My very first summer birthday was shaping up to be a good one. Rose had slept in, my hubby had found the best bacon in Stuttgart and my sister announced an immanent visit! The only thing to top it off was dinner at my favourite restaurant – the Horse Place.

It’s actually called Reiterstübles, but to us it’s always “the Horse Place”. The horses in question can be seen practising their dressage on the other side of a large window; the perfect entertainment for a toddler. On our first visit, snow lay on the ground and a wood fire burned in the pot-bellied stove. This time the sun beat down and the bier garten was in full swing. Anyone with a small child will appreciate the awkwardness of trying to enjoy a nice meal in public; asking apologetically whether they had eine kinderstuhle, Tony and I fell instantly in love with the staff when they happily set up the onerous kinderstuhle, set a place with special flatware, brought out drawing materials and pressed a lolly in Rose’s hand as we left.  The other reason we love this place is the delicious Swabian food. Sadly we’ve tried only a few dishes on the menu; the meals we had on our first visit were so incredible it’s impossible to vary our order (as Lesley, Keren and my parents will all testify). Zweibelrostbraten and teller schnitzel that melt in your mouth, with a serving of the traditional kartoffelnsalate. 27 may not be so bad.

ps I’d like to say welcome to Solomon Browne Burton, born today at 8.20pm! July 13th is a very nice date, I’m glad I can share my birthday with you.


10 Responses to “Birthday”

  1. 1 lesley July 13, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    So glad you got there to enjoy your birthday. Certainly looks a lot different in the summertime. Big welcome to Solomon – what good timing lots of love and God bless you

  2. 2 Gerri Frederiksen July 14, 2010 at 12:19 am

    “Alles gute zum Geburstag”, Bon Anniversaire”, Buon Compleanno” and “Happy Birthday” Ali!
    With love Gerri, Torbs and

  3. 3 Arthur July 14, 2010 at 4:48 am

    The atmosphere and food at “The Horse Place” certainly is special. Ally and Tony took us there for a meal when we arrived in Germany – a meal to remember. Unfortunately, when we returned again on our last night in Germany it was closed. How dare they!! We settled for schnitzels at Casa Pompa, Ally and Rose’s (great ice cream cones) favourite cafe in Botnang. Good, but not in the same league as Reiterstübles when it comes to schnitzels. The beers were just as enjoyable though!!

    Glad that you had a very enjoyable birthday dinner with Tony and Rose. Also great to hear that you have a new birthday soul mate.

  4. 4 Mirjam July 14, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Happy birthday and ” Alles Gute zum Geburtstag”. You should try “Spätzle” when you are out for dinner the next time. The best pasta in the world and the favourite meal of every swabian girl…

  5. 5 kerentravels July 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    So glad the day turned out to be a lovely one. I also proud to say that I have eaten at the horse place – and loved it. And Solomon is so cute!

  6. 6 Jean July 15, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Hi Ally,
    Happy Birthday to you !!!!
    I am really enjoying your blog. It is very interesting and makes me feel close to you. Your photos are beautiful, you are very talented. The last photo of you and Rose together is just beautiul.
    Lots of love to you and Tony and Rose,

  7. 7 Arthur July 15, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Ally and I made Spatzle one night after we had eaten it at the “Horse Place”. Yes it is delicious and not too difficult to make. Lesley had kindly given Ally a special spatzle making press when she visited earlier in the year.
    Spatzle is made from a thick batter which you press through the spatzle maker and drop the “ribbons” it forms into boiling water, scooping them out when they rise to the top (after about 30 seconds). It is then rinsed in cold water and reheated in a pan containing melted butter. There a many variations on the batter – ours was a basic one made from flour, water,salt, butter, eggs and nutmeg. Traditional Swabian cooks actually spread the batter onto a wooden board and cut strips off it with a knife, landing them in the boiling water. Sounds like a skill that needs some practice!. I’m going to give it a go by putting the batter through a piping bag.
    One of the highlights of visiting Ally, Tony and Rose was the chance to cook and eat some traditional German foods.

  8. 8 mavisandfrank July 15, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Thanks all for the birthday messages! I think I spent more time talking to people this year than I have on any previous birthday.

  9. 9 Mirjam July 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Hi Arthur,

    you are a real “Spätzle-Expert”. The sad thing is that there are not many swabian housewifes left who make “Spätzle” on their own. But I am a lucky girls as my mum usually does that on sundays. She also has one of those machines, I think it is of my grandma and very old. But the “Spätzle” are perfect. My parents are in a “Spätzle”-Fight as my mum prefers the “Spätzle” that are a bit thinner and fine and my dad loves the real thick and fat ones. I don’t care about that, just give me a pot full of noodles and the world turns to be all right…

  10. 10 ashley @ Chasing Heartbeats July 19, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Happy Happy Happy! Looks like a lovely day!

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