Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Ok, I'm back

I'll start with a coincidence.  Shawn and I went to Karstadt to look for a winter coat for him. We were not successful in finding a coat, but it made us decide that I should knit him a warmer scarf, so we went to the crafts section of the store to look at yarn. Lo and behold...
 These yarns were right next to each other on the shelves! Sister yarn!!
We didn't end up buying any yarn that day, but I am really glad that we went and looked.

And now for some food photos:

Feb 5th: Cinnamon rolls from the Vegan Brunch cookbook

Feb 13th: Brunch with my tofu scramble, oven roasted potatoes,
and zucchini muffin from Vegan Brunch.

Feb 14th: Valentine's Day dessert of coconut custard pie
from Veganomicon, with strawberries

I guess my photos are too big so it's not letting me put up any more at the moment, but I have plenty more for the next post. 

I have been taking a German class for over a month now, and it's going very well. I go there every weekday, from 12:15 to 3:30 pm. My class has about 20 students total but there are usually 16 of us on any given day. It's a large class but it's great to have classmates from all over the world.  Together we represent Vietnam, Japan, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, Bulgaria, Poland, Serbia, England, Spain, Mexico, and of course the U.S.  It's great to be learning German so that I can actually start understanding and communicating in the city I live in!

A couple weeks ago I decided that I should buy some vitamin B-12 and calcium, so I went to Veni Vidi Vegi to get them in order to make sure that they would be from vegan sources.  When I asked if I could buy them there, the shopkeeper responded, "of course, they're in the fruits and vegetables and other foods in the store." That wasn't really the answer I was looking for, so I inquired where else I could go to find vegan vitamins and he told me I could buy them at the Apotheke.  I was thrilled that I was able to have that conversation in German! 

The Apotheke I went to was fabulous. It looked very old fashioned and I was helped by the nicest pharmacist I have ever encountered.  He took his time looking through the B-12 and calcium they sold and came up with a liquid form of B-12 (because the tablets contained lactose) in small glass capsules (which he instructed me on how to break open carefully) and calcium tablets that would dissolve in water like Airborne.  His kindness and helpfulness astounded me and I left smiling from ear to ear with my normally boring purchase.

I love this city.


  1. That is so weird/ awesome that you found that amara/riana yarn! All your food looks amazing , as usual. I am so glad things are going well! I need to update my blog haha.

  2. The yarn thing is pretty nuts!!!