It's Oktoberfest and celebrations are in full swing. Although I've been here before, I'm always surprised at just how large Munich Brauhaus is. We came in rather early on a Monday evening, and though I expected it to be quiet, there were already a number of patrons treating themselves to drinks, and as the night went on, quite a few large parties came in. We started with a five beer flight, and some pretzels. All the beers are made under the Bavarian Purity Law, so made using only hops,...

Munich Brauhaus has just turned one, and as part of its birthday celebrations they held a boat party over five nights. I was invited to join them on a Friday night, where we started with pre-drinks in their upstairs VIP area. We were soon ushered onto the boat, chartered from Melbourne River Cruises, when we then and cruised up and down the Yarra while enjoying drinks and delicious Bavarian food. The stand outs for me were the crispy, succulent pork belly with crackling, and the juicy and moreish BBQ...

We hadn’t had lunch and because of the limited choice of restaurant options we decided to have…lunner. The pub was quite popular for coffee and desserts, maybe because there wasn’t much else open. I had salmon cooked with olive oil, green beans and steamed potatoes (€13), mum had tagliatelle with salmon (€9.90) and dad had a dish containing ham knuckle, pork belly, sauerkraut, a long frankfurt-looking sausage and slices of a fatter sausage (€11.90). My potatoes didn’t taste like anything, but there was salt and pepper on the...

Halfway through our bus drive from Germany to Switzerland we stopped at the House of Black Forest Clocks. There were souvenirs, cuckoo clocks, grandfather clocks as well as their famous, and supposedly the original, black forest cake. The owner gave us a free postcard with the cake recipe on the back. The cake had a nice, moist chocolate sponge layer, but I still don’t like glace cherries. [caption id="attachment_2226" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Original Black Forest Cake[/caption]...