Restaurant Review: Trodelstuben, Nuremberg, Germany.

On our visit to Nuremberg last fall, Dan and I ate at the cutest, pink restaurant right in the old town called Trödelstuben. I found it in online reviews and luckily made an advance reservation before we left, as it was entirely booked when we visited!



Trödelstuben has an old school theme and honestly, is catered toward tourists. Nevertheless, you will find locals here and the food is quite tasty!


The interior.

The menu at Trödelstuben is in German and English and, while being one of the nicer restaurants in Nuremberg, Trödelstuben is not too expensive.


All you can eat ribs!

In addition to “all you can eat ribs”, Trödelstuben serves one of my favorite German dishes – spaetzle! Spaetzle is a kind of short noodle/pasta that is commonly served an entire meal or a side dish in Southern Germany.  My favorite spaetzle is served with cheese on top – called Kaese Spaetzle – and it tastes amazing, somewhat like a gourmet Mac & Cheese.  In any case, I clearly ordered the Kaese Spaetzle, and Trödelstuben’s version was simply delicious! The dish was served in a frying pan and topped with fried onions and chives. Way too many carbs for me to finish!

Kaese Spaetzle.

Dan and our friend, Tinh, also ordered spaetzle. Tinh ordered the pork spaetzle, which was cheese-less spaetzle served with 4 pieces of pork. She seemed to enjoy it. I prefer it with cheese.


Pork Spaetzle.

Dan ordered the mushroom spaetzle, which to his disappointment, was served with a lot of mushroom sauce (he doesn’t like mushrooms) topped with sour cream. I enjoyed this dish, but my Kaese Spaetzle was by far the best dish of the evening. Luckily, I had left overs for Dan!


Mushroom Spaetzle.

Also, most dishes at Trödelstuben are served with a side salad to start. This was a nice touch; fresh vegetables are difficult to find in restaurants in the Fall in Southern Germany!


Side salad!

Since we were on vacation simply had to order dessert! Dan ordered his favorite German dish, the Dampfnudel. Dampfnudel is a common dessert in this part of the world, and its basically a bread pudding type dish served in a vanilla sauce. It is very tasty!



I went with the more seasonal appropriate Heiβe Himbeeren – raspberries, vanilla ice cream, and whipped cream. I loved this dessert. I enjoyed it with a cheap (yet not the best) glass of German red wine. As you may know, German’s are not known for their red wines.


Heiβe Himbeeren.


Trödelstuben: Trödelmarkt 30, 90403 Nürnberg, Germany.  Open daily 11h – 123h. Reservation essential on the weekends and during high season.  Email here for a reservation: Casual attire.


Behringer’s Bratwurthäusle – Werner Behringer GmbH, Rathausplatz 1, 90403 Nürnberg.  Open daily, no reservations. 



Our Weekend In Beautiful (And Crowded) Prague!

Ah, Prague. For certain, one of the most beautiful cities in the World. Also, one of the most crowded with tourists. Seriously, SO MANY TOURISTS. In any case, Dan & I spent a really lovely long weekend in Prague in October 2018 with our friends Meghan and Tinh! 


Prague 2018.

I first experienced Prague in 2004 (!!), when I was much younger studying abroad, much less traveled, and had barely even heard of Prague. I visited over Halloween weekend in 2004, and I remember it being the most exotic place that I had ever visited. Now all of that has changed, but Prague does still retain a certain Central/Eastern European charm that I really love. In my opinion and experience, Prague is a great destination for travelers who have been to a few “bucket list” places and are ready to brach off, at least seemingly, to a less visited destination.


Prague’s main square early morning.

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The Douro Valley – the BEST Day Trip From Porto!

For all my raving about Porto, Portugal, I may even love the Douro Valley more! Referred to generally as “the Douro,” the Douro Valley is a valley northern Portugal; yes, the one that borders the greater Porto area and the one in which the famous porto grapes, eventually make port wine, are grown. The Douro River (the same river that splits Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia) runs through the valley and its flanked with tiered vineyards and lots of greenery! In short, its one of the most stunning places that I have ever seen!


The Douro (river and valley).


A Douro Valley vineyard.

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