Wednesday, November 11, 2009

When in Rome, err, Germany . . . err, Florence

Happy Veteran’s Day, TMF’H readers. Since we’re auditing a credit union, and they were closed today, guess who worked from their hotel room today??? It was actually a pretty nice way to spend a Wednesday (I did have a window to look out), and my roomie and I took a field trip to UNA’s campus after lunch to see the lions. That’s right. The University of North Alabama is the only university in the country to have live Lion mascots living on campus.

For dinner, the team went to Hannelore’s Bratpfanne German Restaurant for some authentic deutsch food. In addition to some tasty German beer, I had the Beef Rouladen with a side of Kartoffel (potato dumplings) and red cabbage. Definitely tasted authentic (or at least non-Americanized)!!

Today I also saw a flyer for the 3/50 Project. It’s basically an idea is to commit $50 each month to locally owned businesses. They say that If just half the employed U.S. population spent $50 each month in independently owned businesses, their purchases would generate more than $42.6 billion in revenue (statistics courtesy U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2/6/2009). And for every $100 spent in independently owned stores, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll, and other expenditures. If you spend that in a national chain, only $43 stays here. Spend it online and nothing comes home.

So next time you’re in Florence, AL check out Hannelore’s. And try the German chocolate cake. It’s schmackhafte and good for the community!

PS – the Hood Internet’s R. Kelly (feat. Keri Hilson) vs Sally Shapiro - Number One Christmas is the Scheiße!!! Seriously, why haven’t you downloaded that mixtape!?!?!?


jccvi said...

I had a nice day in the Shoals area when E's best friend got married in Russellville. It seemed like a nice place. Tuscumbia had a really nice Downtown that was full of young families.

Did you ever eat at Erika's Downtown? It had the best selection breads that they'd bring to the table with perfectly room temperature butter. Pair that with sauerbraten and sauerkraut or an assortment of wursten and you would get NOTHING done at work that afternoon. Mind you, this is without beer.

It's hard to beat german food for heartiness.

A said...

oh man, the first audit i ever worked on was in Red Bay (we stayed in Russellville). i don't think i've ever had that much (deliciously) fried catfish in one 2 week period.

never made it to Erika's . . . wasn't there a "famous" German/Hamburger place downtown?? that might be Erika's?

jccvi said...

Elliot's, the famous burger place, is right down the street from where Erika's was. I've always found Elliot's to be almost exactly like Danver's taste wise (they even have a salad bar to dress the burgers), which is not at all a bad thing, just not transcendent like a burger for Dyer's, Tops, or Alex's Tavern.