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2 schöne Tage in Florenz

von Claudia am 13. Februar 2016, keine Kommentare

Stefania und Roberto

Wir haben letztes Wochenende dem Karneval den Rücken gekehrt und waren in Florenz. Grund unserer Reise war die Hochzeit meiner Freundin Stefania. Wir haben zusammen in England studiert und letztes Wochenende hat sie ihren Roberto geheiratet. Unsere französische Freundin Céline, die auch mit uns dort studiert hat, war ebenfalls da. Die Hochzeit war sehr schön und richtig italienisch: Eine große, herzliche italienische Familie, eine kirchliche Trauung die wenig steif wirkte und jede Menge gutes Essen.

Es fing am Morgen mit der Kirche an und im Anschluss ging das Fest in einer alten Villa mit Blick auf Florenz weiter – eine sehr schöne Location. Zum Glück ist die Sonne auch ab und zu rausgekommen. Wir hatten uns schon beim Sektempfang die Bäuche mit den leckeren Häppchen vollgeschlagen – Riesen-Büffelmozarella, Ricotta, Trüffelcreme und andere Köstlichkeiten – und dann haben wir weiter in einem alten Saal geschmaust. Natürlich tummelte sich die Hochzeitsgesellschaft nach dem Essen um die Riesen-Espresso-Maschine und die Auswahl an italienischen Digestifs. Mit Musik und Tanz ist eine italienische Hochzeit gegen 20 Uhr zu Ende. Gesättigt sind wir dann ins Bett gefallen. Es war schön, Stefania so glücklich zu sehen und Ihre Familie und Freunde wieder zu treffen.

Philipp und Céline

Pappardelle

Espresso

Stefania Roberto Torte

Villa Firenze

Wir hatten dann noch einen halben Tag in Florenz, bevor es im Flieger wieder zurück nach Frankfurt ging. Also waren wir früh auf den Beinen und sind mit dem Bus in die Stadt gefahren. Ich war vor ein paar Jahren mit Céline bereits schon mal in Florenz, aber wir hatten uns dieses Mal vorher ehrlich gesagt wenig informiert und wollten nur ein bisschen durch die Stadt schlendern. Zufällig sind wir am Mercato Centrale vorbeigekommen: Eine permanente Markthalle mit vielen Streetfood-Ständen und Einkaufsmöglichkeiten. Soweit das Auge reicht leckeres Essen: Reichlich belegte Paninis, Käse, frische Nudeln – ein Traum! Ein super Ort für ein Mittagessen!

Mercato Centrale

Mercato Centrale Formaggi

Mercato Centrale Prosciutto

Panini

Vorbei am Piazza del Duomo in der Innenstadt und den Touristenmassen, die anscheinend in geringerer Anzahl auch im Februar die Stadt aufsuchen, steuerten wir eine kleine, verstecktes Kaffeerösterei für einen leckeren Kaffee und ein süßes Teilchen an: Ditta Artigianale. Tagsüber ein Café und Abends ein Bar mit einer feinen Gin-Auswahl – sehr zu empfehlen.

Artiginale Firenze

Latte

Insgesamt war es ein kurzes aber sehr schönes und entspanntes Wochenende!

Restaurant De Kas Amsterdam – Dinner with Sarah Britton from My New Roots

von Claudia am 21. Oktober 2014, ein Kommentar

Restaurant De Kas

Restaurant De Kas 2

When I read on Facebook that Sarah Britton will compose a dinner together with Restaurant De Kas in Amsterdam, I was instantly hooked! I always wanted to have dinner at De Kas plus one of my favorite food bloggers! How fantastic is that?!

The restaurant is an old greenhouse and probably one of the best locations for a restaurant I have ever been to. At De Kas they believe that food tastes best when it is prepared with the freshest, local ingredients. They grow their own vegetables, herbs and edible flowers in the greenhouse and surrounding gardens and on a farm outside Amsterdam. Everything else is supplied from other farms in the vicinity of the city. The menu changes daily according to the daily harvest and additional ingredients from the local suppliers.

For this special dinner, Sarah Britton, a Copenhagen based Canadian Holistic Nutritionist whose blog I have been following for quite a few years now, composed a dinner together with the restaurant.

De Kas Tomatoes

Restaurant De Kas Outside

Restaurant De Kas Dining Room

Restaurant De Kas Sarah Britton

The menu was fantastic! A true celebration of plant-based food. Creative, inspiring and absolutely delicious. There were two starters to share, one soup, a stunning main course and a dessert:

  • Salad of red beetroot and choggia beet, natural soda of beetroot, rocket lettuce, sea buckthorn berry
  • Lacto fermentated purple carrot and roasted carrot with a salsa of nasturium leaves and young spinach
  • Soup of roasted pumpkin and pimento with pumpkin seeds, Chinese chives and young mizuna
  • Socca with eggplant caviar, dried kale, roasted Jerusalem artichoke, young leek, green beans, marinated wild mushrooms, lentils and a herb salad
  • Poached pear, crumble of fennel, caramelized pear, honey comb, wild fennel leaves and pear sorbet

  • My favorite was the socca, a chickpea crepe, topped with an abundance of different veggies and mushrooms. The flavors were absolutely amazing. I also loved the beetroot Kombucha, which was served with the starter.

    We had a wonderful evening and I was very happy to meet Sarah, who is a true inspiration, making healthy eating even more attractive.

    Restaurant De Kas Beetroot

    Restaurant De Kas Carrots

    Restaurant De Kas Socca with Greens

    Restaurant De Kas Dessert

    Restaurant De Kas Philipp Claudia

    Restauramt De Kas Kerstin Stefan

    Restaurant De Kas Night

    Make sure to check out Sarah’s blog My New Roots and Restaurant De Kas.

    Dinner in Antwerp, Belgium

    von Claudia am 6. November 2013, keine Kommentare

    Fiskebar Antwerp Philipp

    I will tell you about two fantastic restaurants in Antwerp without actually showing you some food. The thing is, I don’t have any pictures of what we ate. I was too excited about the food I guess.

    So we spent a great weekend in Antwerp, Belgium, which is only two hours by car from where we live. It was a nice short weekend trip.

    It is an open secret that I have a soft spot for fries with mayonnaise so what was the first thing we did when we arrived in Belgium (the country of fries)? We stopped at a „Frituur“ to have a big portion of fries. After that we took a nap. Of course. Apart from that our trip involved excellent food on Friday and Saturday night. I found two great restaurants called Fiskebar and Le John.

    Fiskebar Antwerp

    On Friday we had dinner at the Fiskebar, a lively and laid back fish restaurant in the trendy south of Antwerp. It is probably the best place to have fresh fish in the city. The menu is on a chalkboard on the wall and either you speak the language or the people at the restaurant are happy to help. We had Ceviche and mackerel sashimi to start with. I had swordfish with a beetroot risotto and Philipp took catfish with mashed potatoes and fennel. It all tasted divine.

    Good food and great atmosphere. The look of the restaurant is quite Scandinavian. We really liked it and would definitely come back.

    Fiskebar window Antwerp

    Le John Antwerp

    Saturday night I chose Le John for dinner. A rather fancy and hidden restaurant and bar. They offer fusion cuisine with a Mediterranean focus. Minimalist interior and friendly service.

    We both had pasta for dinner. Philipp had wild boar ravioli and I chose fettuccini ai funghi. We had a good red wine from Sardinia. My food choice was ok.

    After dinner we went upstairs to have a drink. They have a nice lounge and bar upstairs. It was great to lounge on a sofa after dinner to have a drink. Love the concept. They have a wide variety of drinks. We can recommend this place as well.

    Le John Antwerp dinner

    Le John Antwerp Bar

    Le John: http://restaurantlejohn.tumblr.com
    Fiskebar: http://fiskebar.be

    I recommend making a reservation!

    3 sunny days in Stockholm

    von Claudia am 7. Mai 2013, ein Kommentar

    Stockholm View

    I had three fantastic days in Stockholm: three days of sunshine, good food and my two sisters!

    We arrived quite early on friday and spent the morning just strolling the streets of this beautiful city. We had fantastic weather and so we could really enjoy the positive vibes around. The streets were full of people soaking up the sun sitting outside of cafés and restaurants.

    Our first food stop around lunch time was Saluhallen, an historic market hall in the Östermalm district, where we could satisfy our cravings for gravad lax (cured salmon). Oh, I do love gravad lax.

    The Saluhallen in Östermalm is a beautiful old brick building with market stalls selling everything from fresh fruit and vegetables to cheese or seafood. It is worth while exploring the different vendors and the large variety of delicacies. Östermalm is a fancy and rather pricey district with lots of restaurants and fashion boutiques.

    Food Saluhall

    Saluhall Stockholm inside

    We spent the afternoon chilling in canvas chairs on Skeppsholmen, one of the islands of Stockholm. It truly is a peaceful oasis in the middle of the city. You feel like you are on an island far outside of Stockholm but it is actually a short walk or ferry ride just outside the city center. There is one beautiful hotel on the island with a nice restaurant. We spent some laid-back hours with coffee and sunshine.

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