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More Cheese? Please! – Die Fromagerie, Frankfurt Am Main

Hey Frenchies! Have you been joining our weekly live streams over on Instagram these past couple of weeks? If not you’re missing out on some great music and masterclasses from some of our favorite partners. This week we were happy to feature Die Fromagerie in Frankfurt. Not only is it one of our teams’ favorites, it is an apéro hotspot for many of our Frankfurt Frenchies!

Before we get into their recommendations, we’d like to thank all of you who tuned in to join us for the At Home Apéro! Special shout out to Michel.Music for keeping the live stream going with some great music, you can find his Soundcloud if you’re looking for more. 

Be sure to tag @aperos_frenchies and use #shareyourapero for a chance to be featured in our Instagram story after the live broadcast.

We have fantastic news for our Frankfurt Frenchies as Die Fromagerie is still open through the ongoing situation. Everything you need to make the charcuterie board of your dreams is available to be ordered and picked up*.

Be sure to call them at +49 173 6684608 or write them on Instagram to place an order.

*Please be advised that if you intend to stop by the store to place or pick up your order that you should follow all local health guidelines as to protective actions that must be taken. Stay Safe!

The Guide to the Perfect Charcuterie Board

We were able to have a quick chat with our Frankfurt Ambassador Alicia and Die Fromagerie Owner Alexandre Allemany. Alex was full of recommendations for us:

The first thing to consider is the Five kinds of cheese, “5 kinds of cheese are necessary to every cheese board, at a minimum, this is what you need to ensure a variety of tastes” says Alex, “Once you have this, you have a great base”.

  • The main key is to have a variety, from a variety of regions.
  • 24-Month-old Comte a favorite and popular in every region of France
  • A smooth cheese like a brie or camembert
  • A Goat cheese, “Herbed from the south of France is best, and it really pulls the plate together” 
  • Don’t forget the blue cheese, “I know some people don’t like its strong flavor, but its too delicious for me to leave off the plate!”

Don’t be afraid to experiment with local tastes! Die Fromagerie will include frischkäse for its German customers as it is a popular option all over the country. 

Add something sweet to balance the flavors on your tongue, and don’t forget the extras!
  • Don’t be afraid to add some fruit, ” Try something in season or pick a regional favorite that pairs well with the cheeses already on the platter”
  • Peanuts, “They are a popular snack when drinking for a reason, but feel free to add some to the apéro”
  • Almonds, “Almonds are the perfect complement so feel free to add them to the plate even if they are less popular”
  • Olives, “Do not forget to add the olives to create a well-rounded plate!”
The Saucisson: DON’T BE CHEAP!
  • Rosette de Lyon, ” We have a rule here about no CHEAP SAUCISSON. This particular variety has a low fat content, and is absolutely delicious”
  • Jambon de Bayonne, “Is a regional favorite from the French Southwest. It is similar to the very famous Spanish aged ham, it is often sold cut very thin” 
  • Pro-Tip: ” Feel free to experiment with specialties from each region. You know you will get a good pairing when you feature cheese and wine from a similar region, so do not be afraid to do the same when considering the meat” 
Be Creative.
  • You can do a regional-specific apéro, but if you do this, focus on the specific regions, “I’d recommend a Rosé from Provence, and a piece of goat cheese from the same region” 
  • Of course don’t forget the drinks, ” Protip: Sparkling wines are also a good option to try out if you want to change up your apéro.”

Thank you again to Alicia, Alex, and the whole Die Fromagerie team for taking the time out to passing along their tips!

We are looking forward to gathering with all of you again soon, but until then be sure to keep up with us on social media! Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook to stay up to date on everything Apéros Frenchies. By the way, have you checked out our Apéro At Home Series yet? Catch the first article here, and be sure to subscribe now to never miss an update

 

Redefining Your Stay – Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

Welcome to Frankfurt! Known as Europe’s banking capital, it welcomes business travelers from around the globe. Whether you are here for a short business trip or a fair, the city and the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel  are ready to welcome you!

Located just a few steps away from the world-renowned Messe Frankfurt,  the hotel is the perfect place to make you fall in love with Frankfurt from above! Holding a reputation as the tallest hotel in Germany, you can enjoy an incredible view of the city skyline from your room! The Frankfurt Marriott goes beyond a traditional hotel, it is an experience you indulge in from the moment you arrive. So drop your bags, kick off your shoes, and relax…

Good news for the fitness-minded! The 1st floor offers a fitness center with a deluxe range of sports equipment for any workout. Plus, a sauna, exclusive for women, for that post-workout relaxation! Also known for its chic sports bar, Champions – Bar & Restaurant is the classy hangout for sports fans alike. Be sure to try one of their many cocktails and enjoy a diner with good vibes!

Selected rooms include exclusive access to the new, stylish M Club Lounge… It’s the perfect place to work or catch up on your reading. The Lounge provides complimentary refreshments throughout the day. With M Club Lounge access, you can enjoy a free breakfast buffet in the morning and wine, yummy cheese & snacks in the evening. What else could you ask for.

Late bird? 5 minutes walking from the hotel, you will find another Frankfurt institution open until 4 am:   Jimmy’s bar.  This speak- easy transports you through time:  dimmed mood lighting, leather armchairs, dark wood panelling, live piano music and cigar smoke.Welcome to the golden age.     Whether you prefer chilled, freshly made cocktails, aged whisky or bubbly champagne, this also bar offers an extensive bar menu.

 

Photo Credit: Frankfurt Marriott Hotel & Instagram @aperos_frenchies.

Normandy Le Chantier Reflection

CBD? Password Please… – Normandy Le Chantier, Paris

The legendary Normandy Le Chantier’s location in the 1ere Arrondissement has put it in the middle of all the action in Paris since 1877 but if you know where to look, you might just find one of Paris’ best kept secrets…

 

 

Paris is full of beautiful Haussamanian architecture and enough history to amaze even the most well-traveled explorers.  However, this newest addition to the Machefert hotels, Normandy Le Chantier, might just be in the most dreamy Parisian quarter. Going there is already an experience of its own, it is just moments walk from the Louvre and other popular tourist attractions. However, don’t let the history and imposing architecture put you off! The Normandy is anything but a conventional hotel located in the Paris city center. Don’t expect the conventional experience here, the front-desk is replaced by employees wearing post-war work overalls, who will welcome you with a large smile.

Like its name “Le Chantier” suggests, the hotel is undergoing extensive renovations but remains open to offer you an immersive experience. The cherry on top could be the plant-based canteen and pâtisserie, “Le Comptoir du Chantier”. You can enjoy a delicious buffet-style meal at any time of the day that is centered on natural ingredients and goodness.

If you’re looking for a nightlife option, however, Normandy Le Chantier welcomes you to come and find their hidden speakeasy! If you can find the entrance, follow the spiral metal staircase down into the Belle-Epoque style boudoir room and enjoy the REHAB bar. It is one of the first cocktail bars of its kind offering CBD-based and alcohol-free cocktails. Relax in the dim light, and immerse yourself in decor from a different time. Good luck and happy hunting….

Need a hint? The door is hidden behind the answer to this riddle. DM us on Instagram and check out their page here!

When you look at this
You see perfection
Because what you see
Is your reflection

 

 

Normandy Hotel
7, rue De l’échelle
75001 Paris Metro 1

 

 

Melia Cartagena Karmairi

An All Inclusive Oasis – Meliá Karmairi, Cartagena

The Meliá Cartagena Karmairi hotel is an All-inclusive hotel for Adults Only. In Manzanillo del Mar, only 15 minutes from Cartagena it is the perfect resort for a couple or adult group of friends looking to relax and leave the stress of city life behind.

 

When the hotel says “all inclusive”, they really mean it! Fancy some  fresh Mojitos by the pool? The friendly staff will deliver them  to you as soon as possible? Did you work up an appetite swmming all day? The all you can eat buffet has many option, whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner (and it is good!) 
Although, be prepared to have a bit of patience when it comes to the service.. remember you are in the Caribbean and if you are used to having things instantly, it’s not always the case here  😉 
We know unlimited food and beverages can be a worry if you’re not trying to come back from vacation carrying 3 extra kilos, but the Melia has you covered. Their gym is fully equipped, and also happens to have a great view to enjoy a sunrise or sunset…but of course, running on the beach is only 5 minutes away.
What we ❤:
– All-inclusive concept
– Margaritas by the pool
– View on the beach
– Bedrooms (really cozy and calm)
– Running on the beach ( 5 minutes walking from the hotel)

 

 

 

 

All Photos Courtesy of the Meliá Karmairi Cartagena By Meliá © Melia.com

A 15th Century Boutique Hotel – Casa Drake, Cartagena

The Casa de Alba Boutique Hotel is a renovated colonial mansion with 7 comfortable, harmonious rooms, designed to make your stay unique and special.
The story goes that it was the home of the famed 15th Century Pirate Francis Drake. Casa de Alba Hotel’s location in the heart of the walled city, situates it within walking distance of some of the most popular sites in Cartagena. Take a walk down the Calle de los Santos and soak in the colors as you head to some of the most popular restaurants and bars in the city!
 
When you’re ready, slip back behind the impressive doors to enjoy the marvelous courtyard and your own little piece of paradise. Sit by the pool, close your eyes and you might get a taste of what heaven must be like. The rooms are huge and very comfy all with courtyard views.

The restaurant is simply delicious and the portions are generous. You can drink your coffee or enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony while enjoying the view on the bustling street down below.

What we ❤:
– Views on the street
– Location in the old town
– Pool
– Duplex bedrooms
– The intimate experience
 Casa de Alba Boutique Hotel © 2020 

Rooftop Pool and Skyline Views- Allure Chocolat, Cartagena

This hotel offers a beautiful rooftop pool with a view on the skyline where you can enjoy a nice sunset far from the crowds. With 70 bedrooms the hotel has an intimate feeling and makes you forget you are in the center of Cartagena.

After a walk in the city’s old town, we were happy to jump into the pool at the  Allure ChocolatMake yourself confortable on the terrace, order a  Margarita (or two), have some appetizers and be ready to enjoy a great sunset…!

Don’t hesitate to have dinner in their restaurant the Red Knife and meet the chef, Diego. We recommend the meat and the risotto! Both dishes were delicious, the waiters incredibly nice, and the service was excellent.

What we ❤:
– The rooftop bar/ pool & the view
– Excellent service
– The restaurant “Red Knife” – very delicious!

– Breakfast on the terrace

 

 

 

 Allure Chocolat © 2020, Karisma Hotels. All rights reserved.

 

Seeking Tranquilidad – Conrad Hotel, Cartagena

Cartagena, the sun, the colors and, la buena onda …

 

 

At only 15 minutes driving from the old town, the Conrad is an oasis in the middle of nature. Inspired luxury in a world heritage city with warm tropical roots welcomes you just steps away from the Caribbean. Do not waste a moment, upon
At only 15 minutes driving from the old town, the Conrad is an oasis in the middle of nature. Inspired luxury in a world heritage city with warm tropical roots welcomes you just steps away from the Caribbean. Do not waste a moment, upon arrival head down to the expansive Karibana Beach Club, and see the impressive architecture that highlights the calm and the beauty of the setting. The resort offers an 18 hole golf course and a modern gym for those who like to stay active on vacation. After a long day of swimming and golfing in the beautiful sunshine, why not take advantage of their luxurious spa and unwind. The options are endless between, the 4 beachfront pools, seven delectable restaurants, and of course the breathtaking ocean views. 
At only 15 minutes driving from the old town, the Conrad is an oasis in the middle of nature. Inspired luxury in a world heritage city with warm tropical roots welcomes you just steps away from the Caribbean. Do not waste a moment, upon
At only 15 minutes driving from the old town, the Conrad is an oasis in the middle of nature. Inspired luxury in a world heritage city with warm tropical roots welcomes you just steps away from the Caribbean. Do not waste a moment, upon
From the private beach to the beautiful sunset views on the horizon, there is so much to love! So why not grab a margarita by the pool and enjoy the excellent service. The calming atmosphere is almost enough to make you forget you’re in Cartagena…

 

All Photos Courtesy of the Conrad Cartagena By Hilton © 2020 Hilton

Restaurant Interior at Mama Shelter London

Eat Mama, Drink Mama, Sing Mama – Mama Shelter, London

Are you a Londoner looking to pop in for a quick drink or a light meal? Maybe you’re just visiting for business or pleasure and you’re looking to make East London your base for exploring the rest of the city! Whatever your needs, Mama Shelter London is a place to relax, put your feet up and enjoy some great company.

Located just a quick hop from the Cambridge Heath Underground stop, Mama Shelter London is a great spot for an after-work Apéro. They have an outdoor courtyard perfect for when the weather warms up, and plenty of cozy indoor spaces to relax after a long day at work or exploring the city.

We already know you’re probably wondering what kind of snacks you’re going to pair your wine and cocktails with. So we are delighted to say that while the drink menu is full of lovely choices, the team at Mama Shelter London does not disappoint on either front.

They have starters and set menus with all the Buratta, Truffle, and Pesto staples you know and love, but have included some extra treats! Try the Pork Belly Baos or the Cauliflower Potato Samosas for a snack, but if you are really hungry, why not go for the full Apéro Dinatoire? You can grab a pizza to share or even stick with the British classic, Fish and Chips.

With so many choices we’re getting hungry already! The Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner menus are extensive so be sure to check them all out here.

We are sure that after a couple of drink even the shyest among your crew will be ready to step into the Karaoke room! Don’t worry, we have it on good authority that the rooms are soundproof…

I’m ready to book my table and karaoke room right now. We’re sure you must be feeling the same so be sure to check them out next time you’re in the neighborhood. 

See you soon in London!

Mama Shelter London
437 Hackney Rd
London E2 8PP, United Kingdom
Sunday to Thursday: 7 am -12 am
Friday & Saturday: 7am -1am
Karaoke: 12 pm to 12 am 7 days a week

Lost Society Bar Interior

Bottomless Brunch Anyone? – Lost Society, Battersea

Three words London Frenchies: Bottomless Disco Brunch.

Now that we have your attention allow us to introduce you to Lost Society Bar & Restaurant. Located in Battersea (w/another location in Putney), Lost Society has a sumptuously decorated Art Deco interior to welcome diners and partiers alike. With its rich jewel-toned furnishings, you might have just found the perfect backdrop for your next Instagram post!  Maybe you like to keep your movements on the low, and you’re looking for a new spot sink into some cozy chairs with a cute date and a delicious cocktail? Let the team at Lost Society take care of you!

The menu features flavorful dishes and small plates perfect for sharing! Pro tip: Don’t skip the cocktail menu! Gin lovers rejoice, once you’ve had a nice laugh at the pun inspired names be sure to try any of their many gin-based cocktails. That is of course if you make it past the bottomless brunch deal available at the weekend! Their extensive menu is bound to satisfy even the vegan and vegetarians in your group with specials like a vegan cheeseburger with the Beyond Meat Patty, and a delicious twist on avocado toast. Don’t forget to add on your choice of Mimosa or Bubbles.


Not a brunch person? Stop by on a Sunday for a classic Sunday roast, with options to share and add on, you can celebrate this British tradition with a meal that brings everyone together.  Need some more inspiration? Check out their Instagram here! 

Lost Society UK
339 Battersea Park Rd, Battersea,
London SW11 4LS, United Kingdom

Andaz Munich Rooftop Bar

Brunch With a View – Andaz Hyatt Munich

12 Floors above Munich with sweeping views over the city is a brunch spot perfect for special occasions. Let The Andaz Hyatt Munich welcome you to the M’Uniqo Rooftop Bar and their Lazy Sunday!

 

The Andaz Hyatt Munich is located a quick U-Bahn trip away from the Marienplatz and the Altstadt, a great location for both locals and visitors alike. However, M’Uniqo is known for more than just brunch! It is also Munich’s highest bar, offering a roof-top terrace with panoramic views on the horizon and over the Alps.

Be sure to stop by at any time of the day to take advantage of all the dining options available in this chic & trendy spot. First, hit The Andaz Lounge Bar known as their mixology heaven featuring cocktails specially crafted by their skilled bartenders.  After grabbing a quick apéro in the lounge, head over to The Lonely Broccoli, Munich’s first Modern Meat House. The menu features some bavarian staples, and eclectic complimentary dishes to ensure everyone leaves happy. Truffle Mashed Potatoes anyone?!

Don’t have time to stop by for dinner? Why not check out the Bicicletta for a relaxed Italian style coffee or Café M for deli style takeaway options.
Our very own Munich Ambassador Laurianne stopped by to check out all of their brunch offerings and had rave reviews! She says: Come prepared hungry and patient as the brunch is popular, so it will take a moment to get the attention of your server. The food is delicious and the setting is incredible, but be aware that you may experience a bit of a wait as service works to keep up with the demands of everyone in the room.

Andaz Munich Schwabinger Tor
Leopoldstraße 170,
80804 München, Germany