Monthly Archives: June 2012

Fußball in Stuttgart

Last night was the European Football Championship semi-finals, Germany against Italy. I was excited to be in Stuttgart and watched the first half of the match with the crowd gathered in the Biergarten im Schlossgarten Stuttgart. Unfortunately, the outcome was not in Germany’s favor, but the fans were amazingly spirited.


A few scenes from an evening in Stuttgart, where I’m spending the next few days on a work trip. After a morning of traveling and an afternoon of final preparations, I went for an evening walk in search of a bite to eat. It is properly summery here (ahem, Amsterdam) and everyone was outside to enjoy it. I landed in Weinstube Fröhlich for a dinner of Schwäbische Käsespätzle, which is basically delicious and cheesy. And not at all photogenic. More to come!

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. Seeing The Life and Death of Marina Abramović at the Holland Festival. Just beautiful with the most amazing opening scene (pictured above, via)
2. Adding The Slide Inn to my list of restaurants to try when I next go to Portland
3. Google Street View for hiking trails (via @MarisaBrotman)
4. A recipe for whole wheat brownies
5. Dutch music now in The Guardian
6. A fisherman’s favorite things
7. An overview of styles and trends in food photography (pictured below)

the sound of years

This record player plays slices of wood, translating year ring data into music.

A tree’s year rings are analysed for their strength, thickness and rate of growth. This data serves as basis for a generative process that outputs piano music. It is mapped to a scale which is again defined by the overall appearance of the wood (ranging from dark to light and from strong texture to light texture). The foundation for the music is certainly found in the defined ruleset of programming and hardware setup, but the data acquired from every tree interprets this ruleset very differently.

by Bartholomäus Traubeck

a vist to versailles

Last Sunday, we headed outside of Paris for a visit to the Palace of Versailles with my aunt and uncle. My impression of the historical palace was wrapped up in associations with the royal monarchy, Marie Antoinette, and the French Revolution, but also as the place where the German Empire was founded and the first World War officially brought to an end.

The palace was grant and opulent, a sight worth seeing. But the gardens really stole my heart. It was a perfect summer day and we were all in the mood for a lazy stroll. We spent about six hours in Versailles, but it would have taken at least an entire day to see all the outlying buildings. I am glad we had the chance to go and see this grand monument of history.

a weekend in Paris

A few scenes from our short trip to Paris, a city that so many people love. Our time in the city was sweet. We ate well, shared bottles of wine, and wandered the rainy streets. I even made friends with a dog who literally kissed my feet.

off to Paris

We’re off tomorrow for a long weekend in Paris. It has been over a month since I last crossed the border and I’m eager for a change of sights and sounds. Unfortunately, its high season for my spring allergies, but I hope to survive the Parisian pollens. The occasion for the trip is to meet up with my aunt and uncle, traveling through a few European cities. Amsterdam didn’t make their list, but we were happy to meet them in France!

Photo by Irene S

the everywhere project

The Everywhere Project is a design collaboration initiated by designer and illustrator Adrian Walsh. Inspired by the song ‘I’ve Been Everywhere‘, each of the 92 luggage labels represents one of the 92 locations listed in the song.

via Alyson Brown, the designer behind the Winslow, Arizona tag.

rediscovering the eggplant

Eggplants were never my thing. A few too many experiences with sponge-like failures kept me away from them for most of my life. But, in the past weeks, several eggplants have showed up in our local CSA box and I have given them another try. Marcus and I made up this simple recipe, which makes an easy appetizer or a full meal when served over pasta.

1 eggplant, in 1/4-inch thick slices
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tomato, in thin slices
Parmesan cheese, grated or in thin slices
salt and pepper

Preheat the oven to 400° F. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and minced garlic. Brush onto one side of the eggplant. Add the tomatoes, then the salt and pepper. Spread the Parmesan cheese on top. Place directly on the oven rack, bake for 8-10 minutes. Enjoy!

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. Spotting these woodsy wedding invitations (pictured above, via)
2. Cheering for the German National Team in their first match of the European Championships. A photo gallery of their victory over Portugal.
3. Making honey, ginger sparkling lemonade with rosemary. Delish
4. Downloading the Getty Images Year in Focus 2011 digital book
5. Enjoying a dinner at Bo Cinq with the ladies behind sisterMag
6. Watching the illustrated video The proof that we’re soulmates ❤ (pictured and embedded below)


A film about place and memory, a farmhouse in Japan, and the lives of the people who called it home.

A beautiful short film about John Roderick, an Associated Press reporter in Japan, and his discovery of an old farmhouse in Japan. He and his adopted son Yoshihiro Takishita, an architect and antique dealer, transported and restored the farmhouse in a suburb of Tokyo. Shot just a month after the death of Roderick, the film looks at the memories within the walls of the minka farmhouse (via Ignant).

weekend links

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. I hope you enjoy them as well!

1. Beautiful video This Is Oregon that made me homesick for mountains and dense forests (via Eyes and Edge)
2. A trip to Amsterdam North to try out Stork Restaurant (pictured above, via)
3. A recipe for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Salad (via Eric Carle Blog)
4. Diamond Jubilee paper figures
5. A review of one of my favorite reads this year
6. Infographics to remind me when fruits, vegetables, and herbs are in season (pictured below, via sodapopgirl)


Life lately has been filled with the first signs of summer, taking care of my sick husband, making plans, and spending time outdoors when the sun is shining.

Above: Flowers for my birthday. Below: Lunch on a bread board / Homemade strawberry basil lemonade / Ice cream on a bike ride through the park / A ladybug on my finger / Mini hamburgers for the meat eater / A day at the beach

meals deconstructed

Dishes from the menu of London’s Sketch restaurant, created by chef Pierre Gagnaire, were deconstructed and then reassembled as vertical sculptures by Dutch designers Raw Color. (via)