Christmas month arrived. It means, Xmas markets, city city.. buying buying. But sometimes I miss being outside enjoying the outdoors or having a typical german dinner (that I don't have cook myself) My parents live WAY too far away in the black forest to just jump on a train, so when I heard about Landgut Schönwalde, I just jumped on a train with my friend Kelly and her daughter Wren for some Christmas food and a tad of fresh air. It took such a short time, that we totally missed our stop. But we made it right on time.
We arrived just right for our meal, starting with this delicious goose bouillon with leberknödel served with bread and the best Schmalz I ever had. Many more plates came including Goat on a bed of red cabbage, a soft juicy Lamb and a perfectly tender goulash.
Until this day, I don't think I have ever had goat meat. I love goat cheese, but never had the opportunity to try its meat. And Oh boy! was I really missing out.
It was a great feeling to be in a place that was soooo kids-friendly. All the tiny ones were walking around, eating, playing, while the rest of us were sipping wine, chatting and eating. The people from the Landgut did everything possible to make us feel like home.
When I thought we were done with food, the new serving started. (yes I was already satisfied at that point) Pumpkin warm salad and goat bratwurst arrived at our table. THOSE sausages! OH MY GOD! they were so good, I took some home in my "doggie bag". A new level of awesomeness.
And when I thought we were through... Pepa was playing around with the kids and little cars and I stood up to play with her a bit, when the next serving arrived. YES! a third serving. I had no more space in my tummy, but it was smelling so good! Country people in germany eat a lot!
Pork roast, goose roast and kale stew with sausages appeared. I almost didn't eat the goose cause I was full as a bucket. But I am so happy I did! Now I understand why german people eat goose on christmas. I have to accept that it tastes better than turkey. It was fatty, tender and rich as duck but legere as turkey. Just Perfect for an autumn-winter sunday afternoon.
The german kale stew is one of my favorite german dishes. You normally never get to eat this in a restaurant, but in the home of moms and grandmas. Last time I got to eat it, was at Pepa's Grandma in Nordrhein Westphalia.. i almost ate the whole pot by myself.
After lunch, we went around to see the house, It is a small Inn, with small but beautiful renovated rooms, that feel less like a regular hotel and more like staying as a guest in a friends house. All rooms can see the fields with the horses around.
After all that mouth-watering food, we went outside to see the premises (and digest all that food). We got to say hi to all of the horses, see the gardens, stables and the playground. Everyone enjoyed it, the little ones were making new friends, jumping in puddles, petting horses and dogs, riding tractors, swinging and much more. Scroll down to see the pictures:
After a coffee, it was almost sleeping time for the kids, so we jumped in a train back to Berlin. We will definitely come back again to enjoy the traditional dishes, the fresh air and maybe get to go horseriding. This is the perfect place to get a pause of the fast-paced city and enjoy a relaxed day out in the country without having to travel for hours.
.In case you feel like going through the holidays, the opening hours are:
Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays: 11 am - 8 pm
New Year's Eve and New Year's Eve: 12 - 7 pm
New Year's Brunch 2018 1 January 2018: from 11 am
Or just check their Calendar here
We got a Facebook invitation from one of our favorite stores in Berlin: Greta +Bjorn. It said: 70% sale with a "Badge Making Creation Station". I mean, I was totally an 80s kid and loooooved badges. We woke up very early to be the firsts in there.
It was beautiful decorated, with cozy pillows and all materials you could imagine: Scissors, colorful tapes, pencils, crayons, gift papers and more. Our friends Katja and Yvonne arrived with their kids and suddenly was a badges factory. Chop chop, paste, cut while we moms were in shopping craze and found beautiful things in their Stock Sale. I got Pepa a sweater from ENFANT, a beanie and some knee socks from Tinycottons.
I loved the idea of The Little Art. Having a PopUp Mobile Art Lab. At a kids birthday party or even an event where you need kids to be entertained. It was not only for kids but for tiny kids like Pepa. We all worked together sharing the glue and helping each other. I had a lot of fun as well. And we managed to make a beautiful badge were Pepa chose the materials for her badge and she wore it the whole day.
If you are into music and you plant to take your kids to Loolapalooza this month, there will be a PopUp.And at Berlins Art Week they will be popping up at the Berlinische Galerie. Go jump there and start handcrafting.
Thanks Greta+Bjorn for the Stock Sale with such a cozy event. Thanks for the chocolate cupcakes as well. Pepa´s little hand got to take at least 3 of them and you can see her face after I told her not to get more (picture follows). Scroll down to see more pictures of this "handy" event.
Pictures made by Harriet Poole from The Little Art, with some tweaks by me.
I'm Andrea - a food enthusiast and blogger. Recently I noticed I have been answering a lot of questions about what I buy for my daughter Pepa, or what are my thoughts in certain "mom stuff". This is how I realised I should start a blog about being mom.. Or "Mom" like me! I hope to share my thoughts, amazing, things I buy and amazing recipes with other moms, just like me!