WIAW: Bowl-ing in Berlin and raw snackage

Happy Humpday!

How’s your week going so far? Hopefully nice and calm with not too cold weather – it snowed around here again and I’m becoming best friends with my new red thermo tights already ;).

WIAW

Having shown you some pictures of last weekend’s Berlin shenanigans on Monday already it’s time for the foodie goodies today. Thanks to the lovely Jenn for hosting the What I ate Wednesday party!

While I tried to focus on having fun with my mum rather than letting food take over there was quite some deliciousness involved obviously. It all started with a great travel snack – a new brand of raw food cookies I purchased at the organic supermarket last week.  Made from sprouted buckwheat golden flaxseed, sesame and dried fruits these are satisfyingly crunchy. Reminiscent of a certain kind of cookies we used to buy when I was younger.

Raw-licious!

Raw-licious!

As I mentioned in my last post already my mum is embarrassed of me taking pictures of food in public. Therefore I captured the cookies before we went to Berlin – a fair compromise, huh ;)? Unfortunately, this also means I can’t show of our late Saturday lunch at Emma Pea. Let me just tell you that that the vegan Tuscan Bean Stew I ate was ridiculously good stick-to-your-ribs food. No crumbles beans were left behind :D. Reflecting all the food eaten in Berlin a theme was emerging already here: Most of my meals appeared in bowls. Just the best way, right?!

Berlin

Right after eating we caught the train to a vegan’s food paradise: Veganz, Berlin’s first all-vegan supermarket. Mustering up the utmost of self-restraint I managed to walk out with comparably tiny loot: Daiya Cheddar and Pepperjack Cheese as well as a new-to-me kind of cashew butter.  Also, I got the chance to taste-test Coyo Coconut yogurt but honestly wasn’t impressed.

Seeing cheesy lunches and buttery snacks in my future ;)

Seeing cheesy lunches and buttery snacks in my future 😉

Sunday as a non-shopping day presented me with  a much better opportunity to take my camera with me. And yes, I even convinced my mum :).

Wait, did I ever say I didn’t enjoy flea markets? Forget all about that – as soon as they offer food samplings I’m in! Taste-tasting locally made honey and honey-based Dulce de Leche spreads in interesting flavours multiple times each. Hey, we bought some after all, too ;).

Chai Latte, Sesame Caramel and Vanilla were just few of many delicious flavours

Chai Latte, Sesame Caramel and Vanilla were just few of many delicious flavours

The long-awaited foodie highlight of our Berlin trip happened in the afternoon, though: Dolores! Living in Germany we don’t have Chipotle – shocking, I know! – but this awesome restaurant makes up for it. With locations in Berlin only I make sure to go there every time I visit in the city. Burrito Bowls for my mum and me [bowl-ing continued ;)], Burritos for my aunt and her boyfriend. [Please excuse the bad pictures and use of flash but the room didn’t provide good lighting and we were excited to start munching.]

Mum's bowl - still topped with the obligatory homemade tortilla chips.

Mum’s bowl – still topped with the obligatory homemade tortilla chips.

Fresh, healthy and incredibly flavourful: Brown rice, black beans and refreshing salsa.

Fresh, healthy and incredibly flavourful: Brown rice, black beans and refreshing salsa.

.. .and while the weather gods didn’t offer up too much mum and I made sure to bring some brightness into the weekend.

I clearly know whom I got my preference for bright colours from :).

I clearly know whom I got my preference for bright colours from :).

Ending with a fun sight we happened upon: Walk-in coffee, anybody?

 Need a quick caffeine fix? Berlin’s gotten all coffee lovers covered.

Need a quick caffeine fix? Berlin’s gotten all coffee lovers covered.

 

Do you like Mexian food? What do you usually get?

What are your favourite traveling snacks?

Are you good at practicing self-restraint when it comes to foodie purchases ;)? I was surprised by myself this time, actually.

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21 thoughts on “WIAW: Bowl-ing in Berlin and raw snackage

  1. Ksenija @ Health Ninja says:

    What a foodie day! Cashew Butter is my alltime favorite nut butter. I discovered it in London last year and was blown away. And I love Mexican food – it is a shame that it is so hard to find a real Mexican restaurant in Germany. I always go for a fajita and add a lot of guacamole and salsa. Burritos are great – but only when homemade. Too greasy and full of rice for my taste – at home I substitute the rice with quinoa and add a lot of salad.

    • letsgetupandlive says:

      I wish Mexican food like that served at Dolores – fresh, flavourful and not using convience foods – was widely available around here. Sadly, at least Dolores doesn’t plan to open restaurants in any other cities – yes, I asked.

      Cashew butter is fantastic! Which brand do you get when you buy it around here?

  2. Flake And Cake says:

    I LOVE Berlin so this post was so interesting to me. I think the best meal I’ve eaten was at the Wintergarten at KaDeWe, love that place. Almond butter is the bomb, I can’t go a day without it. And I’ve never really tried Mexican food, need to get on it!

    • letsgetupandlive says:

      Seriously, who invented plates when bowls are pretty much all we need ;)?! Okay, I do remember the last time I used a plate. But when at my parents’ my mum already sets out dinner plates for her and my dad and a large bowl for me. Not to mention the bowls she has are much prettier than the boring plates :D.

  3. Irina @ Chocolatea Time says:

    Ahh I’m so hungry right now and your post made it worse 🙂 So much delicious food! It looks like you and your mom did a great job eating through Berlin and exploring the flee markets! Sounds like a perfect day 🙂

    I always always always bring snacks with me while traveling because I became hangry quite easily and try to avoid it at all costs. I’m actually not a huge fan of Mexican food but I LOVE Chipotle. I used to eat it almost twice a week for a few months back in high school but then I got so sick of it that I wasn’t able to even look at a burrito until almost one year later! Now I’m back to loving it.

    • letsgetupandlive says:

      Sorry for making you hungry or maybe not 😉 – you’re doing the same with every of your (food) posts! Sunday was a perfect day indeed walking around the city, visiting interesting exhibitions at museums and eating good food.
      Okay, I may or may not be jealous of your Chipotle visits during high school. We don’t even have any similar restaurants outside of Berlin let alone close to my university. Not fair!
      Traveling with many snacks feels weird when nobody around me does but hey, at least I’m prepared in case of emergency, um, hunger, right ;)?!

  4. jessie says:

    What a great recap of your day, and the meals you enjoyed look delicious 🙂 I am such a Mexican lover, however Kuwait doesn’t have too many Mexican restaurants (2, and one of them is horrible). So you bet I am excited for my visit to the states in a couple weeks. I will get myself some good Mexican 🙂 lol.

  5. Aimee @Brighter, Balanced Future says:

    Apart from those packet-mix Taco sets we used to eat when I was younger, I haven’t actually had that much Mexican food! Although I really want to try more. My favourite travelling snacks are usually bars of some sort – I’m still rationing out my Nakd bars I bought in the Uk! Oh, and chocolate is mandatory of course!
    Me and health food shops have a love/hate relationship – I love purchasing everything, but my credit card hates it! (;

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