Getting inspired by Chef’s Table

Getting inspired by Chef's Table - Hanna's Places

Have you guys watched the Netflix show ‘Chef’s Table’ yet? It’s a documentation series about some of the greatest chefs around the world, focusing on one of them in each episode. I have just finished watching the first season and I feel so inspired from it. Not inspired to cook necessarily but inspired to create and follow my passion. All of those chefs in the show are very different and from lots of different places as well, but still, there’s a couple of basic truths that unite all of them.

Lessons from Chef’s Table

1. They all know exactly what they are doing. Even though all the chefs are creating new things that have never been there before, all of them are highly trained as well. Many of them have worked in Paris and learned from the best. What does that teach us? You first need to learn your craft and practice a lot (!), before things will get as great as you imagine them.

2. Determination lead them where they wanted to go. Most of the chefs struggled with failure and disappointments in their career. Failed restaurants, unemployment etc. They still kept their dreams alive and just tried something different – the road to success is never straight.

3. They all prioritized good and simple ingredients over quantity. If you start with great basics, whatever you are creating will be so much better as well. Furthermore, it shows even more that mass-produced fast food only harms our bodies and our environment. Some of the chefs grow all the vegetables in their restaurants themselves – one even had his own farm. Consequently we can watch how much care goes into choosing the right dishes for each season. It’s simply fascinating!

4. Nature inspires all of them. There’s no better place to clear your head than being surrounded by nature and nothing else.

5. They were all confident about the fact that you they creative beings. We have all been created with a creative mind. It isn’t about whether you are creative or not, it’s about whether you have started creating yet or not.

If you haven’t watched Chef’s Table yet, you simply need to check it out.

Travel Diary: Back to Scotland!

Back to Scotland!This September, it was time to visit one of my favourite countries again: Scotland! Since spending my semester abroad in Scotland two years ago, the Scots have a special place in my heart. I went with my friend Theresa, one of my best travel buddies. She has also lived in Scotland for a few months and missed it just as much as me. Oh, it was a glorious trip! From the moment we touched down in Edinburgh, it felt like home again: The colours, the people, even the smell! Can I go back already?

Part 1: Edinburgh

The first part of our trip was spent in Edinburgh. We stayed at the Baxter Hostel, a lovely (and tiny!) hostel near Waverley station. It was my first stay in a room with 9 girls, but gladly everyone was really friendly and quiet. On top of that, we had a yummy home-cooked breakfast of eggs and toast in the morning which was included in the price.

Our first day in Edinburgh, we just walked around town smiling because we were back in Scotland. People might have thought that we’re pretty weird! We had an amazing scone at Wellington Coffee, took a walk to Calton Hill and went to the uni library bar for a lime & soda. After dinner at Mosque Kitchen (not the greatest atmosphere, but really tasty dhal for only a couple of pounds), we went to the pub quiz at Newsroom. A happy day!

On our second day we only had a couple of hours, so we did some more strolling (around the touristy streets as well) and went charity shopping. Then it was time for our second destination! (more…)

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Happy Saturday guys! I’m in (rainy) Hamburg again on yet another work trip, drinking a coffee until we start shooting for the day. Trips like these are loads of fun and I’m learning a lot with each one. Still, I’m really happy to have a proper weekend again as well. What are you up to over the weekend?

Links & Memories

1. This week actually wasn’t all that exciting. I worked a lot (!) and had to cancel all my social engagements. I also discovered that season 6 of Good Wife is on Netflix now, so that didn’t help with getting things done in the evenings ;)

2. I’m in a proper autumn mood now though, drinking all the tea and cider and having pumpkin almost everyday. October, stay forever.

3. I also got a new perfume this week “This is Her” by Zadig & Voltaire and it smells so good. I hope I’m not over-using it – if I am, sorry to the people around me ;) Now I just need to get a great dark red lipstick and my beauty stash is ready for autumn as well.

4. A great read if you’re considering going ‘zero-waste’ but can’t get yourself to do it (in German): Wie ich mich an Zero Waste versuchte & kläglich scheiterte.

I guess that’s actually everything for this week. Next week will be better though: I have tomorrow morning off and I’m planning to go to one or two nice coffee shops here in Hamburg. Monday I’m meeting friends for dinner and my family is coming to stay as well! Good times.

Lessons from my 30-Day Social Media Detox

Lessons from my 30-Day Social media detox

At the end of August, I was feeling dissatisfied. I was spending most of my time online – not creating anything. Besides, I didn’t read any books and didn’t get enough sleep because I was scrolling through Facebook and Instagram for hours. I felt really relaxed in Uganda because we were offline the whole time, so I decided to give it a go again: Four weeks without social media. No Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or blog reading. I was still using What’s App and other messenger tools, because I use those to communicate, not to waste time.

 What I learned from doing a Social Media Detox

1. I didn’t actually miss it so much: After committing to this challenge, it was surprisingly easy not to go online. I deleted all the apps from my phone and wrote a ‘detox diary’ for a few days. On my train journeys I listened to podcasts, before going to bed at night I read. It felt a bit strange, but that’s it. One of the main reasons for my discontent was that I was consuming but not creating – therefore nobody even noticed my detox.

2. It’s fun to use what you already have: One example – Instead of scrolling through Pinterest for hours, I was using my recipe books again. I rediscovered so many recipes and have a few more bookmarked. I truly enjoy coming home at night and looking through my cookbooks – a habit I intend to keep up.

3. Not all social media is bad: Two weeks after finishing my detox, I’m still not using Facebook or Pinterest. I am using Instagram and reading my favourite blogs again though. I love Instagram and sharing pictures there and feel more energized and inspired from it (instead of Facebook). Same with blogs: The ones I read inspire me or teach me something, the others go unread.

4. It’s easier to meet your goals: Since doing my detox, I feel way more focused and concentrated. My brain is less foggy and reading a book is more relaxing than staring at a screen. Also, writing blog posts is easier if I’m not reading zillions of other blogs first.

5. I have more energy: I sleep more and more profoundly lately. Of course there doesn’t have to be a connection between going offline and my sleep, but since it has started improving since my detox, I believe there is.

6. Less FOMO. This one is self-explanatory.

Right now I found a really happy balance of getting inspired, but still having things to do that have nothing to do with Social Media. Did you ever try a social media detox? Any stories to share?

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Now that I’m back to blogging, it’s time for links & memories again! I’m sitting at the airport and passing the time blogging and drinking coffee :) I’m on a business trip to Zürich this weekend after two days in Hamburg today and yesterday. It’s a full schedule, but all very interesting so I won’t complain. Here’s what else has been going on lately:

Links & Memories

1. Monday has been a bank holiday in Germany and I spend the weekend with my parents. It was the most relaxing time ever, with lots of book reading, walks in the woods and autumn baking. I loved it and it was the perfect preparation for the busy weeks ahead! I also tried this cherry tomato relish and it was a complete hit and super-easy – you should try it this weekend, it’s really good.

2. The weather in Bonn has been beautiful all week, the perfect autumn colours (and the smell!) and I fell even more in love with my new city and this season. There’s a few great friendships that are slowly building at the moment, I found a great church and I’m really happy to be planted here and hopefully stay for the next few years. Just wanted to share this with you guys :)

3. I finally got a new wallet this week after mine has been broken for a few weeks. What’s even better, it’s the Matt & Nat wallet that I’ve wanted for ages and I got it secondhand at a really great price. Can’t wait for it to arrive! Hopefully, there’ll be less searching for spare change from now on.

4. I also finally ordered some prints for my living room. The walls have been spare since I moved in because I couldn’t decide what to put there. With autumn rolling in, I’m in the mood to make my home even prettier, so it’s time to decorate even further.

5. This is a very shopping related post, but I’m also on the look-out for a pretty Macbook cover and a new phone case. Any tips where I could get any?

That’s it for this week – I’m off to Switzerland now – what are you guys up to this week?

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