East & Eden

I am not going to lie, I love Starbucks! In the US, you find it at every other corner, and in Berlin you kind of do, too. You know exactly what you’ll get and you have your seasonal favorites to look forward to (Give it up, fellow PSL lovers!). You know you have plugs near…

Shrimp and Zucchini Curry Stir Fry

Perhaps it’s the first day of the new year that is inspiring me to become more creative in my meal choices, but for dinner I had the urge to try something new. This shrimp and zucchini stir fry is perfect is you want to make something not too challenging, yet fun and yummy. Ingredients (for…

Healthy New Year!

With today marking the first day of 2016, it’s time to get these New Year’s resolutions off to a good start! Whatever you are looking to accomplish this year, I suggest you put balanced eating on that list, too. That’s not necessarily synonym for losing weight or working out more but simply suggests trying to…

Brunch in San Francisco: Kitchen Story

Located just off of Market in the Castro, Kitchen Story is a California- Thai fusion place, which sounds interesting but totally works. Their curries are amazing, so are their burgers but their brunch options were what really got me coming back to this place. I can highly recommend the Frisco Benedict for $15.75. Poached egg…

No Coronado without some MooTime

If you ever find yourself in Coronado- which I strongly suggest you do at some point in your life- visit a little creamery called MooTime either in the historic Hotel Del or on Orange Ave. I mean… beach and ice-cream, what’s not to love, right? But this creamery will knock you off your socks with their…

It’s always Sushi o’clock in San Francisco

The city by the bay is famous for many things. There are the obvious ones- The bridge, the wharf, the cable cars- but one should not forget to eat as much as possible when in town. San Francisco is a food mecca and will satisfy any taste buds or wallets. New niche cafes, bistros and restaurant…

Fast Food Reinvented

Don’t feel like standing in the kitchen for too long today? Craving something healthy but also filling? Feeling uninspired? Try this simple salmon and salad recipe. I promise, you will not be disappointed! Ingredients (2 portions): Salmon filled, 300g 1 bag of spinach 10 cherry tomatoes 1/2 – 1 pack of feta cheese (to taste)…

Berlin: Winsviertel in Prenzl Berg

In California, people expect to find magic everywhere. In the way the waves crash on shore. In the way the sun breaks through palm trees. In the way your hipster bar tender is doing some crazy foam art on your latte. But magic can be found even in the most urban of places. Like here, in…

Julian’s Apple Pie and Cheddar Cheese

If you are in or near San Diego during fall, head over to Julian. From October onwards, this little mountain village about an hour north of SD looks like Pinterest’s fall lovers completely took over. Colored leaves, cute little cottages and restaurants, people in trendy fall clothes and scarves (when else would you wear that in…

The Baked Bear

Ice-Cream lovers out there, watch out! Baked Bear might be the next best cause of Diabetes, but it will also be the next best source of happiness. Located in Pacific Beach in San Diego, this little SoCal chain serves made-to-order ice cream sandwiches. The choice is hard: Not only do you have a wide variety…

Shrimp and Spinach Pasta

If you live anywhere in Germany, London or the US East Coast, you have probably heard of Vapiano. It’s a chain selling high-quality Italian food fast food style, mostly targeting young working professionals. Their food is super delicious and my personal favorite is their Scampi e Spinaci creation, which I have tried to imitate. If…

Chicken Avocado Parmesan

Although I have eaten mostly vegetarian while in California, I do like me my chicken every once in a while. And in Germany, it is all about the meat anyways. Try this Califorman (yes, that’s me creating a California-German fusion dish) meal for your next get together with friends: Ingredients (for 2-3 portions):  1/2 cup…