I was searching the internet for "cooking schools" for cousin Terry and myself.
Both of us love to cook and are very keen to get started on some classes.
I thought it best to start close to home in Stuttgart and found a hotel/ restaurant
that also offered cooking classes.
I was most intrigued by the name.
It's called Der Zauberlehring
or in English, The Magician's Apprentice.
Mac and I decided to try the restaurant out with our friend Aimee.
After all, if the food wasn't good, we wouldn't want to take a
"cookery" course, now would we?
Der Zauberlehring is listed in
Best of Europe
It did not disappoint with it's funky entry
(they all don't have round beds)
and smallish but, lovely restaurant.
There seemed to be a bit of "magic" around every corner.
In the ladies room, the sink had lighting to show you
the water was getting warm.
It started with the blue light in the center of the faucet
which, then turned pink as it warmed and bright red when the water was hot.
(click on the picture to enlarge if it's hard for you to see)
It was MAGIC from the start of the meal with
the aperitif called the
(translated it means Magic drink)
and the infinity candle at our table.
Saturday and Sundays the restaurant has a set menu so we knew they would just bring out the food.
Our hors D'ouvres were lovely. We ate them with our fingers.
It was then we noticed there were no napkins on the table.
When we walked in, we discovered what looked to be an after dinner mint at our
place setting but,
after the hors D'ouvres, the waiter came to the table and poured some drops of hot water over the tablet.
A hot, moist towelette like you get on airplanes.
A bit of magic!
Our table was then presented the menu for the evening.
They served a lovely pâté to go with the
bread, as well as some infused olive oils.
Next came the
Shrimp with grilled melon covered in the lightest foam of a vanilla sauce.
Aimee and I vote this the best TASTE of the evening.
On to the soup.
A beautiful red beet soup with the slightest hint of
It was yum!
Our main course was pork from the neck of the pig. Very tender!
Potato soufflé and a bean cassoulet with the tiny pieces of
chorizo sausage which gave it a real zing.
Dessert was a mound of chocolate with a surprise inside.
A passion fruit filling.
We will definately be taking the cooking class here Terry!
Aimee and I say for more information on the hotel and
cookery courses go to
Mac gives the restaurant 2 thumbs up and says to tell you,
"You will find the Zauberlehring located at