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Marvellous Macarons

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Uhm, hi… I thought I should quickly stop by and convince you of my existence. No excuses for the last few months. Real life caught up with me, university, private life, and everything was a bit much. On top of that, I simply lacked the enthusiasm to blog anything at all. Anyway, here I am again, hoping that some of you may still remember me. Yes, I am that girl who occasionally travels to London in order to…do things and…be at places.

Earlier this year, I took my cousin with me when I travelled to “The Smoke” and we took a little trip to the Ladurée shop in Burlington Arcade. She had never tried macarons before and, needless to say, was marvelled by the beauty of the shop as well as the variety of macarons and their deliciousness. So we bought a lot of differently flavoured macarons and made a list according to taste and flavour which you will find below.

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The Ultimate Macaron Taste List:

Vanilla: My favourite flavour so far. Very delicious and just the right amount of sweetness.

 Rose Petal: I don’t know about you, but I don’t like it. Sure, it does taste a bit like roses, but mostly it just tastes like soap and very artificial.

Chocolate: Very chocolatey, but for me, it’s too bitter. I also don’t like dark chocolate, so maybe that’s why.

Orange Blossom: Same like rose petals. Tastes like old perfume and very artificial.

Coffee: Very nice! It tastes exactly like it should…like coffee.

Coffee Caramel: In my opinion even better than Coffee, because the caramel adds a certain sweetness which I like.

Jasmine: It did taste okay, but isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, I guess.

Green Apple: Quite fruity and very much like a real apple. Thumbs up from me.

Lemon: It was okay, but didn’t exactly taste like lemon at all.

Raspberry: Exactly like raspberry, and also very fruity. I like it.

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Halloween Autumn Recipe – Butternut Squash Pumpkin Soup

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  • WHAT YOU NEED (FOR 10 PEOPLE):

1 Red Kuri Squash (Hokkaido)

1 Butternut Squash

2 1/2 l Chicken/Vegetable Broth

4 Potatoes

200 ml Whipped Cream

2 Garlic Cloves

Ginger

Salt and Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Curry Powder

Cinnamon Powder

Coriander

Nutmeg

Sour Cream

1 Vanilla Bean

Orange Juice

Oil, for stir-frying

  • PREPARATION:

1. Halve, seed and cube the butternut squash and the red kuri squash. Put them in a frying pan, together with the garlic cloves (which are sliced into small pieces beforehand). Stir-fry them in a bit of oil.

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2. Put the vegetable broth in a large pot. Bring to a boil. Peel and cube the potatoes and the ginger (a bit of ginger is enough! Don’t add too much!). Tip the potatoes, ginger and the squash into the pot.

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3. Let it boil for 20 minutes. Blend everything. Then add the spices and whipped cream. Let it boil for a bit longer. Blend it again and leave it over night. Add the orange juice before eating it the next day. You can also add some sour cream or crème fraîche before serving it. Done!

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Recipe: Baked Honey Apple & Goat Cheese

I seem to have forgotten about the “food” part on my blog. It’s already been quite a while since my last restaurant review and even longer ago since my last recipe post; although I have hundreds of pictures of delicious recipes I’ve tried this and last year. However it’s maybe not a good idea to post about a pumpkin soup in June. So, here we go, with a very delicious baked apple with goat cheese and salad recipe.

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Baked Honey Apple with Goat Cheese and Salad:

What you need:

2 apples, 8 goat’s cheese slices (cream cheese!), 2 teaspoons dried thyme, 2 teaspoons brown sugar, butter

How you do it:

Peel and core the apples. Cut them into eight slices (each apple 4 slices). Put the goats cheese slices on the apple slices. Put the thyme, sugar, honey and a bit of butter on top of each apple/cheese slice. Bake it at 180° for about 10 minutes. When the cheese looks as pictured above, you can serve it. Garnish with salad and bread.

Cupcakes, Bobas and Dorayaki

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Last month, when I was in London, I of course couldn’t leave out a visit to Lola’s cupcake counter in Harrods and Bubbleology in Soho. They’re some of the few places I’ll go to every time I’m in London. As it was afternoon (tea) time and my friend’s and my feet started to hurt, we were looking for somewhere to eat and drink something and, most importantly, sit down. Because we were shopping in Harrods, I got the idea of paying a little visit to the Food Hall, the Lola’s cupcake counter in particular. I bought two Red Velvet cupcakes, but my friend didn’t want cupcakes and we couldn’t find anything to sit down, so instead we went to Piccadilly Circus with the tube. There’s that small Japanese supermarket where I always wanted to go to and as my friend loves Asian food we went there to get her something to eat. I had no idea what all the things they sold were, but everything looked pretty delicious so I bought..well, something (maybe someone knows what those things in the picture above are). My friend got Dorayaki’s, Japanese sweets that are quite a bit like pancakes. From there we went to Bubbleology in Soho, just a 5 minute walk from Piccadilly Circus. My favourite Bubble Tea store, looking very much like a mad scientist’s lab.

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Memories Of 2012 In Pictures (And Words)

It’s 2013 (Happy New Year to all my readers from 106 different countries and friends!), and my annual blog report just came in a few days ago, including a lot of blog data I won’t bore you with. However I do want to post my traditional ‘memories of the year’ post. I hope 2013 will be a year as great as 2012. It’ll be a year of changes for me (finally moving to London, yay!). So, here we go with the pictures and words:

January:

January

I spent New Year’s Eve in Dresden with friends. My blog had its first birthday in January (meaning it’s now almost 2 years old). My family and I had dinner at a lovely Chinese restaurant. Lots of tea drinking, cold weather and vanilla macaron baking in January too. I changed my blog theme for the first time.

February:

February

I posted my first giveaway ever on this blog. London Fashion Week took place and I loved watching the shows (can you spot Lana Del Rey?). I spent a lot of time taking pictures with the old Praktica I found and sewing bags for friends. I had butterflies in my hair and on my fingers in a butterfly conservatory.

March:

March

I played a small part in Cabaret, the Musical. Spring arrived and I ordered a ‘Lulu Guinness’ style necklace from the talented JaymieOC. Lulu Guinness press day also happened. I wandered around Dresden, my home town, and took some pictures there.

April:

April

Back in London. Lulu Guinness for Uniqlo launch (which I sadly missed). I tried macarons at Ladurée for the very first time. I had a little meeting with Tiffany, the new store manager at Lulu Guinness, at their Burlington Arcade store and she showed me around the store a bit. I bought my first Lulu Guinness lips clutch that day too (vintage red snakeskin). I was invited to the Task PR AW12 Press Day. My parents were in London for the first time and I did a lot of sightseeing with them. I went to the Hampstead Fun Fair with a few friends.

May:

May

My lovely red Cambridge Satchel arrived here. The Christian Louboutin exhibition opened at the Design Museum, showcasing lots of amazing shoes. I did the 2nd blog giveaway on my blog (Swarovski). Wish magazine was launched in London and I immediately ordered one.

June:

June

The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with big celebrations in London and the Clock Tower was renamed Elizabeth Tower to honour her. I watched the pageant and concert on TV and waved the Union Jack.

July:

July

Berlin Fashion Week started in Berlin and I ran around, going to as many showrooms and shows as possible. One of my favourites was the Vintage Fashion Show. I spent some time in Turkey at the end of July where we had 43 degrees. The Olympics started in London. I contributed to two magazines, Spark magazine and A Little Bit Fabulous.

August:

August

I spent some more time in Turkey (2 weeks) and watched the Olympics every single day. I also got an invitation to the Charbonnel et Walker Blogger Event. I finally got a DSLR camera (my beloved Canon 1100D). After Turkey I went straight back to London where I watched one of the last Sweeney Todd the Musical shows. I also went to the Heath with a friend to take some outfit pics and enjoy the sunny days. I went to the Notting Hill carnival for the first time. My friend and I ate lots and lots of sushi, and I spent a lot of time shopping. I went to Selfridges to review the Yayoi Kusama x Louis Vuitton collection. I met two lovely fellow bloggers, Milla and Karen. My Old Dutch invited me over to have a meal for free. I chose the berry pancakes and a Reese milkshake. I also received Wish magazine in the post when I came back from London.

September:

September

Back in London…again. Went to see Mamma Mia the Musical, did lots of sightseeing again, was at the Orla Kiely for Uniqlo launch. I went to Eton and Windsor too. I chalked my hair pink and blue, and posted the third giveaway (Lulu Guinness tote). I became a BFI member and bought tickets for the Great Expectations premiere in October.

October:

October

Still in London, the Great Expectations Premiere took place on October 21st in Leicester Square. Before the premiere started, I met a really great PA, Linda, who also had tickets to the premiere. I really enjoyed the movie and meeting/seeing all the stars was a little plus. I was invited to the Lulu Guinness Press Day where I met Donna, another amazing PA, and Lulu herself. Another Press Day I went to was the Push PR Press Day. I met with fellow bloggers Kristabel and Becky and we went to the Saatchi Gallery to see the Chanel Little Black Jacket exhibition. I saw Cabaret the Musical. On Halloween my friend Jo and I went trick or treating in Hampstead and Belsize Park.

November:

November

I celebrated Bonfire Night in Germany with a little bottle of Moet, and a friends birthday party. I took part in an admin chat with other PA’s.

December:

December

My birthday was on Dec. 21st where the world was supposed to end..of course it didn’t and I had a lovely birthday party. The biggest surprise was my friend from Cardiff being there. I loved all my presents and thanks to all my guests! I watched Les Misérables which will be in cinemas in the UK on January 13th, and you should definitely watch it! I spent Christmas with my family in Germany and New Year’s Eve in Dresden with some friends.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!

こんにちは YO! Sushi

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The title of this post is ‘Konnichiwa Yo! Sushi’. For anyone who can’t speak Japanese (people like myself), ‘Konnichiwa’ means ‘hello’.

Anyway, whenever I’m in London I go to Yo! Sushi about 4 times a week. Why? Because I love sushi! Does it get boring after a while? No, I could go there every week of the year! The menu is amazing and when I enter my favourite Yo! Sushi in Camden, I feel like I’m in Tokyo. The staff there is always friendly and I love to watch them prepare the food. My favourites are the Avocado Maki, Edamame (salted soy beans…which you should squeeze and suck…when I first tried them I ate the whole thing..), Pumpkin Korroke, Prawn Tempura, the Dorayaki dessert (pancake with raspberry sauce; try it, try it, try it!) and Green Tea Ice Cream. But the menu is so big, I haven’t tried everything yet.

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Restaurant Review – Giraffe Belsize Park

Giraffe Restaurant is just a stone’s throw (30 seconds) away from Belsize Park tube station on Haverstock Hill. I had dinner there with a friend last month and went again for dessert the next day – something I had missed out on the evening before as we had been in a bit of a hurry. I had a Farmers Market Vegetable Burrito for dinner. The filling consisted of roasted vegetables, black beans, feta & herby rice and the burrito was topped with adobe sauce, cheese, tomato salsa & crumbled feta. It was served with a salad. Everything tasted really good, I loved the feta and vegetables in my burrito and my friend really enjoyed her Falafel Deluxe burger too. The only thing I didn’t like was the onion in my salad as I don’t like onion, but that’s of course not the restaurants fault. Giraffe, you made two Vegetarians very happy!