Tag Archive | FOOD

Delikatessen in Hamburg

I’ve recently stumbled upon an article in one German newspaper about the best “gourmet food” shops in Hamburg. I think it’s good to know where one can get some of the best products.. 🙂 So when you’re in Hamburg, check these out (some of them also have online shops):






Fruit & Vegetables


Sweets / Oils / Other Delikatessen / Spices

Asian Food


You can find all of these shops on a map here. For Effenberger, see “Verkaufsstellen“, for Springer Bio-Backwerk see “Kontakt/Läden“.

If you know of other gourmet shops, would you please share in the comments.. 😉


London’s Healthy Eating

What is “healthy eating”? Under this term people usually understand that the products are organic, responsibly handled, cooked in a better way – not too fried, not cooked like crazy so there’re no vitamins left, without using too much oil or butter or processed ingredients like white flour/white sugar/refined oils and so on…

So in this post I would like to share where in London one can find those “healthy” food options – usually it’s either in a place that is entirely devoted to this concept, like an organic restaurant/shop or it is a rather expensive place that sources high-quality ingredients, so it’s easy to eat healthy in such a place. Or it might be a dedicated aisle to organic products in a supermarket like Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and so on..

Here’s the list of places in London that I’ve already been to or would go to eat or buy “healthy” foods from:

Restaurants & Cafes

Healthy by their definition:

With healthy options available:


Online Shops

Friends, if you’d like to add anything, please share it in the comments below. 😉

Books I Recommend

Do It Tomorrow by Mark Forster: so far (after reading 1/3 of the book), I think this is the best book I’ve read about ‘time-management’… Read a review by The Simple Dollar. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com | Ozon.ru | Market.Yandex.ru

* Getting Things Done by David Allen: the book helps people create an effective system for managing their tasks and todos. I’m working with it now. Read a review by The Simple Dollar. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com | Market.Yandex: En / Ru

Focus by Leo Babauta: Leo helps us understand what distracts us and how we can overcome those distractions in order to focus on what’s important for us. Get it on Focusmanifesto.com (2 versions are available: free and premium – check it out!) 😉 – check out more books by Leo: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. Read a review by The Simple Dollar. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

Drive by Daniel Pink. See the promo video. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

The Caucasus by Thomas de Waal: the book about the history of Caucasus. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman & Rod A. Beckstrom. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferris: there are lots of tips on how to lose, maintain or not to gain weight and how to be a ‘super human’. Tim’s approach to fitness is based on tons of experiments and makes a lot of sense. Some ‘common sense’ things are questioned and argued: for example, jogging for one hour is less effective for weight loss than other types of short exercises combined with a particular diet or just foods or cold showers… Generally there are a lot of approaches to fitness in the book – it might take several months to fully explore them as well as to meet one’s fitness needs. Get it on Amazon.co.uk: Book / eBook / Audiobook | Amazon.de | Amazon.com | Market.Yandex.ru

The Art of Systems Thinking by Joseph O’Connor & Ian McDermott: a good book that explains why sometimes something doesn’t go as planned or expected, although logically it should: more hard work should bring more positive results, for instance. But usually it’s not so, for the systems are everywhere, and their logic is  different. When we understand the logic of systems, we can correctly adjust our actions to get desired outcomes or better understand what to expect from our actions. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

* 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen R. Covey: this is a very good book. I think it is actually the only book that one has to read about family and parenting. It makes so much sense. 🙂 I think I’ll keep it as a reference forever. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson: backed by extensive research of how people get new ideas, the author spells out the following principles to encourage idea-generating environment: go for a walk, cultivate hunches, write everything down, keep folders messy, embrace serendipity, make generative mistakes, take on multiple hobbies, network, follow the links, let others build on your ideas, borrow, recycle, reinvent, build a tangled bank. Once you read this book, you won’t have any problems of coming up with ideas… You’ll need to work on execution though.. See the promo video. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* What’s Your Bright Idea by Paul Humphries & Tim Campbell: this is a guide for a first-time entrepreneur. The steps for starting a new business are all laid out. All one needs to do to succeed is to do all the stuff ‘prescribed’ here. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com: Kindle

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner: the authors explain very well how economic laws can be applied in real life. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

Superfreakonomics: Freakonomics 2. Get in on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* How to Eat, Move and be Healthy by Paul Chek: all you need to know about healthy lifestyle. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* Clutterfree by Leo Babauta & Courtney Carver: very helpful when you’d like to get rid of clutter not only physical but also electronic and mental – there are a lot of tips and ideas. Get it on Clutterfreecourse.com

* The New Book Of Yoga by Sivananda Yoga Centre: basics of yoga poses, recommended diet and breathing exercises. A good book for yoga beginners. Get it on Amazon.co.uk| Amazon.de | Amazon.com

Beyond Chocolate by Sophie & Aubrey Boss: a new approach to ‘dieting’. Get it on Amazon.co.uk |  Amazon.com

* Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus by John Gray: read it together with your partner if you’d like to better understand the differences and the reasons behind the behaviour of men or women. There are some things that women and men do fundamentally different just because they are of different gender, so it’s good to be aware of them.. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* Make Every Man Want You by Marie Forleo: this is a great guide for a woman, it’s packed with tips and ideas on how to remain feminine and real at all times. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers: if you ever had some fear to do something or made excuses not to do something, reading this book might help you go for anything that you set out to go for. I wasn’t too fearful in the first place, but now I’m totally relaxed and not afraid to mess up cause I know that it’s better to try to do something and mess it up than to back off and miss an opportunity. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson: if you only want to read one book on self-improvement, read this one. The concepts presented here are easy to grasp, and it gives a lot of ideas about how to improve oneself. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: Kindle En | Amazon.com

* Treasure Yourself by Miranda Kerr: beauty and gratitude guide for girls and women. Miranda is very much influenced by Louise L. Hay and advocates the lifestyle of appreciation and self-healing. The book is very inspiring and encouraging. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de: En / De | Amazon.com

* The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss. Ever dreamed of being a mobile entrepreneur? Then this book is for you. Lots of ideas of how to start and manage a mobile business, especially useful when you already know what you’d do when you have more time to relax and don’t have to spend that much time on earning money. Review by The Simple Dollar. Get the book on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com | Market.Yandex: EnRu

* The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau: this is a very inspiring book. It makes one think of what one really wants from their life. And it encourages to go for it whatever others may think. Also it led me to rethink my personal values. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

* Heal Your Body by Louise L. Hay: Louise believes that one can heal their body or some illness symptoms with the help of affirmations. This book is a list of symptoms and affirmations. Good to have one as an alternative to medicine, sometimes it helps. Get it on Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.de | Amazon.com

BOOK SHOPS – Simply Sophisticated

MY WISH LISTS (not only books) 🙂

Food – Online Resources

I’d like to share with you which cooking websites and particular recipes I like. Also to provide links to information about different healthy diets, nutrition and services. I’ll be adding more links when I come across more cool resources, so keep checking out… 😉

I also hope you like what I have to share and find the list useful.

And of course I (and everyone else reading this blog) will be happy to hear from you: what resources about food do you like the most? Share with us in the comments below! 😉

So, without any more lyrical digressions, here’s my list:





Bon Appétit! 😉

Eat Well


Just want to share with you some tips about the healthiest snacking ever. (IMO) 😉

Sometimes even health publications and shops advise us to buy different snack bars or packets or crackers – even raw – that are supposedly HEALTHY and have good stuff that our body might need for a snack: fruit, nuts and some other stuff… ??? What? Some other stuff? What stuff? – not really GOOD STUFF… But it’s supposed to be healthy!

Check out the ingredients list of this ‘Superbar‘ for example. Or some other ones here: http://www.healthysupplies.co.uk/snack-bars.html – EXACTLY! I particularly don’t like rice syrup, rice pops, soy pieces in this one; rice starch, rice malt or even grape juice in some others; and still others have even more ‘weird stuff’ in them.

That’s why I don’t buy anything like that from health stores or any other shops actually – cause if you want to eat fruit, fresh fruit is the best option; and if you want to eat nuts – fresh nuts are the best! – not roasted or salted or even pressed into a bar. 🙂

On the other hand, if you’d like a TREAT, the above examples of snacks would work very well – instead of a Kit Kat or a Twix, digestive biscuits or shortbread, have one of those! 😉


I’ve found what works best for me: I usually carry with me a piece of fruit (an apple, a pear or a banana) and a handful of nuts in a small box.

Depending on the size of fruits or for how long I’m going to be away from home, I might consider having two different pieces of fruit and two handful of nuts. And if I’m into preparing stuff, I can even cut the fruit into chunks – so in this case a kiwi and a mango could also be considered, you need to vary your fruit.

Snack: apple+pear+pistachios+sunflower seeds+almonds+pine nuts

Recently I had this snack ->

Apple+pear+nuts: pistachios, almonds, pine nuts and sunflower seeds.

It was YUM!! And quite a lot actually 🙂 I wasn’t hungry for a while after that… For a smaller snack of course one piece of fruit will do.

And again, if you’re taking something with you, you don’t need to cut it to pieces – you can just have a whole fruit and nuts in a box.


If you’re not an avid nut-eater, to find out more about nuts and their benefits, check out the nuts selection here:

Choose any nuts you like – it’s good to have different nuts every day.

  • GRAZE is a great solution to healthy snacking if you live in the UK – just choose the healthy options for yourself. Use this discount code VVRL3FT to have the first and the fifth boxes free. 😉 And your healthy snack will be delivered to you
  • Healthy Supplies is a good online store. I’d recommend ordering your nuts in bulk from them – I did it when I lived in the UK, their customer service is very good, and the prices are lower than in other organic shops
  • Goodness Direct – google ‘voucher codes’ for this one, you might find some discounts pretty easily
  • Planet Organic – they also have a very nice cafes in their physical stores


To find health shops near you in the German-speaking Switzerland, google ‘bioladen Zürich’ for example – there’re lots! And they’re very easy to find. Ask me directly if you need some help – comment on the post! 😉


  • Lebe Gesund – they deliver even internationally! 🙂
  • Alnatura is a good supplier of nuts, healthy cooking ingredients and spreads/dips, here you can see on the map where to find their products.


Hope it helps! And encourages you to snack healthily! 😉

Re vegetables, animal products or cooking ingredients.. They are very easy to find in supermarket chains in the organic sections – so I’m not listing them.

Eat well!

P.S. If you like this post – share it with others! If you’d like to ask me something or add something – comment! I’d be glad to learn something new from you and to hear what you think. 😉

Paella-inspired “Agata-style” Rice’n’chicken

Cooked something like that today for the family! =)

Put the chicken into the oven (look for instructions and times on the package), let it bake. 🙂 I drizzled it with olive oil, seasoned with some oregano, salted it and put some garlic on top for the aroma

Cook the vegetables (carrots, beans and pepper): bring the water to boil, put in the vegetables and boil them for 5 minutes. Then take them out, and put the rice into the water that’s left from them (I did it to preserve some of the vitamins that were left in water from vegetables).

Cook the rice for 20 minutes in the water left from vegetables (with some garlic that should be removed after cooking), add more water if necessary.

Then put the rice into vegetables, add tomatoes and more pre-cooked beans, mix it all, add some saffron, salt and pepper and cook it a bit more. I think it would be nice to add some parmesan as well (I forgot to do that, but felt it was lacking).

When the chicken is ready, add some chicken into the mixture, mix well.

Turns out yummy! =)

Bon appetit! =)

Changing the Diet

I have made a decision. Finally. To change my diet.

Some of you might think that I have already been leading a ‘healthy lifestyle’ and eating ‘healthily,’ however, that is not entirely true.

I have been ‘trying’ to abstain from eating certain foods, like bread (especially white), pasta, refined rice, sugar, fatty yoghurts or milk, foods with preservatives and colourings, pastries, sweets, milk chocolate and so on…

OK. I never drink fizzy drinks: I just do not like them. I do not drink too much coffee. I do not eat fried foods. That is good.

But very often it was hard for me not to eat the foods that I was ‘trying’ to abstain from. I ended up eating them rather frequently.

Remember me eating only cakes for dinner? 😉 Some people were surprised to hear that I ate something sweet, like a piece of cake or some chocolate every single day (well, maybe that was because I did not eat any bread… But it does not matter). The point is: I was trying to choose healthier options over unhealthy alternatives, but was not really doing it.

Now I am up for DOING it finally: to have the body and good health I want I choose to eat SELECTIVELY. 😉

I think it is thanks to the accumulation of necessary knowledge about healthy diet. Plus really feeling and understanding the necessity to finally take care of my body, for I am going to have it for my whole life ahead.

I want to keep it as healthy as possible for as long as possible. I think it deserves to be treated with respect. =)

There are several books that had a great influence on my attitude towards food, nutrition and diet. They sometimes contradict each other, but have helped me look at the issue from different perspectives.

Here they are:

Soon I am going to share what exactly I am doing, what I am eating…

Be Healthy! =)



Changing the diet is the first step on my way to excellent health and increased energy levels.

Getting enough sleep, exercising as well as having a well-organised (stress-free) life are also vital aspects of a healthy lifestyle.

Therefore, expect more changes and energy from me! =)