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Friday, April 4, 2014

" what Christkindlmarkt is all about "


With only a few days in Munich,
planning is everything.
But if there's one thing I look forward to whenever we travel during Christmas,
it was to see the local
CHRISTKINDLMARKT = Christmas Markets .

To some, they say: "yeah, been there, done that" or "same old, same old."
Well, for a seasoned traveler like moi.
It is always something new,
like opening a page in a book and sharing its beginnings ,its history, culture.
and Munich is a city apart from beers during October,
offers one of the oldest markets, dating back as early as the 14th century.


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While I've been to Berlin's version and found it to be a bit dull and boring. *sorry*

This was somehow its exact opposite,
I honestly don't know why,
but I seem to feel the Christmas spirit here,
and like I've said before,
livelier and yet cozier in a way.

For starters,
let me share with you what we ate, saw and did. ^0^
of course, the quintessential fruit stands on sale here.

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and then, Christmas trinkets galore! j'adore ça!

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Ornaments on your merry tree.

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sweet treats from candies to sugar coated almonds.

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attention tea drinkers: this is your haven.

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and my favorite drink.
the hot and tasty Gluhwein

Traditional Glühwein (“mulled wine”) is a hot drink made with red wine, sugar, sometimes citrus, and spices including cloves, cinnamon, and cardamom. Other types are made with white wine or fruit wine.
* source here *


When we were in Berlin,
we couldn't find the courage to order one,
because not only was it hard to converse with them,* lost in translation* -english
they were also not that friendly.

But we finally did last Christmas,
as confusing as it may seems,
it's actually easy.

Here's how you order:

You get to choose what kind of GLUHWEIN concoction you want.

Glühwein (Rot, Weiss, Rosé) : regular, white, and rose mulled-wine
• Glühwein mit Schuss : mulled wine with a shot of liquor
• Feuerzangenbowle : Glühwein with sugary rum syrup
• Eierpunsch : egg punch, or egg nog
• Kinderpunsch : non-alcoholic punch; literally, “children’s punch”
• Apfelwein : apple wine
• Brombelbeerwein : blackberry wine
• Heidelbeerwein : blueberry wine
• Himbeerwein : raspberry wine
• Kirschwein : cherry wine
• Maracujawein : passion fruit wine
• Pflaumenwein : plum wine

*source here *

Day 1 :
we attacked the usual Gluhwein.

Day 2:
we also tried the Kirschwein.



The usual price is roughly 3.50 euros
+ deposit (for the mug) 2.50 euros

If you like to keep the mug as a souvenir, (like we did) then you pay the full 6 euros.
But if it's only a glass of punch, then you have to return the mug and redeem your deposit.

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cute right?!

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your typical Wurstbraterei Stand.

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and then we walked less and ate more. ^-^
seriously,
I gain weight every year!
not healthy at all... ^0^

We saw quite a long line in one of the booths,
aha! my tummy starts acting up again,
I couldn't say no this.
so what exactly does Reiberdatschi looks like?!

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suspense...
every October, they serve KARTOFFELHAUS and
every WInter, they serve REIBERDATSCHI.

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the frying process, the greasy-fatty-potato feast.

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finally,
we had Reiberdatschi mit apfelmus - with applesauce.
a picture is worth a thousand words. ^0^

I still think about this every now and then...

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don't ask me how to pronounce it right,
but for 3.50 euros,
you get a slice of this "Delicious" and "Scrumptious"

Rahm Schmankerl


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This is one of Munich's street food delicacies, often associated with the word Christmas.
I took a snap at this guy kneading the dough.

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then putting it in the oven,
that's him on the side evenly spreading the ingredients.

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The dough was soft and freshly baked,
in fact it was so hot that we had to wait for it cool down a bit.
the melted cheese not only smells heavenly but it melts in your mouth and
the bacon tidbits were just divine,
I love, love, love bacon btw,
as soon I saw those bacons,
I immediately ordered one. ^0^

It is definitely perfect for winter.

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If you want to know more about this .. * Source here *


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I couldn't remember clearly but If memory serves me right,
We were still planning to visit the Residenz Museum that late afternoon, it's some sort of a grand palace,
the equivalent of let's say Versailles.

Well, we didn't make it in time,
that was after strolling in and out of 3 museums in one day!
yes, Museum hoarding in a day, can you beat that?! ^0^

We often laugh at how crazy we both were when we plan our itinerary. ^-^

So, we took a break and metro-ed off to Sendlinger Tor instead.

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Obviously,
my feet were starting to kill me,
but that quickly shifted my attention to food. ^0^
From afar,
we could smell a whiff of delight and greasy fries.
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yup,
this was how I said I must be conscious at what I eat,
but when you see a handful of these,
how could you say no?! ◕‿◕

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and finally, I caved in...
the über-licious STEAKSEMMEL .

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The Tor was surprisingly small by the way,
like your usual community park.

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with a nice Merry-go-round.

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But then I also found these very unique display.
If you look closely,
they're all made of bolts and nuts where you'd normally see in a hardware store but not
so cleverly and creatively designed like figurines.

How I wish I could take one home....

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This is another Christmas Market around Karlstor or Stachus as they like to call it.
These arch entrances are like their official gates in each area.

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hand made wooden trinkets.
I love that cute porky pig thingy on the right,
but I'm not sure what is it used for.
any thoughts?

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Random christmas ornaments,
I made it in monochrome instead.

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we took the metro and went to this other Market,
But the place was twice as crowded.
so hard to take photos let alone order something to eat.

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Me, standing 5'2 in height could only manage to get this angle. ugh~✿

German Menu 101

Lebkuchen - Gingerbread

Plätzchen - Cookie

Gebrannte mandeln - Sugared Almonds


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I love these mustard and mayo dispensers. ♥
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did somebody say beer?!
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Hand made colorful paper lanterns.

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It was just as beautiful as it was during the night.

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Christmas Poster

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and just proof of how happy I was during our trip, even my eyes were trop chinky. ^-^

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3 comments :

  1. Oh you so lucky. Now I'm envious. The Xmas markets are definitely a must see and experience. I would love to see them and experience them someday, God willing.

    Your smile says it all :)

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  2. Wow! The food shots look yumm. Great sights from the city!

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  3. photo cache: haha! thanks for the nice words.
    i'm glad my 3 day trip was worth it. ^0^

    Indrani: thanks dear! ^-^

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