As you might have suspected already, another Youtube Video is ready to be shared here. I wished I had managed to edit them at the same time as I was writing the blog posts, but I just recently found out how to edit videos.
As you could read in my previous blog post about my first restaurant review, I already attempted the next one. This time, it’s a restaurant that serves a dish with a growing popularity worldwide.
I’m talking about the famous Hawaiian Poké Bowls. It’s bascially sushi in a bowl and is being hyped up all over social media, ahead of all, instagram.
Since Hawaii has a huge Japanese population, it’s no wonder that this healthy fusion food is becoming a global food trend very quickly.
I was lucky enough to have tried it quite soon during my short trip to Berlin end of July. Here are my impressions.
Maloha Hawaiian Poké Bowl, Berlin
Address: Oranienburger Str. 7, 10178 Berlin
Google Rating: 4,5
It’s located in one of the popular neighbourhoods in Berlin, close to Oranienburgstraße.
The best route is to get out at Hackesche Höfe. From there, it’s a very short walk, actually shorter than I expected. I passed a lot of interesting stores and suddenly found myself in front of the restaurant. There is definitely a lot to explore here, and the hip magazine store ‘do you read me?’ is just around the corner as well.
The interior of this place is probably just as good as the food that’s being served. When you walk in you first wanna stand still and turn around your head to take in all the greenery, the art on the wall and the cute seating options. I especially loved the swings in front of the two windows where you can eat your bowl and observe the people passing by. You can pause eating and just swing around and explore the restaurant further with your eyes.
There are two ways to select your bowl: You either choose one of the pre-designed bowl that come with certain ingredients, or you build your own bowl. I did the latter one so I have no clue how the pre-designed bowls look like.
Apart from Poké Bowls, they also offer healthy smoothies, including Acai! I already ordered my drinks when I realized they were offering smoothies as well.
The Presentation could have looked better in my opinion. I imagined it to look like one of those instagramable breakfast bowls only with veggies. Still, it’s worth taking a photo.
There is nothing to complain about the taste. It tasted creamy, had different tastes included and was healthy at the same time.
Here is how you can build your own bowl:
1. Base: White Rice or Whole Wheat Rice.
2. Fish: You can choose whether you like salmon, tuna, shrimps or tofu. You can only choose one.
3. Veggies: You can choose as much as you like. They had different ones such as onions, peppers, carrots and more.
4. Extras: If you wanted one of these ingredients, you’d have to pay 50ct extra. I choose Avocado. They also had seaweed, kimchi, and more.
Sauce: They have around 5-6 different sauces including soy, peanut, and sesame which I chose.
When you finish building your bowl, you get salad and sesame seeds on top of your bowl. It’s such an amazing taste! I would even dare to say that I like it more than sushi :’D You definitely have to try it if you get the chance to.
The girl who served me was quite nice. After I finished my bowl and brought it back to the counter, the owner (I think she was the owner) talked to me and asked if I liked it. Then, she offered me to try the peanut sauce with some rice for free and I accepted. So nice of her! We talked and I found out that she originally came from near Stuttgart, so that was nice to know :D People are really nice in Berlin. They are so open-minded and like talking to strangers. That’s so refreshing.
As I have already announced on my previous blog post, I decided to start a new format which should be dedicated to restaurants. I will review everything about it from location, interior, service, and of course the food itself.
I will start with one of the locations I visited during my short Berlin trip end of July which was exactly two weeks ago now.
Kame is located close to the U-Bahn Station Savignyplatz. It’s easy to navigate, only within less than 10 minutes walking distance from the U-Bahn stop. You won’t be bored walking to the bakery, since it leads you through one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of Berlin. The buildings are all kept in a romantic style that makes you feel like you are rather in Paris than in Berlin. But don’t use up the storage of your camera too soon; save it for what is waiting for you in the café.
Rustic, warm, and hip. These three words came into my mind when I entered the café and found myself immediately in front of the counter. Behind the counter was a small niche to sit down where you had to take off your shoes. The rest of the seating possibilities were made of wooden benches, and stools by the huge floor-to-ceiling windows.
I was standing in front of the counter for around 10 minutes until I knew what I wanted to eat and drink. I ordered an Anpan (a bun filled with Anko past a.k.a. red bean paste) and a bowl of Matcha. They serve their Matcha in huge cereal bowls, so don’t be taken off by the price. Also, the tea is offered in a teapot and you can order endless hot water for free. Apart from Anpan, Melonpan and other pan, they also served western pastries like croissants, and all the cakes with Matcha flavour (Brownies, Cheesecake, Tiramisu). If you don’t want anything sweet, you can also order lunch food like soups and different kinds of Onigirazu.
It’s pretty instagramable. I loved the plates they were served on. All of them were kept in the same colour scheme of blue, green, white.
To be honest, I imagined the food to taste better. The dough of the Anpan was a bit dry and the Matcha tasted a bit watery. Maybe I was just unlucky with my selection, but I would expect the Matcha to taste better than the one you get at Starbucks.
Again, maybe I was unlucky, but the woman who served me seemed a bit annoyed. I got the feeling that she’d rather be somewhere else. I was most probably unlucky with that day’s service, but that was a bit of a let-down.
1. Monday started with a brunch out in town. We ordered the breakfast for two which included a basket full of bread, a plate with scrambled eggs, two different types of jam, butter, 3 different kinds of cheese and ham, different kinds of fruit, two cups of fruit oatmeal, and two glasses of orange juice. I also ordered an extra ginger tea since I was a bit sick. The breakfast was extremely yummy and filling. We couldn’t eat anything for the rest of the day.
2. The rest of the day was dedicated to shopping. I found a pair of sunglasses which were reduced from 120€ to 99€ and I spontaneously bought them as you can see on the picture. I did need a new pair though.
3. We were walking around a beautiful park, looking for a nice spot to take photos at and they had these colourful flowers planted. We didn’t take too long, and went back home. We were completely shattered.
4. On Tuesday, July 4th, it was my birthday. We had planned to go to the thermal baths that day. My sister still had free tickets, so we used them. It was a day full of relaxation, swimming, sunshine and yummy food and drinks. Despite being sick, I enjoyed it a lot. Still miss the steam bath and the amazing fruit sugar peeling we got there for free.
5. At the weekend, I finally got to celebrate my birthday with all my friends. My sister did my make-up and I got to wear my new dress from Mango.
6. It was such an amazing evening, despite some reservation problems. I booked a table for 11 at the most popular sushi restaurant in town called Origami at 9pm (8pm was not possible), and when we arrived at 8.50pm, they told us that we’d have to wait for a while until the guests have finished eating. It was around 9.30pm until we were able to go inside for food finally. Until we had ordered and got our food, almost one hour passed. Some of us got starters as well. I got the gyoza, and it was friggin yummy!
7. Finally the food – and with it the sushi – came. I also ordered a huge sushi platter for everyone to try. I didn’t only eat sushi, but also a coconut udon soup with shrimps. I didn’t like that so much though, and my sister’s beef pak choi dish looked so much yummier. It was a great evening though, and by the time we left the restaurant, they were about to close :’D We were the last ones inside (11:45pm), but then again, it wasn’t our fault, since we did arrive on time.
8. Group picture with everyone :)
9. Me with the cute HappySocks I got from two of my friends :)
10. On sunday, I first had to unpack all my gifts and take photos of some of them. I loooveeeed all of my gifts I got and want to say thank you to everyone who came and got me presents. I am fortunate to have friends who know me so well :) The ‘One-Line-A-Day’ 5-year-journal is actually one of the things I have thought about buying, but never did.
11. And the Instagram-famous book is a book I just recently discovered at Urban Outfitters and had to think about my friend Giulia thinking about me if she ever got to see the book :’DD And then she actually got it for me :D
12. I just specifically fell in love with the Harry Potter pillow set <3 The trio and Hagrid look soooo cute! Hagrid is actually my favourite out of the four in this pillow collection :D Other than these gifts above, I got a Sailor Moon mug and a unicorn pocketmirror, an Amazon voucher and some bathing stuff, and I am gonna get a see-through umbrella :)
I hope you guys had an awesome first week of July. Mine was great as you can see. I was sick on my birthday, probably for the first time ever, but it was still a great birthday week with all the friends, food and swimming <3
Last week wasn’t very eventful, but still I managed to do quite some stuff.
We had an amazing double rainbow right outside our house which looked amazing!
On Thursday, we went to the waxing studio, but before, we had to try the new Indian restaurant. And it was super delicious!!!! I just couldn’t stop eating! I was even silent most of the time! I have to go there again and try a new dish! I had butter chicken, garlic naan and a coconut lassi which was probably the best coconut drink I had <3 So much love for this location! It’s called Ganesha, again :D (I have been to a Ganesha restaurant in China and in Stuttgart).
My Asos order came on Friday. I ordered a bunch of bathing suits and ripped jeans, but only kept one ripped jeans, which you can see on the picture.
At the weekend, we had amazing weather, and on Sunday, we spent almost the whole day at the public swimming pools and now I am slightly tanned :) Of course, I wore my new pineapple bikini which you can see on the picture.
We went to the Streetfood Festival two days in a row, although it wasn’t even that big. I have been to bigger ones, especially the ones I been to in Asia which don’t seem to have an end.
Anyway, first we ate some spinach and feta cheese dumplings at an austrian dumpling stand. The next day, we visited this stand again, for some curly potato fries.
On the first day, we also tried Tacos for the first time. Tacos are not as common here in Germany as they are in the US. We have Döner Kebab here, which is rasped beef meat filled in a wrap or a loaf of bread together with some raw vegetables like tomatoes, onions, beets and more. In my opinion, a Döner Kebab is waaaay more delicious and apparently, healthier. But I guess I have to try proper Tacos in Mexico one day.
For dessert, we had Frozen Yoghurt. It was good, but the toppings were just too little. The next day, in addition to the potato curls, we also had a Burger. It was nothing special though. I could have eaten something different instead.
The dessert was great, though. We had Choco Kebab. It’s rasped nougat inside a wrap which has some toppings you can choose from as well. It’s way too small but super yummy! <3
On our way back home, we had the most amazing sunset.
During the course of the week, I finished Scarletby Marissa Meyer. It was such an amazing read! I love this series! The Lunar Chronicles is probably my second favourite series after the Harry Potter books. I think I love it even more than the Hunger Games. One of the main reasons I love it so much is because it’s a fairytale retelling. The first part, Cinder, is set in New Beijing and it’s about a girl who is half cyborg half girl. And she is supposed to portray Cinderella of course. She even has a mean stepmother, and two stepsister, but only one of them is mean. And in the end, she even looses her cyborg foot :’D
The books have this excellent humour, but they also portray serious problems that could be compared to political problems of our time today.
Sunday, June 4th 2017
On Sunday, we met up to have an amazing sunday brunch at a restaurant called Cafe del Sol. The interior reminded me of a hotel breakfast area, and the outside looked like a countryside house which is typical for the USA, with a wooden front porch and a wooden swing in front of the entrance. It did have a mexican-american vibe to it. We enjoyed it and we decided to come back for the 1-Meter Pizza :’D
Last week was pretty great, although I had to work a lot. The week, as well as the weekend were both great! It was very food-filled though, but I guess that’s why it was so good ;D
Finally I have reached the letter S which I have waited for very long. It has two of my favourite must-go places that are on my travel list nowadays, of course, both of them in Asia. It also has one newly-found spot that I just recently discovered and immediately wanted to explore.
Without further ado, let’s start!
Singapore is surely on the top 3 countries I want to visit right now. It is the perfect example for a modern, clean, asian nation that could manage to please every- and anyone. Here are the top things I would love to see.
-Spend one night at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
I know that this might be a bit expensive, but going to Singapore, and not spending at least one night here would be a total waste. Plus, the Marina Bay Sands was probably the first famous infinity pool that started all the infinity pools around the world. I think this would be perfect after a long flight, arriving early in the morning, sleeping in in your room and then spending the rest of the day and evening in this hotel. Checking out the next morning and looking for another, cheaper accomodation.
Even more than fancy restaurants, it is the Hawker Centers I’d go for food in Singapore, since they are famous for its authentic food from different cuisines in the world, especially local cuisine which is a mix between Chinese, Indian and Malay. I love the first two cuisines so much that I’d die to try their fusion. I also heard amazing things about Malay food. I mean, there has to be a reason that Singapore is known as the foodie capital of the world.
Here is a link to a website where you can browse through all the hawker centers and all the food that is offered there.
There are already a lot of dishes on my list:
Ayam Penyet, Bak Chor Mee, Ban Mian, Biryani, Chendols, Chicken rice, Laksa, Halal Chinese Foods, Nasi lemak, Nasi Padang, Onde Onde, Roti Prata, Satay, Popiah, ,…
OMG I AM GETTING SO HUNGRY!!!! :'(
All food photos are from hungrogowhere.com
-Gardens By the Bay
This looks like straight out of a fantasy world. Some people compare them to the Avatar trees, for me they look like massive, sparkling massage sticks :’D
I’d definitely visit these trees in the evening when the lights are turned on. And I’d try anything to get a picture like this one <3
-Singapore Botanic Gardens
It’s all about the gardens in Singapore it seems. I know that this is also a UNESCO Sight, but I have also heard a lot of beautiful things about this spot, and it is the perfect playground for photography obsessed people like me :’D
The rest of Singapore is actually more artificial than cultural. I would think about some stuff to do in Orchard Street maybe which is the main shopping area, and I would consider visiting Universal Studios if I still had time and money left to do so. Other than that, I would just make Singapore a complete food tour :’D
When I think about Seoul, I think about a relaxed, but cosmopolitan city. I think about beautiful and fun people. I think about its bustling nightlife. And I think about Korean BBQ.
Except for these amazing things to do in this city, there are also some sights to explore.
This palace actually reminds me of the Forbidden City Palace Museum in Beijing, just a tiny version of it. I heard that there is a change of guards with the presentation of local weapons, so I’d be excited to see that as well.
-Myeong-dong/ Dongdaemun Market
These are the main shopping districts of Seoul, and I guess there should also be restaurants and cafes, and I hope several animal cafes that tourists and locals alike can visit.
This might actually be the only high tower in Seoul I think. From here, you can actually get a great view over the city.
The skyline of Seoul actually reminds me a little bit of that of Taipei or a small chinese city.
Namsan is actually the name of the mountain where the Seoul Tower is located at.
Since I have many gadgets by Samsung (phone, tablet, camera), I can actually say that I am a Samsung fangirl.
-Nightlife in Itaewon and Hongdae
These two districts and Gangnam are the main parts of the city for nightcrawlers. Since Gangnam is rather posh, I’d focus rather on these two districts. I am sure that you can explore these parts of the city during the day as well, but they are particularly known for their nightlife scene.
In general, Seoul seems like a cool city for young people to hang out, but also for travellers who want to get a taste of korean culture. Surely a must-visit place.
3.UNESCO World Heritage Site: Serengeti National Park
I have known about this place for ages now, but just recently, I saw pictures of this National Park again on social media. This place reminds me of the Lion King, and if I had to think about a place where it all takes place, I guess it would be this very place here.
I also saw pictures of hot air balloon rides over the national park, and I would love to experience that as well. Seeing the animals from above probably feels like watching a documentary.
And quite quickly, we have already reached the end of this post as well. I imagined it to take more time, but most of the places I chose are more relaxing than full of sights to see.
What are some places starting with S on your travel list? Let me know below!
Our last day has arrived, on Friday March 17th. We checked out and since this was our last full day, and we had to be at the airport early next morning (like 2am). So we basically had to kill time the whole day and evening until our flight early next morning. Here is what we did.
1. Sheikh Zayed Mosque Abu Dhabi
From our hotel, we walked to the metro and bus station which in walking distance to our hotel. There, we bought a metro/bus card and waited in line for the bus to arrive. The bus was a bit late already, and when it finally arrived, there was such a hustle with gettin on it. Some people were accusing an old man of cutting the line, so he had to go to the back of the line to wait for the next bus. It was a bit sad to watch since that man was quite old.
After we were on the bus, the ride took us about an hour. I was getting hungrier by the hour, and when we finally arrived at Abu Dhabi Bus Terminal, we saw that there was a mall in front of it and I immediately had to use the toilet and have a late lunch.
After waiting for the waiters to finally bring the bill, and then bring the change, we finally left the mall and looked for a taxi to take us to Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Here, I would probably recommend you not to take the taxis right in front of the bus terminal. Walk a bit further and get a different one because the ones at the bus terminal will probably start with a higher sum and there will also be those private car taxis where they will try to drive you around in luxury cars :’D Of course, if you are interested, you can do it, but if you get annoyed by this kind of stuff, you should head to a calmer place to pick up a taxi.
When we were finally approaching the mosque, we could already see the snow-white minarettes from afar and were already taking pictures like crazy.
Before we could enter the mosque, we were given abayas to wear over our clothes. You can avoid wearing it if you come prepared with clothes covering your shoulders, arms, legs, belly and head. I came unprepared on purpose, because I really wanted to wear this abaya. I think it just adds to the atmosphere, and it is nice to be on the same level with the local tourists. I think you should try it, too. You can either purchase your own abaya (as many chinese tourists did, probably on taobao) or you can come with your every day clothes and get an abaya there for free. Of course you have to give it back after you exit the mosque.
I kind of liked the abayas that we got which were blue and made us look like wizards (I’m looking at you Ravenclaw) and were made of a very light fabric.
As soon as we went inside, we started taking pictures of course.
We were allowed to enter the prayer rooms as well. For this, you have to take off your shoes of course, so we did it. It was so nice to walk around on bare feet.
After this, we took a few more pictures of the outside of the mosque, and then slowly headed outside.
As unlucky as we were, the call to prayer just started as we left the mosque :( It sounded so beautiful and calming, but luckily, we could still see the mosque from the outside and hear the prayer. It was still beautiful, but if you really wanna hear the call to prayer while inside the mosque, get yourself informed about the prayer times.
When we left the mosque, it was probably around 6pm. We took the taxi back to the bus terminal and took a bus back to Dubai. This would drop us off in the city centre, because we wanted to do something before heading back to the hotel to pick up our luggage.
After the tiresome day and the thought of the flight ahead of us, we got carried away and actually missed our stop. It actually wasn’t our fault, because there was no anouncement whatsoever on the bus and it was already dark and we couldn’t see anything. We were now driving through parts of Dubai we have never seen before, so we asked the other passengers where this bus was going, and they told us that the next and final stop was Al Ghubaiba and that we missed our stop. We were now starting to panic a little bit, but another guy on the bus told us that we could easily take the metro from there to the city centre. He even helped us get to the metro station which was so nice of him. The people in Dubai truly are very helpful and nice, no matter which part you go to.
2. Take the Dubai Metro
Yes, because it is a bit different than metros in other countries. Smoking and chewing gum is prohibited in most areas with high fines waving at you if you break them. And the biggest shock was of course the division of the train cars into male and female. There is literally a line on the floor that doesn’t allow males to step over. So, our brother had to stand at one end of the line and my sister and me at the other. I know that some people have difficulties accepting this, but I can actually understand the reason for such measurements. It is probably preventing women from getting harrassed. I know that this exists in Japan as well where the trains and metros get filled up with so many people and women often reported about sexual harrassments that could not be screened because of the amount of people. Now, some trains in Japan have female only carriages where women can choose to enter. It is not a must, so if you are travelling with male friends you can still choose to enter the normal mixed carriage as well. In Dubai, it is not a choice though. This was also the only time using the metro for us. If I were to be travelling alone in Dubai, I would have used the metro constantly because it is cheap, it gets everywhere, it’s clean, safe and apparently safe as well. So, I can encourage you to use it when you are travelling solo.
3. Have dinner in front of the Burj Khalifa
Since it was our last evening, we wanted to have a last glimpse at the Burj Khalifa. What better way than having dinner in front of it we thought. We were a bit late since the bus ride took us half an hour longer (2 hours in total because our bus driver on the way back was quite slow) and then we had to take the metro back again. Then, we had to walk like another 15-20 minutes until we got out of the metro and in front of the Burj Khalifa. So by the time we had dinner it was almost 10pm. We decided to have pizza at an italian-american fusion restaurant by the fountain. It was super delicious, the drink and food looked and tasted amazing of course.
We were even lucky enough this time, to catch the last screening of the fountain show. This time, they used a beautiful arabic song. Last time when we were watching, they used a cheesy Whitney Houston song.
Before heading to the taxi pick up at midnight, my brother stopped at a coffeeshop and got himself a late night coffee to be ready for the upcoming red-eye flight.
When we arrived back at the hotel, we picked up our luggage, got changed and called a taxi to the airport. It was sad to say goodbye to the hotel and especially, to Dubai.
At the airport, we waited for about an hour until our check-in counter was open. We charged our phones and used the wifi for a bit. The time flew by very quickly, and we were soon in the middle of checking-in, security and then boarding.
Our layover in Istanbul was shorter this time. At first we were worried that we wouldn’t make it, because we still had to get our connecting flight tickets from the THY counter, and then we saw the security check-up lines and panicked a litte bit. But everything was done quickly and we even had time to use the toilet and have a smoking break (my brother is a smoker).
We then comfortably walked to our gate and boarded. By the time we landed back in Stuttgart, our feet were swelled up like mini-water boats :’D It was horrible! I don’t usually get swollen feet from sitting for too long on airplanes, but this time was extreme. I guess it was due to the time that we also spent at Abu Dhabi, and then spending the whole evening on our feet, waiting for flight, and flying for several hours.
This was our trip to Dubai. I hope you enjoyed the ride. I know, it is a little bit more text this time, but I hope you can use some of the information for your travel plans, whether it be Dubai or any other place. I am sure that some structures and experiences I had can be applied to different places.
What about your next travel plans? Tell me where you are heading to next.
Do you get swollen feet from flying for too long as well? What do you do to prevent it other than flying business or first class?
Do you also have some weird metro experiences? Share them with me below.