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Linda Tripp opens authentic German market in Middleburg
Zwire ^ | 12/22/05

Posted on 12/22/2005 9:03:52 AM PST by areafiftyone

12/20/2005

The bratwurst served at Weihnachts Markt is authentic German sausage.

Weihnachts Markt is a traditional German Christmas market plunked down along the Middleburg's main drag.

Middleburg resident Linda Tripp (yes, of Clinton scandal fame) and her husband, German architect Dieter Rausch, are serving up bratwurst and other German delights to hungry, if not curious, passersby.



Weihnachts Markt

Where: In the garden of The Noble House, 101 W. Washington St., Middleburg

When: Daily, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through December, except Christmas Day.

Offerings: Bratwurst, 'weisswurst,' stollen, hot apple cider, nuts and various German confections

Contact: (540) 687-3665 or http://www.christmassleigh.com



Bratwurst
for the holidays
Longtime sweethearts Tripp and Rausch were married last year. They split their time between Middleburg and Germany, where they also have a home.

The couple opened their "magical" little house of treats three years ago. They took last holiday season off, much to the chagrin of many loyal patrons, and reopened for a second season this year.

Weihnachts, which means "Christmas" in German, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day during December except Christmas Day. It closes for the season after New Year's Day.

"People love it," Tripp said, peeking out from under a wide-brimmed hat. "They come from far and wide."

She added that customers have traveled all the way from New York for a taste of their authentic German bratwurst, which comes directly from a German butcher.

True German bratwurst is much longer and skinnier than what people are used to here in the United States. The sausage hangs off both ends of the bun and it's never topped off with sauteed onions and peppers -- that's an American tradition.

Lederhosen-wearing Rausch, who moved here from Frankfurt, Germany four years ago, smothers his bratwurst in yellow mustard from a large ceramic canister.

Germans dip the bun in mustard and eat it on the side instead of as a sandwich, Tripp said.

She gobbles down "weisswurst," a white sausage typical of Munich that's boiled, not grilled.

Besides sausage, Weihnachts offers hot mulled apple cider; stollen (a rich bread-like cake sometimes containing dried citrus peel, dried fruit, nuts and spices); toasted and chocolate-covered almonds; bottled water, sodas and a variety of other German confections.

Rausch designed and built the tiny, red-and-green market house that's decked out for the season in festive greenery, lights and ornaments. A black, red and yellow German flag hangs outside on the gate.

Look for Weihnachts Markt on the grassy patch in front of The Noble House (101 W. Washington Street), just beyond the intersection of Washington and Madison streets heading west.

It's kitty-cornered from Tripp and Rausch's year-round Christmas store, The Christmas Sleigh.

In the future, Tripp said she hopes to operate several more miniature holiday houses around town, and perhaps in Leesburg. Her hope is to bring German holiday traditions home to the United States.

E-mail the reporter: bbo


TOPICS: Germany; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: lindatripp; loudoun; middleburg
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Congratulations Linda Tripp! Hope your business is a success!
1 posted on 12/22/2005 9:03:54 AM PST by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone

Ser gute!........


2 posted on 12/22/2005 9:04:42 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: areafiftyone

Too bad it's in Middleburg. Pound-for-pound, there are probably more snobs in Middleburg that any other country town in America.

This restaurant sounds just outre enough to work - for a while.


3 posted on 12/22/2005 9:06:14 AM PST by RexBeach ("The rest of the world is three drinks behind." -Humphrey Bogart)
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To: areafiftyone

Good for her!!


4 posted on 12/22/2005 9:06:25 AM PST by fml
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To: Red Badger

Maybe she should sell politically-related products such as "Clinton cocktail-weenies".


5 posted on 12/22/2005 9:06:39 AM PST by kromike
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To: kromike

with Blue Nun...........


6 posted on 12/22/2005 9:07:58 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: areafiftyone

Linda Tripp is a beautiful, courageous lady. I hope she is very happy.


7 posted on 12/22/2005 9:08:38 AM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: RexBeach

Not having gone to the link, what state are we talking about?


8 posted on 12/22/2005 9:08:39 AM PST by ErnBatavia (I post in slang..live with it or ignore it - reader's choice.)
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To: Red Badger
Ser gute!........

Meinen Sie, "Sehr gut"?

9 posted on 12/22/2005 9:09:16 AM PST by Mogollon
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To: areafiftyone
Glad to see her sucess in "The Dreaded Private Sector".
10 posted on 12/22/2005 9:10:36 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: areafiftyone
Linda, I applaud your entrepreneurial spirit.

However, to put a bratwurst on a hot dog bun is a frickin travesty! Shame on you! Use authentic brotchen and watch your sales ZOOM!

Brotchen

11 posted on 12/22/2005 9:11:18 AM PST by American_Centurion (A liberal is a socialist who isn't quite willing to get blood on his hands yet. -KarlInOhio)
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To: areafiftyone
Damn...this has been my idea for a while now.

The DC metro region has a serious lack of German restaurants. I know of 2, one being near Annapolis (so not in the DC area at all ;) ), and they both suck.
12 posted on 12/22/2005 9:11:59 AM PST by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: ErnBatavia

Virginia, of course. Middleburg is a very charming, historic town an hour west of Washington DC. But as Rex notes, it's full of the newly rich, the "dressage queens," who are far more snobbish than the old Virginia families in the surrounding countryside.


13 posted on 12/22/2005 9:12:12 AM PST by Capriole (I don't have any problems that can't be solved by more chocolate or more ammunition.)
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To: Mogollon

ya!.......


14 posted on 12/22/2005 9:12:13 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him)
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To: areafiftyone

Hi Linda, hope things are going well for you.


15 posted on 12/22/2005 9:12:17 AM PST by McGruff
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To: American_Centurion

Though I know about brotchen, I obviously don't know how to properly link. UGH!

http://bread.allrecipes.com/az/GermanBrotchenRolls.asp


16 posted on 12/22/2005 9:14:54 AM PST by American_Centurion (A liberal is a socialist who isn't quite willing to get blood on his hands yet. -KarlInOhio)
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To: areafiftyone

Brats!

I was born in Wisconsin, so I'm used to the American version - thick and squatty, served on an over sized roll after being simmered with beer & onions and grilled on low heat. Chopped onions, chopped pickles, ketchup and mustard. Used to do just kraut but like better all the way now.

http://www.bratwurstpages.com/brats.html


17 posted on 12/22/2005 9:15:24 AM PST by Sax
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To: areafiftyone
Germans dip the bun in mustard and eat it on the side instead of as a sandwich, Tripp said.

No, they do the sandwich thing, too, but dip the whole thing in the mustard rather than put the mustard on it.

She gobbles down "weisswurst," a white sausage typical of Munich that's boiled, not grilled.

And you can get grilled weiswurst pretty much anywhere, at least in central-northern Germany, and hubby is from there.

I'll know they're really authentic if the fries come only with either mayonnaise or curry-ketchup. Anyway, I'm hungry now.

18 posted on 12/22/2005 9:15:31 AM PST by antiRepublicrat
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To: tfecw
My wife and I recently moved to the Reading PA area, which has a historically German influence. But there's only one German restaurant that I know of, called The Alpenhoff, and it stinks. They used instant potatoes for cripes sake!
19 posted on 12/22/2005 9:16:31 AM PST by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: Sax

"like IT better" - don't want the grammer police comin' after me!


20 posted on 12/22/2005 9:16:52 AM PST by Sax
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To: Sax

DRAT THIS POST IS MAKING ME HUNGRY!


21 posted on 12/22/2005 9:17:13 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: antiRepublicrat

"I'll know they're really authentic if the fries come only with either mayonnaise or curry-ketchup. Anyway, I'm hungry now."

Yeah fries with mayo rock. I don't know why it hasn't taken off here. They look at me like I'm a mental patient when I ask for mayo packets at McDonalds.


22 posted on 12/22/2005 9:18:21 AM PST by exile (Exile - Helen Thomas tried to lure me into her Gingerbread House.)
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To: areafiftyone

Monica Lewinsky, Linda Tripp and probably several others are alive today because Tripp had the wisdom to tape Lewinsky's confessions.
Tripp was the last person to see Vince Foster alive.
I never saw anyone so unfairly trashed by the media, but they had to do all they could for their boy Bill.
What they did to Linda Tripp was disgusting.


23 posted on 12/22/2005 9:19:45 AM PST by jjmcgo
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To: areafiftyone

I wonder if they have the real black pumpernickle. I once got and it tasted great but have never been able to find it again.


24 posted on 12/22/2005 9:19:54 AM PST by Dante3
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To: areafiftyone

"She gobbles down 'weisswurst,' a white sausage..."

Wonder if Monica taught her that trick. ;-)


25 posted on 12/22/2005 9:20:10 AM PST by peyton randolph (<a href="http://clinton.senate.gov/">shrew</a>)
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To: areafiftyone

I'll stop by her place tomorrow.


26 posted on 12/22/2005 9:20:25 AM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Oops. The Commonwealth of Virginia. Middleburg, geographically, is quite beautiful. It's out in the so-called "hunt country". It's only about 60 miles or so from DC.


27 posted on 12/22/2005 9:20:48 AM PST by RexBeach ("The rest of the world is three drinks behind." -Humphrey Bogart)
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To: tfecw

We used to have a fine one in Baltimore, Haussner's, but it closed a few years back.

I will have to say, though, that on the haute cuisine scale, German food might be a few rungs down from the top of the ladder.


28 posted on 12/22/2005 9:21:24 AM PST by dmz
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To: American_Centurion

How about Pom Frites.....Germany has the best french fries in the world...now I am hungry


29 posted on 12/22/2005 9:22:10 AM PST by RVN Airplane Driver (Most Americans are so spoiled with freedom they have no idea what it takes to earn and keep it.)
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To: Apple Blossom

ping


30 posted on 12/22/2005 9:23:22 AM PST by bmwcyle (Evolution is a myth -- Libertarians just won't evolve into Conservatives.)
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To: Sax
I was born in Wisconsin, so I'm used to the American version - thick and squatty, served on an over sized roll after being simmered with beer & onions and grilled on low heat.

I'm drooling so badly my keyboard is soaked. Oh, how I miss Summertime and a nice, juicy rack of beer brats on the outdoor grill!
31 posted on 12/22/2005 9:23:35 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (Darwinism is a belief in the meaninglessness of existence - R. Kirk)
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To: tfecw

For the best wurst in the Dallas (TX) area, go to Kuby's
Sausage House at 6601 Snider Plaza in Dallas. Deli loaded
with German goodies and sweets.


32 posted on 12/22/2005 9:24:17 AM PST by kkalman
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To: areafiftyone
I bet she would do a brisk business if she also sold Monica Lewinsky handbags.
33 posted on 12/22/2005 9:38:13 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: The_Media_never_lie
Linda Tripp is a beautiful, courageous lady. I hope she is very happy.

We all agree she's courageous, but let's not overdo it.

34 posted on 12/22/2005 9:39:23 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: areafiftyone

That may be authentic Bratwurst, but one doesn't eat authentic Bratwurst in a hot dog bun. One of my favorite memories of growing up is strolling throught the local Weihnachtsmarkt eating Bratwurst in Brötchen (only one end of the bratwurst sticks out, there's only one hole in Brötchen) with the smell of Gluwein in the air and the local choir singing German carols. I'm hungry.


35 posted on 12/22/2005 9:43:37 AM PST by loreldan (Lincoln, Reagan, & G. W. Bush - the cure for Democrat lunacy.)
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To: kkalman
If it has a Bäckerei I may consider a move ;)
36 posted on 12/22/2005 9:45:23 AM PST by tfecw (It's for the children)
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To: ElkGroveDan

She's a lot better looking since the plastic surgery.


37 posted on 12/22/2005 9:46:19 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: ElkGroveDan
She's made quite an improvement in herself...


38 posted on 12/22/2005 9:47:05 AM PST by Dark Skies ("A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants." -- Churchill)
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To: areafiftyone

God bless her. She is a hero and deserves good things.


39 posted on 12/22/2005 9:49:13 AM PST by Rapscallion (They're no longer Americans; they're democrats.)
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To: Rapscallion

Yes she does. Also Congrats on her wedding too. Looks like things are turning around for her big time. Glad to see it. She's been thru so much! God Bless her!


40 posted on 12/22/2005 9:54:24 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: loreldan

LOL I'm hungry too. Time for lunch. ((((sigh))) looks like the salad bar for me though! LOL


41 posted on 12/22/2005 9:55:37 AM PST by areafiftyone (Politicians Are Like Diapers, Both Need To Be Changed Often And For The Same Reason!)
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To: tfecw

Have you tried the Old Europe up on Wisconsin Ave nea?
Its been 15 years since the wife and I have been there, but it used to be a good place for German dining.

http://www.old-europe.com/

Jack


42 posted on 12/22/2005 9:55:37 AM PST by JackOfVA
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To: areafiftyone

She should open a mail order branch of the German store. I'd buy.


43 posted on 12/22/2005 9:57:15 AM PST by BunnySlippers (Happy Festivus!)
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To: tfecw

Also forgot to mention there's a decent German deli in Falls Church. Good line of German products, including lots of sausages. I even found some Dusseldorf Alt beer there.

It's the "German Gourmet" at 7185 Lee Hwy. Watch where you park, one of the nearby business owners is quick to call a tow truck if you use his parking area to visit any other business.


Jack


44 posted on 12/22/2005 10:06:09 AM PST by JackOfVA
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To: Dark Skies

Wasn't she the doctor on Star Trek, the Next Generation?


45 posted on 12/22/2005 10:13:08 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: linda_22003
Is that you, Linda?

=)

46 posted on 12/22/2005 10:14:33 AM PST by SquirrelKing
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To: JackOfVA

I am sure the places you recommend are good....but the debt of gratitude we owe to Linda makes it quite worthwhile for us FReepers to stop by the store and if possible buy something. She is a woman of immense courage.


47 posted on 12/22/2005 10:17:50 AM PST by Rapscallion (They're no longer Americans; they're democrats.)
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To: The_Media_never_lie

beautiful? Come on now, we all thankful for her assistance in getting President Clinton impeached, but let's not go overboard. That women is one of the most ugliest women out there. But, hopefully she will at least get some customers in her market. No Dems will be going that is for sure.


48 posted on 12/22/2005 10:22:32 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: SquirrelKing

Well, I'm not THAT Linda. She would be "linda_20118". :)


49 posted on 12/22/2005 10:28:57 AM PST by linda_22003
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To: Rapscallion

Agreed--Linda deserves support.

However, the places I mentioned are open year round, unlike Linda's December-only operation.

Plus, it's about 50 miles from Middleburg to the DC suburbs.


Jack


50 posted on 12/22/2005 10:33:24 AM PST by JackOfVA
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