Dining at Amici Miei

Some people eat to live, even to survive. I would say I basically live to eat – seriously, eating is probably one of my biggest passions. Quite frankly, this might also explain my love for cooking and baking so much. In general, almost everything that has to do with the kitchen – I love. In my last post I told you I would show you the photos of the amazing dinner we had in Peschiera del Garda (Italy). Well, here they are – and looking at them makes me want to return as soon as possible.

Amici Miei (the restaurant) is one of those small restaurants up on the hill, away from all the tourists. Further away from tourist attractions often, and surely in this case, means amazing food at a fair price level. I could have bathed in the rosé, eat this tartar on a daily basis and have the steak on a regular. The portions were insanely large – the pasta was supposedly only a side dish! Cooking for myself, this would be a whole meal for me. Then again, I am aware of the fact that in Italy, pizza and pasta is really only seen as a side dish for most people. The amount of pasta they can eat seems impossible to me every time I visit this beautiful country. Of course I did not eat all of the below by myself – I would be rolling around by now! – but I had dinner with my father, whom I did the road trip with. Next to everything making my mouth water only thinking about it, the food was so well presented that it looked amazing simultaneously (surely gave me some inspiration for my next meals!)! For all those wanting to visit Peschiera del Garda, I can absolutely recommend this amazing little place! Have any of you been there before?

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My favorite Summer Salad

There is probably no faster, healthier, prettier and better tasting summer salad out there to me, than my own. Sounds super egoistic, I know.  To be honest though, there really isn’t a dinner that is done faster for me, than this one. I take about 10 minutes to prepare it and have a super yummy dish infront of me – one that can be done at any size and really fills me up. This one is made up of about two handful of green salads, ¼ cucumber and 1 peach cut up into small pieces and a handful of blueberries. Last but not least, I add my beloved balsamic vinegar. I usually don’t add any oil to it, as I’m not the biggest fan of it – unless we are talking about white bread dipped in olive oil, sprinkled with salt. Or when talking about my favorite oil of all times: macadamia oil. If you have not tried this one, I really, really encourage you to do so. I only really tasted it a few weeks ago, when being invited to a dinner at a friends. He told me it was the best and oh my, – he really didn’t lie.

What do you guys think of the salad & fruit combination- do you have a favorite? I wish you all a great sunday!

 

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A Healthy Coconut Flash

Happy Sunday everyone! For those of you following me on my instragram – you might have noticed my slight obsession with smoothies lately! A few of my friends have asked me about what recipes I use and so I’ve decided to share one of my favorite smoothies with you today. I’ll be honest, normally there is no fixed recipe to my breakfast smoothie. I shop all different kinds of fruit and always have a large choice at home. Upon waking up I spontaneously then decide what will go into my smoothie. Rarely do I ever prepare them the night before, unless I know I won’t have time in the morning.

Here are the ingredients for this delicious fruity coconut-water smoothie:

– ⅓ mango
– 1 peach
– 1 kiwi
– 1 orange (peeled, of course)
– 1 apple
– 330 ml coconut water

Quickly cut everything into pieces and peel the fruit (apple and peach upon choice), throw everything in the mixer and add the coconut water to it – voila – there goes the amazingly refreshing smoothie. This one was actually a lunch I took with me to the office, as I knew I wouldn’t have too much time that day.

Do you guys have any smoothie recipes, that you cannot live without? I’d love to hear all about them!

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Healthy Party Style

Following all of these majorly inspiring blogs out there, I couldn’t help it, but not over-look these amazingly colorful straws. Going into the english bookstore this week to find a special read, I finally found the straws I’ve been seeing all over the web. Honestly, how sad is it, that I can get so excited for paper-straws in differently stripped colors? Well, I can. Not only did I buy one color – no – I bought four. A few days previous to buying them, my lovely mom actually got me the black and white ones. Additionally, she got me the book on how to create the perfect Macarons. Doesn’t this literally scream for some more baking? I surely think so and cannot wait to try making my favorite sweets ever!

The cute green box with the coffee print is from one of my favorite cafés in Zurich – Babu’s Coffeehouse. The food, the coffee, the brunch – the juices – and especially the interior, it’s all made with so much love. I recently went there for brunch with my girls. When I told my mother about it, wanting to show her some cute little places in Zurich, she obviously already knew about it – and loves the place as well! So Babu’s is surely one of those coffeehouses I really recommend to anyone that lives or visits Zurich and loves to enjoy a great coffee, brunch or even green juice (so little places in Zurich have green juices!).

While strolling around the food section at Globus, I couldn’t help myself but stop by this with-love-packed Earl Grey Tea. I love myself some Earl Grey on those chilly days and adding that I still needed a tea strainer for some of my teas, made the decision upon buying it just so much easier.

I am now ready to sip my morning smoothies, color harmonized, with my straws and ready for those more chilly days, which are surprisingly often this summer in Zurich. I seriously cannot wait for my next smoothie!

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Indulge in an Avocado-Egg Salade

Avocado: It’s a fruit I cannot get enough of. I used to not be so into it, until I found the different ways to combine it. I love it plain with some vinegar, blended in my green smoothies or mushed in an avocado-egg salade. The recipe? Super simple! It takes literally two minutes, more or less two main ingredients and some bread with it, if you like. Not only is it super yummy, but also super healthy to have. I could eat an avocado a day, literally. So here is the quickest and simplest recipe, when it comes to my avocado-egg salade.

Ingredients:

– 2 hard-boiled eggs
– 1 ripe avocado
– salt & pepper
– chilli, if you like
– ½ lemon

All you have to do is cook the two eggs until hard-boiled, mush the already ripe avocado and add the two eggs to it. I normally cut the egg into smaller pieces, which makes the mixing in the end easier and makes less of a mess. Now, depending on your taste, add as much salt, pepper, lemon and chilli to it, as you like. Voila – there goes your avocado-salade. I love having it on some pumpernickel (the super dark bread) or with some bread in general.

Do you have any great recipes made with avocado, you would like to share? I’d love to get some more inspiration!

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