We mainly cook our meals at home because of our diet preferences, but when I saw The Red Lion in the old town near our flat, I thought I had to experience dining there. A birthday is a good excuse, too, no?
Built in 1727, this is the oldest restaurant here, standing neatly in its corner after two World Wars and still serving guests amid a pandemic. They had plenty of mushroom and potato dishes, with continent-size portions.
The ambience is like a pub but classier, the wall decorated with photos and paintings of the old town and The Red Lion through the years. It smelled of stories, history, and heritage in the best possible sort. I can only imagine what these walls and bar have seen, and feel privileged to get a seat here, too. I really enjoyed having lunch there!
After, Markus and I walked to a pop-up market in another old town for dessert, and we found fresh Krebbel, a jam-filled doughnut that is coated in sugar. In some places, this treat is also known as Berliner or Pfannkuchen or if you are in The Philippines, you know this doughnut as Bavarian.
We did not have too many doughnuts because we have been eating cake from the day before. Markus’ mother baked a nice cheesecake for me, plus very dreamy Portuguese egg tarts. At home, we also made pumpkin cheesecake brownies.
The past days were filled with cake from breakfast to dinner, but oh well, we only have our birthdays once a year, right?
And for the biggest surprise, Markus and his family gifted me a Kitchen Aid. It was the best thing ever! I have wanted one since I was a child, from the first time I watched cooking shows on TV. Also, it is something I really need for breadbaking as kneading breaks my wrists.
I also called with my family and friends from home, and my sisters baked me a cake, too. My family and I celebrated my birthday when it was midnight in The Philippines and it was not so bad even when I am overseas. It was a happy birthday.
Thank you for the greetings, everyone!