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!

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