Sunday, February 8

travel guide: tel aviv

watched sunsets at Gordon beach / Surfed perfect beginner's waves with all-day rented board and wetsuit from Topsea Surfing at 125 ISK per person / Became aware of fighter helicopters patrolling the beach / Walked along the harbor and Ha'Yarkon park / Ate twice at falafel paradise, Hakosem, on Ibn Gavriel Street / Explored old town Jaffa (Yafo) and reknowned, delicious Puaa café / Had the most incredibly fresh fish and créme brûlée at gourmet restaurant Manta Ray right on the ocean / Greedily soaked up a Guadalajara Elementary school (tequila, dark chocolate, chili) and Okiniwa Blonde (gin, tonic, flower extract) at the Old Jaffa Perfume Company / Walked the green beach boulevard in rain and shine / Had gorgeous, fresh squeezed morning juices on Dizengoff street, where we stayed cheap, small and comfortable / Said goodbye to sunsets and a beautiful, broken country of surprises.

Political afterthought: Stay updated on the conflict before you choose to go, and make an informed choice of whether to support the Israeli tourist industry, for example by watching this movie, 5 Broken Cameras

Wednesday, October 15

how I want to dress this fall

Zara Pictures / Garance Doré

well, bundle me up in flowy skirts, laceup boots, oversize sweaters, lace, beanies and ponchos and take me to Paris

Monday, September 8

rich chocolate cupcakes with lemon frosting

these cupcakes are my absolute favorite kind of company for a night of lounging with my best of tv show buddies - that is, Phil Dunphy and Jessa Johansson. I'll quote Phil to introduce you to the magic of the lemony chocolatey goodness below: "When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like 'Whaaat?!"

10 cupcakes

40 g soft butter
100 g flour
20 g unsweetened cocoa powder
140 g sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1,2 dl of whole milk
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
50 g chopped dark chocolate 70%

300 g icing sugar
100 g soft butter
0.25 dl whole milk
0.25 dl lemon juice

Preheat oven to 170C
Whish butter, flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder and salt with a whisk or mixer until everything is mixed.
Whisk milk, egg and vanilla sugar in another bowl or tall glass, and mix the contents of the two bowls together. Whisk until the mixture is smooth. Add the chopped chocolate.
Half fill 10 silikone muffin cups. Bake for 18-20 minutes and patiently let the cupcakes cool to room temperature. Otherwise the frosting will melt, when applied.
Whisk together icing sugar, butter, whole milk and lemon juice for the frosting. The more you whisk, the whiter the frosting will get, but a few minutes should be more than enough. Remember to gently mix everything with a spoon before whisking, to avoid inhaling an icing sugar cloud.
Apply the frosting to the cupcakes by cutting a little hole in a clean kitchen plastic bag and squeezing a twirl of frosting through the hole. Enjoy this part, particularly the moment when you realise that pastry chefs are pretty damn talented :)

Sunday, August 17

travel diary: the stockholm archipelago

soo, lost natural paradise, anyone? We lived cheap and insanely comfortably with this awesome guy and two cats, here. We hung around reading books, eating simply, swimming from the little dock and looking at the forest. We went biking to the beach, Lille Sand on Ingarö, where we chose to camp on the rocks and swim from there, instead of sharing the beach with all the little families. It is easier to swim from rocks, than you would think. We took a ferry to Sandhamn, where we found a time pocket of Sweden as it used to be. Walking through the forest to the little beach community of Trouville. Swimming from the cliffs on the very outer part of Skärgården right on the Eastern Sea. Strawberries sold by girls in the street. Red and white houses in the hills with swing sets and views of the ocean. Sailing home in the sunset, I recognised the feeling of home that Sweden leaves on me. And then of course, on the last morning, we woke up to a visit from a family of deer. Hanging in our forest backyard, nibbling on moss. Most definitely going back to bliss.

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