ALL photos: Denise Vasquez ©2010
During Jedi Con
Randy & I spent most of our time
At The Maritim Hotel
Getting to know our new friends & fans!
We knew we would have one day
On our way back from Italy
To explore Dusseldorf...
Our friend Markus Rau
Picked Randy & I up from the airport
This was the second time
On this trip
We were saved by our hero
We wanted to show him our appreciation
So we offered to take him to dinner...
We stopped by our hotel
Checked into our room
They ended up giving us this AMAZING suite
At no additional cost
Thank you Maritim!
Randy & I checked in
Took our luggage upstairs
While Markus looked into restaurants
The hotel made some suggestions
Markus also found some restaurants
In the area On his GPS
So Off we went...
We stopped at one place
Markus didn't like the looks of it
So we ventured onto the next place
We parked right out front...
It was soooo appealing
Had the look of someone's home
A garden out front
A welcoming trellis
The artistic decor of
Treasures to the eye
Everywhere I looked
We were sold!
The best way to describe the vibe
That's what Randy & I were hoping
To experience during our entire trip to Europe
Some good traditional home cooking!
We were sat at this big wooden table
With Big silver plates
Bright Green paper napkins
We were surrounded by
Brightly colored walls
We were handed these
Beautifully bound leather menus
Having worked in a variety of:
Over a span of 20 years...
Silver Service/French Service/Fine Dining
This restaurant was a WONDERFUL blend
Fine Dining meets Mama's kitchen
They did a really nice job
Putting it all together
One thing complimented the next
The combination of everything seemed to flow nicely
The specials were listed on a chalk board
Luckily we had our friend Markus with us
He did an Impeccable job
Translating the menu for us!
The owner, I'll call her "Mama"
Was running around
Greeting & checking on all of the guests
It appeared that our waitress was her daughter
And our waitress' son probably about 6 years old
Went table to table entertaining us all!
I have the deepest appreciation
For a classy run family business!!!
You can feel right from the start
This family takes pride in their restaurant!
I felt right at home!
We all tried different soups...
Randy Had the Goulash
Markus had the Cheese Soup
I LOVE Onion soup
So I had to try the German Onion Soup
Wasn't too heavy & it left me
I couldn't wait for the
Randy ordered a second course
I didn't want to get too full
But I had to have a taste
I saw our hostess at one point
Outside in the garden
Perhaps she was Picking fresh herbs
For our main course...
My steak shown here...
Cooked to perfection!!!
We all tried different steaks
Randy LOVED his steak...
So did Markus!
I think Markus had a combo plate
Featuring 3 varieties of meat
It was such an AMAZING experience!
For every dish
Was so creative
And the fact that everything
On our plates was edible
Made it all even more inviting
That was one of the BEST meals I ever had!!!
The GREAT German Beer only added to it!!!
Later we were told that the women who owns the place
Our hostess "Mama"
So we truly did experience some
Genuine German Home cooking!!!
I am GRATEFUL To have had this experience!!!
Markus said we were lucky
In finding this place!
I totally agree!
If you're in Dusseldorf Germany
Be sure to try this place!
You'll be glad you did!