Donnerstag, 30. Juli 2015

TRAVEL: PHILADELPHIA



I went to Philadelphia, not knowing what to expect. All my friends said was "CHEESE STEAK CHEESE STEAK CHEESE STEAK" but I don't really care for beef.

All I knew was that there is the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and I only knew about that because those 72 steps that lead to the entrance are the exact 72 steps that Rocky Balboa runs up in all of the movies, listening to "Gonna Fly Now" by Bill Conti (because, who hasn't watched Rocky countless times. Right? Right.).


Posing with Rocky. Yeah. With that being said, I was open to anything and everything and wanted to see as much as possible within the three days I had planned on staying there.

I had the best dinner at Talula's Garden. The food was so good I forgot to even think about taking photos. The place is beautiful, we sat outside, surrounded by string lights, laterns and plants. Check out their website!

I shopped at Aoki Boutique. Aoki is a wonderfully curated women's lifestyle and clothing boutique. I only bought a card and a tee, my already heavy suitcase in mind, but they also ship internationally - phew!

Great coffee - did you really think I would not mention coffee - at Plenty Café. Also, a beet, arugula and goat cheese salad, huge and amazing.

Another museum I visited was The Barnes Foundation. It has got a fascinating background story that you can read all about here




Also, Philly Magic Gardens. Philadelphia's museums all seem to have great background stories. This one was very interesting and fun. I'm interested in creative processes, in how creatives work, and this story was captivating.

And now for the even more visual part of the post: countless photos of the Philly beauty!











Thanks, Philly! I'll be back.



Montag, 27. Juli 2015

AN INTERVIEW WITH IDA

A few of you have asked us to translate the interview Ida gave last week to English. Sure thing! :)




SHE VIEWS FAILURE AS A CHANCE

Austrian Designer Ida Kreutzer is a small business owner, works parttime at a design store and appears on national TV once per month with a DIY segment. 

A lampshade, a shelf, a purse, jewelry... If Ida sees something she likes her first thought is whether or not this is something she could recreate. For herself, for others... Or now even on TV and on her blog.

Your life is quite busy with your small business, the tv appearances, your job at the store and your BA still in the works - where do you want to go with all this?

I don't quite know where I want to be in a year. That would only put pressure on myself. I do know, though, how I want to feel. That is important to me.

So how do you want to feel?

I want to be satisfied with my work. I want and need to work with my hands. I am happy when I hold a purse in my hands that I just finished. So many little steps and details the customers don't know about. They don't need to know about every detail that makes this bag what it is but I like knowing how much efford I put into it.

How come that a trained craftsperson and student of English and American Studies now builds shelves and and creates knitting tutorials for a blog?

If there is something that I need I try to create it. If I am not sure whether or not I can do it I usually give it a try. I'm not very good at sewing clothes yet, which my Mom is really good at. I created two patterns for a blouse and a top and if I need a new top, I just need to buy the fabric and get started.

So you are better at sewing bags, working with wood and crafting?

Yes, I like working with wood. When it comes to the bags, I am currently in the process of switching to using only organic fabrics that are sustainably produced. As a designer and manufacturer, I think I do have a responsibility. Currently I still own plenty of fabrics that are in fact not organic and need to use these up first. But I do like working with organic fabrics and plan on doing only that in the near future.

Are you never afraid of failure?

No, why? If I sew a blouse and it doesn't turn out right, I can still turn it into a top or a tee for my niece.

Not even afraid of an uncertain future as a designer?

No, I am not fixated on this profession. I can see myself living many different lives. I don't have a need for security in terms of "are you saving up enough?" but of course I have to make the financial side of things work.

So does that mean you are very brave?

(Laughs) My friends would laugh right now. I am scared often. But of that, no.



TRAVEL: COFFEE IN NYC

So. I spent a little over two weeks travelling around Philadelphia, New York City and a couple of places in New Jersey. The goal of this journey was to travel by myself, to see my friends from my year abroad again and to spend as much time in NYC as possible. Check, check, umm, no check. One simply does not spend a few days in NYC and calls that "as much time as possible", if you know what I mean.

It was HOT. It was humid. And I did not care. I like the heat and I was in NYC - that, to me, was perfection. Hello, East Village! Hello, endless walks all over downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn way past sundown. Hello, getting tattooed at a place I'd been wanting to check out for a looong time... More on that, another time.

And while these two weeks were an emotional rollercoaster of reunions, goodbyes, train rides, phone calls, beach sunrises with dolphins (yeah baby), early morning facetime sessions with my lovies at home, crazy animal encounters and the four best flights of my life, I still had to eat, drink, and find good coffee.

So let me tell you about that.

First of all: I do not like starbucks all that much. Or, at all really. I did go there a few times to buy iced coffee (coconut rice milk!), but only if I was unable to find an independend coffee shop.

My four favorite spots for coffee in NYC were:


4: Stumpton Coffee, at ACE Hotel, 20 W 29th Street



































I had been there before, years ago. I walked in there on my first morning in NYC, super exhausted, 18 hours of travel behind me, 4 hours of sleep, and a stupid "I just arrived in NYC and cannot believe I am actually here" grin on my face. I ordered a double espresso and the barista's face lit up. He served me the cup of black gold with a complementary glass of pellegrino, and while I downed this much needed kick of energy and yumminess, we talked about coffee. It was nice. And the coffee was really good. Also, the lobby of the ACE hotel is a nice place to wander and at night, they have DJ's and anyone can enjoy the party, it's not just for guests of the hotel.


3: Balthazar80 Spring Street


I went there with a friend to have lunch, it's a bit pricey and was super crowded but the food was really really good. It's a place I have read so much about that I just needed to give it a try. After lunch we went into the tiny adjoined bakery and bought an eclair and coffee. And boy, that was great coffee! Also, the cups? Super cute. We sat down on a bench, talked for an hour and it was perfect.


2: Box Kite Coffee, 115 St. Mark's Place



How I discovered this place is a nice story. I was at St. Mark's Place, on Marky Ramone's actual birthday, just walking around the East Village. And then it started to pour unlike anything I had ever witnessed, just when I was on my way across the street. I had my camera with me and this baby cannot get wet. So I ran across the street and took shelter under a marquee. In the following half hour (the crazy rain would not stop!) I had conversations with four different people, all of them running toward the marquee, hiding there for a minute or two and then running off again. The last of the four was a guy who talked to me about music, travel, food, shoes, basically ANYTHING. It was really interesting. And when he was getting ready to run off again I asked him to recommend
 a GOOD coffee place in the area. He said "You're in the right place! Go to Box Kite and you're in for a treat!", so I followed his advice and... it lead me to good coffee. Box Kite Coffee is a tiny place with a window seat that had my name on it. I had a superlative double espresso and after I was done, so was the rain. If you're ever there, take a minute to read the blackboard sign thingies in front of the shop. I think, the owner writes on these and they are hilarious. Also, the banner/logo? Beautiful. In hindsight I wish I had bought an espresso cup with the logo on it. Well, next time!



1: Brooklyn Roasting Company, 25 Jay Street, Brooklyn



































That was, hands down, the best coffee I had in NYC. First I tried an espresso and then an iced latte with almond milk. The place is spacious and in one of my favorite Brooklyn areas (there are two more in Brooklyn and one in the Flatiron district). Adjoining the coffee shop is a book store and the coffee shop itself is super interesting. Very high ceilings, laaaarge windows, mixed furniture, sandwiches are good, too!, and as I was standing there, a bit overwhelmed with the range of things that were available, a man next to me picked up on it and told me all about his favorites, which was nice.

That were my coffee favorites ;) If you know of any other NYC coffee places you think I might like, please leave a comment! I would love to try out new places.

XO,
Ida

Dienstag, 7. Juli 2015

OUR CREATIVE SUMMER




...and suddenly it's summer! Oh, how I love this season. It just gives me that feeling that everything is possible, do you know what I mean?
Ida and I have been working hard these last couple of months, both having a couple of different jobs at the same time, carrying out projects, planning future ones and trying to stay creative in the meantime. Because, let's be honest, creativity keeps the both of us alive. 
What is the source of creativity? Right, inspiration.

 We got the feeling that we both need a good cup of inspiration. Ida went on a city trip from which she will come back full of new and wonderful impressions. I, living on a busy street, am seeking for silence, the time to draw and read the numerous books I bought recently. We will be back soon, fully inspired and filling this blog with amazing projects.
In the meantime: enjoy life! swim! read! laugh! and watch out for our next posts.
All the love,
Anne

Samstag, 4. Juli 2015

OUR WEEKEND RECIPE #22

 Happy weekend everyone!
I talked to my aunt the other day and she gave me a recipe for a zucchini-feta tarte. As I was nowhere near a pen while speaking to her on the phone, I tried to memorize what and how much if it should go in the tarte. It was a hot day, I was lacking coffee and to be honest, I just remembered that it sounded delicious. So I mixed together what I thought she said and it turned out really tasty! Thought I share it with you guys, as we all love quick and easy recipes in summer...

Here is what I mixed together:
Tarte;
- 1 middle-sized zucchini (rasped)
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp yoghurt
- 4 tbsp crumbled feta
- 5 tbsp all purpose wheat
- 1 tbsp caraway
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp grounded pepper
- 1 tsp grounded garlic

For the tomato salsa:
- 4 small tomatoes (finely chopped)
- 1/2 onion (finely chopped)
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- some basil
- season with salt, pepper, grounded garlic



I preheated the oven to 180°C (357°F), then kneaded all the ingredients for the tarte together. I placed the dough into my springform tin, but I believe you could use any sort of pan/ casserole. I let the tarte bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, until the top started to get brown and crispy.
For the tomato salsa, I whisked everything together in a bowl and let it marinate in the fridge until the tarte was ready. 















































Wow, this was the shortest recipe ever. I think you could vary this tarte with all sorts of vegetables and cheese, ham would maybe also taste very good! What ingredients would you decide upon?
Have a wonderful, sunny weekend,
love, Anne

Mittwoch, 1. Juli 2015

MIXTAPE VOL. 7









This one kinda happened. I browsed Spotify and got stuck listening to soul. Soul always lifts my spirit, makes me dance instantly.

Anne and I are both going on a vacation, so posting might be a bit light over the next couple of weeks. Enjoy your Summer, wherever you are! ♡
XO, Ida