Lena Gercke X adidas

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Hey loves! I just came home from a super busy day at work, many many meetings, a lovely wine tasting afterwards, and last but not least I went to the girls-only adidas Event where Lena Gercke (German model) stood tall for selfies all evening long. In all honestly, I’ve never been the person to love sports since I was a kid and thus it wasn’t a routine at all before – unlike Lena, whom has always been a fitness-geek since she was young. Nevertheless, I try incorporating sports into my weekly calendar as often as possible. I admit it, I often enough need to kick my own ass when it comes to actually doing something – and of course, I don’t manage it daily, I do have days where I feel down and won’t do anything, I do have days where I overeat and feel even worse. I am normal. Yet, I notice I start missing it on the days I don’t do it at all – it allows me to calm down, get away from the busy daily-life and hey – it’s healthy. So when I got the chance to attend the adidas event tonight I was quite excited to have a look at the newest clothes and what pieces the brand presented tonight. Show-stealer was surely the PureBoost X sneacker, which, Lena actually wore herself. Because let’s be honest, working-out becomes so much more fun with a new set of sneakers or a whole new outfit. The event was hosted at Jelmoli here in Zurich, where you can also buy the shoes online – though, Lena wore the new black & salmon colored version (not online yet). Personally, I had an eye on the new superstar editions – I love the classic black and white sneaker, already own a pair (though really need a fresh, clean one!), have the fully gold ones, the black one, and now have an eye one the black ones with a reptile skin touch to it and the grey ones. What are your thoughts, another black (I know my closet could use more color) one or a new color? Decisions, decisions!

On another note, I love the “new” trend of wearing sports wear all day long. I wrote “new” because, really, it’s not new at all. We see celebrities running around in sports clothes since so long, wearing sneakers daily has become a standard and they even work instead of heels paired with a dress (and leather jacket, whilst we’re at it). However, it seems that although this so-called trend is nothing new, it always takes time to arrive in Europe (unless coming from within, of course). I often feel as if once certain trends have been defined in the US, they are most likely to jump over to London first, and, once it’s been generally accepted to work out (or look good, in this regard), it finally hits all other countries.

Now, time to get ready for bed – I really need a few more hours tonight! xo

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Sign of Life

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Good morning from Alicante! I know I’ve been offline the past couple of weeks and I apologize for not updating anything – really though, I’d rather leave my page somewhat empty than fill it with trash. However, I wanted to send a sign of life – yes, I am still alive. Work and uni have kept me extremely busy in the past weeks and now I am finally taking some days off in Alicante (Spain). That being said, I will start regular updates again after my vacation :-)

I am currently spending my days morning till late afternoon on my grandparents boat, whom I am visiting, swimming all day and trying to get in as many tan sessions in as possible! Oh and the food! – We go out for dinner almost daily, and let me tell you I think I gained 100 pounds by eating all this seafood and drinking it down with good wines. Delicious!

I arrived Sunday afternoon and will be leaving tomorrow evening already – short trip it was once again. The weekend then is packed as usual, with a million events happening in Zurich in the upcoming days. Monday I am back to my work and uni routine – so that’s when you’ll hear more of me again. Till then, xo

Beetroot inked Risotto with Apple

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Happy Saturday! It’s finally weekend, which means I actually have time to cook dishes that take more than 15 minutes – or maybe I’m just too lazy during the week. I’ve been wanting risotto all this week for some reason, it just really caught me. Instead of doing the normal risotto as I know it from home, I wanted to be a little more creative. It turned out to be a beetroot inked risotto with apple pieces – and let me tell you, it was fabulous! Thankfully I documented most of the cooking on a little paper so that I can now share with you the recipe.

Today is one of those days were I am cooking for myself – yes, lonely me haha. I normally make risotto for two, or in general almost every recipe. I always have someone eating with me and if not, I usually keep it for the next day. A small prepartion meal so to speak. Now, risotto is one of those meals I do not eat the next day – don’t ask me why, I am sure you can! Somehow it’s one of these dishes though, that I do not eat the next day – maybe it’s the texture after having to re-heat it?

This recipe is there for one (rather large) portion, and you would need to double it accordingly to make two.

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What you need for one portion

¼ of a medium sized onion
80g Risotto

50ml red wine
150ml vegetable broth
50ml beetroot juice
1 medium sized beetroot (pre-cooked)
½ apple
1 ½ – 2 cm fresh ginger
salt & pepper
1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil

about 10-15 min. preparation time and around 20-30 cooking time

What you need for the topping / ie. the apple slice decoration

2 slices of apple (as seen on the pictures)
1 tablespoon agave syrup 

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What to do

1) cut the onion, beetroot and apple into small pieces (makes sure to keep some apple rings if you want to decorate your food)
2) place the olive oil into the pot, together with the onions and risotto
3) make sure to stir it well, so that the onions do not burn and turn dark brown
4) once the risotto is rather see-through in it’s color, add the red wine on top to deglaze it
5) mix the vegetable broth and beetroot juice together, and add about a 1/5 of the juice to the risotto
6) grate the ginger over the pot, add the apple and beetroot pieces and stir it well 
7) once most of the juice is soaked up from the risotto, add another 1/5 to it
8) you do not need to stir it all the time – let it sit and stir it once after adding more juice
9) repeat step 7 until the glass is empty
10) add some salt and pepper to your risotto and try a small spoonful – is it ready yet?

If you want

1) it more spicy
add some more ginger and pepper
2) it less spicy
add some more beetroot juice or 1-2 tablespoons of agave syrup

If you want to decorate your plate a little

1) heat up a small pan with the agave syrup
2) place the apple slices into the pan and let the agave syrup soak up for 2-3 minutes
3) flip the apple slices and repeat the soaking

 

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Voila, now you can

1) decorate your plate and enjoy, or
2) call your guests – bon appétit! 

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As always, I would love to hear your opinion if you’ve tried it out – or, if you have some other great suggestions to spice up the recipe a little more! Make sure to add #StylePhantomrecipes when reposting it on Instragram or linking up your version of it, so that I don’t miss out on your creation. :)

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Birthday Dinner at Kronenhalle, Zurich

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TGIF! Though actually, the  week has passed by so fast – once again! It’s unbelievable how the time just passes at such a pace. I swear, every sunday I think to myself “not again, monday tomorrow”. And as soon as the week starts, it’s basically over again. I love that though, and I guess that comes from me enjoying my job as much as I do – there is surely nothing worse than not liking what you do or just being bored. I couldn’t not do anything the whole week!

Monday night I promised to show you a few pictures of my birthday dinner. Now it’s friday already, sorry! Like I, most likely, mentioned earlier: the food was absolutely amazing! My dad surprised me by taking me out to the restaurant Kronenhalle in Zurich. It is one of the eldest in town and the reason being must be the quality. The food tasted enormously good – I still drewl on the thought of it. The service was spectacular – havn’t seen aynthing like it in Zurich so far! Obviously, I had to have some meat again, haha. Regarding the fact that I used to be a vegetarian for 3, almost 4 years, no one that knows me can actually believe that I basically live off of meat now. I have the feeling it fills me the most and provides me with the energy needed for the day ahead. I normally only have meat during the week at lunch time. At home I cook full-on vegetarian or even vegan at night (got to keep it all in balance!).

The birthday evening started off with brilliant white champagne, followed by a beet-apple-horseradish salade as a starter, deer-filets with red cabbage, rice, dates, grapes and smored apples as my main dish, some Moneterè (Valpolicella Ripasso 2012) red wine on the side and an espresso whilst trying to digest on what seems to have filled me over my limits previously haha. I also took a few photos of my dad’s food, though ended up making much less photos than I had planned. I didn’t even manage to get a picture of myself haha. And trust me, afterwards I was way too full, to think about anything further. So for anyone wanting a nice, chic restaurant with some french flair, I highly, highly recommend the Kronenhalle in Zurich.

That night I also decided that I want to try out a new restaurant atleast every month, to get to know more places around and in the city. Do you have any recommendations? It doesn’t matter what type of food or restaurant – I am open to (almost) everything! Tonight I will have another lovely late-birthday dinner with a friend. Next week friday I shall celebrate with the whole family (parents, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins – big crowd!) – absolutely looking forward to seeing them all again after such a long time!

Now off I go – work doesn’t stop and money doesn’t sleep haha. Have a great day everyone!

 

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Drinking with Style

Call me a drinker, an addict, an alcoholic – or, call me human. Of course I don’t drink every day and I know that alcohol surely is not the healthiest drink out there. To be fully honest though, I think a great glass of wine can round up and accentuate a meal like nothing else. I love having my glass of white wine next to my truffle-pasta, my glass of red wine to go along with the roast beef or a glass of rosé on a chill evening at the lake with my friends. What I do not do, is drink by myself. As much as I enjoy drinking a glass at a nice evening with good food, I never drink at home when I’m by myself.

Now that I’ve spoken so unnecessarily much about drinking, I’ll get to the point of this post: drinking with style. Style is a huge factor in my life. Whether it comes down to my clothing, my food, which I always try to nicely arrange, or my apartment, I love living in style. Surely, I do have things from IKEA and my apartment is definitely not a designer-piece in itself, but I do try to buy everything for it to harmonize. My style is surely not everyone’s style – therefore called personal style – though I would say it’s not too bad. I love Swedish interior design, mixing antique with modern pieces and vice versa.

My newest buy: wine glasses (getting back to the drinking topic). Prior to my new glasses, I had white wine glasses from IKEA. Not bad looking at all – they were absolutely fine and did their job. After a short time though, I was left with two from six glasses – they break way too easily. So it was clearly time to buy new white wine glasses. Yes I keep saying white wine glasses and differentiating it from red wine glasses, as white wine glasses are usually narrower and smaller in size. I had been looking for new glasses weeks now, though did not want the regular supermarket ones.

Now that I have my first apartment, I try to invest into my buys. Slowly but surely my style has evolved to a point, and been there for quite a few years, where I feel safe investing into it.

One brand I love is Villeroy & Boch. They have amazing cutlery, plates, glasses, … – you name it!  I’ve been love-eyeing with these glasses for a while, though really did not want to spend so much money on one single glass. Remember, you need at least six to eight glasses, if you really want ones to keep a bit longer. Also, I think its important to have a certain number of the same glasses, in case guests come.

I fell in love with these glasses and fell in love in a second round, when I saw they were on sale. I only paid a third of the price per glass – now is that not a great deal? I immediately had to buy them, eight of them. Now I cannot wait for my mother to come visit me here in Zurich – she is bringing some bottles of wine to store (remember, I always want to be able to serve good wine with dinner for guests) – meaning we can use the glasses first time round this weekend. I feel almost silly getting so excited about this – is it normal to be so happy to have invested into wine glasses? I surely hope I’m not the only one out there. What have you in invested in last? Do you invest money into these kind of things?

I wish you all a wonderful remaining day and a great start into the week!

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