Casual yet upscale elegance in the student area of Munchen located on the 
          corner of 55 Amalienstraße  and 11 Schellingstraße. 
                             Hence the name:    55 Eleven Cafe
   "You want pancakes at 10.00am, come on in. We have a great breakfast menu, a student priced lunch menu and innovative burgers, such as the Avocado Burger, and Philly Cheesesteak at night along with finger foods and Poke Bowls. We do it to the best that we can. We aren´t fine dining and we aren´t a Italian restaurant, so I don´t have these items, yet what I do have is the best I can offer. We have great cocktails too." says the friendly and happy boss named Cossi who has owned 55eleven the last 4 years. 
   "I redo the menu about once a year. It is a inclusive menu of my ideas and travels around the world and always seeing something of interest, taking a picture, trying it with the chefs. Actually 4 of the team are me and the chefs and we try the creations with a added little innovations from us and we eat a lot of food when we do the menu. We have a big menu and we scale it to one page. It is fun to add new items. One of the biggest items is the Philly cheesesteak, which the real Philadelphians either love or not. They say that the real slices of beef and the truffle cheese is a little too upscale for a real Philly cheesesteak! Yet all of my food is the freshest and real ingredients. I don´t use cheese in a tube. And my Avocado burger is without bread. The Entire Avocado is the bun with salmon on the inside and with dip and it is a favorite and 100% of it is healthy." 
   It is a funky place that is the renewed life creation of the boss chef, Cossi Medde, "I had always come to the News Cafe which had been here since 1993. I wanted to buy it the minute it was for sale since I thought I could do something more contempory and more in tune with the original idea of the News Cafe. The owners had wanted it to be a meeting place for reporters and journalists and writers around the world to come and exchange ideas and I believe that now it is much more that vision than before." 
  reservations:  Amalienstraße 55

089 / 20076 83 4

"It is a comfortable place, a little upscale at the bar and cosy and I have student prices at lunch for the students, which since we are in the middle of the university section of the city is important. Yes, we have many craft beers, yet we are more a cocktail bar at night. We aren´t a pub or beer garden. The prices are very reasonable, though and the music is loud at night since the people love to dance to it. On Fridays and Saturdays DJs til 3.00am." 
   "My main focus is on having my team work together and I always want to choose the character of my place and its characters. We do two button pushings a day. In the morning with a espresso and I insist on a smile on the faces and at the dinner shift with a shot of alchohol and a smile on the face. I want the team to have fun and be creative and since we spend more time here with our life than any other place, of course I want it to be high quality time and to interact and know our guests. Yet I always have to remind my team, at least, that they are here to do a job!" laughs Cossi. 
                               Weinhaus Schneider located at Sparkassenstraße 1Bildergebnis für weinhaus schneider munchen
         The over the top ornate beauty of Weinhaus Schneider is discovered in its luxurious decor along with it´s impeccable service run by the family of Harald of the famous Schneider brewery, the fondue restaurant is number one in Munchen, yet the Boss Harald says, "That is because it is the ONLY FONDUE RESTAURANT IN MUNCHEN. It is easy to be number one when you are the only one." He says humbly, yet it´s formal yet friendly reputation is well deserved. The only item on the menu is fondue which the boss Harald prepares the sauces himself every morning. The recipes are a secret and will remain so, yet the guests come from everywhere in the world to taste the fondue which have service of 2 people or more, or if you are one person and feel like eating lots of fondue go for it!  +49(0)89 2 91 6 1 306

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     The room upstairs with it´s decor and setting as if from the 1920s room of the Titanic, exquisite childhood toys and collecting items from when Harald in his youth used to drive Trotters, Standardbreds in Sarasota Florida for the Roberto Cavalli family, yes THE ROBERTO CAVALLI DESIGNER FAMILY. "Some of these items should be in museums, yet I keep the priceless trophies, tapestrys and family heirlooms upstairs in the dining area, where you can be transported back to the past and you can have the utmost luxurious privacy and service with my family fondue recipes." +49(0)89 2 91 6 1 306
   The first day I said Hello to Harald he was making his fondue sauces and I yelled hello in the open windows in the summer. He asked if I wanted to sit at the dining room table and chat about the history of the Weinhaus Schneider and we sat 3 hours and drank a 500.euro bottle of wine, of which he said his director of many years, Mikala yelled at him at dinner about. PS the best wine I ever had form 1963.Bildergebnis für weinhaus schneider munchen
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              With many Fondues to choose from and a variety of cheeses, be prepared to experience a very rich evening of the highest quality in a candlelighted 1920s antique atmosphere that is so overstuffed with antiques and priceless collectibles that you will have a difficult time deciding whether to eat or to browse the museum of treasures! Do Both...  reservations:  +49(0)89 2 91 6 1 306
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            Mike´s Bike Tours are fun and playful and with the new addition of exclusive private tours
from 2 people to 8 people, you can do an entire week around Bavaria. It has beautiful castles and mountains, lakes and forests and of course historical sites. To learn more about how to book a private tour from as little as one day notice up to 3 months notice, please use the website                                                                                                                
    And everybody knows Octoberfest, right? Where the Prince Albert Von Thurn und Taxis and his lovely 
family even attend! The Chancellor Angela Merkle has been known to enjoy a liter or two, yes they only serve LITERS of BEER at OCTOBERFEST IN MUNICH, which the tours start daily from 9.30am and 3.30 amd September 20 to October 5th.  They would love for you to join the over 6 million visitors every year and try on the traditional Dirndls and Lederhosens as you maybe enjoy a liter of beer. Or since you´re bike riding share a liter! Click to enlarge image IMG_0929.jpg

   In addition check out the fact that you can rent bikes hourly, daily and weekly. His is the biggest English speaking bike tour company in Europe, with a additional location in Amsterdam. Mike started out as a student from Long Island New York coming to Munich with 12 bikes and himself asking tourists if they wanted tours. He has grown to such a big company and "loves Munich. I have made my home here and as a matter of fact I don´t feel German, I do feel American yet the quality of life in Bavaria is unbeatable!" he says. 
    The Vietnamese Colorful and Playful "we want you to feel like you are on a vacation within a vacation"
                                               BAMI HOUSE 1976 OF MUNCHEN...
Meet a "Bami" the Vietnamese sandwich which is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and according to the chief financial officer, NHA, "a secret Vietnamese recipe in Vietnam that we couldn't even score the recipe on," says NHA. Yes, the delightful and very cool new friend of mine, NHA, speaks that way! 
   "The story of my boss,Mr. Hoang , is that he started as a technical engineer at Audi and opened with his wife a couple of Vietnamese High Fine Dining Restaurants in Munchen. One day, he says, he wanted to try something a little more authentic and playful and representative of his homeland and culture, Vietnam. He took a sabbatical of 2 years from Audi, and opened his first Bami House 1976."
 Mr. Hoang's wife, Mrs. Ngu yen is a master of restraurants, having managed his last 3 before BAMI HOUSE 1976. They are a fun and young couple and they love to present to the community and to tourists the culture of Vietnam in the hopes that once you see the Joy of the Vietnamese people that is shown with the colors of the flags and the tables and the small chairs, that you will want to fly to Vietnam and continue your vacation!" says NHA and as I view the photos on the wall of my BAMI HOUSE 1976, I want to fly today! 

  "I believe that my boss wanted a place to show the real street food of Vietnam. I know now Americans think of the wildness of Vietnam and they are so curious and inquisitive when they walk in. They ooh and ahh and they are so happy to eat the food and to talk to us and of course since we want our guests to have a good time on vacation, we have the Vietnamese vodka of 40% to make our long drinks!" laughs NHA and I start laughing too! Okay, bring on the Vodka from Vietnam!   
  "You know, Mr. Hoang's first BAMI HOUSE 1976 is tiny and he thought he could try, yet we had 100 meters of people in line outside and he said, okay, let's do another and another and yes we are very successful today. It had it's first opening on April 2017 and we now have 5 in Munchen and 2 in the progress. We have many franchises from everybody in the world wanting us. Why do we have success when others don't! Because the food is very good! And I am not just saying that because I made it or I am a team person here or I am from Vietnam. It is very good and very tasty and very inexpensive and the atmosphere is such as I said that you can feel as if on vacation while on a vacation." says my lovely friend NHA.
                       I invite him to try 
BAMI HOUSE 1976 in Miami and in Key West, two special places that the people would absolutely LOVE! And I forget to invite him to MONACO france where they, too, would love it! Risultati immagini per bami house of munich
"While the team does have many native Vietnamese people working here, we do hire everybody," says NHA. He is a young and very funny intelligent person who pretends to be not so! His humor is catching and authentic and the interview one of my most pleasureable, so therefore I am assuming the team and food is that way. "Yes, the team, I hope, has fun. Although it is work, I guess, every BAMI HOUSE 1976 has a fisherman's hut that is a replicate of a real fisherman's hut in Vietnam that  Mr. Hoang  everyday growing up as a child and wanted it here to remind him of home. Of course, it has the kitchen and bar in the fisherman's house at BAMI HOUSE 1976, yet at the heart it is a fisherman's house." he says.                                                        
What do I love about BAMI HOUSE 1976? The team and especially NHA, the totally cool fact that Vietnam has Victorian streets and pictures on the wall show the cities that are gentrified and welcoming. You know, Americans think The DEER HUNTER, and we are shown Charleston in the photos. That is what culture and truth and reality is about. Learning about each other. Tastes of the food and of the hospitality, although NHA says, "Well we aren't nice all the time. We are human and we have to be nice to guests!" to which I can't stop laughing. Love the honesty. "No, what I mean,  is that we are nice to guests, yet at times if we are busy, we are stressed and react with, Okay, I have to hurry and bring the food or the drinks, etc.! " 
   O and what is the concrete streets that pave the landings of the tables and chairs? 
   "It is street food of Vietnam. Every BAMI HOUSE 1976 has a real street in it that the tables are on. You must experience the reality of a charming village in Vietnam!"
   Okay, ready? GOOD MORNING VIETNAM! 

        Leopoldstr. 44 / 80802 München
Bahnhofplatz 7 / 80335 München
 Türkenstr. 21 / 80799 München 
Schellingstr. 20 / 80799 München

Holzstr. 19 / 80469 München
   Hohenzollernstr. 43 / 80801 München (coming soon)
 Tal 1 / 80331 München 
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                                                 COCO chic restaurant University city
  I loved COCO the minute I saw the sign. First because I love Coco Chanel and her spirit and second because the entry and the visual restaurant is beautiful. Soft white washed walls with sparse decorations inviting people with open spaces amongst glamour and elegance. It has a hidden alcove with a Alice in Wonderland couch and fluffy french pillows, modern eclectic chairs and tables and window pillows and high tables for the more yuppy sort! It has a little bit of everything and it is a true representation of the creative master, Ivan, who only speaks German and I had to have a translator to help me with the interview!
                                           Located at:  Barer Str. 68 80799 München
  "Along with our specialty tonics that we do with the specialty, Gins, we have our own signature drinks to make every level of expertise happy. You can sip a coffee tonic which has a little bit of sparkle to it or have a smooth Gin and Tonic. The bartender loves to create!" says Ur, who along with Yaren helped me to translate Ivan's fun and inventive side of looking at life. Here with the very lovely team.
   Ur, who is the top cook says, "Every month we create a new menu and it is based on Mediterranean at first and now has more Italian fusion types of food along with the Mediterranean flair. I try to present the highest quality food with the best prices and everybody can enjoy COCO, including the family."
  "The place evolves everyday from the VIP soft upholstered barstool that you said you love to the little colors of candles or the ornate metal sign above the door. When I walk into the restaurant I notice little touches that Ivan has created that day and I always smile and say, O that is definitely Ivan!" laughs Yaren. 
      The warm and kind boss, Ivan, of COCO in Munchen with his family pictured here. His lovely assistant, Yaren said of Ivan, "He wants you to know that he has a great team that he has taken many years to build and he always wants to do things with his team. He says that he is the best because his team is the best!"
   "I first started working with Ivan about 4 years ago a couple of hours per day. He said to me one day, you should come to my new restaurant and work with me, as I worked with him in Okra, which is a very special light modern falafel bistro. It is unique to falafel bistros and always written as the best. While people always think of falafel places as fast food his is very different." says Yaren as she walks with me and Ivan to his first place, named Okra which is a rather pleasant surprise. 
   The falafel restaurant and kabob, which only has the freshest vegatables and ingredients, including the totally homemade sauces, is located at Schellingstrasse 44. 
     "The people love it since they can eat fresh grilled veggies and highest quality meat that is healthy as it is on the spit. In additon, the bread isn't fried with grease, it is on the grill and that is very healthy too." 
     "Ivan takes great care in making the fresh salads and falafel and he prepares all himself for you," says Yaren as we wait watching Ivan make my little falafel box. The food is very healthy and totally non-fattening, since it is only fresh ingredients and if you are on a sporty diet, you can definitely eat here with joy! 
           SUPREME NEEDLE ART of Munich located at Holzstrasse 22 
         The Beautiful Subtle Art of little Diamond Piercings...
  And if you only want a small piercing of diamonds, he does that too! "Everybody is special and since it is a individual decision of what you want, if you want some piercings, we do that, if you want extreme body modification we walk you through the process. Just remember to talk the process of each with the professional here. Make an appointment with me and talk about what it is you are thinking about doing. 
     Yes, We even correct a piercing or tattoo, yet I would rather you choose a method that you love as a person. For me, it is my body and I want to do what I want with it. If it is your body you do what you want with it. Each person has the right to choose." he says.Nice cool person and gorgeous studio, and as I say, if you are going to do something do it well. 
   Muck is a professional. Hands Down. I met the young piercing and body modification artist today at his studio named Supreme Needle Art in Munchen, which he manages together with his closest friend, called Nurik. 
    And while I am very happy to give tourists around the world the best restaurants and the funnest, in addition to fun active things to do, it is always a pleasure to add a little something different. Piercing perhaps.
   Or "Gorgeous tattoos that are so real you can not duplicate these. The best, coming today, in my opinion, are Russian, Ukraine, Eastern European tattoor artists whose realism is amazing. I have 2 resident tattoo artists in my studio, and all other styles covered from artists around the globe and sometimes up to 3 visiting artists. I have worked in the business as a pure professional the last 11 years and I know the good ones. The clean ones. The professionals that have the education and the training to safely give you  what you want for your body. And above all, it is your body, afterall. If you are 18 and above you can certainly decide if you want body modification and piercing and tattoos." he says as he happily shows me his VERY PROFESSIONAL STUDIO  complete with 4 state of the art(soon to be 5) leather tattoo chaired stations and a private office where the body modification is done. Risultati immagini per supreme needle art munchen
  Just as you wouldn´t have surgery from your neighbor, you would find a professional doctor,
              DON´T TRY THIS YOURSELF!   Muck is a professional: Only find the best professionals for something as involved as that, yet if you want it go to Muck! Risultati immagini per supreme needle art munchen

"I have had certification in my field. If you work with me I insist on it. You can go to any profession and find bad studios and you can go to any profession and find top of the line studios. Mine is top of the line. I have had my own studio the last 2 years and it is very respected with trusted people working with me." 
     What exactly is body modification?  I ask...I am a geek afterall! Muck smiles(he always smiles), "It is modifying the body, such as implants," and shows me the instagram.
Or scarification, where you actually have designs carved. It isn´t for the faint of heart and I suggest if you are a EXTREME EXTREME sports personal, it is for you!   Muck shows me several different types, such as shown at the link here.

For the people that love Tattoos instead: 
Here are some examples of different Artists of Supreme Needle Art Artisits. Okay, how much time and money are we talking here? I ask and Muck says laughing, "The one you see took all day. About 10 hours and it is 1,000 euros. I always tell people when they come it that it depends on the amount of tolerance you have, your comfort zone and how long you are willing to sit for it. You know it is a delicate procedure and a involved one and the effect is permanent. We hope!" 
 The unbelievable beauty of the resident Russian Tattoo artists in Andreas´s studio! 

      Remember the days when we tried hiding scars! "Body modification is basic scarring. You want a permanent design on your body, a piercing or you want a tattoo. People are different. Some people come to me with tattoos they don´t want any longer and I do reconstruction of a sort and clear that tattoo. If you have earlobes that have been stretched and want these back to normal, you come to me, and we start the healing process. The reason that I tell people to think about a tattoo, though, is don´t put yourself through a sometimes painful process til you are sure you want that piercing or body modification or tattoo. These are supposed to be pernament. Find a artist you trust and a design you love and do it. Every person that is resident tattoo artist with me or a visiting one is from my adventures that I have personally met either at their tattoo places in Russia or America or at a Tattoo convention and we spent the day and night out getting to know each other and I trust these people. They are allowed to practice their craft here since it is my reputation on the line. My studio has a great reputation and I am keeping it that way." he says. 
     SUPREME NEEDLE ART has many different types of tattoo artists and on himself he has different body modification styles if you want to see the results of each method. It was a learning experience for me, to say the least and while I am a more subtle person and have a tiny tattoo, some people love the piercings( of which he is a master at) and the styles of body modifications. So, on your trip to Munchen and to Europe, please make the appointment with Andreas and bring back a more personal souvenir.
           Alright is everybody excited to show mom and dad your piercings, body modifications and tattoos from your European trip! Here is where you can find
                                            Supreme Needle Art... 
                                           Holzstrasse 22    80469 Munchen
                          Walk in or appointments: 

                                   +49 1629688732 // +49 1746075776

            The students love the Goldoni Holzofenpizzeria, which is owned of a Afghanistan family, the father, Hamid and his son, Haschmat helps him out,"When my father is super busy with guests I come to help a little. Maybe make a pizza or help Yunus with the kabobs," he says. Are the pizzas good? Haschmat laughs,"Yes they very good and the gnocchis and pasta is good, too!"   +49 89 54 24 3 57 7
                            Meet the diverse community of Munich, Yunus above from Syria, has made his life here, 
          along with Hamid and Haschmat of Afghanistan. Lovely kind people

  "I think that the reason the guests come here is since they can choose many items. They don´t have to have a quick Kabob and the friends go somewhere else for pizza or a salad or gnocchis, for instance. My father has a good quality kabob with freshest vegetables everyday and we have great pizza that my father makes personally right in front of you. He loves to make hearts and he is very kind." That is very true. Very kind. Augustenstraße 31...about 300 meters from the  Hauptbahnhof Train Station. While you are waiting for your train, take a 15 minute walk, have lunch, and enjoy! 
           +49 89 54 24 3 57 7
            Call and make your pizza request. 
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  "I am from Afghanistan," says Hamid and I clap enthusiastically. "You are my very first Afghanistan owned place on my website in 8 years," I says. Do to the fact America and Afghanistan countries are at odds. +49 89 54 24 3 57 7
   He smiles, "I am happy you love my restaurant," he says as he asks me to take a picture of the heart pizza! "My restaurant is for families and students since that is what we represent here too. It is inexpensive, say 8.00euros for a pizza. And students can have lunch here everyday for 10 days and the next day they receive a free pizza. They especially love the kabobs during lunch though. They can eat healthy with plenty of vegetables on the kabob and it is quick. At night they come here before going out for drinks." 
    I love the Lederhosen´s of the Bavarians, as they must be preparing for the Octoberfest and drinking beer!  Outside of course. Inside the family restaruant you can find good food and soft drinks, for instance. 
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   Here a cool group of hard-working students attending the University near the Pizzeria Goldini restaurant on Augustenstraße 31.  "We´re having kabobs today, yet thanks for the Pizza cards!" says the students pictured here, as I hand out pizza cards that you buy 10 pizzas and the 11th is free. 
    Hamid has a better system for the tourists and students though. "You can bring a group of  people and 10 people receive stamps of buying the pizza and 1 person has a free pizza that same day. You can add your friend´s pizzas, too. As long as you have 10 pizzas bought on that card, I give you another pizza!" he says. Cool!
      "The university that we are at is for people who have been in the workplace in a vocational environment and going back to school. It is a nice place here in Munich and we´re all at that one." says one of the nice students, all of who seem super happy to be eating Kabobs today! 
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                 USAGI restaurant MUNCHEN located at: Thalkirchnerstrasse 16
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  "You know when you first open a restaurant, you have a idea in your mind of what you want and when I worked with my head chef, (I am a chef too and I do about 5 days of cooking here,)  I give him total free rein to create. He would become bored if I designed only what I want on it. He has chosen about 40 wines form various countries including a very good selection of German Reislings, over the years, 3 to be precise. and he makes the menu. I guess that is why we are a little different. It is a fusion of Japanese food and cooking, yet the chef decides the dishes he presents and they are based on the Japanese themed menu, yet we present our versions to the guests as a surprise. So, yes you can eat Japanese food here, yet the presentations and the fusions are a little bit based on the before experience of the head chef."Image may contain: indoor
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   I feel that the other real difference is the warmth of the restaurant. It is eclectic and cozy and open with its big windows and airy space and has such a unique feel to it that you keep discovering cool items to observe. And the food is great and the cocktails too. Love it!Image may contain: 1 person, indoor You will love the eclectic and rather eccentrically charming Japanese and Head chef Fusion restaurant in Munchen´s trendy gentrified section Thalkirchner Str. 16 , but mostly you will love the boss, Philipp, pictured here, who, along with his father, built the entire bistro cafe funky casual Japanese themed restaurant themselves. "The walls are painted from friends, the metal chairs and bar and actually all of it is built from my father and me and we kind of started a Japanese inspired restaurant from the Japanese restaurants I used to go to in New York where I loved the atmosphere and the food. I wanted something just like that here. And we have had it about 3 years and the guests love it. The item that is of most importance to me is the fact that we started with one restaurant of about 4 wines and a nice menu to something totally unique such as the 40 bottles of wine we have now and a menu that is constantly being created." Says Philipp. One of his favorite words is "creating!" and he says that his ventures and his life is constantly being creating constantly moving forward and I find that here in the USAGI.
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 SHADOW BEAN is the Super Hero light simplistic exotic bistro in Munich! 

                                           located at:   Augustenstrasse 56     


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         The minute that I walk into the Shadow Bean in Muchen, Germany, I want to start singing, "Super Heroes to the rescue," because of the very big and colorful comic posters adorning the brick walls. The place is open with huge windows and is "cozy and comfortable" according to one of the two partners, Markus, who happens to be the chef. "I studied cooking in south Germany with the youngest 3 star Michelin in the world, then Spain, and Los Angelos America 4 years, and then Spain again, and now here. Kamen is my partner and he is a great barrister bartender. He loves being out with the pepole and directing the place and the team and I love being in the kitchen." he says. Kamen has a sweet smile and looks identical to a young Robert Rodriquez, who I tell him and they both want to know who Robert Rodriquez is and I tell them he is the director of Desperados, my favorite movie. "We're thinking of doing our own comic character since a friend of ours, she is a artist and she said she could make comics of us, for us, for the bar." they say and I say that is a super great idea.             

      We have Health and Mana Potions on Game Night,where you can play card games and actually any kind of games  you want. Kamen made the drinks, with alcohol, of course to match, and maybe in the future we can have different themed nights, yet right now we are too busy to do anything except the bar, the food, the menu, you know for instance today I am alone in the kitchen and we are totally full. Yes, I enjoy it of course, yet sometimes, especially since we are only 3 months old, it is stressful!" Bildergebnis für shadow bean munich

  "Actually a American lady came in on Friday and Sunday and ordered French Toast and kept saying, Yum I love French Toast. We have American simple pancakes with blueberries inside!" says Markus. "Super inexpensive, really! You can have pancakes with maple syrup for 6.00 euros, same for the French Toast, the Tapas, 13 varieties are all throughout the day and they are varying form 3.50 euros to 9.00 euros. Cheap! That's why people come!" jokes Markus. 

               FRENCH TOAST

             SPANISH TAPAS 

The first day I met only Kamen, who made me laugh saying, "Our menu you can not find something that isn't from everywhere!" and I laughed at the choice of words!" We have English and American breakfasts and we have brunches that are international and we have Spanish tapas after 5.30pm. A couple of days ago, a couple came in and said that they wanted to eat every tapa on the menu and we have 13 tapa entries. I asked if maybe they wanted to try the tapas first and they said that they wanted all of these and they stayed 3 hours and drank and ate every tapa entry and all on the plates. I don't know how yet they do!" Ähnliches Foto

          Augustenstrasse 56     

    My favorite tapas are the Thymian Trüffel Fries and Kamen says, "Most people if they know what is good for them will order at least 2 tapas. We can make some pretty good drinks, too and the kitchen is only open til 9.30pm so they can stay and have some good cocktails or some cakes til midnight. Maybe a super hero comic trivia game night is in the future!"

    If I ask which Super Hero each is like, Markus keeps hedging. "I like the Flash!" says Kamen, yet says he isn't like the Flash. "We aren't really super heros we are more villians, that is why perhaps you're question caught me off guard!" laughs Markus. "Geeks are more into the super heroes the good guys." I say that I think more the techies love the game night and the trivia, you know the ones who use computers all the time from San Fran and he raises a eyebrow at me..."Ya geeks!" he says laughing. "I'm not really a geek, but the guests find it hilariously funny to do game night, so we do game night!" I consider the definition awhile and see his point, "Yes I guess techies are geeks, aren't they!"
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       BACKPACKING IN BAVARIA...doing a Mike's Bike Tour around Bavaria is fun! Bildergebnis für mikes bike tours of munich    Mike´s Bike Tours in Munchen includes Bavaian Beer fun, of course! 
   The largest English Speaking Bike Tour Company in Europe started with the happy enthusiastic American, Mike, standing at the cathedral square with his 12 bikes and girlfriend asking Tourists if they would love a tour! Since 1995 his IS a SUCCESS STORY!
  Miranda, his American Office Manager, gave me her great educational lecture today on the tours. "Mike is great and I have to say, although I am an American, his enthusiasm surprises even me! He is always full of ideas and he comes in here and starts saying OK let´s do that and that and that today. Your happy because he is happy, yet he has so many ideas at once that when he leaves we all just kind of stand around in stunned disbelief!" 
   located at:  Brauhausstrasse 10 corner Hochbrückenstrasse and a sister Mike´s Bike Tours Amsterdam.
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Or you can do private tours that range from Beer drinking tours, walking tours (maybe a good idea when drinking beers) bus tours, and a agreement with James to Dachau Concentration Camp tours. 

Winter Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Tour by Bus

Winter Neuschwanstein & Linderhof Castle Tour by Bus
     The early morning ride through the English Garden to see the famous surfers catch the river waves! Bildergebnis für biking near the english garden of munich
"Our newest tour is the early morning river biking tour. It let´s you enjoy nature and although it doesn´t tell a lot of history, it is a relaxing gorgeous ride. We have The Classic Bike tour that is about 4 miles(the American slang) in 4 hours and you either enjoy lunch or dinner, German of course, we have Superior Bike tour that is also including the Konigsplatz and the NSDAP Headquarters(Fuhrerbau) where the Munich Agreement was signed in 1938, and the Deluxe Tour that you pretty much see all of Munchen´s highlights. That one is about 8 ot 7 hours and it is 10 miles which isn´t really that much, yet it is long. The Third Reich Bike Tour where we focus on the history of the Third Reich since 1919 for history buffs and we do the many castles of Ludwig, which all of his castles the state owns do to the fact that Ludwig got in too much debt in the beginning when he was building his castles. Yet they are stunningly gorgeous." she says and that is one tour I would love to see. 
       Team New Hampshire in the beautiful English Gardens of Munchen. "We have a lot of Americans, and English and Irish and Australian and New Zealand mostly since we are 100% English Speaking Tour Guides; however, if you speak english or even if you don´t, you can still take our tours and most importantly we have over 100 bikes for the great tourists that want to rent bikes and tour the city alone and with friends. WE LOVE BIKES AND BIKERS!" says Miranda happily when she talks about Americans. Does she miss America? "NO! I love Germany." she says. Bildergebnis für mikes bike tours of munich
                   SUSHI SOUL at Klenzenstrasse 71, Munchen

                                                      tel +49 (0)89 - 20 109 9 2  Bildergalerie | sushi + soul "I have the largest communal Japanese table in Europe, which is the long traditional style tables that I first encountered on my trips to Japan 20 years since. Everybody sits down on one long table and they immediately make friends with each other within a couple of minutes. I thought the idea cool and that is the first item in my restaurant. I coupled that with the Open sushi bar that has 3 sushi chefs, the head chef being with me 20 years now, where you can see the sushi as it is being prepared. I since have added two rooms with the traditional style of sitting without your shoes on and the people love it. The room is eclectic and pretty much coincides with my additions of Japanese wine, which we made ourselves, Japanese whiskey and Japanese gin, Japanese Vodka and of course the sake with our own signature sake cocktails," says the very very cool boss of Sushi Soul, Christian.  Sushi & Soul in München | Monaco de Luxe
      It is my first Japanese restaurant on my site in all the 8 years of building it and I tell Christian I am very excited to have the opportunity to learn about the Japanese culture and to introduce my guests to it.      Located at:  Klenzenstrasse 71
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  "And on Sundays you can sign up at the long table for Sushi classes which last from 11.00am to 2.00pm and I am here each Sunday. We have Whiskey tastes of about 5 Japanese Whiskeys and a couple others from Ireland and America, for instance, to try. And we have wine tastings a couple times per month, too. The Whiskey is great, of course and the menu just keeps getting bigger since everytime I learn of a new Japanese whiskey, I buy it!"   
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  "A couple of years since my daughter told me of a old traditional German Family near me that made chocolates and I bought about 35 of these at Christmas last year and gave these, along with our wine to my team. They loved it and we worked with the family and with Japanese whiskey brands and made 5 new whiskey chocolates that are 100% ours!" He gave me the 5 to eat and they are GREAT!
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    "We have the largest Japanese Whiskey collection in the entire world," says Christian, as he shows me a huge book with about 250 whiskeys, all from Japan, in it! "Some of the Whiskeys are no longer availabe and when the bottle is gone, it is gone. You would spend thousands and thousands of euros trying to buy and bottle and most do not even exist any longer." 

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  "Most people choose the Sushi to try since it is new for them, or they really love Sushi and they know we have a great reputation. I try to encourage the guests to try the suggested wine or whiskey or gin, for example, to help them with combination of sweet wine and a little sour sushi. They appreciate it much.!"
Yes a lot of bunk beds and lots of friends from around the world to meet. They always have traveling backpackers playing music, with around 500 people a night, it is difficult to find people not making friends! Please reserve on the sight and have fun...for familys too and you can bring your own tent in a secure safe place, campfires and tiki huts with very cheap food and very cheap beer. Take Tram 16-17 (night bus N17)from Central Train to Botanical Gardens, where the construction is jump off and take bus 17 ...ask the bus driver about 6 stops, and see the sign for TENT on the post follow it to the TENT! 
Reservations and take tram 16-17 from Central Munich Station Train about 5 kilometers on tram to botanical gardens bus 17 at end of tram continues 6 stops.
                       While you are at Mike's Bikes Tours in Munich, take that bike to Ingostaldt for the day which is about 45 kilometers from Munich or about 2 hours of biking, see the cool headquarters of Audi Cars and stop for a burger and whiskey lemonade midday at BurgerHeart before heading back to Munich. 
  When I first interviewed Daniel about 1 and 1/2 years since, he said, "The very cool and swanky BurgerHeart in Regensburg has at least 3 cool people that love and take care of it.    "I have to say that 1 is my father!" says Daniel. "He took care of it when we opened and even painted the walls!" he says. "And Domenic is my brother. He is great. I am the 3rd!" he laughs. "And of course my team is very nice and super enthusiastic and friendly. When the owner asked me to come to Regensburg and open the BurgerHeart and be the director I hesitated a little. We went to Wurzburg, where the original Franchise is from and when I saw how cool the place is designed and tasted the food and met the Franchise owner I said, "alright yes." It is a gorgeous place and we have the coolest space since it used to be a bank and we even have that huge Big Vault. Come here I can show it to you." he says and we run to the vault. The Vault is a huge bank safe door complete with the 5 combination locks on it, although the locks have been covered and you can´t get locked in any longer. Very cool.                                                          The Regensburg location is  Schwarze-Baren-Straße 10,  Ingostaldt is Am Westpark 2 
Now interviewing Domenic who always smiles and is so happy and enthusiastic about his restaurant, the vision, the new burger ideas and the guests that it is a total pleasure to chat 1 hr with him and joined the latter half with his girlfriend and team member, Nina, as I tasted my first Whiskey Lemonade and we chatted about how fun it is to work when it is busy. "Yes it is super busy, yet we have a better time when it is busy since you just enjoy the guests and the laughter and the fact that everybody is hungry when they enter and satisfied when they exit!"
     The Burgers are huge and I had the Killer Kowalski, which is a famous sports figure from Poland and I had eaten a couple bites when Domenic told me that my burger wasmade from red lentils and was 100% veggie! My first veggie burger ever and tasted great and plus I am on a total health focused diet and that is a definite on my list." The one here is a meat burger, of course! Image may contain: food
   "Everything is solid wood and heavy duty furnishings and no expense is sparred. The company wants the place to reflect the quality that the food represents and do it in their own sense of outlook on the world. It is a atmosphere meant to inspire fun for families and friends and we tried to add the great drinks and creative sports names and celebrities names that the burgers are named after for you to try."
   The location in Regensburg is at Schwarze-Baren-Strasse 10.  and the newest location at Ingostaldt is at Am Westpark 2. 
"Regensburg has students and tourists and of course locals, yet Ingostaldt is mostly the locals and the professionals who work at the big industries such as Audi Cars that has its headquarters there. We have top executives from Audi in everyday!"
And for the Americans and internationals around the world, ever hear of  Canadian fries? They-re basically huge with varied toppings piled on that you choose. Fattening? Yes. Worth it? Yes.
"Sußmund German and Austrian Restaurant is a combination of Austrian Kitchen and German Kitchen, yet I would like to name it cuisine from Around the Alps, let´s say that," says Andreas, one of the twins of the 3 people that own the homey Austrian decorated 3-1/2 year old restaurant in Munchen. "My brother, Martin and his wife Veronica, who I call Vroni all the time are my partners. They´re both from the Theater sector of society, actually," he says. "My brother is my twin, yet we look a little different. He has his own production company now named Sußmund Productions, since he used to be a director in Vienna, and he makes quirky funny videos to promote us on the internet. Vroni used to be the Lighting Designer and Sound Designer for Stage and they met in Theater. The first couple of months Martin tried to do both, yet we worked real long hours here and it was too much producing and doing the restaurants, and now he is back to trying to produce only our stuff!" he says seriously. 
     "I am the only one classically trained in culinary since I went to Hotel Management and Hospitality School near Lake Starnberg, where we have a little farm which is more of a big garden, where we grow seasonal vegatables for the restaurant. I worked in the Marriott in London 2 years and around Europe in Restaurants and finally one day when Martin actually approached me and asked if I would love to open my own restaurant, I said yes! I love it. I thought, why should I constantly work for other people instead of working for myself. Now I can create the things I really want to. You know standing behind a bar at the Marriott hotel as a bartender, or standing behind my own bar and getting to know my customers. That is better now. The three of us, since Vroni is from the southern Austria, Tyrol area, we talk to our head chef, who is also named Martin, and we do the menu everyday fresh and add a little of the Swiss Alps cuisine and one dish from Italian Alps. Today, for instance we have Tagliatelle in safransauce mit lachs und magold from Italy and Entrecote Vom Jungbullen mit rosmarienkartoffeh und rotweinjus, on the menu and on dessert is kaiserschmarrn, rumrosinen, mandeln, apfelmus. Would I ever wish to go back to corporate world? No. Never. I can not stress it enough." says Andreas laughing. 
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Basically they are a family of two twin brothers and one his wife. They are friendly and laughing and warm and super fun to have a chat with. The food they serve you is from the Alps and is from the finest highes quality including vegatables they grown in the family garden, near Lake Starnberg. Super nice and the food is presented beautifully, yet the important aspect is it tastes great!   
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 "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." Bildergebnis für Westermühlstraße 13

    "The one dessert that the Austrians are famous for is the type of baked pancakes that you tear little pieces of and eat. They are great."says Andreas. "Vroni is the one who designed the entire rooms of the restaurant, and she wanted it to feel as if you entered her living room and as a guest." It is true with the long wooden table and the white embroidered pillows and the fresh delicate flowers, all homey and woodsy. "Yes that is attributed to her and the cooking and food is me and the chef Martin. My brother likes to be with the people. He doesn´t cook in the kitchen here." 
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      Although the store is aesthetically pleasing to look at, it is the quality of the product and the care and expert craftmanship that goes into each and every appointment that really shows the difference between the Munchen Boutique and the rest of the world. 
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"Here follow me into the workshop. It is where we make the frames to fit each client. When they come in here they point and say I want that frame in that color and that prescription and I go shopping for one hour and come back. And I say Alright it is not a T-shirt. We take 3 days to 5 days to make the glasses to fit the person. Each one is handmade. Each one is handcrafted to fit the person. Sometimes, honestly for very specialized it takes a couple of months. One time a gentleman said Okay 3 months and I said, no 6 months. And he says, Okay, 3 months and I say no, 6 months and he says Alright! And the handmade glasses are made in 6 months and he is very happy!" he says as he tells me the stories of the clients. "The Russians are funny because they usually do want to rush and they say, now give it to me now. And the funny thing is maybe the glass that we use is specialized glass that is Impressive FreeSign 3, the best in the world, and is 1,200.00euros instead of 300.00 euros elsewhere and they talk to me and they say alright we stay 5 more days at Munchen! And they do. They stay longer and they have custom made glasses.. We only use Impressive FreeSign 3 in our frames." 
                                                                   Klaus Böhm
Mr. Klaus Böhm is the highly qualified director from 40 years at the Exklusiv Optik in Munich.He is always such fun to talk to and every year it is something different that he has! Not just in terms of the physical glasses and frames in the store, yet always innovative new techniques or programs that he is either involved in or the Master of! 
     "Let me show you my golfing section of which the young pro named Patrick Kopp wears the name of Sohnges on the shirt. We sponsor him. And of course now he says, O I want to wear the Oakley Sunglasses. They always want to wear the Oakley´s because of the colors. O I must wear the Oakley´s they say." he laughs as he lets me try these on. Bildergebnis für oakley sunglasses  colorsYes I say the young snowboarders and surfers are totally into the Oakleys!  I started working with the Company Headquarters our of Colorado that trains young people from 10 to 21 in the program named Dynamic Sports. It involves many things from eye coordination to strength and we work with these youths in developing these techniques here now at Munchen at University where I train them one time per week. Rafael Nadal works with the colored beans on long strings to develop eye coordination and it is one of the techniques we use." He has for fun me try a couple of the hand-eye coordinaton games and of course the youths are much better at it! Yet it is tons of fun. 
"Now the last 3 months we have 3 pair of Cartier original vintage sunglasses. One is the 30 year old platinum original frame from 1986. It is original and only these exist in the entire world. As soon as people know that we have it of course they will come. And then I must try to find something similiar! Now I have 3 original Cartier frames that only exist here. Nowhere else in the world are the originals without being used." he laughs. "A little while ago a old optician died in Paris and they found originals worth 250,000.00 in the basement of his store. I bought a couple of these items and they are in the store here in Munchen. Of course I wanted to buy the whole batch, yet I settled for these. In the business when you have a wonderful reputation that we have we can always find unique items around the world. The young Arab Princes want the new frames, their fathers wanted the vintage ones and now the young Prince´s want the Platinum frames. They change with time. The Asian culture loves the Lotus and the Lindburgh, which are more expensive. However, let me show you another special Ray Ban, solid gold!" he starts laughing and we both can´t stop laughing. SOLID GOLD! "Yes try these on. They´re very  heavy." And I try these on and they hurt my nose they are so heavy!Bildergebnis für solid gold raybans
"You look great in these!" he says and yet I love the Platinum Cartier 30 year old retros. A)They are original and only one in the world. B)They make me look like my father and I look totally cool in these! C) The Gold Cartier´s are pretty darn cool too.! 

   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.                         

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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.

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Here is the owner, And below showing off the chefs of the great brewery, Augustiner in Muenchen.  I say that when I interviewed 1,000 people at Octoberfest they all loved Augustiner beer the best! "Yes it is a very good beer. That is why we´re happy to give the people a taste of Italian and German food to compliment the brewery." he says.
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:)
"My German is median," he google translates and we figure out that it is 50% German and 50% Italian. "My heart is in Italy of course since I am from Italy heritage yet I love the Germans and the German culture. They´re nice people and of course they come here to drink the Augustiner beer which they love and try the Italian food. Yet we´re flexible. I feel Italian and German. If people call us for reservations and ask if they can eat German food here we have a German chef who cooks specially for that reservation. I want to introduce the Naples cuisine here and mix with the German Culture." says Armando. He is funny when I keep asking the specialties he keeps giving me the list, "Pesce, Carni, Pasta, Pizza, and Cookies." ! Yes except what is the specialties that he loves of his own restaurant? And is he the cook? "Yes I can cook." he smiles and says again, "Pizza, Pesce, etc." Okay we understand now that he has great food! Naples style.
With the help of  his wife, "Natasha" and his fun waiter, "Ivan" who translates for me, Armando tells of his father´s restaurant in Naples. "Very formal," he says and shows me the black pants. "Pantaloons?" He trys to explain and I ask if it is formal? "Yes Tuxedos." A very classy restaurant in Naples. That is how he started in the restaurant business. And the words of advise for young people asking Armando how to be a success? "A Success like me!"  he exclaims and Ivan bursts out laughing. "They can work work work." he says and again Ivan can´t stop laughing. "They want to be capo?" asks Ivan and laughs. "I see how they work. If they work they can be successful." Says Armando. It is that simple:)


  "Here is romantic seatings and lovely dinners where you and romance can intertwine...make huge business deals laughing with the fondue you create, or have a important night out where only living lifes luxuries is important. Try Weinhaus Schneider. The owner cares about making the grapes on the wine bottles which he not only talked to the owner of the vineyards to make the wine after dealing with the owners many many years, but paid for the corks for his wine and only his bottles have these! Seriously! "The wine is named Tiananok. it is from the scene in the Titanic when the woman with her two boys tells them a story as the ship is sinking..."The land of Tiananok is a land where the sun never goes down..." The vineyards Tiananok named the wine after that story and city." wow.
"The upstairs is only parties. You know if I could I would make the kitchen bigger and open the upstairs everyday,"says Harold. Trust me. When you come to the Weinhaus Schneider you should ask to sit upstairs at the think Jack Nicholson movie "The shining". The people who would really want to sit upstairs? Real Journalists, writers...Ernst Heminway, Movie Stars wanting a great atmosphere of fame without the staring invasion of privacy, the literary people...the people wanting a beer or wine and making business deals. IT IS GORGEOUSLY COOL.
"My people have been here 22 years with me. I care about the restaurant. From the wine labels to the sauces to the way that the refrigerator is laid out with salads and essentials. My staff they care about the people yet I care about the peole loving the ambience and the restaurants theme. The beauty. The history. The real Germany." he says.
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Something happened on the way to the Hoffbrauhaus...
                           I met Harold from Weinhaus Scheneider and had 3 hrs. of history, great wine, and his story. Ciao

"I lived in Florida as a horse trainer in the 30 years before when all the greats lived and worked for their livelihood...such as my best friend being Mr. Cavalli which you probably know Roberto Cavalli...I was definitely in love with his wife Eva. He named his famous horse after Eva. We all worked with each other. Then from there to Muenchen and eventually here." says the wonderful person who represents the time and detail of what it takes to love a museum of history, food and era...
The ghostly collectibles above and the elegant romantic dinners of the night at the Weinhaus Schneider in Muenchen.
The interior is a old study with traditional paintings of immense value collecting dust in the 1,000 year old manor of the old noble families of Germany, at least that is what it feels like when you enter and sit for 3 hours in the morning as I do. Little steins on the walls which are cluttered with valuable priceless items of sentimental value, cared for by only the owner, Harold. "The stein is from 1909 to 1912. It belonged to a soldier. See if you can find the name...if the name of the list of the soldier is on the list of all of the soldiers it is authentic" And we find the name. "If the family of that soldier ever came in here it would be wonderful. I bought it at a auction and am waiting for a member of the family to discover it." says the particular detailed owner of the amazing real Bavarian Fondue! restaurant. "The thing that makes me laugh the most is when the people come in here without reservations and they all order the Wiener Schnitzel. The cook is frantically making the wiener schnitzel instead of the easy fondue and it makes me laugh since the chef is panicking at all of the orders. That is funny to me." says Harold.
Beauty, ghosts of people past, Historic Luxuries Beyond belief, Wine from the famous German Vineyards Paul Anheuser(think Anheuser Busch 300 year old relatives)that is made especially for Harold-only 1,000 bottles. All of which he handpaints the grapes on the labels himself in a dusty back office complete with 500Euro vintage wines, original 1914 chairs that were sold from the original owners and Harold tracked down at the auctions...all 10 of em. "You know when they went to sell the chairs at how do you call AUCTION!? they would of sold 4 chairs etc but when they lifted that gavel I raised my hand and bought all 10 of the original ones in the restaurant. That is unheard of!  And since my mother and father ran the biggest German Beer Garden in Muenchen from 1974 to 1986...then the Weinhaus behind my restaurant which had 400 seats...and later when I got in a accident they took that over for one year. When I came back I didn´t like what they had done with my vision and I asked Michaelia to open the restaurant here with me. That has been almost 24" says Harold who by the way is the most detailed person besides myself that I have ever met!
The restaurant is famous for FONDUE...Harold who is found in the morning at 10:00am making his own sauces in the kitchen says with a sigh,"My cook is lazy...I make all the preparations in the mornings and all he has to do is give the fondue to the people...really! they cook their own food on their own tables...he only prepares the fondue plate." Harold is funny in that dry sense of humor. "Here let me show you the sauces..." and he lets me taste the six specialty sauces in the middle of the deepfreeze in the hallway...horseradish, mustard, garlic, sweet, and a couple more...and on to the wine..."I have only German wine and my good friend Paul Anheuser is where it comes from. Now of course I deal with the grandchildren since the grandfather remains in the background."
Sophie, the young owner of the cafe Corso,"I named it that for a couple of reasons...such as it is a track that drives around and around, it is fun with the letters, and we researched many different meanings after I named it that because I became curious." I say that Corso is the legendary actor in one of my favorite movies which is The Ninth Gate..."O yes and that too I remember." she says.
Blick in die Bar Corso "My team is fun and I totally trust all of em. We work hard and we talk about things. If someone complains ever about some of my staff we sit and talk about it. Maybe someone misinterpreted. I always want to know how we can do something better." Sophie says."They´re friends, you know?"  The girl pouring is a replica of a friend of mine from theater school, Laurie Riffe, I went to theater school with her in 1991..(she then went to Chapel Hill North Carolina).here she is pouring an old-fashioned... a lot has changed from whe we first met... I´m sure the bar must be fun Laurie´s wild life make her perfect for the chatting with the guests.
Here is Sophie´s team in the ktichen, nope none look like any of my theater actors! "The cooks know how to cook and the bartenders know how to bartend. I don´t go into the kitchen to tell them how to do something yet at times they want to know how they should. I don´t like giving advice but I try. the best thing that someone could do to achieve something of importance is work work work. People have to love what they do. The must have mentors. Someone that they can talk to and ask questions with. Someone that they trust. It is important to communicate with each other." says Sophie. "We´ve been here 7 years and the first 3 months? Panic striken. Everyday. I had so much to do. Now I work everyday but not work work work. I have two small children and the restaurant is only open from 5pm on in the weekdays. The guests that come here I try to say let us give you one hour or 2 hours where we take care of it all. You just sit and have a good time. I want the experience of the restaurant a place where they can forget their responsibilities while they´re here and we take care of em." Sophie says.

Had a couple of loved interviews today...the energy and chaos of the refugees coming to Europe has brought far less controversary at least on the surface as you might expect or as an American you see say for instance with the influx of Spanish speaking immigrants from Mexico crossing the borders...okay okay is illegal , that is true. However the German community seems to have embraced the refugees and given homes to em. Take for instance tonight I met a lovely German young kid say about 24 who at his computer in a little cafe sat with a Arabic book and on the computer is phrases from German to English. Sitting next to him is a Syrian refugee...since Syria is "my baby" for years now I asked him if they were teaching each other languages? "Yes I am learning Arabic to communicate with the Syria refugees and especially my friend here and to teach German and English to him. I lived in Cairo a year and other Arabic speaking countries and learned Arabic a little and now learning more." His friend from Syria said that he is here one year and that he loves Germany and never wants to go back to Syria! That is the sentiment of many of the refugees where riding on a tram is a luxury vehicle and cool and something that the Western World takes for granted.

Met German person who has worked the last 15 years with foreign immigrants into Germany. "On one side I see that we need to help the people to adjust to life in Germany. Yet on the other hand as with Americans or Chinese or Thailand you never see the people immigrating here and the ones that I deal with on a social level becoming violent. The problem with say the Russian or Albanian or Turkish culture and I have yet to see it from the Syrian side is that at times there is a tendency to violence if a woman tells a man no. They as a culture a Muslim culture are not not used to having a woman tell them no. At times I have seen them become aggressive towards women there. That is a little worriedsome for me. They love the luxuries and the Western World yet they feel uncomfortable at the same time due to their cultural differences." The German Social Worker told. me. "And yes Europe is helping that is true yet at the same time we as a German Nation can't exactly go into Syria and take over that leadership or that country. We're not this big. America could of gone in and taken over the country as a nation and helped but they didn't Obama didn't do that. That is worriesome to me. " And I have to say that I believe that too. It is worrisome for me.

Met another young kid about 24 who said that he is at University studying and he loves Germany. He loves the people and he loves Muenchen and all he does is laugh. He said that he thinks the emmeanesbook cultural website is a cool idea and he wants to visit some of the places that I wrote about. A couple people said tonight that they hate facebook's Mark! And I said that I loved using facebook since I could send the friends that I love funny messages but too many people can hack into facebook and that they can learn too much about a person from each other communicatiing. I said that I am going to redo the privacy to only show my friends my messages. That is one way to keep friendships and at the same time messages only with friends and friends of friends.    The beauty of the Wirsthaus in Starnberg...notice the hardwood floors and the handcraftmanship of the furniture..."In the summer everybody is at the lake until about 8pm to midnight they start coming in. When it rains they all run inside and when it is sunny they sit in the outdoor beergarden. Each section holds about 200 people comfortably." she says when I ask which the guests prefer.

     And in Tutzing, the city right on the Sbahn line from Lake Starnberg right on the lake is a lovely house with big comfortable rooms and a beer garden and restaurant.
                                     Hauptstraße 32        Telefon: 08158 / 936-0              82327 Tutzing
"Do you want to see the Muenchen pictures or only the Cuban" he asks and I say that of course people from around the world are interested in the entire photo history and gallery yet I am most interested in the photographer and his conversation. "My view on Cuba is that it is primitive and real. The people for the moist part do not have anything really. They live poorly. The idealists of Fidel Castro is long since gone. The natural beauty and realness of the untouched Cuban culture is why people go to Cuba. And when America goes into Cuba that will all change. The commercialism will ruin Cuba. The people will have modernism but they won´t be interesting any longer." he says and I agree. "The Chinese are the only ones the last couple of years that have gone into Cuba to give them technology. They don´t even have internet!" he says.
Life in Cuba since 2000, "I´ve been going to cuba to photograph the real culture and the people about 15 years now. Here is a depiction of real life photographs and I represent that period in time that the Americas left so to speak. The cars are all 1957´s and in perfect condition yet the engines are all from Russia. You have a gorgeous car with Russian engines that stink literally. They can only do so much with parts Russian since the American embargo you know. And to answer you´re question...they do import Japanese and other cars except they don´t import German cars. The reason is that the German cars are too expensive. The americans won´t let American cars into cuba yet  the rest of the world can go into Cuba if they choose to." says Michael Nischke, the owner and photographer who has brought us such great photos. PLEASE CHECK OUT HIS SITE AT.
           017 43 22 2843                     Baaderstraße 52
While I wait til my burger comes the bartender gives me a special drink...he won´t tell me it´s name is "titengoogle" til I keep bugging him and then I ask really? and he says no that it is a special name and a special drink and he only knows the recipe. "The owner started the bar with the concept of good food and wild parties and we´re open til 5 am on the weekends. People dance on the tables every night and they´re wild and we only have spoons and fingers to eat with. That is it. We don´t have forks and knifes and the reason is that we don´t want crazy party people going after somebody with a fork or a knife! That is the real reason." Francis says. And just then a guy with a chinese guy sitting at the table yells if he can have a fork please with his coleslaw and Francis yells, "NO we don´t have forks or knifes...use your hands." to which both tourists look aghast and start eating the burgers with the hands.
The bar is definitely a adult burger bar. "We started the bar with the idea from the owner that it is a dancing club bar. That means that he wanted dancing and a dj kind of thing to do and added the food later. He thought what food could I do with a bar? and thought that schnitzel wasn´t a good choice. So.....he thought let´s do real good burgers. And we do real good burgers...including bison burgers." Francis says and when I ask to try the bison burger he lets me. It is good and different and we have fun telling wild and crazyiest bar stories around the world. "The bar is only for 18 and above. Not younger than 18. That means no families sorry. We want a place the last 10 years when young people can come, dance on the tables and drink and get wild and eat burgers. No children allowed." he says. I guess that the baby eating the cut up food on table is out of the question.
First I say that the day has been like Don´t call Mama...from the first person I interviewed that didn´t want to be put on the website til the new name came since he was keeping it a secret to the totally bad encounter with the famous now, infamous biker Lance Armstrong at a bar in Munchen. The day before I had been on the train with a professional biker and we were talking about the "doping" that went on in that sport. He told me about Lance´s using the red blood count to boost his performances and that Lance had to give 50million about back to sponsors...I said that I don´t like cheaters...blah blah blah. Then yesterday Lance Armstrong decides to put in a appearance and keeps shoving his phone number in my face saying, "Call me here call me give me your number. I don´t have time for you to interview me now but here call me." to which I reply the way that I always do I am here right now and no I don´t have a phone. As I am walking out of the bar he keeps yelling at me "here don´t you want to take my number!" As I am walking down the street I say I would love to talk to Albert why in the world does a cheater like Lance Armstrong think I would never want to talk to a person who had to give all of his medals back for biking...then BAM A TRAM HITS A GIRL ON A BIKE RIGHT AT THAT MOMENT!   All I see is a wheel spinning out of the front of the tram on Schillerstrasse and the tram stopped and as I walk around the front I see a girl on the groud jerking her entire body in convulsions up and down about 3 minutes unstoppable. It was horrific. We all were aghast and waited 25 minutes til the ambulance comes. 1 hr. later my friend says O Emme you must interview Don´t Call Mama it is your entire day it is.
The three boys of the Don´t Call Mama, I interviewed one on Monday night, "I am only here about 5 to 6 weeks the other two started the bar about 3 months now," says the young 32 year old making me cotton candy behind the bar. "I guess I should say that I am the creative one. I do all of the facebook and the new ideas...the cotton candy machine I thought people would love to eat cotton candy. The popcorn machine. It is sweet. The phone as you walk in telling you to call your mama! these are my ideas." he says. "The original idea is the three of us are talking about the concept of a bar and its name and one of the guys says that there used to be a great bar in New York called Don´t Tell Mama and it was a cool underground bar and one of the other guys thought he said Don´t Call Mama and so he said yes lets name it Don´t Call mama...but the other guy starts laughing saying I didn´t say to Don´t Call Mama I said to Don´t Tell Mama. But we kept the new name because we thought it is funny."                            
       Schellingstraße 45,  089 45208545
From Polaroids to little tape guns that let you write your own messages near the phone at the front!

                      Café Altschwabing
The people at Cafe Altschwabing are is the first and I mean the very first Turkish owned business that adorns my website around the world. Yes! Hoorah for Turkey! "Alright he says that you hear this all the time, however, it is a Turkish family. It has been here about 13 years. Yes it is difficult to bring the quality of service to the people every time and everyday. Of course. The kitchen is the most difficult since every plate must meet the satisfaction of the guests." says Yelis the cheerleader. "He says that he wants people to come and sit at the bar and have conversations and feel good about the food and the team. That it is a family and a team. That people should have comfort here." She says. "He says that you should inspire yourself. That he inspires himself and the cook inspires himself. Everybody has a job to do and they do it."
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."
              089 2731022
          schellingstraße 56

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
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"We started the restaurant 1 and 1/2 years now. We couldn´t think of what to name it and the black american security guard next door came in one night and shook hands with us and said "hi i am henry!" since that time we named it henrys... and we make a smoke glass huge window with his profile on it as our logo" they say. Funny crazy guys fun. Ferhat and Maysam are young fun international guys with 2 Henry´s now and a cool smoky designed food truck coming that is doing all of the food for Circle 5 soon to be Wrong Rabbit
"Don´t put us on the website til we change the name to the Wrong Rabbit from the Circle 5" says the young new owners of the new dance club minutes from the Central Train Station in Munchen. "We only opened the new bar about 2 weeks and although it is open during the transition we don´t want people to get confused if they come to Circle 5 and 2 weeks later they come to a new club." says Michael and I say that it is important for people to come now and to have fun. His partner Sasha says, "Yes except we want a new image and the old image is Circle 5"
  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. " 
ImageFalscher Hase is the new name, "We are putting uphostelery in the windows like a car seat and everywhere like you see in the spy movies. People feel comfortable in the leathers. And the Falscher Hase is the new name since it means Wrong Rabbit. Since in the day we have coffee to drink and at night we have beer. So people say is it a bar or is it a cafe. We have old brick walls and new window seats. People say is it historical or is it modern. It is a night and day thing. That is why we name is Wrong Rabbit." Michael says. Elisenstraße 5  089 44 235 427              Bildergebnis für henrys munich

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

                               LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE 

  089 24292610  
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Why come from England and open a bike store with that name? "I used to work with Microsoft in England and ya it was a good company but I married a German girl and we moved here. My father showed me the tools and how to use them on a bike and I opened my first store 5 years ago."  And since I love the word love and say it all the time why love? "All the Germans know the english word bike and they know the english word love." He fixes the bikes in a cool 3 level modern design store with funky loft stairs and as we chat he says he has to pay attention to his bike fixing because I am distracting him...we need the people to     not fall off their bikes he says.

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                            

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...

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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 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. Bildergebnis für pommes pommes pommes munchen

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

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