"My happiness comes from the satisfaction of the guests and the fact that we have made many friends during the 3 years from the people that come in here every week. I like the friendliness and learning to recognize the same people all the time. It is nice. And of course when people from around the world come in here they always ask about the food and where the recipes come form. My presentation is modern with recipes from, as you say, Grandmother´s kitchen." says Andreas. "Everyday that I open the door I am happy to have risked opening my own restaurant. It is fun to create the menu and it is great to see the guests appreciate that."
O Hey! Want to meet a real Naples Man? Born in Germany? With the best authentic Pizza ever? Come meet Armando :
the Traditional Napoletana Restaurant, Da Armando, Pictured below, Armando´s brother playing the guitar at the restaurant and a dish of delicate desserts.
Armando owns Da Armando on Landsberger Staße in Muenchen. As I wondered into the restaurant near the Augustiner Headquarters I am greeted warmly from the Naples Italian Entrepreneur. He speaks only a little english and tons of German, and of course Italian. "For 8 years I own the restaurant. The food is from the Naples region, Pesce, Carni, Pizza, Pasta, and here try these," he says as he gives me cool little dolce treats..."Rafealo, Roccoco from Naples." And the friends that know me know that I eat these immediately! Yum. Especially the Roccocos.
Here the surprisingly tiny pizza that is wonderful. The cook brought it from the kitchen and yum. "It is a special Naples pizza. The Germans love the pizza. They love it." Armando says in his funny charming try at English. I know. I know. I should speak German. And at least Italian! I try but it is probably as funny as he is trying to tell me about his specialties in English! The pizza is thin compared to the traditional Naples style. "Yes it is our own homemade. It is a special pizza." I eat one slice and they save it til I come back. It is my dinner:)
Lake Starnberg Germany(muenchen)
"The biking trends took off about the 1970s and 1980s...before that it is the banana bikes as children that you said that you had...we as Germans had these too. But people started seeing these as ways to travel and as extreme sports and the Olympics...soon everybody wanted a bike. With the movie ET the BMX had worldwide recognition. Now everybody owns a bike or wants to own a bike. And people start collecting the cool retros. The bikes here are the latest colors the latest styles...they have to look cool or people don't want to buy these bikes. That is the reality." he says.
Usually when I write about Bike Stores I add a lot of pictures of the bikes yet the store here is such a funny and fun team...Jens,"I said that I love to talk, remember," he keeps reminding me when I ask questions... "The one cool thing that we do have is the Gravel Racers. These are only for Gravel and have the wide tires...and sand too and mud. The other thing is the carbon bikes very expensive the black one is around 10,000.00 euros and has the electric gears. That is a new type of bike that everybody asks for."
- "The areas that we have right now is the 6" he says.
I met Harold from Weinhaus Scheneider and had 3 hrs. of history, great wine, and his story. Ciao
And in Tutzing, the city right on the Sbahn line from Lake Starnberg right on the lake is http://www.tutzinger-hof.de/ a lovely house with big comfortable rooms and a beer garden and restaurant.
Hauptstraße 32 Telefon: 08158 / 936-0 82327 Tutzing
Does he eat only Turkish food? He laughs and answers himself, "I eat Bavarian food too! I love German food and I love Turkish Shis-ka-bob!" And I say that I love that too. The place is elegant and open and airy and has wonderful real Turkish food in a Bavarian open elegant restaurant setting. A must try..."we do bartending and waitressing and helping the guests. All of us. Like family. Everybody helps each other."
The sweet innocent Murat owns the restaurant, "to bring Turkey to Germany. Every year many tourists from around the world come to Turkey to vacation and I want to bring Turkey here so they don´t have to go on vacation to Turkey. They can just come here." says Murat through the help of his niece, the Munich Cowboys American Football Cheerleader, my interpreter!
Circle 5 soon to become!° Falscher Hase known as the Wrong Rabbit.
I say to Ferhat that it has a foggy feeling to it, that Henrys and that it reminds me of Virginia...where fog is everywhere especially at night.
Elisenhof, Prielmayerstraße 3 089 20928336
We´re having a standing DJ on Friday and Saturday nights and a place named Henry´s that will be bringing us burgers. The Henry´s is right across the street and they bring the burgers...the guests order these and we don´t have to do the dishes. And the DJ mingles with the crowd in a standing fashion and that way is pretty cool too. "
"We added more luxury...more leather sofas, more seats to sit and chat...and a couple of lazy chairs outside...lawn chairs..." says the Turkish owner of the Y Julieta Finest Cigars in Muenchen. I ask the Cigar Aficinado,
seated smoking a Monte Cristo, his favorite if they knew that is the age of Juliet´s 14 time of her death? "We had the name in Central Muenchen before here so this is a coincidence..." they laughingly admit.
"My favorite is the Trinidad since it has a special story...that is the cigar that Castro saved for his official state guests...a present from Castro, but Che is the one that took the special rolled Cohibas and had the first idea to export cigars from Cuba to make money for their cause...and after Castro made President he renamed these Trinidad and had special rollers in Cuba that hand rolled each one for each of his guests. That is my favorite." he says. On the wall is special types of cigars and of course Che. When I ask he says, "No Che isn't a bad guy." and he laughs...but he looks like a bad guy.
"The other thing that I added is that...see the sign on the wall? It is Habanos Point and that shows the world that we have the highest quality of Cuban cigars...you must have had the variety and quality for a little while to have the company grant you that award. It is similiar to Michelan guide." he says.
Hallo Aficinado,is the first thing you read on the website funny yet friendly that is the owner and a perfect chat...
"I really loved America especially New Orleans since you can wake up at 10:00am and hear real jazz played right outside the window." Yes I say I love jazz and that city is the best. "In addition we do carry the most cuban cigars anywhere in the city." http://www.y-julieta.de/
Brienner Str. 13 (Innenhof Almeida Palais) 80333Munchen There is tons of construction around the site...but it is worth finding...across the street from the big KITON ON Oskar-von-Miller/Ring STRASSE
And Albert? Ciao. "MonteCristo...It is strong and of the highest quality. It is Cuban of course. The reason that people buy Cuban is because it is the only place in the entire world that has the perfect climate to grow the finest quality of cigars. That is why people that know cigars choose these and yes I guess the Americans choose these too because everybody wants what they can´t have." They laugh and say that the people that come here with consistency are people that appreciate and know quality cigars. "We have a club where it is member's only and in the room here they can store all that they buy from us...cigars" When I say that is when the wives don't want them smoking cigars and they have to smoke here... "Yes exactly." he says laughing...
He shows me the special room right when you walk into the cigar store and I peek inside...it has the names of the members on each of the box and I think hmm it looks just like the lockers at the camping international hostel where i am staying! It is funny to see everybodys names! Above is that picture the most classiest you ever saw?
In addition the store is a exklusive carrier of such rare items as ferrari sunglasses and one of the rare stores that is allowed to carry one of the 31 edition Cartier sunglasses. The one in Munchen is famous for the number 2 edition out of 31 in the world...price tag? 17,000.00 euros!
Everytime I visit the store since they always do the latest in the industry of contacts I take a little fun time and try on all the glasses...I know that Lynn can't wait til I am done playing to do my contacts! but it is kind of fun to see how the glasses transform you into different people!
Ask to talk to Lynn the cool funky manager at Exklusiv Optik and she can help find some cool frames and lenses. The store is serious eyewear and has really expensive items one of a kind and yet funky 31E glasses that make one seem smart!
Brienner str.7 80333 munchen +49.89 2907 1010
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David is a English Guy...the sense of dry humore you know as he fixes his bike he comments about the characters coming in and out of the store and what he would rather be doing!
"I would like to open the store and have a coffee bicycle store...maybe with a workshop attached." I thought that he meant let people work on their own bikes and use his tools..."I would have too charge more than 5Euros to use my tools however that is a idea."Van moof bike below....cool
The funnest thing about owning the bike store? "All the people that come in. Like the one that just left!" he says laughing...and the bikes? "we've got big bikes, small bikes, city bikes, mountain bikes, tour bikes, racing bikes..." and my favorite is the Trek bike..."Yep the trek bike we got outside it is the one in the middle the black one...." Yes I love Trek....and the Principia pictured...
He has always loved racing, "As a kid I would race everywhere and my dad being a engineer he taught me how to fix the bikes. The one bike I own is a racing bike. The carbons are my favorites since they're light and you can take these anywhere." They are cool the carbons and pricey of course 5,000E and up...If you love biking it is better than a car...save and give yourself! a present of a cool bike.
Amalienstrasse 46 is where you can find a fun funky indoor and outdoor eclectic cafe of French fries as Americans say and Pommes as the German's say.
Pommes Pommes and Pommes...If a normal person eats one fish and chips newspaper wrapped Pommes every 10 days that is pretty good if however you are the way that I am I tend to eat Pommes everyday. I especially love the real fattening Pommes...and you can definitely find these here. The owner however says that his Pommes "they're healthy..." and the fattening things are the different homemade sauces lined up on the wall that you add to these Pommes. My favorite is the Hamburger Hot sauce with added Jalepeno. It is really hot if you want to try. 18 of em all lined up:)
Bernhard is the owner of the very busy restaurant but if you catch him he is a geniunely nice guy. Serious about his business...when I stood in the restaurant waiting for my Pommes at least 10 people came in ordering within 5 minutes. Hmm...maybe a Pommes franchise is in the future?' (The going rate for Munchen franchises these days? 15,000Euros! However the one here might be a little more...) When I ask Bernhard if he knows the Chicago based Moes Burgers and French Fries he says that he doesn't but that they probably go through as many potatoes per day as the famous American Franchise. 5 Guys named Mo...which go through about 65 huge Idaho potato bags per day. "I don't really know how many we do and if I did my boss probably wouldn't like it if I told you" says one of the staff who is very nice by the way... hmm ancient secret...I think we should send people into the restaurant every 15 minutes to order pommes and count how may they sell in one day!..including the ones that we eat.
Rive Gauche is well-known everywhere at Munchen. Whenever I show the website people always say, "O I know him...I know that restaurant. It is a great French restaurant." You can always tell the quality of a place if the locals and the business owners recommend it. That is Rive Gauche. The owner is nice pictured here above and with the "piano guy!". He is an authentic Frenchy. From France and you're lucky if you happen upon him at his place as he is often back and forth. He has been here more than 20 years at the same location. "IT used to be predominantly a gay neighborhood but in the last 5 years there has been a transgression to a mixed neighborhood and especially young families moving in. Everybody is open and active in the region here. I like it more today in the mixture of people coming together. It used to be closed and now it is more friendly. A great group of people here." says the young French owner Arnaud.
I sat outside of the French Bistro one night and Arnaud treated me with a lovely Burgandy from France , of course, and his own recipe of Chicken with Prune Sauce...I know it was pretty good. The people watching isthe best and you can sit along the window sill covering yourself with big fluffy brown blankets that he provides for his outdoorsy guests. Intimate cozy setting. Cool Had Fun
Thalkirchner Str. 11 Telefon 089 / 23 23 18 98