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Do you remember the episode from Sex & The City where Carrie went to stay with Aiden at his lodge in the forest? What she imagined would be a romantic weekend at a rustic yet chic country house turned out to be a little to rustic and secluded for her liking. She didn’t last the weekend before rushing back to the city, heading to the nearest Starbucks followed by a martini at a rooftop bar.

In some ways this is how I felt when I relocated from Central London to the German countryside. I embraced the fresh air, dense forests and breathtaking landscapes but come Saturday night I craved dinner for 6 at Bistrotheque followed by never ending drinks at Shoreditch House. Recently I discovered a little slice of London in South Germany. I say that because this restaurant is so unique and vibrant that when I enter I feel as if I’m somewhere else. Before the owner Ellen transformed it into a restaurant the location of Wacholder was originally a house. The varying rooms have been decked out with tree branches and huge lanterns constructed out of white water colour paper which creates a cozy and whimsical vibe. Outdoors is a secluded garden which leads down to the river with a large red rowing boat and the occasional passing swan. During the summer there is the option to take the boat and head down the river for a quiet picnic. Much like Ellen, the food is a wild mix of flavors with lot’s of personality. It’s generally healthy with great quality wholesome ingredients and a menu that evolves daily. The combination of flavors and overall presentation reflect the restaurants quirky decor. As you’d expect this place is constantly booked. Recently I took some friends who were visiting from London and they felt like they were in Shoreditch. I found this funny as we definitely were not which becomes apparent as soon as we left and found ourselves in a sleepy German village. I plan to go back when the weather turns cooler and see how this small piece of magic transforms with the seasons.

Photography by Christian Roman for Lookin Good Feelin Fine.

 

 

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Smoothie’s are my go-to breakfast snack before I head to the gym in the morning. I can’t face eating anything too early so this is perfect as it’s light and easy to prepare. I’ve elevated this recipe to super-smoothie status by adding chia seeds and a shot of hyaluronic acid.

  • Banana
  • Peach (or whatever’s in season)
  • Avocado
  • Chia Seeds (1 tablespoon)
  • Fountain – The Glow Molecule (2 teaspoons)
  • 250 ml Almond Milk
  • A handful of ice (optional)

I like this combination because it isn’t too sweet and I sometimes swap the peach for something else. Instead of almond milk you can use cow’s milk, soya or coconut water. Fountain make a great range of supplements for the skin. I’ve tried a few varieties but I’m currently using the Glow which contains a combination of hyluronic acid and reactive glutathione. The two ingredients boost moisture levels so the skin literally glows, but only with continued use so you need to take it every day. Despite their tiny size chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are gluten-free and rich in omega-3 fatty acids plus fiber, protein and other vitamins. I hope you like the recipe and feel free to let me know what you think. You can comment below or reach me on twitter or instagram.

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I smell particularly fine at the moment, even if I do say so myself. And I have the fellas at Brooklyn Soap Company to thank for my sophisticated and manly odeur. A few months ago I featured their first fragrance The Woods which I’m still liking very much.

They just launched a new all-natural deodorant which comes as an improved version of their original one. The previous version was very effective and I couldn’t find fault, however this one is powered by silver (silver is naturally anti-bacterial) and it’s also alcohol free which is great for anyone with sensitive skin. I only use natural deo’s as they are healthier and better for the environment than the commercial, drug store versions. For a while I’d given up on natural deodorant as I’d tried a few that didn’t work at all. I brought one from the drug store brand Lavera which went straight in the bin and I recently tried one from SA.AL&CO which I didn’t like at all. This one ticks all the boxes as it’s effective, smells good and I like the packaging. It’s available from here.

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This week I had to make a work trip to Stuttgart, this small city has a few cultural highlights so I took the opportunity to take a stroll through the city center. And this is what I found, and also what I wore ; )

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In the last picture you will see Christian looking sad ; ) this is because the cake house was closed. I think this is because it was a Monday!