It’s a Saturday morning in late April, just after sunrise. I’m sitting on my sofa wrapped in a blanket, one cat to each sides. The window is open bringing in the first ray of sunlight and some brisk air. This is the season for enjoying breakfast outside. The sun will soon warm Istanbul and this fresh morning will become a pleasant day. Grab a book, a group of friends or just yourself and have breakfast at one of my favorite spots in Istanbul….
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….
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….
“I’m on vacation” is a sentence I hear often when friends and family excuse their full plates at the hotel breakfast buffet. Overindulge is a common behaviour when people go on vacation and often they have the tendency to choose really unhealthy items from the breakfast selection: croissants, muffins, sausages and sweet juices. However every hotel breakfast buffet offers some good-for-you options that are nourishing, nutritious and filling. Having a healthy and refreshing breakfast provides you with energy and a mental boost. Apart from that it is so much easier coming home from a wonderful vacation and not going on a diet immediately to fight your holiday weight gain.
Travelling a lot I am often faced with the breakfast buffet dilemma. At home I usually have a breakfast smoothie with oats (check out my Instagram for some recipe inspiration) but finding maca powder, chia seeds or even non-diary milk at a hotel breakfast buffet is nearly impossible. So, it took me some time to find my favorite holiday breakfast foods that would would be healthy on the one side but also satisfy my taste buds and soul.
When I am having breakfast at a hotel I am ideally looking for various food combinations, low-carb fruits and slow-digesting carbs, fat + proteins and low-carb vegetables or proteins and high-carb fruits. This sounds all more scientific than it actually is and these are only my ideas of understanding healthy food (I’m not a nutritionist) but with some common sense and inspiration you’ll find an energising and healthy breakfast. So here are my preferred vegan and vegetarian hotel breakfast choices.
Stylish Melbourne is a city that has it all, cosmopolitain people, arty streets, pretty beaches, dynamic night life and good quality food. Melbourne is renowned for the variety of its food, not least because it is a melting pot of cultures and that again is reflected in its many restaurants, cafes, grocery stores, markets and food trucks. Now I am usually not one for returning to a destination already visited but with Melbourne I would make an exception for various reasons. First, I only spent 2 days there and second, that just wasn’t enough time to explore the local food scene. However I have collected 6 of my favorite foodie things to do in Melbourne. Only six highlights? That doesn’t sound enough for Melbourne, right? That’s why I need to come back again to complete my list of indulgences….
How do you define the best breakfasts in a city? Certainly, there are several factors that need to be considered like service, quality and presentation of the meal, location and atmosphere. But what if you are just looking for good breakfast foods despite the interior design of the restaurant or the convenience of the place? I have done the legwork and found the best breakfast dishes in Hong Kong. I have tried and eaten many more morning meals but these are my absolute 10 favorite ones. So all you have to do is decide where you want to go next weekend….
So much has happened lately. I have been to many amazing places in Asia and now I am currently planing my move to Cairo in Egypt. I went there last week for a short pre-visit and I am really looking forward to share my upcoming experiences from the Middle East, North Africa and especially Cairo.
At the moment I am already in a nostalgic mood, starting to miss Asia without being away yet. Going through the photos of my latest travel trips, snaps of Taipei once again caught my eye.
It is already two months ago that I set foot in one of the most underrated countries I have been to. Taiwan is a stunning piece of land and those that ever have the chance to visit it, are in for a real treat. So it comes at no surprise that Taiwan’s capital, Taipei has much to offer for the vivid and curious traveler.
I merely spend one day in Taipei and it still stole my heart forever. It’s its combination of Asian and Western lifestyle, lush city parks and crowded back street, modern architecture and rural homes. And most importantly, food is the center of all things.
I had my fare share of Taiwanese food when I was in Hualien to visit the amazing Tarko Gorge (here my post about it). Thus I was excited to try out the cultural food-mix that Taipei is so well known for. The eating plus some sightseeing and city strolling made my trip to Taipei a very memorable one….
Outdoor dining is on everybody’s mind when its nicely warm outside and a fresh breeze blows through the city. Combined with a nearby beach, nothing beats the feeling of relaxing in a lounge chair, drinking a cocktail or having a fresh bite and watching the ocean. Here are three great restaurants to wine and dine alfresco in Nha Trang Vietnam….
Hong Kong is home to some of the best and priciest restaurants in Asia but everybody likes to keep it simple from time to time. When you are on a budget there are plenty of tasty and wallet-friendly local eats. However, cheap and cheerful Western food is often hard to come by. But don’t despair; you don’t have to visit McDonalds every time you crave something else than Dim Sum and noodle soup. I picked 11 casual places where you can dine on comforting Western cuisine for 100 HKD/ 10 EUR/ 13 USD a head….