tonis // handmade organic ice cream

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Come a little closer. A tiny bit more. Now can you see it? There are little rose petals in my ice cream called Japanese Rose that also includes some poppy seeds. Isn’t that crazy?

A few weeks ago I figured out that there is a Tonis also in our neighborhood! So on a Sunday afternoon, when it was sunny outside but still oh so cold (and right now while typing this it’s snowing again–weird April weather!), Ro and I decided to test some handmade organic, gluten free and partially vegan ice cream. So I had this Japanese Rose and another one with fig and brittle and Ro went for the more traditional ones and chose vanilla and pistachio.

I have to say, it was very delicious, not very sweet but very full in flavor. Also, the shop is pretty nice and the service was very friendly and funny. In my opinion, they create pretty extraordinary ice creams and since they serve coffee, Belgian waffles, cakes and cookies as well I guess I’ve found a new favorite place to stop by right in the middle of the city.

You’ll find Tonis right opposite the entrance of the Thomas Church and it opens in the afternoon from Thursday until Sunday, so make sure to stop by this weekend if you’re around. :-)

stijl // shopping fever

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I just wanted to take a brief glimpse…at the building I haven’t visited since early childhood days and that was told being good-looking now after renovation. So last weekend’s Stijl DesignMarkt at first actually was just a good option to get inside the old Kongresshalle. But then, you know, a thing called shopping fever totally kicked in… ;-)

First I need to say, this place really has become an amazing location. The market mostly took place in this huge hall that has really gigantic white Jugendstil ornaments/stucco on one wall showing trees, horses, angels and a goddess–very impressing! But this, unfortunately, didn’t attract much attention, ’cause the hall was almost over-packed with stalls–that, in my opinion, also isn’t a good setting for the presentation of DIY goodies, crafts and arty design that, in my opinion, needs a bit more space to catch one’s eye.

But, in the end, Ro and I found some cool things we can highly recommend (tested all of it already… ;-)):

#1 T-Shirts from Yuck Fou: One for Ro, one for me. Fair trade fabrics, screen prints. Perfect.

#2 Paleo Jerky: Juicy jerky from scottish and irish grass-fed cows. Talking to the seller, I also learned about the new “old” thing regarding diets: paleo, which kind of makes sense to me, but won’t become the next thing I try, since I love some of the no-go foods in this diet too much. (Eaten already…)

#3 Schnapps: We decided to get this Bier Likör 22, ’cause this liqueur didn’t taste like beer to me, but was super sweet and malty. (I love malt drinks, malt sweets…) And then there was O’Donnell, so we bought more booze. One is a pure wheat liqueur/Korn and the other one is a liqueur that tastes like an already mixed cocktail, like a Cosmo or something. Actually, we are more into Whisk(e)y, but this corn is really good. And of course, we liked the moonshine glasses/bottles and the idea of an extra pourer.

#4 Tattoos from Tattster: Yes, that’s the child in me. Black and white temporary tattoos. Totally my thing. ;-)

Besides that, Ro was given a beard oil from Goelds that smells soo good. And I would have loved to spend some more money on a stunning black and white print by the amazing ink artist Wolfgang Philippi, but unfortunately it wasn’t available in a smaller size.

Well, concerning my plan to become a full minimalist in all areas of life, I totally failed this time. But concerning my all-time search for new (to me), selected high-quality and fancy stuff, I guess, I got completely lucky. ;-)

Have a fun weekend!

pigeons & co. // first class citizens

pigeon.JPGI’ve recently learned that there is no existing word for animal in Lakota language. The reason is that it would mean second class citizen. And there is no such thing in Lakota people’s philosophy. So instead of saying animal, they call every group of a living thing a nation.

I like that.

So in the picture above there are my friends of the pigeon nation. During winter time until these days, I feed them every day, despite the fact that I grew up being told that feeding pigeons is a bad idea ’cause they transmit diseases. In the end, that means to let them starve.

I can’t do that.

I think, everything exists for a reason and has their purpose on Earth and in life. Pigeons make me happy, I like to observe their social behavior and with their greyish, white, purple and green plumage they’re in my opinion as beautiful as any other creature.

And in the end, I guess, they transmit as much or less diseases as any other living thing does–except maybe the (oh so guiltless) humans…

So my dear winged friends, have a lovely summer and I look forward seeing you again.