Cocktails at KofferRaum

(Apologies in advance for the quality of some of the photos in this post… my camera appears to be failing on me, and now utterly refuses to focus on anything at all!)

As I mentioned in my last post, Friday was the 8-year anniversary of me moving to Karlsruhe! When Jan suggested going out for a drink that night, I don’t think he was intending it as a celebration of that fact, but I’ll take any excuse 😉 Most of our friends were busy or out of town, so it ended up being Jan, K and I. We decided to go to KofferRaum – a popular cocktail bar in town – and by some miracle we actually got in! I think this was our fourth try… every other time it was completely full, and we were either told “not tonight” or “maybe try again in an hour?”. This time we got lucky… with only three of us, we were able to squish into a little corner by the bar. We were positioned next to a little “window” (well, gap in the wall), where you could see through to behind the wall, so of course my first act was to take a photo of the alcohol next to us.

The Union Jack bottle contains Beefeater gin infused with saffron
The Union Jack bottle contains Beefeater gin infused with saffron

Fun fact: Kofferraum is German for the booto (trunk) of a car. It is made up of the two words Koffer, meaning suitcase, and Raum, meaning room or space. Jan told me the owner of the bar’s surname is Koffer, so there’s a bit of a play on words going on there. And there were suitcases standing at various points in the room, obviously 😉

I don’t actually remember the names of any of the cocktails we had, but here’s a photo of Jan’s and my first ones. Mine is on the right… I remember it contained run and passionfruit juice, but that’s it. It tasted very nice though.

cocktails

I also had to take a photo of the top of my friend’s first drink because I’m a sucker for cutsey things and her apple slices had tiny hearts cut into them. All together now… “awww!”

How cute?
How cute?

Later, Jan decided he felt a bit peckish and ordered some food. At the other cocktail bar we like, the snacks include nachos… but nothing so common for KofferRaum 😉 He ordered some Italian sausage with parmesan, and this is what arrived:

KofferRaum

And very tasty it was, too!

The cocktails at KofferRaum are more expensive than at other places in Karlsruhe (between €8 and €11 euros each), but they are all made using the very best alcohol and things like fresh herbs (my second cocktail contained a large sprig of fresh sage), so you get what you pay for. The waiters also come around with free cucumber-infused tap water for all guests… usually unheard of in Germany!

If you’d like to go to KofferRaum on a weekend, I highly recommend turning up early otherwise you will not find a place to sit! (And it’s not the kind of place where you can just stand anywhere). You’ll find Hirschstraße 17 (south of Europaplatz) and they’re open from 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Be warned, the cocktails are all quite strong, but at that price you’ll probably be wanting to pace yourself anyway!

Friday letters – the OMG it’s September edition!

Just how is it September already? I know I’ve said that practically every month this year, but seriously, how?! On Monday, my little brother turned 8 and it was 5 years since I started working at my current company. Five years! That’s longer than it took to complete my Bachelor’s degree! It’s also 8 years today since I moved to Germany “properly” rather than just for an exchange year (if you’re wondering how I know that so precisely, I checked the diary I kept back then ;-)). I can’t believe I’ve actually managed to stay in one place for this long without getting restless! Anyway, enough of my rambling… it’s Friday, so letters is probably what you’ve come here for. Here you are:

Friday letters

Dear September. I sincerely hope you pass by slower than you arrived. I’m not ready for it to officially be autumn yet! (Although according to the weather, autumn actually arrived about a month ago…)

Dear little brother. I hope you enjoyed your birthday and liked your present.

Dear German supermarkets. Displays of Lebkuchen and Spekulatius are not acceptable at this time! At least wait until the kids go back to school before you start trying to wish Christmas upon us!

Dear Taiwan. I hope I get to visit you again some day… a week just wasn’t enough time to explore! We didn’t even get to see all of what Taipei had to offer, not to mention the fact that we only made it half way down the country!

Dear bubble tea. I tried you because when in Rome (err, Taiwan) and all that, but I definitely don’t need to experience you again. So weird!

Dear work printer. I do not appreciate your decision to eat paper rather than printing on it! Half an hour to sort out a jam was not in the plan for my first week back at work. Let’s hope our IT guy can fix it, or I’ll be running up and down stairs every time I need to print until we’re able to purchase a new one…

Dear Facebook. Has it ever occurred to you that if I upload photos in a certain order it’s because I want them to be in that order? Stop changing them around!!

Happy weekend everyone! I hope you all have a great one, and that the weather where you are is better than here! (It’s supposed to improve at some point… I’ll believe it when it happens!)

~ I’m linking up with Kate again for Daily Diaries! ~