L. A. SUMMER LOVE: Playlist Yoga & Urth Caffé (WeHo) & San Marino tour

Travelling for me means experiencing the culture and lifestyle of the place I visit and getting to know how the locals live. I love to really live at the place I travel to by participating in activities and connecting with locals. Just then I feel like I grow through the experience and soak it all [...]

L. A. SUMMER LOVE: Le Pain Quotidien (WeHo), Joshua Tree Park & Las Vegas

During my California travels in June, we took a little short trip over to Las Vegas. Not having any expectations as I assumed that the gambler's city in midst the Nevada desert would not make it to my "Top 5 Cities in the World" (or "Top 50" for that matter) list anyway, I was still [...]

Lukas Podolski’s “Ice Cream United” in Cologne

A week ago, German soccer sensation Lukas Podolski, a. k. a. Poldi, launched his ice cream parlor Ice Cream United midst "Belgisches Viertel" (the place to be, eat, drink and hang out) in Cologne, Germany. Naturally, I had to check it out as it was said to be tasty and healthier than your average ice [...]

Green Oatmeal Muffins — breakfast olé

I love oats. At least five of seven mornings, my breakfast consists of oatmeal with fruits, berries and (preferably) roasted nuts. Who doesn't like a healthy, fruity, energy boosting breakfast to kick-start the day? That's right. For the past months and years, smoothies -- especially green smoothies -- have been the thing in the healthy living [...]

We Heart Cookies: Double Chocolate Chip Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies

If there is a sweet treat, barely someone can resist, it's chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Crunchy or chewy, does not matter. The combination of rustic oats and sweet chocolate is mouth-watering and can only be topped with a fruity component: cranberries that is. When I discovered this recipe a few years ago, I did not [...]

spotlight on morning routines — take 2

This following notion is take 2 (the beauty of seasonal morning routines) on morning routines. Also see take 1 (the impact of morning routines on us). The beauty of mornings is one of a kind. The seasons define our morning routines. Seasons decide what we'll have for breakfast and where we'll sit having breakfast. They make [...]

spotlight on morning routines — take 1

This following notion is take 1 (the impact of morning routines on us) of 2 (the beauty of seasonal morning routines). Recently, I have been philosophizing about how different the unique ways are through which we all view tiny aspects of life -- these tiny aspects ultimately sum up to define our world view. I find [...]

We Heart Cookies: Valentine’s Day Edition

As you've been following the V-Day countdown, Valentine's Day is only 5 days away. Time get the love-themed baking on! Searching for a yummy recipe on Pinterest, I stumbled upon a Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies recipe by Amy's Healthy Baking. I do love oatmeal cookies (and so does everyone I know), and this recipe sounded particularly [...]

a berry dream of a summer cake

Is it really already July? Summer is in full swing (although here in Cologne, Germany, we have only got the pleasure of a little taste yet, but we will get there – ... hopefully). The flowers are blooming, the nights are shorter, the days sunnier and longer. These beautiful days, all I can think about [...]

happy places or a description of an island’s (cottage’s) charm

Have you had a moment of complete mind peacefulness and zen in the past weeks? Moments where you can sort out things that you need time thinking about and solving in your mind for? Moments that you spend at an individual happy place without any disturbing external influences? Where you can spend your time doing [...]