Liv Hambrett

Germany + Australia + Culture + Motherhood + Home

Life in Kiel, Travel + Life Abroad

Buffets + Osterbrot

Easter brought with it two guests – the sun, and a dear friend from Australia. Possibly the latter brought the former and Easter had nothing to do with it, but either way, we had two solid days of sunshine and it was glorious.

My Australian friend still wore gloves and was aghast when I said I was cracking out the ballet flats. I gently told her gloves likely weren’t necessary at a sunny 15 degrees, but she wouldn’t hear it. We’re not made for the cold, us Aussies.


We filled our long weekend with the things all good Germans do. There was a stroll, and then some cake. And not just any cake, but cake topped with a seasonal fruit, which I feel gives me extra Germanness points.

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There was a brunch buffet. Have you noticed how passionate Germans are about buffets? And how expertly they load up their plates? How strong their elbows are, and how little time they have for those shilly shallying about by the cheese plate? I always panic at buffets and end up with various mixed plates, or an abundance of one thing I think I will want loads of and actually don’t end up eating. SG and SG’s Papa, on the other hand, are buffet pros. It’s in their blood.

There was the first outdoor meal of the season, a notable occasion when the outside furniture is dusted off, and everyone comments endlessly on how pleasant it is to eat with the sun on one’s face.

There was a visit to the beach, to show our Sydneysider guest how the Baltic rolls. And a warm drink (covered in cream) by the water because that breeze that sweeps in off the Baltic is a crisp one.

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There was Osterbrot and chocolate and a touch more chocolate. And my friend kept her gloves on the whole time, while the rest of us rejoiced in the feeling that spring has well and truly blown away the cobwebs of winter.

A very good Easter indeed.


  1. Günter YOGI Lauke

    23 April, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Hi DEAR! You surely have never seen the RUSSIAN at a BUFFET! Havent U??? The have stronger arms&elbows…and they load a real “HEAVYLOAD” on 3-5 Plates! Looks like they are STARVING in damned RUSSIA! ITs UGLY!! When they afterwards leave the table…it looks like “BUFFET-WAR” is over..complete PLATES&FOOD-MIX….RUSSIANS!!

    1. Liv

      25 April, 2014 at 10:17 am

      Uh oh! Never seen it in action – not sure I want to?

  2. Hemborgwife

    23 April, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    That is funny she kept her gloves on! At 15C I am all about jeans rolled up and no socks!

    1. Liv

      25 April, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Me too! It’s so funny what you acclimatise to – 15 and up for me now, is ‘warm’ and a sign that winter is over. In Sydney, a crisp 15 degrees day is a nice Winter’s day.

  3. MegsFitness

    23 April, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Moments like that with friends are what make life so dear. I can’t wait to see my friend in October..just a few short months!

    1. Liv

      25 April, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Yaaaay – nothing like a good reunion!

  4. Frau Dietz (Eating Wiesbaden)

    23 April, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I have, in my four years and 18 days of life here, never, ever had a proper German buffet, simply because my German husband thinks they’re horrible on account of all the elbows and barging around and the food being left out for hours, etc. (Admirable German attention to hygiene detail there.) Anyhow: great post, lovely photos – I properly love how you write! 🙂

    1. Liv

      25 April, 2014 at 10:14 am

      I always shied away from buffets at home – for me (and I guess Australians) they’re associated more with cruises and those Sizzler restaurants. But here, you can’t walk down a street without bumping into about 4 buffets. Germs are mad for them! I will say – I appreciate their gusto. There’s no judgement on how much you eat, indeed it’s encouraged. They are all over that giant cheese platter.

  5. Lutz Mowinski

    23 April, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    It’s great to finally have the Sun back, and yay for having friends over 🙂
    That little cake up there looks delicious, and the picture of the beach makes me realize how much I miss the Ocean… haven’t been at a beach in years O_O

    1. Liv

      25 April, 2014 at 10:11 am

      Shocking! Hopefully this summer will be a cracker and the beach will feature regularly.

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