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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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Travel & Places

FIVE BEAUTIFUL THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN

April 9, 2016

Berlin’s complex history, squat dwelling punks, plentiful graffiti and 24/7 club scene are often what first spring to mind when you picture Berlin. And whilst all of this enriches this cool city I often find myself craving a taste of the traditional beauty, you know the type that isn’t spray painted?

Here are some of my favourite, beautiful places to visit in Berlin so far, this list is ever growing. So please let me know your hidden gems too.

LedByLucy-Lake1. Müggelsee and Wansee Lake

Berlin is a landlocked city and the nearest coast is many miles away. However, beautiful lakes encircle Berlin.  My favourites are Müggelsee and Wansee, both have clean and clear water. Finding your own quiet little beauty spot on a sunny day in Berlin is so relaxing and peaceful.

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LedByLucy-Blog-Engagement-Dress-White-Bocci-Berlin2. Bocci Gallery:

If you are looking for magical, twinkling beauty in Berlin then you must visit Bocci 79. It’s an impressive old courthouse with original features such as stained glass windows and grand spiral staircases. It is decorated entirely with magnificent lights designed by Bocci. This is a real hidden gem and you may find that you are the only visitors here, which makes it all the more special. A visit here leaves you feeling a little like you just stepped in and out of a surreal film, where everything is truly dazzling.

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LedByLucy-Berlin-Forest-Blog3. Grunewald Forest:

One of the most amazing things about Berlin is that it is surrounded by forests. Every weekend we go to the forest for a bike ride and watch the leaves change colour, I love it. When it is particularly sunny we head to Grunewald, which is just so vast and magical. You may even spot a wild pig running through the undergrowth while you are there.

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Vabali Spa4. Vabali Spa:

From the moment you pass through the 80 metre teak wooden entrance lined with bamboo leaves and babbling fountains you begin to relax and forget that you are in a city centre. vabali is an expansive private resort over 20,000 square meters in size. It has an outdoor area, a dining terrace, carved wooden statues, poolside lounging areas, cosy four poster beds for relaxing in, a heated outdoor pool, a freezing plunge pool and a variety of  saunas. It is a real oasis and escape from the city.

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ledbylucy-flower fairy-botanical5. Botanical Gardens:

Step into a tropical climate filled with exotic plants and flowers from all over the world at Botanischer Garten which boasts the second largest tropical greenhouse in the world. My imagination was running wild picturing the types of people that walked through the grounds back in 1679.

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Lifestyle and Interviews, Travel & Places

Survival Guide: Packing To Move Abroad With Check-In Luggage Only

February 28, 2016

Moving abroad is an enriching and exciting experience: beautiful places to explore, interesting people to meet and a new community to become part of. But getting everything sorted before you make that leap of faith can be stressful and daunting.

When we moved 600 miles from Manchester to Berlin we chose to take hand luggage only. Now this option isn’t for everyone, if you need to take your Chesterfield sofa and waterbed across the ocean then this isn’t for you (obviously). Our new apartment was furnished and we had no idea how long we were going to be in our new home for, so this was an efficient and cost effective way of doing things. Your items travel with you and are instantly to hand. Packing this way also gives you the chance to minimise, breaking free of your unnecessary belongings and start a fresh. If you have family or friends with storage space willing to keep hold of some things for you then this is also a good option.

I’ve put this guide together to answer your questions on packing for the big move and taking check-in luggage only.LedByLucy-Packing-Guide-BlogBefore You Get Stuck In

  • Check the maximum baggage allowance that your airline will allow. Usually it’s two pieces per person. You can check up to three on easyJet. Personally I checked in three cases, my fiancé checked in two
  • Call your a landlord ahead to see what is actually available in the rental, for example, do you need an iron or will there be one waiting? I didn’t do this and mourned the loss of that space in my case!

Minimise The Junk In Your Trunk

  • Save yourself the stress of a mammoth task and start early so you can do one bit at a time. Begin with the items or rooms that you use the least. For example the spare room or trinket shelves. Leave the cleaning cupboard till last as that’s usually the last task on the list
  • Be selective. This is your chance to start afresh and take only your favourite necessities with you. Enjoy the process. There is something quite wonderful about liberating yourself from the items that are no longer useful that you have amassed over the years
  • Ask yourself: ‘Have I used or worn this item in the last two years?’, ‘Is it useful to me?’ If the answer is no then get rid and don’t look back
  • Sell any unwanted items, Facebook and eBay were best for us. You could even host a clothes swap party, see my guide to hosting one here
  • Donate items that are in a good condition. I took three carloads to the charity shop in my clear out!

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  • Your cases are likely be full to the brim so don’t go filling it with liquids and toiletries that could burst all over your belongings. Unused beauty products and toiletries that you don’t want can go to a local women’s shelter or homeless charity

Packing Your Cases

  • Pack a weekends worth of essentials in one case so you don’t need to undo all of your hard work on the first night hunting for your toothbrush
  • Spread your clothes across cases, after all if one case goes missing you don’t want to be left with 20 jumpers and no shoes
  • Vac pack is your friend, believe me you’ll thank me for it when you see that faux-fur coat that just wouldn’t fit shrink to the size of a sheet of paper
  • Utilise all pockets on the case including external
  • Most importantly: weigh it, weigh it, weigh it! Moving abroad can be stressful and the last thing you want is a fine for your luggage being overweight. Pop it on the scales to put your mind at ease

Suitcase Security

  • Add address labels to your luggage and always put a second one, with details of your flight and destination, inside- just in case
  • Tie bows or markers onto cases to make them recognisable on the conveyor belt
  • Pop your laptops and precious items in your hand luggage
  • An unlocked suitcase could invalidate your insurance so be sure to lock everything

Packing-to-move-abroad-LedByLucy-1Things That Just Won’t Fit

  • Pack a bag full of luxuries that you won’t need for a while (such as next seasons things, or decorative items) and leave it with a friend or family to bring when they visit. It’s so exciting to unpack this a few months down the line, it’s like getting a case full of gifts
  • Pack any things that you want to keep but don’t have room with care. Label the boxes with a list of contents then take a photo of it to store on your phone. That way you can always ask friends to go to a specific box and get an item for you when needed

On The Day Of Your Flight

  • Give yourself plenty of time and don’t check in late: even if you make it on to the flight, your luggage might not be as lucky
  • Relax and enjoy the flight, this is the beginning of a wonderful adventure that you will remember for the rest of your lives!

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Lifestyle and Interviews

PICTURE POSTCARDS: LIFE LATELY

November 5, 2015

 Every weekend we go to the forest for a bike ride and watch the leaves change colour.

LedByLucy-Berlin-Flea-Markets-Blog LedByLucy-Berlin-Sunset-Blogger LedByLucy-Berlin-Bloggerledbylucy-gig-tressor-blogLedByLucy-Bloody-Mary-BloggerLedByLucy-Berlin-Wall-Blog1. Every weekend we go to the forest for a bike ride, it has been spectacular to watch the whole forest change colour this Autumn.

2. Lately every bike-ride seems to involve accidentally stumbling upon a flea-market, this city is full of them.  You can find anything and everything on the stalls, my recent random find was a glass hammer. Useful.

3. I took this sunset snap on Halloween, I was walking through Tiergarten and listening to the wolves howl from the zoo. Very spooky.

4.  During my sister’s stay we reverted to ridiculous, giggling teenagers. Every moment of having her here was awesome. Apart from when she nearly missed her flight.

5. Nick played his first gig at Tresor  in Berlin which is a huge club and there was over 400 people there including lots of our friends. I was so proud to see him play and loved soaking up the vibes in the club.

6. I really miss Bloody Marys from Gorlilla, Manchester. I searched long and hard to find a contender to match those standards before finally discovering Mogg & Melzer. Wowee, they are deeee-licious!

7. Love at the East Side Gallery.

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Fashion & Beauty, Travel & Places

Eiffel Tower Outfit Post

March 19, 2014

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My first trip to Paris was magical. I fell head over heels in love with the city and enjoyed the first signs of spring by the Eiffel Tower.

I am wearing: Moda in Pelle Mary Jane shoes, a Lavand dress and a Sisley pink cashmere cardigan.

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Thanks to the girls at Moda in Pelle for sending me the shoes, they were perfect for Paris!

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I bought myself a little souvenir, an Eiffel Tower shaped sugar shaker!

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