Frankfurt, Germany

One of the many perks of being married to a cellist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra is tagging along on orchestra tours! The BSO's most recent European tour started in Frankfurt, Germany and for me, ended in Dresden, Germany. 

Frankfurt Römer

Frankfurt Römer

Beautiful pastel facades in Frankfurt Nordend

Beautiful pastel facades in Frankfurt Nordend

Coffee in Frankfurt

Naturally, the only research I did before the trip was figuring out where we could find decent coffee. Because we all know, coffee first!

Instagram was a great place to research specialty coffee shops in Frankfurt. I even messaged with a barista at Hoppenworth und Ploch beforehand to find out what her favorite spots were. Total win btw.  

Places I tried and enjoyed: 

  • Hoppenworth und Ploch - These guys roast their own coffee and have a cozy shop in the nicest neighborhood. And waffles. Savory waffles!
  • Holy Cross Brewing Society - Winners of hippest decor and most Instagrammable interior. They had my favorite machiattos.
See what I mean? I had to gram this place
The Holy Cross Brewing Society serves The Barn Espresso. Roasted in Berlin

The Holy Cross Brewing Society serves The Barn Espresso. Roasted in Berlin

loved this menu design

loved this menu design

holy cross brewing company
  • The Espresso Bar - This was a last minute find. Total hipster hole in the wall with a healthy crowd at all times. Loved the vibe here. This place isn't third wave but more traditional Italian style. 

The Kleinmarkthalle

Before boarding my flight from Boston to Frankfurt, I bought a copy of Afar Magazine. I was super delighted to open it up and find an article about Frankfurt's secret foodie spots written by the queen bee herself, Ruth Reichl. After reading this piece I decided to follow her advice and walked to the Kleinmarkthalle for one of Frau Schreiber's sausages.  

Frau Schreiber's Fleishwurst. (insert dirty joke here)

Frau Schreiber's Fleishwurst. (insert dirty joke here)

All in the name of food research, people! You're welcome.

All in the name of food research, people! You're welcome.

Spring in Frankfurt

So you're probably wondering if I did anything other than drink coffee and eat sausage. I did! Adam and I love to wander around new cities on foot to get our bearings and see all the sights. (in between coffees and sausage, of course). The weather on this trip was absolutely perfect, sunny skies, warm temps, and flowers in bloom everywhere we looked. So, walk we did. All over Frankfurt. 

Our favorite neighborhood, the Nordend, reminded us of the Back Bay in Boston. 

flowers in Nordend

When Adam was rehearsing or playing concerts, I went to a museum or wandered around taking photos.

hey there, fountain!

hey there, fountain!

flowers

One of the best things about touring with the BSO is hanging out with other spouses that I don't normally get to see. Cassie and I had a lovely time at the Museum of Modern Art!

Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo!

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What are some of your favorite places in Frankfurt? 

Stay tuned for more posts about our other stops in Germany!

 

 

Curio Coffee in Cambridge, MA

When Adam and I moved to Boston, Massachusetts from Portland, Oregon in 2008, one of the biggest things we we missed about living in the Pacific Northwest was it's coffee culture. Fast-forward eight years later, and all of that has changed. 

My new favorite place for coffee is Curio Coffee in East Cambridge. My friend Jen first mentioned this place to me and she said, "you have to go!" So I did, and I'm so glad that I did. Because, W A F F L E S. and coffee!

Cortado and Belgian Waffles

Cortado and Belgian Waffles

I sort of come up with any excuse to go to Curio these days. Business meeting? Let's meet at Curio! Catching up with a friend I haven't seen in a while? Curio! Waffle craving? Curio! You get the picture :)

Curio serves Counter Culture Coffee and the owner Justin,  pulls some pretty great shots. 

Justin working some espresso magic

Justin working some espresso magic

Curio's Espresso Machine

Curio's Espresso Machine

Doing what I do best. Drinking all the cortados!

Doing what I do best. Drinking all the cortados!

Gotta throw in a flat lay.

Gotta throw in a flat lay.

Okay, back to the waffles. They're made to order and delivered to your hand within minutes, served piping hot in a paper sleeve. Think streets of Brussels, Belgium. (Justin was kind enough to give me a plate for our tower of waffles for the pictures.) 

The menu at Curio. 

The menu at Curio. 

Things you might overhear customers asking while enjoying a delicious cortado at Curio Coffee.  "How much would I have to pay for you to give me the waffle recipe?!" "What do you mean you're sold out of waffles?!" "I'll have another coffee, please."

Liege style Belgian Waffles at Curio Coffee in Cambridge, MA.

Liege style Belgian Waffles at Curio Coffee in Cambridge, MA.

Adam and I working the couples flat lay!

Adam and I working the couples flat lay!

For more about Curio, here's a great snippet by the Boston Globe. What are some of your favorite places for coffee in the Boston area?