March Favorites :: an unexpected release, a cool invitation & a few more

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Hello spring! So today I am gonna share a couple of really cool and pretty things that helped me going through the last grey days of winter.

#foryoursoul: I invented pancake burgers, yeah! Well, I am not sure if this is true, but I certainly know that I came up with this idea spontaneously when friends announced a visit and I wasn’t in the mood to bake or buy a cake. Plus: My friend M is lactose intolerant, my friend C loves Nutella (and me too) and Ro can never get enough of burgers. All things the bakery around the corner can’t satisfy anyway. So I made pancakes just as usual except for using soy milk instead of cow milk. When all the pancakes were fried, I used my smallest serving ring to cut them into tiny round pieces. I buttered the layers with Nutella and raspberry jam and a few also with cream cheese (for the milk guys of us and to add a bit of sourness which goes so well with nougat creme). In the end I sprinkled them with Ovomaltine (the malty cacoa from Switzerland) and put a frozen raspberry on top of the toothpick that was melted right in time! So, so yummy!

#foryourears: One day a couple of weeks ago social media (!!!) and no one else (!!!) informed me that the one I live and share my life with for almost two decades, has quiet and secretly released his long-awaited EP! It is also the first release by Signalstoerung for Adventurous Music, our joint audiovisual project. So this EP called UU Series contains two tracks of wonderful and chilled ambient electronica.

#foryoureyes: On March 7th, my relationship with the KOSMOS house, a beautiful building in my very neighborhood, came full circle. In February I got an invitation for the first blogger event called Culinary Side Inspection from Maria, the sales manager at the new place to stay, the hotel Innside by Melià. I decided to join the event, since I was pretty excited how the renovation of this huge building had turned out. Plus: I have known this place for pretty much all of my life. When I was a little kid, it was our neighborhood post office where I went to many times to get packages from family members living far away. After the wall came down in 1989, the post office was closed and a cafè/bar called Letterman moved in. This was such a wonderful place to hang out! Later on Ro and I made good and unforgettable memories in the Cosmopolitan, a club that was also there, and obeyed curiously the renovation more than a decade later. So loaded with tons of good vibrations Ro and I went to the blogger event where we were promised to get the best of literally everything: a welcoming drink of homemade smoothies, a guided tour trough the whole house, a beautiful view and aperitif on the rooftop terrace, a delicious snack in the kitchen, a three course menu, fine cocktails, gifts and a brunch voucher. We bloggers got to connect with each other and this place and the very welcoming atmosphere really was beyond any expectation. Besides that – and this was the biggest surprise for me – it wasn’t just a culinary event. It was an unexpected art walk too! What I didn’t know was that this hotel partnered with a local artist I really like for his pattern-like quirky hidden pictures that hold thousands of things to explore: Michael Fischer Art. What I also didn’t know was that this artist also creates black and white and popart paintings and sculptures. So with all of my personal background regarding this place the Karl Marx sculpture really made me smile when I spotted it in a corner of the huge suite and I knew this place is one to return to. Which I did already. Last Sunday. For brunch. And again, I was thrilled by the exclusive food, friendly service and fun ideas because this brunch is different than any other brunches I know. It starts right before noon, lasts until 3 pm and besides all the typical cold breakfast dishes you can order different types of lunch in reasonable amounts via little dish cards. These you put into a holder on your table so the waitress can get them quietly without interrupting your conversation. I really like that idea and our friends and us enjoyed choosing one card after another and were amazed by the fast service. Since that was another cool time there, we decided to make plans coming back this summer – first to try out Beats and Bacon (DJ and breakfast on Saturday mornings) and secondly to have another big time at the rooftop terrace once it is finished. Can’t wait for that! Ah, I almost forgot, Ro want’s to try out Thursday Hangout as well… See, it’s a place to be! ;-)

#foryourmind: Carsten Nicolai is one of Ro’s and mine favorite artists. So visiting his audiovisual work called unicolor was on our to do list for March – and it should be on yours if you are in town these days and looking for some cool multimedia art. The installation shows different series of composite colors that change in different modes and rates. Sometimes it alters so fast that the reception your brain creates is a mix of all these various colors that turns out grey-ish/white. Pretty cool. On the sides of the color screen are mirrors reflecting the color movements which creates the impact of standing in a never ending tunnel – something my brain can’t process somehow which makes me wanna stay and gaze endlessly. Unfortunately, the gallery was really crowed when we were there last Saturday afternoon. So when you go to the Eigen + Art gallery (the exhibition is until April 8th) make sure to go on weekday mornings to get the whole audio-visual experience.

Well, I hope you are enjoying spring time as well as I do. Have a good time and talk to you soon!

February Favorites :: chocolate tarte, building site crane & a few more

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I don’t know about you, but this year I feel like time flies as fast as possible. It’s March in a couple of days already and I am looking forward to a bit more sun shine on the LEipzig horizon. I spent the first months of 2017 almost working non-stop tied down at my desk, so the following things have been a welcoming alternative to my everyday reading/writing routine.

#foryoursoul: Last year, my man was given a baking book. Since we are not big in baking, we were thinking to give it away. But since it was beautifully illustrated, I kinda last minute took the time one day, sat down and … read the book. I loved it so much that a couple of weeks later I created my first chocolate tarte – which turned out as the very best one I ever ate. The book is called “Orientalische Orange” (“Oriental Orange”) and the author and illustrator, Aviv Koriat, is the owner of two bakeries, one in Berlin and one in Weimar.

#foryourears: Yes, I know, Kate Tempest… You probably already know her, since she is played on the radio many times a day and it seems like she is really popular right now. I very much like her voice, her attitude and the variety of her hip-hop-ish/break-ish/dub-ish sounds. Not to forget the message of her songs – very powerful. My favorite song from her latest album “Let Them Eat Chaos” is “Whoops”.

#foryoureyes: If you are living in or have been visiting LEipzig the last couple of month, you might have come across many huge building sites. One of those is in my neighborhood Waldstraßenviertel, in fact, it is right in front of my house. For a couple of weeks now I live with a huge crane operating in front of my window, a place huge maple, chestnut and cottonwood trees once called their home. What’s happening here is (Native Americans would call it raping Mother Earth and I agree) the re-opening of the Elstermühlgraben, a millrace that was covered up almost 60 years ago because of its with chemical waste contaminated water. Since the condition of the water is supposed to be better now (and since LEipzig needs more generous tourists to pay off its debts), the millrace is being re-opened for boat traffic. So since the beginning of the year I enjoy the company of excavators and cranes, which is, in the latter case, pretty weird and scary. Living on the third floor watching a 20 meter crane moving and shaking in only a few meters distance and bringing my very house to quake sometimes feels as terrifying as watching Godzilla walking the streets of New York City (no kidding, even the noises are similar).

#foryourmind: Remember introducing Greta Taubert a few months ago? Well, I’ve read her two books “Apokalypse Jetzt!” (“Apocalypse Now!”) and “Im Club der Zeitmillionäre” (“At The Club of Time Millionaires”) in the meantime and I can highly recommend them! For both books the author, who is a journalist, took time off to research how life in LEipzig and Germany (or Europe) could be after some kind of apocalypse and/or without having the need or chance to work and earn money. Both topics are on my mind for quite a while too, so reading her books literally answered a lot of my questions regarding alternative incomes, minimizing the need of material things, self-containment and autonomy/autarky. Through reading, I also got introduced to many interesting people and communities and her quirky style of writing made absorbing the interesting subject pretty entertaining. One of my favorite quotes from “Im Club der Zeitmillionäre” is: “Warum darf man die Ressourcen der Welt verschwenden, aber nicht sich selbst?” (“Why is it allowed to waste the resources of the world, but not yourself?”).

Well, so far from my little niche of the world. If there is anything you would like to recommend yourself or would like to share regarding my tips, please feel free to leave a comment. Have a good time and see you around! :-)

January Favorites :: buffalo filet, electronica w/ native sounds & a few more

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Dear reader, happy new year! I hope it’s gonna be a good one.

Well, this year on this blog is gonna be another one dedicated to minimalism. So I decided to only post on the fourth Friday each month and we’ll see how that’s gonna feel like. Posts of course will continue to include my favorite things regarding a healthy and minimal lifestyle as well as outstanding art and some things that will help in supporting the Lakota people.

So starting today, here are the four things that inspired me the most in January.

#foryoursoul: This buffalo filet was the most delicious meal to start the new year with. I still had some buffalo meat in my freezer from our recent trip to the buffalo farm close to Leipzig, so I decided to create this dish. It’s buffalo filet, Hokkaido puree, salad made of japanese radish, cucumber and sesame, and homemade sweet cherry chutney. I am a big fan of a good beef steak, but this buffalo filet really topped it all. I was a bit nervous in the beginning, since it was quite expensive and I really didn’t want it to be a failure. But in the end, it was just perfect. The hot and the cold, the hearty and sweet and sour, the crispy and mellow all satisfied my “Ayurvedic appetite”. So good!

#foryourears: I follow A Tribe Called Red for a few years already and really like their sounds which are most of the time electronica mixed with Native American vocals, drums and other indigenous music elements. I really enjoy listening to their songs which are very powerful in raising awareness for indigenous peoples’ needs. On this album called “We Are The Halluci Nation” my favorite track is “R.E.D. Feat. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear”.

#foryoureyes: “Warren the 13th” by Tania Del Rio and illustrated by Will Staehle is such a cool and funny book. It’s about a teenage boy running an old hotel that he inherited and that needs to be protected, since his evil aunt has certain plans. A lot of cool and whimsical things happen and reading this one and looking at these amazingly drawn pictures is more than worth the reading time.

#foryourmind: Well, you may have heard it in the news, under the new president of the U.S. the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) probably will be continued. But you can still take action, so please go and visit the Lakota Law website and sign the petition or donate for the water protectors who are still there despite freezing temperatures and other hard circumstances!

Well, have a great weekend and enjoy February with lots of sun and snow! :-)