Jun 252017
 

A piece of Italy in the heart of Kempen, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Taglierini with black truffles and parmesan cheese

Osteria Campunni is an authentic Italian restaurant in the Altstadt in Kempen.  The Siani family prepares excellent Italian cuisine with great service and a fine selection of Italian wines.  I really like their pasta dishes.  One of my favorites is the Taglierini with Black Truffles and Parmesan cheese.  Buonissimo!

They offer a large selection of pizzas with a variety of toppings which are also very good.  One of my favorites is Pizza Andrea which is topped with fresh tomatoes, thinly sliced potatoes and zucchini, tunafish, shallots, parmesan cheese and garlic.  Now that’s a delicious pizza!  I often order the “Insalata Mista”  as a starter.  Their salads are very tasty,

 

Sea Robin with saffron risotto and asparagus cream

made with the freshest ingredients and topped with a nice vinaigrette dressing.

The last time I was there, I had a beautiful fish dish, Sea Robin with saffron risotto and asparagus cream.  Wow – now that was really good.

 

They offer a nice selection of wines to compliment your meal with many of the wines coming from the Puglia region in Italy.  I can recommend a bottle of Otre if you’re looking for a nice Primitivo from Puglia.  And if you still have room for something sweet, they have a very nice dessert menu.  Try the Panna Cotta, the Zabaione or the Tiramisu.  Finish off your meal with an aperitif such as Grappa, Limoncello or Averna.  Then you’ll be certain to be “Tutto bene!”

Osteria Campunni is one of my favorite restaurants in Kempen and one of my all time favorite Italian restaurants.  I highly recommend that you give them a try if you are looking for a very authentic Italian restaurant experience.  Reservations are recommended.

Pizza Andrea

Osteria Campunni
Kirchstrasse 6
47906 Kempen
Germany
Telephone: +49 2152 89 69 59
Website: www.osteria-campunni.de
 
 
 
 
 
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Nov 202016
 

I wanted to do another post on this restaurant because we enjoy going there so much.  It’s often a place where we meet friends for a drink and to socialise after a long day at the office.  We often end up eating here because the atmosphere is so warm and friendly, and because the food is wonderful.

One night after meeting some friends we decided to have dinner together.  My friend suggested that we share a Tomahawk steak.  I was hungry for a steak and I had been wanting to try the Tomahawk steak for some time; so I decided tonight was the night.  Wow am I glad I did.  It was a very delicious steak, cooked to perfection and with a great presentation.  Paired with a glass of red wine and sides of seasonal vegetables and potatoes – now that’s a meal.

Let professional Chefs Patricia Schmidt and Sascha Terhorst tantalise your palette with their creative and ever changing menu.  There are always a few staples on the menu – the entrees that people really enjoy and regularly order; but I really like that they update their menu on a regular basis.  That’s what keeps me coming back – to see what is new and interesting and tasty and delicious!

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Tomahawk Steak at restaurant Das Ercklentz

Das Ercklentz
Judenstrasse 8
47906 Kempen
Germany
Telephone: +49 2152 54465
Website: www.das-ercklentz.de
 
 
 

 
Other creations from the restaurant Das Ercklentz:
 
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Roasted Scottish lamb with mediterranean vegetables

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Grilled salmon with sesame seeds over rice

 

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Fresh grilled cod with Fall vegetables over shallot mashed potatoes

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Aug 142016
 

My wife and I are always looking for new restaurants.  We recently moved to Kempen, Germany and have found a little gem of a restaurant in Venlo, The Netherlands, just across the German border.  We were visiting a local night spot in Venlo one day, and we asked the bartender where we could find good Sushi in Venlo.  Without hesitation he recommended the Motown Music Cafe.  He said you’ve got to go and see Eddie.  He makes fantastic Sushi there.  So here are some pics of our first visit to the Motown Music Café.  Sushi Chef Eddie Siang offers some of the best and most creative Sushi creations that I have ever had the pleasure of eating.  His Sushi rolls are more than an wonderful culinary experience; they are magnificent examples of creativity and his love for the art of preparing Sushi.

Motown Music Cafe - Unagi Roll and Salmon Roll

Motown Music Cafe – Unagi Roll and Salmon Roll

Motown Music Cafe - Tsunami Roll

Motown Music Cafe – Tsunami Roll

The restaurant has a Motown Music theme and sits on a beautiful square in downtown Venlo.  Around the corner from the restaurant is a lovely inner harbour near the river Maas.  If you’re ever in the area near Venlo and are looking for a really special Sushi experience, I highly recommend the Motown Music Café.  Eddie’s Sushi is available for dinner only; usually after 6:00 p.m.

 
Motown Music Café
Oude Markt 8
5911HG Venlo
Telephone: +31-614687824
Website: www.motownmusiccafevenlo.nl 
 
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Jul 182016
 
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Nigiri Sushi Tokyo House Japanese Restaurant

I am a big fan of sushi and my son is also.  So while visiting my son in Raleigh, North Carolina I asked him if he had a recommendation for a good sushi restaurant.  He suggested that we go to Tokyo House.  We were able to get in without a reservation and we asked for seats at the sushi bar.  We had a great experience there.  The restaurant has a loyal group of customers many of whom shared there admiration for the restaurant and it’s owner while we were there.  We both ordered Nigiri sushi dinners which came with soup and salad.  The sushi was excellent; very fresh and well presented.  So this s just the prelude to the real review.

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Vegan Sushi Dinner Tokyo House

On another trip to Raleigh my wife joined us for dinner at Tokyo House.  My wife is a vegan so she asked the server if the restaurant could make her a vegan sushi entree.  The owner came over to the table and said that he could prepare something special for her.  And from the photo you can see that it was truly special.  My wife loved it.  A beautiful presentation of vegan sushi – all vegetables with rice and seaweed, some special sauces and lots of care.

I had the typical nigiri entree once again and it was also outstanding.  All the fish was very fresh, beautiful sliced and perfectly presented.  For personalised service and excellent food it doesn’t get any better than the Tokyo House Japanese Restaurant in Raleigh, North Carolina.  If you’re in the Raleigh area and are looking for an excellent sushi restaurant, I highly recommend the Tokyo House.  Let David Lee and his excellent staff prepare you an authentic Japanese sushi dinner that you will truly remember.

 
Tokyo House Japanese Restaurant
7439 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
Telephone: (984) 212-8416
Website: www.tokyohousesushi.com 
 

 

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Feb 162015
 

I have the good fortune to be working in the area near Düsseldorf, Germany and I found this wonderful restaurant in the town of Kempen.  Das Ercklentz is a culinary jewel in the middle of the German state of Nordrhein-Westfalen.  We were walking down the street one night and we decided to have a look at the menu outside the restaurant.  My wife noticed right away that the restaurant offered some vegan choices so we decided to go in and give it a try.  Fabulous!

Ercklentz_SauerbratenOne of my favorite German dishes is Sauerbraten and they make a really good “niederrheinischer” Sauerbraten complete with Red Cabbage (Rotkohl) and potato dumplings (Kartoffelklöse).  I was in my element: my favorite German meal in a lovely restaurant with great service, a nice glass of wine and my wife by my side.

My wife had the Celery (Sellerie) Schnitzel served on a bed of mashed potatoes and endive (Endivienuntereinander).  Wow – what a great dish.  I was able to get a taste before my wife cleaned her plate and it was really good.  Ercklentz_Celery_Schnitzel

If you ever get the chance to visit Düsseldorf, do take the time to drive out to Kempen and enjoy a meal at Das Ercklentz.  I hope you are as charmed by this lovely town and this great restaurant as I was.  Chefs Patrizia, Sascha and Uwe will deliver a great dining experience for you in a warm, friendly atmosphere.  Enjoy!

 
Das Ercklentz
Judenstrasse 8
47906 Kempen
Germany
Telephone: +49 2152 54465
Website: www.das-ercklentz.de

 

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Sep 142014
 

We were visiting my sister- and brother-in-law near Cobourg, Ontario; which by the way, is a great place to visit. It’s located on the north shore of Lake Ontario about an hour north of Toronto. We had been doing some work around the house, so on our last night there we decided to try a local restaurant nearby called Pitchers Place. It’s a great little restaurant located at Gores Landing near Rice Lake and it is a real gem! If you’re in this area definitely give Pitchers Place a try.

Stuffed Eggplant from Pitchers Place

Stuffed Eggplant from Pitchers Place

One of their house specialties is the Stuffed Eggplant. I decided to try that and my brother-in-law opted for the fresh House Smoked Fish Cakes. Both entrees were outstanding – nice presentations and very well prepared. The eggplant was stuffed with roasted apple, sweet potato, walnuts, rice and topped off with a minted yogurt sauce. I enjoyed it very much.

House Smoked Fish Cakes from Pitchers Place

House Smoked Fish Cakes from Pitchers Place

 

 

 

I got to taste the fish cakes that my brother-in-law ordered and they were delicious. The fish cakes were served with sauteed Kale and a roasted red pepper sauce. They were delightful – very light and tasty.

I don’t usually eat dessert, but I couldn’t help myself this time, because they had so many freshly made treats. I selected the homemade blueberry pie. WOW – fresh blueberries, homemade crust, delicious whipped cream topping! I love fruit pies, especially blueberry and this was one of the best I’ve ever had (sorry mom!).

Homemade Blueberry Pie from Pitchers Place

Homemade Blueberry Pie from Pitchers Place

If you get the chance to visit the Cobourg area, be sure to give Pitchers Place a try. You’ll be glad you did. Pitchers Place is open for lunch and dinner. They are closed on Tuesdays.

Pitchers Place
8642 Lander Road
Gores Landing, Ontario
K0K 2E0
Telephone: 905-342-2832
Website: http://pitchersplace.ca

 

 

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Jun 122014
 
Linger

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Denver, Colorado is a great place to visit. I feel fortunate that I was able to visit Denver to attend a work-related conference there. When we travel, my wife and I always like to try new restaurants. We asked for a restaurant recommendation at the Denver Marriott City Center and they encouraged us to try Linger. Great recommendation! We took a cab from our hotel to the restaurant because we didn’t know our way around the city that well (other than how to get to the 16th Street Mall). We arrived in what seemed to be a fairly residential area of Denver. We walked up the stairs to restaurant entrance, where we were greeted with a big smile by one of the hostesses. We were a bit early, so they suggested that we go up to rooftop patio for a drink. It was a beautiful summer day and this was a great place to enjoy a refreshing cocktail with my wife while looking out over a great view of the city of Denver. After finishing our drinks we went downstairs and the hostess showed us to our table. The restaurant was quite busy and there was a great “vibe” inside. We started with a couple of glasses of red wine and a French Lentil salad as an appetizer. The salad was delicious and was a good lead in to our main courses. I ordered the Masala Dosa and my wife ordered the Tofu Shrimp and Grits. We shared a few bites of each others dinners so we could both enjoy the wonderful flavors of these delicious entrees.

Masala Dosa from Linger

Masala Dosa from Linger

We were tempted to try one of their dessert offerings (because they all sounded so good!) so we ordered a Peanut Butter Bar to share. Wow! Fabulous. The memory is still so fresh and vivid in my mind that I can still taste it. Yes, I’ll have another please! Linger offers a very creative and diverse menu. We chose to dine vegan on this occasion; but there are many other menu options on their menu. It was a great night. A big thank you to everyone at Linger, who made our dining experience so memorable. If your looking for a great dining experience in Denver, I recommend you try Linger. A reservation is recommended.

 
 
 
 
 
Linger
2030 W. 30th Avenue
Denver, CO 80211
Telephone: (303) 993-3120
E-Mail: lingerdenver@gmail.com
Website: http://lingerdenver.com

 

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Feb 202013
 

Here’s an intimate French restaurant near Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin that I think is fabulous. Please be sure to make a reservation as this little gem of a restaurant is normally fully booked. Once you have experienced the charming ambiance, the gourmet food and the superb wines you will understand why.

They offer a variety of two, three, and four course menus or you can choose to order à la carte. Their menus change regularly, which is something I like to see, as this keeps the dining experience fresh. They keep a few typical French favorites on the menu for the traditionalists, but they always have a few of the chef’s special creations to keep it interesting. I think the Entrecôte is wonderful and one of the best tasting steaks in the city. Pair it with a glass of Côtes du Rhône and you have a delicious meal.  And for those of you with a sweet tooth, I can recommend the Crème brûlée.

Their friendly staff will do everything possible to make your dining experience enjoyable. Check out their website for more information.

Restaurant Le Piaf
Schloßstraße 60
14059 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 342 20 40
Website: http://le-piaf.de

 

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Sep 232012
 

If you are looking for an outstanding German restaurant in the southwest part of Berlin, I highly recommend Fabecks restaurant.  Traditional German dishes with a great selection of German beers and wines combined with super service and ambiance make for a unforgettable dining experience.

Fabecks offers a daily menu (die Tageskarte) with a fresh selection of appetizers, soups, main dishes and desserts.  I particularly like their selection of fine German beers.  I’m especially fond of the Tegernseer dunkel.  Prost!

I enjoyed a meal of Veal Goulash with Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes.  It was a delicious meal. The Sauerkraut was mixed in with the gravy.  Wow, it was really good.

When you are looking for a German restaurant in the area of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, be sure to make a reservation at Fabecks.

Gasthaus Fabecks
Altensteinstraße 42 / Ecke Fabeckstraße
14195 Berlin
Telephone:+49 (0)30-26 07 97 67
Website: http://www.fabecks.de/

 

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Nov 032011
 

When I’m in Niagara Falls, Canada I never miss the opportunity to eat at Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria.  The Pingue family prepares authentic Italian cuisine with lots of love and attention to detail.  Their homemade Gnocchi is out of this world!  It’s the best I’ve ever had (please forgive me Nonna!).  Try their Antipasta Mista platter with their specially cured meats.  Pasta, Risotto, Ravioli, Gnocchi – it’s all here at Napoli Ristorante and they are all delicious.

If you are hungry for a pizza – this is the place.  Their pizza is outstanding.

Ask your server about any daily specials.  The staff at Napoli Ristorante and Pizzeria are very friendly and will do everything possible to make your dining experience enjoyable.

I am very partial to their pasta dishes.  If they offer Lasagna on the menu – order it.  They make the best Lasagna.

I always have a hard time deciding what to order – because everything here is so good!

They offer a nice selection of Italian and Canadian wines to pair with your meal.  Canadian wines from the Niagara region of Ontario are excellent; so if you’re in the Niagara Falls area, be sure to try them.

Check their website for more information: http://www.napoliristorante.ca/

Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria
5485 Ferry Street,
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
L2G1S3
Telephone: 905-356-3345

 

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