Medieval Castle Grünwald South of Munich

Medieval Castle Grünwald, just south of Munich, resides on the Isar near the Filmstadt of Bavaria. With artifacts from the Middle Ages and modern art like the sculptures of Schwanthaler, visitors can get a taste of the past while enjoying an upscale neighborhood.

Dinzler Coffee Roasters and Autobahn Reststop

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A surprisingly delicious breakfast/brunch/lunch place on Autobahn A8 in Bavaria's Irschenberg just south of Munich in Germany. Dinzler roasts their own coffee, which you can also buy at other retailers, but it's worth a stop-in to sample their handcrafted food. While you wait on a table, you can tour their small coffee museum and catwalk through the roasting operation.

Schuhbeck’s Spice Emporium near Hofbräuhaus in Munich

Like an exotic spice market, Schuhbeck's spice shop in Munich, Germany, transports you the moment you step through the door. Schuhbeck is the most well-known Bavarian chef, and this spice shop, along with his restaurant and cooking school, reside near the famous Hofbrauhaus beer hall.

Föhn in Munich: Weirdly Warm Winter Day

More or less unique to Munich, at least in Germany, the Föhn is a weather phenomenon created by hot, dry wind coming off the north side of the Alps. It consists of unseasonably warm, sunny weather in winter. A perfect day for seeking out off-the-beaten-path sights in the Bavarian capital.

Discovering the Munich That Isn’t In the Guidebooks

Things to see and do in Munich, Germany, that aren't in most guidebooks; my husband and I have a project to see all the sights listed in '111 Things in Munich You Shouldn't Miss'. This week: Allianz Arena and Sunken Village.

My Newest Book, “A Travel for Taste: Germany”, is Now Available for Sale!

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American peeps! And just in time for Black Friday, my newest book is available for sale online! I’m hoping that it will save you a shopping trip or two since you can buy it with a couple of clicks.

Here’s what it looks like on the outside, back and front:

Isn’t it handsome?? I’m so proud of it. In addition to the recipes and cooking tips, it’s filled with travel stories, culture and history I’ve come to know by living in Bavaria. Plus I’ve got many of my photos in there, too. I especially dig the photo of the potatoes on the back cover (pun intended). read more

Artisan Pizza Dough and Focaccia Tutorial

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I was hoping to announce the official release of my book this week, but, alas and alack, technical difficulties arose. I am hoping to make the announcement within the next two or three weeks, though. I truly want it available for holiday shopping because it would make a great gift for people into traveling or cooking. Keep your fingers crossed!BTW, here’s a sneak peek of the cover: I’m so pleased with the way it looks!A bit more about the book: It has over 50 authentic Bavarian/Franconian recipes. Most of the recipes are from my German “mom” Hilde, who taught me much of what I know about the food and cooking methods in the area. Several of the recipes and stories in the book you may have seen in some form or other as part of various blog posts.So, it’s a cookbook, yes, but it’s more. I have surrounded the recipes in the book with my photos and with stories about what I’ve learned traveling and living in Germany, including the culture and language. Here’s the back-cover blurb for the finished book:

“Traditional food of any region is integral to its culture, and so it is with Bavaria, Germany’s southernmost state, and Franconia in the north of Bavaria.

American writer and photographer Karren Doll Tolliver is an avid home cook, and she has collected numerous family recipes from real-life home cooks in Germany. Here she presents their recipes, variations and insider techniques.

Drawing from her years of living in Germany, Karren describes local cultural points, history and language through personal stories that provide a tradition-rich framework for each dish. read more