European Vacation: Scenes From Berlin

Our European trip was an absolute whirlwind. We flew out of Boston via Iceland Air (Which is the nicest, and all around best airline I’ve ever flown.) We had a layover in Reykjavík, Iceland, then a connecting flight to Paris. After a few blissful days in Paris, we boarded an overnight EurRail train (which are awesome, by the way) to Berlin. I’ve decided I’m not going to  be sharing photos from our trip in order… because today I really felt like editing photos from Berlin! My family is originally from Germany, so I was really excited to go there. Unfortunatly the ONE day we spent there was very rainy, and quite chilly, so I didn’t get many photos. 

I did, however, have an amazing time there! We got on one of those hop-on/hop-off bus tours, because it was too rainy to walk. And we saw all the important things, and only got out when we really wanted to see a particular attraction. Then there’s this German food called Currywurst. Holy schnikes. I immediately came home and tried making it, but I can’t find the right kind of sausage. So I will keep trying until I get it right. Then I’ll share the recipe here!

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I try to take a photo of a flag for each country I visit.  These were near the Berlin Wall, and I thought they were perfect for my flag photo.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church… in a constant state of repair, after surviving through huge bombing raids in the war. You can still see bullet holes in the fascade. Beautiful.

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I took this photo of Checkpoint Charlie from the bus. It’s a little blurry, but I think I like it that way.

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Seeing the Berlin wall was a big deal for me.  I remember so vividly watching it on the news when it came down. David Hasselhoff singing in his blinky jacket… then the infomercials started, where you could purchase a piece of the Berlin wall, for just $29.99 plus shipping! 

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The television tower. I’m not a fan of heights. There was a guy hanging off this thing by a rope, doing some kind of maintenance. My tummy flips just thinking about it. 1200 feet tall. No thank you. This is another photo taken from the bus, so it’s definitely not a great shot. Look at those windowboxes on the balconies though!

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One of the only Buddy Bears we saw. They’re an art exhibit promoting international cultural equality. Beautiful message. Kind of a creepy statue.

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Near the hotel we stayed in… (Which was fabulous, it had a queen size bed with two separate blankets! So we didn’t even have to fight over the covers.) was the train station. Outside the train station, was OKTOBERFEST!! I had an amaaaaazing pretzel with spicy mustard, and my husband had a beer the size of his head. They do not mess around with either thing, in Germany. 

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And probably the nicest train station we encountered in the entire trip. The one in Milan had shopping, so it’s a close second, but this particular one was like a mall inside, with trains. Can’t go wrong with that. 

We also went to this great Rock & Roll club called K17. It had three levels, with different music on each one. Super cool.

It’s really hard for me to choose a favorite among the places we went. I loved them all. But Berlin was awesome, and I’d love to visit again someday!

 

Book Review: The Skinnytaste Cookbook

Light on calories, big on taste. That’s the tagline for this book, and also this post!

I love browsing new cookbooks, and I always think it’s so great when food bloggers publish cookbooks. I feel like the recipes are more real, and an actual person has tested and tried all the recipes themself. I think that way, the recipes have a better chance of tasting fabulous, not just looking pretty in photos like some cookbooks can deliver.

Enter, The Skinnytaste Cookbook:

The Skinnytaste Cookbook- Light on Calories, Big on Flavor

I’ve tried a handful of recipes from this book already, and they have all been fantastic. The PB&J overnight oats, the Good-For-You Granola, the Mongolian Beef and Broccoli, and there are a lot of others on my list to try. Today I’m going to share a modified recipe from this book that has quickly become one of our favorites, called Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Sriracha-Glazed Salmon. We’re back in the RV in Florida for right now, so this is even something I can make with my limited kitchen space!

Sriracha Glazed Salmon
Serves 4
A delicious spicy and sweet seared salmon fillet with a wonderful thickened pan sauce.
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 4-6oz fresh salmon fillets
  2. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  3. 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  4. 2 Tbsp Sriracha sauce
  5. 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  6. 1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger, or 1 tsp ground ginger
  7. 4 cloves garlic, minced
  8. 1 tsp sesame oil
  9. 1/2 Tbsp butter
  10. Scalions or chives for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large ziplock bag, combine soy sauce, Sriracha, brown sugar, vinegar, ginger and garlic.
  2. Shake to combine, until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Sprinkle each salmon fillet with salt and pepper, then place in the bag, and toss to coat with the glaze/marinade.
  4. Place the bag in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or up to 8 hours, turning occasionally to coat evenly.
  5. Remove salmon from bag, and reserve the marinade.
  6. Heat a large frying pan over high heat and add the sesame oil and butter. Quickly sear each side, then immediately turn the heat down to medium high. Give the fish 3 minutes on each side.
  7. Add the reserved marinade. Turn the heat down to medium.
  8. Simmer until sauce has thickened and fish is cooked through. Remember, a little transparent in the middle is fine with salmon, and keeps it from drying out as it finishes cooking.
  9. Place one salmon fillet on each of 4 plates, garnish with chopped scallions or chives.
Adapted from The Skinnytaste Cookbook
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 This recipe goes well with so many side dishes. A sauteed green bean with garlic, crushed chilis and almond slices is fabulous. The browned butter rice noodles with onions and garlic, and burbon glazed carrots completed our last go of this one. So yummy!

Let me know what you think of this one! And please excuse the badly lit phone photo on this one. I promise the next time I make it, I’ll take better photos. :)

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Outfit Post: Plum, Platinum and Mustard

Plum, platinum and mustard is one of my all-time favorite color combinations. I love purple – all shades! From lavender to indigo, from grape to plum. And little pops of silver, gold and yellow really make it pop. 

I recently started a new venture – as a Chloe + Isabel merchandiser! I love the products, and can’t wait to show you lots more pieces and outfit posts here on the blog. You can view the whole collection by clicking the banner on the sidebar over there –> or you can click RIGHT HERE and of course, you can take a peek at the gorgeous pieces below. 

I’m also featuring pretty clothes and accessories from Modcloth

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Earrings: Chloe + Isabel Bouquet Rouge Earrings
Clutch: MG Collection Baguette Clutch
Shoes: Clever So Sweet Flats in Grape
Bracelets: Chloe + Isabel Color Code in Light Topaz, and Plum
Dress: When The Night Comes Dress in Plum
Sweater: Charter School Cardigan in Honey
Necklace: Chloe + Isabel Color Code Three Row Necklace in Plum
Ring: Chloe + Isabel Rococo Statement Ring in Purple

I loooove this purple lace dress. I think it might need to come and live with me. The length of the necklace would be perfect nestled in that neckline, and the chunky bracelets at the end of those yellow sweater sleeves would be beautiful! Slip those adorable flats on your feet, put the ring on your other hand, and those pretty earrings, and you’ve got a gorgeous date night outfit that will make you feel fabulous!

Have a great weekend, everyone! :)

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