Year: 2014

Hello October

It’s beautiful to see what lies just in front of you: hectares of nature just ten minutes by subway from the town centre of Hamburg! Hundreds of trees, deers and such fresh air. Always an autumn child, I found myself back in childhood memories. I collected chestnuts, let my feet brush the golden leaves and felt – what was natural as a child but we now call – mindful. Towards nature and towards me. I took some deep breaths in times when I really need them. It’s so relieving to keep one’s smartphone mute in the backpack, to not have a plan and just wander. And something else so tempting about cold season: Having some soul food when getting back home. In my case that was buckwheat pancakes with roasted granola. Autumn, I’m so ready for you!

Underneath the Skin there’s a Human

I’m all into those autumn days again … I hate that I love hiding so much. New opportunities  come with new challenges. I used to be the one to welcome those challenges, to work hard, to enjoy growing with them. Lately I’ve come to prefer holing up in my bedsheets. My small little shelter from the world outside.

Late Summers

[…] Wer jetzt kein Haus hat, baut sich keines mehr. Wer jetzt allein ist, wird es lange bleiben, wird wachen, lesen, lange Briefe schreiben und wird in den Alleen hin und her unruhig wandern, wenn die Blätter treiben.  (Rainer Maria Rilke – Herbsttag) Das Vorübergehen des Sommers fühlt sich für mich jedes Jahr aufs Neue an wie zu Hause ankommen. Man braucht keine Entschuldigung mehr, lieber in Cafés zu sitzen und durch Magazine zu streifen, als nachts um die Häuser zu ziehen, ein Wochenende auch mal zu Hause zu verbringen, statt am Besten gleich morgens das Haus zu verlassen. Gleichzeitig bleibt dieser süßliche Nachgeschmack vom Sommer. Von Abenden mit Eiscreme. Jeden Abend. Lauen Stunden im Park. Musik unter freiem Himmel. Auf einen wundervollen Spätsommer mit stundenlangem Betrachten der Polaroids vom Sommer, während mittlerweile schon die Regentropfen gegen die Fenster schlagen…

A Side-Trip to Malmø

Against my promise of posting more impressions of my stay in Copenhagen, the quick side-trip to Sweden gets the nods over it for now. It was too picturesque, too flowery and too idyllic not to share. I highly recommend the transit to Malmø when in Copenhagen. Not only is it cheaper than a cup of coffee in Denmark but also the view of the Baltic Sea is truly captivating! Café Satori Kalendegaten 30 Malmø

Birthday Breakfast at Kalaset

I’m back from a week in Copenhagen and I had a hard timing leaving this beautiful city. From our tasteful AirBnB apartment in hip Vesterbro to wonderful shops in Norrebro to cute little cafés all over town – Copenhagen has so much to offer! Of course, it was particularly the cafés that monopolized me. And as I spent my 25th birthday on the trip, it called for the best pancakes in Copenhagen. I’m pretty sure we found them. At café Kalaset in the very town centre. Even though I’m used to avoiding the typical tourist path when travelling, the inner city was a must for a heavenly breakfast. And beautiful decoration. Come sit down with my at one of the colourful vintage tables! I had very fluffy blueberry pancakes and a soy yoghurt with fruit. So good! Look at all those vintage radios on the wall! I wish I had such a proud collection. Kalaset Vendersgade 16 Copenhagen More impressions and photos from my Copenhagen trip to come! Have a cozy Sunday, Juna

Burger Begehren

Two days ago Otto’s Burger opened up just around our street, so it was about time to check it out! A lover of sixties and industrial design, I fell in love with the raw architecture of this place: run-down walls, copper pipes and academic chairs. It seems most burger diners opening in Hamburg lately bank on the retro charm. However, it’s not the interior deciding about the quality of this place, of course, but the burgers. They were good. No more, no less. The taste of my Mixed Vegetarian Burger was well adjusted. I especially loved all the beetroot on it. All in all, it was yummy but not too special. The “normal” fries (unfortunately they didn’t have sweet potato fries in the afternoon) were pretty solid, though. Homemade, crunchy and salty. That’s how I like them. As Otto’s Burger has just opened, I suppose they yet have to warm up a little. I’ll give them the time they need. Because I love burgers way too much. And this place is literally just around the corner. …

Almost 365 Days of Kaffee Stark

There is this one place in town I had sworn myself I would never check out again: Kaffee Stark. It was three years ago. I was new to Hamburg and not exactly able to cope with this specific St. Pauli manner. Let’s call it understatement in friendliness. Now – some years later – I’m so fond of this place I’m found here almost everyday. It’s my office, my favourite breakfast option, the place I go to to have a strong cup of coffee with friends or alone. Either I have become less friendly over time or I’m fallen in love with this specific St. Pauli manner. I suppose it’s the latter.

The Thing About My Own Four Walls

Happy rainy Sunday everyone. Actually my intentions regarding this blog were to leave the scope of my own kitchen and home and invite you over to my favourite places around. I’m definitely going to do that. Just not today. This rain-swept day calls for staying inside, having late breakfast in bed and enjoying the smell of wood at my new home. I’m so in love with the sixties flair all the teak furniture sheds. Maybe you will be, too. So here’s to interior design galore! Crawl away back into your bed sheets, leaf through some beautiful coffee-table books and listen to the rain dropping! At least that’s what I do.

Pancake Party

Goal! Goal! Goal! What the….? Okay,that was pretty awesome. It was 10 o’clock in the night when Germany faced Brazil in the World Cup and I had felt astonishingly tense in advance. To draw the line back to food: I came home quite late due to the scoring, was craving for some food and promised my body: “You’ll get a biiig stack of pancakes in the morning.” I kept that promise. These pancakes are glutenfree, full of protein and if you want also vegan. The recipe 2 eggs (or flax-eggs if vegan) 1/2 cup of almond milk (or any other milk substitute) 1 tsp of hemp protein powder (mine is from Govinda) 1 cup of soy meal 1 cup of buckwheat meal coconut oil Stir the eggs (or flax-eggs = 1 tsp flax seeds and 2 tsp water) in a mixing bowl, then add the milk. Now mix hemp powder and meal into it little by little so that you get a thick creamy batter which won’t go runny in the pan. Warm up a pan on a medium …