Christmas month arrived. It means, Xmas markets, city city.. buying buying. But sometimes I miss being outside enjoying the outdoors or having a typical german dinner (that I don't have cook myself) My parents live WAY too far away in the black forest to just jump on a train, so when I heard about Landgut Schönwalde, I just jumped on a train with my friend Kelly and her daughter Wren for some Christmas food and a tad of fresh air. It took such a short time, that we totally missed our stop. But we made it right on time.
We arrived just right for our meal, starting with this delicious goose bouillon with leberknödel served with bread and the best Schmalz I ever had. Many more plates came including Goat on a bed of red cabbage, a soft juicy Lamb and a perfectly tender goulash.
Until this day, I don't think I have ever had goat meat. I love goat cheese, but never had the opportunity to try its meat. And Oh boy! was I really missing out.
It was a great feeling to be in a place that was soooo kids-friendly. All the tiny ones were walking around, eating, playing, while the rest of us were sipping wine, chatting and eating. The people from the Landgut did everything possible to make us feel like home.
When I thought we were done with food, the new serving started. (yes I was already satisfied at that point) Pumpkin warm salad and goat bratwurst arrived at our table. THOSE sausages! OH MY GOD! they were so good, I took some home in my "doggie bag". A new level of awesomeness.
And when I thought we were through... Pepa was playing around with the kids and little cars and I stood up to play with her a bit, when the next serving arrived. YES! a third serving. I had no more space in my tummy, but it was smelling so good! Country people in germany eat a lot!
Pork roast, goose roast and kale stew with sausages appeared. I almost didn't eat the goose cause I was full as a bucket. But I am so happy I did! Now I understand why german people eat goose on christmas. I have to accept that it tastes better than turkey. It was fatty, tender and rich as duck but legere as turkey. Just Perfect for an autumn-winter sunday afternoon.
The german kale stew is one of my favorite german dishes. You normally never get to eat this in a restaurant, but in the home of moms and grandmas. Last time I got to eat it, was at Pepa's Grandma in Nordrhein Westphalia.. i almost ate the whole pot by myself.
After lunch, we went around to see the house, It is a small Inn, with small but beautiful renovated rooms, that feel less like a regular hotel and more like staying as a guest in a friends house. All rooms can see the fields with the horses around.
After all that mouth-watering food, we went outside to see the premises (and digest all that food). We got to say hi to all of the horses, see the gardens, stables and the playground. Everyone enjoyed it, the little ones were making new friends, jumping in puddles, petting horses and dogs, riding tractors, swinging and much more. Scroll down to see the pictures:
After a coffee, it was almost sleeping time for the kids, so we jumped in a train back to Berlin. We will definitely come back again to enjoy the traditional dishes, the fresh air and maybe get to go horseriding. This is the perfect place to get a pause of the fast-paced city and enjoy a relaxed day out in the country without having to travel for hours.
.In case you feel like going through the holidays, the opening hours are:
Christmas Eve and Christmas holidays: 11 am - 8 pm
New Year's Eve and New Year's Eve: 12 - 7 pm
New Year's Brunch 2018 1 January 2018: from 11 am
Or just check their Calendar here
Finland. Since i was a kid I have been in love with Finland. I remember the stories of that country far far faaaar away from Peru. A place with snow, reindeers and where the sun never sets.
When I got the invitation for the Reima & Visit Finland Event I was soooo excited! So excited, I looked up in google for the wrong place and ended up in a totally different district (same street name though) After biking for 19 more minutes, I arrived at a beautiful location in Friedrichshain. Filled with laughter, kids, playful giggles and joy.
There was a finnish buffet, and Pepa jumped to get the cinnabuns. I tried it all and was so delicious, I was teletransported to my trip to Finland 2 years ago.
There was a bonfire, s'mores, games, makeup artists... heaven for kids, and parents. It was such a nice fall evening and Katja Hentschel showed it so well in these beautiful pictures.
But more about the reason of this event. The Worlds Health Organization (WHO) recommends that every kid should be at least 1 hour active. Sadly, many kids do not achieve that activity quota and this is a great risk for their growth and health in general. So the Reima Kidventure Challenge, is a way to make kids more active. Achieve the goal of million hours of joy!
Lets get our kids moving! Reima started this campaign in Finland and now is encouraging 15 more countries to add their hours of activity to the campaign's website. And by adding your kids hours of joy, you can win a family active trip to the winter paradise: Ruka.
While the kids were outside, doing crafts, getting their face painted or playing with bubbles, we (parents) got to listen all the marvels of Ruka, Finland and Reima's Challenge while sipping coffee in the cozy Old Smithys.
It was a great event, and the fire roasted salmon was delicious!. We had fun and Pepa got so dirty that you know for sure she had fun. We will joining the #millionhoursofjoy and we will keep you posted!
Vietnaaaam! My dream trip ...finally! But backpacking with a baby under 1 could be one of the most challenging things you can do. So I took my time to pack my back (well, Philipp's Backpack) Here you can find everything I picked and my reason to it ;) Later I will tell you what I shouldnt have packed, what I should, what I forgot.. or maybe I packed to perfection! hahaha as if?
The most important for this vacation was sun protection. Pepa is under one year and needs a lot of protection against the asia sun. So I decided to go for the SS17 TinyCottons Moujik Bathing suit and surf shirt that has 50 SPF protection. I got it from LittleHipstar Store (amazing customer service btw)
I was deciding to go for the Sun Hat from Tiny Cottons as well, but got Pepa a beautiful MarMar Copenhagen Sun Hat I can combine with regular clothes too.
SunBlock is a must, but please check the age of your baby and the ingredients of it...Sun block can be dangerous for babies. Some water spray is great for hot weather. I got Baby Evian during my trip to France last week, but you can get it in Amazon here.
I decided to go for my most colorful bikinis and no straps as I will indeed be on tank tops a lot. I use alwasy sun block on my face to avoid wrinkles, but once in a while when I am already tanned, I use Sun accelerator... baaad me, bad! Oh yeah! i avoided the bikinis pepa can pull a string and baaaaam naked butt in the beach!
I decided for Pastel and blues for Pepa in this vacation. Blouses, tshirts, tank tops and loads of shorts.
Tops from left to right:
Zara Tunica, Piñata Pum Tank top, Zara blouse (similar here) Carters tunica, Gray label shirt.
Bottoms from left to right:
Bobo Choses Bloomers, Carters jeans bloomers, Handmade Rapunzel bloomers from We are knitters.
Me color as always ;) mostly black, grey and white :) I added some rose colored shorts as well. I am in love with the fabrics from T by alexander wang so I mostly use those in summer.. but the other tops are perfect for summer too and super soft as well.
Tops from left to right:
T by Alexander Wang Tank top, Arnie Says Plain white tshirt, Theory Charcoal tank top, T by Alexander Wang cream tshirt, Acne Studios V-Neck Tshirt, T by Alexander Wand grey tank top
Bottoms from left to right:
Bikbok hot pants, Silk shorts from Veronica B Vallenes, Zara hot pants, track hot pants, ASOS High waist hot pants
Bringing for Pepa a pair of grey spring trousers for norther Vietnam, as it is colder there as well as a jeans overall we found in a store in France and 2 blouses from Zara as well, one is a body/blouse that had long arms and I tailored it to be a short arm shirt.. writing a blogpost soon on how to do this.
For the Island of Pho Quoc, 2 dresses from Baby GAP and a jeans dress with bloomers and hat we found in a small store in France.
For me, a pink jumpsuit I bought in a tiny french store in Verona, A blouse shirt from Samsøe & Samsøe, The Art Dress from Rodebjer (my favorite for a sunburn) a Mikoh white beach romper and a Blue Ralph Lauren Jumpsuit.
I am bringing a Imps & Elfs Muslin Cover for warm days, or protect Pepa from the sun, A Towel from Numero 74, a Numero 74 blanket made smaller to use as a bibdana, Enfant DK scarf in rose and Numero 74 mustard scrf.
Shoes and socks for Pepa... I bought a pair of sandals only to realize that I already had sandals on that size but almost in the same color... hahaha but well, I am bringing both.
1. ENFANT DK Brown sandals
2. Zara Kids sneakers
3. KAVAT Cognac Sandals
and to use with sandals: Condor Socks.. always put socks on kids or babies in summer, you will avoid blisters and feet pain, we do that in warm countries...always!
As someone isnt german enough if they don't bring a pair of Adiletten, I got myself a pair. Taking my favorite Sneakers AF1 from Nike and a pair of summer sandals as well. Found finally some Silk socks for summer at & Other Stories and I cant get enough of them. Silk gets wam when the weather gets colder, and colder when hotter. Best material!
DIAPERS! loads of them as I dont know when will I find them again, swimming diapers, Baby Formula and food for 10 days. I have never been in vietnam so I rather been prepared than sorry, I know that I have a week to find food, diapers and Milk and that just gives me a piece of mind. I found in a French supermarket food in bags instead of jars, that makes it lighter to carry and I am less worry about spillage.
OUTWEAR: A wind Jacket from United Colors of Benetton for Pepa and a summer cardigan from FUB. For me a Arnie Says Summer sweater and a Filippa K Spring parka for our day tour at Halong bay. It is windy and we rather be prepared :)
I packed a backpack with some travel stuff like 3 toys, water, diaper bag, 2 baby bottles, desinfection spray and wipes, regular wipes, 2 fruit meals, 3 pacifiers, our Marsupi carrier, a thermometer, cables, chargers, camera, computer, wallet, documents, cream, eye drops a hat i got last minute for Pepa and earphones. And that is it, all that is what I packed for almost a month backpacking with a baby. I will let you know what I missed, what I never used and what was an essential! Good bye Germany and Hello Vietnam!
I'm Andrea - a food enthusiast and blogger. Recently I noticed I have been answering a lot of questions about what I buy for my daughter Pepa, or what are my thoughts in certain "mom stuff". This is how I realised I should start a blog about being mom.. Or "Mom" like me! I hope to share my thoughts, amazing, things I buy and amazing recipes with other moms, just like me!