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If You’re Not Drinking Champagne with French Fries, You’re Doing It Wrong


Even the experts at Moët & Chandon say so.

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By: Lyndsay Matthews/ marie claire

When it comes to fancy foods, high-low pairings can lead to some surprisingly delightful combinations. For example, if you’ve never eaten caviar and potato chips together, you’re missing out. So we were excited to hear that Marie-Christine Osselin, Moët & Chandon’s wine quality and communication manager, told The Drinks Business that she thinks french fries are one of the best foods to pair with a glass of champagne.

According to Osselin, the saltiness and crunchiness of french fries are the perfect complement to champagne’s fine bubbles and zesty acidity.

But don’t go pairing your next glass with an order of cheese fries. “Champagne is a wine that asks for simple ingredients, no more than three,” she said.

 

In fact, one of the most famous appetizers at New Orleans’ Sylvain is the order of Champagne and French Fries. The “perfect combination” of Delamotte Brut and hand-cut fries—as it is described on the menu—goes for either $50 or $90 for a small or large serving.

Sylvain’s owner, Sean McCusker, got the idea at a Veuve Cliquot event where one of the champagne company’s “head guys” told him that “pomme frites” were his favorite food to eat with champagne, according to Eater New Orleans.

“The next afternoon, a friend and I hit Les Halleswhere Anthony Bourdain was the chef and was making what I thought were the best fries in NYC,” McCusker told Eater. “We ordered a plate and a bottle of champagne. We each grabbed a fry, stuck it in our mouths and followed it with a gulp of champagne and it was a revelation.”

Food & Wine’s longtime wine editor Ray Isle also agrees.

“I’ve been saying this for years, as have many, many sommeliers,” Isle told Food & Wine this week. “Basically, salt and fat plus high acid and bubbles equals a great combo.”

Isle even takes it a step farther.

“Fries, potato chips—hell—fried pork rinds would work too,” Isle said. “But I don’t think you’re going to get the folks at Moët to suggest pairing their champagne with fried pork rinds—that’s too down-home for them, for sure.”

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These are the 15 most romantic towns to visit in Germany


These are the 15 most romantic towns to visit in Germany

 

Every year millions of tourists flock to big cities such as Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. But for anyone seeking something a little more picturesque and authentic, here are 15 of the most romantic towns and small cities in Germany.

By: Anja Samy/The Local Germany

 

1. Bamberg (nearest city – Nuremberg)

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Like Rome, this small and enchanting city is  built on seven hills and its historic architecture earned it a listing as a  UNESCO World Heritage Site Aside from a huge number of medieval half-timbered houses, some of the most beautiful buildings include the late Romanesque/early gothic  Imperial Cathedral, St Michael’s Monastery and Alterburg Castle.   But what Bamberg is most famous for is its unique old town hall, situated in the middle of a bridge.

The Regnitz river splits in the center of the city creating the “Island District”  which has a pedestrian zone full of boutique shops and restaurants. You can even take a romantic gondola ride along the waterways past the former fishing settlement, known as ‘Little Venice’. After that, why not sample some of the region’s famous smoked beer at one of Bamberg’s many breweries. Finally, for a panoramic view of the area, you can’t beat the terrace at Altenburg Castle, which sits on the highest hill in the city.

2. Monschau (nearest city – Aachen)

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This picturesque medieval town with a winding river, overlooked by a castle, is ideal for a romantic trip. Monschau is a great destination any time of the year. In the summer all the restaurants have outdoor seating along the cobbled streets and every August Monschau holds an open-air music festival ,while in winter the town is home to an idyllic Christmas market .

Situated next to the Eifel National Park  on the border to Belgium, Monschau is the perfect place for nature lovers, with a large number of hiking trails around the nearby hills. The town is also home to a glassworks , which holds daily demonstrations and has an adjoining market space complete with an indoor stream.

3. Meissen (nearest city – Dresden)

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Meissen, situated on the Elbe river, is first and foremost the birthplace of European porcelain  and the items manufactured there are distinguished by two crossed blue swords. But even those who aren’t interested in the renowned Meissen ‘white gold’ will not be short of things to do.

The town is the oldest in Saxony and is considered by some to resemble Prague due to its red roofs. The gothic cathedral and adjoining 16th century castle dominate the skyline and give impressive views of the Elbe valley. Sachsen is the easternmost wine growing region in Germany, and Meissen produces mostly whites which tend to be on the dryer side. Aside from their September wine festival, throughout the year the town also hosts several art, music and culture festivals.

4. Heidelberg (nearest city – Mannheim)

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Heidelberg survived the Second World War unscathed, meaning that its rich architectural history was kept intact, including its iconic castle ruins on the hill above, which are visible from all over the city. Heidelberg is also known as the centre of German 18th century Romanticism  as many influential writers such as Clemens Brentano resided there. The Altstadt is full of baroque charm and hosts a magical Christmas market with its own little forest.

Another icon of Heidelberg is the arched bridge which crosses the Neckar river. Down by the river at the Neckarwiese, you can rent boats or simply enjoy a drink with a view of the vineyards lining the valley. For a spectacular view of the area, take a romantic walk up the Philosophers Weg.  You could also take a ride on the Bergbahn, meaning ‘mountain train’, up to the Molenkur,  a small Schloss which is the perfect starting point for hikes around the area.

5. Rothenburg ob der Tauber (nearest city – Nuremberg)

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Rothenburg ob der Tauber is the star attraction of the famous Romantic Road , a route which passes through some of the most beautiful towns in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. It can get pretty busy, with almost 2.5 million vistors a year , but it’s not hard to see why. The mediveal walled town is truly something out of a fairytale.

Not only did the town inspire imagery in the Disney animation Pinocchio , it was also the filming location  for a very short scene involving Grindelwald in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and setting for the town of  Vulgaria in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Aside from the romantic cobbled streets and half-timbered buildings, one of the main draws is the year-round Kathe Wohlfahrt Christmas shop , known as the Weihnachtsdorf, meaning ‘Christmas village’.

6. Dinkelsbuehl (nearest cities – Stuttgart and Nuremberg)

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Dinkelsbühl is a Romantic Road walled city but comes with the added benefit of being slightly less touristy than other similar towns in Bavaria. Built in the 8th century and surrounded by a few fortified walls, it is essentially Rothenburg’s little sister.

The town has an interesting history as it accepted both Catholics and Protestants during the reformation. Good ways to spend your day in Dinkelsbühl include visiting the shops and cafes around the Weinmarkt  or admiring the town’s quaint architecture.

7.  Lindau (nearest cities – Stuttgart and Munich)

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Lindau is a city on the banks of the Bodensee, the largest lake in Germany. Situated on the border between Germany and Austria, the town has spectacular views of the surrounding Alps across the aquamarine waters.

While much of the city is situated on the mainland, the Hintere Insel, meaning ‘back island’, is a unique and almost completely isolated district. In the summer it is the perfect location for swimming, paddleboarding and boat trips, and in the winter it is an incredibly beautiful place to visit, especially when there’s snow on the many red rooves of the town and (if you’re lucky) part of the lake freezes.

8. Trier (nearest cities – Frankfurt and Bonn)

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Trier is the oldest city in Germany, having celebrated its 2,025th birthday in 2009 and is, therefore, a great romantic destination for history buffs. This incredible history can be seen in the large number of Roman and medieval structures which still stand there today, and Trier is naturally a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The town is known as the “Rome of the North”  and sites to see include the Roman gate, the imperial baths, the amphitheater and the 4th-century basilica, all of which are within easy walking distance of the center.

Trier is situated not far from Luxembourg, on the Moselle river. Not only does it have a rich Roman history but the town is also home to Germany’s oldest gothic church and happens to be the birthplace of Karl Mark  whose childhood house is open to visitors as a memorial museam.

9. Cochem (closest city – Bonn)

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Also situated on the Mosel river is Cochem. The town is overlooked by a majestic 11th-century castle which towers 100m above the river and is open to visitors daily.

It is the perfect stop on a river cruise and the town is surrounded by greenery, with forests, hills and, of course, vineyards. The area is known for the “queen of the white vines,” Riesling , and visitors to the area can even take a guided hike through the vineyards, stopping for breaks and wine tasting.

10. Quedlinburg (nearest city – Hannover)

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Quedlinburg is a tiny town north of the Harz mountains and is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe. Undamaged by war, the renaissance town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with cobbled streets, red roofs and half-timbered houses. In 2019 the town celebrates 1,100 years since King Heinrich I was crowned the first King of Germany as a single entity in 919 A.D – Heinrich was buried in Quedlinburg.

The town has a unique political history ,as it was a semi-independent state ruled by aristocratic women for 800 years until Napoleon invaded. The Abesses resided in the impressive Burgberg, meaning ‘castle mountain’, situated on the limestone hill above the town.

11. Goslar (nearest city – Hannover)

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Also located in the foothills of the Harz mountains, Goslar is a great base for exploring the Harz national park. The town was officially founded in 922AD, but is thought to have been settled since pre-Roman times. Goslar is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of it’s historic mine, town gates and Imperial Palace.

Thanks to deposits of silver and copper ore at the Rammelberg mine near the town, it was one of the wealthiest trade hubs in the Middle Ages. The main square, which is home to a beautiful Christmas market, has a unique striped cobblestone design radiating from the center.

12. Görlitz (nearest city – Dresden)

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Recently named the best filming location in Europe, Germany’s most eastern city, Grand Budapest Hotel , were shot across various locations in the city, as well as world-renowned films such as ‘The Reader’, ‘Monuments Men’ and ‘Inglourious Basterds’.

The city is home to around 3,500 monuments spanning 500 years from renaissance to art nouveau. It is split by the Lusitzer Niesse river into a German district and a Polish district, called Zgorzelec. This mix of cultures alongside the rich history makes it a fascinating city to wander through.

13. Baden Baden (nearest city – Stuttgart)

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Germany’s most fashionable spa town is the perfect place for a romantic weekend. The town is located in the Black Forrest national park it’s a great base for hikers and nature lovers. But the main draw is, of course, the many thermal spas. These are fed by the natural mineral springs around the area which supposedly possess healing properties.

Once you’ve had your fill of the spa, head into the town to wander around the belle epoque style buildings, shop in some boutiques and visit the galleries and museums on the art and culture mile.

14. Lübeck (nearest city – Hamburg)

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Lübeck is a hidden jewel in the north of the country. Situated on the Baltic Sea coast it was the Capital of the Hanseatic League from the 12th to the 17th century. It was heavily bombed during the war but much of the unique architecture survived or was reconstructed, earning it a place on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Lübeck’s Altstadt  is characterised by impressive brink gothic  buildings, church spires and city gates. Aside from its architecture, Lübeck also prides itself on its martzipan , and you can enjoy a large number of products based on this sweet treat in cafes, sweet shops and bakeries around the city.

15. Freiburg (nearest city- Stuttgart)

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Freiburg is one of Germany’s warmest and sunniest cities, getting on average 1,700 hours of sunshine a year. It lies close to the French and Swiss borders on the edge of the Black Forest and the Altstadt is full of pretty gabled houses. The city became prosperous due to silver mining  and is also home to one Germany oldest universities,

For an excellent view of the city, a good place to sit is the beer garden on the Schlossberg  Around the city, you’re likely to stumble across streams known as  ‘Bachle ‘which run through the streets, but luckily if you do fall in one, they are not usually more than a foot wide and a few centimeters deep. The city’s sunny weather makes it a great place to visit year round, as in summer Freiburg hosts a wine festival  and in the winter there is, of course, a lovely Christmas market.

Throw-back Thursday 2016 : Fires, death threats, gun shots, tunnels ,sex trafficking Michael Flynn and Hillary Clinton


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Two thirds of American (68%) get their news via social media ( 2018 Pew Research Center) . Facebook is far and away where most people get their news. (1 in 4). 59% of all links shared on social networks aren’t actually clicked on at all , implying the majority of article shared aren’t based on actual reading. (Forbes Aug 2016)

The tools are simple. An attention grabbing headline. Filter that headline to a specific demographic. Liberal, Conservative, extremest etc. and within hours it will reach Facebook. Extreme views will often enter through the back door in the form of Direct Message (DM’s) and eventually make it to someones timeline. Because only 41% of these articles are actually read, they are rarely aged out.

October 2016:  Various anonymous Twitter accounts began posting false rumors that Anthony Weiner’s laptop had been recovered by the FBI, and that on it was proof that he had been involved in child sexual abuse. The rumors quickly grew on the alt right community and among supporters of Donald Trump.  Detail in the stories grew linking the Democrats to pedophila and human trafficking ring supposedly by New York PD.  On various fake news sites.

Pizzagate is born

November 2016: What began as a conspiracy theory during the 2016 Presidential race went viral. After the personal email account of Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta was hacked and released by WikiLeaks.  Theorist claimed the emails contained coded messages connecting restaurants and high ranking Democrats with an alleged sex ring involving the pizzeria “Comet Ping Pong” in Washington DC.  Those involved in promoting pizzagate began to claim that a code was being used – that code included references to junk food, including “pizza”, which was supposedly used in place of the word “girl”.

 

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While Pizzagate has been wildly debunked by the media, from Fox News to the New York Times and the stories have been removed by Facebook, Tweeter and other sites.  Its far from dead. It’s still alive in the media universe. A story encouraged by Michael Flynn about the evil Democrats, Hillary Clinton, sex trafficking children in tunnels under the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria in Washington D.C.

December 2016, Edgar Maddison Welch, a 28-year-old man from Salisbury, North Carolina. On the 4th, he fired three shots into the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria in Washington DC using a AR 15 rifle , striking walls, a desk, and a door. According to court documents, Welch attempted to recruit friends three days before the attack by urging them to watch a YouTube video about the conspiracy. Mr Welch is currently in prison,serving a four year term.

A few days later. 52 year old Yusif Lee Jones of Shreveport Louisiana intending to call Comet, mistakenly called Besta Pizza and told employees he was trying to “save the kids” and threatened to “shoot everyone in the place,”   Mr Jones was sentenced to a month in Jail and two years supervised release.

January 2019,  Ryan Rimas Jaselskis 22, of Northridge, Ca set fire to the Comet Ping Pong Pizzeria in Washington DC.  Workers in the restaurant successfully out the fire.   He faces up to 20 years in jail .

PizzaGate from Rumor to hashtag to gunfire in DC  

Click on link below for full Story

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/pizzagate-from-rumor-to-hashtag-to-gunfire-in-dc/2016/12/06/4c7def50-bbd4-11e6-94ac-3d324840106c_story.html?

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Rodfather Minute: 30 Second Blessing


You woke up to another day of traffic.  To a day filled with stupid Insensitive people.   You left home angry, because your relationship has hit a BIG BUMP.  Today is much like yesterday, you woke up to a day of worry and concern, bills, family, work.  I feels as if the world as swallowing  you up!

Take a minute.  One minute. Look around, feel the sun, look at the colors.  Thank God for allowing you be here on this day, this moment.

Too Busy…… You don’t have a minute……   Carry on.

Husband branded ‘a**hole’ for wanting to divorce wife because she had his baby


A man has come under fire online after admitting he has been considering getting divorced because he didn’t want to be a dad again

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By: Courtney Pochin/ Daily Mirror 

There are many reasons why a  married couple may decide to get divorced – for example if one of them has strayed or they’ve lost that loving feeling.

But you probably wouldn’t expect to hear that a husband and wife had split up because they’d had a baby.

Babies can be tough, but it turns out one man really doesn’t like the fact that his wife had his children, so much so that he’s even been thinking of leaving her.

In a post on Reddit , which has since been deleted, the unnamed man asked if he was an a**hole for “wanting to divorce [his] wife for the birth of [their] second child”.

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He claims that after having their first child together, he soon realized he didn’t like being a dad and he doesn’t feel very good at it.

“I told my wife I never wanted to have another kid,” he said. “As our first got older I was looking forward to my wife and I being able to spend more time together without a kid around. I was also looking forward to being able to do more interesting things with our first born.

“Then, my wife got pregnant.”

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The man says they discussed their options and made an appointment to terminate the pregnancy.

But the day before it was due to happen, the woman changed her mind and he says she “quilted” him into keeping the baby.

He adds: “Now two years on after the birth of our second, I still resent my wife. I find myself being annoyed by things she does that used to not bother me. I feel like I love our kids more than I love her.”

NEW DIVORCE LAWS: IS BREAKING UP EASIER TO DO?

Over 600 people commented on the post, with many placing the blame on the husband.

One person replied: “You are the a**hole. She didn’t guilt you into cancelling the appointment – SHE cancelled it because it was ultimately her choice to make. You should’ve had a vasectomy if you were that adamant.”

Another posted: “You are the a**hole if you don’t understand the clear and obvious consequences of having sex?? Lol. Unless the baby was produced via the mailman or your best friend? I mean please hold yourself responsible for your damn actions. You now have two children to raise, so either be a man and step it up of bail completely. These kids deserve a father that can take some damn responsibility.”

A third person didn’t think he was an a**hole for wanting to leave his wife, because everyone should be able to get divorced if they’re unhappy.

They explained: “Bottom line, you aren’t happy and you don’t want to be with someone? Leave. He WOULD be an a**hole for dumping kids who are a few years old. But he’s not doing that. He says he loves them.

“You still have a responsibility as a father, but staying would only be unhealthy for everyone involved. If you don’t want to be with her and you are unhappy, it’s clear what you need to do.”

Britain may be the first country to attack America after 45’s visit


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She’s was not Amused 

Forget Russia or North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.  Britain may be the first country to attack the US.    The official mouthpiece of the US has landed in the UK,

So far the man who personally has lost ONE BILLION DOLLARS. Is advising the country on Brexit.    His need to attack British politicians is uniting Brits all of the county.

Last year, he broke protocol by keeping the 93 year old Monarch waiting for 15 minutes.   Neither he or his wife bowed to the Queen and  he walked in front of the Queen.  No one walks in front of the Queen.  That action caused a stir on social media in Britain.

At least he didn’t push her Majesty .

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The President has once again attacked  London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan . He has called him short and stone cold loser.

Before she was royalty, The President attacked Megan Markle who said she would move to Canada if he was elected President.   His response was “I didn’t know she was nasty” .  In Trumpian Style, he denied ever saying it and it was fake news.   Of course is a tape.   The good news, he wont cross paths with the Duchess or her husband Prince Harry, on this visit .

Newsworthy(Fake):  Donald in planning to talk Trade with the Brits.  Only on the condition that they agree to a Tariff before they meet.

There will be several protests during his three day visit. The largest will take place tomorrow.  Some pro,but most anti Trump.

 

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In the event, he doesn’t see Baby Trump.

Some clever Brits made their own signs below than can be seen on       Air Force One

 

“Bragging Rights”

Donald J Trump has had more protesters than Presidents Clinton,Bush, and Obama.

No fake or Alternate Facts!

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