“A little place” – an ode to the humble German Plätzchen

No one does Christmas pastry better than the Germans, not even the French can compete. As a child I lived many years in Germany and the sheer abundance of Christmas cookies, biscuits, cakes and buns around Christmas time is amazing. And I haven’t even started with all supermarkets and department stores opening their special Christmas chocolate sections (half of an entire floor at the classic Berlin institution KaDeWe last time I was there!). For a chocolate lover this is almost a mental overload; there are pralines in every thinkable flavour like Apfle-Zimt-Haselnuss-Nougat or how about Cointreau-Orange-Marzipan-Zartbitter. There are hollow chocolate shaped trees, Santa […]

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In good company – the new Hermès Brides de Gala Love

Hermès themselves call the Brides de Gala their most celebrated carré. According to the website Hermesology, it is also “Hermes’s best-selling scarf of all time” (not that I have a reason to doubt this, but I am cautios of websites not being able to spell Hermès properly, just saying). According to Wikipedia, there are more than 70 000 Brides de Gala-scarves out there. Fact is that it was designed by Hugo Grygkar in 1957. It’s name is translated into “Bridles for the gala” and it undoubtedly gives that wonderful glamorous equestrian feeling that Hermès does oh so well. Brides de Gala has adorned the neck or head […]

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