Recipe for a good weekend

  • cooking a delicious vegan eggplant-sweet potatoe curry with couscous for my friends

It’s so easy and so good: cook the sweet potatoes, fry some onions and eggplants, add coconut milk and red curry paste, then add the sweet potatoes and chickpeas – voilà!

  • having self-made Granola with hot milk for breakfast with my friends

Again, very easy: mix oat flakes and agave syrup, add nuts and spices according to your own taste – I used a lot of cinnamon and a nut mixture – and then bake it in the oven until it gets crispy and light brown. The hot milk helps to unfold the taste of the cinnamon, yum!

  • going to an extra-long Yoga class at Stephan’s with Acro Yoga elements

Link: http://www.stephan-suh.de

For regular Acro Yoga classes in Frankfurt, Shiva Yoga centre offers a class on Friday afternoons: http://www.shiva-yoga.de/stundenplan.html

  • escaping into nature and taking a long walk in the woods with a friend

Take the Metro U 3 direction Hohemark until the end station Hohemark and then just go ahead in the woods. If you prefer to get more information, there is a tourist information right there, too.

  • practising Yin Yoga by myself at home
  • cooking some veggies in my Tajine and as a side-dish: Japanese buckwheat noodles

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The hidden challenge of not only being vegetarian, but also vegan…

… is that you are starting to be even more different than other people. People tell you that they “can understand vegetarians, but vegans are just too much”. Waiters in restaurants get annoyed with your questions or extra requests. And people get annoyed when you tell them about the delicious vegan crêpe that you just had at the Christmas market.

This is why I enjoyed tonight’s vegan meeting at King Creole so much. Other vegans have the same  or at least similar questions and requests in restaurants, experiences and problems with co-workers, friends and family, … This was a really good feeling and I will for sure go to vegan meetings again. On top, the food at King Creole was delicious – they have a special card for vegetarians and vegans with quite a big choice.

Links:

http://www.kingcreole.de/

http://www.facebook.de: Vegan Stammtisch Frankfurt

Lunch break on my own

During the last weeks I realized again that I am not having enough time by and for myself. So when my lunch date canceled on Sunday, I didn’t look for a replacement on purpose and planned some me time during lunch break. I had some things to do, like posting a letter and getting a new battery for my watch, but other than that I just wandered through the streets, looking for nothing but discovering something: at first, an international book store and a good falafel place, and later that those lunch breaks by myself are wonderful and will become a habit.

Address:
Falafel 1818
Münchener Straße 38
Frankfurt

Heidelberg

Yesterday’s favorite moment was to be on a free walking tour in Heidelberg, to hear about its history and to see the beautiful buildings it has to offer . Actually I don’t mean the tour itself, but my excitement to discover a new place and its history.

Heidelberg is a beautiful city with a famous and very old university, many students and narrow streets with beautiful old buildings (it wasn’t bombed during World War II like its neighbour city Mannheim). It is situated about 90 kilometers away from Frankfurt, easy to reach from there within more or less an hour by bus or train. My friends and I chose to take the bus because we wanted to save money. Since we also wanted to be spontaneous, we decided to buy the tickets on the bus.

The good thing was that we got a long breakfast at home. The bad thing, though, is that if you buy bus tickets online, they are much cheaper. We only discovered this at the bus stop and then it was too late to buy tickets online. So we had to pay more than double. That definitely was a lesson.

If you know this, and that the central bus and train station in Heidelberg is actually not that central (30 minutes walking or 15 minutes with bus nr. 32 to Universitätsplatz), your Heidelberg trip will be even nicer than ours – since we unfortunately hadn’t brought that much time and were not happy about the distance from the central station to the old town.

Some places you might also like in Heidelberg:

Falafel with authentic music and free tea (Heugasse 1, https://www.facebook.com/falafel.heidelberg/)

 

the beautiful ceiling of an Art Nouveau library building (part of the free walking tour: https://www.facebook.com/Heidelberg.free.walking.tour)

 

one of 20 different flavours (2 vegan ones) at Chocolaterie YilliY with life piano music when we were there and vegan hot chocolate (Haspelgasse 7, http://www.chocolaterie-heidelberg.de)