Eating Out in Wiesbaden

After spending a whopping 46 days living in a hotel, we have FINALLY made our way into our apartment. Unfortunately though, when we arrived, the kitchen still had not been finished. Living in a hotel and not having a kitchen became incredibly frustrating at times because eating out every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner became very tiring. But lucky for you, now I can tell you all the great places to eat! Some nights we just wanted something quick and cheap and others we enjoyed a nice night out. Here I’ll provide you some dining suggestions in the Wiesbaden area.

$ Looking for something cheap and quick?

Globus – Ostring 2, 65205 Wiesbaden

Besides being probably the best grocery store in the area, Globus offers a fairly large dining selection in the front of their store. Kind of like how Whole Foods offers food too. Our most FAVORITE go to meal was the €1 Bratwurst sandwiches. They’re big, filling, and truly delicious. Some days I’d opt to get the Currywurst mit pomme frites which was only €2,90. You can even tack on a beer for a whopping €1 or 2!

Ditsch – Langgasse 1 65183 Wiesbaden & Kirchgasse 40 65183 Wiesbaden

Ditsch is all over the place. In Wiesbaden, I’ve gotten them on a main strip downtown where I know there are at least two. They’re these little stands that sell these amazing little pizzas and pretzels. The pizza is like a way better version of an Elios pizza after a few too many drinks. Cost? €2,50!

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Thai Express – Langgasse 36 Wiesbaden

This has to be my most favorite place. Funny story about here though. The first time Mike and I ever came here, we sat outside for 10 minutes waiting for a server. The server kept looking at us and just walking by. We didn’t know any German at this point so we were hesitant to wave her down. We were very hungry, got flustered, and left. We decided to give it another shot another day and the same thing happened. We were so confused. Then I saw at the very top of the menu where it says you order inside and then sit down. DOH! Rookie mistake. This place is soo good and quick. Also, there are two sides to their menu. The front is German and if you flip to the other side, English. They also offer to go and speak very good english. (PS: order number 66 or 22, I promise you won’t be disappointed! Also, the lychee drink is HEAVENLY!)

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Aroma Noodle Bar – Mauritiusstraße 1, 65183 Wiesbaden *CASH ONLY

Same model as Thai Express where you order inside, find a seat, and they bring your food. You have you ask them at the front for the English menu. It’s right in the heart of downtown so if you’re out shopping and looking for a good quick meal, this is your spot! The lemonade here is also really good!

Asia Wok – Kaiser-Friedrich-Ring 40, 65185 Wiesbaden *CASH ONLY

Their website simply explains their motto. “Asian specialties – fast, cheap, and good.” No English menus available here but the guy at the front speaks pretty decent English and will help you figure out what you like. He’ll ask you what you like and don’t like and if you’re feeling adventurous like I was, he’ll pick something for you. Let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed! They also offer these little to-go take out boxes that are as low as €3,50!

Pizzeria Salerno (Salerno to go) – Senefelderstraße 21, 65205 Wiesbaden *CASH AND PICK UP ONLY

Lucky for us, this was only right around the corner from our hotel. This was our go to whenever we did not feel like leaving the hotel and did not want the hotel food. You want good home cooked Italian? This is your place! Unfortunately though, there are no tables and chairs so you have to drive/walk all the way home drooling. We would always walk up, place our order, walk around the fields with Frank for about 10-15 minutes, and come back to a finished meal to take back. If you happen to be shopping at Globus, this place is RIGHT around the corner so you can easily pick up dinner on your way home. You can smell this place a block away!

$$ Looking for something more casual?

Mosch Mosch – Wilhelmstrasse 52 Wiesbaden

Mosch Mosch is an asian chain food type of restaurant but it’s really good. We’ve been to both the Frankfurt (Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 78 Frankfurt) and Wiesbaden ones and both have been equally delicious. It was actually one of the first places we had eaten at when we had first arrived in Germany. They offer an English menu but you just have to ask the server. Their fried banana spring rolls are to die for!

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ALEX – Langgasse 38, 65183 Wiesbaden

This is another one of my most favorite go to places. The food is great and the atmosphere is really cool. They’ve got a really large outdoor dining area both downstairs and upstairs. They also offer a really good brunch where it’s all you can eat for I believe only €7,95. Get the citrus mint lemonade, it’s my favorite drink in all of Wiesbaden! We have also been to the one in Mainz (Gutenbergpl. 14, 55116 Mainz) which was also very good.

Chillers – Bahnhofsplatz 1, 65189 Wiesbaden

We came here from recommendations from quite a few people from the Wiesbaden Facebook page. The location is really convenient if you’re staying at the Army Lodge or if you’re living in Hainerberg as it’s really close by.  It was a Monday and I heard about their all you can eat wings so we were definitely in for that! Unfortunately, this was the one spot I was a little disappointed in. It was fairly busy so we understood service was going to be pretty slow. From the time we sat down to the time we got our food was almost TWO HOURS. We were only able to get one drink and it was impossible to get the servers attention. We were STARVING. The server would pop by ever 20 minutes saying our food was coming. After the third time he told us, we just stopped believing him. When our food finally arrived, the wings were so terribly small, about the size of my thumb. We didn’t even bother asking for another plate of wings for fear of waiting another two hours. So we basically paid for the all you can eat and only had one serving. I truly felt bad for our server who looked like he was all by himself managing the entire restaurant, both inside and out. Needless to say, after that, it will probably take us some time to come back.

das!Burger – Grabenstraße 16, 65183 Wiesbaden

Holy YUM. If you’re looking for an awesome burger, this is your spot! I am currently salivating at the thought of their burgers and fries… They had a problem taking credit cards when we were there so I would be prepared with cash.

Vapiano – Wilhelmstrasse 52, 65183 Wiesbaden

I have a mixed review about this place. I loved the quick connivence of it. You get a card from the cashier up front, you walk up to the station, order your food, they make it right there in front of it, you eat, then pay at the register with your card. Don’t get me wrong, the salad was really refreshing and delicious. The issue? Hygiene. The only person I saw wearing gloves was the bruschetta man. Everyone was pouring in sweat and wiping their heads with their hands and arms. We had both ordered salads and I had asked for no cheese in mine. The man accidentally put cheese in mine and when we had spoke up about it, he literally picked out the all the cheese pieces with his sweaty hands. Vomit. We then watched another guy grab the lettuce with his bare hands, put into a bowl, and then dumped the lettuce back into the bin. So basically what I’m saying is enter at your own risk!

Tandoorian – Wilhelmstrasse 52 65183 Wiesbaden

We LOVE Indian food so when we walked past and smelled this place, we knew we had to give it a try. We most certainly was not disappointed! The most perfect Chicken Tikka Masala and Garlic Naan every single time we’ve been here. Mmmmmmmmm

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 Maredo – Marktstraße 20, 65183 Wiesbaden

A more casual type of steak place. We’ve actually eaten at both the one in Frankfurt (An der Hauptwache 7, 60313 Frankfurt am Main) and in Wiesbaden. The one in Wiesbaden is conveniently located right by the Marktkirche church. Food is pretty decent. I just loved the option that they had a salad bar. Eating out everyday gets exhausting so it’s nice to have a lighter meal when I can.

Central Park – Mauritius Straße 3, 65183 Wiesbaden

I could honestly even place this into the cheaper category. Mike and I ordered one pizza to share and it was almost plenty enough. Food came out pretty quick and it was very good. It’s actually kind of funny because we are from the New York area so when I found out this was called Central Park, it made me giggle a little. Then I turned my back and saw a store called New Yorker and then I really felt home sick!

Du & Ich – Neugasse 18, 65183 Wiesbaden *CASH ONLY

We actually ate here for the first time fairly recently and Mike said that his meal was the best thing he has eaten the entire time he’s been here. (He ordered the pesto gnocchi) We’ve since been back and his second dish he said was just as excellent. As for me, I REALLY enjoyed my salad both times. Very fresh and very filling! Pair it with their Strawberry mint lemonade and you’re set! No English menu’s available here but the servers are really nice and will help you.

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Ristorante Comeback – Goldgasse 13, 65183 Wiesbaden

This place is located at the famous Goldgasse Italian row in downtown. As soon as you turn down Goldgasse, the aroma of fresh brick oven pizza is sure enough to make you sit at the first seat available. When I looked around, I saw every single person was eating their own personal pizzas. Oddly enough, I opted to not get the pizza because I had already eaten so much pizza that I needed to lay off. We got the bruschetta to start and holy cow was it fresh and good. I ordered the Salmon with spinach which was perfectly cooked and really tasty. Mike did order the pizza and they definitely got an A+ from him.

Bratwurst Gloeckle – Schusterstraße 18 – 20, 55116 Mainz

This was actually the first authentic German food we were able to get when we had first arrived. After a day of walking around and shopping in Mainz, we decided to pop into this place for food. Decent Schnitzels and pomme frites but definitely not the best we have had in Germany. If you’re feeling really hungry, you can order the double portion of Schnitzels like Mike did. And yes, he DID finish it all, PLUS some of mine!

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$$$ Looking for a nice night out?

Lumen – Marktpl., 65183 Wiesbaden

They are located directly behind the Marktkirche church so the view is beautiful. We have been here quite a few times and there’s a good reason for that. Not only is the food really good but the service is wonderful. We’ve had the same waitress each time and she’s the sweetest. We have always brought our pooch Frank with us and when we don’t bring him, she’s always funny about being upset that he’s not with us. I mean, he is pretty good company if I must say so myself! The food has always been really fresh and great. I’ve gotten the salad each time and it’s nice and filling. Mike’s ventured off to different things and everything has always been good. The first time we had actually been here, our food took a little longer than expected due to a large party and they were so sweet and apologetic and sent us out a dessert at the end of our meal. Also, they had the BEST mango mojito I’ve ever had in my life. You know it’s serious when there’s a piece of dragon fruit as a garnish. I’ve gotten this another night and they used an entire slice of cantaloupe as a garnish! And I’m not gonna lie, I had their giant bowl of hazelnutty chocolately ice cream heaven for dinner one night. I have no shame.

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Restaurant Orangerie (inside the Hotel Nassuer Hoff) – Kaiser-Friedrich-Bad 3, 65183 Wiesbaden

The first time we had gone here, it was Mike’s birthday and we really wanted somewhere nice to go. We’ve heard some pretty nice things about this place so we decided to give it a try. Food was nothing less than spectacular. I’m personally a fan of spargel and will get it whenever I am given the option. They had the BEST spargel I’ve ever had in all the places I have tried it. At the end of the evening, they were kind enough to send us out a plate for his birthday. Everyone there was really really nice and friendly. The cappuccino was the best I have had the entire time I had been in Wiesbaden and had jokingly mentioned it to our server. The next time we came back, the server had remembered us and jokingly said “Oh are you back for the cappuccinos?” We cracked up right away. Bonus? VERY pet friendly! Frank has come with us both times we’ve been here and they even give him his own doggy bowl!

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Momo’s Bar – Karl-Glässing-Straße 5, 65183 Wiesbaden *CASH ONLY

I’m a lover of fresh seafood and I’ve found it a little more difficult than expected to find a good piece of salmon. When I saw salmon on their menu, my eyes lit right up! Perfectly cooked and hit the spot. Mike ventured out of his comfort zone a little and ordered this really good Moroccan dish that was served in this really cool clay dish. It’s located in a nice quiet alleyway right by the Marktkirche church.

Opelbad Restaurant – Neroberg Straße 1, 65193 Wiesbaden

This place is located up the hill by Kletterwald Neroberg park and the Russian Church. Food and service was pretty decent but the views were spectacular. You get a total view of Wiesbaden. If you want you’re experience to be more fun, take the Nerobergbahn up!

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Weinstube Gelbes Haus – Burgstraße 3, 65343 Eltville

Same as the Opelbad where the food and service was pretty good. The view and location was spectacular. If you sit out back on their patio, you get an amazing view of their vineyards and the Rhein River! There are also really cool German Tudor style homes all around. No English menus available here.

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And for fun, my favorite gelato places!

Eis Cafe Rialto – Marktstr 8 Marktplaz Wiesbaden

Located right next to the Marktkirche church and a lot of my favorite dining places, this was always a great place to stop for a nice cone on my walk back to the car.

Patavium Cafe Bar Gelateria – Langgasse 28 Wiesbaden

Probably the best gelato I’ve had the entire time here in Germany. I wish they had those frequent visitor cards because I would have already earned myself 10 free cones. Love banana flavored things? The banana gelato here is to DIE for! And I don’t even like banana flavored stuff!

and when all else fails, find Eis Tony. I’ve found his van of heaven located at the PX many times. The spaghetti eis is the best! I just really enjoy watching him make the ice cream into the spaghetti. The “parmesan cheese” sprinkles also make me giggle.

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I will be sure to add to the list as our journey in Wiesbaden continues! If you have any suggestions on where we should definitely go to, please feel free to let me know! We love to eat just about anything. Happy eating!:)

Side note: Feel free to get in touch with me if you’re either PCSing over to Wiesbaden or just arrived. I’d be happy to answer any questions or give suggestions!

The First Month

We have officially been here for over a month and I can’t even believe it. Unfortunately, we are still living in a hotel room but we did find an apartment! HORRAY! June cannot come fast enough! Since my last post about the first week, not too much has changed. We have just been super busy doing a lot of basic administrative stuff like getting all of our paperwork in line and finding a place to live. Thankfully, all that is left is to move into our apartment so now we can start enjoying our time here.

The weather is pretty spontaneous here so it can go from sunny one minute to rainy the next which makes doing stuff outdoors a little difficult. For the most part it is fairly nice. If it’s not raining, it’s usually a nice warm and sunny 70 degrees during the day. The evenings get a little cooler to around 40’s and 50’s. After one big rainstorm, we saw the most amazing rainbow ever! Mike started back at work full time which leaves me and Frank with a lot of free time. If the weather is nice and I can manage to get the lazy dog up, I’ve been really enjoying taking walks in Schlosspark. It is right behind the Biebrich Palace along the river and is huge. Frank loves walking and sniffing. He does tire out quickly due to his stumpy legs so occasionally I have to carry him around to give him a break. His new favorite thing is chasing ducks but only these ducks that I’ve never seen before.

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Everything about Germany is absolutely beautiful. It is so well maintained and well kept. You see zero garbage anywhere. And the funny part is that you also see few trash cans. That means that people are courteous enough to wait for one to come up to dispose of their trash. The other day we saw a lady empty out a bunch of trash from her purse. You can’t beat the scenery here too. Lots of open fields and grass for Frank to frolic around. Unfortunately, with fields of flowers also comes buckets of pollen. But you want to know what’s strange? They’re actually not bothering me! I haven’t had an allergy free season in maybe 5 or 6 years. This is a big incentive for me to never go back to Jersey! Frank on the other hand, is suffering pretty badly. His allergies in Jersey were pretty mild but here it is really rough for him. Hopefully the pollen will go away soon.

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Since the first week, we have gotten a lot more comfortable going out and trying new things. Going out to dinner has been much easier since we have learned that most places offer an English menu. My goal by the end of our trip is to be able to order off the German menu! When we took our first road trip to Cologne, we realized that we had to put gas in the car for the first time. We weren’t sure how it worked so we had to ask the concierge how gas works here. She got a pretty good laugh about it. She didn’t quite understand that us Jersey folks don’t pump our own gas! These plastic glove things are pretty much required when you pump gas because it leaks a little and gets all over your hands.

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As I mentioned before about the pollen, our rental car was EXTREMELY disgusting. I wouldn’t have really cared to get the car washed but the car became so sticky that opening the doors became a problem. I was feeling really motivated and adventurous one day so I decided to take the car to the carwash with Frank. I figured how hard could it be to put some money in a machine and drive your car in. WRONG. So very wrong! I pulled up to the car wash and found a 17 paragraph long instruction sign all written in German. After google translating the first line, I realized I had to purchase some sort of ticket from the people at the gas station. Okay no problem I can do that. I pay the kind man and ask him what I need to do. He responds simply with scan the ticket and press the button. I think to myself okay that’s easy enough. I pull back up to the car wash, scan my ticket, and realize there are a BILLION different buttons. So of course I press a few, drive my car in, drive my car out, push some more buttons, drive back in, scan my ticket a few more times, and repeat. Fast forward 20 minutes, I must have broken the car wash because everything started flashing. The guy from the gas station walks all the way over to see what is going on. People started pulling up behind with a very annoyed look. I am beyond mortified at this point. The attendant fixes the machine and turned the machine on so fast with my car in that I was not able to get Frank out. I don’t know who was more freaked out, me or Frank! After a grueling 5 minutes of waiting, I returned to my vehicle to find poor Frank huddled and shaking in the corner. I felt like an AWFUL mom. I gave him lots of treats upon returning back to the hotel and vouched to NEVER go to that car wash again.

Since we are living in a hotel room, we obviously do not have any laundry machines. After the first few weeks, we had it done at the hotel but it just became WAY too expensive. Feeling like I had no other option, I ventured off to a local laundry mat. I went to the military PX and bought some laundry detergent and made my way with a giant suitcase full of our clothes. I had read somewhere that the American laundry detergent doesn’t work well with the German machines as it creates a ton of bubbles and breaks the machine. All I could think about was breaking another machine so I was sure to put only a small amount of detergent as suggested. Thankfully, the instructions for the machines were only 8 steps and came with pictures. The one machine I had a little bit of a hard time with but thankfully a lady was nice enough to help me. Four loads of laundry and 2 hours later, I have successfully did laundry without breaking anything. I felt super accomplished! Until I got back to my car…. Sorry Enterprise.

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I’ve actually started looking around for a part time job to occupy my time but that seems to be easier said than done. The jobs are very limited and the pay is almost not worth it. To work as a nurse, I would be getting paid half of what I was making in the states and would have to commute over an hour. All that is left is fast food service and some other small jobs that barely pay minimum wage. I’ve just started to look into some volunteer work instead. In the mean time, we are keeping focus on enjoying our time here and traveling as much as we can. After the first week, we have ventured to Cologne, Heidelberg, and Paris. Paris will have a post of it’s own soon! Since our one year wedding anniversary fell on a holiday weekend here, we decided to just spend the day in Heidelberg and celebrate the next weekend in Paris. Here are just some beautiful shots from each place.

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Cologne Cathedral

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Currywurst, Schnitzels, and Beer in Cologne

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Heidelberg Castle

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Heidelberg Altstadt

A lot of people have been asking if we are feeling homesick yet and things we miss the most and things we don’t miss. Surprisingly, we have not felt too homesick. We figured the time will probably come during big holidays where our families will get together. We of course miss our friends and family but we also know our time apart won’t be too long. Skype has been the best invention ever. Except when you’re skyping with your parents and they show you all the delicious home cooked food you’re missing out on. That’s just mean! Anyone that knows my mom, knows her food is RIDICULOUSLY amazing!

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As for things I miss the most? Home cooked meals, American television, Marshalls/TJ Maxx, and Target. Things I don’t miss? People hogging the left lane of the roads, dirty bathrooms, and the fast paced, hustle and bustle kind of lifestyle. People have also asked what I love most about Germany and what I dislike. I truly love how clean everything is. Zero garbage anywhere. I also love that everyone properly follows the keep right pass left laws on the roadways. What I dislike the most has to be the smoking. I’m not a fan of smoke so it’s a bit rough when you’re out to dinner and everyone around you is smoking. Granted, they’re only allowed to smoke while dining outside but who really wants to dine inside when the weather is so beautiful and the scenery is one not to be missed.

Before we had moved here, we had kind of been briefed that there really aren’t grocery stores here like Acme and Shop Rite and that it will mostly be farmers markets and stuff. That is partially true! All of the produce here are INCREDIBLY fresh. When certain things come in season, they make a pretty big deal out of it. When we arrived, it was the start of spargel (asparagus) season. The spargel they serve here is obviously not like the typical green ones we have in the states. These ones are white and a lot more meaty. They are the main star of the dish and is typically served with either butter or hollandaise sauce with a side of boiled potatoes. You can also add a meat to the side. It is so delicious. Whenever we have gone out and they had a special “spargel menu,” I have always ordered off of it. Since it is only in season from April-June, most people take advantage of it. This night was also Mike’s birthday. We had an amazing dinner at Hotel Nassauer Hof and they were awesome enough to send us out a special birthday plate! Strawberry season just started this week and we are so excited. Strawberry picking is very popular here so we will definitely be doing that. The Germans are awesome with keeping all of their produce natural and free of all those pesticides. I happened to stop at the local grocery store and the strawberries literally stopped me in my tracks. They were absolutely beautiful! I snapped a shot and sent it to Mike and he didn’t believe me that they were real. I obviously took a box back to the hotel and we devoured them all. They were the sweetest and juiciest strawberries I’ve ever had!

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I’m very thankful that things are starting to feel a little normal. We’re making some really cool friends and spending more time away from the hotel room. The other night we went to a town called Eltville am Rhein and it was this super adorable old German town. We had dinner along the Rhein so the view was spectacular.

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Everyday I am thankful and fortunately for all of the experiences we get to have. I knew moving to a different country would have it’s ups and downs but so far it’s been mostly ups. I joke all the time with Mike that we may never return back to the states if we had the option. So until then, we are most certainly going to spend the next two years soaking in every moment! Stay tuned for my next post about our trip to Paris! If you want to see our travel from Franks point of view, you can also check out his blog at frankthewiener.com! Auf Wiedersehen friends!

Tips and Advice to you Future Brides From the Wife!

Wedding season is right around the corner and in honor of our one year anniversary coming next week, I wanted to offer you future brides some advice that had been passed to me or things I had personally experienced!

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Things are going to go wrong. Plain and simple. I had already mentally prepared myself that things were not going to go as planned. So thankfully, when things DID go wrong, I wasn’t as caught off guard.

– The venue was late letting us in so we weren’t able to start getting ready on time.

– When my bouquet arrived, the florist had accidentally put white ribbon instead of teal as we had talked about. I had to call them to make them come and fix it. Thankfully they were really nice about it!

– 20 minutes before I was due to get in my dress, one of my bridesmaids dresses completely broke at the zipper.

– It started to pour as soon as I walked into the church to walk down the isle covering my dress in rain drops.

– My dad stepped on my dress walking into the church and so I tripped in front of everyone.

– It poured pretty much during the entire 2 hours we had allotted for pictures after the ceremony making it incredibly difficult to get any pics. We really didn’t get many with our family because of this. :(

– Walking into our grand entrance with my new husband, he also stepped on my dress (it was bustled at this point) and broke my bustle and sent my button flying through the air.

– The DJ managed to cut our first dance to only a minute long. (Our first dance was Bruce Springsteens Jersey girl. For those who don’t know that song, it is almost 8 minutes. We told him to cut it off at exactly 4:02. He managed to cut off the most important line of the song where it goes “I know someday that she’ll wear my ring”)

– The DJ was a complete IDIOT.

– The DJs computer crashed in the middle of the reception resulting in them having to play music via my cousins phone on pandora on a microphone.

– The uplighting the idiot DJ brought didn’t work. (did I mention our DJ was an idiot?)

– The fire alarms went off during the reception sending two fire trucks outside for a while. I didn’t know about the fire trucks til the next day lol I joked saying I wish I knew they came because I would’ve told them to come in. That would’ve made for a pretty entertaining picture!

– Someone dropped a glass of red wine down the back of my dress.

– Someone dropped a cheesesteak down the front of my dress.

– Basically my white dress was covered with everything possible. But I also spent most of my night in the middle of the dance floor with everyone jamming out so I guess that’s going to be expected!

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I could probably continue on and on about all that went wrong but all you can really do is prepare ahead and/or just let it go. I had packed a massive box with probably every item from target and called it the “oh sh*t box” lol heres a list of the most used items from that box.

SEWING KIT: if it was not for that, I don’t think my bridesmaid would have been able to walk down the isle with us.

Deodorant: Apparently putting deodorant on the bottom of your feet it keeps your feet from sliding in your shoes. All my maids did it and I guess it worked? As for me, I had read somewhere to put deodorant between your thighs to keep you from chafing and oh my goodness thank god I did do it! You would be surprised at how ridiculous hot and sweater your legs get under that dress!!

Mints: I think we went through an entire huge bag of lifesaver mints. No one wants smelly breath!

Scissors: They got passed around all morning for various reasons.

Snacks: I packed a box of cliff bars, box of granola bars, box of peanut butter crackers, a bag of starburst, and a bag of snickers and they got torn into after the ceremony when everyone was starting to get hungry. I only bought one box of cliff bars but I do wish I packed two because they were the one thing that went the quickest.

Water bottles: Self explanatory lol

Baby wipes: People are gonna spill stuff on your dress. It’s the inevitable. But red wine and cheesesteak was a hard one for me lol All you can do is try to get as much of it out as possible and leave the rest up to your cleaners!

Hairspray and bobby pins: Kept me and my girls hair good all night!

Eye drops: My contacts were SO dry already by the time we got to the ceremony.

Tissues: Self explanatory again lol

Tampons: Out of all the girls there, SOMEONE was bound to have/get their period. And sure enough, people did!

One big thing I knew to pack for myself were a pair of comfortable shoes! I wore my heels for the ceremony, some pics, and our grand entrance/dances. I bought a pair of platformed flip flops to keep my feet happy all night long! I highly suggest you do the same!

We didn’t want to make this day just about us. We wanted to make sure all of our guests were all well taken care of. Here is just two things we did that were a HUGE hit to accommodate our guests! The flip flops were definitely the biggest hit! We were only left with about 4 by the end of the night. It kept EVERYONE out on the dance floor dancing!

People were also so appreciative of being able to charge their phones. You use it SO much through out the day that you just forget about battery life! I didn’t want that to be the reason people aren’t able to get more pictures for us. We’ve gotten so many amazing shots from our friends and family from their phone.

I’m sure I can keep writing more and more but I think I’m gonna stop here. All you really want to remember is that the day is about you and your future husband. Whatever happens, happens. You just can’t let it ruin your night. If you dwell on one thing that went wrong, you are going to lose focus on what the day is really about. Everyone told me how quickly the day goes by and they were all right. Just remember to take a few minutes here and there to just stop and absorb all that is around you and tell your new husband how much you love him. I felt like I blinked and next thing I knew it was all over. Things are absolutely going to go wrong but you will be very surprised by how many people will have your back and be your buffers. Everyone did a great job of not letting me know of certain things that were going wrong and just took care of it for me. All of the people that are going to be there are your most beloved friends and family and will take a hit to make sure your day is the most perfect day ever. I did not find out until the next day about certain things and I am sure there are still things that I do not know about (and don’t wish to!). Just have fun! Don’t let little things bug you. Keep a smile and just keep going. There are no grudges or negativity on your day allowed. I wish you all the best and hope all of your days will be as wonderful as mine was! XO

The First Week

It’s hard to believe that it has already been one whole week in Germany. You want to test how strong your marriage is? Insert yourselves in a 200 square foot hotel room, add a dog, subtract all American TV except for CNN (Can I tell how brutal it is that I can’t even watch the last episode of Grey’s Anatomy?! Everyone already spoiled for me who died!), all in a country where you barely understand the language. We still have another 3 weeks in this hotel room unless we find an apartment soon. Fingers are crossed we find something soon!

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After an 8 hour flight, we finally landed in Frankfurt. Mike and I were (and still) in complete disbelief of how great Frank did on the plane. We were 100% convinced that he would cry and be awful the whole flight. During take off he did flip out a little so I put him in my lap and he was still very anxious. After about 10 minutes of his squirming, I decided to put him back down in his bag when we finally got in the air. I’m not sure if it was all the exercise we did that day, the drone of the plane, the calming spray, or all of the above, but something worked and he was out cold! Regardless, I am just very thankful that all three of us made it out of the plane happy and in one piece!

Once we landed, it was a little bit of chaos trying to get our bags and the rental car. Not sure how we got so lucky but our Volkswagen was somehow upgraded to this sweet Mercedes. Hello Autobahn!

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When we finally got to the hotel, we took showers and took a nice 5 hour nap. We really didn’t want to nap because we were trying to adjust to the jet lag but neither of us had slept because we were so worried about the dog on the plane. After finally getting up, we decided to go to downtown Wiesbaden. Everything was just so pretty! Old cobblestone streets with a ton of shops, restaurants, and cafes all lined the streets. We ended up stumbling into this cute little castle. Can you find Frank?

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I had my first moment of realization when we started to get hungry and realized Oh crap, everything is written in German… Everyone speaks German.. We know zero German.. Now what?! In that moment, I had so many different emotions running through me. I went from being so excited to be there, to frustrated and helpless that I couldn’t understand, nervous that I would never pick up the language, and most importantly, LOST. Toto, we are not in the US anymore. I guess I had different expectations because when we had traveled to Thailand and Vietnam for our honeymoon, EVERYTHING was still written in English. All menus, all signs, everything. I guess they were more geared towards tourists. After walking around a bit in panic, we found ourselves a Starbucks and I never felt happier to find a piece that felt like home. Who would’ve though a white cup with that famous green lady would make me so happy. I was even happier to walk in and find that the menu was written in English! Whew! We got our coffees and sat on some steps and just people watched for a while. That night we ended up having dinner in the hotel with the English menu.

The next day, we told ourselves we needed to get out of our comfort zones and really embrace the culture. We ended up traveling to Frankfurt and hung out in the Sachsenhausen area where we knew we potentially wanted to live. The area was absolutely stunning. We found ourselves hanging out by the Eiserner Steg along the Main river which is this really awesome bridge and everyone places a love lock on there. I guess we will have to do that sometime in the next two years!

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(Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen, Germany)

After sitting for a while, we decided to try getting some food. We really wanted some authentic German food but apparently that is much easier said than done. We go to Germany and were do we end up? At an Asian restaurant. After staring at the German menu for a while trying to decipher what is what, the server kindly gave us an English menu. Whoops. While waiting for our food, I compared both menus to study what means what. Garnelen is prawns, cannot order Garnenlen due to allergies. Käse is cheese, no cheese please! The food finally came and it was actually delicious! Frank was pooped out from all the walking. One of my most favorite things about Germany? Dogs are allowed practically everywhere!

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Over the next few days, we did some more exploring trying to get a feel on what areas we love the most and where we want to ultimately live. Let me tell you, it has been difficult and we still have no idea! Every place that we have been, we LOVED.

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(Schlosspark and Berbrich Palace in Wiesbaden, Germany)

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(Old town Mainz, Germany)

While in Mainz, we had some Cappuccinos at this adorable little cafe and we finally found some German food! Wiener Schnitzels! Mike of course got the super large portion with some delicious sauce.

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Wieners and Wiener Schniztels!

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(Downtown Wiesbaden, Germany. Top pic is the Casino and bottom is the Marktikirche)

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The BEST mango mojito I’ve EVER had at Lumen!

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Frank has been loving every bit of this journey so far. I guess he’s happy to be back in his motherland!

This past week I have already learned so much about myself and just life in general. So much of Germany I am already loving more than the US. In the past week, I have discovered a few things.

1. There are minimal stop signs. I’ve seen ONE the whole time here. They are mostly yields.

2. Speed limit? HAH.

3. The women’s restrooms are SO clean! I have not come across one dirty bathroom here unlike the US where half of the toilets are either clogged or covered in gross pee.

4. No one honks their horns! No one. Unbelievable. It is a very nice change coming from New Jersey where people honk at you as soon as your light turns green.

5. The yellow light at the traffic signals comes on when the light is about to turn red but also when it’s going to turn green. Talk about confusing lol

6. The light switches are backwards. Down is on and up is off. I still haven’t gotten used to that yet.

7. There is no such thing as tap water at a restaurant. You want water? You have to pay for a bottle and more than likely it will be sparkling water.

8. Visa card? Almost useless here.

9. Dogs are welcome everywhere. We spent the other day walking around the mall with Frank. Frank is almost pro at dining in a restaurant.

10. People follow the keep right pass left rule on the highway. IT’S AMAZING!!!!!!

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As I’m sitting here and looking out the window, I can’t help but feel so lucky and thankful. We are so lucky to have been given this amazing opportunity to see this part of the world. We can’t express how much we miss our friends and family but we keep reminding ourselves that we will see you all again! I am looking forward to seeing what the next few years has to offer! Until next time! Auf Wiedersehen! XO

Peanut Butter and Banana Pupcakes

Sorry for the long absence of posts, we have been quite busy trying to get everything together for our big move. Only a few more weeks to go! EEK!

Since Frank will also be moving with us, his wonderful dog sitter  decided to throw him a going away paw-ty with some of his pup friends. We couldn’t show up to the empty handed so we decided to make some pupcakes! This is my most favorite go to recipe whenever there’s a special doggy occasion. It’s so simple and actually tasty. (Yes I have tried it!) Frank is one of the pickiest eaters I have come across and even he loves them.

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Peanut Butter and Banana Pupcakes

(For the pupcakes)

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 of a mashed banana

(For the icing I will do either one of these depending on what I have available)

  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • spoonful of creamy peanut butter
  • squirt of honey
  • 2 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 of a mashed banana
  • 2/3 cups creamy peanut butter

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Whisk together the flour and baking soda.

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Add in your peanut butter, honey, egg, vegetable oil, and banana.

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Place in cupcake liners and bake for 13-15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Once done, let them cool down and frost right before serving. For added deliciousness, top with your pups favorite peanut butter treat!

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Someone enjoyed cleaning off the icing spatula!

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Frank had an awesome time chowing down and playing with all of his friends. We are both going to miss Hoboken Doggy Haven so much! Thank you Vanessa for always taking such good care of my baby!

Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in a few more posts before we are in the land of wiener dogs! Until next time! Auf Wiedersehen! XO

The Baumann’s Are…….

We are super super excited to share with you our big news!

We are MOVING! We have taken an opportunity that we absolutely could not pass up on. Where are we going you ask? Germany! Frankfurt, Germany to be exact! It’s been in the works for a while and it has finally become official so we are beyond excited to be able to officially finally share the news! Telling our closest friends and family was so exciting!

For the Super Bowl, we had a party with a bunch of our friends. It’s hard for us all to get together since we all live so far away so I figured what better time to tell them since we’ll have most of them here! I made these cupcakes with the German flag on them and when half time came, Mike and I just started handing out cupcakes to everyone. Their reactions were priceless and very warming!

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Last weekend, my entire family had gotten together for Chinese New Year. Only twice a year my entire family gets together and that is Thanksgiving and Chinese New Year. My dad is one of 7 siblings so we have a very huge family. I typically bake a dessert so I was afraid that me bringing something store bought was going to throw them off. We ordered a German Chocolate Cake from one of the best local bakeries called Minos Bakery. (Let me tell you… their cakes are amazing and their German Chocolate and Strawberry Short Cakes are the BEST!) Once dinner was done, we brought in the cake and opened it up. Everyone noticed something was written and started to read it. The shock on everyones faces were the best! All of my family came running in once word got out that we were moving. It was amazing to be able to share that experience with all of them as they offered us great advice and warm wishes. They ended up turning to into a birthday cake also for me since my birthday was just two days earlier. I got to meet my sweet baby niece for the first time also!

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We broke the news to Mike’s family over the phone. He was just so excited that he had to share with them immediately. We had just hung up the phone officially accepting the offer and they got the phone call right after. It was so much fun calling them one by one and telling them the big news and their reactions made our decision that much more reassuring!

We also had to break the news to Frank’s beloved dog sitter. He loves her just as much as she loves him. She watches him at least once a week and she was the one that has cared for Frank every night that we have been away. That included big moments in our lives like our Wedding and our 3 week long Honeymoon! There’s not many people that I trust with my fur baby so I wish I could take her to Germany with me! She’s already planning a going away party for Frank and all of his friends! I can’t wait to take him back to his mother land since he is actually a German dog! The dachshund is the number 2 breed of dog there so I can’t wait to be surrounded by wiener dogs!

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All in all, we are beyond excited. Before making our decision, we were really unsure what we wanted to do. The fear of the unknown was probably what held us back the most. And not to mention German is a really hard language to learn! I’ve been doing a lot of reading and practicing and slowly getting the hang of it. We are only going to be away for two years but we are going to make it the best two years ever. We CANNOT wait to travel and see all of Europe and just have an amazing time. I’m sure the two years will fly by and we will be back in the states before we know it. We will miss all of you and all that America has to offer but we are ready for a new adventure! We are gladly accepting visitors as I am sure we will feel homesick! We only have about a month and a half til we depart so we will have A LOT to get done by then. If anyone has any advice, we would love to hear from you!

Auf Wiedersehen und Gute Nacht!

28 and Feeling GREAT!

Sometimes I seriously cannot believe how quickly time is passing by. Last week I had turned 28 but it feels like I was just 18. I guess it’s a friendly reminder to really appreciate everyday and every moment that passes by! My birthday started off super cold and snowy but that seems to be the trend every year. I’m a pediatrics nurse at a special needs school and the kids made me a sweet card! It’s crazy how much you can love kids that don’t even belong to you!

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After work I came home to my wonderful husband who was eagerly waiting for me to open up my card and gifts. I couldn’t stop laughing at his card because everything about it completely suits us. It also made me super excited because I think it’s the first card he’s gotten me that actually says wife! Oh it’s the little things…:)

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I loved loved loved my gifts! A Kate Spade “MRS” necklace and a monogramed iPhone caseFullSizeRender_3

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We headed off to dinner at the wonderful Amanda’s in Hoboken. We have been in Hoboken for almost 3 years and this was one spot we have been trying to get to. When we were here for Hurricane Sandy, Hoboken was completely devastated. There was no power and people started running out of food. Amanda’s graciously opened up and started serving free food on the sidewalk in front of their restaurant. Simply amazing. Dinner was spectacular as were the staff. Couldn’t of been happier with the choice to go here!

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After dinner we headed to another spot in Hoboken called ArteVino where you paint and drink! It’s BYOB so it’s even more fun! When Mike had explained it to me, he basically said we would be doing a couples painting where I would paint one side of the picture and then he would paint the other. I’m not gonna lie, I was pretty nervous at first because he isn’t the most artistic/crafty person ever. All I could picture was one side looking all nice and the other like a 2nd grader did it! But low and behold, when we arrived, I realized we each had our own canvas so it wouldn’t be as terrible!

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Voila! Our masterpieces! I think we actually did a pretty nice job, especially Mike! We both had so so so much fun and would definitely do it again! Now we are just trying to figure out where to hang it. We finally got to head back for my cake. I think I was looking forward to this part all day. Cake and ice cream are my two most favorite things. So what kind of cake did I get? A Coldstone cake! I was able to custom create my own which was pretty much a play on a funfetti cake with chocolate chip cookie dough and brownies! The worst part about the day was actually picking it up. The people at Coldstone in Hoboken gave me such a hard time trying to pick up my cake an hour early because they didn’t make it yet but they wouldn’t let me cancel my order and purchase a cake out of the fridge. In the end, they made me pay delivery for my own birthday cake an hour later. He was such a jerk about it too. But I didn’t let that ruin my day!

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After a long, fun filled day, I was just about toast and was happy to have the best snuggle partner ever! This guy could win an award for being the best snuggler!

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27 has been by far the best year yet as I had finally become Catholic, got married, went on an awesome honeymoon, traveled almost all of California, moved into a beautiful new apartment, and many other things. I am so incredibly thankful for all of the wonderful people that I have in my life and couldn’t imagine it without any of them. 27 is going to be hard to top but I have a feeling there are going to be big things to come this year!