Hamburg! You hold a special place in my heart. I can’t believe it’s probably 3 or 4 years that I last visited. Not much has changed though. With the breeze still fresh, the Labskaus still the typical food and the Reeperbahn colourful and crowded as ever, Hamburg stands its ground at the German north coast. But, a big BUT, the food scene has seen some changes. Vegan, vegetarian and organic restaurants and menus predominantly appear in the cityscape, at least much more than a few years ago. Notably one neighborhood seems to attract restaurants and cafes that embrace vegan or vegetarian options, St. Georg. Here are four that I visited during my 2-days trip to Hamburg this fall….
Honestly, I miss autumn. And the reason is I haven’t really experienced autumn for three years now. That is one of the downsides of living in countries with a tropical or warm climate. You don’t get to pick fresh apples in September, stop by street vendors that sell hot maroons or have a huge selection of pumpkin varieties.
But I don’t want to complain because autumn can be ugly, too. The days when you have to go outside despite the fact that it’s freezing cold and raining at the same time. Or when you haven’t seen sunlight in what feels like forever. So maybe I don’t miss it too much. And if I still do I make some autumn inspired foods or drinks. Like this pumpkin spiced matcha latte.
The taste of pumpkin spice reminds me of the cold but cozy season. The moment when you come inside, still shivering from the weather outside and you make yourself a hot cup of tea. Well, since it’s still quite warm in Cairo, I have my pumpkin spiced latte with ice but you can also prepare and drink it hot….
The capital of Lebanon is known as “Paris of the Middle East” and for capturing the hearts of visitors from around the world. Due to recent political developments many travellers avoid Beirut nowadays but let me tell you, it is completely safe (or as safe as a big city in Europe would be). With its beautiful charm, cool restaurants, thriving bars and gorgeous backstreets, it is the perfect get-away for a long weekend.
So we booked the flights from Cairo, boarded the plane a few days later and all of the sudden landed in Beirut. After some negotiations at the airport, we stepped into our taxi and went straight to our Airbnb in Gemmayze, Beirut’s trendy district. Once we reached the city center I immediately knew that our time in Beirut would be amazing. It was also that drive that we decided to stay in Beirut for all three days (instead of visiting places outside of town for one day) and explore every angle on foot.
So, safe some money on taxis and the hassle of finding the right bus and instead put on some comfy shoes and walk your way around the capital. Beirut is pedestrian-friendly for Middle Eastern standards and you’ll always be able to find some kind of sidewalk wherever your are. Getting hungry on the way? I also have that covered for you. Below is a quick guide to walking and eating your way through Beirut….
There is no denial. Raw (no-bake) desserts have become a popular trend around the world.
It all sounds too good to be true. Smooth cheesecakes, sweet caramel slices and creamy chocolate cake. Minus all the nasty stuff.
What started out as part of the vegan scene has now reached many health-conscious enthusiasts who like to indulge without the guilt. Most raw treats are refined sugar-free, gluten-free and diary-free. I personally love the fact that you can whip up a cake or a few small tarts without waiting for the oven to finish its job. Plus they are healthy, planet-friendly and most people won’t even believe they are raw.
So, let’s just agree that raw desserts are amazing and wonderfully tasty.
Oh and there are no rules to it. The other day I wanted to eat something sweet. So I checked my cupboard, soaked some nuts, added ingredients that I like and made a delicious dessert for dinner with the girls….
I don’t know about you but I love food that is colorful. It really seems to taste much better. I’m not talking about artifically colored foods. I’m referring to natural bright and vibrant ingredients. Usually I add lots of color to my morning smoothie. The fresh green of spinach or the happy yellow of mango kicks off my day in the right way.
There is another think I love. Pancakes! (I mean who doesn’t) So how about making these boring plain pancakes more fun by adding the superfood spirulina. Spirulina is packed with nutrients, boosts energy as well as immunity and supports eye and brain health. You don’t need to add much and I promise it won’t taste too healthy….
It’s carrot season in Egypt. Wait! You might wonder, there is a carrot season? Yes, there is! Obviously, you get carrots all year around but at the moment they are the juiciest and sweetest.
And here is another fact: Cooking season is not only during Christmas. Okay, you probably know that already. I, on the contrary, never really baked cookies other than in December.
Big mistake as I learned this week. Because these delicious carrot cake cookies with mango cashewcream are just the best treat a healthy girl can ask for. They are vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free….
You have probably heard it a hundred times but it is so true: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day – even more so, a healthy breakfast! A nutritious breakfast has endless benefits. It jump-starts your morning, it reduces hunger throughout the day and can even help with your overall health. And no, you don’t need to get up 30 min earlier to prepare it. How amazing is that! 🙂 It just takes 5 short minutes to prepare this super delicious smoothie bowl.
Speaking of health benefits, did you know that a smoothie for breakfast can keep you hydrated, something coffee or sugary drink do less? Fresh smoothies are also an easy way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. I have some sorts of smoothie bowl every morning of the week. Recipes for it can be so diverse and a lot of fun if you like to experiment a little. I find that homemade smoothies are much cheaper than store-bought ones plus it feels good to know what’s inside. I only choose fresh and wholesome ingredients for my smoothies, mix it all together and add some toppings at the end….
Before I start to rave about the wonders of nice cream, I want to talk about my love for apricots 🙂
I’m a big fan of seasonal produce. When I was living in Hong Kong I got really tired of eating imported fruits and vegetables that tasted like plastic. Since I moved to Egypt I’ve started to appreciate seasonality…even if this means I can’t have avocado for a few week. But when there is avocado available it tastes like nothing else. And I guess that compensates for the few weeks each year when I have to plan my meals without it.
Same thing for apricots. Saying that I love apricots is an understatement. Once they are in season I eat as much as I can hoping I might get sick of them at one point to survive the upcoming months without them. That usually doesn’t work. But again it makes me appreciate apricots even more. I’m currently loving apricots in my daily breakfast bowl. As it’s super warm in Cairo at the moment I usually make it with some nice cream.
Have you heard of nice cream yet? It’s a creamy and sweet snack, treat or dessert and only made of one ingredient, frozen banana. It’s vegan, it’s raw and really delicious. If you add a few more ingredients, it’s a happy and healthy breakfast….
Classic overnight chia pudding has become a constant breakfast stable in my life but today I would like to share with you a new twist on chia seeds: A recipe for a nutty quinoa chia seed pudding.
Fun facts about chia seeds: When the chia seeds are placed in liquid, they expand up to 10 times their original size. The result is that you stay hydrated, it fills you up and your body is able to absorb all the good nutrients. It is even believed that Aztec warriors have sustained themselves from just 1 tablespoon of chia seeds per day.
Fun facts about quinoa: Quinoa isn’t a grain but actually a relative of spinach, beets and chard. Because it is mineral rich, gluten-free and contains all essential amino acids, NASA researched declared it the perfect inflight food for astronauts 20 years ago.
Quinoa and chia seeds are considered superfoods and mixing both provides a high-protein and nutrient-dense base. But don’t be fooled. Just because it’s super healthy doesn’t mean that it tastes bland. Quinoa and chia seeds combined ticks all the flavour boxes: Its nutty, slightly crunchy yet creamy and depending on your topping it can also be fruity and juicy. Convinced? Here is an easy and quick recipe……
If you have ever been to Cairo in Egypt you know that it can be quite overwhelming and at times even stressful. Cairo is known for being a bustling and energetic city which I love as there is always so much to explore and discover. But sometimes I feel the need to unwind and relax. So, no matter if you come to visit Egypt’s capital for a few days or if you live here, there are some laid-back ways to make most of the city….