Drinking my way around Berlin

In many ways, I left a little of my heart in Berlin. It is a big city, full of diverse neighborhoods and lots of history. Despite not really understanding the language I felt right at home.  I went in May and the weather was amazing. We had a few days of rain but it always cleared up in time for a walk around. One of my favorite things about Berlin is that everyone walks around with a beer in hand. Here in California, you really won’t see that often. It is definitely frowned upon to walk about with an open container. Not so in Berlin, everyone you pass walking down the street, whether it’s parents watching their kids at the park, coworkers/ friends walking to dinner they all have a beer in hand and I LOVE that vibe, so laid back, so me.

I was staying in the cutest neighborhood and the best hostel, Minimal Hostel.  I chose to stay in a hostel since I was traveling alone and wanted the opportunity to meet people and hang out with them. In the neighborhood of my hostel was a cute craft beer bar, Lager Lager. I hit this spot up a few times. Always bustling with many people and a great spot to pick up an interesting beer for later. IMG_5194IMG_5193IMG_5192

Another spot close to where I was staying, O.T. Bar Und Projekt Raum was another spot with good wine and beer! Very cool interior also.IMG_5321IMG_5320IMG_5319752CEE89-4C98-4AB4-B718-09E5F173C3C9

Another fun spot for cocktails is Geist Im Glas, this is a super cool place where you can tell the bartender what flavor alcohol combo you like and she will create a drink for you! They have a great outdoor area but after a certain time, they ask that you head inside as to not disturb the neighbors. IMG_5229IMG_5228IMG_5227IMG_5224

Another great place for green juices, coffee, tea and various food is the Marheineke Markthalle on Bergmannstraße. I like going to markets cause I can point to things I want if I am not sure how to say it in German.IMG_5204

I loved the Brlo Brwhouse – so much so that I went to it twice while I was in Berlin. It is in Victoria Park which was a really cool spot to people watch, bike, walk and relax!IMG_5241IMG_5240IMG_5242IMG_5243IMG_5244IMG_5246IMG_5257IMG_5258

In Summary, a few places I really enjoyed for a drink are :

Lager Lager

O.T. Bar Und Projekt Raum

Geist Im Glas

Brlo Brwhouse

Halloween Hangover

I love all Holidays and I am a little sad to see Halloween come and gone. This year was fun filled with trips to pumpkin patches, mulled wine, carving, pumpkin flavored treats, many Halloween movies and of course costumes!

Hocus Pocus is a classic and I can watch it every year and not grow tired of it!

Mulled wine! Delish …

Mario Kart with my team at work!

Meet Debbie, Eliza and Darwin from the Wild Thornberrys! 

Spooky Decor!

Spice it up with some Cauli.

The recipe I am about to share is one that you will make over and over again. I love Cauliflower and enjoy trying out new ways to eat it!

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The following made four servings.  If you were to add this to a bed of greens or grains you could spread it out a little longer.

Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Easy peasy lemon squeaseee

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Heads of Cauliflower
  • 2 teaspoons Coconut Oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
  • 1 whole Lime (or Sub A Splash Of Rice Wine Vinegar)
  • 2 whole Green Onions, Sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon Sriracha, Or Other Hot Sauce
  • Lime (lemon) Wedges For Serving

Instructions

Break up the cauliflower into large florets, then, using your hands, break into very small florets.

Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium-high to high heat. Add the oil, then the cauliflower and garlic. Stir the cauliflower around the pan, allowing it to get very brown in some areas. Cook for 3 minutes, then turn heat to low. Add soy sauce, squeeze in the juice of the lime, and add most of the sliced green onion, reserving the rest for serving. Stir and allow to cook for 1 minute, then squeeze the hot sauce over the cauliflower. Stir until the hot sauce has been incorporated. Add a little more hot sauce if you want a deeper color and flavor.

Serve hot in a bowl. Sprinkle extra sliced green onions on top, and serve with a lime wedge.

This can be enjoyed with a tasty Gewurztraminer.  We had this one.

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bon appetit!