Travel & Places

WEST BERLIN WEEKENDS

March 12, 2017

We’ve just had the sunniest weekend that Berlin has seen for a long while and it was wonderful, so I thought I’d share it here. I actually took my coat off outside, it felt liberating to be outdoors without the cold needling my face. Though the Berlin winters can feel dark and gloomy at times (with lots of Netflix), the summers are worth it, and if that little peep of sunshine that we had this weekend could brighten everyone’s day so much- imagine what months of it will bring?!

Over the weekend we hopped on the S-bahn and went to West Berlin, to Rogacki- an old market. It was built in the 1930’s and hasn’t changed since. Old locals stand around drinking wine, eating smoked fish or oysters whilst they put the world to rights. It looks like a rough and ready version of the market halls that you see in fancy department stores. Yet this is the original, real-deal.

We even made a friend called Briguitta who gave us wine then took us on a tour of the stalls, telling us how each fish was smoked and where it comes from. We bought delicious cheeses, smoked fish and red wine. There is a really cool vinyl shop near the back entrance which also looks like it has been stuck in a time warp since the 1970s. Nick bought three world-music vinyls which he was pretty happy about.

In fact, the whole area has been stuck in a time warp. It’s such a contrast to the edgy East Berlin where we live which is full of young people from all over the world claiming Berlin as their home. It’s random days out like this that make me love living in Berlin, you can continually discover such contrasting things in this city.

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Travel & Places

Top 5: Guide To Healthy Eating Spots In Berlin

February 26, 2017

When it comes to healthy eating, Berlin has the most choice out of any city I have been to bar LA. When you ask if a café serves none-dairy milk, the answer (nine times out of ten) is yes! Often with a quizzical look as to why you would even ask!?

You can easily find tasty goodies made from un-refined wheat and sugar. There are also lots of bio-marts and supermarkets that sell all of the hard to find ingredients listed in healthy recipes.

So when I’m looking for a delicious organic smoothie or a bowl bursting with superfoods I rarely struggle. Here are some of my favourite healthy eating places in Berlin …

Lokal – The food here is perhaps not healthy in a ‘raw food bowl’ kind of way. But, it is a farm to table restaurant with completely fresh and organic produce. I’m talking delicious natural wines, heavenly local ingredients and a menu that changes weekly based on what’s currently in season. It has a wonderfully warm atmosphere with friendly staff too. OMG it’s so good. I love going here for special evenings out. Be sure to book as it gets very busy.

Holy Flat – Holy Flat is a great little lunch spot with South American and European inspired healthy bowls and flatbreads. Everything I’ve tried here has been flavorsome and nutritious. There is a huge hand painted mural of a Stag on the wall here which is fun and the last time I went they were playing some pretty trippy music too.

Liquid Garden– This sweet little place specialises in healthy green smoothies. With the staff concentrating on just smoothies, it means that they are uber knowledgeable in that field and maintain a high standard of tasty drinks- which isn’t always a given. I like going here because it’s decorated with funky wallpaper and plants, they play cool music and it’s situated in Prenzlauer Berg- one of my favourite neighborhoods in Berlin with lots of cute cafes and shops to explore.

Goodies– Goodies is like a fast food takeaway but everything there is good for you. Every little detail has been considered, they use sustainable energy and the packaging is compostable. I love the labeling system which tells you the properties of each item. So whether you are vegan, gluten free, cutting out refined sugar or simply looking for a tasty treat that’s good for you, you will be able to find something here. I love getting a Berry Bang smoothie and superfood porridge to go.

The Bowl – This is one of my go-to clean eating spots in Berlin. It has super sleek décor that reminds me of  lunch spots in LA. It’s a nice place to eat both in the evening and during the day. I love the roasted brussel sprouts with cashew cheese and the sweet potato fries with organic ketchup. There is a great vegan supermarket below it called Veganz and a Goodies too (see above). The service can be a bit hit and miss, and you can’t book a table in the evening so you often have to wait, particularly at weekends but the food is great.

Let me know if you have any suggestions too because I’m always looking for new places to try!

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Projects and Tips

MOCKTAILS: ELDERFLOWER BUBBLY & CRANBERRY LIME COSMO

December 19, 2016

Have you seen that episode of The Vicar of Dibley where Dawn French is invited to several Christmas parties in one day and each host cooks her a Christmas dinner? She goes ahead and eats every single one of them rather than admitting shes already eaten? I feel you Dawn, the food and wine on offer over Xmas can get a little OTT.

Don’t get me wrong, I love dinners over the festive period. The food is delicious and I thrive off the company. But it’s so easy to indulge way too much with everyone handing you a glass of fizz and bowl of snacks upon arrival.

As mentioned in this post I recently had a big health scare and, although it was completely unrelated to indulging, it still gave me the impetus to make my body as healthy as possible and that can be hard over the Christmas holidays.

So, with that in mind I’ve been testing out some 100% natural mocktails which not only taste delicious, but are good for you too.

Cranberry and Lime Cosmo Mocktail

Crisp cranberry mixed with the sharp taste of lime makes this the perfect mocktail:

  • Pour cranberry and lime juice into a cocktail shaker (I used Feel Good Drinks)
  • Add the juice of half of a lime, ice and raspberries
  • Shake it up then strain into a glass
  • Garnish with lime and rosemary

Elderflower Bubbly

Not sure this one really needs instructions but I always feel more Christmassy with a champagne flute in hand and this is the best alternative:

  • Pour apple and elderflower into a champagne flute (I used this one)
  • Garnish with raspberries and add a sprig of rosemary

Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year break relaxing with friends and family. I have a busy couple of weeks in the UK visiting all of my favourite people and I’m so looking forward to it.

Collaboration: This post is sponsored by Feel Good Drinks, but I’ve been passionate about up-ing my alcohol free tasty beverage intake for some time now, see more of my recipes here

Travel & Places

10 THINGS TO DO IN FLORIDA- THAT DON’T INCLUDE DISNEY!

December 6, 2016

A lot of people automatically think of Disney when they think of Florida, but that is one thing that we don’t do in the Sunshine State. With Floridans in the family, it’s all about the swamps, deep sea fishing and country.
Here are some of my favorite things to do in Florida, get ready to get a little country…

florida-guide-blog-jeepsunset-florida-blogflorida-country-guide1. Ride on an air boat through the swamps, look out for alligators, snakes, deer and wild boar while you are there. The swamps haven’t changed for thousands of years and my Uncle even showed us a Native American burial ground out there.

2. Explore the forests and ranches, while listening to some good old country music. Drinking your beer from a can cooler & wearing camouflage is mandatory! There is nothing like being out in the open in Florida.

3. Go deep sea fishing in the ocean if you can, I live in a land-locked city so for me this is such an exhilarating experience.

4. Ride jet-skis, be sure to look out for dolphins while you are there. We also saw bald-eagles, stingrays and lots of huge, beautiful dragonflies which my Aunt always says are the spirits of loved ones. My sister and I fell off the jet-ski (while I was driving) and we have never laughed so much in our lives. It was so much fun.

5. Eat fresh fish, and try Alligator bites too. Mmmm the fish there is so good!

6. Road-trip to Captiva and Sanibelle Island: the white sands, warm sea and tropical landscape make it close to paradise.

7. Eat at The Bubbleroom– This place is decorated with original Disney memorabilia such as Dorothy’s ruby slippers and it’s glittering with old Holywood starlets. It has stood the test of time for a reason. Everyone loves it. (OK so that is a little bit of Disney for you).

8. Eat key-lime pie, it’s got to be home-made. My Aunt’s is the best.

9. Hit the Victoria’s Secret outlet. My sister and I seriously cannot get enough of how amazing and cheap the VS outlet is here. We stock up on swimwear, pyjamas, gym-clothes and underwear for the whole year whenever we go.

10. Admire the spooky Spanish-moss which hangs from the trees (you just don’t get that where I come from) and watch the sun-set, truly beautiful.

During the latest trip, we ended up on mandatory curfew due to Hurricane Mathew threatening a direct hit as a category four. We had to sandbag the doors, bring the furniture in off the porch and stockpile water. But, our family had the drill down to a tee through years or practice. Luckily it slowed right down by the time it hit.

While we were safe during the hurricane, lots of people lost their lives and suffered catastrophic damage in Haiti. If you would like to know more about how to help the people of Haiti then follow this link.

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Photos: I took all of the pictures on this trip using my phone. It’s the first time I’ve posted mobile pics on my blog, so I hope they look OK.

Fashion & Beauty

Pretty Poinsettia Christmas Dress OOTD

November 20, 2016

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What says Christmas better than a poinsettia print dress with glittery boots and a red lip? Say hello to my new Xmas party look, all that’s missing is a sprinkle of snow and a red bow to complete the festivities.

I am so excited about heading home for Xmas this year, so much so that I emailed out our home-tour itinerary months ago. With a big family like mine you need to get organised way in advance, and I’m delighted to say that the organising paid off, as we will get to see almost everyone this year!

One thing that I am particularly excited about is introducing my Mum and sisters to my wedding dress! That’s right, I think I found the one…

Wearing: Pretty Poinsettia Rose Dress by Emily and Fin, Ted and Muffy Knee Boots (mine have a glittery heel) and CRU London Charlotte Bag

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