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10
Nov
12

Food #004: Lunch at Café Pause

In Lyoner Straße in Niederrad (in Frankfurt), there’s a little café that I still remember from when it was a Starbucks back when I lived in Niederrad in 2009. As Niederrad is essentially a district where people work, it used to be closed on weekends but I don’t doubt they had a lot of visitors in the mornings, during lunch time, and after work. I went there with my mom on the evening on which I moved away, uncertain if I’d ever return.

We recently went to Café Pause for lunch and I got me one of their paninis and a hot chocolate. I don’t know how they manage it, but regularly when we go there they forget part of the order, this time it was the hot chocolate that arrived only after asking again. Once we went there and someone ordered something like a tropical smoothie and then ended up getting a very different smoothie. When he complained the woman at the counter said, “I know you wanted a tropical smoothie, but we were out so I made you this one.” Ehm, riiight. They simply seem rather overwhelmed when it gets busy.

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Another drawback to eating there is the price. A panini  panino with feta and serrano is 3,90 EUR and their hot chocolate is 2,90 EUR. Not exactly what I’d call cheap.

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Despite all this the quality of their food is good indeed. Their bread is yummy and their muffins are as well and I certainly won’t complain about their hot chocolate. Mmmh.

All in all, while I don’t recommend Café Pause as the place to eat all the time, it is sometimes a nice place to get away and eat in an atmosphere that is less like a canteen and more like a real café.

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29
Aug
12

Food #003: Carrot ginger soup with sweet potatoes

What: Lunch @ Herriot’s.
Cost: < 4 Euros.

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Herriot’s canteen in Frankfurt served a very delicious soup made from carrots, ginger and sweet potatoes. They have a tendency to put salt into their soups like it’s going out of style, but not this time. Spicy, but not too hot, it was a perfect mix with a few chunks of soft carrots hidden in it. I ate it all with a poppyseed roll.

The dessert was meant to be Creme brûlée, but they were out so I picked the walnut and croquant mousse with rosemary oranges. That was okay, although the mix was a bit odd. Some parts were crunchy, others very soft.

All in all a very good, above average lunch, though.

26
Aug
12

Food #002: Nougat Macchiato

A few weeks ago, I treated myself to nougat macchiato at Herriot’s. I could spoil this story by going into detail about how it might have been a nougat cappuccino or something of that sort, and that it might not have been weeks ago but months ago, but bear with me. It was busy, so you pay first and then wait for them to come up with your drink, and so when the friendly coffee man put a beverage in front of me, I said something to the effect of, “Dear Sir, pray tell me, is this the nougat beverage I requested?”

His answer took a little while:

Nougat written on my beverage with chocolate syrup

If it has nougat written on it, that’s probably what’s in it.

20
Aug
12

Food #001: Breakfast at Iimori

My blog has atrophied for a while now, and I think it’s high time I revive it. Why not revive it as you would a person – with some good food?

On Sunday, we got out of the house early enough in the morning to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Iimori here in Frankfurt. Their weekend breakfast starts at 10am and goes on until 1pm, so I don’t have to tell you what great effort that was. They are located near Dom/Römer, just a few steps behind the Starbucks on the corner.

Iimori's interior

Iimori’s quaint interior. A lopsided view…

Iimori’s interior is quaint, with wooden floors, old wooden furniture, tea boxes standing around and a faux cherry blossom branch on the wall. It’s sunny, too, and in the unusual heat of the day, it got quite warm in there.

Waffle and cappuchino

The perfect waffle. Not too soggy, not too crunchy.

 

Breakfast is 6.90 EUR, which includes apple juice, cereal, unusual rolls with what I assume to be green tea crust, little croissants, waffles, baked goods with red bean paste, ham, eggs, yoghurt, raisin bread, etc. While this all you can eat buffet may not be as intimidating  big as other buffets, there is quite a lot to choose from, and at the end of your meal, you’re likely to be well satiated without being entirely stuffed.

Baked goods.

You may think my plate is half empty, but it is, in fact, half full.

All in all certainly recommendable!

 

13
Sep
11

Linkage: Fun Stuff on the interwebs

If life were a video game, that’s how I’d get to work, too:

Gamer Commute on YouTube
(Alternative Link)

Also interesting, this article on the ridiculousness of in-store HDMI cable prices. Or rather, the links in this article, to this lovely HDMI cable for $2,594.75. Read the reviews. Quote:

“When I got this cable, it came wrapped in bacon, which I thought was pretty weird, but shrugged it off, slid off my recliner into my Rascal, scooted from the living room to the kitchenette, and started cooking my bacon-wrapping.

As the smell of delicious pork back filled my double-wide, I turned around to look again at the box the cable came in.

Could this be? Yes! It was a “3 wolves barking at the moon shirt” and even better, it fit me perfectly (I wear an XXXXL).”

 

14
Aug
11

Cheap living

I recently thought about how when my parents were my age, they hadn’t been paying rent for years. I’ve not only been paying rent ever since I’ve had a job, but I’ve also spent most of my savings when I went to Australia for a year. Now I pay rent again and it bothers me, because even if I lived in the same place for 20 years, I’d basically have spent over 100.000 EUR on rent without getting anything in return. Or well, what you get in return is a place to live, but the money basically just goes out the window.

At any rate, I’ve looked for cheap ways of living now, and one i particularly like is living in a cheap concrete tube, like this one (via Freshome.com):

Concrete Tube with a bed in it

Concrete Tubes as hotel rooms in the TuboHotel.

A concrete tube is probably no more than 200 EUR, so if I had three of them (bedroom, kitchen, study) we’re looking at, say, no more than 1000 EUR including delivery. (I’m making all of this up. It’s an estimation.) I’d need a place to put them, so I’d have to rent a little garden somewhere for maybe 30 EUR/month which should have water from a garden hose and hopefully a community toilet. Of course, it might be semi-illegal to live in a little garden you rent. Plus, without insulation, I’d freeze to death in winter (and in summer, with the summer we’ve been having…)

Next option would be to get a tree house. One with electricity and a shower and all sorts of stuff, like this one (as seen on baumraum.de):

Baumhaus

They write on their website that they’ve built tree houses for 12.000 EUR to 150.000 EUR and I don’t want to think about what price range this one has if it even has a bathroom and electricity. But if it were only 12.000 EUR, it could quickly be paid off and then of course all the money you earn is yours alone. And if you get tired of living in a tree house, you can sell it to someone else, along with the land, and spend all the money you made on something bigger later.

Ideally, of course, you’d live somewhere without having any expenses, that means usually your parents’ house, but of course then you have to answer to them (“as long as you have your feet under our table” etc.) and you get asked to put on your slippers and make your bed.

Oh well, the things I think about on a Sunday afternoon. :)

Here’s some YouTube links about houses and tree houses and all sorts of stuff:

Peter Bahout interview (this has a great tree house)
Tree House Living for adults
Garbage Warrior
(about Earthship houses)
Permaculture – True Way of Life

24
Jul
11

Books: Night Watch, The Clown, Lucky

It’s been a while since I’ve last written, and although I’ve been a bit distracted, I still managed to read three more books since my last entry. I finished A Confederacy Of Dunces, which was very good indeed.

After that I read The Night Watch by Sarah Waters, which was also quite interesting, especially since it’s not the kind of book I’d usually read. It’s also set in WW2, which I also usually don’t care to read about. And yet, it had some interesting storylines and characters. So all in all, I’m glad I strayed a bit from what I’d usually read.

Next I read Ansichten eines Clowns (English title: The Clown) by Heinrich Böll, which I thought was very interesting, too. Amusingly enough, although it’s a German classic, it had been loaned and recommended to me by a British girl. When I went home to my parents one weekend and mentioned I was reading this book, they told me they owned two copies of it. But what matters is that I read it now and I liked it, and it was interesting to read about a melancholic clown with a drinking problem who lamented the loss of his girlfriend to another man.

And finally, I read Lucky by Alice Sebold, the author of The Lovely Bones which I read last year and was very impressed with. Lucky is the autobiographical story of how she was brutally raped at 18, how that terrible act of violence affected her, how it affected her relationships, her family, her life in general. I thought the book was quite insightful.

I’ve read nine books this year so far, which is bad considering I was aiming for 24 books and it’s already August, almost. Then again, a lot can happen in five months. Certainly a lot happened in the last five. :)