12.04.15

COOKING WITH GREEN CHEF

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Although my grandma worked in a hotel kitchen and was an excellent cook, I still remember the days when she, almost desperately, would ask us what she should make for dinner as she sometimes was running out of ideas. Yes, it happens to the best ones. No idea what to cook and no time to go grocery shopping is a very bad combination and a fast-pass to unhealthy eating. My attempt to cook healthy meals regularly fails if my working days are too long and I haven’t planned in advance. It’s almost never that I don’t want to cook, cooking usually relaxes me, but the lack of preparation is my state enemy #1. On those evenings we switch back and forth between sushi from the grocery store or Indian food delivery. I know, so innovative. 

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I came across ads for different meal-kit delivery services, gave them a thought, but wasn’t so sure about it until Green Chef invited me to a lively hands-on dinner at the cookhouseSF to test their meals with few fellow Bay Area bloggers. Equipped with cooking spoons, we sipped juicy drinks, nibbled on snacks and prepared the meals.

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The founder, Michael Joseph, and the chef, Dana Murrel, assisted us while telling us all about Green Chef’s mission and uniqueness. Thumbs up for being first certified all-organic meal-kit, using eco-friendly and recyclable packaging and color-coded labeling of the ingredients.

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I really must admit, although a bit skeptical in the beginning, our finished meals exceeded my expectations – I was excited to try some of the meals at home.My Green Chef box arrived, filled with three paleo meals (1.Fiesta Chicken w/ Acorn Squash Fritters & Roasted Pepper – pictured here, 2.Garlic-Dijon Salmon w/ Honey-Dill Carrots & Fennel Salad, 3.Cherry Barbecue Pork Chops w/ Green Beans & Golden Beet Salad), but you can also have vegetarian or gluten-free options. The menu changes weekly and you can choose between about eleven meals ranging from $10-$13 per serving.

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I was impressed how perfectly isolated the meat and the fish was. Thanks to the biodegradable insulated liners, it was super fresh. The box contained portioned ingredients, instruction sheet with pictures, servings and calories and color labels so you don’t get confused.
I also stayed within the stated preparation time, plus-minus five minutes. As I tend to cook usually a bit more I really enjoyed learning how much actually a serving of meat or veggies is. For nights, where I see myself struggling with the time or if I want to try something new, Green Chef has convinced to be a better option to sushi. I can only recommend it for everyone who’s looking to learn to cook healthy meals, wants to save some time on grocery shopping, gets a feeling for portions or just wants to try out something new for dinner.

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So hop over to Green Chef, buy two meals, get four delivered – special offer for you, dear Fluxi on Tour readers!

*I received a complimentary meal-kit from Green Chef for review , but all opinions are my own.




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10.13.15

WELCOME TO SPOT

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Have you heard about Spot, yet? Get ready for an amazing app coming your way soon, which will feature “the best places in the world according to experts and friends”. Traveling and finding all the cool spots, will be so much easier with Spot. While local experts will feed the app with recommendations, your activity and interest through the app will later provide you with spot-on tips for your next travel. I desperately need an app that will allow me to make a list for different cities, so I remember to visit THAT coffee shop. Now my bookmarks are all over the web, iPhone and some are even on paper! At the moment, you can sign up for their beta testing here if you want to be one of the first to use it, the public release is planned for later this year. Buuut in the meantime I highly recommend you follow Spot on Instagram and swoon over all the dream pictures curated by Kelly Lack, who has more than one eye for all things travel, food and design. I have been following Kelly’s Instagram for awhile now and imagine my excitement when she asked me to contribute a story for their blog, Near & Far. Yes! Yes! As I always feel that the grass is pretty green ( despite the drought) here in California, I wanted to share a small town close by, but far enough to let you forget the bustle of the city and get a mix of all things the Wine Country has to offer. Fun, food, wine, action, you name it and Guernerville has it. I have been there several times and can only say: GO! So hop over to Near & Far for my Guerneville Guide and a small Q&A about my travel routines. And as you are already there, don’t forget to do some virtual traveling, browse other amazing places and get inspiration for your next trip!

Thank you, Kelly, so much for having me share my adventures on Near & Far!

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10.12.15

APARTMENT THERAPY COMPLETE AND HAPPY HOME

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I remember when we came to San Francisco in 2012 and moved into our new apartment, our furniture was about two weeks behind us on a shipping container, so we had to sleep in a cold room on an air bed, which, like a swiss clock, deflated every night and we would wake up bottoms on the floor, legs and arms in the air. Yes, it was a fun time, full of hourly runs to the local hardware store, tearing out carpets, painting walls and tiles, sanding kitchen cabinets and eating on the ladder. Patrick and I were both totally new to all this apartment repair stuff and even if I sound cheesy now, we couldn’t have done it without the help of Apartment Therapy’s website. I stumbled upon Apartment Therapy already back in Germany, swooning over the beautiful homes and dreaming of submitting my own one day. And while AT was always a great design inspiration, I found it immensely helpful when it came to all the tips and tricks about renovating, cleaning and DIY-ing.

Now three years later, while I’m redefining my style one room at the time, I couldn’t be more happy to have Apartment Therapy Complete and Happy Home book as perfect guide when it comes to creating a space where it’s not only about pieces of furniture but about a feeling of home and comfort. The book focuses on three parts which will help you achieve your feel-good space. Starting with “Setting Up Your Home” the makers of Apartment Therapy share all their wisdom from how to find the perfect home – are you the modern green home or are you the craftsman bungalow? Followed by setting up a room with healthy vibrations, to choosing the right colors and floors. I loved the definitions and illustrations of the Style DNA, as I’m finally able to express myself better when describing my own style.

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The part “Living In Your Home” will get your creative juices flowing with the load on inspiration from amazing homes around the world. Descriptions about and insight into the design/decorating process make it super easy to reconstruct the inspiration into your own ideas. I couldn’t contain myself but to immediately get rid of our ten-years-old Billy bookcase and bring in a nice, stylish bookshelf to jazz up our living room. The whole room looks now pulled together and completed.

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The pages of part two are full of easy to adapt concepts for your own space and believe me, you will flip through and be like: “Oh wait, I have something similar, let me just try it out!” – and voilá, a new detail decorates your home. From the living room to the mud room, there are light bulbs on every page which will animate you to experiment with things you already have, yet might need only a new spot.

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Last but not least is the part which I found to be very entertaining and practical – “Maintaining Your Home”. For all the cleaning bugs out there and for everyone who needs a bit more help to keep their homes organized, chapter three reviles best cleaning methods for all corners of your home – broken up month by month, how to fix stuff (bye,bye dripping faucet!), building a basic cleaning + repair kit, and how to get organized so you can enjoy your home and not be distracted by scattered knick-knacks.
Since few weeks, I’m full speed ahead with my re-decoration intentions and I love how everything is coming together easily when you have guidance and now where to start. Yes, my goal is to get my apartment submitted to Apartment Therapy one day, but until then I highly recommend get this book and dive into it, one room at the time.

*I received this book by Blogging for Books for a review, but all opinions are my own.




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