I had a spontaneous trip to Anne-Marie's today, home of a German friend, a two-year-old, a fun Welsh British man, and a delightful American expat. Made dinner together (the two-year-old was a huge help, of course): butternut squash risotto with spinach and pine nuts. Had a very varied dinner conversation: horror books and films, Israeli-Palestinian-American politics, gender quotas in politics and businesses.
I am now the proud owner of a Herman. "Herman" is a German friendship cake - see http://www.hermanthegermanfriendshipcake.com/ for information on my newest small project.