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Salzburger Glühwein

Glühwein, or mulled wine as it is called in the US, is arguably one of the most-liked drinks of the holiday season in Austria and parts of Germany. In this article, I’ll show you how you can easily make Glühwein at home. If you don’t feel like making Glühwein yourself, I’ll tell you where you can buy a read-to-drink mix. In case you wonder, it’s pronounced “GLU-vine”.

Glühwein – a traditional Austrian drink

Glühwein is hot red wine, mixed with spices and it is consumed primarily during the cold season when the Christmas markets open in late November. It tastes best when it is freezing outside, and you can warm up your hands on the hot cup.…

Holiday Gift Guide

If you are anything like my wife, who struggles with deciding what to give me for Christmas or my birthday and who ignores me every year when I say “I don’t need anything mi amor“, this holiday gift guide is for you.

I am pretty simple when it comes to gifts. I like anything Apple makes but unfortunately, I have almost everything Apple makes. Hmm…now I understand why my wife is struggling 🙂

Regardless, below are some gift ideas in various price categories that would make me happy or that made me happy when I got them.

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide: Stemless Fountain Aerating Wine Glass Set

Stemless Fountain Aerating Wine Glass Set

Pour your favorite vintage into the central cell of these stemless goblets, and watch as it cascades into the glass, instantly releasing the wine’s full potential of flavors and aromas.

Lightning strike - surge protector

Most electronic devices are very sensitive to electrical power surges and can get easily damaged if one occurs. So it’s a smart idea to invest in a good surge protector. But if you make the same mistake I made, you may still end up with damaged equipment.

We have had a lot of thunderstorms and rain over the past couple of weeks in Georgia. But I wasn’t worried, because most of the electronic devices in our household are either connected to an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) or a surge protector. I have two APC Back UPS Pro 1500 units in my home office and one in the family room.…

I have to admit, customer service in the US is top-notch compared to good old Europe. That’s at least the experience I have made since I came here eight years ago. The only companies I have had issues with worth mentioning are Comcast (no surprise there), Intuit (makers of Quicken and Quickbooks) and Comenity Bank (issuer of the Pottery Barn Credit Card). Just recently, I added Home Depot to the list of companies I had a very unpleasant customer experience with.


It all began in February when Kathy and I started shopping for replacement windows and door. We stopped by our local Home Depot Store (#149) and sat down with a gentleman from the milling department (I call him Jimmy in this post because I don’t remember his real name) who scheduled a free in-home inspection to take measurements.…