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Happy Fourth of July!  It’s really nice to be saying that from home in San Francisco.  I’m crossing my fingers that fireworks tonight will not be impaired by the fog…but on July 4th, that is notoriously San Francisco!

Ok, enough chatter…

On the evening of bf’s birthday we dined at the charming, family-run, Restaurant Landgasthof Brechtmann, in the neighboring town of Schürsdorf.

As it is situated off the beaten path deep in a residential neighborhood, I’m not sure how tourists could possibly find this gem of a restaurant.  But, let me tell you, it is worth the hunt if you’re ever in the vicinity.

The specialty of the house is muscovy duck sourced from Lower Saxony and they are cooked to absolute per-fec-tion!

I started with Entenkraftbrühe mit Sherry und knuspriger Frühlingsrolle – duck consommé with sherry & duck fried egg rolls.  It really hit the spot as I was sporting a little cough that evening.

Bf’s appetizer was gebratene Entenleber über Apfel-Pfeffer-Kompott mit buntem Gartensalat –  roasted duck liver over apple compote with fresh garden greens.  We always taste (and sometimes take over) each others food, so this was exactly what one would expect…artery clogging goodness.

We chose the same entreé, 1/2 Ofenfrische Flugente „KROSS GEBRATEN“ an Calvadosrahmsauce mit gemischtem Salat und Kartoffelrösti – 1/2 fresh from the oven muscovy duck with calvados sauce and noodles (or spätzle).  Calvados is a apple brandy.  You can imagine how well this sauce pairs with duck.  Also, this was, hands down, some of the best spätzle I have ever had – tender and buttery, with crispy bits.

They carve the duck table side lickety-split!

Since we had small children with us, we ended our fabulous meal at the restaurant to return home for…more cake.  More.  Yup, that’s how we roll (pun intended).

Black Forest Cherry Cake or Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.

Please don’t confuse this with German chocolate cake (nothing against it, just not to my taste).  This cake is eleganty light and, surprisingly, not too sweet.  Fantastic!  Coming from someone that does not normally have a sweet tooth, I ate a slice of this cake 3 times in the span of 5 days.