MILAN TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 3

Ciao everybody,
this was our last day in Milan and tomorrow we are leaving for Venice. This morning we visited Castello Sforzesco.

 

We discovered the different parts of the castle and took many photos. 

Next to it is Simplonpark this is a beautiful park. So we walked around and in the little lake we saw some turtles. 

On the other side of the park is the Arco della Pace. 

This is a beautiful place to take photos. Afterwards we walked to Porta Ticinese and along the canal. 

This is such a pretty place and it was beautiful to walk around. Today there was a flea market so we went to some stands as well. Following we visited a café and had delicious homemade ice cream.

 

After dinner in the apartment we went back to the city centre. So we visited the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and the dome by night. This is a great time to take photos without many people in the background. 

Today we had a beautiful day and I am looking forward to Venice. 
XX Patricia 

MILAN TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 2

Ciao everybody,
today was a beautiful sunny day in Milan. In the morning we walked along Via Brera. There are some nice shops and restaurants. Afterwards we walked to the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and cathedral. 

In this area are many shops so we visited some. Yesterday we had delicious panzerotti at Luini so we went to the bakery again. In the afternoon we visited the dome but we had to wait for over one hour because of the long queue. The dome is so beautiful and huge. 

Especially the windows inside are so pretty. With the ticket for 3€ you can visit the cathedral, Duomo Museum and San Gottardo in Corte Church. So our next stop was the museum. Following was the S. Gottardo chrch. 

This church is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. The colours are so pretty. 

If you visit the dome in Milan I totally recommend to you to visit this church as well. Afterwards we walked around in the neighborhod. Back in the apartment we cooked dinner and watched a movie. 
XX Patricia 

MILAN TRAVEL DIARY – DAY 1

Ciao everybody,
yesterday we took the train from Paris to Milan. The ride was over 7 hours long so we just went to the apartment and to a supermarket. We have never been in Milan before but we got great tips from a friend of mine. Today we walked to the city center. First of all we walked through the famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

 

It is even more beautiful in real life. There are many luxury shops and some restaurants. 

Then we arrived at the Duomo di Milano. The dome is so beautiful and huge. 

We started to take photos but unfortunately it started to rain. Then we wanted to visit the dome however it was closed because tomorrow the pope comes to Milan. So we visited the rooftop terrace of La Rinascente. 

The restaurants on the 7th floor of the department store are next to the dome, consequently the view is great. 

Afterwards we visited the nearby fast food bakery Luini. The line in front of the bakery was so long but it is totally worth it to wait. Famous are the salty and sweet panzerotti. I chose the baked panzerotti with mozzarella and tomatoes and the sweet one with chocolate and strawberries. They are so delicious however I preferred the salted one. In the afternoon we went shopping along Via Torino and Corso di Porta Ticinese. There we found some beautiful unique pieces. We had a nice evening in the apartment and cooked pasta with pesto. 
XX Patricia

POPCORN RECIPE

Hello everybody,

 
popcorn is typical for every trip to the cinema, however it is so delicious that I decided to try to make it on my own. Of course there are different brands who sell microwave popcorn or ready to eat popcorn. Unfortunately I couldn’t find one that is similar to the typical cinema popcorn. So I bought some popcorn kernels and tried out different variations. After some time I found the perfect method for me. So today I share my recipe with you. It is so easy and perfect for everyday.

 
XX Patricia

 

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INGREDIENTS

  • sunflower oil
  • Popcorn kernels
  • sugar

METHOD

  1. Take a metal pan (I use a stainless steel pan with a thick bottom so that the heat can spread)
  2. Use enough oil that the bottom of the pan is covered
  3. Add so much popcorn kernels that around 3/4 of the pan is covered (the kernels shouldn’t be on top of each other)
  4. Wait until one or two kernels popped and put the lid on
  5. Then you will hear the popcorn noises –  when they get less, turn the heat off
  6. Take so much sugar as you like and mix it in the pan (because of the heat the sugar caramelises)

 

PS: I use an induction cooker (heat: 7/9) so if I turn down the heat too early it doesn’t work
Attention: Watch out hot oil is very dangerous and be aware of the popping kernels!!! Wait until the popcorn and sugar is cold before you touch it!  

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PUMPKIN SOUP

Hello everybody,
the leaves turn red and orange and it gets colder. Finally it is fall. For me that means it is time for pumpkin soup. Over the years I tried a lot of different variations however my moms one is my all time favourite soup. Pumpkin soup is my favourite food in fall so I decided to share the recipe with you.
xx Patricia

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 hookaido pumpkin
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 liter broth
  • 100 ml white wine
  • 250 ml sour cream
  • salt
  • pepper
  • nutmeg
  • pebbles
  • pumpkin seed oil

 

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METHOD

  1. Remove the seeds of the pumpkin and cut it into small pieces (you don´t have to remove the skin)
  2. Heat ghee in a pot, cook the pumpkin and the crushed garlic clove for 2 min
  3. Add one liter broth, 100 ml white wine and 250 ml sour cream
  4. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes
  5. Puree the soup using a blender
  6. Add salt, pepper and nutmeg
  7. Serve with roasted pebbles and pumkin seed oil

SPICY TOMATO CREAM PASTA

Hello everybody,
there is a huge variety of different pasta variations. You can choose between different kinds of pasta and sauces. The most common one I would say is Spaghetti Napoli. This is one of my favourite dishes as well however I wanted to create a new one. One day I was reaching after a spicy tomato cream sauce so I experimented with some ingredients. Now this is my all time favourite pasta dish. Moreover you can add fresh tomatoes, mozzarella and chicken or use no chilli. The recipe is also great if you have pasta from the day before.
xx Patricia

INGREDIENTS (Serves: 2)

  • 300g pasta
  • 100g cherry tomatoes
  • chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoon sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • olive oil
  • basil leaves
  • parmesan

 

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METHOD

  1. Cook the pasta
  2. Heat olive oil in a medium pan over medium heat
  3. Wash the cherry tomatoes, cut them in half and put them in the pan with chili flakes
  4. Mix ketchup, sweet chili sauce and sour cream in a cup
  5. Put the sauce in the pan and add the ready cooked pasta (mix everything together)
  6. Serve with basil leaves and parmesan

WHERE TO EAT IN LONDON?

Hello everybody,


London is one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Consequently there are a lot of opportunities to try all sorts of food. Wherever you are in London there are many restaurants – however a lot of them are very expensive. Of course there are food chains with the usual prices but you can eat this food everywhere. I tried out a lot of different places to eat in London and I share my favourites with you. 

xx Patricia


Camden Town


Camden Town is one of my favourite places in London and I recommend everybody to visit the Camden High Street. Along the road there are several food stands and restaurants. Next to the canal is the Camden Lock Market. There are several food stands and a lot of different flavours. You can find main dishes, drinks, sweets… The prices are totally fine and the food is so delicious. The meals are often bigger so it is great to share something and to try something else as well.


Chinatown 


Chinatown is very close to Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square so it is a great place to go to have lunch or dinner. There are a lot of restaurants and great ones with „all you can eat“ offers. Especially when you are exhausted and hungry it is good to have the opportunity to eat a lot. Moreover you can have the take-away offer and save some money. In Chinatown there are also some chinese supermarkets. It is great to try some things out. They have a lot of chinese sweets and different Oreo flavours.  

TING – The Shard

Afternoon Tea is so typical for England. It is a great experience for every tourist. You get black tea, scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam, some sweets and some sandwiches. The shard is the highest building in Europe and the view over the city is awesome. So it is perfect to combine the view and the afternoon tea. Especially in the wintertime you can get the chance to see the sunset as well. Of course the afternoon tea is expensive but it is totally worth it. Moreover you can share an afternoon tea because you get a lot of delicous treats.

The Old Dutch 

The Old Dutch is a Pancake restaurant. They have a big selection of salty and sweet ones. Moreover you can create your own pancake. The portions are huge so I prefere to share a pancake or to order a kids one.

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Café 1001 – Brick Lane


The East End is famous for the street art and it is very multicultural. It is really worth it to visit this street and along it there are a lot of cheap restaurants. Next to the street is the Café 1001. It is a nice place to drink a coffee and to eat a snack. There I ate the best chocolate cake ever. 

Ben´s Cookies 

If you like Cookies this shop is a must have for you. They have a huge selection of different Cookies and they are so delicious.

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London´s Supermarkets

The Supermarkets are so much better than the German ones. You have an amazing selection of salads, sandwiches and snacks like vegetables and fruits…. Moreover they have a lot of tasty dishes for the microwave. Everything is on a budget and there are a lot of offers like 3 for 2.

LONDON IN 3 DAYS

Hello everybody,

this month I was in London for 12 days. My grandmother was never in London and she really wanted to visit the city. So we decided that she flies with me to London and stays there for 3 days. In this 3 days I wanted to show her as much as possible from my favourite city. Probably you think it isn’t possible to discover London in 3 days because it is a huge city but it is. When you have never been in London before and you just have a few days you can take this ‘plan’ as an example.

xx Patricia

FIRST DAY

London is a very diverse city. There is the ‘classic’ London (classic buildings, museums), the modern London (skyscrapers), multicultural London (Chinatown) etc.

So I thought the best way is to start with the classic London. In the morning we visited the National Gallery and the Trafalgar Square. In London there are several museums but I thought the most important art museum is the National Gallery because there are classics like Turners and Monets. Afterwards we walked to the Leicester Square and enjoyed the atmosphere. For lunch we decided to visit Chinatown. There are great all you can eat offers and in the supermarkets you can find Chinese sweets. I was so happy when I found out that they have totally different Oreo flavours. In London there are other beauty brands so we went shopping at Superdrug. In the afternoon we drove to Westminster Abbey and visited a church service (Evensong). The museums are free in London and when you want to visit a church you have to pay however when you visit a church service it is free. Another advantage of a church service is that you can hear the great choir. Next to the church is the Houses of Parliament with the Elisabeth tower (Big Ben). At the Westminster Bridge is a big boat stop. We booked a boat tour from the Westminster Bridge to the Tower. The boat tour is faster than a river walk so you can save some time. Next to the river are a lot of landmarks like the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, Globe Theatre… When we stopped there we had a look at the Tower Bridge and the Tower.

SECOND DAY

This morning we walked to the British Museum. The museum is huge and there are a lot of different exhibitions so I recommend to check them out before. We wanted to see the Ancient Egypt one however it was so crowded so that we left the museum early. I recommend to you to be at the museum when it opens. After lunch we drove to Oxford Street and went shopping. We just went to shops which we don’t have in Munich. So we went to Primark, Boots and Superdrug (again). My favourite department stores are Harrods and Selfridges. Selfridges is closer because it is located on Oxford Street. The food supermarkets are different to the German ones so we visited Makes&Spencer (one is next to selfridges so very close). In the evening we visited Piccadilly Circus. Especially when it is dark it is great to see the billboards.

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THIRD DAY

This Morning we drove to Camden Town. Camden Town is one of my favourite places in London. It is totally different to the London you normally think of (white big buildings, museums…). I think the best way is to drive to the tube station Camden Town and then walk the street along to the Camden Lock Market. On this way there are a lot of shops and markets. Finally we arrived at the Camden Lock Market. There are several multicultural food stands. It is so difficult to decide what to eat but I am sure you will make the right choice. When we wanted to take a bus to Oxford Street suddenly I saw a Donut & Cronut shop. I always wanted to try a Cronut and in Camden Town I got the chance to do that. On the Oxford street we went to Primark (again). Probably you wonder why we visited Primark again. The reason is that the things in Primark change every day. Afterwards we visited Covent Garden. Covent Garden is amazing to walk around grab something to eat (e.g. Ben`s cookies) and to shop a little bit.