My Winter Wonderland


Hello all!

Well, Garmisch is starting to receive snow and the town is getting ready for the ski season!  Today, I thought that I would ride around the city and take some pictures for ya.  I hope you enjoy!


My favorite intersection in GAP.  You never seem to mind sitting at this red light

041Our river: the Loisach

056That’s my sweet bike in the background (yea…I almost died riding my whip in the schnee)

0621Paradise…0401From here you can see the slopes

I love this weather!  I think it has to do with the fact that I have grown up with the desert all this time and the snow is so foreign to us SoCali’s.

Hey guys, check back next week for a absolutely awesome post…guaranteed!


Published in: on November 24, 2008 at 3:25 am  Comments (8)  
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German Hot Potato Salad


Some people have been asking, “How is the food in Germany?”.  Well…it is fantastic!  The first German meal I had here I had to hike an hour up a mountain to get and every step was oh so well worth worth it!  I had just come home after one of my grave shifts at around 8am.  That morning it was usually warm and I walked home in only my long sleeve shirt and jeans.  When I opened the door to my room I was surprised not to find Andrew sleep’n away in his bed.  As I walked over to my bed I noticed a sheet of lined paper resting on our table which read: “Chris. I am off to Venice, Italy.  I will be back on Wednesday.  See you later! Andrew”.  Short and sweet.  What a jerk.

After I read that I was determined to have an adventure of my own!  I peered out our window and could not help but gaze up at Kramer, the mountain that sits behind our home.  People were always talking about this halfway house that was up there and how they served good beer and food.  Well, from our window I could not see the house, but I could see this huge Lowenbrau banner they had blowing in the breeze.  Well, that was all the incentive I needed!  I threw on my hiking boots, walked out the door, and started heading towards this mountain.

The hiking trial was icy and steep, but like I said, I was competing with Venice here!  I wasn’t going home until I hiked this thing and had a beer on that porch to celebrate my manhood! It was a decent hike too.  My legs were a burn’n, and my sweat was a drip’n, but man was it a beautiful morning.  Every once and while the trees would spread out and I could catch these amazing views of Garmisch and the snow topped mountains that contain it.  After about an hour of hiking I started to smell diesel exhaust in the air.  I knew I was close and sure enough around the next bend I could see the house and it’s porch.  My legs were in need of rest and my belly in need of food…and beer.  I sat down and ordered a Lowenbrau and what the menu called meatloaf.  It was the only word I recognized on there, so I thought I would go with that.  It turns out to be some pork mixture cut into two fillets with over easy eggs on top.  Delicious by the way.  The point of all this thou is the potato salad that came with my breakfast.  It was, as Grandma would say, “out of this world”!  I can’t tell you of the good mood that meal put me in.  I made some company of a German couple sitting next to me who were particularly entertained by teaching me German and listening to me butcher it.

I was sad to leave that place and the nice people I had met, but I had been up since 6pm the night before and it was about noon when I had left.  The hike down was not much easier than the hike up because now I had to be real careful of the ice and not to slip off a cliff.  When I got home I think I had the best rest I have ever had here.  I had a full belly and not one thought in my head about how wonderful Venice might be; just the potato salad.

WARNING: The following may cause heart attack, clogged arteries, high blood pressure, and other health problems. Make at your own risk.

Hot German Potato Salad
from Betty Crocker’s Picture Cook Book c.1956

Boil 6 med. potatoes (or a bag of mini potatoes) in their jackets. Peel and slice thinly.

Fry slowly in skillet, then drain on paper…
6 slices bacon

Saute in bacon fat until golden brown…
3/4 cup chopped onion

Blend in…
2 T. glour
1 to 2 T. sugar
1 1/2 t. salt
1/2 t. celery seeds
dash of pepper (needs more than a dash in my opinion)

Cook over low heat, stirring until smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in…
3/4 c. water
1/3 c. vinegar

Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Stir in carefully the potatoes and the crumbled bits of bacon. Remove from heat, cover, and let stand until ready to serve.

Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Published in: on March 10, 2008 at 8:28 pm  Comments (10)  
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