Hooters, Frankfurt

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The other week the Friday Night Drinks Club had an event at Hooters in Sachsenhausen. I’d never been to a Hooters before so I was pretty excited…

First of all, let’s be honest, Hooters is famous for their waitresses, right? Well…I must admit I was a little disappointed. These girls weren’t the skinniest around which was good to see but they looked so scary and grumpy which made them a lot less attractive. It was Friday night so they were busy, but still…a smile doesn’t hurt!

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The food is also famous there – I tried the wings but my friend chose the spicy sauce so I wasn’t a fan. I’m hoping that their lemon and pepper wings are something like the wings at the Nagoyan restaurant Yama Chan since I miss those so much.

Instead I tried the Hooters gherkin chips which were recommended to me by a friend. They were simply delicious and very very more-ish, going down very well with the beer there.

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They have various offers – including sometimes 50% off for women! – so you should keep an eye out for those. If you can look past the cheesy/sexist/tacky cover, this is actually a nice American diner with good food.

Find Hooters at Kleine Rittergasse 4, 60594 Frankfurt am Main

More Schweinshaxe!!

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As you probably know by now, German roast pork (schweinshaxe) is one of my favourite foods in the world ever. A LOOOONG time ago (yeah, I suck) I needed a bite to eat before the pubquiz and so went to this little German restaurant next to the pub. The place is called Dauth Schneider and is a typical German style restaurant with long tables, lots of beer and grumpy staff.

The roast pork itself was pretty good. The crackling could have been crackier but it was still good. I’d go back there for sure.

Find Dauth Schneider at Neuer Wall 5-7 / Klappergasse 39 D-60594 Frankfurt am Main next to O’Dwyer’s Irish Pub.

Yummy Things

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I try really hard to lead a fit and healthy life. After spending my teens eating any and every food put in front of me, I am now trying hard to make it up to myself by going to the gym and exercising as much as I can, and making sure I fill up on fruit and veg. As you can see from my blog, I do still eat a lot – what can I say? I love food! But every little helps.

I found a few recipes for curly kale chips on the health blogs I follow, but it took me a while to get round to trying it out since Germany is (quite rightly) a country which supplies mainly things that are in season and nothing else. I think this can be hard for Brits like myself who are used to Tescos selling every kind of fruit and veg regardless of the season. Kale is still rare in supermarkets so I usually get mine on a Saturday when I go to the farmers’ market at Konstablewache.

I feel I should issue a warning with these, since they are highly addictive! I was over my friends’ house the other day and I even got them addicted to them!

How to make kale chips

Rip the washed kale into small pieces – you want to keep them small because when they are crispy the crispy bits go everywhere so it’s best if they are bite sized.

Rub them with a tiiiiiny bit of olive oil (I use this “healthy” oil and it still works great).

Put them in a really hot oven for about 5 minutes or so, then flip them over and keep them in for another few minutes. Depending on your cooker, the times will vary. The chips will need flipping when they get pretty scent-ful and you know they’re done when they are a nice dark brown colour.

Once cooled, pop them in tupperware and they keep for about 2 days – though you’ll be reaching for them so often they probably won’t make it that long!!

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On a separate note, a colleague of mine let me try this lime and chilli hot chocolate! It’s from the British company Whittard, who make amazing drinks. Tubs of hot chocolate powder like this are pretty pricey and I remember as a student I would save up and treat myself to some every once in a while.

The lime and chilli version was… interesting. The lime hits you as an aftertaste and then towards the end of the drink the chilli kicked in. It certainly made a change from regular hot chocolate!

If you get round to making the kale chips, do let me know!

Paulaner am Dom

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Ahh… one of my favourite restaurants. Paulaner am Dom is a lovely Bavarian restaurant right next to the cathedral here in Frankfurt. If this is what Bavarian food is like, I am living in the wrong part of Germany.

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The best part of this restaurant is that on top of a good solid menu of the meats and potatoes you’d expect from a traditional menu, they have an awesome seasonal menu which always makes choosing a meal difficult.

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The meal above is a firm favourite – the sausage symphony.SONY DSC

Vegetarian? Well you’re also catered for! It’s very rare for a German menu to have good vegetarian options, but Paulaner am Dom pulls through!

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And lastly, the mighty schweinshaxe! It’s not the BEST I’ve had here, but it is up there in my top 5 I’d say. I went for the one with the beer gravy which wasn’t as good as the classic one so my advice is that if you are a haxe fan as I am, still to the basic ones. The gravy just ruined it all.

The food here is amazing and it’s known as the place where we take our parents and visitors when they come to town. However, depending on who you get, your service could range from helpful (the young non-German girl… I think she’s Polish?) to downright rude (the old German woman).

You can find Paulaner am Dom at Domplatz 6  60311 Frankfurt and I see there is an online reservation form if you need to book!

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