Ni Hao Chinese

On Thursday evening we went into Cologne, not really sure if we would stay for dinner. But we were more in the mood to stay out than go home, so we decided to check out Ni Hao, a chinese restaurant we had walked by before (Brüsseler Straße 44).

We got soup to start, as well as some dim-sum dumplings which were very yummy.

We shared the veggie-tofu pot with rice, which was also great and more than enough for the two of us.

I would just like to say, that if the people sitting next to you have what appears to be a fried chicken claw on their plate, it must be authentic. Our whole meal was 15 bucks and full of veggie goodness. Perfect!

Two new restaurants in one week! Thai and Ethiopian

This week we went out to eat twice, which is sort of a lot for us. On Tuesday we were shopping at the supermarket after work and we spontaneously decided to drive to Bonn. Hey, it was Valentine’s day after all. We tried a new place called Rueen Thai, which was pretty good food, although we had to wait FOREVER for our food to arrive. Milo’s Panang chicken curry was my favorite, because my Chili-lemongrass tofu was a bit too spicy for me, contrary to my expectations. It was after all “Thai food for Germans – not very spicy” per our waitress. I don’t think I would be able to handle real thai food. We left feeling satisfied, the food was good and fairly priced, although the service was so-so.

Today (Friday) we went to Bonn again and ate at Roha, which is an Ethiopian restaurant we discovered by chance as we were wandering around on Tuesday. Awesome decision! It was a nice atmosphere, the service was super friendly, and the food delicious. We shared the mixed plate for two, and it was the perfect amount of food. We felt satisfied but not stuffed. At the end of the meal we had traditional Ethiopian coffee brewed from freshly roasted (as in while we were eating) beans. This is the best Ethiopian restaurant we have been to and overall was a great dining experience. Then we realized the last time we ate Ethiopian food was a year ago at Restaurant Menelik off of Ave de Clichy in Paris. How did a year go by so fast?!


Weekend in Baden-Baden

Last Friday we went to visit Eugen and Sandra in Baden-Baden. We went to the Auberge in Neuhauesel, our favorite flammkuechen restaurant in Alsace, just a few minutes on the other side of the Rhine. Of course we started with simple classic flammkuechen – very thin crust, creme fraiche, bacon lardons, and onion. Then….then….I ate Kermit’s cousins! I have wanted to try frog legs for the longest time, but they only serve them in winter. In summer, there are just too many guests at the restaurant, and not enough time to fry ’em up. These were served with a garlic butter sauce.

For dessert, we had a (small) sweet flammkuechen, with apple and flaming cognac. I guess that is why it is called a tarte flambee?

On Saturday morning, Milo had the fabulous idea to go to the Cafe Koenig in downtown Baden-Baden for a hot cocoa.  If you come visit me, I promise to take you there.

Unless you don’t like chocolate. In that case I will take you out for some frog legs.