Heimspiel Knyphausen 2016

Eltville is a small town in the middle of Germany in the Rheingau famous for sparkling wine, Riesling and roses. Apart from its many vineyards, Eltville boasts with small alleys framed by timber-framed buildings and a promenade along river Rhine. Every year in July…

July 30, 2016

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
On the Shelf

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
5 Things

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

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

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

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
5 Things

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

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