s very easy to open and close. Well worth the money. Here’s a few pics of it.

Leica brown case

Leica brown case

Black or brown? Looking at vintage Leica’s, the case used to be always brown, so that was an easy decision.

Case open

Leica brown case

Leica and the case

Leica brown case

Office Sunset

Another shot with my new Leica D-LUX 4. Beautiful sunset colours yesterday afternoon from my office window.

Here’s one more from today. Colours straight out of the camera are truly astonishing!

Euro

Euro

InterWhisky

Today started the 10th InterWhisky fair in Frankfurt Intercontinental hotel. Highly recommended for any whiskey lovers visiting Frankfurt this weekend. I’ve visited it in the past few times and enjoyed the whiskeys very much. I think this is a must for tomorrow!

Friday, 21. November 2008: 16.00 – 21.00
Saturday, 22. November 2008: 12.00 – 21.00
Sunday, 23. November 2008: 12.00 – 19.00

Sautéed reindeer

Happy New Year 2008!

I really enjoyed last night preparing most traditional Finnish dish, Sautéed reindeer - Poronkäristys, with my mates. We got some freshly frozen reindeer shoulder which we sliced up in thin slices and enjoyed it with lingonberry jam (cowberry preserve) and a lovely and buttery potato mash.

reindeer

Ingredients are:

- frozen reindeer steak, back or shoulder
- butter (250gr)
- coarse sea salt
- black peppercorns
- bay leaves
- granulated onion
- one bottle of beer

Heat up a iron pot, melt the butter, add the meat, beer and spices and let it simmer on mild heat for 2-3 hours. Serve with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam.

If you ever visit Finnish Lapland, you must try it. Excellent dish.

Best wishes for 2008!

Ahti

Traditional Christmas food in Germany

This is one of the traditional German Christmas dishes - Roast goose served with red cabbage, dumplings (Klöße ), gravy and sometimes even with glazed chestnuts as shown in the picture above. Absolutely lovely dish. You’ll find it in most restaurants in November-December time. I took the lousy pic above with my mobile phone at our staff restaurant. The Klöße is something lots of foreigners can’t seem to handle. They say they are too slimy or rubbery. Well, I’d say get used to them. They are very nice but extremely heavy and concentrated food. Not for the faint hearted. The goose is just lovely. It could be duck as well.

This dish is being considered a traditional Christmas dish, but is it? I’ve been trying to find out what German families eat on Christmas day. It seems it’s not just roast goose or duck but it could be pretty much anything from sausages and potato salad to fish or beef.

And what about the beverages? For me a good pint of beer like Hefeweizen or a Frankfurt local - Carolus Doppelbock - will do just fine for the Christmas dinner.

Christmas Market

xmas market

By the end of the month Frankfurt Christmas Market will open again. It’s a good place to find some stocking-fillers while munching on various wursts, cookies, crepes and of course enjoying some lovely Glühwein (mulled wine) from the various stands. You will find the Christmas Market at the Römerberg Square, the old town in the middle of Frankfurt am Main center.

Frankfurt Christmas Market will be open from 26th of November until 22nd of December. See you there!

Hungry?

If you’re really hungry and you are visiting Frankfurt, I strongly suggest you visit restaurant Waldgeist. It’s a lovely beergarden style restaurant, 25min drive out of Frankfurt which servers the largest schnitzels I’ve ever seen! I’ve visited there recently and thought why not post few pics.

In the picture above you see my friend about to attack a one kilo schnitzel with pepper sauce and fries. That should satisfy even the biggest hunger. The great thing about this place is, that the portions are not only huge, but they are also incredibly tasty. It’s very rare these days to have both quality and quantity at the same time.

Obviously you can choose the size of your meals. They have small, normal, large and XXXXXL size dishes of just about anything you might expect in a German style restaurant.

If you’re not into schnitzels, they also serve extremely tasty and incredibly huge hamburgers! Another good thing is, they are open every day!

Restaurant Waldgeist
Schloßstr. 70
65719 Hofheim
06192/38385

Waldgeist website

Bon appetit!

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