Sunday, July 13, 2014

Storm King revisited

Although I'm back in Berlin, I still have a couple of things to share from New York. For instance photos from another visit to Storm King!

The park is possibly even lovelier in June than in April, when all the trees are green and the meadows are lush.

This visit, we had more time to explore and more or less walked around the entire park! Make sure to bring some water and possibly also a picknick, if you do that, especially on a hot and humid summer day. We also got an audioguide at the visitor's center (which comes with two headsets, so you can share!).
But beware, there are ticks and unfortunately, you can get Lyme disease as an unpleasant souvenir, so make sure to check your entire body when you've been there and if necessary go to the doc!

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

Apricot Nectarine jam with Vitamin C

I've sort of lost it completely this year when it comes to home made jam. I just can't stop. Not even the fact that I ran out of glasses made me quit - I just went and bought more. And I don't even feel like I'm done yet.

So far I've made:
Strawberry Kirschwasser jam (not pictured)
Apricot strawberry amaretto jam (not pictured)
Black currant Crème de Cassis jam (pictured)
Apricot nectarine jam with vitamin C (pictured)

Apricot nectarine jam with vitamin C is probably my favorite! The idea to add vitamin C comes from a friend who once brought me a glass of jam which I absolutely loved! This year, I finally made some myself! The vitamic C has the effect that the jam doesn't taste too sweet, almost a little tard, in any case super fruity and extremely delicious!

Apricot nectarine jam with vitamin C

500 gr really ripe apricots and nectarines (I think i took 4 or 5 apricots and one nectarine)
juice of one lemone
250 gr of preserving sugar
1 teaspoon of vitamine C (from the pharmacy or drugstore)

Mix everything and heat the mix, after 3-4 minutes, puree part of the jam, put the pot back on the stove for another 2 minutes or until the test whether it has set or not is positive. Fill the jam into glasses which you previously had waiting in a bowl with cooking water.

Tastes best with a Splitterbrötchen from Hacker-Bäcker!

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

back to reality

Ach, Berlin. 

I had been home for two days when I took an evening walk on a sunny Sunday evening, the air crispy clear, evreybody's mood set on summer. On my way back home, I get into this weird situation where someone is coming your way and the two of you repeatedly try to walk out ouf each other's way, but murphy's law always makes you choose exactly the side that the other person also chose to avoid bumping into you. Switching sides, three, four times. The guy all of a suden stops, looks at me and with a huge smile says "look, we're dancing!" Ach, only in Berlin!

Then, the other day, I was walking down the street and these two boys had spread a blanket in front of their house on which they were selling toys which they had grown out of (and a pair of high heels - I hope their Mom new about that...). One of them asked me wether I wanted to buy anything, which I politely declined to which he answered "but ahh, but but what about ahh, what about a shampoo that will turn you into a hip hop dance star?" Ach, Berlin, even your kids are funnier! I still regret that I also declined that offer, man, it sure would have been nice to know if that shampoo really worked...

If inside is Leberkäse, then this Berlin reality outside is the kind of reality I want to live in. Sorry, New York, it's not you, it's me...

The best summer dish in the city of Berlin is a potluck of your favorite items bought at your local market. In my case:

1 Stremellachs filet
1 hand full of salad with mixed herbs and flowers
a couple of fresh peas
5 tiny new potatoes
a tomato

Mix everything together and enjoy!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Smooch // Brooklyn

When it's 26°C in early May and your favorite pair of shorts are being worn the first time this summer, and the sky is deep blue, the wind is blowing in a mild breeze, then it's time for a nice breakfast outdoors. 

I had previously been to Smooch to buy ice lattes, and always peered nosily over at the plates of those people who had ordered one of the sandwhiches on the menu. So, on that early summer day in May, I decided to give the Smooch-sandwhiches a try. I chose the tomato, egg and avocado sandwich on toasted ciabatta. 

It came with a lot of olive oil, yum! As always, my main complaint is the portion size. One of the two slices would have been perfectly enough and that way, I would have even had room left for something sweet.

Smooch is totally a neighborhood-hang out, especially for hipsters and their kids. The it-accessory is a newborn and a toddler sibbling with a scooter, and of course one of the parents only speaks Swedish/French/Spanish/Turkish/Hebrew with the kid. Might sound off-putting, but I really enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere and the meeting-point vibe it had. Plus, it's a perfect spot for people watching!

I then walked off the meal in Williamsburg, admiring different kinds of street art: the good old graffiti, the art of stenciling and the art of dripping - the latter being the one that impressed me the most.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Russ & Daughters // Lower East Side

Feminism rules! Russ & Daughters rocks in a world in which most businesses that celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2014 would probably be called '... & sons'!

It is an incredibly charming store that has been famous for its smoked fish since 1914! So, obviously, the best thing to get there is a bagel with schmear and lox. For some strange reason, I was not really too keen on lox when I was there, and, 5 seconds before ordering it anyway, I had the flash of genius to ask them whether they also sold warm smoked salmon and whether they could put that on my bagel! And yes, indeed, that was an option. The most delicous one, dare I say! 

The award for cutest and most timeless wrapping paper goes to.... Russ & Daughters! Wonder if they sell it by the yard?!? (Note for my imaginary to do list: don't be too shy to ask next time you go there...)

With my months in NYC coming to an end, this is definitely one of those places that I want to go back to before I leave the city for good. And it helps that il laboratorio del gelato is just a couple of minutes down the road, they really do have the best ice cream in New York, the scoops are European sizes (as in: small compared to the American sizes, but I like them a lot better that way) and if it's your lucky day, they even have cassis ice cream!!

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