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MODEPALAST WIEN

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Last weekend there was a Trade Fair for Fashion, Jewellery & Accessoires called Modepalast in Vienna. I have to admit that I didn’t know anything about it but when Chris found out we passed by to see what was going on. It took place in the Wiener Künstlerhaus which had enough space for the 100 designers that were showcasing their work. It offered a varied selection of different styles and tastes making it quite pleasant to stroll through. There were a lot of different items showcased so ff you are into fashion it is definitely worth checking out next time!

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WALNUT LEMON PASTA WITH STRING BEANS

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So I am a vegetarian. I have been one for a very long time. It is sometimes difficult to find good vegetarian food and recipes so if I find a good one I’m gonna keep it! This pasta we found a while ago in one of those free magazines you get in supermarkets. The combination of walnuts, garlic and lemon is a yummy one and maybe even applicable to other recipes. This is how it goes.

Ingredients:
14 ounces of pasta
5 handful of string beans
4 cloves of garlic
1 organic lemon
2 handful of walnuts
2 tablespoons of oregano
4 tablespoons of parmesan
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of walnut oil
¹⁄₂ cup of stock
salt, pepper

Preparation:
1. Cook the pasta.
2. In the meantime, clean the string beans, boil them in salt water for approximately eight minutes and then drain them. Peel the garlic and cut into fine slices. Squeeze the lemon and keep the juice handy for the next step. Chop the walnuts into chunks and if necessary grate the parmesan.
3. Heat the butter and walnut oil in a pan adding the garlic and the walnuts. Roast them for one minute. Add the lemon juice and the soup stock and bring to a boil. As soon as it boils add the string beans and the pasta. Stir it well and add some salt, pepper and oregano.
4. Sprinkle the parmesan on each serving.

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BERLIN

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At the end of January Chris and I went to Berlin for a weekend. We had only been there once before so we were very excited.

We stayed in the Michelberger Hotel on Warschauer Straße and it turned out to be a very trendy place with friendly staff. The rooms were quirky and fun (ours even had a loft bed). It felt like a combination of DIY and vintage furniture. One of Chris’ favorite features was an endless loop of the Big Lebowski playing on screens in the hall and on a channel on the TVs in the rooms. For breakfast we enjoyed a variety of vegan/vegetarian/locally grown/organic options that even included their own canned coconut water and it was absolutely worth the eight Euros.

Besides meeting some friends we also went to see some exhibitions at the Ehemalige Jüdische Mädchenschule, the Museum of Letters (in German Buchstabenmuseum) and we also caught the show Wien – Berlin, Kunst zweier Metropolen at the Berlinische Gallerie on its last day in Berlin. The highlight was definitely the Buchstabenmuseum. The staff, who I believe were also the organizers, offered us a free tour with some interesting facts about different letterforms on shop fronts. On the last day of our trip we found out that just around the corner the Berlin Graphic Days at the Urban Spree were taking place. It showcased interesting graphic design, illustration and street art.

Obviously we also wanted to go shopping and discover Berlin’s many boutiques that seem to be tucked away around every corner. If you are a design/art/lifestyle book lover like me you should check out Do you want me?! and the Gestalten Space. We spent over an hour in Do you want me?! browsing the varied selection of beautifully printed books on all kinds of topics. I ended up buying three books. A turkish cookbook (ISTANBUL Recipes from the heart of Turkey by Rebecca Seal), a book by Steven Heller on research (Writing and Research for Graphic Designers) and a Japanese book full of textures. Afterwards we went to the Gestalten Space, where they not only sell books published by Gestalten but also well chosen design and lifestyle bits and bobs.

Since we spend so much time in galleries and bookshops there just wasn’t enough time to hit all the interesting clothes and beauty stores that Berlin has to offer. But what I insisted on visiting was the & other stories shop (since there isn’t one in Vienna and I knew I would like the stuff they sell there). I bought a pair of earrings (I love the & other stories jewellery) and three skincare/beauty products: the Cotton Care Nainsook Body Oil, the Body Soufflé Shinjuku Bloom and a blue nail polish called Needlecord Blue all from the & other stories own brand.

Chris, being a sneaker freak, convinced me to go to a very special Adidas Originals shop called No 74 where we both got lucky and got some new trainers. By the way it also has a location in London called No 6 and in Paris called No 42. The numbers represent the street address of each shop. I chose the Adidas Original ZX700 in royal blue. They are actually men’s shoes but I liked the colours so much and the smallest size fit me – so why not. Chris bought some classic Stan Smiths.

As for food we were two happy campers all the time. The food wasn’t only delicious and with vegetarian options everywhere we went, but also not that expensive. Worth mentioning is definitely a place called Lokal that we accidentally found after our bookshop session. We had some nice traditional German/European food there. As for my vegetarian needs we went to a place called Vöner. It is a small snack bar (Imbiss) with a nice selection of different vegetarian/vegan dishes for example a vöner which is a vegan Döner. Chris had heard about this place called The Bird where we managed to get a table (after waiting for 45 minutes in the cold). It is a New York style steakhouse and according to Chris also very authentic. It’s famous for its burgers (Chris had Da Woiks) and they even offered a vegetarian option (The Lousy Hunter).

We also edited a short compilation video of some of the places we went to. You can check it out here:

 

 

So we had a very exciting and interesting weekend and we definitely count Berlin as one of our favorite cities! Have you ever been there? What are your favorite places to visit? Let us know!