Ser vegano en Alemania

Veggie World

El pasado fin de semana tuvo lugar en Düsseldorf el Veggie World*, la feria de estilo de vida vegano más importante del mundo.

Según la Unión Vegetariana y Vegana Alemana (VEBU) Alemania cuenta con aproximadamente 900.000 veganos y casi 8 millones de vegetarianos, por lo que en comparación con otros países tener un estilo de vida vegano o vegetariano en Alemania es muy normal.

A pesar de que Alemania siempre se ha situado entre los 10 países europeos con mayor consumo de carne de vacuno y porcino per capita, esta tendencia ha ido decreciendo en los últimos años, de hecho, unos 42 millones de Alemanes son vegetarianos a tiempo parcial, es decir, evitan comer carne durante dos días a la semana.

Por todo ello, la oferta de productos veganos es mucho mayor aquí que en otros países europeos. ¿Has oído hablar de la Schivelbeiner Strasse? Situada en Berlin es conocida por ser la primera avenida vegana del mundo, y en ella se pueden encontrar desde negocios de ropa hasta supermercados pensados para personas con un estilo de vida vegano.

En otras ciudades, como Düsseldorf o Colonia, no tenemos una avenida vegana, pero si que podemos encontrar una gran oferta de productos alimenticios en los supermercados, así como platos específicamente pensados para personas veganas en los menús de los restaurantes.

A ver si un día saco tiempo y escribo un post con más información a cerca de productos veganos y donde encontrarlos. Por el momento vamos a abrir el apetito con algunas de las novedades que descubrí en el Veggie World de la semana pasada. ¡Comencemos!

Espirulina

¿Qué es la espirulina? La espirulina es una microalga, cultivada principalmente en la región del Chad, que cuenta con un alto contenido en proteínas y minerales. Entre sus beneficios podemos encontrar su gran aporte de hierro así como su ayuda a la mejora del sistema inmunológico.

Vegano Alemania

En el Veggie World tuve la oportunidad de hablar con los mayores productores de espirulina de Europa. Akal Food es una empresa francesa que produce y vende espirulina en distintos formatos: polvo (para beber disuelto en agua) y alga. En la foto de arriba se ve como no pude evitar comprar los dos formatos, hay que probar de todo, ¿no? (Consejo: La espirulina añadida a la ensalada le da un sabor interesante 🙂 )

Rice Mice

Muchas veces noto el escepticismo en la cara de mis amigos cuando les invito a probar algo vegano, sin embargo, una vez pasado el choque inicial el comentario suele ser siempre el mismo “¡ah! pues está muy bueno, no se nota la diferencia”.

La gente suele pensar que los productos veganos o los productos sin gluten/huevo/leche van a tener peor sabor que aquellos a los que estamos acostumbrados, pero sé por experiencia que eso no es así. Y para que lo compruebes te aquí va mi segunda adquisición

Veggie World

Tuve la suerte de conocer a la gente de Rice Mice la semana pasada y me pareció una pasada, no sólo porque fueron muy atentos y sus productos están riquísimos sino porque, además, sus productos están pensados para todo tipo de alergias alimenticias. ¿Qué significa esto? Pues que ya no importa si eres alérgico a los productos lácteos, a los cacahuetes o al gluten porque puedes seguir disfrutando del chocolate y de galletas caseras sin volverte loc@ 🙂 En la foto aparecen las galletas de manzana y jengibre (una perdición) y una muestra de todos los chocolates que tenían en el stand del Veggie World (el más bueno de todos es el chocolate con fresas 🙂 aunque como ya sabes tengo una leve adicción a las fresas… upssss…)

Zumo de granada

Está científicamente demostrado que el zumo de granada es muy rico en antioxidantes, vitaminas (A,E,C) y minerales así que ¿por qué no probarlo?

Veggie World

El zumo de la foto es el que compré en el stand de Granar una empresa alemana productora de zumos y productos alimenticios bio. En concreto este zumo es un zumo concentrado de granada y sabe como si acabasen de exprimir la granada en el mismo instante que lo bebes. ¡Riquísimo!

Para terminar te presento un aceite de oliva biológico que adquirí tras hacer una cata de aceites.

Vegano Alemania

Durante la cata pude degustar aceites de oliva italianos, griegos y españoles, aunque al final me decanté por nuestros vecinos portugueses para aliñar mis ensaladas durante las próximas semanas.

Como ves acudiendo a un evento vegano se pueden descubrir productos muy interesantes. Y tú, ¿te interesa el modo de vida vegano? ¿Has acudido a algún evento de este tipo? ¿Te animás a probar estos productos? ¿Conoces alguno más? ¡Escribe tu opinión! 🙂

*Si quieres más información sobre este evento sólo tienes que entrar en su página web veggieworld.de/es , en ella encontrarás más información así como los lugares donde el Veggie World tendrá lugar próximamente.

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Crete in 5 days (Chapter I)

 

We needed some holidays so we decided to visit Crete; the biggest greek island located in the mediterranean sea at the same distance from the three continents (Africa, Asia and Europe).

We loved it!

Therefore we would like to share our trip experience with you and, furthermore, give you a couple of tips to visit Crete.

Rethymnon

The third most important city of Crete and our first stop. Actually it was a good idea to start our trip in Rethymnon.

This small city is as charming as its people. Walking among its ancient streets we discovered historical remains located close to modern stores and restaurants ready to welcome the tourists. Do not miss the chance to have a walk around the Venetian Fortezza.

Rimondi Fountain

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Venetian Fortezza

Chania

It is the second most important city of Crete and our second stops. Throughout history many different cultures settled in it, leaving their trace in the architecture of the city.

The prettiest part of the city is the old town, surrounded by an ancient wall. Walking among it narrow streets and contemplating its pastel-colored houses we arrived to the port, where we enjoyed a beautiful view.

But walking around the city was not our only plan. We wanted to try the greek food (tzatziki, greek salat, greek yogurt…). That is the reason why we went to some typical greek restaurants:

To Patriko

We have no words! We enjoyed real home made greek food. The food was delicious! The waitress was delightful, she also taught us some greek words! We highly recommend it!

Address: Panou Korounaiou 25, Rethymnon

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Ta chalkina

Charming place located at the end of Chania´s port. Known due to its greek music concerts this restaurant offers a selection of greek dishes. Do not forget to try its champignons! Amazing!

Address:  Akti Tompazi, Chania

(The restaurants were recommended to us by an expat friend with greek family)

After enjoying such a tasty food we would recommend you to relax and have a rest.

What do you like more, beach or mountain?

In Crete you can easily relax yourself in both of them. In the way between Chania and Rethymnon there are some known beaches where to lay down and have a rest.

In Daratsos beach, located in front of our hotel, we enjoyed one of the most beautiful sunsets that we have ever seen.

Although we were excited about going to the beach (yes, in Germany we do not have so many of them) we could not resist to get lost among the mountains of Crete. Therefore we rented a car and we travelled from Chania to Paliochora among extraordinary landscapes where we had the opportunity to make some unexpected new friends on our way.

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But that´s another story.

Have you ever been in Crete? Which are you favorite places in Chania? Share them with us!

 

* If you want to know more about Crete follow our “Secrets of Crete” section in Facebook and do not miss our next posts (Crete Part II & Part III)!! Stay stunned!

Brunch in Düsseldorf

Although I thought everybody knew what a Brunch is, it seems I was wrong. So here I show you which I think are the best places to have brunch in Düsseldorf for you to try them ;).

Pempelfort 

Löffelbar

Tußmannstraße 3, 40477 Düsseldorf

Huge variety of brunch!! Among its offer you can choose a classic breakfast with nutella and croissant or a breakfast for two, with eggs, sausages, cold meat… Attention carnivorous!! The burgers are really good here!!! And… Do not forget to try the homemade french fries… really really tasty!!

Schnell Veg

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Bagelstraße 130, 40479 Düsseldorf

The place to be for vegans and vegetarians. This cozy restaurant is located in Pempelfort and they serve healthy and tasty food. It is a place made for vegetarians but thought for vegans, since they have a assorted offer for them. Its menu is really interesting. Have you ever tried pasta made by vegetable dough? And corn french fries? Both are really delicious! I recommend you to try them!

Breaking News!! After three years delighting us with its tasyt food, Schnell Veg closed its doors one month ago… Althought we are really sad about it we are, at the same time, excited to discover the new restaurant that is coming soon. Stay tuned!! 

Ab der Fisch

Moltkestraße 124, 40479 Düsseldorf

I just discovered this place thanks to a friend of mine. Located between Löffelbar and Schnell Veg, this restaurant can surprise you. At the very beginning you might think you are entering to a traditional german restaurant where to eat german food, but… it is not so!! Its brunch menu is small and international. You can order, for example, an italian brunch or an american one. Its original and tasty teas are the best accompaniment for its meals.

 

Flingern 

 

Bethoveen

Ackerstraße 106, 40233 Düsseldorf

It is always a good idea to have a brunch at Bethoveen, one of the oldest places in the city. Did you know that some years ago in this place were only men allowed to enter? Thanks God now women can also go inside, because the brunch menu is really interesting. I recommend you to go there in summer time, when the german sun join us, to enjoy the meal in its outdoor terrace.

Nooij 

Hoffeldstraße 37, 40235 Düsseldorf

Do you remember it?? Some time ago I talked to you about Nooij, a cute restaurant located close to a small park in Flingern. There is an assorted international brunch menu. They also have salats and good cheese. If you do not drink cow milk, then it is your place! They have a wide variety of milk.

Breaking News!! Noiij restaurant closed some months ago and they opened a neew restaurant instead. I didn´t try its food for the moment, but I will do it soon. I will keep you posted! 

Altstadt

Bazzar

Heinrich-Heine-Allee 53, 40213 Düsseldorf

They have not only good brunch offer but well known coffes and teas. Although the place is not that big here you can find tasty classic brunchs: nutella, cold meat, croissant und cheese are the base of its menu. Do not miss them!!

Bistro Zicke

Bäckerstraße 5a, 40213 Düsseldorf

One of the best brunch places in the Altstadt. It is always full due to its assorted menu and its cute decoration. If you wanna eat enough food (not too much not too less) and spend a nice time while having your meal, I recommend you to have a weekend brunch in this place.

 

Next time will be dessert time!! ;);)

 

* If you want to discover new places in Düsseldorf to have a great brunch just click here and check my new post!

Good Food Festival

Boui Boui Bilk es un conocido lugar situado en el barrio de Bilk, en Düsseldorf donde se llevan a cabo
diversos eventos y exposiciones durante todo el año.

La esencia de Boui Boui Bilk es que se le considera una plataforma cultural disponible para la realización de diferentes eventos.

Durante los doce meses del año se puede disfrutar actividades de todo tipo: arte contemporáneo y moderno, mercados nocturnos, eventos gastronómicos, eventos de moda, mercadillos…

El lugar recuerda a un antiguo polígono abandonado cuyas salas se transforman dependiendo del evento que acogen.

Como ya os he contado varias veces a los alemanes, por lo menos aquí en Düsseldorf, les gustan mucho los eventos al aire libre. El fin de semana del 3 de Octubre (fecha importante en Alemania ya que se celebra la reunificación del país) se celebró el Good Food Festival.

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Durante el sábado y el domingo Boui Boui Bilk se llenó de stands de comida de distintos países. Allí se podía encontrar todo tipo de comida internacional. Nosotros optamos por probar diferentes especialidades:

Fish Cheviche of Perú 

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Riquísimo. Nos encantó. La mezcla de pescado y salsa nos pareció muy agradable

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Empanadas Argentinas 

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Un poco picantes pero muy recomendables si queréis probar sabores distintos a los que tenemos en Europa

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 Hamburguesa alemana 

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Un clásico acompañado de ingredientes frescos como lechuga y queso

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Mousse de chocolate y crema de castaña francesa 

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Uno de los mejores postres que he probado nunca!!!!. Textura increíble y sabor incomparable

Pero había muchos más: comida vegana, jamón espanol, yufka, espumosos…

 

Durante el festival se llevaban a cabo diferentes workshops:

– Cata de cervezas

– Cursos para aprender a preparar Mousse de chocolate

– Cata de vinos

 

 

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Y como era de esperar este festival de comida es el primero de muchos, así que a los que vivís en Düsseldorf o alrededores os invito a que no os perdáis el Abend Mahl el 21 de Noviembre.

 

          Guten Appetit!!!!!!!!

Japantag: Sushi, espargel & flowers!!!

Today I am gonna start saying thank you.

Last Saturday was the official “Japantag” here in Düsseldorf

Thanks to the ones who were here, thank you for remember it, thank you for my new garden, for taking the train to stay here with me, for the surprises, for the dinners and for this last-minute super present. Thanx for being there (here or in the distance), thanks to you I can say I am a lucky person. Thank you for this month (it did not finish yet) and for these last four days.

Four amazing days which revolved around flowers and sushi. Because, although we started our japanese party earlier, last Saturday was the official “Japantag” here in Düsseldorf.

 

The largest Japanese community of Europe is settled in Düsseldorf, since 11.000 japanese citizens live in this city. The most known Japanese area, located between Oststrasse and Immerstrasse, is called “Little Tokyo”.

This quarter is full of japanese restaurants where you can eat sushi, miso soup, sashimi… All the specialities from the Land of the Rising Sun. So, I find quite appropriate that germans dedicate a day for them and its culture.

11.000 japanese citizens live in this city

Manga is part of Japanese culture, so it was also easy to find people wearing japanese costumes during the whole day all around the city.

The Altstadt was full of stands where it was possible to buy japanese products, to check how to do “Origami” o to learn how to write Japanese characters.

There was also a scenario where they played traditional japanese music, and another one where some people did different Sumo, Judo and Karate exhibitions. And, of course, there were many stands where it was possible to buy traditional japanese food.

At 23.00 the “Japantag” ended with some spectacular fireworks.

 

But sushi was not the only dish we ate last weekend.

During this time of the year it is traditional, in this part of Germany, to eat asparagus. Therefore, we also had time to finish the weekend enjoying a delicious traditional German dinner.

 

And with my stomach full of food and grateful to all of you, I say good bye until next week. And don´t forget:

“Celebrate the people in your life who are there because they love you for no other reason than because you are YOU.”