13 Authentic German Recipes That Go Way Beyond Bratwurst

Bratwurst is great, but there's a lot of other German food worth talking about. For most of the year, Germany is a pretty cold place, so the traditional fare includes all the delicious meaty, potato-y, and cabbage-filled dishes you’d expect. Their salty, crispy schnitzel and potato pancakes put our fries and nuggets to shame. And they don’t skimp on dessert either — the Germans really do love Black Forest cherry cake (or Schwarzwald kirsche kuchen, as it’s known there), and they make pudding better than anyone else in the world. Here are 13 classic German recipes that’ll make you want to book a trip straight to Frankfurt.
Spaetzle: This eggy noodle dish is like the German equivalent of mac and cheese — eating it feels like home, even if you aren't German. (via The Wanderlust Kitchen)
Pork Schnitzel: Schnitzel may sound intimidating, but it's actually super easy to make. One special tool you'll need is a meat tenderizer, which you'll use to pound the pork chops until they're nice and thin. (via Natasha's Kitchen)
Grießpudding: This treat is so German, you can only find recipes for it on German blogs. A type of semolina pudding, it's a sweet dream and eating it is like taking a bite of a cloud. (via Kleiner Kuriositätenladen)
Laugenbrezel: It's impossible not to include pretzels in a roundup of German food. These ones are especially delicious, because they're made with beer, malt syrup, and lots of butter, all of which make them softer than the ballpark pretzels you might be used to. (via Olivia's Cuisine)
Rouladen: This recipe comes straight from food blogger Livin' the Pie Life's German grandma, or Oma as she calls her. It's comprised of beef rolled up with bacon, onions, and mustard, and finished off with sour cream. If that doesn't sound amazing, we don't know what does. (via Livin' the Pie Life)
Schwarzwald Kirsche Kuchen: The original Black Forest cake comes straight from the region surrounding the actual Black Forest. Though this recipe isn't that authentic, it comes as close as possible to what the versions you might eat in Germany taste like. (via Also the Crumbs Please)
Rote Grütze: In German, the word "rote" means red, and this dessert is all about the red berries. In this recipe, a mix of raspberries and blackberries are stewed with sugar, brandy, and a bit of vanilla, then topped with a luscious vanilla cream sauce. (via Stellar Ash)
Kartoffelpuffer: These potato pancakes are actually super easy to make and no more challenging than a basic batch of latkes. (via The Culture Dish)
Dutch Baby: Dutch baby is a bit of a misnomer. If you ask any German, they'll tell you that they created this breakfast favorite, not the Dutch. It's great plain as featured above, and even better topped with syrup, fruit, and whipped cream. Maybe even try topping it with that rote grütze. (via Lovely Little Kitchen)
Apfelstreusel: Germans and Americans aren't so different after all — we both adore apple desserts like the apple streudel featured here. (via Plated Cravings)
Kartoffelsalat: German potato salad is different from what we have in America, because it doesn't use mayo. Instead, it combines potatoes (FYI that's kartoffeln in German) with bacon, mustard, a bit of sugar, and garlic to create a dish that's at once sweet, savory, and little spicy. (via Five Heart Home)
Sauerkraut: Once you perfect this famous recipe, you can practically consider yourself a German. (via Earth Food and Fire)
Sauerbraten: What makes this German pot roast different from others is that it's traditionally marinated for two days in red wine, vinegar, and lots of spices. Cozy AF is the only way to describe the results. (via Kitchen Frau)


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Paris, Bali, and Sydney top the list for most popular engagement spots, according to custom jewelry maker Glamira, but couples are thinking beyond the City of Lights when it comes to their honeymoon destinations. This once-in-a-lifetime trip should feel unique and special — a bucket list topper for sure. And as we head into the rest of the year, we're looking at where couples are headed going into 2024. Trainline, a European rail booking app, found that U.S. travelers are currently seeking out new places to spend their most romantic getaways. Here are the fastest-growing honeymoon destinations, plus unique travel experiences for newlyweds — or any couple — looking to get away and relax, unwind, and connect.

Popular Honeymoon Destinations

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Edinburgh, Scotland

From strolling Portobello Beach to grabbing a pint at one of Edinburgh's quirky bars, couples can enjoy Scotland's capital beyond the Mary Queen of Scots vibes at the majestic Edinburgh Castle. Harry Potter fans will especially enjoy The Elephant House, where J.K. Rowling started writing early drafts of the epic series. According to Trainline, there's been 80 percent growth in travel to Edinburgh, just about $70 train ride from London!

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Seville, Spain

Coming in second for rail travel is the historic Real Alcázar de Sevilla (just a $45 train ride from Madrid). Indulge in delicious tapas and Andalucian cuisine, experience the beauty of traditional flamenco, and visit the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, Real Alcázar, known for its architecture, lush gardens, and photo-perfect tile work.

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Venice, Italy

Travelers will never tire of this beautiful and unique city (just a $25 train ride from Milan). Pro tip: travel in the off season when it's not so crowded or expensive (plus, lighten the environmental impact of over-tourism). But it's SO worth a honeymoon filled with the best Italian food, gorgeous car-free walks, charming squares, and historic landmarks. And that honeymoon shot along the canal? Priceless!

Unique Honeymoon Destination Experiences

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Bahamas

A vibrant culture, pristine beaches and the friendliest people are what make the Bahamas a perfect getaway. If you love stargazing, do so from the comfort of your room at The Cove Eleuthera, nestled between two white sand coves on the secluded island of Eleuthera. The resort offers a “Tranquility Under the Stars” experience where you can stay in a luxury oceanfront room with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the ocean and a large private patio, plus an in-room telescope, constellation maps, and a private nighttime yoga sesh for you and your love set under the stars.

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Santorini, Greece

This volcanic island in the Aegean Sea is famous for its breathtaking sunsets, whitewashed buildings, blue-domed churches, and dramatic landscapes. Start your marriage on a healthy note with a wellness experience atop the highest point of Santorini at the Andronis Concept Wellness Resort. Each suite has an ocean-facing infinity pool, where you can watch awesome sunsets and sunrises when the sky turns pink. The Kallos Spa can tailor a treatment for you, including a 90-day wellness plan based on your nutrition and lifestyle too.

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Andermatt, Switzerland

Switzerland is a great anytime-of-year trip, but ski and snowboard lovers will especially enjoy this winter white experience! Inspired by Far Eastern philosophy, The Spa at The Chedi Andermatt features 12 private spa suites where you and your +1 can relax, refresh and rewind with an Omorovicza treatment (a blend of Hungary’s mineral-rich healing waters, plus vitamins, essential oils and other natural ingredients).

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Turks & Caicos

Beach and water sport lovers should look to Turks and Caicos for a stunning Caribbean getaway with pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and a chill island vibe. The Shore Club offers serene wellness cottages directly on the beach to spa guests. Just take a stroll through the dunes on along the pathways lined with lush Sea Grape trees. Spend the day at the spa, the beach or travel to nearby islands for the perfect romantic getaway.

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County Limerick, Ireland

If gastropubs, castle hopping and medieval architecture is more your thing, visit County Limerick in Ireland. Known as one of Ireland's prettiest villages, Adare is famous for its thatched cottages and picturesque streets nestled in the Irish woodlands. Adare Manor offers a floor-to-ceiling nature-gazing experience where guests can surround themselves with nature, swim, and play on two custom-built indoor padel courts (they have instructors for newbies!). There's also outdoor fun like hiking, golfing, and bar-hopping at this Irish playground for active travelers.

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Cotswolds, England

The Cotswolds, located in south-central England, is a picturesque region known for its charming villages, rolling hills, and quintessential English countryside. Consider this the Venice of England with canals and quaint stone bridges. The Lygon Spa Wim Hof at The Lygon Arms is surrounded by three acres of picturesque Cotswold scenery, where guests can experience a day of breath work, mindset exercises, and ice baths for the brave. You can also just lounge by the pool all day, enjoy afternoon tea, castle hop, and/or take a hot air balloon ride!

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Encinitas, CA

Astrology readings for two, anyone? Located where the beach and bluff meet in one of the most bio-diverse regions of North America, the Alila Marea Beach Resort offers astrology readings with detailed analysis of the stars’ alignment during your birth, revealing patterns, possible pitfalls and potential opportunities to achieve a happy life and marriage.

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Big Sur, California

If you have a penchant for panoramic views of coastline and dramatic cliffs, welcome to Big Sur! Travel along California's rugged coastline overlooking the Pacific for a truly breathtaking experience. Visit the intimate and divine Alila Ventana Big Sur. Their brand new Private Coldstream Bliss: Breath and Plunge Experience begins with a hike to a hidden stream among the redwoods followed by an exhilarating plunge into cold water, leaving you feeling refreshed, energized, and ready to honeymoon!

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Bodufushi, Maldives

Tropical paradise? Meet the Maldives. Enjoy island hopping in this archipelagic state in South Asia in the Indian Ocean, stay in overwater bungalows, visit colorful markets, and dance the night away on sunset cruises. JOALI BEING is a whole wellbeing island, where you can drift into a healing mix of stretching, acupressure and massage while floating in water with a show of constellations above. We'll take two, please.

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Baja California, Mexico

Find a mix of stunning beaches and rugged desert landscapes to vibrant cities and charming coastal towns in this town bordering California. Enjoy whale watching, off-road adventures, surfing, and spa-ing at the wellbeing resort, Banyan Tree Veya, Valle de Guadalupe, where you can sit in a purifying steam room filled with hot volcanic rock.

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Bali, Indonesia

From art markets to beach resorts to wellness experiences and (what else?) fire dancing, Bali is a truly unforgettable experience. Nestled behind layers of flora and rice fields, Buahan is a secluded adult-only, no-doors, no-walls resort that offers escapists an eco-barefoot retreat. Enjoy guided meditation and a walk into a waterfall, after an invigorating hike.

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Tulum, Mexico

Tulum is a coastal town located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, known for its stunning beaches, Mayan ruins, and cool, boho scene. You'll get a more relaxed and laid-back vibe to nearby destinations like Cancun and Playa del Carmen. For a unique spa experience, try the Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya, which blends Mayan culture into each treatment from its Quartz Sand Massage where you lie on warm quartz sand to a Nopal Restorative Ritual, which uses the Aztec plant for its skin-healing benefits.

Congratulations, enjoy, and happy honeymooning!

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Miley Cyrus is an absolute powerhouse, and she has an incredible family behind her who have supported her along her journey to become the woman she is today! While Miley, Billy, and Noah are probably the most recognizable Cyrus family members, Miley has a number of other siblings who prove that talent really does run in her family. If you've been curious about who makes up Miley Cyrus' sibling support system, here's the full 4-1-1!

Who are Miley Cyrus real siblings?

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Miley Cyrus has a total of five siblings! Braison and Noah are the children of Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, making them Miley's full siblings. Brandi and Trace are Tish's children from her first marriage with Baxter Neal Helson. Billy Ray also has a son named Christopher from a previous relationship with a woman named Kristin Luckey.

Are Miley and Noah half sisters?

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Because of how beautifully blended the Cyrus family is, there has been confusion surrounding how Miley and Noah are related. Miley and Noah are full siblings are not half sisters, contrary to popular belief! Miley is seven years older than Noah, and the two seem to be very close.

Everything To Know About Miley Cyrus' Siblings

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Brandi Cyrus, 36

Brandi Cyrus was born on May 26, 1987, and was adopted by Billy Ray in December 1993. Brandi is also in the entertainment industry, though in a completely different way than Miley. She previously co-hosted a show on Bravo called Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design andConquer. Now she co-hosts two podcasts called Your Favorite Thing and Sorry We’re Stoned.

Like Miley and Noah, Brandi and Noah seem to have a very close-knit relationship! Brandi has joined her sister at multiple awards shows and is never shy about gushing about her younger sister's undeniable talent.

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Trace Cyrus, 34

Trace Cyrus was born on February 24, 1989, and was also adopted by Billy Ray Cyrus after he married Trish Cyrus. Trace is also a musical icon and is the lead singer of the popular band, Metro Station. A fun — and often-forgotten — fact is that Trace was previously engaged to Brenda Song! He was also with musician Taylor Lauren Sanders, and he's publicly credited Miley for helping him get through that difficult breakup.

Christopher Cyrus, 31

Christopher Cyrus was born on April 8, 1992 to Kristin Luckey. Though the rest of his siblings remain in the spotlight, Christopher chooses to live a more low-key life. There is little known about what he is up to, and he's not currently publicly active on social media.

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Braison Cyrus, 29

Braison Cyrus was born on May 9, 1994, in Nashville and shares the musical abilities that much of his family boasts. He has performed his music and showed off his talent on shows like The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. He got married to Stella McBride Cyrus in November 2019, and the sweet couple welcomed their first baby on June 8, 2021. Their adorable little boy is named Bear Chance Cyrus!

Earlier this month Braison announced his Nashville residency at the Hillsboro Village, proving that he's still carrying on the family's musical legacy.

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Noah Cyrus, 24

Noah Cyrus was born on January 8, 2000, and began her life in the spotlight at the early age of 2 through her appearance on her dad's show. She was also featured on Hannah Montana a few times! Nowadays, she doesn't seem to be pursuing acting anymore, preferring music instead.

Noah is incredibly talented like her older siblings and even earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2001. Miley has been very vocal about her pride for her little sister and how she's who she looks up to. Noah has also been open about how it wasn't easy growing up as Miley's sister because she was constantly being compared to her.

Now, Noah seems to have happily established herself and her talent in her own right and she is engaged to a fashion designer named Pinkus.

Is Miley Cyrus related to Dolly Parton?

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If you've ever watched Hannah Montana, you've seen firsthand that Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton have undeniable chemistry. Dolly gives off "cool aunt" vibes, and the two are often seen performing together! This has led to speculation that Miley and Dolly are actually related. This is not the case, but these strong and talented women do have a special bond, and Dolly is Miley's godmother!

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Winter has officially overstayed its welcome IMO, but we have an early spring to look forward to according to Punxsatawney Phil! I know I can't be the only person dreaming of breezy spring dresses, sandy white beaches, and a reason to dive into steamy rom-com vacation reads. Sure — you can always experience this at home to some degree, but we all know how traveling has a way of boosting our moods.

To give you a bit of travel inspo, here are 10 spring break destinations for your vision board. A while you're at it, check out our list of spring break essentials so you have everything you need when you're on vacation! 😘

Spring Break Destinations That Don't Require A Passport

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Springhill Suites by Marriott in Panama City Beach, Florida

When you think about spring break destinations that don't require a passport, Florida usually comes to mind. If we're being more specific, Panama City Beach is one of the inexpensive locations that sees a ton of travelers taking advantage of the sunny weather and sandy beaches.

If you're looking for something that's low key and offers a ton of fun that's wallet-friendly, the Springhill Suites by Marriott is the place to visit. You can spend a couple of days enjoying everything the hotel has to offer — fitness center and pool area — or you can check out surrounding activities! There's places to go golfing, bowling, and there's the electrifying Shipwreck Island Waterpark to splash around at.

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Mission Pacific Beach Resort in Oceanside, California

Round up your besties for a girls trip to remember at the Mission Pacific Beach Resort in sunny Oceanside, CA! Aside from having an award-winning view of the ocean, you'll be surrounded by a vibe that's all about relaxation. Enjoy a day at the

But, there's always plenty to do if you and girls are all about creating new memories together. You can take surf lessons, play golf & pickleball, go shopping, and dine at the MICHELIN-starred restaurant Valleor the Top Gun Houseyes, the same one featured in Top Gun!

To make it even better, the Mission Pacific Beach Resort is offering a spring break package called Dine and Unwind which includes a food and beverage credit when you book a two-night stay! Uh, yes please!

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Salishan Coastal Lodge in Gleneden Beach, OR

California may be known for being an idyllic place for spring break destinations, but Oregon also has something to offer those who're looking for a change of scenery. There's different hiking trails to walk along and an aerial adventure park that'll inspire you to let your inner child run free.

With it's Adventure Your Way package, the Salishan Coastal Lodge offers guests a nightly credit where you can do everything from join yoga classes or let your burnout fall away at the spa.

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Catalina Island Company in Catalina, California

Catalina, CA is an island that boasts luscious green grass , stunning seaside views, and the Catalina Island Company! There's something to do for everyone here and we've got a first-hand look at why you'll always consider this in your list of spring break destinations. Not only will you have optimal lodging options at Hotel Atwater or Pavilion Hotel, but you can go on the Explore El Rancho Escondido tour to learn more about the beautiful island.

Got a taste for something adventurous? Well, book a Zip Line Eco Tour or the Catalina Aerial Adventure! They're family-friendly experiences that are sure to be the highlights of your trip if you're traveling with loved ones.

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The Hollywood Roosevelt in Los Angeles, California

This one's for our glamour girls who need a visually-pleasing space to vacation at. The Hollywood Roosevelt is a famous boutique hotel known for being the spot for all of Hollywood's movers and shakers in the entertainment industry so you'll be in good hands while staying here!

Stop by the Rosy Café for al fresco dining any time of the day and enjoy a Classic Cinema Night on March 20th at The Hollywood Roosevelt Cinegrill Theater. Also, lounge by the breathtaking Tropicana Pool that features artwork painted by David Hockney.

Like we said, it's the place to be if you crave a glamorous version of an Eat, Pray, Love trip.

Spring Break Destinations That'll Fill Your Passport Book

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Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Punta Mita, Mexico

Make sure your passport is up-to-date because it's almost time to travel abroad. Your first stop is at the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita in Punta Mita, Mexico where you'll be surrounded by lush greenery on private island. If you don't want to make it a family trip, invite your S.O. for some fun in the sun. Enjoy a private tequila tasting by an expert mixologist after you've allowed yourself to unwind at the Apuane Spa.

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Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

What's better than an all-inclusive resort? I'm sure you can find plenty of things that are, but not having to worry about extra expenses to enjoy spring break sounds perfect. At the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos hotel, you'll enjoy a family-friendly environment that has rooms and dining that'll satisfy everyone's preferences. There's even a supervised Kidz Club filled with games, arts and crafts, and an outdoor playground for the little people you love to enjoy.

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Grace Bay Club in Turks & Caicos

If you've been dreaming about visiting Turks & Caicos, now's the time to start planning to visit Grace Bay Club, a luxurious all-suite resort. It's in the process of being renovated, so you'll get to enjoy the freshness of its interior by the time spring break rolls around. Hop on a private yacht charter or in-villa rum blending experience before dining at the Infiniti Restaurant & Raw Bar.

If you think the fun has to stop in the daytime, think again. There's nighttime activities that involve telescopes, kayaks, and more!

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Palm Heights in Grand Cayman B.W.I.

The Grand Cayman Islands is home to Palm Heights, a minimally glamorous hotel situated in the Caribbeans. Even though you'll be enjoying a break from scheduled Zoom meetings, you'll still enjoy complimentary wifi if you need to briefly hop on the internet. Also, you'll get to go paddle-boarding, snorkeling, jet-skiing, and more! If you prefer to have a more intimate view of the ocean, enjoy free diving or snorkeling tours.

Stop by the Coconut Club to enjoy food and drinks that promote wellness.

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Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana is an all-inclusive resort that's perfect for someone looking for a real experience during spring break. There's five additional 18+ bars located on the property, nine pools, four tennis courts, and free entrances to an array of other places. It'll be impossible to visit every restaurant, bar, or pool, but that doesn't meant you can't fill your itinerary with fun things to do!

Which spring break destinations are at the top of your travel vision board?

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There are some rom-coms you can never watch too many times. For me, it's Set It Up and 13 Going on 30. There is just something about the magic of watching two friends fall in love that restores my faith in humanity every time I press play. Plus, it doesn't hurt that both of those movies revolve around female writers in New York City. It's like I'm watching a different version of my life play out onscreen!

In honor of a friend's 30th birthday, I just rewatched the 13 Going on 30 movie, and in addition to my usual kicking-my-feet-and-screaming reaction the whole time, I noticed a detail about the end I'd never seen before — and it makes the whole movie so much more impactful.

What happens at the end of 13 Going on 30?

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After Jenna returns from her time jump (which I'm firmly convinced is a dream), reconnects with Matty, and bravely confronts Tom-Tom and the Six Chicks, we see one of my favorite rom-com endings ever. Jenna and Matt (played by Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo) tie the knot and settle into a charming pink house before sharing a packet of razzles. However, one detail about the whole scene means I'll never watch 13 Going on 30 the same way again: the house they move into as a married couple mirrors the dream house Matty thoughtfully created for Jenna's 13th birthday party.

The fact their real house looks exactly like the dream house is much more than a fun design detail. This connection between their past life and their present life carries profound emotional implications because it reflects Matty's unwavering devotion to Jenna's dreams.

Do Matt and Jenna end up together in 13 Going on 30?

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We see right from the beginning of the movie that there's always been a bond between Matty and Jenna. They have inside jokes, and even though they both have opposite reactions to middle school popularity, they know they can count on each other. And the dream house is the one object that represents both how well Matt knows Jenna and how much he genuinely cares about what she cares about.

His willingness to create the dream house in the first place highlights his attentiveness and kindness, especially since it's filled with so many things she loves. Matt's entire arc — from making the dream house to splitting a pack of Razzles at the park because Jenna loves them — shows that he loves with his actions. After he warms up to the idea that Jenna's in his life again, he loves her with open arms, and it takes Jenna learning he's engaged to someone else to realize she loves him back.

What is the lesson of 13 Going on 30?

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Jenna finally accepting Matt and his pink house after throwing him out of her birthday party as kids highlights her own growth as a character. After an entire movie where Jenna moves through her supposed dream life, the 13 Going on 30 movie ending highlights that her true dream life is one spent with the person she loves — not one that gives her a glitzy lifestyle at the expense of all her relationships.

The end of the movie isn't about giving up an independent lifestyle or swapping the excitement of New York City for the suburbs. It's more that Jenna did get everything she ever wanted — the job, the money, the fashion — but she was doing it all alone. She got to the top, and it didn't make her happy. To me, the true lesson in 13 Going on 30 is that relationships in all their forms are so much more meaningful than whatever material things we could accumulate.

Where can I watch 13 Going on 30?

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13 Going on 30 is streaming on Netflix right now. You can also watch a 13 Going on 30 cast reunion in The Adam Project, which brings Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo back together!

Why did Mark Ruffalo almost quit 13 Going on 30?

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Mark Ruffalo is literally such a perfect Matt that I can't believe he almost backed out of 13 Going On 30 altogether! Because of his initial hesitation to dance in the Halloween party's "Thriller" scene, Jennifer Garner had to convince him to stay in the movie.

"The dancing was horrible. I almost didn't want to do this movie," he says in an interview. "I literally read it and I'm like 'I can't do this movie. I can't get up and do those scenes'...When [Jennifer Garner] dragged me out (onto the dance floor) she was literally dragging me out and I had hours of rehearsal with a dance coach who taught me how to do all the moves and stuff and still, when we got into actually shooting it and there were 300 extras around, I did not want to do that scene."

But Mark Ruffalo's nerves (and his self-perceived lack of dancing skills) definitely go unnoticed onscreen. And the fact that Mark can seamlessly capturing the essence of stepping out of your comfort zone for love shows just how perfect he is for the role — and makes me love him even more.

What do you think about the 13 Going on 30 ending? Do you think Jenna's time jump was real, or a dream? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments, and check out 5 Details From The Summer I Turned Pretty Ending That Reveal Who Belly Ends Up With In Season 3!

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There’s nothing like a modern soap opera from the 2000’s. and The O.C.still tugs on people’s heart strings like any post 90’s teenage drama series — just look at One Tree Hillor Gossip Girl. While the show was only 4 seasons, it continues to garner some loyal fans thanks to online streaming services.

After Mischa Barton recently revealed her off-screen romance with co-star and on-screen love interest Ben McKenzie on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast, we can’t help but wonder where the rest of the cast is now. Get ready to step back into California as we update you on what the stars are up to IRL.

Mischa Barton — Marissa Cooper

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Spoiler Alert: Everyone remembers (and is traumatized by) the tragic death of Misha Barton’s character, Marissa Cooper, during the season three finale. Since then, Barton has appeared on Season 22 of Dancing with Stars and starred in the reboot of iconic soap Neighbours for a 10-week guest stint in Australia in 2023.

The actress’s recent guest appearance on the “Call Her Daddy” podcast has her revisiting life The O.C., speaking on her mental health and familial issues both during and after filming. One of the biggest takeaways? Barton dated co-star Ben McKenzie IRL during the show — and if you're wondering about their age gap, he was 25 and she was 17... Needless to say, her abrupt exit from the show makes a lot more sense through the lens of that breakup.

Per Daily Mail, Barton is last linked to boyfriend Gian Marco Flamini, although it’s unclear whether they are still in a relationship.

Ben McKenzie — Ryan Atwood

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Ben McKenzie (known for his character Ryan Atwood) is now an author and actor. After The O.C., McKenzie took on some notable roles in Johnny Got His Gun, Southland, and landed his first voice acting role in Batman: Year One. He then returned to the Batman world in Gotham on Fox from 2014 until 2019.

He then made his broadway debut with Second Stage Theater in 2020 for Bess Wohl’s Grand Horizons. McKenzie is married to actress Morena Baccarin and has two children.

Adam Brody — Seth Cohen

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Adam Brody, who played Seth Cohen on the show and is known for his appearance on Gilmore Girls, is currently married to Leighton Meester (AKA the queen Blair Waldorf in Gossip Girl) with two kids. Brody had a public relationship with co-star Rachel Bilson but split while still filming the show in 2006. Since the series ended, he’s acted on projects such as River Wild, The Kid Detective, American Fiction, and more.

Rachel Bilson — Summer Roberts

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Rachel Bilson is reminiscing on her time as her character, Summer Roberts, in a rewatch podcast with Melinda Clarke. Although her that podcast wrapped in 2023, Bilson continued the comedy podcast “Broad Ideas with Rachel Bilson & Olivia Allen). The actress starred in the Hart of Dixie until 2017 and Take Two in 2018. She has one child, Briar Rose, with former beau and Canadian actor, Hayden Christensen. She sparked dating rumors with actor and musician Garrett Hedlund, per Extra TV.

Peter Gallagher — Sandy Cohen

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Peter Gallagher, who played Adam Brody’s father in the show, was a longtime actor before landing his gig as Sandy Cohen. The While You Were Sleeping actor has made recent appearances in Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. David Hamilton and Grace and Frankie as Nick Skolka. He has been married to Paula Harwood since 1983 and has 2 children.

Kelly Rowan — Kirsten Cohen

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Actress Kelly Rowan played Sandy Cohen's wife and Seth Cohen's mom during her time on the show. After The O.C., Rowan starred in a handful of films and television shows, but she hasn't acted much recently — her last project was a movie called Tulips In Spring in 2016. She was previously engaged to David Thomson (who she shares a 16 year old daughter with), but according to Hello! they broke it off before the wedding bells rang.

Melinda Clarke — Julie Cooper

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Melinda Clarke, known for playing Marissa Cooper's mother, made a brief return to The O.C. world with Rachel Bilson on their rewatch podcast which ended in 2023. From 1997 to 2005, Clarke was married to Ernie Mirich, and they share one child together. She's been with her current husband, Adam Farmer, since 2015. Clarke still acts, with titles like Fantasy Island, The Vampire Diaries, and Entourage under her belt since her stint on The O.C.

Tate Donovan — Jimmy Cooper

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The other half of Marissa Cooper's parents, Tate Donavan just played Stanley Clotfelter in the award-winning film The Holdovers. Donovan is no stranger to the screen either, working on projects like Ghosted, Rocketman, and Argo. One of my fave works of Donavan's has to be his voice acting as Hercules in the Disneyclassic of the same name — truly iconic! Donovan was married to Corinne Kingsbury from 2005 to 2008, and hasn't remarried since.

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