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Happy Place – Palma, Mallorca

4 May

A big Hello to everybody! Today I will make up for what I missed yesterday: posting a new Happy Place. I already gave you a small appetizer and some of you might have already recognized it: It was the beautiful cathedral in Palma, Mallorca.

I have been to Mallorca two times now with the man of my heart and we both absolutely love it there. (You might remember the post about our favorite beach Sa Rapita).

What I really love about Mallorca is that you can have everything: great beaches, chillin’ out, shopping, clubbin’, great restaurants, bars and culture. And the capital Palma has nearly everything combined.

Besides it is stunning beautiful. Awesome buildings with super sweet window shutters, which I adore, the little streets in the Old Town where you can explore tiny shops and the breathtaking harbour with its huuuuuuuge ships.

Near to the harbour there are a few small streets where you can find the best restaurants. But you have to be careful. Not all that look pretty on the outside serve great food, believe me, I fell for that trap a few times. But after some failures we discoverd great places. One of our favorites, where we went nearly every day last year, was Tasu, a very cool place with great tapas for very reasonable prices.

Another great tip is the world’s best ice-cream parlour (in my opinion): Iceberg. The owner is a creative German guy and the flavors of ice-cream he creates are very special but super, super yummy. I mean you need some courage to try goatcheese ice-cream with honey or chocolate-wasabi, but believe me: it is fantastic!!!

There is so much more to say about Palma, but I think I will just let the pictures speak for itself and I hope you have the opportunity to travel there in the near future. If you need some more tipps feel free to ask me. I would love to  help.

The world’s best lunch

26 Apr

When I find a meal I really like, I can literally eat it every day. At the moment I am going absolutely crazy for MoschMosch’s salad with cellophane noodles and wasabi dressing. Had it for lunch today again and I am not getting bored.

“Wednesdays I’m in love…”

25 Apr

When you are a couple and you are both very committed to your jobs it is quite hard to spend quality time together in your everyday life, because you work late, have to do grocery shopping, household, meet friends and family, etc. So a few month ago the man of my heart suggested that Wednesday should be our constant day where we plan the evening just for the two of us. I thought that this was such a sweet idea and from that day on we really stuck to it. It doesn’t mean that we always plan big events on that day, but we take care that we are not distracted by anything else, keep the notebooks and phones switched off and just do what we are up to on that day: go see a movie, cook a new recipe, do sports together, etc.

Then a few weeks ago I came up with the additional idea that we write little notes with restaurants we always wanted to try out, put them in a glass, so we can draw one every now and then and go there spontaneously on one of our Wednesdays. So we tried it out this week for the first time and we drew the restaurant “Acht” in Cologne.

I have to say it really was a maginificant find. “Acht” has a rustic charme but it is also very modern and bright. They have a wonderful brick wall (which I am such a fan of) and an open kitchen. The service was so kind and helpful and the food was superb. I had a super yummy Risotto with scallops and my sweetheart had lamb with vegetables. The Rioja wine we had was one of the best I ever tasted.

So our first draw was a success on all levels and I am looking forward to the next discovery. I will keep you up with that and besides: I can recommend a “quality time”-day once a week. We really appreciate this time we have just for us.

Joyful Evening

17 Apr

Yesterday I spontaneously went to dinner with my good friend Steffi, we had a wonderful evening with great food, drinks and talk and a dreamlike view (this is just near to where I live, at river Rhein, I love it)

It is so valuable, when you have people you can share your deepest thoughts and things that touch you.

Actually we were tiered and just wanted to grab a quick bite, but we talked and talked and suddenly we were the last guests in the restaurant. Time flew by. Reminded me what good friendship is about. I am very thankful to have that.

What is that???

11 Apr

…I thought when I saw this meal.

That happens when I don’t look after my boyfriends dinner arrangements. He just grabs everything what he finds in the kitchen and puts it together. Here you can see a remarkable composition of: bread, feta cheese, chicken breast, salad dressing, tomatoes and ketchup. Bon appetit! 🙂

Happy Place – Pier 10, Amsterdam

5 Apr

The story of our engagement is also the story of my next happy place I wanna introduce to you. For our 5th anniversary my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Amsterdam and, for what I know now, his Proposal. We went by car, I didn’t know our destination and guessed until finally I knew, we were drinving towards Holland. I had been to Amsterdam only on a day trip before and was so happy, to have the chance to explore it with the man of my heart.

It is so beautiful there, with all the Grachten (canals) through the city. I really love water and here it is just present everywhere. In the evening we dressed up real nice and went to  this amazing place directly by the waterfront, called “Pier 10“, a little houseboat actually, isn’t it super sweet?

The view was just incredible. For our aperitif we went to the terrasse, where we where alone and with a glas of prosecco he popped the question (I will not go in any more details, because I know that he will feel awkward – lets just say, it was so cute and I of course said YES). After that we had a wonderful evening with great food (fresh fish) and wine and at the end we were the only guests left and had a long talk with the super friendly Lady who waited us (I think she also owned the place). I can just recommend Pier 10 for a trip to Amsterdam,  it is really romantic and special.

Driving Home for Easter

4 Apr

Happy Easter everybody!

Today we drove to our families to celebrate with them. They live not far away, about 50 miles from us. That meant a lot, A LOT of good food for us. First we went to my soon to be mother-in-law to have a huge Easter brunch and the evening we went to my parents and had a great dinner with them. Lamb, beans and potatoes. Yummy!

I really have to go running tomorrow to lose to extra Easter weight.

The whole day was so much fun (not only because of the good food). The older you get the more you appreciate the time you spend with your family and are aware that it is very precious. Just sitting around at the table for hours and hours, chatting, laughing and enjoying eachothers company. That’s what a holiday like Easter should be and that it was today. I am very thankful for that… GOOD NIGHT!