Sunday, 29 June 2014

berlin, day three

Wednesday was our last full day in Berlin. We started off by doing a little bit of shopping in Kurfürstendamm and I found some gems in the sale, which I will post about later!
 
Next, my sister wanted to go to a store in Prenzlauer Berg, so we headed there again. The weather was, as you can see, rather nice to begin with, but when we exited the store we were surprised by the rain and decided to have a take shelter in a café.

 We found a nice place nearby, where I opted for a plum crumble pie and a cup of tea. Delicious.

Next, we hopped on the U-bahn to Friedrichshain, which is in the South-East. First, we had a look at the East Side Gallery which is a section of the Berlin Wall with paintings from various artists. It's one of the largest open art galleries in the world, and is also an international memorial for freedom. I thought it was really cool, even though this type of art isn't normally my thing.

We then walked over this lovely bridge to Kreuzberg, which is a neihbourhood right next to Friedrichshain.

We stopped for beer and then walked around a bit before we located a nice Moroccan place where we had an early dinner (pie for lunch results in a rumbling stomach....). Falafel, houmus, tabbouleh and the likes. Really yummy!

We then strolled around in the area and back to Friedrichshain. I would've loved to spend more time in area, because it was a really lovely neighbourhood. Colourful houses, cute shops, and tons of nice cafés and restaurants - and numerous vegetarian alternatives.

And guess what? We had an early night in. Exciting, huh?

Love, Mimmi.

Friday, 27 June 2014

berlin, day two

So, day two! The weather was much the same as the day before. A little cloudy, a little sunny, not too warm. Day two was sightseeing day and when we had got ready, we took the U-bahn to Potsdamer Platz where we began our little "historical walk."

One of the first places we visited was the Holocaust Memorial. I think it's supposed to illustrate the unimaginable amount of people that were killed, and it definitely did. Goosebumps? Yes.

We then continued our sightseeing walk. I'm not going to show all the tourist-y snaps I took, but here's Brandenburger Tor.

We continued to an area called Scheunenviertel, which was lovely. We stopped at the Clärchens Ballhaus; an old ballroom that is now restaurant/café and also a club at night. We decided to have lunch there, and I had the weirdest pasta of my life. It wasn't bad, but it was quite odd. Worm shaped pasta with lots of cheese (no complaints there) and... apple sauce? Either way, the garden was really beautiful and it was lovely to sit and relax in it.



We then walked around a bit more in the area and stopped at Café Fleury for some cake. I highly recommend this café if you visit Berlin. It was situated in a calm and pleasant street, right next to a lovely park/garden. And my chocolate & hazelnut cake was scrumptious.

Next, we went to the Berlin Wall Memorial. It's hard to grasp that only 25 years ago, this wall was a real thing that actually divided a city in two, but when you actually see the wall it feels much more real. I think memorials like this are incredibly important, so that the world remembers.

After this, we went back to Kurfürstendamm. After a short stop at the department store KaDeWe, we located the Wintergarten Café. We ate in the beautiful garden, which was absolutely lovely. They had a great selection of vegetarian food, and I had a delicious couscous with veggies. I really recommend this place as well!

We ended up not staying out late this day either, since we had been walking constantly almost all day. I honestly prefer this when visiting cities though, as I always want to see as much as possible. And I'm not one for late nights anyway. I'm too much of a granny!

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

berlin, day one

Yesterday evening I got back from my trip to Berlin. I had a really good time and was pleased with what Berlin had to offer. It's not beautiful like Paris, but it's really quite lovely anyway. Especially this season, when every street is lined with lush green trees. Anyway, I thought I'd write about each day in a post... and here's day one - Sunday.

Our flight was in the morning, and we arrived at the hotel after one in the afternoon. After checking in and leaving our bags, we headed out.

Our hotel was in Kurfürstendamm, in Western Berlin, but the first day we took the U-bahn to Prenzlauer Berg in the North-East. It was a really pretty neighbourhood with calm street, lots of cafés and cute little stores (which were all unfortunately closed, since it was Sunday).

We went to a place called Anna Blume, which I had read about in the guide book, for some late lunch / coffee break. I had crêpes rhubarb & apple compote, strawberry sorbet and vanilla ice cream, and a cappuccino with that. It was divine, but that might partly be my low blood levels speaking... 


After filling our bellies, we strolled around for a while in the neighbourhood. The weather was a bit unsure; sometimes sunny, sometimes cloudy, a little bit windy, but not too cold. But one can't complain! 

When our feet began to hurt and our hunger returned, we went to a vegetarian restaurant called "Lucky Leek". I completely forgot to photograph the interior and the outside, but it was really agreeable. Neat but not too fancy, and with brilliant service. I highly recommend it! I had ravioli with green pea filling, a red pepper sauce and roasted cauliflower. After dinner we were all rather tired, which wasn't at all odd since we had woken up before half past five, so we went back to the hotel and slept. 

Love, Mimmi. 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

off to berlin










So, first things first. I wanted to claim my blog on bloglovin and to do that I apparently need to post this on my blog. So here we go. Follow my blog with bloglovin! :)

What else, then? I'm off to Berlin tomorrow morning with my mum and my eldest sister. We're staying until Wednesday, but after that I'll definitely be sharing what we got up to each day. I've been to Germany before, but never to Berlin, so I'm really excited! My life is a bit quiet these days so I'm really looking forward to a few busy days exploring a new city. I'm a country girl at heart, but I do love cities as well. I feel rather lucky to be living in Europe where one can easily visit so many interesting and historical places that are just a few hours away.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Love, Mimmi

Thursday, 19 June 2014

48 hours in stockholm

My love for the Swedish capital is big. It's such a beautiful and pleasant city - especially in the summer. I've always lived fairly close to Stockholm, and every year I go there at least a handful of times, so I suppose I've grown fond of it. On top of that, I have two aunts who live there and since we're all pretty close on mum's side of the family we like to meet up and spend some time in Stockholm once in a while. This Tuesday mum and I took the train to Stockholm for a two-day mini-holiday. We wanted to meet my aunts/mum's sisters while at the same time enjoying summertime in Stockholm, and even though the weather wasn't fantastic we had a great time.

Tuesday:
We went straight to my aunt's place, where we first enjoyed some typical Swedish fika - coffee and cardamom rolls. I actually prefer cardamom rolls to the cinnamon ones. I love both of course, but cardamom has a special place in my heart. Anyway... after a couple of hours my other aunt joined us for dinner and I made risotto. We stayed up quite late and talked about everything under the sky. I'm really lucky to have such amazing people around me. 

Wednesday:


Mum and I set out by ourselves in the morning since my aunts were busy. We strolled around, popped into stores and stopped at cafés to rest our feet and fill our engines. Perhaps not very exciting and different, but agreeable nonetheless!

In the late afternoon, the aunts (I keep reading "the ants" and can't help finding it a little bit funny...) met up with us again and we went to an exhibition at the Museum of Photography. The exhibition was "Genesis" by Sebastiao Delgado and was meant to show how incredible our earth is. It truly did! There were so many beautiful and fascinating photos.

After that, we had dinner at Vapiano. It was my first time there, and it was a hit! I mean, you just can't go wrong with Italian. I had some odd but delicious pasta shape that I can't remember the name of, with pesto rosso, pine nuts and ricotta. We had a really good time, but it ended up being an early evening since mum and I were both tired after a long day of walking. 

Thursday:




Today, mum and I stayed until around two in the afternoon. We went to the Hallwyl Museum, which is a large house built in the late 19th century by a count and countess. They then decided to make it into a museum, partly to show the way of life at the time and partly to exhibit the countess' large collections. It was really interesting! Before leaving we stopped at a lovely café for a light lunch; Danish smörrebröd with cheese and cappuccino. I couldn't help snapping a few photos of the interior, as you can see above. And that was the end of that small visit! All in all it was a very agreeable one.

Monday, 16 June 2014

recipe: almond pancakes


My love for food is big and I also really enjoy cooking and baking. Lately, I've been really into trying out alternatives to dairy and wheat, as I find that dairy and wheat disagrees with my stomach and makes my skin worse, which are both things that I like to avoid. I've also undoubtedly been inspired by blogs and pinterest and so on. I really like trying out new things, and the internet is such a great place for finding inspiration.

These pancakes are a result of my love for almond. Of all the alternative milks I've tried, almond milk is by far my favourite, and I'm really fond of almond flour flour as well. There's just something special about that warm and nutty flavour. My mouth is almost watering as I'm writing this! Anyhow, I thought I'd share the recipe for these bad boys.

For one hungry (that's me in the mornings...) individual:

1 egg, separated in yolk and white
75 ml almond milk
75 ml almond flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp sugar

Whisk together flour, baking powder and sugar in a bowl.
In a separate bowl, whisk the egg white until stiff.
Mix in egg yolk and almond milk to flour mix.
Carefully fold in egg white.
Fry on medium heat with a little bit of oil, for 2-3 minutes on each side. They might be a bit hard to flip.
And enjoy with whatever you prefer! On the picture above I chose raspberry jam, but I imagine they'd be delicious with all kinds of fruit or any other type of jam, or even

Friday, 13 June 2014

essie truth or flare


This is never going to be a beauty blog, but I do however have a weak spot for all things beauty, so once in a while posts like this one might happen. Anyway, on to the subject! This Essie polish is actually part of the Spring Collection, but it's definitely going to be my go-to polish all summer. The photo doesn't really do it justice (it's a bit darker, I'd say), but it's a beautiful soft, grey-ish blue. I have a lot of blue i my wardrobe, so this goes with almost everything. This is actually the first Essie polish I've ever bought. I've always wanted to try out the cult brand and I've often found myself hovering around the Essie counter for way too long, but I've never been able to justify the price. But a little while ago a local beauty store had a 25% discount on all Essie polishes, and naturally I took the chance! I wasn't disappointed. The brush is the perfect size and the formula is great. To sum it up, I'm in love!

Love, Mimmi.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

lavender diy

The other week I was rummaging through the cupboards (you know, as you do...) and I found a rather large bag of dried lavender. When I was younger I had a lavender sachet in one of my drawers, but it has since mysteriously disappeared. So when I found the lavender bag I decided to make some sachets myself. I made use of an old tote bag which was the perfect material; sort of a course linen, I would say? And then I just brought out the old (I honestly think it's about 30 years old) sewing machine and improvised. I'm not at all good at sewing, but this was oh so simple. I started out by making four plain square pillows, but then realised that making pouches and tying them together with some ribbon was both much easier and much cuter. Sadly, I ran out of tote bag, but I guess eight pillows are probably enough anyway! As you can imagine, my wardrobe now smells quite nice. Lavender is really something special, in my opinion!

Love, Mimmi

Monday, 9 June 2014

norrköping + harry potter the exhibition



I'm a huge Harry Potter fan. I've read the books countless of times and watched the films just as many. So when I heard that Harry Potter The Exhibition was coming to a town not too far from where I live, I was overjoyed. The exhibition has been moving around the world for years and is stopping in Sweden between the 29th of May and the 7th of September. Apparently, Sweden is the first country in Europe to have the exhibition. How crazy is that? I feel really quite lucky! 

I persuaded my mum to come with me, and this Saturday we went. The exhibition is in the lovely town Norrköping, which we also had a little bit of time to explore. When we first got there,after almost 3 hours of train, we walked through the city centre and found a place where we had pizza for lunch. After having filled our tummies, we only had to walk just around the corner from the restaurant to find the Exhibition. Sadly, taking pictures inside was prohibited, so I can't show anything exciting. In a way it was kind of a relief though, because I could truly just relax and enjoy the experience. And wow, it was simply magical. You got to see costumes and props from the films and you could also listen to small snippets in which people who had worked with the films talked about this or that object. I was in a bubble of happiness all the time and I really didn't want to leave! Now I'm even more eager to visit the Studio Tour in London. It seems even more magical!

There was a shop that was at the end of the exhibition, and of course I couldn't help buying something. As seen above, I opted for a Ravenclaw scarf (because yup, that's my house), a packet of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans and a chocolate frog. I haven't tried the beans yet (but I'm very intrigued!), but the frog was quite tasty. I got the card with Mr. Ollivander, and then my mum gave me hers with McGonagall. Only ten to go!

After the visit, we had some time before we had to get our train, so we stopped at a café for some crumble pie, coffee (for mum) and tea (for me). On the way back to the train station we stumbled upon the Ford Anglia in the middle of a shopping mall. How cool?

All in all, it was a truly amazing day!

Love, Mimmi