A Little Tennis In Dusseldorf

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For the Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assitants, their absolute passion is to create unforgettable memories for our guests.  And quite often, this implies making the unexpected a reality, as was true recently for our Personal Assistant Malte.

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During a last minute visit , a guest expressed the desire to play a little tennis in Dusseldorf.  Malte, a former pro tennis player himself, immediately set out to find a court and a trainer for the guest.

Fortunately, due to his own experience, Malte knew the best courts in town and was able to leverage his connections to secure a prime location for the guest.  With the court booked and all other arrangements made, the only challenge remaining was finding a suitable hitting partner.  Again, Malte had the answer.

When the guest arrived in the Capella Living Room set to leave for some tennis, he found his Personal Assistant Malte waiting for him — tennis racket in hand!  Of course, Malte himself made the perfect tennis opponent with his experience on the world stage.  The guest was thrilled and the two set off for their match.

It probably came as no surprise that the guest had a fantastic match and a memorable experience from the visit.  In fact, he had such a great time that the next morning he even challenged Malte to another round!  They now have plans to play whenever the guest is back in Dusseldorf.

I am always amazed by the passionate and creative approach of our Personal Assistants team and the story of Malte the tennis player is just another example.  If you want to create your own Personal Assistant experience, then please feel free to contact them directly via pa.bbh@capellahotels.com or via telephone at +49- 211 160 900.

 

Eine Partie Tennis im Breidenbacher Hof

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Die Passion der Persönlichen Assistenten im Breidenbacher Hof ist es, unseren Gästen unvergessliche Erinnerungen zu kreieren. Oft bedeutet dies das unmögliche möglich zu machen, was auch Malte vor kurzem im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes „am eigenen Leib“ erfahren durfte.

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Während eines Spontanbesuches nach Düsseldorf, äußerte ein Gast den Wunsch nach einer Partie Tennis. Malte, der selber einmal Profi-Spieler war, hat sich sofort an die Arbeit gemacht, einen entsprechenden Ort und Partner für das Tennisspiel des Gastes zu organisieren.

Glücklicherweise kennt sich Malte auf dem Gebiet hervorragend aus und konnte schnell eine erstklassige Location für den Gast ausfindig machen. Schnell war alles organisiert, bis auf die Herausforderung den richtigen Gegner für den Gast zu finden. Und wieder fand Malte die perfekte Lösung.

Als der Gast den Capella Living Room betrat, bereit für eine Partie Tennis, fand er seinen Persönlichen Assistenten Malte vor – mit seinem eigenen Tennisschläger in der Hand! Natürlich war Malte als Gegner wunderbar geeignet, mit seiner internationalen Tenniserfahrung. Der Gast war begeistert und sofort machten sich die beiden auf zu ihrem Spiel.

Es war natürlich keine Überraschung, dass der Gast ein fantastisches Spiel und somit ein unvergessliches Erlebnis von seinem Aufenthalt in Düsseldorf mit nach Hause nehmen konnte. Es hat ihm sogar so gut gefallen, dass er am nächsten Morgen Malte zu einer weiteren Partie Tennis herausgefordert hat! Seit dem verabreden sich die beiden immer zum Tennis, wenn der Gast wieder in Düsseldorf ist.

Ich bin immer wieder von der Leidenschaft und Kreativität unserer Persönlichen Assistenten beeindruckt. Die Geschichte von Malte und seiner Partie Tennis ist auch nur ein Beispiel von vielen. Wenn ihr auch Euer persönliches Capella-Erlebnis haben möchtet, dann kontaktiert doch einfach unsere Persönlichen Assistenten vor Eurer nächsten Anreise via pa.bbh@capellahotels.com oder Telefon unter +49- 211 160 900.

 

Recipes For Early Spring: Marinated Salmon with Orange Whiskey Sauce

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I would have never expected a perfect dish for the transition to springtime really exists – until our Chef, Philipp Ferber proved me wrong.  His Marinated Salmon with Orange Whiskey Sauce combines winter spices with springlike citrus flavor, which I was lucky enough to taste, strikes a perfect balance as the weather slowly begins to shift.  From the first bite I knew, spring was not only in the air, but on my plate and I couldn’t wait to share it with all of you!
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Marinated Salmon ( for four people)

Ingredients:

  • 4 portions of 200g salmon filets
  • 40g star anise
  • 10g juniper berry
  • 6g bay leaves
  • 5g thyme
  • 10g fennel seeds
  • 10g coriander
  • 10g pimento
  • 5g black pepper
  • 20g mustard seeds
  • 1 clove
  • 600g sugar
  • 900g salt

Preparation:

Place all ingredients (except for salt and sugar) in a blender and add the sugar and salt bit by bit. When done, rub the salmon with the marinade (you need around 300g of the marinade for one side) and cover it with wrapping film. Now, the salmon needs to be marinated for 24 hours at 0-2 degrees Celsius. After 24 hours, take the salmon out of the marinade, wash it and dry it with paper towels.

Orange Whiskey Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 50 g sugar
  • 250 ml whiskey
  • 250 ml freshly pressed orange juice
  • Orange, lemon and lime zest

Preparation:

Heat the sugar in a small pan until it begins to caramelize and deglaze it with whiskey. Afterwards, add the orange juice, the orange, the lime and the lemon zest. Now, boil the sauce until it develops a creamy texture.

Depending on the occassion, I would recommend serving the salmon as in the picture. For my family, I will present the salmon on a pretty board with the sauce on the side and everyone can cut a piece of salmon and dip it into the sauce. Perfect for sharing!

Enjoy!

Kulinarischer Übergang von Winter zu Frühling

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Ich hätte niemals gedacht, dass es das perfekte Gericht gibt, um die Frühlingszeit einzuläuten – bis unser Küchenchef Phillip Ferber mich vom Gegenteil überzeugte. Sein marinierter Lachs mit Orangen-Whiskeytunke kombiniert Wintergewürze mit frühlingshaften Zitrusaromen. Da ich mich schon nach den ersten Sonnenstrahlen sehne, habe ich mich direkt dazu bereit erklärt diese neue Kreation zu probieren. Ich wusste bereits nach dem ersten Biss, dass ich den Geschmack von Frühling auf meinem Teller habe. Ich konnte nicht anders, ich musste diesen Genuss mit meiner Familie teilen.

Lasst uns zusammen die kulinarische Frühlingszeit einläuten:

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Beize für Lachs
Rezept der Beize reicht für fünf Seiten Lachs, wobei eine Seite Lachs etwa 8 Portionen entspricht.

Zutaten:

–          40 g Sternanis

–          10 g Wacholderbeeren

–          6 g Lorbeerblätter

–          5 g Thymian

–          10 g Fenchelsamen

–          10 g Koriander

–          10 g Piment

–          5 g schwarzer Pfeffer

–          20 g Senfkörner

–          1 Nelke

–          600 g Zucker

–          900 g Salz

–          Zubereitung:

 

Zerkleinert alle Zutaten (bis auf Salz und Zucker) im Mixer und mischt nach und nach Salz und Zucker unter. Anschließend das Lachsfilet gut mit Beize einreiben (etwa 300g Beize auf 1 Filet) und mit Frischhaltefolie abdecken. Nun wird der Lachs 24 Stunden bei 0-2° gebeizt. Nach Ablauf der 24 Stunden wird der Lachs aus der Beize genommen, unter kaltem Wasser gut abgewaschen und mit Küchentüchern getrocknet.

 

Orangen –Whiskeytunke

Zutaten:

–          50 g Zucker

–          250 ml Whiskey

–          250 ml frisch gepresster Orangensaft

–          Zesten von Orange / Limette / Zitrone

 

Zubereitung:

Der Zucker wird in einem kleinen Topf karamellisiert. Mit dem Wiskey wird der Karamell abgelöscht und mit Orangensaft aufgegossen. Zuletzt die Zesten in feine Würfel schneiden und in den Sud geben. Das Ganze bei kleiner Hitze reduzieren lassen, bis die Flüssigkeit eine cremige Konsistenz hat.

 

Abhängig vom Anlass würde ich Euch empfehlen, den Lachs wie auf dem Beispielbild zu servieren. Für meine Familie habe ich den Lachs auf einem schönen Holzbrett präsentiert mit der Sauce als Beilage. So konnte jeder ein Stück vom Lachs selbstständig in die Sauce tunken und genießen. Sehr familiär J!

 

Guten Appetit.

Discover Indoor Skiing With The Breidenbacher Hof Insider

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Do you love skiing and snowboarding as much as I do? For me, the ski holidays always bring back family memories, as we spent almost every Christmas or Easter vacation in the mountains. Even the first glimpse of snow makes me want to grab my skiing equipment and get on the slope. Therefore, I was really sad when I missed out on my much loved routine this year.

Thankfully Malte, one of the Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assistants, helped me out and suggested the Jever Ski hall in Neuss for an indoor skiing experience. At first, I was very skeptical – skiing inside a hall, 365 days a year with many others at the same time? To take away your skepticism, here’s a description of my experience in Neuss:

The ski hall is about 20 minutes from Dusseldorf, and as soon as I entered I felt like I was a world away. The entrance, set up with equipment rentals and ski attire,  has a cozy, yet busy atmosphere with many people walking around, trying to find their perfect winter outfit. I immediately felt as if I was in my usual ski resort. Believe it or not, the person helping me out even spoke with an Austrian accent!

Contrary to my expectations, I must admit that the ski slope is great! Not only due to the powdery snow, crunching underneath my ski, but also due to the varying degrees of difficulty offered – the ski hall is a weekend get-away for both beginners and experts. I mean, isn’t that amazing that I can experience snow whenever I like – even in summer!  It is a real highlight to be able to cool off for a few hours and even join in on the after-snow party.

My absolute favorite part though was the quaint and cozy atmosphere of the adjacent restaurant “Salzburger Hochalm”. I tried a yeast dumpling filled with jam called “Germknödel”, a traditional speciality from the Alps, which is part of my yearly holiday routine as well. It tasted just as good as in the mountains! It was wonderful to fall into my bed exhaustedly after such an exciting day.

If you are visiting Dusseldorf, but want to try this indoor skiing getaway for yourself, please contact your Breidenbacher Hof Personal Assistants via email at pa.bbh@capellahotels.com or via telephone +49 – 211 – 160 900.

St. Martin’s Day in Dusseldorf

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I love when the weather shifts in Germany.  It is a sure sign that the holidays are upon us.  The first seasonal holiday is St. Martin’s Day.  The holiday is November 11th, but really festivities begin the night of the 10th.  This holiday is a wonderful reminder to be kind to those around us and is also lots of fun for children to participate in!

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Do you know the story of St. Martin? His actual name was Martin de Tours and he was born in 316 in Hungary. His colleagues and friends appreciated him because of his big heart: St. Martin reached out to people who were ill, gave help to the needy and shared his belongings where he could.  One day, when it was very cold, St. Martin came across a beggar freezing in the streets.  A snow storm was about to erupt and the beggar, who had little clothing, was sure to freeze.  St. Martin, who was on horseback dismounted to check on the beggar.  Realizing that the man was near freezing, St. Martin removed his own cape and drew his sword, slicing the cape in two.  He then gave the beggar half of the cape, ensuring the man’s survival.  It is this event that we celebrate each year.  I still remember my first St. Martin’s celebration and continue to take part every year.

The ceremony starts early in the evening when the sun goes down. In Dusseldorf we meet in the Old Town and everyone brings colorful lanterns which create a romantic and picturesque atmosphere. You can’t imagine what kind of feeling it is to be part of this crowd, watching actors who reenact the life of St. Martin and sing songs about him.

When the ceremony is over, my favorite part of the celebration starts: All of the kids and their parents walk from house to house, sing songs with their lanterns and get candy in return.  Although I’ve become too old to collect candy myself, I still enjoy being part of the tradition, handing out treats to the children.

What do you think? Will you be part of the St. Martin’s Day this year? Come out and watch the performance in the Old Town with me!  We will get you a pretty lantern and I’d love to teach you the songs so we can experience this unforgettable evening together.  For more information, please contact your Breidenbacher Hof, A Capella Hotel  Personal Assistant at pa.bbh@capellahotels.com.