The Kwok Sisters are Back! (Part 2 – Nuremberg)

…..continuation from Part 1 – from Wurzburg taking the Deutsche Bahn to Nuremberg

ARRIVAL - Sights and Castle

Made It! Checked into Victoria Hotel, dropped our bags and headed out! Gotta make use of the remaining time we have before work starts!

 

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First stop – the obligatory Fleisch Bridge

 

On our way to Imperial Castle of Nuremberg but first, lunch time at Burgwachter which is situated just at the foot of the castle and you won’t miss it!

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Zirndorfer for Elaine and Scheyern Dunkel for me (EUR3.90/mug)

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We wanted to try a few dishes in the menu so we opt to share Bratensulze (EUR7.90) and Bratwurstteller (EUR12.90). Loved both dishes and we tried so hard to finish the sausages.

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Lovely autumn colours with the lovely Elaine (she blends in)

It was my 3rd time visiting the castle therefore I didn’t take any pictures but I did get to read up on some exhibits which I left out during my previous visits.

After spending some time in the castle, we headed for coffee, something that I cannot live without and Elaine knows that! We planned to visit Cafe Bar Wanderer which was just a hill walk down from the castle walls but we weren’t the only ones with great minds. The place was packed inside out! People were everywhere. I popped into the shop to have a look and it was jam-packed. I only managed to put one foot in and took a sneak peak. :)

So, we headed back to the town centre and I got my coffee fix at 4D Gelataria and the crowd was no different than Wandarer because it’s the weekend. We managed to get a seat by the window and VOILA, coffee is served.

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My not-so-worthy cup of Cappuccino with cinnamon ginger cookies

 

For dinner we were torn between Albrecht-Dürer-Stube and Alte Küch’n / Im Keller but in the end we decided on the first one just because, because. First choice is the best.

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Settled for 2 glasses of draft beer – Landwehr-Bräu @ EUR1.80

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Funny enough, Elaine got herself an appetiser called ‘starter plate Albrecht Dürer Parlor’ with all kinds of meaty stuff. It was huge. It’s the end for her not a starter. (EUR6.90)

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I ordered something normal and thank goodness for English Menu. I had homemade tagliatelle with mushrooms, diced vegetables, herbs and salad. It wasn’t overall creamy but it was creamily made well. Perfecto! (EUR8.50)

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The kind lady recommended us to share ‘dessert plate “Albrecht-Dürer-Stube”‘. It was so so good. All desserts in one plate. Apfelküchle with cinnamon sugar, custard and vanilla ice cream, lemon mousse, Creme Brulee, chocolate mousse and Bavarian cream with berry ragout. Heaven on a plate. I call it FATTENING!!!! (EUR5.60)

We ended the night, walking 15 minutes back to our hotel. By the time we reached our hotel, we just couldn’t do anything except getting a warm bath and zzz.

 

SET UP DAY - Set-Up, Degustation, Dungeon and Chinese Mid-Autumn Dinner

The next day? Booth set-up in the morning then we’re up for some culinary action!

Elaine reserved 2 seats in Essigbrätlein for lunch. It is Nuremberg Germany’s only two Michelin-starred restaurant and it only opens twice a day for lunch and dinner.

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Oops mirrored image. Ladies, it’s time for Dégustation!!!

Before entering, we had to ring a bell which you can spot in between big head (the one on the left) and small head (obviously me).

Then our butler came, removed our jackets for us (blush-blush). It was so quiet in the restaurant, you can only hear the tapping of footwear and its squeking.

He sat us down and briefed us on our 4-course menu which I didn’t take part because I was having a one-on-one conversation with my tummy telling her that we need to try and finish every last bit of food being served, right down to the sauce. It’s not called greedy, it’s called fulfilling our responsibilities as a customer to indirectly telling the chef the food is/was good. Muahaha! EXCUSES~

  • Bread as starters. Elaine had carrot bread but I had normal rye bread because during reservations, my kind sister informed them that I am allergic to carrots. (feeling LOVED)Bread as starters. Elaine had carrot bread but I had normal rye bread because during reservations, my kind sister informed them that I am allergic to carrots. (feeling LOVED)
  • I couldn't remember what this was but my eyes went wide. It was salty, sour and a little bit spicy. I'm sure there's red pepper juice in it.I couldn't remember what this was but my eyes went wide. It was salty, sour and a little bit spicy. I'm sure there's red pepper juice in it.
  • Spoonful of minty crushed slimey thingy with cucumber and special flower to clean our tastebuds - sorrySpoonful of minty crushed slimey thingy with cucumber and special flower to clean our tastebuds - sorry
  • Another spoonful of perhaps white radish cream with special flower? - I'm sorry I have no ideaAnother spoonful of perhaps white radish cream with special flower? - I'm sorry I have no idea
  • Celery with potatoesCelery with potatoes
  • Kohlrabi with hazelnutKohlrabi with hazelnut
  • Trout with sunflowerTrout with sunflower
  • Lamb with rutabagaLamb with rutabaga
  • Parsley ice-cream with cerealsParsley ice-cream with cereals
  • Additional dessert for us! Yippie but we couldn't take in anymore food.Additional dessert for us! Yippie but we couldn't take in anymore food.
  • Elaine going cray-cray over this which we could not finished. We wanted to 'tapau' but felt embarrassed so we took a bite off each of them to satisfy ourselves.Elaine going cray-cray over this which we could not finished. We wanted to 'tapau' but felt embarrassed so we took a bite off each of them to satisfy ourselves.
  • To end the food tasting, I ordered coffee and it was superbly rich.To end the food tasting, I ordered coffee and it was superbly rich.
  • Our butler a.k.a waiter helped us with a picture.Our butler a.k.a waiter helped us with a picture.

Overall, the experience was good. It was a fun thing to do once in awhile but I’d still prefer food for my soul but at EUR95/pax including bottled water, it was well worth it. I can say it may be one of the most affordable Michelin star restaurant in the world.

After our one of a kind lunch, we took a stroll while waiting for our 3pm slot to enter the Medieval Dungeons. So spooky as it was underground with 1 way in and 1 way out.

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Elaine shall go first!!! Sorry for the blur picture but it was cold AF underground and my phone is probably spooked as well.

 

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Hmm I thought someone called me…. looked around then was left behind, hahaha. I love mysteries.

 

After getting all our hairs up, we went for hot coffee.

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A fancy place with good coffee but not the best :)

I got lost in Machhorndl while looking for the washroom because they told me to go upstairs and I went up, crossed to the other section which was actually the other side of the building but I didn’t know it was another building and when I came down, I was in another shop across the road. Hahaha.. I didn’t get lost in the dungeon but I got lost in a cafe + fashion store. Pee-time is adventure time.

We had some time before meeting Mr Khor and the boys for dinner at 7pm so we took the opportunity to pop into Germanisches Nationalmuseum as it’s free entry on Wednesdays after 6pm.

We ran like mad cows because I wanted to show Elaine the “world’s oldest globe” but to our horror, the globe was borrowed for an exhibition elsewhere. Pity poop!

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All we got was this picture, Elaine in a picture frame

After breezing through some exhibits, we ran all the way back to our hotel to meet up Mr Khor and the gang. From there, we headed together to Asian Chinese Restaurant where they serve quite decent Cantonese cuisine. Mr Khor decided to get together and arranged dinner because it was actually the exact day of the Mid-Autumn Festival. He even brought mooncakes to share.

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From front left: Philip, Khor Jr., Mr Khor, ME and Elaine

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Mr Khor brought 4 mooncakes from Malaysia and we managed to finish 2.5 which delighted him. The balance, 1.5, Philip said will be kept for his supper.

SHOW DAYS - Work & Dinners
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Our booth with romantic lights!!!

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Checking out Exhibitor’s Night. Free flow of champagne and finger food!

 

My favourite coffee place in Nuremberg, Casa del Caffe – Espresso Bar (a really small shop, like a pit stop with good coffee and good service as well)

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Hihi I can never get enough of coffee – presenting you Marocchino (fact: do you know this coffee drink was created in Alessandria, Italy?)

On the first day of exhibition, we were too lazy to hunt for food so we crossed next door to Handwerkerhof where we chose to dine in Fränkische Weinstube.

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Weisbier for comfort!

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We ordered to share again because sharing is beautiful. Got my favourite liver dumpling soup and sausage platter. Bill in total was EUR17.20

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Got back to our hotel to this scene. Must have been quite a windy evening.

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Words can’t explain this but she was trying to steal a bite from my Pfannkuchen (T-time in our booth)

 

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Dinner at Cucina Italiana and we are wearing the same blouse. Elaine got it for us. She said TWINNING! We met Mr Khor and the gang here.

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What’s so funny? Mr Khor asked my sister what’s she eating and she said Tagliatelle but he heard, “CHAR KUEH TEOW”??? Then we all started laughing! It was so funny we couldn’t not giggling like little girls.

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Beer and more beers.. soon we’re gonna have beer bellies.

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Our last breakfast in Victoria Hotel before we take the train back to Schiphol Airport.

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ALAS we arrived back in Changi where we bid farewell. ME back to KL and Elaine back to Sydney. Check out her teary eyes. Fret not, it’s October and we will meet again in February! Only 4 months away.

 

That’s it for now. Our business and leisure trip which will be missed.

It’s always fun traveling with my sister because we both can really walk, before the sun rises and until the sun sets.

 

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