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Mother daughter weekend at PURADIES in Leogang – 4*S Design Hotel

27/03/2017
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– English translation will follow

Mutter Tochter Wochenende. Auf das lange Wochenende in Österreich habe ich mich schon länger gefreut. Geplant war ein Aufenthalt in Bad Gastein, doch ein Buchungsfehler hat uns diesen schönen Zwischenstopp in Leogang beschert. Der Name Leogang lässt mein Herz höher schlagen. Die Downhill Trainingstage mit meinem Bruder und dem Tiroler Radler Downhill Team vor einigen Jahren waren toll! Im Oktober war ich an meinem Geburtstag im Salzburger Land und verbrachte dort wunderschöne Momente mit meiner Mami. Dieser kleine Umweg hat uns ins neu eröffnete 4*S PURADIES gebracht – die Namenzusammensetzung aus pur und Paradies klang schon vielversprechend.

Mutter Tochter Wochenende Puradies

Nach drei Stunden Autofahrt, kamen wir im an. Der fast majestätisch wirkende Holzbau machte neugierig. Der Hotelkomplex ist eine Mischung aus dem neueröffneten Anbau, dem alten Teil und dem Chalet Dorf. Das gelungene Design erkannte mein Architektenauge sofort, die sich auch im Inneren durchzieht. In sportlichen sieben Monaten schaffte es Familie Madreiter pünktlich die Wintersaison mit dem Neubau zu eröffnen. Dies wäre in Italien eher unmöglich. Gute Planung, Organisation und ein hervorragender Baueinsatz von allen Beteiligten machten dies möglich.

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the golden bun - puradies leogang design hotel salzburger land

Puradies Das Interieur

Das Interieur im PURADIES ist elegant, stimmig, harmonisch und warm. Familie Madreiter wollte weg von dem altbackenen Schnick-Schnack und punktet nun mit puristischem Design – minimalistisch. Und ich verspüre kein Verlangen nach mehr Dekoration. Besonders auffallend ist die wuchtige, geschwungene Bar aus Eichenholz. Diese handwerkliche Meisterleistung verbrauchte 1000m3 Eiche. Wer sich mit Holz besser auskennt, weiß wie widerspenstig und hart diese Holzart ist. Alleine schon das Holz mit dem richtigen Werkzeug zu behandeln, war eine Herausforderung.

Wer nicht wagt, der nicht gewinnt ist das Motto des Hotels.

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the golden bun - puradies leogang design hotel salzburger land

the golden bun - puradies leogang design hotel salzburger land

Puradies Die Zimmer

Wir übernachteten in einer PURADIES Deluxe Suite im neuen Trakt. Beim Betreten wirkte sofort das cleane, aber dennoch gemütliche Design, auf uns und sehr einladend die Sonnenterrasse mit atemberaubenden Blick auf die Leoganger Steinberge.

Geniesserzimmer inklusive Halbpension 300€ / Nacht
PURADIES Deluxe Suite inklusive Halbpension 372€ / Nacht

am besten bucht ihr direkt auf ihrer Seite, wo ihr den besten Preis bekommt

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Puradies Das Badehaus “innere Mitte”

Eigentlich wollten wir das Skigebiet erkunden, aber leider war es schon etwas spät. Nach einer kurzen Wanderung vorbei an den Chalets wollten wir die verbleibende Zeit nutzen und uns vor dem Abendessen bei einem Saunagang erholen. Mami war sofort vom eleganten Ambiente und den schönen Relax Räumen angetan. Angenehm die Erfrischungsmöglichkeiten in allen Etagen, nur wäre es noch ökologisch nachhaltiger, Mehrwegbecher/Gläser anzubieten. Die herrliche Sonne zog uns aber bald ins Freie zum Ruheteich. Auf den Holzliegen konnten wir noch eine Zeit lang die Abendsonne und den Blick auf die Berge genießen.

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oben Entspannen in der Sonne – herrlich!
unten meinen weißen Badeanzug gibt es hier

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the golden bun - puradies leogang design hotel salzburger land

Pastell-farbene Abendstimmung in den Bergen

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Puradies Haubenküche auf höchstem Niveau

All die erlebten Eindrücke und der Hunger machten uns neugierig auf das sehr gepriesene Haubenrestaurant. Chefkoch Andrè Stahl brachte 2 Hauben und 16 Punkte bei Gault Milleau ins Haus und hat uns auch nicht enttäuscht. Das Abendmenue war wirklich ein Genuss:

  • Fein gemischter Antipasti Teller
  • Tomatenessenz mit Knuspersackerl
  • Rib Eye vom Salzburger Alpenrind mit Erdäpfelgratin oder Yellow Fin thunfisch auf Wasabi-Risotto mit Kräuterseitlingen
  • Himbermousse im Baumkuchenmantel

Sehr lobenswert ist die Wahl der Produkte mit vorwiegend regionalem Bezug.

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the golden bun - puradies leogang design hotel salzburger land

Ein cooler Cocktail in der FREIRAUM Bar und ein nettes Gespräch mit dem Chef des Hauses und so ging ein wunderbarer Tag zu Ende.

Vielen Dank für den erholsamen Aufenthalt!

Ich wünsche euch einen schönen Tag!

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Mutter-Tochter Wochenende im Puradies

Rain 9, 5771 Leogang
Österreich

Fotos – © Vicky Klieber | Foto 6 – © PURADIES
*vielen Dank für den Aufenthalt. Meine Meinung bleibt dadurch unberührt.

food & drinks travel

The Okinawa Food Guide – all you need to know about Okinawan specialities

24/03/2017
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Okinawa Food Guide. What was the Sushi like? Most of my friends asked when I got back home. Also, one of my first desires was to try the real sushi. It’s a common fact that the first Japanese dish, which comes into people’s mind is sushi followed by ramen or udon noodles. Therefore, I was curious to taste more authentic meals. Of course, Okinawa had so many more specialities to offer than the stereotypical dish sushi. As I said, the Okinawan islands are quite unlike than the rest of Japan. Not in a bad way, obviously. So are their Okinawan specialities. Given that Okinawa’s islands once belonged to the independent Ryukyu Kingdom it was an important trading hub linking Japan, China, Korea, South East Asia but also America. All this influence helped to form the local cuisine, which is still served in most Okinawan restaurants.

China brought the pork to Okinawa, for instance. Also, they use every part of it, like Chinese do, except for its squeal. Moreover, one of the signature dishes is Goya Champuru. Champuru simply means ‘something mixed’ while goya is a bitter vegetable, which was delivered from South East Asia once. Goya is full with Vitamin C and is apparently invigorating during steamy hot summers on the island. In my opinion, it is horribly bitter and inedible. Regardless, Japanese people are willing to eat a lot of un-tasty meals justifying it with being good for your health.

Admittedly, Okinawan dishes were so delicious. Sometimes slightly too bold for my taste but with intriguing flavours and accompanied with some fresh side dishes. Compared to the meals I had in Tokyo, where also a lot of meals are packaged, I could definitely taste the difference regarding freshness of the products. So let’s start my little introduction to Okinawan specialities.

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Okinawa Restaurant Guide Awase fish market

Firstly, a visit to a local market is a must. One great recommendation is the Awase fish market where you can buy fish directly or have lunch/dinner. I’ve had a lot of sashimi the days before, hence I went for half a lobster set (most of the meals come in sets in Japan). My lobster was served with a bowl of rice, miso soup and some slices of sashimi. It was so delicious!

First tip: Never ever dip your rice into soy sauce. Rice is a piece of art in Japan! Therefore, for example you dip the fish of your sushi into the sauce instead of the rice.

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Okinawa Restaurant Guide First Japanese sushi at 和食処ばん傘

I’ve read in a guide that you don’t usually find sushi in a local Okinawa restaurant. But how can I leave the country without having tried the real sushi? Yes, it tastes a lot better than in Europe! But I feel like I can still eat sushi here in Europe (ok, we’ll see when I try it the first time here again). To begin with, there only exists either sushi (nigiri), sashimi, maki, gunkans or temaki. Their toppings are sufficiently distinct that you don’t need anything else. In fact, inside-out rolls, California rolls and so on – forget about it! You won’t find these in Japan.

I stopped eating fresh tuna here in Europe. Nonetheless I had to make an exception for Japan and try the delicious one there. There are various sorts of tuna – from Ohtoro, broiled fatty tuna to Chutoro, medium fatty tuna up to Maguro, the super fatty one. However, I prefer salmon a lot more and I started to like the egg nigiris, Tamago, a lot too.

Second tip: always eat a sushi in one go, somehow you’ll always manage. It is offensive not to do so!

A great address to have reasonable lunch sets is the Japanese restaurant at Plaza House Shopping Center (Nr. 325 – 2nd floor adjacent to the Indian restaurant Krishna). My lunch set cost around 1500 ¥ (∼12,50€). You should also try the Japanese schnitzel, which was super delicious.

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The golden bun - okinawa restaurant guide - fish on okinawa

The golden bun - okinawa restaurant guide - fish on okinawa


Okinawa Restaurant Guide Ohki seafood restaurant

Let’s head onto another super local and authentic restaurant – Ohki seafood restaurant. Yes, we had a sushi (1200¥ ∼ 10€) and sashimi platter (1500¥ ∼ 12.50€) again but we’ve ordered also some typical dishes like the Okinawan So-Men Chicken Noodles (600¥ ∼ 5€), Sea grapes (500¥ ∼ 4€), Ji-ma-mi tofu (300¥ ∼ 2.5€), a miso soup with mussels and a buttered batayakai machi fish, peas and lots of garlic. Everything was so delicious and I could go back there every single day. The atmosphere of the restaurant is relaxed and perfect for a night out.

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above Umibudo – Japanese “sea grapes”, type of sea weed
below typical Okinawan chicken rice

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above buttered fish – Batayakai Machi


Okinawa Restaurant Guide Dinner at Murasaki Mura

One of the main specialities of Okinawa are the Sukugarasu, which is tofu with a salty baby fish on top and Mimiga, which are thinly cut pig ears. I wasn’t quite a fan of the pig ears but really loved the Sukugarasu. Also, you have to try the Rafute here, which is a long braised pork belly and it’s so delicious!

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above Sukugarasu – tofu topped with salty baby fish & Mimiga – thinly cut pig ears
below left Rafute – delicious pork belly | right Gurukun fish – double-lined fusilier

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Okinawa Restaurant Guide Dinner at Juri in Naha

Once we were back in Naha city we had dinner at Juri, a lively pub, which also serves great food. As you can see we took the Jimami tofu again. When on Okinawa you need to try the fried sweet potatoes, too, and have some tempura. Orion beer is also known here in Europe and you should definitely have one with your meal! If you want to try something more local have Awamori, the area’s indigenous liquor.

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above Jimami tofu – peanut tofu

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above Goya tempura
below fried purple sweet potato – so delicious

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Okinawa Restaurant Guide Taco Rice at King Tacos

Taco rice is probably the dish with the most influence from American occupation. The Japanese/American fast food is definitely something you should try, because it tasted surprisingly delicious. Also, it is probably the cheapest and filling meal I had on Okinawa. In case you go to King Tacos take one taco rice for two as the portions are huge. One taco rice costs between 400 – 600¥ (∼ 3,3 – 5€).

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The golden bun - okinawa restaurant guide - fish on okinawa

below the famous Taco Rice

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The golden bun - okinawa restaurant guide - fish on okinawa


Okinawa Restaurant Guide Blue Seal’s Ice Cream

The journalist colleague Samantha told me that her Japanese friends would be really jealous that we had ice cream at Blue Seal. You’ll find the chain all over Okinawa but in Tokyo they only have one branch. Try the mango ice cream!

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The golden bun - okinawa restaurant guide - fish on okinawa


Okinawa Restaurant Guide Japanese steak at Ryukyu No Ushi

To conclude my Okinawa food guide I have another great tip for you. One dinner we tried the fantastic steak at Ryukyu no Ushi Chatan (). Apparently, the chain offers the best Japanese barbecue & steak. Don’t be afraid to go there because you’ll smell of fried food. They have a modern technology where you don’t smell at all, which is great. We had various sorts of steak: e.g. Rib eye roll steak (3,200¥ ∼ 26€), Prime diced tenderloin steak (4,600¥ ∼ 38€) and the most delicious Okinawan Wagyu Beef sirloin thick-cut steak (6,000¥ ∼ 50€). All accompanied with a bowl of rice – so good! I could eat rice bowls every day.

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The golden bun - okinawa restaurant guide - fish on okinawa

The golden bun - okinawa restaurant guide - fish on okinawa

Okinawa Food Guide The restaurants you have to try

Find all my posts about Okinawa here!

photos – © Vicky Klieber

outfits

Always late with current trends

22/03/2017
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The golden bun - daniel wellington watch black fishnet tights, biker look, topshop dress

The golden bun - daniel wellington watch black fishnet tights, biker look, topshop dress

The golden bun - daniel wellington watch black fishnet tights, biker look, topshop dress

The golden bun - daniel wellington watch black fishnet tights, biker look, topshop dress

Outfit details

Mango Biker Jacke ähnliche hier
Zara Blazer mit Lederdetail hier
graues Topshop Bodycon Kleid derzeit reduziert hier
Netzstrumpfhosen sehr ähnliche hier | oder hier
Bruno Premi Stiefeletten hier
Daniel Wellington Uhr in schwarz hier

photos – Valentin / Prossliner Valentin Photografie
*gift / sample

Immer spät mit Trends. Ich bin wieder gut zurück in Südtirol und sitze gerade in der Unibibliothek in Bozen. Unser Internet wird nämlich erst Anfang nächsten Monats eingerichtet und ab dann kann ich mir mein Home Office zuhause schön einrichten (wenn ich dann auch Mal länger zuhause wäre). Meine Reiseplanung ist derzeit intensiver denn je und ich habe meinen Freunden von einen iCal Kalender eingerichtet, damit sie den Überblick nicht verlieren, wann ich wo bin. Am Wochenende geht es für meine Mam und mich vier Tage nach Österreich zum Skifahren und Wellnessen, worauf ich mich schon sehr freue. Ich hoffe es ist dort kälter, damit ich nochmal die Pisten runterwedeln kann. In Südtirol sind die Temperaturen nämlich sehr gestiegen in den vergangenen Wochen. In der Tat laufe ich zuhause nur noch mit einem leichten Wintermantel herum. Auf Frühlingskleidung habe ich allerdings noch keine Lust, so werden meine dünneren Mäntel auch Mal mehr getragen.

Bin ich eigentlich immer die letzte, die sich an gewisse Trends heranwagt? Netzstrumpfhosen sind bereits voll en vogue, aber bei mir sind sie dennoch nicht ganz angekommen. Ich finde den Look bei vielen toll. Bei manchen auch weniger gut, da er teilweise schon sehr vulgär gestyled ist, wie ihn manches Influencer-Girl präsentiert. Und hier ist mein Selbstversuch mit Netzstrumpfhosen. Der Fakt, dass sie keine klassischen Netzstrümpfe sind, gefällt mir umso mehr. Ihr könnt euch vorstellen, wie sehr ich mich über den Fund dieses Paares aus den Tiefen meines Kleiderschrankes freute. Ich wurde schon mehrmals nach dem Modell gefragt, aber leider gab es weder ein Etikett, noch erinnere ich mich daran wo ich sie her habe. Diesen lässigen und coolen Look habe ich in den vergangenen Wochen ständig getragen. Das schöne Topshop Kleid kann man super kombinieren und war eindeutig ein guter Kauf.

Habt einen schönen Abend!

travel

Be Okinawa | 10 must do’s on the main land of Okinawa

20/03/2017
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The Okinawa Guide. Can someone, please pinch me? This was my reaction when I opened my mails and got an invitation for a press trip to Okinawa, the southernmost island of Japan. I’d actually planned to finally fly to Japan this year but my visit came earlier than expected. Okinawa? I’m sure most of you have never heard about that island. Don’t worry, because that is what I’m here for. To show you all the interesting and beautiful spots Okinawa has to offer. A blogger colleague from Munich had visited the island a while ago and I remembered her posts (see them here). Of course, I had to look them up immediately. There they were – beautiful pictures of stunning bays with the bluest and clearest water along with impressions of fish markets and more. I was already head over heels.

So there I was three weeks later I got the invitation holding my flight ticket in my hands and was about to board a 9 hours direct flight to Tokyo. Tokyo was only a pit stop for the night as I hopped on an early 3 hours flight down to Okinawa the next day. My travel companion for the 5 days was Samantha, who has been living in Tokyo for many years now and luckily spoke Japanese fluently. As soon as we’ve arrived at the airport we were welcomed by the team who accompanied us on our trip. The sightseeing program was about to start.

Here are ten great activities you shouldn’t miss on your Okinawa trip!

Please note that our team focused on the middle part of Okinawa’s main island. You should combine your stay with a couple of days on the main island and then hop on a boat to the surrounding islands.

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above breathtaking bay seen from the Happy Cliffs

Visit Okinawa 1. Breathe in some salty air at the marvellous beaches

Okinawa offers the most beautiful beaches. We visited quite off the season and even caught some low tides. The view was still breath taking, though. I recommend driving to the Happy Cliffs or Emerald Beach take a walk at the Maeda Beach & Beach51 and enjoy the sunset at the Sunset Beach. Also, Hotel Nikko Alivila, where we stayed for two nights, has a beautiful beach adjacent to the hotel area.

Here’s a great Beach Guide to Okinawa Main Island

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above low tide at Beach 51

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Okinawa 2. Visit the most beautiful Futenma Shintō-Shrine and its cave

Little did I know about Japanese culture and tradition. Therefore, a first visit of a Shinto-Shrine was a must. The shrine and its cave were built around 500 years ago. One of the main characteristics of a shrine is the Torii, which is a gateway made up of two vertical and two horizontal posts. From there you’ll enter the zone of the shrine and you will need to cleanse your sins at the water display. This purification ritual is called chozuya or temizuya. After that you are ready to pray. Also, you can buy your luck at the Shintō shrine. In case you got bad luck you can hang it on one of the ropes and the priest will come and get it and pray for you. I was lucky and got one of the highest luck. Good times ahead for me. The cave is located very beautifully behind the Futenma shrine. Also, usually you don’t get to see the house of the god/goddess behind the shrine, which is quite special here. There is no entrance fee.

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above one of the most beautiful Shintō shrines – the Futenma shrine

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above beautiful Futenma shrine cave
below usually you don’t get to see the house of the god/goddess behind the shrine, which makes this one special

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Visit Okinawa 3. Sleep in a traditional old Japanese hotel

This may not be for everyone but you should definitely experience to sleep in a traditional Japanese hotel. You’ll sleep on a futon mattress on the traditional tatami, which is a type of mat made from rice straws used as a flooring material. Nowadays they use compressed wood chip boards or polystyrene foam. There are not a lot of old Japanese hotels left. This is the one we visited in Okinawa City: Goyah-So Guesthouse. If you’re searching for more you can look it up on Tripadvisor here.

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above beautiful dark cherry blossoms on Okinawa – Sakura was already in full bloom


Visit Okinawa 4. Explore antique sights – Shuriji Castle & Ruins of Nakagusuku

Okinawa is full of history, which is evident for Okinawan inhabitants. I knew a thing or two about the history of Okinawa and of Japan in general but little did I know about their traditions. If you are interested in dipping into some antique sights the Shuri Castle and the Nakagusuku Castle Ruins are a must.

The original building of the Shuri Castle dates back to the 14th Century but it was destroyed in the Okinawa Battle in 1945. Years later, in 1992 reconstruction work began. The Shuri Castle is probably the best sight to see the influence of China. When I entered the main square called Kyo-no-uchi it reminded me of my visit to the Forbidden City. For instance, the roof of the main palace has Chinese architectural elements.

Moreover, the Ruins of the Nakagusuku Castle are highly recommendable. The castle was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2000. These days they are doing a lot of renovation work. Also, you have an amazing view on the surrounding area and the Nakagusuku Bay.

Here are some further suggestions:

  1. Shuri Castle
  2. Ruins of Nakagusuku
  3. Tropical Dream Center
  4. Fukushen-Gardens
  5. Shikina-en

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above view on the Island from the Shuriji castle

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The golden bun - okinawa travel guide - okinawa beach - okinawa klima - japan islands

above Tea time and trying some Okinawan biscuits
below left loved the round shaped wall at Nakagusuku Castle Ruins | right enchanted house close to the ruins

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Visit Okinawa 5. Visit a local fish market … or two

I could spend hours and hours at a local market. The Awase fish market was definitely one of my highlights. You’ll see kinds of fish you’ve never seen in your life before. Not to mention how cheap a platter of sashimi is. I tried the ½ lobster set, which was so delicious. The rice bowls with sashimi on top are also to die for. I could eat them every single day!

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above cute Sake bottle – Japanese characters are so beautiful

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The golden bun - okinawa travel guide - okinawa beach - okinawa klima - japan islands


Visit Okinawa 6. Visit the Ryukyu Lantern Festival at Murasaki Mura

The Ryukyu Lantern Festival at Murasaki Mura was opening its door to the public for the second time. It’s a romantic theme park filled with over 5000 Chinese lanterns. Moreover, a variety of food stalls and typical Japanese restaurants are offered.

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Visit Okinawa 7. Learn more about the art of Sake distillery … no, it’s not drunk hot!

I thought I was a fan of Sake until I’ve tried the real one. In fact, I was grateful to get the chance to take part in a real Sake tasting. We visited the Kamimura Distillery on Okinawa and got an exclusive tour through the distillery by Mrs Nakazato. The distillery produces special Sake creations. Therefore, it is a real insider tip, if you are into Sake.

Of course, I brought some bottles of Sake back home and presented one to my friends. The eye fell immediately on the high percentage of alcohol. In fact, the bottles I’d brought had between 50-70% alcohol. That’s quite strong but here’s another fun fact: Sorts of Sake with a high percentage of alcohol are blended with either sparkling or still water.

We were also taken to the cellar, where people store their bottles. Usually they buy one of the expensive bottles, store them for years and whenever they have a special occasion they come back and add some photos to their bottles.

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above かんぱい!Kanpai!

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above people store their bottles and hang pictures on them on special occasions

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Visit Okinawa 8. Visit the traditional Nakamura House

The Nakamura House is an architectural example how extravagant a farmer was living. More importantly, it contains all the main characteristics of an Okinawa style house. It is located on a hillside in central Okinawa and dates back to the 18th century. It measures around 1700 square metres. See more information here.

Entrance fee costs 500¥

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above sitting on the traditional tatami

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Visit Okinawa 9. Experience the traditional art of making pottery

Pottery is an important craft and old traditions are still preserved on Okinawa. We visited the Yomitan Pottery Village and got the chance to talk to the master Kyoushi Matsuda. This pottery doesn’t date back to a long history as he is the first of his generation. The aim of the Yomitan Pottery Village is to preserve the traditional handcraft not to pass over into mass production. In fact, all is still handmade and the factory is overbooked for more than a year. Imagine that there are only around 25 people working there.

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above right Noborigama chambered climbing kiln, ancient pottery kiln

A Noborigama chambered climbing kiln is also built on a slope, and each succeeding chamber is situated higher than the one before it. The chambers in a noborigama are pierced at intervals with stoking ports. Such climbing kilns have been used in Japan since the 17th century. The largest working Noborigama kiln in Japan is located in Shigaraki, in the southern portion of Shiga Prefecture.

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The golden bun - okinawa travel guide - okinawa beach - okinawa klima - japan islands

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Visit Okinawa 10. Get lost in the streets of Naha City

A visit to Okinawa’s capital is definitely a must for dining, shopping and there is also a lot of cultural offer. You may immediately notice that there is a lot of traffic in the cities. In fact, the public transport isn’t developed so well and most destinations are only reachable by car. However, you’ll see many hybrid and electric cars driving around. Japanese are very eco-conscious and always have the newest technologies. We only stayed a couple of hours in Naha, which included a walk on the main street, where you can do a lot of shopping and make a visit to a local market Makishi Kosetsu Ichiba market, whereof I will show you more pictures soon.

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The golden bun - okinawa travel guide - okinawa beach - okinawa klima - japan islands

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above Yui Rail in Naha City – only train system on Okinawa connecting Naha City with the airport

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The golden bun - okinawa travel guide - okinawa beach - okinawa klima - japan islands

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little insight into the beautiful island of Okinawa! Some more posts are still coming up – until then I say Sayounara! さようなら!

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10 must do’s on Okinawa

Find all my posts about Okinawa here!

photos – © Vicky Klieber

restaurants Berlin

Weekend brunch | Le Bon Berlin … once again

13/03/2017
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Weekend brunch Le Bon Berlin

Boppstraße 1, 10967 Berlin

read my previous article about Le Bon here

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more Berlin recommendations here

photos – © Vicky Klieber

Weekend brunch. I’ve been to Berlin quite often in the past months and I’m slowly creating a whole routine there. In fact, there is so much to discover but I’m already beginning to go back to the places I’ve already been to. Le Bon Berlin is one of those, which is also close to ‘s place. Therefore, and I had to go there yesterday again. It’s already my third time I go there and I nearly know every dish from the menu. In fact, I need to try dinner there.

This time we had the Shashuka (8,20€), Yogi Tea French Toast (7,50€) along with a Caramelized pink grapefruit (3,80€). The Shashuka wasn’t the best I’ve ever had as I was missing a little bit of spice. On the other hand, I was really surprised how good the grapefruit tasted. Grapefruits are not one for me but at Le Bon it was sweet and delicious. Again, we came super early right when the restaurant opened it’s doors. When we left the queue was super long again.

Have a great start into the new week!

outfits

The suede mini

12/03/2017

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the golden bun - olive suede leather skirt chicwish, pinko love bag, madeleine issing jewelery

the golden bun - olive suede leather skirt chicwish, pinko love bag, madeleine issing jewelery

Outfit details

Chicwish skirt* here
pullover borrowed from Amandine
Calzedonia thermo tights
EMU Chelsea boots here
Pinko Love bag here | here
Madeleine Issing earrings* here
Chloé sunglasses

photos – Julia / – editing by me
*gift / sample

The suede mini. What a beautiful weather we caught in Berlin on Saturday? Amazing. I was in the capital for the last four days. joined the fun and we had a great weekend together. First business meetings on the ITB (international travel fair) and then the food hopping combined with a little sightseeing. In fact, it was Julia’s first time in Berlin, which was perfect to see some sights I haven’t been to in years again – the Reichstag, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and much more. We explored the city mostly by bus where you always see a lot. I absolutely love the double decker busses in Berlin! Right now I’m on my way back to South Tyrol and I can’t wait to be home (especially to wear other clothes than in my luggage).

As you can see I’ve started to wear skirts more often. I found this cute faux suede leather skirt at Chicwish and paired it with a black oversize knit pullover (actually stolen from Amandine’s wardrobe). My EMU Chelsea boots were the perfect travel companions, which is why I’ve shown them so often in my last looks. In fact, I haven’t brought many shoes on this trip. I cannot wait to wear different pieces as soon as I come back home. Hopefully this look is the last winter look up here on the blog! How do you like the look?

Have a great start into the new week!

restaurants Berlin

Breakfast in Berlin | Bastard in Kreuzberg

10/03/2017
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Breakfast in Kreuzberg. I’m back in Berlin for five days and my wallet will suffer again because of all the great restaurant choice. This time Julia will also join and I will take her to some of my favourite places. Hopefully, my friends have discovered a couple of new restaurants to be tried. First stop will be to have breakfast in Kreuzberg and I really want to go back to Bastard.

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Breakfast in Kreuzberg Bastard

Bastard is a small inconspicuous breakfast place in the heart of Kreuzberg. Usually one would walk by but knowing that they serve an amazing breakfast you cannot miss it. In fact, breakfast is served until 4:30pm every day and they also have a changing lunch menu. Usually the place is super crowded but we came super late around 4pm and got a table right away. I imagine that in summer time you should definitely book a table on weekends.

Please note that Tuesday and Wednesday Bastard is closed!

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Bastard Food & Drinks

The breakfast menu is simple but has everything one would crave for a late breakfast in the afternoon. My friends and I had the mixed plate (small 5,90€ / big 9,80€), 2 eggs in a glass à la Bastard (3,00€) and the Strammer Max (5,20€). The mixed plate is so nicely decorated. Did I mention that the bread is homemade and so is the rest of the food? You’ll taste the great quality immediately.

All in all, I absolutely loved to have breakfast in Kreuzberg at Bastard. The interior may seem to someone a little bit rough and minimal. I’ve also heard that some people weren’t satisfied with the service as there is definitely not enough staff for crowded weekends. I didn’t experience that but I will let you know if anything changes on my next visit.

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Breakfast at Bastard

Reichenberger Str. 122, 10999 Berlin

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photos – © Vicky Klieber

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Make your day bloomier | Happy International Women’s Day

08/03/2017
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Outfit details

H&M blouse similar
H&M hair accessory here

*thank you Bloomy Days for the flower boquet Pink Lady

Make your day bloomier. Just a quick post today to thank you all for your lovely comments in my monthly recap. I’m currently working on all the Japan posts and travel video. Therefore stay tuned and I will back with my food recommendation on Friday again!

I wish you a wonderful Women’s Day!

life

February recap – back from Japan & onto the next adventure

06/03/2017
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Life on my phone KW 4 – 6

1 walk, walk, walk, baby!
2 say hello to my new baby! here
3 morning strolls in Bozen
4 fresh flowers from Bloomy Days
5 one of my favoure dishes – Spaghetti allo scoglio
6 breakfast dates at Das Maria
7 new hair
8 coffee date at Bite Delite
9 morning view – flying over Mount Fuji
10 vacation look
11 Shuri castle on Okinawa
12 mornings at the beach

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February recap. While I’m sitting on the airplane back to Germany I’m passing in review the last month. The past weeks have been exciting, exhausting and emotional. After I’ve decided to fold up my tents in Munich, everything went super quick. My things are temporarily packed up in boxes. It’s crazy how much stuff you accumulate over the years. As soon as I come back home I will definitely clear out a lot. I’m happy for this new chapter working as a digital nomad. Stay tuned!

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… a lot about sustainability. Little by little, I try to live more ecoconsciously right now. In fact, I try to buy less plastic things. Especially when travelling it is quite hard but manageable. Japan was a big shock for me because everything is packed up in plastic. However, I was reassured that Japanese separate and recycle a lot. Still, a lot is produced new. However, flying so often isn’t good either and I’ll try to use more carsharing and the train. Did I mention that I absolutely love taking the train?

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When it comes to sustainability I’m not so good regarding my consume of clothing. I still buy a lot from cheap chains. Nonetheless I reduced my online shopping a lot. There is still lots to do but I tent to buy more second hand. You only need a lot of time to find great pieces.

After a long time I’ve bought myself a new bag – the Pinko love bag, which I’m absolutely in love with. One of the things I’ve been looking for a long time were nice fabric napkins, which I found on H&M Home. Sometimes the site doesn’t have nice things but the new collection is really nice. H&M pieces tend to be sold out really quick but most times come back in stock quickly. I usually use the Shoptagr Tool to save my items and will be notified as soon as they come back in stock.

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Another month when I didn’t read anything. Well, I’ve read my Tokyo Guides.

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I’ve watched La La Land in the movies. I absolutely love the Arri-cinema in Munich because the quality is so good. I still don’t know how I like the movie. After High School Musical I’m not a big fan of musical movies. While the plot was quite simple I really liked the camera settings. On my list you’ll still find Shades of Grey, which should be even better than the first part. I’m super curious.

And how could I forget my absolute new favourite series – The Royals. I’ve accidentally found it on another blog. The British series takes place in the royal house and comes with one intrigue after the other. Add a little bit of Gossip-Girl and imagine Elizabeth Hurley as queen. Do I have to add more? I’ve finished all three seasons so quickly. Right now I only have the last episode left. I’m really curious how it will end.

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After Japan I’m back in Munich for a couple of days before I’ll fly to the ITB (international traveling fair) with . Also, I’m excited to see again. The rest of the weekend I will spend with Julia. After Berlin I will be back in South Tyrol for two weeks and at the end of the month I will have some nice relaxing spa days in Austria with my mom. April won’t be less busy. I will release the destination soon!

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  2. Food: The best falafel in town – Sababa
  3. Food: Breakfast in Berlin – Hallmann & Klee
  4. Life: January Recap – self-employment, moving, upcoming travels & more
  5. Life: Hello Single Life!
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Chip- chop, hair is off | how to easily book your beauty treatment online

01/03/2017

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Treatwell. To find a great hairdresser is never easy. A couple of weeks ago I sat in a café in Berlin with girlfriends and felt the urgent need to have my hair cut again. In your own city you know at least one or two addresses but in an unknown one it is even harder to find a great salon. My facebook friends had recommended some places but they were all booked out. Suddenly my friend recommended I should look a salon up on Treatwell. ‘Treatwell? Never heard of it!’ ‘Yes, it’s an online platform where you can book beauty appointments’ Hallelujah! Finally what I’ve looked for since long.

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Beauty appointments online booking Treatwell

I do my beauty routine most of the times myself but once in a while I love to get pampered in a proper beauty salon. Of course, they do the manicure and pedicure so much better. Before travelling to Japan I wanted to get pretty and booked an appointment at the hairdresser, including manicure and pedicure. On Treatwell I easily found what I was looking for. The description of the salons is great and the pricing is clear.

I chose the Salon Molotow, which was just around my corner and where I’d driven by so many times. The hairdresser was super nice and friendly. I got cut quite a bit as you can see on the pictures. Of course, I need to get used to the new cut now. Most of the times I regret it immediately to have chopped so much off. But it’s still a long time to go until summer and they will grow so quickly. The payment with Treatwell is done beforehand on the website or you can choose if you want to pay in the salon directly. Immediately afterwards I went to my mani and pedi appointment. Let’s go the whole hog! All pretty and spruce I was ready for Japan!

How do you like my new haircut?

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Beauty appointments online booking Treatwell

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photos – © Vicky Klieber
*in collaboration with Treatwell – thank you!