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Berlin

Berlin My Heart

It’s been almost three years since I packed up my flat in Berlin and moved to Zurich. Sometimes people still ask me how I was able to adapt to the change from the big pulsating city to calm Zurich. There is a short and…

July 19, 2016
99% Invisible
Diary

Letting Podcasts into my Life

I developed an interest for podcasts only quite recently. I think it was before our 12-hour flight to Japan when I started searching for podcasts worth listening to. First I looked into the direction of Monocle Magazine, the Guardian, BBC and the likes. Then…

July 7, 2016
Tailor's Coffee Zurich
Diary

Week 25 / 2016

Time flies, weeks are busy and I am more and more losing my faith in humanity. Whilst summer arrived, Britain voted to leave the EU and my mood fluctuated from joy (about summer) to desperation (about Europe) towards the end of the week. But…

June 26, 2016
Monk Restaurant – Kyoto
Japan

Dinner at Monk

Monk is the name of a small restaurant right next to the Philosopher’s Path in the northern Higashiyama district of Kyoto. It’s the place where I had one of the best dinners of my life. I came across Monk through Beth Kirby of localmilk. She…

June 21, 2016
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Japan

Coffee in Tokyo

Japan has a huge coffee culture. In places like Tokyo or Kyoto, there is a vivid coffee scene and people seem to be even more obsessed about coffee than in Berlin or Brooklyn. Especially drip coffee is huge in Japan – and the iced coffee variety quickly became…

June 13, 2016
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Japan

Tokyo Day #4: A Secret Garden in Omotesando

The Nezu Museum in Tokyo’s Omotesando neighbourhood quickly became one of my highlights of this trip. The architecture by Kengo Kuma is flawless and the current exhibition about poetry and painting in Japanese art was interesting. But it was the extensive garden in the middle of Tokyo that…

June 7, 2016
june
Diary

Week 22 / 2016

Last week marked the beginning of June – the first of a handful of beautiful summer months in Zurich. It’s been a rather uneventful week. There was quite a bit of work, lots of rain, I collected my Japan memories and Fitzi went on…

June 5, 2016
Asparagus Soup Recipe
In the Kitchen

Asparagus Soup from Leftovers.

Asparagus season is on and I am loving it. At least twice a week we eat some version of asparagus – green, white, with pasta, from the grill or the very classic German version with potatoes, ham and Sauce Hollandaise. When cooking white asparagus…

June 4, 2016
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Japan

Tokyo Day #3: Taking it Slow in Tomigaya

Another neighbourhood recommended in the Monocle Guide was Tomigaya near Yoyogi Park. It was a part of Shibuya we had not yet visited and we were eager to go and explore. The area is full of little hip stores and design / architecture studios.…

May 30, 2016
Street Scene
Japan

Tokyo Day #2: Discovering Yanaka

Yanaka is one of the last “old” neighbourhoods of Tokyo that will give you a taste of pre-war Japan. We spent almost all our second day in Tokyo discovering Yanaka, roughly adhering to the tour that is described in the Tokyo Guide by Monocle. The tour starts at…

May 29, 2016