The best Macarons in and from Berlin

If you think the best Macarons in the world can only be found in Paris, think again! I’ve tried the likes of Ladurée, Pierre Hermé, and others. But my personal favorites come from a super tiny little patisserie in and from Berlin, Lautz Patisserie.

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I, too, wonder whether I have mom hair

I’ve to admit that lately I’ve become afraid of looking old and uncool. I recently cut my hair really short too and am worried that now I look so clearly like a mom – because ‘mom hair‘.

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My new year resolutions in 2017

2017 came so abruptly, I barely got a minute to breathe, let alone post anything on the blog any more. But this I want to put down in some form of writing: my new year resolutions!

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How Lush kept me going when the going got tough

To think that it all started with a supposedly simple question: “What do you do when you are stressed or down and need a pick me up?”

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Seoul food diary: Korean for insiders

Seoul is a fast-paced city. When we still lived there we once went on vacation for just a week, and when we returned more than three restaurants in our immediate vicinity had been exchanged for another. So imagine coming back after three years! We were certain many of our old hangouts would be gone. But they were not!

So for ten days, we were busy re-visiting back-in-the-day-favorites and discovering new places. And we managed to eat not a single thing twice, except samgyeobsal and galbi.

Here’s our entire Seoul food diary.

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Chinese restaurants in Berlin: my favorites

Chinese restaurants in Berlin

Kantstraße in Charlottenburg is often said to be the “Chinatown” in Berlin. But really it’s just a street with unusually many Chinese restaurants. Here is where you will find the ever popular Good Friends, Aroma, Lon-Men’s Noodle House, and Selig. They are what people here like to call “authentic”. In my opinion, however, “authentic” does not always equal “best.”

Some of my personal favorites are not usually described “authentic” or “traditional.” But what counts is that they excite the taste buds. Without further ado, my five favorite Chinese restaurants in Berlin so far and more!

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A day in De Oude Pijp: breakfast, lunch and dinner in Amsterdam

2015-09 Amsterdam

Amsterdam possesses a charm quite like no other city, with those beautiful quaint houses, so much green, and those canals pervading the entire centre. But during our stay there just a few weeks ago we liked it in De Oude Pijp best of all.

Just south of the central canal rings and right next to the Museumsplein, the residential area is known for its high density of bars, cafés, restaurants and the odd coffee shop. M and I ended up spending half our time there, feasting and drinking and enjoying every last bit of it. Here are a few of my favorite spots.

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How to explore a city – even if it’s your own

view from plane

Yo, yo, yo, what’s up! Your travel expert and trip advisor V. speaking.

It’s 2015, the era of low-cost airlines and cheap flight tickets, which means you probably have a couple of city trips in the pipeline, and if you do not, you are working on it.

I started doing regular city trips way back when I was a student in 2005, always jetting off to near and faraway destinations. However, then and now, I’ve always been of the opinion that exploring another city by way of guided sightseeing tours through old buildings and monuments, such as the Colosseum in Rome, Schloss Neu-Schwanstein around Munich or up the Statue of Liberty in New York, wasn’t quite what I wanted out of a trip to another country. History is nice and all, but I’d rather explore what the life there is like now.

How do I do that?

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Summer scents: Inscentives for summer – and beyond

Kiehl's Nashi Blossom, Pink Grapefruit, Eau de Toilette

Fragrances are magical, because it’s like they leave invisible imprints on our brains. One day you sniff a certain scent again and boom! Suddenly you recall vague, long-forgotten memories from the depths of your unconsciousness – it’s crazy!

So signature scents are a thing. People can and will remember you by how you smell, but you can actually take influence on that.

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