Sunday, 30 March 2014

[Cocktail 101] Mojitos!

Hi there! I'm back. You know the feeling when you've worked hard for quite some time and you didn't take time for the hobby you need in your life and then you come back and you're like: I need a mojito. But then you're like: I have no idea how to make a mojito. 

Well, no worries! You're in for a treat, cause last night I was at that place in my life and I learned how to make a very drinkable, unfortunately just semi-presentable (but really drinkable, hey!) mojito! And now I shall pass my knowledge to you. You're welcome.

So the most complicated part of it all is actually obtaining this little beauty right here (which I actually ended up finding in a big supermarket at the mall so...not that complicated after all):

Hi, it my pretty little mint tree. <3

You're also gonna have to buy these:

No, not bananas, you dummy (tricky photo ay?). The limes will do.

Lastly, you'll need some sugar (I used the unrefined organic kind, oh yeah, getting healthy right here), some mineral water, and your all time favorite: the white rhum.

The procedure is really simple. Here I'm showing you, how to begin with step 1:

Spatula in a glass.

The trick is to put 1/2 lime (sliced), 1 tbs sugar and 1 mint leaf into a glass (if you're classy enough - like me, put them in a wine glass (real reason I put stuff in a wine glass: I don't own any regular glasses) and just crush it as much as you can with your spatula. You want the lime to release juice and the mint to emit its essential oils.

Once you've done that, you just mix 40 mL of rhum, 40 mL of mineral water and 40 mL of ice cubes and pour them in the glass!

And that's it! Oh yeah, you can get all fancy and garnish your glass with a slice of lime... I just couldn't be bothered (it's been a rough week, don't judge me).


Wow, already gettin a bit tipsy right there, are ya?


Tuesday, 4 March 2014

[Meet Berlin] The Happy Cafes * Glücklich am Park *

Second bogpost about Berlin, oh yeah, I delivered!

As I've mentioned it last week, I was in Berlin. Wasn't really doing much there. None of the touristy stuff at least. Just lots of walking around. Ok that's touristy. But I really wasn't walking around to do the sightseeing! Just the Berlin Wall... and Alexander Platz... and the Brandenburg Gate... but in a totally untouristy way! (PROOF: lack of photos of the sights.) Anyhow, I also sat down I lot, which is my favourite thing to do when on vacation. Sit down to eat and/or drink.

That is how I discovered this cute little sisterhood (cause I was in two of them - though I'm seriously assuming there might be more) of "Glücklich" (which means happy in german, hence the blogpost title, get it, get it?) Cafes.

The first one was this Happy at the Park (Glücklich am Park) Fashion Cafe/Shop.

Why I call it Fashion Cafe? Cause of the window decorations...

...and the fact that they had a little shoes and clothes shop on the first floor.

They also provide quite a selection of fashion magazines to get you in the fashion forward spirit whilst sipping on your coffee.

Oh it was a nice, sunny day that day.

 Inside where the coffee and toast making happens.

I discovered this cafe's sister on my last day in Berlin when I was trying to get me some heavy foods before my 5 hour 'no-food-on-the-plane' flight to Gran Canaria. It was the Buy Yourself Happy (hope you're enjoying my wonderful literal translations) (Kauf dich glücklich) Cafe, where they had lots and lots of waffles! Yum.

Inside. Oh and btw, this is the cafe with a magnificent toilet area that I've already raved about in my previous blogpost!

I indulged in some banana chocolate & cream waffle business and although it was very good (and kept me full right until the evening), I regretted a little that I didn't go for the vanilla - sour cherry option... ...I guess it'll have to wait 'till next time.

And if you replace the banana with almonds you get my boyfriend's choice:

To sum it up, I highly recommend both Happy Cafes. They sure made me happy! Although I have to admit, when on vacation, it don't take much to make my day.

Oh and before I go... speaking of Berlin, remember this one or am I just getting way too old?