From the Everywhereist Blog: “that’s right she has been everywhere!” On Badass German Food!
Bavarian food is the guy at the gym in the tiny muscle tee who’s lifting weights so heavy, the veins in his neck and head (and other parts of the body that you didn’t even know HAD veins) start to pop out.
Do you want to eat Bavarian food? OF COURSE YOU DO. It is rich and doughy and filling and is the only thing on the planet that can soak up German beer. Every other fare will simply hide in the corner of your stomach, petrified at the sheer awesomeness of the brew that resides in there with it, and it will never get digested.
Germans can schnitzel the hell out of anything. First, they take a slab of meat and hammer it flat. That’s right: they are so damn badass, they beat their food after it’s dead.
The Catastrophe by Eduard Theodor Ritter von Grutzer
Steins in art: Vermeer: Girl Interrupted
At Her Music
(Onderbreking van de muziek)
oil on canvas
15 1/2 x 17 1/2 in. (39.4 x 44.5 cm)
The Frick Collection, New York
the History of Toasts, Minutes and more!
An odd but essential custom was added to British toasting during the invasion by the Danes during the tenth century. This was the custom of pledging another's health in the most literal terms—that is, a friend stating the intention of guarding a drinker from harm while he tosses back a drink. This stemmed from the objectionable Danish habit of cutting the throats of Englishmen while they were drinking.
Shakespeare's line from Timon of Athens, "Great men should drink with harness on their throats," is one of several old literary references to this murderous behavior.
What is the origin of the Scandinavian toast sköl? The familiar Scandinavian toast sköl is derived from scole, the drinking bowl shaped like the upper half of a human skull. These bowls were originally fashioned from the actual skulls of enemies killed in battle.
What is the origin of the Scandinavian toast sköl?
The familiar Scandinavian toast sköl is derived from scole, the drinking bowl shaped like the upper half of a human skull. These bowls were originally fashioned from the actual skulls of enemies killed in battle.
Pieter van Anraadt
Still life with earthenware jug and pipes -1658
Unusual Drinking Vessels--the theme for this
The art of emptying a fuddling cup is to stand up and suck in the liquor by the lips whilst the cup or cups remain stationary on the table in a horizontal position. What amusement they must have caused in those bad old days of yore, but we can console ourselves with the knowledge that Drake and Frobisher did not disdain to play with them in public while awaiting the coming of the Spanish Armada, and Raleigh possessed some for private enjoyment when he took upon himself to be a courtier and a wit.
from the wonderful book Drinking Vessels of Bygone Days by G.J. Monson-
In 1956, two years after the Soviet Union granted East Germany sovereignty and early in the Cold War, a young couple, Wilhelm and Käthe Wohlfahrt, fled their home in the eastern Erzgebirge region of Germany. They took with them a beautifully carved music box. Playing the beloved German Christmas tune “Silent Night,” the family keepsake depicted the Three Wise Men bringing gifts to the Holy Family. Seven years later, this music box and this couple began what would become the Käthe Wohlfahrt company. When American friends stationed in Germany admired the handcrafted Christmas music box, Wilhelm tried to find one for them. Since the Christmas season had just ended, however, he had no luck. Eventually, he located a wholesaler who had the music box in stock, and Wilhelm was able to give his American friends a late, but much appreciated, Christmas gift.
About Schutzenliesl : Revelers in Munich's famous beer cellars often sing the song of Schützenliesl. Most are not aware that she was a real person and not the product of someone's fertile imagination. More than 100 years have passed since she was the number one topic of conversation in the Bavarian capital. People spoke and heard much of this beautiful 21-year-old, a beer waitress in the Sterneckerbräu brewery restaurant. Read more from this Liselotte Lopez article in our current newsletter.
May newsletter at the link below:
All about Minnesingers/ Meistersingers
Minnesang was the tradition of lyric and song writing in Germany that flourished until the 12th century. People who wrote and performed these songs were called minnesängers. The earliest written record of these songs date from 1150. Most of these earliest songs and epic poems set to music were written by and for the upper classes.
The stories dealt with love, religion or politics. The minnesinger often belonged to the lower ranks of nobility and his verses directed to married women in a rank just above them. The poems were sung in open court to a melody of the poet’s own composing, with an accompaniment of a fiddle or small harp.
If written for a special lady they were never allowed to use her name. Other native lyrics accompanied dancing and often celebrated the seasons. The first sign of humor appeared when Ulric von Lichtenstein c.1275 caricatured chivalry itself when he related the absurd feats he had undertaken to please his lady. Humor developed more fully when the lower classes took over the song writing and poked fun at the upper classes. These folks became known a meistersingers.
Let's Celebrate Octoberfest with Steve Morris at the Winzerstube and learn about Shierholtz steins.
Owls on Steins and Eulenspiegel
Revisit the St Hubert legend on steins, get a convention recap from Henry and find out about the next meeting and the Christmas party too.
The September newsletter is loaded below
Sarreguemines in France
It's all about the upcoming meeting at Linda's with guest speaker Les Paul, talking to us about rare character steins. Then a little about Maifest and finishing up with a Gambrinus poem, as I always like to acknowledge National Poetry Month.
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Featuring Rich Cress's information on sulphides.