Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved.
– Eric Fromm
With Mother’s day upon us, we at Munichmom would like to let you in on a wonderful way to show the most special woman in your circle how much you care about and appreciate her.
A favorite restaurant of Munichmom is having a delightful brunch that you don’t want to miss. Irmi a new and hip German restaurant in Munich will be offering a special Mother’s Day brunch that is not to be missed.
Picture gathering the family together for a lovely Spring dining experience in a cozy Biergarten. That sounds wonderful, right? Irmi is the perfect place for you to have that experience.
Take a glimpse of the menu that is sure to get you excited!
Fresh eggs, baked beans, mini burgers, mini Bratkartoffel
white sausages, pork sausages and meatloaf from our house butcher
roast beef in herbs, beans and bacon vegetables, potato gratin
Béarnaise sauce or veal jus
asparagus spring vegetables
Majorcan paella with sea fish and fruits
Grilled BBQ Salmon in smoked barbecue skin
sweetness average variation
Warm pancake with vanilla sauce
All of these delicious dishes for only 36 euro per person. Children under 6 are free. Children 6 to 14 are 50% off.
!!GIVE AWAY ALERT!!
Because Irmi and Munichmom really care about family and because we want to see you celebrate moms in a special way, we would like to give away a table for 4 to enjoy Mother’s Day Brunch.
To be eligible for the drawing, write to munichmom a brief message about the wonderful mother you think is deserving of this special brunch. The winner will be chosen and announced on Friday, May 10th at 12 pm. Send all messages to email@example.com. We look forward to reading about these awesome Mama’s.
Be sure to follow Irmi on Instagram( irmi.gram) to see some of the awesome dishes they serve
Half a year ago, late at night, I came across the pictures of Anna Day’s creations and I instantly fell in love. Scrolling down her Instagram account @quaintmunich, I was intrigued by how her creations (bear in mind I had not tasted them yet) fully met my aesthetic requirements in terms of desserts. I even came to regret my own wedding cake of a decade ago, because, despite its exquisite taste, it just did not look the part.
It was a pure crush: superficial, very visual, very intense. I was smitten by beauty.
Six months later, I had the pleasure of meeting Anna and it all made sense. Her effortless taste did not go unnoticed and I was thrilled to have a chance to savor her creations.
The crush has turned into a full blown romance.
I was particularly taken by Anna’s matcha creation:
A delicate ‘White Cake’ (so called because it contains no egg yolks) with an exquisite vanilla-almond-butter cream filling and lightly matcha-flavoured butter cream on the outside. Its delicate color combination was mirrored in the butter milk creme and the soft white cake.
I had the pleasure to meet Anna Day over, guess what, a slice of cake and our chat was one of the sweetest of the year. ( sorry, I had to …)
Dear Anna, please do tell us a little about yourself and your passion for baking
It all started when my husband and I were living in London over 6 years ago. I found a passion for baking in a place where it really is ‘a thing’, a craze almost. When we moved to Munich I didn’t really have the time until my eldest son was about 10 months old and I was beginning to feel the need to do something other than just breastfeed, go for walks in parks and change nappies. I started to slowly learn more about baking techniques and experimenting with different textures until I fell in love with Buttercream. Now I have two boys and am at that point again where I can spend a little more time doing more of what I love with cakes. I’m very much looking forward to what the future holds for my family and my baking .
Where does the idea for QUAINT come from?
It is my ﬁrm belief there should be more reasons to eat cake! I want to produce tasty baking that’s beautiful to look at and is special, something not commonly seen in this market with an eye for details and design.
We are curious to know more about the name; what’s behind QUAINT?
After my many years spent in England and now having family ties there, I took the English adjective “quaint” that can be translated to “skillfully or cleverly made”. Quaintrelles in turn are considered free, wild and elegant women with a consciousness for glamour. I like that idea a lot and see similarities with what I try to do in my baking. At Quaint I cultivate life’s sweeter pleasures – unashamedly!
What, would you say, is your USP?
With a vast background in design, my natural instinct for style helps to develop creative concepts and visualize them on a cake or dessert. My husband (also a creative) thinks I’m one of the most versatile and skilled designers, he’s ever come across, which ﬂatters me greatly, but I think it’s my approach to a canvas that is unique. That can be paper, fabric, fauna, a cake sponge or simple Buttercream. I take great pride creating something deliciously unique for my clients.
When ordering a cake @QUAINT, what should one expect (and what not)?
With my passion for design and good food I create very personal and unique desserts that are a delicious highlight. It’s about trust like with any creative brief or design project! There is no catalogue where you choose from. It’s all about communication and ﬁnding out who I am baking for and what their real needs and wants are. Together we discuss some basics and then after some consultation, I usually take creative freedom in how a cake or dessert will ﬁnally look – as a valued client you’d see a mood-board to get an idea of color and texture but in the end, it will be a little surprise. By the way, I do not use Fondant – it goes against my taste-buds,- and my belief that everything on a cake or dessert should be edible and delicious! I also only cater for smaller private gatherings, that way keeping everything I produce very personal to the client, special to the occasion, very unique, tasty and Quaint.
Our girls could hardly seat in their seats, last Sunday, during the premiere of Immenhof!
A perfect family movie, Immenhof tells the story of Lou, Charly and Emmi, three captivating sisters who are struggling to keep their family ranch alive. The film deals with loss, self- esteem ( lack-of and abundance- of), competition, sisterhood, friendship, you-tubing, young love, loyalty and ……HORSES!
Here how our 9 year-olds describe the main characters:
LOU: somewhat shy, loves horses, she always worries about herself and being liked. She is a sandwich sibling.
CHARLY: would like to study art in Berlin. She is very pretty.
EMMIE: it is never boring with her! She cannot be without her pony KEKS.
The cast is brilliant! We loved getting to meet young actress Ella Päffgen who was incredibly gracious and down to earth. New comer Leia Holtwick will surprise you with her talent and beauty.
Moritz Bäckerling was just incredibly funny and even took the time to chat with us , while signing autographs.
Even icon-actor Mr. Lauterbach wasn’t shy around our young interviewers.
Drama, love, sisterhood and friendship are some of the main ingredients of this film. What we really loved is that Lou, the main protagonist, works hard on herself and figures out a way to save the situation on her own. No princes on white horses here, just lots of beautiful horses and three strong, talented and confident young ladies!
I love Sunday dinners with the whole family and, when possible, together with a few more families.
The truth is, I love it even more when it is not at my place, so that I don’t have to slave away. And on top of my list is an early dinner with friends, so that by 8.15 pm I am on my couch watching ‘Tatort’ with a glass of wine. I know we have Netflix, Amazon Prime and lots of other more time-flexible options, but this is a long tradition which I like to keep up.
I have just discovered a newly opened family restaurant which perfectly fits my idea for a Sunday family dinner and I would like to share my experience with you.
Irmi, which is centrally located on Goethe Strasse and can be entered as well from Le Meridien’s Hotel on Bayer Strasse, brings the modern Munich kitchen to us all, expats or not. I love the idea of revisited Bavarian classics like a juicy roast pork, for example, or a hearty goulash served with Munich beer.
I fancy starting the evening with an appetizer’s Brettl (board) which reminds me of the Wiesn (without the hassle and the noise).
Most products here, like beef, pork, and sausages, are locally sourced, as is Irmi’s fish. I love the idea that when eating out we can support hand–picked traditional Munich businesses.
One example: our beloved Giesing beer. I have been a long-time fan of this once-upon-a-time small brewery. At Irmi’s one can enjoy the entire Giesing beer range, draft beer included. Lots of non-mainstream beers are served here, the Australian Lemon Drop being this blogger’s favorite.
As a family, we often enjoy trying each other’s food (I know you do it too :)) and found Irmi’s a perfect match. Our table was filled with colorful enameled cast iron skillets of all sizes for us all to share! Our kids could not get enough of the Käsespatzle, although, to be fair, it was a very generous portion.
At the risk of being boring, I have to say that the Schnitzel is one-of-a-kind.
Besides the spacious room,which is modern and traditional at the same time,what I love were the little signs everywhere typical sentences a grandma ( such as Irmi) would say to her kids and grandchildren:
‘Kid, you need to eat!’
‘Eat your vegetables!’
‘Try it at least!’
Last but not least: the desserts.
I really do not know where to start. Irmi’s legendary Kaiserschmarrn is a must-try. The whole family seemed to find consensus on the homemade ice cream (salt-caramel, pistachio, vanilla). To be thorough in my research I also had to try the warm homemade apple strudel with vanilla ice cream and yes, it received my thumbs up.
I have recommended Irmi not only to my close friends for Sunday family dinners, but I was also able to surprise a few clients with this newly opened restaurant in an area in which it is difficult, at least for me, to find a place to meet clients. Literally a few steps away from central station, it is ideal for company events or any work lunch/dinner.
One of the great advantages of living in Munich is to have the Alps at our feet and to be a hop away from the Dolomites. More specifically, Munich is very well connected to South Tyrol, one of my ultimate favorite regions. The landscape, I find, is spectacular throughout all seasons, the history of the land very intriguing and the warmth of the people immeasurable.
Today I would like to share with you my experience in a traditional Tyrolean hotel in the Val Pusteria (Pustertal) as well as pass on a few suggestions for hikes and family activities in the area.
BAD MOOS – DOLOMITES SPA RESORT
The Bad Moos Hotel and Spa Resort, situated in Sexten (Sesto Moso) at 1370 meters above sea level, is located within the Drei Zinnen (Three Peaks) Natural Park, part of the Dolomites UNESCO heritage. It is not specifically a children’s hotel; we found, however, the premises child-friendly and the mixture of clientele (with and without children) very comfortable.
The Bad Moos Spa Resort is built on the San Valentin Sulfur Spring, a therapeutic hot water spring which dates back to more than 350 years. The peculiarity of this hotel is not only the top-of-the-art-SPA and its amenities, but the variety of medical treatments available. I was very pleased by the professional and medical approach of the SPA staff; I was given informative health details and realized the various positive health effects of a week of treatments ahead of me.
Munichmom had the pleasure of enjoying a hay bath ceremony, an old tradition which must be experienced at least once in a lifetime! As per tradition, I sat back and relaxed as I immersed myself in a hot water wooden tub, filled with hay-infused water and aetheric oils. Afterwards I lay in a bed of hay (no, it does not sting !) and let nature take its course.
The hotel offers an indoor as well as an outdoor pool, several saunas and treatment possibilities. The SPA area is abundant with little niches and hideouts: a perfect place to kick back and relax.
One of the highlights of my stay at Bad Moos was the ultimate treatment for moms, who like me, stay on their feet all day!
The Kneipp Parcour
I knew the name Kneipp from the bath oils I enjoy back in Munich. Little did I know that Sebastian Kneipp was a priest who, in the 19th century, developed a new hydrotherapy concept. Stepping in cold and hot water alternatively stimulates the blood circulation, prevents varicose veins and soothes migraines. At Bad Moos the Kneipp Parcour experience is quite spectacular as it is set up in an illuminated sub-terrain cave.
I also had a go at the Sulfur Bath, which is prepared for two people. The healing power of sulfur is said to sedate pain and be a natural anti-inflammatory method. Overall I can highly recommend the SPA area partly because of its cosmetic treatments but mostly because of its medical treatments.
The hotel offers rooms of all sizes as well as apartments, which are adjacent to the hotel and have easy access to the SPA as well as the main building. I find this last option ideal if your children are young or, generally, if you need a bit more privacy.
Our room was spacious and had a balcony: it definitely lived up to the four stars superior standard. I loved the modern, light design in conjunction with the local wood. The highlight for me, personally, was the fireplace which we kept lit throughout the night. If you do not happen to be an ex-girl scout, you can request the ‘ fireplace service’ and walk into an already perfectly fire lit room. In the mornings the ashes will be cleaned away and the chopped wood is set up to perfection, which makes lighting a fire very simple.
The northern Italian influence is pretty palpable when dining at Bad Moos. The breakfast buffet is a mixture between the Italian sweet breakfast and the Austrian / German one. In the afternoon there is a possibility of a small snack; soup, a small salad and fresh Strüdel were on the menu.
Dinner starts with a fabulous antipasto buffet, followed by the entrees one has selected in the morning. The dessert buffet really does offer a delicious option even to the picky eater.
Activities and hikes around the area.
Rotwand (Red Wall- Croda Rossa)
The Three Zinnen area is great for skiing and has a pretty impressive sled track as well. I would like to add that the descent ends up being, because of the altitude, pretty steep and curvy and it is definitely lots of fun! I would recommend, however, that kids below 9 years share the ride with a parent and I would recommend bringing a bike/ski helmet. Guests of the Bad Moos are provided with authentic wooden sleds (at no charge).
Walk to the The Rotwand ski lifts which are adjacent to the hotel and you will reach the top in a few minutes! There you can enjoy the stunning view, as well as a homemade Kaiserschmarm! Here’s the link to the hut: https://www.rodadivael.it/en/
Kids can enjoy the snow or get a shot at feeding the reindeers. (check feeding time table below)
Additionally, we have tested another family hike in the vicinity. A-one- hour hike, which is easily doable with small children and enjoyable during any season. As you exit the hotel you find yourself in the Fiscalina Valley (Fischleintal). Follow the sign to the Talschlusshütte.
The hike will take about an hour; in the summer and spring you have the possibility to see different animals and entertain the children.
To end our article, we would like to share with you a beautiful hike suggestion which is on the way to Sexten-Sesto Moso.
Pragser Wildsee-Lago di Braies, Lake Braies
This spectacular lake is worth a stop if you are coming from Munich and are driving to South Tyrol. We visited it on a sunny spring day during the Easter break, but because of the snow and ice it was not possible to take the entire walk around it. (Please check weather conditions beforehand). This picture-perfect lake is worth experiencing: the hike around the lake takes an hour and a half and it is only partially stroller-friendly. (Heads up: you will be charged 5 euros to park near the lake.)
A new school year is at the door and, with it, all its possibilities: new pens and pencils, smashing new markers, a pristine school diary, bump-free water bottle and snack box, and with that the vision of a stellar new year.
For some of you, this time of the year is twice as exciting, as your child is starting elementary school. As you know from my previous posts, the first day of elementary school is a big deal in Germany, as it coincides with children starting a new life and becoming more independent.
What to put in the infamous Schultüte, the big cone constructions first graders get to carry around the first day of school?
One of Munichmom’s suggestions, this year, is a subscription to a new magazine: the Süddeutsche Zeitung Familie Magazine.
Now, many of you might be familiar with the Süddeutsche Zeitung, a well-established daily newspaper; this new addition is a clever publication, consisting of two booklets, attached to each other, which address the whole family.
I personally find the cross cultural articles very captivating: how does a 9 year old’s snack box look like in Germany, Africa, Australia or India? What is a typical child friendly recipe in different countries?
I loved immersing myself in the articles and learning more about German culture.
Did you know that the first head lice hairdresser just opened in Berlin?
How long can an opened bottle of sun screen effectively last?
Süddeutsche Zeitung Familie
Lots of fun AND informative articles!
MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE
In the latest issue I read about the history of the infamous ‘water bottle’. Did you know it was invented 28 years ago by a mom who wanted to get rid of tetra pack juices and plastic bottles? Agnes Zieggleder- Weiß , who studied to be a carpenter, came up with a self-engineered bottle, with a screw on cap. In order to prevent breaking, Agnes created self-sewed bottle covers. It was a hit and every child wanted to have one!
I also find historical articles on how kids were educated in the past very interesting (tips from the past) and I enjoy the skillful writing paired with a judgement free attitude, in the scary world of parenting.
Süddeutsche Zeitung Familie
The kids’ side is fun, colorful, interactive and informative.
What is the appropriate age for this magazine?
Süddeutsche Zeitung Familie
This part of the magazine is thought for per-preschoolers and elementary school children. A clever color dots system lets you know which article is best for which age : blue dot symbolizes 4 years and older, red dot 6 and older and black dot 8 years and older.
The summer issue is a mixture of interesting articles for the older kids who are able to read. Crafting pages, stickers and coloring games make up the other half.
My favorite article narrates the life of two sweet girls in Tel Aviv and lots pf pictures show us their daily routine and tell us the story of their lives in Israel.
Posters, comics, Kids on ponies, treasure island maps, build your own whistle, lots of animal information and forest/ tree wisdom!
With a Süddeutsche Zeitung Familie subscription, your gift will deliver, every two months, lots of new ideas and fun in a child’s and its family’s life!
The current issue also covers many exciting topics, ideal for the start of the new school year!