Vegan Travelling: Day trips to Hamburg and Dangast

Vegan Travelling: Day trips to Hamburg and Dangast

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HAMBURG

Hamburg is always worth a day trip especially in summer when there is a feeling of easiness in the otherwise so busy Hanseatic city. As we used to live in Hamburg for seven years we always try to come back here during the summer holidays. Last Tuesday we took the train in order to go on our annual shopping spree which is mostly connected with a visit to the Musicals. This time we went to see the show “Best of 2016” presented by the graduates of the Stage School of Hamburg in their brand new theatre called First Stage.

But let´s start with the best part of travelling .. the food!

When we arrived at the station in Hamburg we came across the CityDöner shop which is very popular. I asked for anything vegan and expected to see some eye-rolling or ignorance about the difference between vegan and vegetarian. But I was positively surprised when the shop assistant told me he could offer me two kinds of Börek – one filled with spinach and one with potato. I chose the spinach bored and was even more surprised when I had to pay only 1,10 Euro for it. It was huge, and utterly delicious! So this is truly an insiders´ tip. Unfortunately I was so hungry that I forgot to take a photo.

We had a great day, it was sunny, we had soy latte at Starbucks, the show was fantastic, the only negative thing was that our favourite restaurant “Waku Waku” had been closed. At the Waku Waku you could get delicious freshly prepared organic vegan wok dishes so let´s hope they will reopen their restaurant soon at another venue.

There are of course lots of restaurants which offer vegan food in Hamburg and another top notch place is the  Syrian restaurant Saliba in the beautiful  Alsterarkaden.

Saliba

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DANGAST

Dangast is a small village on the North Sea coast. It is not far from our hometown Oldenburg so when the weather is fine what could be nicer than to cruise to Dangast and enjoy a day at the seaside.

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If you want to eat something vegan in Dangast you can either go to the old Kurhaus where they offer vegan cakes on Sundays or you can visit the Sonnendeck Dangast which has become a very popular place over the past few years.

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The Sonnendeck offers for example  cocktails, organic lemonade, sweet potato fries, and a very tasty and very filling vegan burger. There are often concerts in the evening or you can rent the whole facility for your party. Last year I even held a yoga class there.🙂

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Sonnendeck

This was indeed a very special Sunday treat and we enjoyed our day at the sea a lot.

 

Now the summer holidays are over and it is back to school and work. If you are interested in my work please have a look onto my website

Sun Salutations – English for everyone & Yoga

Maybe there is a course for you, too.🙂 See you soon!

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Next time: another  vegan recipe!

 

 

My Creative Summer 2016

My Creative Summer 2016

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It´s July – that means summer, holidays, free time, sitting outside, having fun with friends, etc. But July is almost over and there is only one week of holidays left before it will be back to school or work for us here in Lower Saxony, Germany. So you already know all about my trips to England and Fulda but what else did I do during this precious time?

Well, I painted, sketched, illustrated, created, etc., you name it.

For the past four months I took part in the MATS (Make art that sells) Bootcamp 2016  where you get an assignment every month and you can create a piece which fits the theme in your own style. There were more than 500 participants and my Facebook feed contained a lot of eye-candy from all these talented designers who were part of the group. The trendy themes of the assignments were: colouring book, ornaments, tarot cards, children´s books, and a journal cover. It was fun to work on all of these very different topics.

Find all MATS courses here

Vicuna storyboard complete

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Another thing which is still going on for me is the #100dayproject on Instagram.

I chose to do 100 Food Illustrations in order to improve my skills in that area and I think it has helped me a lot. You can find all my sketches on IG with #susisveganfoodillustrations

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Then there have been two courses which started on 1 July:

The 30 days portfolio challenge by the German Illustrator  Johanna Fritz is a great opportunity to create more illustrations for your portfolio. Johanna #byjohannafritz #erfolgreichillustrator is a great teacher and she gave us four weekly assignments, including a greeting card, an editorial, a pattern, and a fairytale book cover. It was a nice challenge and again I learned a lot (although there is still so much more to learn).

Portfolio challenge

The other course I am attending at the moment is “Ever after” by Willowing

Ever After 2016

The mixed media course runs over a period of four months and involves twelve fairy tale lessons by different teachers. In July we learned about Snow-white, The little Mermaid, and Beauty & the Beast. I am very much looking forward to the next three lessons in August.

Then there was the Global HeART swap organised by Louise Gale.

Global Art Swap

You get three addresses, create an artwork on a postcard-sized paper or cardboard for each recipient and send them off. In return you will get three beautiful postcards from strangers from all over the world who are sending you their art  accompanied by positive wishes. I took part for the second time and this time the theme was:

Love & Light

 

I guess that is about it. In August it will continue with the Global  Talent Search and the Make it in Design Summer School.

Summer School

I hope you enjoyed hearing about my creative ventures, next time more Vegan Travelling!

Vegan Travelling: Fulda

Vegan Travelling: Fulda

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Fulda is a beautiful Barock city in the middle of Germany, I have been there tree times by now – every time in order to watch one of their exquisit musical productions. I saw “Die Päpstin”, “Friedrich”, and this time it was the musical adaption of “Der Medicus” (Noah Gordon´s The Physician).

Last Friday I went to Fulda by train which was convenient and fast, poor Debbie who I met there wasn´t so lucky, she missed a couple of connections due to a delay of her train, but in the end she also made it.

As we were very hungry from the long travel we started our culinary adventures and went to an Italian restaurant in the pedestrian area. In fact Fulda looks pretty much Italian with lots of palm trees, Italian restaurants and boutiques. We had some lovely Bruschetta con spinaci (yummy with lots and lots of garlic) and pasta arrabbiata.

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Then we went to our hotel where we checked into our lovely huge room high above the city.

Hotel Peterchen´s Mondfahrt

In the afternoon we had a look around the beautiful city and – of course – went hungry again.

This time we went to the trendy Viva Havanna bar opposite the castle. Cocktail time! The cocktails were amazing and really strong! We also had nachos with guacamole dip – always a most welcome snack!

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After that it was time for the musical. It was indeed awesome! Sabrina Weckerlin is amazing in any role and so she was in this one, and the dancers were a sight to see. The musical was a good mixture between history and entertainment –  and with its lush costumes and decorations a true competitor for Disney´s Aladdin.

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The next morning we had breakfast in our hotel. I had told them beforehand that we would like vegan breakfast and we weren´t disappointed! Beside the usual buffet there were different spreads, margarine, vegan cheese, and even some lupine desserts just for the two of us. What a nice start to the day!

Well-fed we continued our exploration of the city.

And then we found the most wonderful Café! A must for all vegans who visit Fulda!

Café Glück

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First we had only some soy latte and a piece of vegan cake – but as it was such a comfortable place we had to come back later to try the soups and baguettes.

The rest of the day we spent having a look at all the shopping facilities in Fulda before we started our journey back to our homes. It had been a very nice – and very delicious –  weekend!

See you soon!🙂

 

 

Vegan Travelling: Basingstoke and Salisbury

Vegan Travelling: Basingstoke and Salisbury

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So we left Brighton on 19 June and continued our travels to Basingstoke. It was a very entertaining ride through narrow country roads and we had a lot of fun.🙂

We arrived in Basingstoke rather late so all we could get to eat – after visiting a pub where they told us “We don´t do food anymore!” WHAT? – was some Indian take away called The Bengal Brasserie. The food was okay but not spectacular.

The next day began with shopping time at The Festival Place after a small breakfast at Starbucks where we got the very last vegan falafel wrap and a vanilla soy latte. Then it was finally time to meet our friends Dave, Wendy, and Nicola. When we lived in Basingstoke in 1999/2000 Debbie attended the Kempshot Junior School where she got to know Nic. Even though we had moved back to Germany after a year we have never stopped writing each other snail mail on occasions like birthdays and christmas.🙂

We met at wagamama and were treated to a very delicious vegan meal indeed! Thank you very much, Dave!

After a last vanilla soy latte at Costa it was time to leave for our next hotel near Salisbury

The Stones

– a very lovely place to stay!

It was the evening of the summer solstice and we were lucky enough to see the elusive strawberry moon from the terrace of our hotel!

 

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This is a sketch I made in my brand new sketchbook from Paperchase

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After good night´s sleep we had a lovely breakfast at the hotel, we could choose from the full English vegetarian breakfast or continental options. I especially enjoyed the fruit salad and berries.IMG_3978

We spent the day visiting Old Sarum castle and the beautiful city of Salisbury.

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Foodwise they weren´t so many options so we went to a Sainsbury´s supermarket and got some fresh mangos, carrots, bread, salsa, and hummus. Mmmh, delicious!

After that it was time to watch the German Mannschaft win another Euro match and take a nice walk through the adjacent poppy fields.IMG_4015

On 22 June we decided to visit the New Forest where we expected to see lots of wild donkeys but instead we saw only a lot of these signs.

Vegan food options seem not to be part of the menu at local pubs and restaurants.

We went back to Salisbury and could find something to eat at Nando´s.

On Thursday it was back to Harwich but not without a last shopping stop at London Colney Fields Shopping park where we loaded the Mini full of delicious British food. It was so nice to be back in (sort of) London where there are lots and lots of vegan options.

The ferry took us safely back to Hoek van Holland from where we headed back to Germany.

Some last(ing) impressions

Next weekend we will be off to the beautiful barock city Fulda where we are going to watch “Der Medicus – das Musical”. See you next Tuesday!

Vegan Travelling: Brighton

Vegan Travelling: Brighton

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Last week I went on holiday to my favourite country England with my eldest daughter Debbie.

Find Debbie on IG

We took the ferry from Hoek van Holland to Harwich which was really convenient. The restaurant on the ferry  offered vegan smoothies, pasta, and alpro desserts so we did not have to go hungry on board. We spent the eight hours watching tv, napping, or reading – a nice way to start the holidays. From Harwich we drove to Bolney where we stayed at the beautiful Hickstead Hotel for the night.

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A very lovely hotel in the countryside which offers vegan options for breakfast.

On the second day it was off to Brighton. We were very lucky because my designer friend Raynor offered to park our car at her place and went with us to Brighton where she showed us all the main attractions!

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There were lots of cafés and restaurants which offer vegan food. We had coffee at the Loving Hut

The Loving Hut in the Lanes

and lunch at a Mexican place called Wahaca

Delicious Mexican food

I had the supercharged salad which was very nice indeed and very filling too, containing lots of seeds. The nicest part was that I had ordered a Virgin Mary drink with my salad and although the place was packed at a Sunday the waitress came back and said that the Virgin Mary would contain fish sauce and if I would like to choose something else instead- which I did – and I hadn´t even specifically explained that I am a vegan! What a great service!🙂

While we were walking towards the Mexican restaurant we heard somebody singing and it sounded like the well-known singer Passenger – when we got closer we realised it was actually him giving a street concert! How amazing!IMG_3053

So I can strongly recommend visiting Brighton, lots of nice people, shops, restaurants, art, and – of course, seagulls!

Inspired by all the lovely things I have seen in beautiful Brighton I came up with this new design now available on redbubble as a throw pillow, drawstring bag, tote bag, t-shirt, etc

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Here you get to my shop

Next time I am going to tell you about the rest of our journey which led us to Basingstoke and Salisbury!

See you soon!

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Spring into Summer

Spring into Summer

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Amazing, it is June  – which means almost half of 2016 is already over and gone! What have you been up to so far? Have you reached any of your goals for this year yet? Have any dreams come true? Well, I certainly hope so. And if you think nothing has happened so far, think again, maybe you can come up with some seemingly minor achievements which may be a step on the way to success!

What have I done so far? For example I have graduated from the course “The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – Module 2” which wasn´t only an excellent learning experience in terms of branding but also brought me closer to my tribe, I am getting to know more and more other creative beings who love the same things as I do – and I am very happy and grateful for that.

If you are interested in these kind of courses take a look here

Of course I also came up with a couple of new patterns:EarthedcolectionSheet.jpg

Then there is MATS Bootcamp. Another highly recommendable course for aspiring designers and illustrators. From March to July you get a monthly theme and are able to improve your skills and expand your portfolio working on it.

With 500 participants you will find a lot of talent in the bootcamp community which can be intimidating but if you concentrate on yourself and on your skills it is a magnificent experience! Three things I have learned in bootcamp so far:

  1. Stay true to yourself and your style – trying to compare yourself to someone else will get you nowhere.
  2. Stay open to new experiences – trying a new medium or techniques you haven´t done in ages may bring new joy to your work.
  3. Stay happy – even if you have a lot of work and other stuff going on let making art be your happy place. Enjoy sketching in the sun, if somebody made you angry paint a funny picture of that somebody and you will keep your joy.

Additionally I am taking part in a couple of challenges:

The #100daysproject on Instagram where I produce 100 food illustrations.

#susisveganfoodillustrations

Louise Gale´s beautiful Global Art Swap where you send postcards with positive notes to other participants from all over the world. I received very beautiful inspiring cards from the UK, and the USA.

Learn more about it here:

And last but not least – “Erfolgreich.Illustrator” formerly Fritzflock by Johanna Fritz – a very nice community of ambitious artists where you can take part in a weekly illustration challenge.

Hier geht es zur Facebook Gruppe

So I hope you enjoyed my news and found something for you in it. See you soon!

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Vegan Travelling: Norderney

Vegan Travelling: Norderney

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Last weekend I went to the island of Norderney in the North of Germany. I hadn´t been there for decades I guess. I was very lucky despite the weather forecast and the sun was out all the time!

On Friday I took the train to Norddeich Mole and then the ferry to Norderney, the island was crowded as there was a bank holiday weekend in some parts of Germany.

I stayed at the guest house “Inselquartiere Detmold” which was very nice and affordable. I had booked a room for 2 nights with breakfast but as I knew they didn´t serve vegan breakfast I brought my favourite paprika chilli spread which I could store in a fridge there. My room was very nice and I could sleep very well as it was pleasantly calm in that area of Norderney. IMG_2705IMG_2700.jpg

The guest house is situated just a few metres from the beach which was very convenient. In the evening you could just sit there and watch the sunset.IMG_2756IMG_2751.jpg

On Friday evening I went to the city and had a look around. I chose to eat some Thai noodles which were freshly prepared for me, yum!

There are not too many places where you can get vegan food, if you ask for vegan options or soy milk for the coffee the locals may get angry but there are the usual drugstores (Rossmann, Müller) and supermarkets (Edeka) where you can get a lot of vegan products like burgers, spreads, soy or oat or almond milk, vegan chocolate, etc. But you have to hurry, shops close at 6 pm sharp.

Then it was Cocktail time. I especially enjoyed the Rock café with loud hard rock music from the 90s.

On Saturday the Holi Festival was held at the beach. It was nice to have to look and take a couple of photos of the colourful event.

 

On Sunday I wanted to go to the restaurant “Laib und Seele” where I had seen a sign offering vegan meals the day before. But the offer was only valid in the evening – no vegan meals for lunch.

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Instead I went to the bakery “Strandbäcker” – there you can get vegan soups. I had a curry-lentil soup which was delicious but pricey at Euro 5,90. I also ordered a hummus bread roll to take away and could´t believe it cost Euro 4,25!

Conclusion: So if you want to go to Norderney as a vegan be prepared to be not the most welcome guest on the island but there are a couple of survival options and you don´t have to go hungry!

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Apple Blossom Shooting

Apple Blossom Shooting

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it is another busy week with lots of creative assignments for the courses I am currently taking. I am going to tell you more about these courses in one of my next posts. Today is Ascension day that is a holiday in Germany so I had the day off and could enjoy the lovely Spring weather. After a  topless shopping trip to Bad Zwischenahn with my Mini Cooper Convertible and a short visit at my parents´house (it is Father´s day in Germany) I took some photographs in my garden. The apple tree has just started to go into bloom and the cherry tree is still a sight to see so the choice of motifs wasn´t too hard.

Recently I have been very lucky not only have I won access to three fantastic mandala courses by Louise Gale

Please have a look at Louise´s courses here🙂

but I was also gifted with a very interesting photo course by my lovely “Make it in design” classmate Pat Foltz.

Find Pat on IG here

I haven´t had time to go through all of the amazing content of the course

“The Art of seeing”

so far but I had a glimpse and I tried to let this spark flow into my photography today.

These are the results:

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I tried to create a trendy bokeh effect.

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That is all for today! Enjoy this lovely May evening! See ya! x

 

It´s May – time for entertainment and events

It´s May – time for entertainment and events

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For the last six months I have been busy setting up my creative business. I took lots of classes, spent millions of hours in front of the computer in order to learn Adobe Illustrator, created dozens of designs, and now it is time to put it all out into the universe (meaning to you, my customers).

The first event coming up is the “Koffermarkt” (suitcase market) in Oldenburg which will take place next Saturday (7 May 2016). In the lovely scenery of the local theatre Susi´s Cauldron (that´s me) will sell greeting cards, mugs, throw pillows, pouches, mousepads, fabrics, bags, etc. directly out of an old vintage suitcase.

One week later there will be a revival of the little Vegan Café in our garden. My daughter Debbie and me are going to treat you with lots of delicious cakes, muffins, brownies, sandwiches, etc. Let´s hope the weather will be nice for that occasion.

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On 15 May I will be at another garden event (Tag des offenen Gartens), this time at the wonderful garden of Dörte Wemken and her family in Bad Zwischenahn. I can truly recommend you to come there as you will be delighted to see her beautiful plants and animals. Susi´s Cauldron will be there among other artists to promote their products and artworks. Some of the photographs I took there last year were turned into greeting cards or other items.

This is where the garden event will take place!

On 22 May I am going to teach a Chakra Meditation workshop at the Home of Yoga in Rastede, there are still some spaces left.

In case you like food illustrations please have a look at my Instagram page as I am taking part in the #100dayproject for which I chose to draw what I eat everyday. You can find my illustrations  using the hashtag #susisveganfoodillustrations

Please have a look here🙂

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Whatever you do – have a great May and try to get a lot of sunshine!

 

 

Cottage pie – a British classic #veganstyle

Cottage pie – a British classic #veganstyle

If you are a fan of British cuisine, you will know that Cottage pie is a classic!

Here you find our veganized recipe:

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Ingredients:

potatoes (500 gramm per guest)

an onion

a glove of garlic

red lentils

bell pepper

vegan minced meat / soy bits

vegan cheese

margarine

soy milk

optional: mushrooms and zucchini

herbs and spices of your choice

safran

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First peel the potatoes and boil them for about 20 minutes.

Then add some margarine and soy milk to the potatoes and mash them.IMG_2355

While the potatoes cook you can prepare the sauce. Dice the onion, the garlic, and the bell pepper (optional the mushrooms and courgette). Put some olive oil in a sauce pan and roast the veggies gently , then add the vegan minced meat. After a minute you can add some water and the red lentils as well as the spices and herbs of your choice. Now let the lentil simmer for about 5 minutes.

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Now you can put the mashed potatoes in a casserole, then the sauce on top …IMG_2356

and finally the cheese!

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I used ‘Cheesly’ Hard Italian Style and ‘Willemsburger’ grated cheese. The secret very healthy and delicious ingredient today is:

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Safran. Just sprinkle a little bit on top of the cheese.

Then put the casserole in the oven at 180 ° C and after 20 minutes you can indulge!

Bon Appetit!