Billy the Butcher – the name says it all
A restaurant guide of a special kind led us to Billy the Butcher. “Best Cuts in Town” presents 15 different restaurants and bars in Hamburg. The title leaves no doubt, nothing for vegans… The publisher is the German men‘s(cooking)magazine BEEF!. Passionate meat lovers may appreciate the invitation to a main course in each restaurant. To kick off our „Best Cuts“ tour of Hamburg we had a burger at the butcher shop in Altona.read more
New publication: “I love quinces”
Captain’s dinner publishes recipes in the new cookbook! Quinces are a (almost) forgotten fruit. Hardly anyone knows or uses this fruit today. Markus Wittur is committed to the preservation of ancient varieties of quince. The Franconian “Quince Savior” has published a unique and very personal recipe collection on this golden yellow fruit with a special, so beguiling scent. I’m glad that my recipes and photos are represented in this book.read more
Shore leave in Barcelona
I’m sometimes asked whether a captain has time for a shore leave now and then. Yes. He does. In consultation with his deputy, the staff captain, he sometimes can enjoy a short break. However, he never moves far from the ship. Safe is safe. But a lunch at a restaurant – preferably recommended by the local pilots – is a welcome interruption of board routine or a small tour through the respective port city. Barcelona in Spain is one of his absolute favorite cities. Here you can read the captain’s shore leave recommendation: “7 hours in Barcelona”read more
Gourmet cuisine and brand clothing?
Fine dining at a concept store, that doesn’t match, never, ever – I thought. Until Tom Wickboldt and his team in his The O’ROOM on the German island Usedom convinced me of the opposite. And how! With this new restaurant, Wickboldt sets a culinary exclamation point, which makes the island from the gourmet point of view a lot more attractive.read more
Le Lion Bar in Hamburg – if you have survived the doorman, it’s getting really good!
This bar is something of delightfully “old school”… We had read of “Le Lion” and wanted to take an aperitif there. The fact that we had not booked on a Thursday around 7 pm, made the smart but somewhat unfriendly doorman raise the eyebrow. After all, he had heard our ringing and somewhat reluctantly admitted.read more
Women’s power and the color lilac
I would describe myself as a wine lover, but definitely not as wine connoisseurs. I know if I like the taste of a wine or not. And, Yes, I confess that the label of a bottle for me is not quite irrelevant. Therefore, maybe my favorite color lilac was somewhat of a guide when I placed my first wine order in Nierstein [also known as Riesling city at the banks of river Rhine]. Because Lisa likes lilac. Now, the shooting star of the young German wine makers has promised to give her personal wine recommendations for selected Captain’s Dinner menus. And this is the way it happened.read more
Auberge de Temple – arrive and never want to leave again
You have ever arrived at a hotel and have said to your loved ones: “Okay, change of plans: we just stay for three days at the hotel, enjoy the beautiful rooms, sauna and in the evening we indulge ourselves in this magnificent restaurant.” That happened to us, as we have some detours on the way to the Frankfurt book fair, where I should cook in the gourmet Gallery, at the Auberge de Temple. This hotel is a dream!read more
Happy winners! A hot dinner event in Hamburg!
Normally I never win anything. I thought. But indeed, some weeks ago I had really won two tickets for the base camp of Hamburg’s „Kitchen Guerillas“ in a weekly newspaper called „die ZEIT“. Unbeleavable! Since my Captain was at sea, my son benefitted from spending that evening together with me. The motto was „Thrill your food!“. The „mobile cooking unit capturing kitchens from Hamburg to Istanbul“ showed what happens when hot sauces meet German traditional dishes. Some 60 winners from all over Germany met and the atmospere was relaxed. Great gain, keeping in mind that our Captain is the only one in our family who loves really (!) hot food…read more
Frankfurt book fair: Captain’s Dinner cooked on stage of the Gourmet Gallery!
„Too good for the bin“ is a German campaign against food waste. Health food magazine „Schrot & Korn“ [whole grain & corn] made a competition in their September issue: Topic was the use of old or stale bread. The authors of the two best recipes had been invited to visit this year’s book fair in Frankfurt to cook their recipes in the show kitchen of the „Gourmet Gallery“ together with bio-leading chef Christian Kolb. I won this trip with my recipe of an onion bread soup!read more