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Sailing the Balearic Sea with 10 random people

My personal highlight: 10 random chosen people feeling like a family on a 15 meters long yacht enjoying the beauty and power of the Balearic sea.

When it comes to choose how to spend summer holidays I love to go for an adventure trip on a sailing boat. I experience the sea as a space to feed my soul and mind with fresh energy.

A journey on a sailing boat offers all the unexpected you desire. You have tranquility on one hand, while out in the middle of the sea listening to the sound of the waves. You follow the sun and admire the huge red glowing ball setting down at the horizon every night. It’s my favorite live TV channel on board! On the other hand, you depend on the power of the weather and nature deciding the intensity of the journey. This combination gives you the extra portion of excitement if the sea gets rough.

On top of that you have the crew. We were 10 people on our yacht. Sounds a lot but worked perfectly. Taking care about each other felt like being on a trip with a family.

Our boat was a solid, comfortable yacht from the boat-builder JeanneauSUN ODYSSEY 509 with a length of 15.38 meter, 5 cabins. 2 cabins even had an own toilet!

How 1o random chosen people manage well together on only 15 meters

I guess what united our spirits on board was the pleasure of enjoying the moment of peace out in the deep blue sea. Everybody detached from the daily routine left at home very fast.
Sailing can mean anchoring in a bay, staying away from busy harbors, sleeping on deck admiring a sky full of stars or waking up in the morning for jumping into the sea before breakfast on deck.

When all of this is given, you don’t really have arguments to feel stressed. And yes, the chemistry between people can even contribute to a relaxed atmosphere on board, too.

What you need on board is good music and good food. This gives the extra chilling feeling!

How to find a sailing boat?

Back in 2014 I walked to the Marina of Bali and found my crew directly there. This option requires time and flexibility. An other option is to get a yacht by having a skipper friend.
If all of that is not the case, here is the solution: Book your holiday with Join the Crew. They are experienced in organizing this kind of trips, great people included. Their choice of sailing destinations is excellent.
Caribbean Sea, Seychelles, Thailand and plenty of destinations in Europe as Greece, Spain, Croatia, Italy, France and the Baltic sea. Find more details here. They have access to modern yachts and skilled skippers.

Sailing from Palma to Formentera and back

Our trip started in Palma de Mallorca. We sailed to Ibiza and Formentera where crystal clear waters waited to be discovered . The longest leg From Palma to Ibiza was about 12 hours. Kind of challenging but for sailing lovers a real adventure. For your first sailing trip it may be more ideal to choose a destination with a less long sailing leg. On our trip we anchored in marvelous bays. If we wer in the mood of touching a bit of land it was fun to take our dinghy boat and get a refreshing cocktail at a beach bar!

What about the costs?

A week of sailing in the Mediterranean Sea costs around 800 Euros. (food on board and diesel incl., excl. flights).

The sailing week in a glimpse, useful hints

  • Check in advance how strong your stomach, try a day trip on a lake or sea. Bring some seasick medicines or use the sea band, they seem to work well. More details on that product here.
  • Bring your favorite music playlists, you will get home with new followers!
  • Bring life stories to share with your friends on board
  • Share your recipes and cooking skills, keep it simple.
  • Once at the harbor, create a shopping list with your crew and go shopping together for your week on board. Create teams and focus on your strengths! Buy some junk food, sweets and alcohol, you are on holiday!
  • Be prepared for the unexpected, bring patience and flexibility. Sometimes you have strong winds, and you are active on the boat. Some days you have weak wind and you enjoy chilling on deck.
  • Bring your sleeping bag if you love to sleep on deck. It can get chilly at nights.
  • Don’t forget your rain jacket, yes, it can get stormy!
  • Adapt to the natural move of the waves and let yourself swing into sleep.

Need some inspiration on what to cook on board? Read my article of Greece sailing 2016!

Find more stories about my travels here and get inspired. See you out there somewhere.

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Weekend cabrio ride Caumasee & Chiavenna

My personal highlight: Cruising with the open deck of my mini cooper cabrio in between impressive Swiss Alps

Once upon a time you just need to do crazy things. I have a wish: drive the Julier and the Maloja Pass all by myself by a mini cabrio.

I hoped to find powdered mountain peaks on my way, since the Julier Pass is stretching up to 2,284 m above sea level. End of May seems perfect to do the trip. The chosen car a mini cooper s cabrio, incredible fun factor, safety and a comfortable ride included. Perfect to enjoy all curves and maneuvers to the max.

Having the Lake of Cauma (Caumasee) in Flims, Graubünden on my bucket list, practically located on the way towards Maloja, it was the perfect reason to do a weekend trip out of it, combining lake and mountains.

Swim in crystal clear waters at Caumasee

It’s one of the most breathtaking mountain lakes in Switzerland, they call it the pearl of Flims. You need to experience this with your own eyes, pictures alone won’t make it.

Embedded in a forest you find turquoise blue and crystal clear waters. Water temperature in summer is at an average of 21 Celsius, with a maximum around 24 Celsius. I guess I had the pleasure to enjoy 15 degrees end of May! Around the lake you have spots to relax, you can even rent inflatable boat or bring your unihorn!

How to get to Caumasee

Get there from Zurich in 1.30 h (140 Km) by car. Everything is super organized there. The entrance fee for adults is 12 CHF, kids pay 6 CHF. Find different areas for barbecue or just enjoy their restaurant for drinks & food. The car parking is close (15 min) to the lake so you can make it easily by walking with your picnic equipment.

Continuing the trip all the way to Engadine

On the route of the Julier Pass your next stop after ca. 1.30 h drive (84 Km) can be lake of Silvaplana or Lake of Sils. The Julier Pass is located in the Albula Range of the Alps. Romans built it in the year 1820 to connect the Engadin valley with the rest of Graubünden.
Lake of Silvaplana is a must experience among kite surfers. For Sailors I recommend the small but extremely windy Lake of Sils. Winds here are considered strong and unpredictable. I love sailing. Plan extra time for that. I absolutely recommend the Engadine Sailing school. The school is located at Plaun da Lej. This place has a hotel and restaurant, in front of your sailing spot. It’s well-known for sea food and fish. They prepare it really exquisite.

An other  top choice, bit closer to St. Moritz in Celerina is the Hotel Rosatsch. This is a real foodies paradise. Read my story here for suggestions on that spot.

From Silvaplana Lake to Chiavenna in 1 hour

To give a maximum of pleasure to your trip don’t miss the pass called Maloja. It leads all the way to Italy. It begins where the Julier pass ends. Its scenery is breathtaking, too. It connects two fascinating landscapes: the Upper Engadine Lake District and the Graubünden’s southern valley of Bergell. The beautiful play of light and shadows has attracted world famous artists like Giovanni Segantini, who choose Maloja as his last home and subject for many landscape paintings.

On my way to Chiavenna

Sun shining through my sporty minicooper. Having my deck open, my spotify play list on I feel freedom. I breath in every single minute in this Alpine surrounding. I pass by little rivers, cascades and untouched nature, ancient villages. On the way are plenty of food and panorama stops to enjoy.

Chiavenna itself is worth staying for couple of nights. Depending on your schedule. The city is close to Lake of Como (45 min. drive). Giving you even more options. Strategically it’s situated lovely for trips to Como and Milan.

What to do and where to eat and sleep in Chiavenna

Chiavenna has a bit for everyone – nature, culture, history, hiking and culinary tradition.

  • Visit Palazzo Vertemate Franchi & Cascata dell’Acquafraggia
    It’s a stunning Renaissance villa only 5 min. car drive from Chiavenna in Prosto di Piuro.
    Find a perfectly-preserved fresco portraying stories from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, stucco decorations and wooden ceilings. It was built in the second half of the sixteenth-century. It’s the only house surviving one of the worst landslides in history in 1618.
    On this way stop at this beautiful cascade where you enjoy powerful nature and a fresh shower! The park there is super relaxing.
  • Have lunch at the restaurant Crotto ombra
    Crotto means „cave“ in Chiavenna dialect. These are small subterranean caves with airflow, common in the region. They are used to age cheeses, cure meats and brew and store beer. The first brewery in Italy, was „Spluga“ here in Chiavenna, which opened in 184o.
    At Crotto ombra you need to try polenta, which is prepared authentic and flavorful just pure with funghi. An other to recommend: the „gnocchetti chiavennaschi„. These are small dumplings covered in local cow milk cheese.
  • Strolling around the city 
    Admire unpretentious alleys and enjoy an ice cream or a coffee. Walk over the Mera River bridge to capture your  instagram moment.
  • Sleep at B&B Casa Selvatica
    Casa Selvatica is located in a peaceful and quiet alley in the middle of the historical center of the town. The house is an 300 years old traditional palazzo that offers comfort and space. Gabriella took over the house from her parents and renovated it with attention to detail.
    Choose one of 3 rooms with different sizes and comforts. King bed size or a room with two single bed. My room had a kitchenette and a lovely chimney. Every room has its own charm. Breakfast is fresh and with local products. Gabriella is a hearty, spontaneous person and absolutely open to give you plenty of suggestions for your stay. Sleeping here reminded me bit of living a fairy tale. Get more details on the B&B here.

From Chiavenna a new journey can start. I drove back the Alpine roads because I love the scenery. Of course lake of Como is tempting, too. Drop me a line for some more suggestions, I am happy to assist.

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Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat Bali Sukawati

My personal highlight: Entering the gate to the home of Floating Leaf. Breathing in tranquil energy while observing Putu the owner working passionately in the garden. Understanding in that moment, that here values as care and love towards everybody and everything are fully lived.

Floating leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat is located in the village of Sukawati surrounded by verdant rice paddies not far from the ocean. Here mind and soul are invited to relax. Ancient Balinese wisdom is combined with modern luxury to make guests feel happy and well balanced.


Only a 20 minutes drive from Ubud and 15 minutes from the city of Sanur it offers a great location. (Sanur is often used for transfers by boat to other beautiful islands as Gili Trawangan or Lembongan).

Embracing positive energy and tranquillity and making it eco friendly for all.

It’s the organic garden-to-table farming, the design construction following sustainable concept with very harmonic round shapes, recyclable materials, the use of the sun power or the involvement and support of local people in various chains of sustainable agriculture and education on understanding the aim of a eco friendly environment.

Behind Floating Leaf stands a passionate and experienced team of professionals. Mikaku and Putu are the owners and inspiring sources of the house.

Learn how to discover the beauty of living the moment and challenging the own mind at the same time. At its heart, Floating Leaf is a retreat including an educational facility.

5 things to do at Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat

  1. Forget home and feel the calmness by only observing the surrounding from one of their relaxing spots. Use the hammock, the vintage veranda with a comfortable wooden gazebo. The healing pool filled partially with saltwater which feels softer and is less abrasive to the skin and hair.
  2. It’s the ideal place to practice guided meditation or yoga. Book either a retreat or bring your own yogis to Floating Leaf. Get in contact with the management here.
  3. Try their super delicious organic food that is all home made. The raw food selection is variegated.
    Elixir Drinks  provide the right boost to your organism. The recipes follow ancient Balinese traditions. My absolute favorite one is the liver cleanser made of carrots, beetroot, apple and ginger.
  4. Absolutely worth having a hot stone massage. Book your stay at Floating Leaf now and get a Balinese massage for free by using the promotion code Lovefoodish.
  5. Explore every angle at Floating Leaf and go to the organic garden. Get to see colorful plants, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Absolutely recommend the roof. You get the whole picture of the place with view to mount Agung or the ocean. Best sunset point.

Accommodation

Find 10 spacious luxury non-smoking rooms constructed offering a sustainable modern living.

The rooms are spacious and invite to spend time. Choose the room with pool view to get the full experience of the magnificent view over the rice paddies. Enjoy the open bathroom to have a shower before sunset time. Book your room here.

Food & Drinks

Floating Leaf subsidizes local farmers to support retaining traditional methods of agriculture and grow organic nutrient rich foods. Half of the property is dedicated to the permaculture garden, this to cover a selection of healthy food and drink. Experience the farm to table philosophy. The dining area is lovely. Sit at the long table and interact with other guests to share stories of life.

Floating Leaf has been heralded to be one of the world’s healthiest destinations using freshest, organic ingredients.

The must try from the menu

  • Cold home made Kombucha tea, it is essentially a fermented tea super refreshing and healthy for your organism and digestion system.
  • Pumpkin pancakes with a homemade coconut yoghurt for breakfast to boost your day with the right portion of energy.
  • A super fresh cucumber salad with almond or cashew sprinkle and fresh grated coconut.
  • Quinoa or brown rice Sushi. The brown rice is from a local supplier and tastes just wonderful.
  • Thai fish curry mild and tasty with fish catch from the local fisher.
  • Dessert: Indonesian black rice with coconut milk and banana. All local products.

Yoga, retreats, surf and culture or just relax

No matter what your heart is in the mood for. Some days of detox including yoga lessons, a mix of beach and Balinese culture tour or easy relaxing time at the pool. Choose what fits best to you. Putu and Mikaku are happy to give you suggestions. They have the perfect understanding in catching your need.

Planning your own retreat or considering  joining one? The Yoga Sanctuary with 2000 square foot (186 sq meters) space is perfect. It has been heralded as “Asia’s best place to practice Yoga*.

My personal highlights

Being part of this house for a few days made me understand what a eco friendly surrounding Putu and Mikaku built here in Bali. As a traveler you get to see a lot of beaches and forests in Indonesia, clean ones but sadly lot of dirty ones. Through my stay here I feel the desire to support their actual project called The Green Village project. It supports locals in giving more awareness to protect their environment and keep it clean. Villages throughout Bali are competing to become the cleanest and greenest community on the island. I think it’s really important to share and support each other. Read all details on the program here. Donate easily here.

I am happy to have taken part of this experience at Floating Leaf and thankful to all of the new nice souls met here. Terimakasi /Thank you Floating Leaf Family.

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Iglu Dorf Davos Klosters

Loving challenges, I thought: why not sleeping 2600 m above sea level in an Igloo?

It’s the first time I overnight in the middle of a Swiss Mountain, in winter, in an Igloo. Can you imagine how you feel lying in a 42 ° hot Jacuzzi and admiring a sky full of stars before cuddling yourself in a warm sleeping bag? I was speechless. Only trying it by yourself can make you such this experience richer! You even have electricity and no minus temperatures! I finally had a cheese fondue in the ideal setting!

Igloo Village Davos Klosters

I love skiing in Davos Klosters and you pass by at the Igloo Village coming down from the mountain Weissfluhjoch. I always saw that snow houses but could never imagine what a stylish and well-equipped Winter Hotel is hidden underneath. Every angle of the Igloo Village is built with love and on purpose. A tunnel system connects the igloos to each other. You feel the passion put in this project when you talk either to the Village Manager in Davos Elias Torgler or the guide Adrian. But also once standing in the middle of the bar or in the Igloo rooms with open eyes and mouth.

Igloo Villages around Switzerland and the world

Amongst breath-taking mountain scenery, wonderful snow palaces emerge every winter at seven locations to include Davos KlostersGstaadEngelbergStockhorn and Zermatt in Switzerland, the Zugspitze in Germany and one in Andorra/Pyrenees.

Every Igloo village has its only design concept, a Village Manager and an own staff with dedicated guides. The construction and maintenance of these villages need time, power and exceptional efforts. The guides are often included in the construction phase taking about 3 weeks. They work day and night even during snowstorms and at very low temperatures to make this project happen. The igloo is open for daily visits and overnights in winter season.

This is real snow art!

Each room features a different design. International artists decorate the interior spaces of the Igloo-Villages with careful attention to detail, creating enchanting fantasy worlds in snow and ice art. It takes up to 15 h per room to create this incredible characters and artwork. They carve large and small ice sculptures by hand and transform rooms into glittering fantasy worlds.

Accommodation Igloo Village Davos Klosters

There are 14 sleeping rooms available of different categories. You find suitesstandard rooms or group rooms for example. The rates start at 159 CHF and include food, breakfast and hot tea, no alcoholic drinks. Some rooms have an own Jacuzzi and toilet. All other rooms have toilets to share. Some rooms do even have a power station to recharge your phone. Ask for the special package including outdoor adventure programs, too. Get more details or your reservation here. This Igloo Village can host up to 120 persons.

Food, Drinks & more

Take an aperitivo in a stylish ice bar. For dinner there are ice dining rooms where you get cheese fondue or pasta. A warm blanket to keep you warm is included. Wine and drinks are available, too.

An absolute must is the wellness area. The Jacuzzi overlooks the mountains. There is a wooden stone sauna, too here in Davos Klosters.

A cozy Swedish Cottage with a chimney that is used to warm you up with a coffee or wine before going to sleep is the best place to end your day. The space is ideal for group events, too.

The overnight includes a snowshoe walk after dinner, the super warm sleeping bag and snowshoes if needed.

My personal highlights

Staying over night at the Igloo hotel is an adventure. It’s the whole program setup that makes this stay unforgettable.

  • Meeting new people and sharing most of my Igloo moments together.
  • Getting an aperitivo surrounded by stylish ice sculptures and great music.
  • Gourmandizing a delicious fondue having a warm blanket on my legs
  • Enjoying a homemade cinnamon bun for dessert that got warmed directly on the fire in the Swedish cottage Kota.
  • Taking a bath in the 42 ° Jacuzzi under a sky of shining stars in the plain nature and the 35° wood sauna.
  • Waking up early morning, admire the distinctive Engadine Blue sky and be the first skiing on the untouched slopes.

Why building an Igloo village back in 1995?

The main reason why this idea came up to the founder of Iglu-Dorf (Igloo Villages) Adrian Günter in is because he loves snowboarding on untouched, fresh prepared slopes. How can I be the first early in the morning to touch the snow? By sleeping up in the mountain, he thought. That is how the first igloo ever built was a simple hand shovelled one only to host a few of his friends. Out of this idea the future business offering a real Igloo Village originated. Iglu-Dorf has been building hotels out of snow and ice for 20 years.

How to build an igloo

I have this image of stacking snow cubes, but I have been taught different. Usually around beginning of December when the first snow falls and the slopes are ready the local mountain railways furnish the Igloo Village with technical snow from the snow cannon. Technical snow has perfect properties for the igloo construction since it is compact and resistant.

A big air blown balloon made of a resistant canvas is used to create the dome shape. After only few hours the balloon is destroyed and the ideal shape for the igloo remains. Now the hard handwork begins. All the superfluous snow is shovelled away to the final needed size and shape of the igloo. Tons of snow is used. Hundreds of meters of wire providing electricity inside and around the igloo. Electricity is needed for various stations as the kitchen or the rooms.
Some of you may have seen the Igloo Sport Studio built in St. Moritz for the Ski World cup 2017. Thanks to Iglu Dorf this unique sport studio came to reality!

Watch here how this Igloo got built! 

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Lovefoodish in Wonderland at St. Moritz Gourmet Festival 2017

Why I had one of the best food blogger experiences enriching my view and knowledge about farm to table cuisine

St. Moritz Gourmet Festival has it all

Where to begin to summarize this unique experience in the Swiss Alps. My journey started in a cute village close to St. Moritz called Celerina. Here the Hotel Chesa Rosatsch is located with 3 different restaurants. A detailed review is available here. The rest of my time was dedicated to the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival.

What happens at the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival?

10 American Master Chefs are invited to St. Moritz for sharing culinary experiences with local Chefs of their partner hotels. Together they enthrall the festival guests with culinary delicacies one week long. Tickets are available online through the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival for everybody. Additional special events as the Kitchenparty or the Chocolate Cult at Badrutt’s Palace take place during the week. Due to my interest in the farm to table concept my choice fell for Chef Melissa Kelly located at the wonderful Nira Alpina Hotel in Silvaplana.

Sweet sensations at the Chocolate Cult, Badrutt’s Palace

My festival visit starts with a glamorous chocolate afternoon. The legendary Chocolate Cult at the Badrutt’s Palace. Can you imagine what chocolate lovers feel when entering the elegant corridor of this beautiful classy hotel? And that smell of real pure chocolate? You find chocolate art paired with lots of experience and passion. Delicious fresh made pralines, tarts, creams and pastries. Only tasting can explain!

Why Chef Melissa Kelly gathered all of my attention at NIRA Alpina in Silvaplana

The farm to table philosophy is something that surrounds me since my childhood. The idea of having an experienced Women Chef in Switzerland to share her life and cooking philosophy was reason enough for me to attend the St. Moritz Gourmet Festival. The fact that she has Italian roots was very exciting to me, too.

Melissa Kelly started cooking with the age of 5 in her grandmother’s kitchen. Her Italian roots are from the beautiful city of Bologna. It’s the one and only place where real good and traditional pasta comes from. This explains the exquisite homemade linguine she prepared for us. Her Signature dish is the Nonno Primo’s Pork Saltimbocca named by her grandfather Primo was the absolute highlight.

Chef Florian Mainzger, the home Chef at Hotel NIRA Alpina had a challenging task to gather all of the ordered ingredients to follow Chef Melissa’s farm to table “religion”.  He did a great job she compliments. There is a lot of planning and communication between the two Chefs beforehand, plus cooking on altitude is an additional challenge, confirms Chef Melissa. She brought some special herbs and even pork products all the way from the US to prepare the dishes as authentic as possible. The staff at NIRA Alpina made this unique event possible. The cozy and warm ambience in the Trattoria matched perfectly to the dinner setup. Hotel NIRA Alpina offers an outstanding service. I appreciated their help and kind availability for example by always offering me help for transfer when needed to St. Moritz.
Gioannis from Nira Alpina told me, that he drives every morning to get some fresh goat milk for one of his guests. Absolute lovely!

Diving into the 5 course dinner prepared by Chef Melissa and the team

The courses taste puristic and very fresh. Her creativity is very healthy! She integrates a variety of vegetables that make the courses light and colorful for the eyes. I love the Mediterranean flavors and Italian touch she combines in all courses.

The starter is a fig stuffed with Marcona almond and candled orange. It comes wrapped in pancetta with local chicories. The Gorgonzola filling of the fig is a real surprise.

The next plate is a perfectly spiced Brittany Scallop with a cauliflower panna cotta, caviar and a very light herb spuma.

Hand made Squid ink linguine with a spicy tomato sugo are served next with a Broccoli crema and calamari a la Plancha.

The last course is a pork saltimbocca with roasted garlic potato purée, spinach, prosciutto and a wild mushroom Madeira sauce.

My absolute preferred desert as of now is the Butterscotch budino with salted caramel and rosemary shortbread. This combination gave me such a happy belly feeling, really mouth-watering.

The micro gap still available in my belly got filled by a south Italian traditional sweet! What a surprise! Super soft and fluffy fried Zeppole. I love this fried dough turned in sugar and cinnamon. It reminds me home! In Italy you get them especially at Saint Joseph’s day that is celebrated in March.

Living farm to table as a life philosophy

„Eating and cooking healthy is not a lifestyle, it’s a life philosophy“, says Chef Melissa. This explains why she is running Restaurant Primo in Rockland, Maine since more than 18 years. Living on a farm is the way she grew up. Primo’s staff is involved in the whole gardening and farming activities. There is a lot to do on a 4 acre property. This involvement is necessary to make her life philosophy completely understandable. This is how 400 pounds of garlic come together for example. By not using chemicals and pesticides, their flowers and produce are helping to maintain rich soil without depletion and degrade for generations to come.
They frequently teach kids about farming and healthy food. I liked the story from Melissa about the kids asking if the plant is the place where the chicken come from.

Chef Melissa is as a very authentic and approachable personality. This explains the happy and relaxed faces enjoying their time in the kitchen. Chef Jenna reveals that they feel like a little family. Well done, I really like the group spirit!

Nose to tail for everybody in Rockland , Maine – Annual Pig Day extravaganza

I am happy to see how Melissa offers this tradition to her guests at Primo Restaurant. During the month of November the Pig Day extravaganza takes place at Primo restaurant. Last year more than 180 people spent their day with processing the just-slaughtered pigs raised on the Primo farm. After working everybody eats the food. 4,200 pounds of pork were processed into prosciutto or pates. It’s a unique way to feel Chef Melissa Kelly’s philosophy. Primo’s Pig Day is a focal point of the restaurant since 2009.  Special seven courses nose-to-tail tasting menu are available with exotic delicacies as pig’s ears, pig’s tails, trotters and headcheese.

Where to find Nose to tail in Switzerland

Luckily I discovered the Hotel Rosatsch and their food philosophy. They offer these delicacies, too. You do not need to travel that far! Visit the beautiful Engadine and make a stop at Restaurant Stüva Rosatsch. Try their Slowfood or Nose to tail menu!

Around Zurich you can get in touch with Slowfoodyouth. Their activities published online include interesting projects with special excursion to farms. Join their eat in every first Wednesday of the month to get in contact with local nutrition aware foodies. Or just check online and let me know by email if you find interesting places!

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Berlin Berlin – Crazy vibrant foodish

Get infected by the multicultural vibrant vibes of Berlin

I love to get inspirations about food and lifestyle in this city. Berlin has it all. The city is vibrant and full of hidden little places to eat and drink. What I admire is the multicultural vibes. They are in every angle of the city. The combination of cultural attractions, rounds off your city trip.

Honestly, I think we can let some of this colorful vibes flow into our Zurich food and coffee scene! It’s not only the atmosphere in a coffee, that makes you feel like Alice in Wonderland it’s also the way food and drinks are prepared and presented. There is no limits to creativity! The mix is fantastic, you have a high class coffeeshop with lots of luxury on one side, next to it a professional little pasta place that has it’s own manufacture in the restaurant where you can shop and eat.

Where to go and what to eat in Berlin

Getting around

  • Get a paper map or download a pdf of the map on ooohBerlin They have a selected choice of places to eat and shop divided by „Kiez“ or let’s say areas of Berlin. Small places you wouldn’t find by yourself.
  • Book an airbnb, there are many! Choose Prenzlauerberg if you like a more quite area, but it’s full of great coffee shops and vintage lifestyle shops. Berlin Mitte is great, to stay, too. It’s obviously more central. But lot’s of shopping and food around here, too.
  • Go visit the East side Gallery  and the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer and get involved into this important part of Germany’s history. Get also to the Brandenburger Tor, it’s worth.
  • Go visit die Hackeschen Höfe. They are in the historic “Scheunenviertel” or “barn district” in the Spandau suburb of Berlin-Mitte and represent the largest courtyard area of Germany. They are under a preservation order since 1972. The courtyards located across from the Hackeschen Market  a great street market. Find cool lifestyle brands and great food stores in the building complex. The famous coffee shop Ben Rahim is there, too with it’s amazing specialty coffee.

Coffee shops, drinks, food

  • Get your breakfast at Suicide Sue. Their spreads of fresh red beet or avocado peppermint are amazing. The bred is fresh and absolutely tasty. Find also a great selection of pancakes. It’s located at Prenzlauerberg.
  • An other place to have breakfast is the Bekarei also located at Prenzlauerberg. An absolute must try if you love pies and cakes and fresh bred. All is homemade and absolutely excellent.
  • For drinks in the evening I absolutely recommend the bar Chaostheorie Berlin also at Prenzlauerberg. The ambience is super fancy, colorful and crazy kitsch. Their selection of drinks has it all. Order your Pussiedrink without feeling ashamed.
  • My absolute favorite place to eat is the pasta factory and restaurant Tosatti also located at Prenzlauerberg. You can watch how pasta is made live and after 10 minutes you have it on your plate. All fresh made and with lot’s of love.  Get introduced to the many types of Italian pasta and shapes! The ambience is very cozy, you feel like eating at Mama’s house. Order a coffee and get it in a small moca pot all for yourself. Absolutely recommend it! The staff is lovely and makes your food experience unforgettable.

What else to discover…

  • Visit the Food Market Markthalle neun at Kreuzberg. On Thursdays is the street food day where you get international food from all over the world as well as a great selection of traditional German food. It’s absolutely worth exploring. Once you are there, explore the Kreuzberg area!
  • Get a currywurst! It’s a must, I love it! If there is a long queue in front of the shop it’s a good sign, go for it, there are plenty in the city.
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The best Kanelbullar ever are in Göteborg

kannelbullar

Food blogging in Göteborg – What makes a Kannelbullar unique?

Swedens signature dessert

This famous cinnamon bun is my favorite sweet in winter times. Go for a cozy authentic coffee place named Café Husaren. These Kannelbullar are the most giant and soft ones I ever tasted in my life.

Göteborg is a fascinating city with many handcraft shops. The area I love to walk and stroll around is called Haga. I absolutely recommend it if you like little hand craft shops, no tourist crowds and authentic local products. I bought myself a handmade soap called HÄRLIG!

Where to go for dinner

  • The Taverna Averna, absolutely delicious good local food, fresh fish. At the bar you get great cocktails
  • For traditional food or good drinks go to the restaurant Le Pub.
    I had a tender piece of beef with smoked bacon, mashed potatoes with a tasty red wine sauce.
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Donuts hanging at the wall like design objects: Chök the chocolate kitchen

Barcelona: cultural and exquisite mediterranean pearl

Colorful stylish donuts hanging on the wall like art objects

Strolling through Barcelona without any plan, yes, this is me, but always following my nose. When I saw this colorful donuts hanging on the wall I didn’t hesitate more than five seconds and to get inside the shop.
You can present donuts as a desirable design object. I ordered a flower donut with cream inside, and eating it was a real ceremony! Me and my donut, amazing. But Chök has more to offer than just donuts. They create chocolate truffles that taste just hilarious.
After having eaten my colorful flower donut I joined the chocolate kitchen to see how the famous oreo truffles are made and of course got to taste the super fresh mixture.
The dow is a mix of sweet/salty butter and toffee and a unique oreo flavor. Loved it! But for the day I definitively had a maximum sugar boost!
Chök is available at local food events where they show up with food trucks.
Find more on their website www.choekbarcelona.com
Try it, you will love the place, the ambience and of course their donuts and chocolate truffles are outstanding!
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AsiaTravel

My personal travel stories for Indonesia Part 1: Java

Why Indonesia captured my heart and soul and I keep on traveling there to discover its beauty  – Part 1: Traveling through Java.

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Back in 2014 I decided to go for a backpack trip through Indonesia. I started my trip on the island of Java. In Bandung the absolute highlight was picking some strawberries from hand up in the highlands, watching how hand made tofu was produced in a cellar and eating best spicy crispy chicken legs in the streets of Yogyakarta packed in a piece of newspaper.

While walking alone through the colorful streets of Yogyakarta I bumped into a little market. A beautiful ancient lady laughed at me and spoke through her soul, she did not understand English but her eyes told me to taste her food. They prepare the most simple street food you can ever imagine and they invite you to try everything. After my market tour a bike Rikscha driver invited me to a city ride. I spent 4 hours of historical, cultural and culinary experiences I will never forget. No lonely planet can list, what beauty this city has to offer. I recommend spending 10-15 days in Java, 2 days in Yogyakarta at least.

Borobudur Temple – One of the world’s seven wonder

The absolute cultural highlight in Java is the visit of the Borobudur Temples. Borobudur temple is the world’s biggest Buddhist monument, an ancient site widely considered to be one of the world’s seven wonder. The ambience up here is magical, calming and inspiring.  The temple consists of a pyramidal base with five concentric square terraces, the trunk of a cone with three circular platforms. At the top is a monumental stupa. Around the circular platforms are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of the Buddha. The monument was restored with the help of UNESCO in the 1970s.

After your Yogyakarta visit plan enough time for some volcano hiking! I recommend 3-5 days.

Where to go after Yogyakarta – Mount Bromo and Ijen Crater

My travel continued by minibus to mount Bromo and the Ijen Crater that is south of Java very close to the Island of Bali. I knew before my travels, that Indonesia has to offer a complete program when it comes to nature and culture.

Mount Bromo was a smooth start. It stands tall at 2329 m and is one of the most iconic and most hiked mountain in Indonesia. The volcano is still active. You have group tours organizing your trip. I did it by myself.  The must do there is the sunrise hike. It takes about 1-2 hours hike to the first vantage point. Sun rises at 5.30am, so plan your time best to get there.

Where to sleep – Tour Organisator for your trip

You may find various guesthouses and basic hotels located around Mount Bromo. I found plenty of my accommodation through airbnb or through the local operator that organized our trekking trips. Most of them organize different tours through Java.

Contact: Mobile : +62 85231865900
What’s App : +62 81939793336
Email: bromoindonesiatravel@gmail.com

Ijen Crater – magical blue waters: the world’s largest highly acidic crater lake

Distance: 14km round trip hike. Duration: 3 to 5 hours depending on your fitness level.

After the first smooth hike to Mount Bromo a more challenging one going up to Ijen Crater was program of Day 3.  The hike up here is tuff but if you start around 4 am in the morning you have good time to get there to admire the sunrise. The highlight up at the crater is to admire the ‘blue fire’ in the dark. To see that the midnight tour is recommended.

The landscape  up here is out of this world. The flames appear at the base of Ijen Crater and are caused by sulphuric gas catching fire.

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2. Detox week in Ubud & Bali incl. a list of selected infinity pools

3. Where to eat, drink, party and sleep in Bali

4. Day trips from Bali to Nusa Penida and Lembongan Island

5. Discovering the most beautiful beaches and Temples in Bali

6. Climbing Mount Rinjani in Lombok

7. Discovering Komodo Island and Flores


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Island hopping from Malaysia to Koh Lipe

Sharing is caring! That’s how driving taxi made me meet the best travel buddies ever traveling to Koh Lipe Thailand

Crystal clear waters, delicious simple street food and plenty of lovely souls

What exciting days in Malaysia and Thailand! I experienced one of the most beautiful places on earth called: Koh Lipe Thailand! Turquoise water, sandy white beaches! The resort we stayed was magic. The Serendipity Beach Resorts, is an absolutely must do, once in a while to give oneself aCr Who would ever told me, that I would travel 10 days of my trip with two Belgian Moroccan guys? I can’t remember one night without laughing while hanging around with Hamid and Faouaz. It would take me hours to write down what we experienced together. And all of that began only because I wanted to share taxi costs to the airport to catch my flight to a beautiful city called Georgetown Penang.

Travel with a free spirit

You know what people out there, we should move at home how we move while we travel, with a free spirit and more openhearted. Life has so much beauty to offer and back home we kind of live stuck in our system, habits and routine. Life is unpredictable, that is why you should go with the flow of it.
A special thing I have to point out are the Malaysian people I met, all of them made our journey so beautiful, it’s an amazing friendly folk with much cultural mix (Indian, Chinese, Malaysian) and so much serene happy people always to help out. It feels good to be surrounded with love and peace!

No please, I don’t want KFC food

1. Two food related stories out of my journey. I had to eat at KFCs. OMG, the chicken was so so dead! Never again guys! 2. On one of our journeys the taxi driver stopped especially for us to buy us some fresh boiled corn cob! It was so delicious!

Where to sleep  and have Yoga in Malaysia & Thailand

Lots of super delicious street food wherever you walk! For these no link is available, you walk on the streets and follow your nose.

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