Discovering the French Riviera, Part One: Nice, France

The holidays already seem like a distant dream. I was frolicking across the French Riviera just a week ago, but it feels like an eternity. Perhaps the freezing Washington, DC air is to blame... At least I have fond and fresh memories to keep me afloat as I settle back into reality. This is the … Continue reading Discovering the French Riviera, Part One: Nice, France

Starbucks Vs. Mr. Coffee

If I could visit Starbucks every morning and pick up a lovely dark roast coffee to jolt my senses, I would. Nothing fancy like a skinny triple foam vanilla latte - just a $2 grande dark roast, with room for cream. I truly admire the company's branding, member rewards program and its employee benefits (offering to pay for … Continue reading Starbucks Vs. Mr. Coffee

Sunday Brunch with Mannequins at Der Maldaner

Back in Texas, people often meet with friends for Sunday brunch to catch up on their weeks (especially in Austin, where tangerine-tinged mimosas flow in abundance).  In Germany, however, brunch is a foreign concept.  While practically every retail store is closed as if on holiday, several restaurants don't open on the "day of rest" until … Continue reading Sunday Brunch with Mannequins at Der Maldaner