About EmmaRaphael

Emma Raphael left the UK for Copenhagen in 2009, with her ever-patient husband and two small children. Having enjoyed a couple of years in Scandinavia, Emma and her family found they enjoyed Expat life so much that they now reside in Munich – where the pace of life is relaxed, her language skills are small, and the mountains and bier halls are very large. Being one half of a self-proclaimed foodie couple, Emma enjoys the new produce and restaurants in each new country she resides in, and has made it her mission to convince people that English food no longer deserves the bad rap it once had. She can be found in the kitchen when she’s feeling homesick, trying to recreate comfort food from home. She also has huge passions for travel, photography, art, wine, gardening (although according to her Bavarian neighbours, she’s not much good at that!) and her family (of course)!

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Expat Round-up: Easter & other holidays

A short-ish Expat round up from me this month as we scramble to get ready for the Easter hols.     Most Expats surrender to the mass exodus during any lengthy holiday period, packing up and shipping out for a week or two.  And although for those of us left behind it can seem a […]

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Expat Round-up: Travel on your doorstep

One of the big advantages of being an Expat is that you often have destinations on your doorstep that others have to spend hours (and quite a lot of money) travelling to.   I look on it as compensation for a life at times I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen!   Even as I write this, […]

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Expat Round-up: A new year

Happy happy New Year!   Sorry – bit of a big break there in the Expat Round up,  caused mostly by the expected arrival of my third baby in the middle of October, and an unexpected hospital stay for me afterwards…  This was followed by countless guests we have had to stay since (14 in total!!) […]

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Expat Round-up: It’s not you, it’s me…

Apologies for the brief interlude! August is typically the busiest month in the life of an Expat, with summer travel coming to an end and the daily cycle of life in a foreign land beginning all over again. Add to that an extreme heatwave here with only a few weeks of pregnancy to go, and […]

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BritMums Expat Round-up: Summer as an Expat

The summer holidays are upon a lot of us international schoolers already. While most of us dream of calm days stretching out ahead in order to relax and unwind, the reality of an expat’s life is very different. More often than not what actually lies ahead is hour upon hour of manic visiting – which […]

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BritMums Expat Round-up – Summer leaving

Can you believe we are almost half the way through the year already? The advent of summer (hopefully – fingers crossed!) brings with it many mixed feelings for Expats (both long-term and short-term), because this time of year also brings with it many an end of contract. Many find themselves packing up and moving on to […]

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BritMums Expat Round up: Repatriation Blues

With Small Person No. 3 beginning to make his/her presence felt in the safe environs of my ever-expanding belly, general pregnancy related insomnia has had me pondering many an Expat related question recently, such as:   “Can I cope with having a baby abroad?”, “Wouldn’t it just be easier to go home?”, “What if we […]

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An All New Expat Round-up: Copenhagen, Tasmania, Canada and Boston!

As much as I have loved it, after three years of writing the Foodie Round up, it was time for a change. Having handed back the gourmet reins to the very capable Mari, I am ready and raring to go for this, my new monthly Expat Round up.   Having lived abroad for the past five […]

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January Foodie Round-up: Food trends, cakes and goodbyes

Welcome 2015! Food wise, I wonder what trends it shall bring. With 2014 came the popularity of all things kale, around 26 million pulled pork recipes and plenty of foods with purported health giving properties such as acai berries and chia seeds. Having done a little research, I can confidently predict that 2015 will be […]

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Christmas Foodie Round-up: Spiced cider baked ham, pickled roast veggies and chilli jam

Be prepared to loosen your belts a little, this round-up is about as big and indulgent as you might imagine a Christmas round-up to be! I am going to jump straight in, so I’ll start with the savoury, with Taming Twins Spiced Cider Baked Ham, it wouldn’t be Christmas in our house without one! Mari’s […]

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November Foodie Round-up: Winter warmers

The mountains are already covered with snow down here in Bavaria, there’s no turning back. Winter’s here and I like to think I am ready for once (perhaps!). The snow tyres are on the car, two sets of new school snow boots are ready for the kids, and there’s a fresh stack of wood for […]

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BritMums Foodie Round-up: October food

There were so many great recipes left on the linky after September’s Foodie Round up – thank you! As proof that I really do read them all and appreciate every single one, this round-up is mostly dedicated to them. That and Halloween – you have to have a few Halloween recipes in October don’t you? […]

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BritMums Foodie Round Up: September selection

This time of year is full of changes – Summer has just about departed, but it’s not quite Autumn yet either. The return to school is upon us, and, as much as I hate to mention it, the evenings are definitely beginning to draw in aren’t they? Or is it just me? It’s not all […]

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Summery Seasonal Foodie Round-up: August

I think this has to be my favourite food season of the entire year!  Full of  sunshine (if we are lucky!), barbecues, picnics, festivals, and pick your own – not to mention birthdays in my house, so of course it means cake too! Let’s start with some Afternoon Tea Inspiration from Beach Hut Cook, I think […]

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July Foodie Round-up: Travel eats

I would like to start the July Foodie Round-up by wishing this year’s Foodie BiB winner a huge congratulations!  Lucy Parissi’s Supergolden Bakes is not only visually stunning, but her delicious and original recipes will ruin the will-power of the hardiest dieters – I guarantee it! Very well deserved! Two of my favourite recipes of […]

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June Foodie Round-up: BiB finalists and football food

With June already in full swing, it’s going to be an exciting month. Not only does it promise plenty of summer sunshine (fingers crossed!), but the world is waiting for the Football World Cup to start, and of course we have BritMums Live just around the corner!! Congratulations to those Food Bloggers that made the […]

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Rome: Top 10 tips for families

1. The Colosseum. What visit to Rome would be complete without seeing this? Your mini-gladiators will love it and all of its 2000 year old gory history!  Hire an audio phone to find out exactly what it is you are looking at whilst you are wandering, or go on a tour with an Arena Guide (this […]

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Foodie Round-up: May – BiB’s Short list!!

So that’s it – the short lists for this year’s BiB’s are now well and truly out in the ether!   At this point in time you have three days (yes, three days!!)  left to place your all important votes for those you wish to see in the finals if you haven’t already done so!… […]

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