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A German Singer In South Dakota

Looks like somebody got something really wrong in Dell Rapids, South Dakota. What you see above is the internet version of an article in the local newspaper “Argus Leader”, which announced Tish’s concert at the Grand Opera House (unfortunately I didn’t save a copy of the printed version). For some reason, after hearing that Tish now resides in Germany,  the local promoter had decided to combine the show with a German dinner. Naturally the interviewer from the newspaper talked to Tish about that aspect, and then the person writing the headline took it just a little bit further …

Anyway, the German dinner, cooked by chef Horst from Eisleben, East Germany, featured some very good beef rouladen and a tasty Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (black forest cake). Afterwards though, during the concert at the amazingly beautiful theater, nobody seemed to care much about Tishs’s “German side” anymore (although once again our little St. Pauli song was received enthusiastically).

New York City Hotels, Part 2

From Brighton Beach we headed for Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where Tish’s second NYC concert was going to take place. Once again we stayed at quite a remarkable hotel, only this time is wasn’t exactly cheap. Our room on the ninth floor of the „Thompson Hotel“ on Allen Street was quite swankily designed and had the most incredible view of Downtown, with the window reaching all the way down to the floor.

Tish liked the room so much, she decided to stay for another day – not the best thing possible to happen to our budget, especially since unfortunately Tish’s show at the “Rockwood City Music Hall” had a rather disappointing turnout -, but it gave me the possibility to explore the neighborhood in detail – and to try my first canoli in Little Italy. As often as I eat Italian food, I had never had this desert before, that they mention so often on the “Sopranos”. Seems to be more an Italian-American than an Italian thing. But whatever – it tasted great!

(Written in Austin, TX, July 27, 2012)

На Брайтон Бич

Due to my deep affection with everything Russian, I had been wanting to go to the New York neighborhood Brighton Beach, also known as Little Odessa, for a long time. So on our second visit to “the City”, as they say in New Jersey, we decided to go on a long drive through Brooklyn and find out, how Russian the place really is.

Well, I can tell you that it’s very Russian: For a few blocks on Brighton Beach Avenue, you will find nothing but Russian stores, Russian restaurants and Russian speaking people. So that was already a great experience for me. What turned our afternoon at Brighton Beach into one of the highlights of our trip, was the fact that Brighton Beach, as the name suggests, is on the seaside, and that we picked a perfect summer day for our visit. And so we got to have a Russian dinner, all with borscht, pelmeni and of course a carafe of vodka, on a lively boardwalk, overlooking a sunny, beautiful beach.

From Brighton Beach, it’s only a short walk to Coney Island Beach, so we got to see that legendary part of New York as well. The amusement park near the beach certainly isn’t what it used to be in former times, but it was still interesting to check out.

I was glad to find the Coney Island Steeplechase that the Velvet Underground once sang about:

(Written in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 24, 2012)

Thank You, Pennsylvania Dutch!

Hardly any German who gets to live in the USA for a while fails to complain about how difficult it is to buy good bread over here. While these complaints are certainly justified, I will refrain from repeating them here and rather concentrate on another problem that gets far less publicity: the lack of liquorice (Lakritz) in this country. Americans just don’t like liquorice, so you never see it at gas stations or convenience stores. Fancy supermarkets may carry some, but then that’s usually only one sort, and not a great one. So imagine my excitement when I saw a selection of some of my favorite German liquorices at a farmer’s market in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

The reason for this surprising offer is that this part of Pennsylvania has a strong population of very traditionally-minded people of German origin (which for obscure reasons are called Dutch). A lot of them are Amish people, so after I had stacked up on liquorice at the market, we went for a drive through the Amish country in Lancaster County. And sure enough, there they were, wearing their funny hats and riding around in horse-drawn carriages. The landscape in that area, by the way, looks a lot like the surroundings of my hometown Osnabrück.

(Written in Vermillion, South Dakota, June 29, 2012)

Found And Lost: The Waffle House

For some reason, on all of my trips to the USA I had never been to a “Waffle House”, although this chain has a lot of restaurants in Texas. It’s a diner chain, known for its cheap prices and friendly service. So every time that we saw a “Waffle House” on this trip, Tish and I said something like “We should go there”, but it never seemed to be the right time. Finally, in Black Mountain, North Carolina, we actually had breakfast at the local “Waffle House”, and what can I say? It was great! I loved the place. It was  cheap, the waitresses were  friendly, the food was good, and the atmosphere was perfectly movie-like, so Tish and I decided to make the “Waffle House” or regular breakfast/lunch place while being on the road. Now here comes the sad part: Pretty soon after that, probably while driving through New Jersey, we noticed that there were no more “Waffle Houses” along the way, while before they had been everywhere. It was only then that we found out by googling that they are “a regional local icon”, with locations only in the South. In other words: We won’t find another “Waffle House” until we come back to Texas by the end of July.

Salsa à la Tish

Here’s how to make a delicious hot salsa, as demonstrated by Tish Hinojosa in Fayetteville, NC, on May 1, 2012, with some helpful assistance by Pruett Wells:

All you need is some garlic and onion, about half a dozen tomatoes and two or three jalapeño peppers (three will make the salsa really hot, so be careful). The exact quantities can vary, depending on your taste of mood of the day.

Stir-fry the chopped onions and the garlic.

Add the halved jalapeños and some water, then let it simmer with the lid closed for about ten minutes.

Add the quartered tomatoes and let the whole thing simmer for another ten minutes.

Put everything into a blender (or use a hand-held blender). Take out a few of the jalapeño halves, if you’re afraid the salsa might get too hot.

Add some salt, blend everything in the blender …

… and there you go!

At the Crawfish Festival

Just another silly Adam & Tish picture …

Crawfish (Flusskrebs) is a big thing in the South. There’s crawfish festivals everywhere, and one of them took place in Spring, Texas (which is where Linda and Rudy live) the weekend of the wedding. I tried to eat a crwafish, but after peeling off all the parts that I found unedible, nothing was left in my hands, so I decided that it’s just not worth the effort. But people love the stuff and buy it in big buckets. With or without crawfish, our family gang had a lot of fun at the festival.

No, Tish’s sister Diana did not eat that whole bucket of crawfish by herself. I’ll wrote more about Diana when we get to visit her in her Colorado home in July