A dinner at Paolo Pinkel in Neukölln was on my list for such a long time now. After so many of my Foodie friends recommended it to me, it was the perfect occasion to celebrate the birthday of my friend Natalie there. Meanwhile we also celebrated Amandine’s birthday there. Funnily enough another friend celebrated her birthday there. As you can see it seems to be a great place for celebrating but also for a casual dinner.
Restaurant in Berlin PAOLO PINKEL
Paolo Pinkel. The pseudonym known from the Friedmann affair of the lawyer, politician and television presenter Michel Friedmann. Of course In the meantime, Paolo Pinkel‘s restaurant bar concept has become so popular in Berlin that it has already trumped him in the Google search.
You enter the bar via a shimmering neon light and head straight for the big Barthresen. To the left is the restaurant corner with simple dining tables and benches, to the right the bar with some lounge seats. All very “Neukölln” and funky furnished.
Paolo Pinkel FOOD & DRINKS
We already arrived with mixed feelings, as my girlfriend heard from an acquaintance that it was supposedly exaggeratedly expensive. Wait and see and take a picture first. In the afternoon before it was posted in our birthday group that one could pay food only cash and beverages with map. I only understood this when we arrived. The restaurant-concept is that three different kitchens have their own mini-restaurant there. The drinks are settled via the bar.
Peru – China – Cyprus is Three-country cuisine. Since everyone has its own culinary preferences, this is perfect for a birthday. I immediately headed for the Chinese restaurant and ordered a delicious portion of handmade Ran Mian noodles with Sechuan pepper (attention: very hot). The others ordered from the Peruvian as well as from the Cypriot restaurant. The portions can be divided well. But also one portion per head is absolutely sufficient.
The prices are between 4-12€
Selection at the China-Restaurant
yummy Ran Mian noodles
Paolo Pinkel RÉSUMÉ
We had a great evening, and we mumped up at the bar till 3:00. But I recommend you to order wine or beer. The Gin&Tonic has already been served mixed, where I usually choose Gin Tonic and Tonic myself.
Meanwhile I was already there for the second time and found it just as great there. But it’s always worth making a reservation!
They are everywhere: the incredibly great travel destinations. One of them is definitely the Swedish island of Gotland! The history of the island is very historical and you can already see this when you arrive in the city of Visby – the only city on Gotland and at the same time capital of the province Gotlands län. In addition to its exciting past, Gotland has much more to offer and as a holiday island is in no way inferior to the others! Here you´ll find some nice impressions of our trip to Gotland this summer:
Here you can read about our first Sweden trip to Smaland.
Holidays on the swedish island GOTLAND
Gotland and holidays? Absolutly correct: On Gotland you can indeed spend your holidays very well. The convinced Swedish people can confirm that themselves! Great beaches for relaxing and sunbathing, super beautiful landscapes to enjoy (also perfect as photo locations for bloggers), lots of cultural offers and culinary experiences await explorers, hikers and curious tourists. The island is an attractive tourist destination all year round. However, as many travellers prefer the sunny months, the best time to visit the island is between June and September. In these months with the mild climate sun worshippers certainly get their money’s worth.
VISBY – discover Gotland´s MEDIEVAL CITY
Our journey starts in Visby. Already at the arrival with the ferry in the harbour of the small and pretty city you can hear stunning Ahs and Ohs. From here you can already see parts of the almost complete city wall from the Middle Ages. A walk along the city wall is worthwhile in any case. It is in very good condition and you can even walk up the watchtowers and have a view over the sea on one side and over Visby’s large Botanical Garden on the other. Thanks to the climate, a variety of plants and unusual tree species grow here.
The harbour of Visby
Visby is rich in historical sites. Inside the city there are imposing ruins of church walls. These remind of the attacks and destruction of the town by Danes in the 16th century. The whole history of Gotland can be seen in the Gotland Museum in Visby. Make sure stopping by there!
Most of Gotland’s churches date from the Middle Ages. The oldest churches are in Stenkyrka, Atlingbo and Fardhem (the first church on Gotland is said to have been built here). At least the predecessor building.)
In the centre of Visby you will find the very imposing ruin of St. Katrin church.
The beautiful Cathedral of the West. From here you can also have a great overview of the whole Visby. Just walk up a few steps and let you surprise by the stunning view!
Use the opportunity and the time to explore Visby by walking around! The peace and quiet in the small alleys of the city is incredibly peaceful and the loving design of the exterior facades is simply delightful. Visby literally smells like roses! No wonder: The city dwellers decorate their houses and fences with countless types of roses in the most beautiful colours, which underlines the flair of the charming city even more.
On the island of Gotland, about 150 old fishing villages (Gotlänska fiskelägen) still exist today. Eleven of them are listed. By the way, the “Hanseatic City of Visby” with its magnificent medieval buildings has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995!
COSY GLAMPING in Surflogiet Gotland
Oh, yeah, Gotland’s chic. In its own special way. The hip glamping in the SURFLOGIET GOTLAND was at the top of our itinerary! “Glamping” is a glamorous camping style with many amenities such as a very comfortably equipped tent, washing rooms and other extras that you wouldn’t expect from camping in the open air. For example, sleeping on beds worth several thousand of euros or relax in the sauna at the end of the day and admire the Baltic Sea through the glass front of the sauna cottage. Extravagant? Perhaps. But more likely cosy glamorous and in the SURFLOGIET GOTLAND with a stylish bohemean touch. Here you can organize celebrations of any kind. Very popular are weddings. You can sit comfortably and stylishly on the beach during or after your wedding. Gladly with champagne and oysters. Or beer and delicious burgers! We loved it.
You can also have this delicious burger in vegan!
The SURFLOGIET GOTLAND also offers sports activities: Stand-up paddling, surfing, skating, beach volleyball, arranged bike tours – the choice is really exciting! Jogging on the beach or practicing yoga is of course a must do.
Get in touch with STELOR HOTEL – unique hotel design
A little tip for all those who have a preference for small, smart hotel designs: The STELOR Hotel is located less than 30 minutes south of Visby. A converted farmer property to fall in love with. The atmosphere here is so incredibly clean, homelike and wonderful that you’d love to move in here. The hotel offers seven unique rooms to sleep in, a great restaurant with bar and garden, where really delicious dishes are served! Many things are cultivated in the hotel’s own garden. The rest is bought by the owners from local producers. Just to please the palate, it is worth staying or stopping at the STELOR Hotel! Despite the few rooms the hotel offers, the property is large enough to be able to retreat to the hotel garden undisturbed at any time. A truly small paradise to come down. From here you can reach the beach in 20 minutes on foot. If you want to go faster, you can rent e-bikes at the hotel and explore the area.
Where to go to EAT in VISBY – some tips
BAKFICKAN: Modern, international, but also typical local and island specialities can be found everywhere on the Swedish island of Gotland. The typical dishes of the island are prepared with a lot of fish and seafood. And they taste excellent! A really good tip in the middle of Visby is the small but really fine restaurant BAKFICKAN. The interior is super inviting, free places are in great demand and the owner of the shop is an incredibly cordial person. A real sightseeing hot spot is right next door: the impressive ruins of St. Katrin’s Church.
VINÄGER: Another popular meeting place of the city is VINÄGER. A stylish restaurant with bar and beautiful terrace where great events take place in summer. Not only the cuisine surprises with Mediterranean specialities and special creations – the interior really gives the guest the feeling of being somewhere on the Mediterranean area. Pure holiday feeling!
Beer fans watch out: In the middle of Visby you will find the beer brewery Gotlands Bryggery! Here you can take part in a small guided tour through the brewery and taste delicious beers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Some grape varieties are cultivated – and very successfully – on Gotland. This is why the wine-growing regions here are among the most northerly in Europe. Nothing stands in the way of a small but fine wine tour, is there?
How to reach GOTLAND?
The island can be reached quickly by plane via Stockholm, the Swedish capital. But those who want to go by sea can choose to take the ferry to Gotland. It is highly recommended to explore the island of Gotland by car. Most places are small and can be explored quickly. With your own or at best rented car you are flexible and can easily get to know the whole island! For short excursions please rent bicycles e.g. at Cykeluthyring! Let´s go!
This beautiful flowers are called BlueFire. You can find them everywhere on Gotland.
Schillerkiez love. I’m sorry I have to say this now – it’s getting colder. Summer is over. It was there, it was very beautiful. After such an eventful summer I’m always looking forward to the colder season. To come down and enjoy staying in cafés and restaurants. And that’s exactly what you can do so well in hip Schillerkiez in Neukölln. Unfortunately, this is no longer on my way home from my old place under Tempelhof. But it will be the highest railway again, that I will go there again.
Together with Nadine I was invited for a cosy evening to the GORDON restaurant & records. The concept of record shop and restaurant sounds interesting for the first time.
Modern middle eastern kitchen GORDON
The owners Nir and Doron brought their love of music from their hometown of Tel Aviv, where they became famous through a DJ rooftop series on Gordon Street. They brought not only their 2007 founded record label Legotek from Isreal to Berlin, but also modern interpretations of their beloved local cuisine. For their “GORDON” they didn’t choose a more comfortable place in the hip Schillerkiez. The restaurant was furnished and designed by them. Accordingly, a lot of heart and soul was put into the restaurant, which is worth seeing. It doesn’t get boring here, the best time to visit her is a Friday DJ session.
GORDON FOOD & DRINKS
Together with Nadine we tried the Gordon Tasting Menu. Our hunger was not too big, so we shared only one tasting menu. I drank a delicious cocktail called “Green Peace” consisting of gin, chartreuse, cucumber, coriander, parsley and more. The bartender was so nice that at the end he wrote me a little note with the cocktail recipe.
Very recommended is the All You Can Eat Brunch for 9,90€ (food only) or 15€ together with drinks and dessert.
We found the ambience very beautiful and cozy. The service was super friendly. Unfortunately I don’t know if they still offer the tasting menu. I found the variations creative, but also not quite cheap.
During the week it was pleasant, but well attended. A visit to brunch is now definitely on the list.
Israeli Restaurant GORDON
Allerstraße 11, 12049 Berlin (Schillerkiez, Neukölln) website
The power place in nature for more lightness and energy…
Fresh air, green meadows and a view of the mountains – these are the first impressions you get when you arrive at the parking lot of Hotel Pfösl. Can’t get enough of it. And this scent of willow, meadow flowers and herbs is a real pleasure after an intensive working day. I use the last rays of sunshine in the late afternoon for a quick exploratory walk. The weather forecasts for the coming days are unfortunately bad. But this should not interrupt my stay, but instead of “still fast” I should try a “slow and relaxed” from now on.
View of the ski resort Obereggen
Hotel Pfösl FLAGSHIP for holistic regeneration
… and mental balance as a tailwind for body and soul with the workshops of Franz Mühlbauer, the well-known mental and regeneration trainer and the SOLEMON balance concept developed by him. This four-star superior house has made the restoration of physical and mental powers and the experience of nature for all the senses its heart’s desire, with many special offers.
I am very much looking forward to my time with Franz Mühlbauer. Expert on the subject of regeneration for over 30 years, bestselling author and lecturer at the University of Graz, gives lectures and conducts management seminars on strategic regeneration management throughout Europe. Among other things, he worked for the Austrian national ski team and German Bundesliga footballers. In top-class sport it is mainly a matter of further, higher and faster, completely counter-productive for our well-being I let myself be taught. It is all about positive impulses, deep relaxation and recharging one’s batteries at all levels.
SOLEMON-Balance-Workshop “The inside shower”
We start the day early in the morning on the terrace with light breathing exercises and a view of the mountains. It is still very quiet on this lightly overcast day in light drizzle.
The warm vegetable infusion is a blessing for my empty stomach and tastes very good.
Today, everything revolves around “the inner shower”, the regeneration of the metabolism through appropriate nutrition, gentle exercise and meditation with relaxing sounds, an interplay of information and samples for body and mind as an introduction to the morning before breakfast.
Solemon-Balance Breakfast with tasty basic selection
Lunch break with Basic soup and warm vital drink as “Antipasto”
Strengthened by the tempting lunch buffet – of course I pay strict attention to basic dishes, I follow Franz Mühlbauer again and his interesting experience reports and his tips for the improvement of health and quality of life. The daily restoration of used powers and energies is achievable through targeted personal as well as strategic regeneration management as a declared goal, as well as an essential necessity for it. The SOLEMON teaching provides the know how and the associated building consciousness dynamics for schools and universities, in professional and working life, from top athletes to stressful people, young or mature, regeneration affects our entire life cycle.
After this exciting journey through the varied program and the possibilities, Franz Mühlbauer introduces me to Lu Jong, the thousands of years old Tibetan healing yoga. The soft meadow floor in front of the house replaces the usual yoga mats for the final exercises.
Dear Franz, thank you very much for this intensive introduction and experience!
The “naturaspa” offers eight saunas as well as the outdoor sauna “das ritual”, the infinity brine pool and various relaxation rooms for gentle relaxation after leisure activities in nature and on the mountain. In the large garden landscape there is a whirlpool, Kneipp course, Pfösl’s Path of Diversity and Pfösl’s Oasis of Primordial Power with its own herb garden.
Forest bathing, an interesting experience offered by Eva Zelger. Find yourself while inhaling the pure, clear mountain air, the bird chirp, the smell of swiss pine and flowers (offers please find below).
Herb bath for couples – pleasant and relaxing
Hotel Pfösl the rooms & suites
Through a very successful reconstruction and the reopening in June 2017, 18 nature suites supplement the 44 modern rooms and suites. At the edge of the forest there are three exclusive chalets which promise an interesting holiday in the wonderful landscape.
Hotel Pfösl TO LINGER
… you can spend a lot of time in the cosy and very tastefully designed rooms around the Naturabar, the entrance area with a view to the outside.
The history of Hotel Pfösl in the cosy wooden parlour
View of the listed barn of the former farm PföslThe old oven – fresh bread is baked every Thursday
Hotel Pflösl HOME MARKET STOPS
A wonderful selection of natural products from local production for cosmetics and consumption, Pfösl’s homemade mountain herb salt, Vitalpina Tee’s, jam prepared by Markus, the chef, natural bee honey, hay flower cushions, Swiss stone pine fragrance bags, energy stones and much more can be found in the home market display case.
Hotel Pflösl CULINARY
The morning is grey but the breakfast in the wood-scented rooms with a view of the surroundings is all the more cosy. And a healthy breakfast is always a good start to the day.
Tea selection from local mountain herbs
Hotel Pflösl CULINARY IN THE EVENING
“natural vegetarian” – “natural regional” – “natural vital”
The three menu cards in the evening and the selection very fine and varied
Barley vegetable soup with lovage and sauerkraut flakesHome made spring roll of organic vegetables with sweet and sour chilli sauceFine roast lamb from the Eggental mountains in natural juice, braised parika, asparagus and mint potato
The wine case from Oskar, the wine expert at Hotel Pfösl
Recipe for Basic Bread
A tip from Brigitte Zelger, the expert for basic nutrition and workshops at Hotel Pfösl: “Mix a handful of almonds, sunflower seeds, linseed, sesame, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, psyllium seed peels, maple syrup and sunflower oil, 1 egg and 1/2 cube of yeast (approx. 13 g) together and bake at 180 degrees for 1 hour. After baking, allow to dry for a few hours and then store in a paper towel.”
Hotel Pflösl’s naturabar to end the evening
The drinks and spirits in the unique naturabar are of course of the highest quality. Spirits historian Alexander Morgenstern invites you on a rarity journey, which rounds off the evening in Pfösl with stories about cultivation areas and taste experiences and unique mixed drinks according to historically handed down recipes. But please do not ask for the classic Coca Cola or the Aperol Spritz.
My tip: Gin & Tonic without alcohol and leaf through the spirits recipe book
For a special evening: Alexander Morgenstern would be happy to take you on a theme trip through different countries on advance reservation and the naturabar is also open to external visitors who would like to stay for a while after work.
ROOM PRICES AND offers at hotel pfösl
3/4 pension in a double room from € 140,00 per person
The 360° regeneration has arrived with me! Already after a few days I feel new and full of nature loaded impressions and new insights. Another look back at this beautiful house and then I set off home.
Many thanks to Brigitte and Eva Zelger and their team for the hospitality and the wonderful stay! I can highly recommend the Hotel Pfösl and would love to come back again!
Brigitte and Eva Zelger / Daniel Mahlknecht
I – 39050 German furnace (BZ)
Do you fancy a real alpine feeling in Carinthia with a varied outdoor programme and pure relaxation on top? Then, the FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA CARINZIA is the right place for you. In addition to an all-round wellness offer in the heart of the Alps, the hotel, together with its partner company SPORTFABRIK, offers varied sporting activities for adults and children for every season – tailor-made on request.
GET IN TOUCH WITH THE CARINTHIAN ALPINE FEELING
The idyllic picture is indescribable: The morning sun greets with warm rays of sunshine and expels the last wafts of mornign fog from the Tröpolachervalley. The first day that we will spend in the mountains is already promising a lot, so that we finally want to start full of energy without loosing time anymore.
We start up into the mountains in the direction of TröpolacherAlm. Here we are welcomed by a fantastic view of the surrounding mountain landscape and a herd of curious goats who know exactly that there is something to snack on. A great open-air alpine breakfast with various handmade cheeses, jams and delicious spreads, fresh alpine milk and a cheerful atmosphere is also already waiting for us. By the way, here you can personally look over the shoulder of the cheese manufacturer at work, ask questions and be amazed, because cheese production is very traditional, requires strength and patience and is therefore certainly not an easy job. One more reason to hopefully appreciate the delicious product you can taste in the end!
So fresh and good is the taste of homemade products on the TröpolacherAlm. Everything is manufactured here from own products and served to the guests. Only the bread is still ordered. But this will also change in the future. A great concept that really convinces!
Here the cheese is still traditionally handmade and we had the chance to have look over the shoulder of the professional cheese manufacturer.
Home-made tastes the best: traditional Carinthian Kasnudln
A trip to the Carinthian region without trying the famous Kasnudln is absolutely impossible! But we didn’t just order them in the next restaurant, we made them ourselves. What requires some skills the first time, works very easily afterwards, makes fun and tastes excellent! Carinthian Kasnudln can be differently filled. But they taste with a potato sour-mint filling the best.
In Carinthia it is said: If you can prepare the Kasnudln once, you are allowed to get married!
LEISURE- & SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN CARINTHIA – THE ACTIVE PROGRAM AROUND NASSSFELD
Our next stop is the AquaTrail, which is placed in front of the impressive Rosskofel. A little paradise to switch off. The beautiful hiking area is easily reached by cable railway. Hiking trails and mountain bike routes also lead here. And what is the quickest way to get down again? Best with the summer toboggan run! And in winter – of course, you can skiing along the slopes to the next stop or cable railway to get up again.
See and experience the real alpine feeling: Also the herd of cows enjoys the wonderful alpine landscape in and relaxed the whole day.
By the way, a few meters further down, between the Rossalm and the TressdorferAlm there is the cool outdoorparkNassfeld. The park is well equipped and offers exciting sporting challenges for young and old. With 12 different courses and 62 platforms on 3,000 metres of climbing distance, both beginners and advanced climbers will find the right route to master. Alternatively you can rent mountain carts or archery! The letter is highly recommended.
ENJOYING THE SUMMER: AT PRESSEGER LAKE IN GAITAL
The Lake PressegerSee is a real natural jewel in Carinthia. Clear lake water and wonderfully large sunbathing lawns in the middle of the mountains and forests. After an exciting day up in the Alps, a cooling day at the lake is very welcome. There is a wide range of activities to choose from, including beach volleyball, football or mini golf. Swimming and sunbathing is included in the wonderful, pleasantly cool lake water.
A little activity tip: If you ever get the chance to be part of the stand-up paddling, you really have to do it! The boards offer a safe stand and already after a few moves man´s has it on, so that you can glide safely over the water. For the very brave and those with a good sense of balance, Ulli from SPORTFABRIK offers something great: Yoga on the stand-up paddling board in the middle of the lake! Have a lot of fun and is certainly something you won’t experience on every holiday trip. We were completely thrilled!
You should defenetly ry it: Yoga on a stand-up paddling board. Info: You can rent the board for 15€ for tree hours.
Lake Presseger See is considered a family lake in the Gailtal valley and can heat up to 28°C. The lake is also called “the bathtub of the Gailtal”.
FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA CARINZIA: RECOVERY AND WELLNES IN THE MOUNTAINS
And what about wellness? The FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA CARINZIA is surely offering great possibilities to calm down and enjoy the wellness area to the fullest. From massages, to beauty face treatments, relaxing by the pool or in the sauna area – here you can really indulge yourself after an exciting day in the mountains. It is wonderfully idyllic at the pool in the evening when the sun goes down and reflects in the pool water. The day really can’t end any more beautiful.
Comfortable suite with panoramic views of the valley. The sunset between the mountains, which is included here and the nature spectacle itself, is simply priceless.
Amazing dinner atmosphere at FALKENSTEINERHOTEL&SPACARINZIA
HOW TO REACH FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA CARINZIA?
From Munich you can reach the FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA CARINZIA directly by train. The terminus is Villach. From there you can either continue by public transport to Hermagor or be picked up by the hotel’s shuttle service. The most of hotel guests arrive by car, which is also certainly the most comfortable way in the winter season with the ski equipment.
FALKENSTEINER HOTEL & SPA CARINZIA
9631 Hermagor, Austria