Margarete Cafe

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Being slightly geeky, my friends and I sometimes like to set up camp in a cafe and sit and write, read or study. My friends like to write novels because they are clever clogs, and I tend to write more standup comedy these days.

We’d heard about a cafe/restaurant called Margarete – a slightly upmarket place was a great place to chill out. Situated near to Dom Romer, it was very easy to get to on the way home from work.

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So there were many good points and many bad points about Margarete. Let’s run through them –

GOOD POINTS –

The food was really good. I had the quiche and Boyfriend had the eggs and green sauce. The green sauce here was easily the best we’d tasted in Frankfurt so far.

The drinks were good.

I love the interior – and the big open windows at the front were really nice since it was a roasting hot day.

BAD POINTS –

The service was terrible. Even worse than the normal German level of service. I can’t even put it down to the place being busy – it just wasn’t.

It’s expensive. 7 euros for a quiche the size of my palm? Gaaah.

The card machine chewed up and spat out two cards. It just wouldn’t accept them – for no reason at all. That was pretty annoying and embarrassing.

Despite the bad points, I think this would be a cute date night place – the couple could even bond over the poor service! They do proper meals here too but you may need to take out a loan to be able to afford it…

I’d go back, but only on a day when I’m ok with really poor service.

Find Margarete at Braubachstraße 18, 60311 Frankfurt

Recycling

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I was giving a Frankfurt tour to two Japanese friends. They arrived at 6.30am so we had a whirlwind morning tour of the city. As we approached the centre, we saw this van. All three of us stopped to watch it. The little hooks pull the levers and the bottoms of the three compartments open to all the glass falls out.

A German man approached us. “You’ve not got these where you’re from?” he asks.

“Well, I’ve not seem anything like this in Japan, and I’m not sure what we do in England” I replied.

“You want to know something weird? Look at how the coloured glass is separated in the boxes. When the bottoms are opened, they all fall in together! So there really is no reason to separate them from the start!”

I would never have thought of that…

Awesome Things to do in Japan – Cat Cafes!

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Before you say, yes, this is just an excuse for me to post lots of photos of cats. #sorrynotsorry.

One thing I loved to treat myself with in Japan was visited to cat cafes. Think of a nice place to sit and drink nice drinks. Take away the tables. Fill the room with cat friendly climbing frames, sofas, toys. This is a cat cafe, and it’s FRICKIN’ AWESOME.

 

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Cat cafes came about in Japan because people there often live in tiny little apartments that don’t allow any kind of pet. So, to get their petting needs, they’ll go to a cat cafe and pretend for a few hours like they have a special feline in their life.

I said that I treated myself to a visit to one of these places because they are pretty expensive – you can expect to may something like 1000 yen to get in, then 600 yen for a drink, with a top up fee of around 500 yen for every extra hour you wish to have at the cafe. And I complain about the entrance fees for museums in Frankfurt!!

Inside, you’ll have usually photos of all the cats with little descriptions about them, including whether they like to be pet and held. I’ve never seen anyone treat the cats badly; the first photo is a typical scene – a woman trying desperately to engage with a cat but the cat wanting nothing to do with the toy nor the girl.

 

 

 

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I’ve been to a few cat cafes now – in Tokyo, Nagoya, Ise and Osaka. Some of them (like this Osakan one in my photos here) are very nice and the cats are clearly well looked after. The one I visited in Ise wasn’t so nice, and the cats were openly fed low quality food, and cats who fought with the others were kept in big cages. You can’t really know whether a place will be good or not until you go in (unless you do a google search of where in Japan you’ll be, and find a recommendation) so it’s hard sometimes. Though this is a sweeping generalisation, but I have noticed that the way Japanese people think of and treat animals can be very different to how we think of and treat animals in the West.

 

 

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If you find yourself in a large Japanese city, I do recommend having a look at a cat cafe – you can find them usually in the “geeky” section of down (for example, in Nagoya you can find them in Osu Kannon) so look out for flyers or look on the internet for links to new places.

If you aren’t going to be in Japan any time soon, you could try the cat cafe that’s in Vienna! It’s on my to-do list!

Have you been to a cat cafe? I’d love to know in the comments!

Taco Haus – Mexican in Frankfurt

2013-07-21 20.23.10A few weeks ago I saw the lovely people at the Drinkstag group were checking out a new Mexican place called Taco Haus and I knew I had to get in on the action. The boyfriend and I were in the area and so decided to take a look.

We checked out the menus online beforehand and there were about 4 or 5 vegetarian options, and we both set out hearts on what we’d like to eat.

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However, the menu was much much smaller in real life. There were only two vegetarian options and when the one I wanted wasn’t available. As I chose the same as Boyfriend’s, the waitress asked me why but didn’t offer an alternative when I replied that I chose the same because there was nothing else for me to eat. I’d expect a good restaurant to make something else if the vegetarian option I wanted wasn’t available.

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Fun fact: I love nachos. All the nachos. The dips were simply delicious as well. Om NOM NOM.

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The main course was, however, disappointing. Our veggie option was basically baked beans and tinned corn in a very cheap and basic tomato sauce, covered in cheese. Fair enough, you say. But for 11 euros I do expect something a little more than that.

The tortillas were hand made which was nice, and they give you 5 corn and 5 wheat ones. When we asked for only corn ones to cut down on my wheat, the waitress was very confused. I just ended up giving them to Boyfriend.

Overall, we weren’t impressed. Perhaps if you are a meat-eater you’ll get a better deal here. But the filling was bland and the service was ok. It’s not in the centre of town either so you’d have to go pretty much specifically for that.

You can find Taco Haus at Hamburger Allee 59, 60486

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