Top 5 Things To Eat At Rheinkirmes

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Dusseldorf’s biggest summer event is without question the Rheinkirmes. For the 115th time, the Rhine meadows will be transformed into an unique amusement park. A huge summer festival completed with traditional beer tents, spectacular modern rides, live bands, rustic food, candy stands and about four million visitors of all ages enjoying it. It is amazing!
The 9-day fair ties together traditions, culinary experiences and modern entertainment.  There is so much to do and see, it is easy to feel overwhelmed.  One of my favorite parts is the food!  So I thought it would be fun to share my top 5 things to eat at Rheinkirmes with you.

Tradition / Brauchtum - Kirmes Skyline

Tradition / Brauchtum – Kirmes Skyline

#1 Battered Fried Fish
If you like fried fish you will love the German Backfisch. You have the option between the fish on a roll or with fries as a side dish. Don’t forget the remoulade – it pairs perfectly.  This is a must eat at the fair!

#2 German Sausage
No trip to the Rheinkirmes is complete without some sausage.  Bratwurst is served on a roll along with a traditional side of sauerkraut.  Of course you can’t forget the mustard!  It is available in a wide range from spicy and coarse to sweet or hot, and everything in between.

#3 German Potato Pancakes
There is nothing like eating a freshly made Kartoffelpuffer (aka German potato pancake) with apple sauce.  It’s the perfect mix between sweet and hearty.  Don’t forget to order #4 along with it!

#4 Alt beer
Dusseldorf is the center of one of the most interesting beer regions of Germany. So, you don’t want to miss the Alt beer of Düsseldorf. We have three tradional breweres at the fun fair Füchschen, Uerige and Schuhmacher.  Every local has a favorite, so be sure to try them all and choose your own allegiance!

#5 Roasted almonds
You better buy two, because they just taste that delicious. The perfect mix between crunchy and sweet and you can just snack them while strolling through the attractions.

 

I Look forward to hearing your feedback about my top 5. By the way, food isn’t the only treat to discover!  A Rhine river cruise during the fireworks is my absolute favorite and a definite must-see. Next time you are staying at the Breidenbacher Hof, just ask your Personal Assistants and they will take care of all arrangements.

Die 5 kulinarischen Highlights der Rheinkirmes

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Düsseldorfs größtes Sommerfest ist die Rheinkirmes. Zum 115. mal, wird das Rheinufer von Düsseldorf in einen einzigartigen Freizeitpark verwandelt. Ein riesiges Sommerfest mit traditionellen Bierzelten, spektakulären Fahrattraktionen, live Bands, herzhaften Leckereien, Süßigkeiten und über vier Millionen Besucher aller Altersgruppen. Es ist großartig!
Die 9-Tage andauernde Kirmes vereint Traditionen und kulinarische Köstlichkeiten mit Unterhaltung. Da es so viel zu entdecken gibt, fühlt man sich leicht überwältigt. Das beste an der Kirmes ist das Essen! Daher teile ich heute mit Euch meine 5 kulinarischen Highlights der Rheinkirmes.

 

Tradition / Brauchtum - Kirmes Skyline

Tradition / Brauchtum – Kirmes Skyline

# 1 Backfisch
Falls Ihr frittierten Fisch mögt, werdet Ihr den Backfisch lieben. Als Beilage könnt Ihr zwischen einem Backfisch im Brötchen oder frischen Pommes Frites entscheiden. Ihr müsst unbedingt die Remoularde probieren – Sie passt perfekt. Ihr solltest Euch dieses Gericht nicht entgehen lassen!
#2 Bratwurst
Ein Ausflug zur Kirmes ohne Bratwurst, ist kein richtiger Kirmesausflug.
Die Bratwurst wird in einem knusprigen Brötchen serviert, mit Sauerkraut als traditioneller Beilage. Den Senf nicht vergessen! Dieser ist erhältlich in den verschiedensten Geschmacksrichtungen von würzig und grob bis hin zu süß und scharf ist für jeden Geschmack etwas dabei.
#3 Kartoffelpuffer
Es gibt nichts Besseres als einen frisch zubereiteten Kartoffelpuffer mit Apfelmus. Er ist der perfekte Mix zwischen süß und herzhaft und schmeckt am besten mit der #4!
#4
Düsseldorf liegt im Zentrum einer der interessantesten Bierregionen in Deutschland. Also führt kein Weg an einem Düsseldorfer Altbier vorbei. Es sind drei klassische Brauereien auf der Kirmes vertreten Füchschen, Uerige und Schuhmacher. Jeder Düsseldorfer hat seinen persönlichen Favoriten, Ihr solltet alles probieren um auch Euren Favoriten auswählen zu können!

#5 Gebratene Mandeln
Ihr solltet Euch direkt zwei Packungen kaufen, denn diese Mandeln schmecken köstlich. Der perfekte Mix zwischen knusprig und süß, Ihr könnt sie snacken während Ihr die Fahrattraktionen erlebt.

Ich freue mich schon über Eurer Feedback bezüglich meiner Top 5. Außerdem, gibt es nicht nur Essen zu entdecken! Eine Rheinschifffahrt während des Feuerwerks ist meine absolute Krönung und ein definitives Muss. Wenn Ihr das nächste Mal zu Gast im Breidenbacher Hof seid, fragt unsere Persönlichen Assistenten und sie werden sich um alle Gegebenheiten kümmern.

Detox Day at the Spa Breidenbacher Hof

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Recently I have been feeling slightly sluggish.  I mentioned this to one of the Personal Assistants here at Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel and fortunately she had the perfect answer:  A Detox Day at The Spa!  I couldn’t agree more and quickly booked myself in for some pampering.

I started my day early, and after a fantastic breakfast with fresh fruit and a cup of green tea,  I changed into a fluffy bath robe and slippers from the hotel and headed to the Schnitzler Beauty Lounge at the Breidenbacher Hof. 

Our Personal Assistant booked me a Metall – Transmutation.  This is an all around detoxing body treatment. The whole treatment lasts about 4.5 hours and is especially relaxing experience. The products used are from St.Barths line of cosmetic. The treatment really addresses everything from head-to-toe.  Starting with a cleansing facial, moving onto a soothing massage and followed by an indulgent manicure/pedicure.

I loved that all the treatment rooms are designed to reflect the four elements (earth, air, fire and water). I was in the fire cabin. Perfectly matched to my mood!

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Detoxing can be a great way to get your health back on track. So, let me give you my top 3 detoxing tips:

1) Eat Your Asparagus
Asparangus is loaded with nutrients. It is a very good source of fiber, folate, vitamins A, C, E and K, as well as chromium,  a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into the cells.
2) Partake In A Sauna Experience
My spa therapist recommended the sauna and told me all about the amazing benefits.  Saunas can cleanse your skin,  promote better circulation and strengthen your immune system.  They also help with killing germs!
3) Don’t Forget Water
This is always shows up on detoxing lists and for good reason!  The body is made up of 70 per cent water and needs around 6 to 8 glasses a day to keep it hydrated and help flush out toxins.

As an extra shot, this will cost $375.

Taking time for myself was just what I needed to get refocused and feel my best.  What about you, are you ready for a Detox Day?  If so, and if you are visiting Breidenbacher Hof, be sure to let your Personal Assistants know.  They will organize the perfect experience for you!

How To Host A Summer Cookout

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Summertime is finally here and nothing says summer like meat on the grill and refreshing drinks enjoyed with wonderful company.  If you’ve ever hosted a cookout,  you know there is a lot to plan and this is especially true when it comes to the menu.  Fortunately, the team at Breidenbacher Hof,  A Capella Hotel has a lot of experience hosting and catering these events, so I am happy to share some of our secrets.Buffet - 600pxl width_ CapellaBBHOn the Grill:

The chefs here recommend always having at least 3 options for a crowd.  People have different preferences, especially when it comes to proteins, so make sure you have something for everyone!
My top 3:
-Marinated Chicken Breast (classic)
-Pork Neck (a German favorite)
-Salmon Steaks (don’t forget a squeeze of fresh lemon!)
Make sure to use tongs when flipping the proteins and not a fork.  That way you keep the juices in, enhancing the flavors.

On the Side:

I would argue that the side dishes served at a cookout are as important as the proteins.  Make your life easy by prepping these dishes ahead, leaving more time for entertaining and socializing.
My favorites:
-German Potato Salad (another classic!)
-Spicy Noodle Salad (offers a balance to the sweetness of the marinades)
-Grilled Vegetables (This is a great way to add color to your meal. I love corn, aspargus and eggplant, but choose your favorite!)

On The Sweeter Side:

No meal, and for that matter, no cookout is complete without something sweet!  Whether the dishes are served as a side or a dessert these options offer a balance to the meal.
Try:
-Fruit Salad (refreshing with a bit of lime and mint)
-Sorbet/Ice Cream (because nothing says summer like a frozen treat)
-Coffee cake (can be made ahead and always a favorite)

Don’t Forget:

-Serve some crusty bread with dips for guests to munch on either with their meal or as it is cooking.
-Summer cocktails! Elevate this from a regular dinner by serving a signature cocktail. Might I recommend the Thyme Silver Fizz from the Capella Bar?
-Relax! A summer cookout is meant to be fun, so don’t take things too seriously. And remember, if you feel overwhelmed by the process you can always reach out to Breidenbacher Hof to cater the event!

Wie Ihr eine Grillparty veranstaltet

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Die Sommerzeit steht vor der Tür und es gibt nichts Sommerlicheres, als Fleisch auf dem Grill und erfrischende Getränke mit tollen Freunden zu genießen. Wenn Ihr schon einmal eine Grillparty veranstaltet habt, wisst Ihr, es gibt jede Menge zu organisieren. Vor allem wenn es um das Menü geht. Glücklicherweise hat das Breidenbacher Hof Team jede Menge Erfahrungen mit der Ausrichtung solcher Events, daher werde ich Euch heute unsere Geheimtipps verraten:Buffet - 600pxl width_ CapellaBBHAuf dem Grill:

Unsere Küchenchefs empfehlen Euch drei Auswahlmöglichkeiten zu servieren. Eure Gäste haben verschiedene Präferenzen, vor allem wenn es um Fleisch geht. Also habt etwas für jeden Geschmack.
Meine Top 3:
– Marinierte Hänchenbrustfilets (ein Klassiker)
– Schweinenacken (besonders beliebt)
– Lachssteak (vergesst nicht frische Zitrone über den Fisch zu pressen)
Anstatt einer Gabel, solltet Ihr lieber eine Grillzange verwenden, um das Fleisch zu wenden. Auf diese Art, bleibt das Fleisch saftig und es behält seinen aromatischen Geschmack.

Als Beilage:

Ihr wisst ja, die Beilagen sind mindestens genauso wichtig wie das Fleisch. Mit diesen tollen Salaten, macht Ihr Euch das Leben leicht und habt mehr Zeit für Euren Besuch.
– Deutscher Kartoffelsalat (ein weiterer Klassiker)
– Würziger Nudelsalat (eine prima Abwechslung zu den süßen Soßen)
– Gegrilltes Gemüse (es bringt Farbe auf den Teller. Ich liebe Mais, Spargel und Aubergine, aber nehmt ruhig Euer Lieblingsgemüse!)

Als süße Verführung:

Es ist keine richtige Grillparty, ohne eine süße Versuchung! Ihr könnte es, als Akzent zum Hauptgang servieren, aber auch als leckeres Dessert .
Probiert:
– Obstsalat (erfrischend mit ein wenig Zitrone und Minze)
– Sorbet / Eiscreme ( nichts sagt mehr Sommer, als Eis!)
– Kuchen ( kann man gut vorbereiten und kommt immer gut an)

Vergesst nicht:

– Serviert knuspriges Brot mit Dips für die Gäste, entweder als Vorspeise oder als Beilage.
– Sommercocktails! Serviert gerne Cocktailklassiker, ich empfehle Euch den Thymian Silver Fizz von unserer Capella Bar.
– Entspannung! Eine Sommer Grillparty sollte Spaß machen, nehmt kleine Pannen nicht zu ernst. Denkt daran, falls Sie Euch doch hier oder da vor eine Herausforderung stellt, steht der Breidenbacher Hof und sein Team in den Startlöchern, um einzigartige Momente für Euch zu kreieren.

10 Reasons To Visit A Capella Hotel This Summer

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Welcome June and sunny weather with summer vacations just around the corner!  At Capella Ixtapa in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico, we have lovely warm weather all year long, but summer months are still among my favorites, because that’s the time when my family, friends and I have vacations and plan travels together, to which I’m always looking forward.

This summer I have decided to make a so-called “Capella Hotels tour” and visit some of our sister hotels.  I’m planning to visit our sister hotel Capella DC, in Washington DC, and Capella Marigot Bay in St. Lucia (while a visit to Breidenbacher HofA Capella Hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany, and Capella Singapore on Sentosa Island, are high on my travel list, they may have to wait for 2016).  I am so excited to meet my colleagues from around the world, and taste and live the experiences which I have seen in photographs and read about here on our Capella Hotels blog.

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Have you made your summer travel plans yet?  If not, I invite you to visit us at Capella Ixtapa or any of Capella Hotels’ properties around the world.  If you have stayed at any of Capella Hotels before, I am sure you are intrigued to visit them all!  Here is what I love about Capella Hotels, and what excites me about my upcoming Capella Hotels summer vacations tour:

  1. Opportunity to visit five unique properties located in five different countries, all offering a unique, private and luxurious environment.  You can’t help but feel incredibly welcome-  like visiting your dearest loved ones.
  2. Exceptional quality, where only the best is good enough; from room decor, to food and beverages, to small but thoughtful details.
  3. Unobtrusive, gracious and unscripted service, where you feel part of the family, everyone calls you by name and remembers you when you return the next time.
  4. Five star gourmet experiences, which you can enjoy at resorts’ restaurants with exquisite chefs and culinary teams, or at our hotels’ own gourmet festivals, which honor the local traditions and combine them with the best in contemporary cuisine.
  5. Experiences based on local traditions, enhanced by the support of the Capella Hotels and Resorts’ Personal Assistants.  Visit the local market with Executive Chef and choose ingredients for your meal, taste local liquors with the experts, delve into the history and culture of these rich locations.
  6. World renown spas.  Don’t you just love having a spa experience when on vacation?  Wherever I travel, I simply must have a spa treatment, as I love experiencing spa treatments in different countries.  At Capella Ixtapa for example our spa treatments are based on ancient Mexican traditions and created with local flowers and herbs.  Several Capella properties are in fact home to the signature Auriga spa brand, recognized for their amazing services and treatments.
  7. The unique Personal Assistant service, which allows you to enjoy your vacations just the way you like them, worry-free!  Capella Personal Assistant can assist by organizing everything from  dinner reservation and baby-sitting service to exotic tours, personalized room touches or anything else you can imagine!
  8. Disconnect, relax and recharge.  While Capella Hotels offer free wi-fi service at the properties, we do encourage that you disconnect (for at least a little while), and let yourself enjoy the experience completely.  After your stay you will be relaxed, recharged and invigorated and your productivity will be at its best (I promise!).
  9. Creating beautiful and unforgettable memories.
  10. Getting to know new cities and countries, learning some of their traditions, culture and meeting new and interesting people.

Tell me, where will you travel this summer?  Have you visited any of Capella Hotels yet, and what was your favorite experience?  Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below.