Saturday, December 17, 2016

Christmas in Herrenberg...

Bill decided to drag me out of the house by my hair this afternoon.  Since it was somewhat early in the day, we were even in time to visit the Holzapfel cheese store, where we proceeded to purchase several cheeses and a few bottles of wine...


There was a large crowd in the store today...  I talked Bill into buying some of the green cheese anyway (pesto Gouda), as well as Gruyeres, and some other Swiss cheese I'll never eat.


Lots of vinegars, oils, and marinades...

The Holzapfel closes at 2:00 on Saturdays, so we hurried into their wine room and loaded up on some nice dry Italian wines.  The store also has a cafe where you can have coffee or prosecco.  I definitely need to spend more time in this store.  They had lots of chocolate, pasta, sauces, and other gourmet stuff for the discerning eater.  


Vino!  We bought three bottles, then went across the street to the Alte Brennerei, where we REALLY stocked up.  As we were checking out, the cashier handed me what appeared to be a nougat.  I tried it later and that's what I think it was...  very tasty and maybe even homemade.


This was the whisky of the week.  Yes, we bought a bottle.  


Mr. Bill whips out his credit card for two bottles of wine and a bottle each of rum, whisky, and gin.  They let us try the rum and whisky.  I hadn't been planning to get any rum today, but we found an excellent 20 year old bottle from Costa Rica.  Thank God for credit cards.

We really need to spend more time in Herrenberg.  There are some great stores there, as well as some good restaurants.  And we live only about ten or fifteen minutes away.


If you're in Herrenberg and like wine and cheese, stop in at the Holzapfel.


And the Alte Brennerei, where good things come in small packages.


I could be sorely tempted to stop in at this store and pick up some cute stuff for the house.

We decided to have lunch at Herrenberg's Osteria da Gino.  It wasn't very crowded today.  I normally like to go to new places so I can write a fresh review, but today we decided to stop in and have some pizza and pasta.


Festive table.  The bartender raised his eyebrows when we ordered a bottle of wine.


This was our first time sitting in the bar area.  It's very inviting.




Mr. Bill tries the Montepulciano.  The waiter actually had me taste it first, which is a rarity.


Good stuff!  And yes, we finished it before the staffers got their pause.


I had tortellini alla panna.  This was good, but a little rich.  The tortellinis were full of cheese and served with ham.  I managed half.


Bill had a Rustica pizza... sardines, ham, capers, and zucchini.  I tried it and the crust was excellent, but I wasn't all that keen on the sardines on pizza.  Bill liked it, though, especially with the very spicy pepper oil they brought out.  It's made with habineros.  

After we were kind of shooed out at 2:20 or so, we went across the street to Bonilla, a sweet/coffee shop and picked up macaroons and chocolates.  The lady who looked after us was very helpful and spoke English.  We weren't buying gifts, so that made things easier for her.  She put our stuff in a bag and sent us on our way.


Bonilla: a nice sweet shop in Herrenberg.

So we were out for about three hours... maybe this weekend's lunch date wasn't as decadent as last week's, but we had a nice time.  And now we're at home, enjoying the cloudy weather and the wine we will soon be opening.  We really need to go to Ludwigsburg and dump some beer bottles, but I didn't want to deal with the traffic or parking.  Maybe in a couple of weeks, when Christmas is over, we'll work out way up there for a beer run.



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