Lunch at “Academie der schönsten Künste”

Hi guys!

I hope you’re enjoying this long Easter weekend. I can’t believe how lovely the weather was today. Unfortunately, it’s supposed to rain tomorrow. And the day after. And the day after that… Well, if you’re in need of a place for a nice breakfast or lunch in order to hide while it’s raining cats and dogs, you should try “Academie der schönsten Künste” at Charlottenplatz!

Akademie der schönsten Künste


This place has been around since the 70s – in those days it was known as “Bernd’s Lädle”. Ever since it has been an institution when it comes to French style breakfast and a cozy atmosphere. Even today, artists, students, business people, and freelancers meet at “Academie der schönsten Künste”.

Recently, I met my friend Julia there for lunch and I wanted to share my fond feelings for this place with you guys. Let’s have a look inside:

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You fall in love with “Academie der schönsten Künste” right when you enter. Look at all the artwork on the walls and the ceiling! My favorite is the mermaid/fishbone that is hanging from the wall in the center! Smiley mit geöffnetem Mund

Akademie der schönsten Künste

In addition to all the art, they also offer a nice lunch menu. It comes with a side salad…

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… a main course (of course Smiley) – in my case pancakes stuffed with mushrooms:

Akademie der schönsten Künste


… and a dessert! Hmmmmmm, yummy.

Akademie der schönsten Künste
In summer you can also sit outside, at the back of the building. But I have to admit, I prefer sitting inside, in between all the paintings. Makes me feel like a little bit of an artist myself Zwinkerndes Smiley

More information about:

Academie der schönsten Künste (only in German)

 

!Hasta la próxima, Café Chiquilin!

I never knew I am a fan of Argentinian food (actually, I never visited an Argentinian restaurant intentionally in the past) but now I am sure of it. What brought me to it, you ask? My evening at the new Café Chiquilin in Stuttgart-West.

Chiquilin in Stuttgart-West

Actually, I have spent a whole Latin-American evening on that day. After work, I went to see the movie “!No!” with my friend Katja. It’s about the referendum in Chile, dictator Pinochet was forced to allow due to international pressure in 1988. The movie tells the tale of the marketing guy who was responsible for the campaign against Pinochet. A very interesting pice of art, I can highly recommend it!

We left the cinema with empty stomachs and as I had read something about a new Argentinian restaurant in the Stuttgarter Zeitung a few days before, we decided to go there. The Chiquilin is a cute place with black and white tiles and an old gramophone in the corner.

Black and white tiles and a gramophone

Inside Café Chiquilin

The menu offers genuine Argentinian food – at least that what my friend told me as she had lived in Latin America for a while.. 🙂

We both took Empanadas (little dough rolls) filled with spinach and cheese and I had a soup with sweet potatoes (Cazuela de batata) as well. Yummy!

Yummy Empanadas

Cazuela de batata

Katja made sure we had “Alfajor de Maizena” (two cookies with Dulce de Leche in the middle) for dessert because she loved them when she lived overseas.

Our dessert: Alfajor de Maizena

Next to the nice food, Chiquilin offer special events from time to time: Argentinian movie nights and live music.

Another fun fact about this place: “Chiquilin” means something like cheeky monkey… And here’s the explanation the owner gave me for this name:

“In the Tango “Cafetín the Buenos Aires” (Little Café of Buenos Aires) a man looks back and remembers the small neighbourhood café in Buenos Aires, a microcosm of the world which as a curios little boy (CHIQUILÍN) he first saw with his nose pressed against the cold window pane… ” : you taught me to smoke, to drink, to gamble… it is there that I first learned to dream, to believe in true love…”.

Take a look at the incredible lyrics of this song:

“As a little kid I looked at you from outside
as at those things you never make your own…
My nose up flat on your window
in its icy blue demeanor,
that only became my own
later on, when I’d lived a little…
Like a school that teaches all things,
you gave to the astonished boy that I was
a nice good smoke,
faith in my dreams,
and a hopefulness for love…”

Another beautiful tango is “Chiquilín de bachin”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPfm2c7iq-8&playnext=1&list=PL_ekn6EU-OJ8W-QY2neZS4bsoQok2kiL8&feature=results_main

We just loved the word Chiquilín which is especially used in Uruguay and Argentina and means sweet but cheeky little kid.”

More information about:

Café Chiquilin (only in German)

Jazz in Stuttgart

Lately, I’ve rediscovered my interest in Jazz. I kind of grew up with Jazz music as my dad listened to it all the time when I was a kid but then I’ve lost the connection. But when I accompanied my mum and dad to an “Introduction to Jazz”  at  The State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart with the wonderful Alexander ‘Sandi’ Kuhn last December, I was into it again.

When you want to listen to world class Jazz music in Stuttgart, there’s a place you should check out: the BIX Jazzclub at Leonhardsplatz.

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It’s an institution in Stuttgart since it opened its doors in 2006. Regional as well as famous international musicians perform at BIX every week and this club also partner of several festivals and events like the jazzopen for example.

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I went there for the first time a few weeks ago with some friends to see the group “Soul Diamonds”. My friend Miri has seen them a few times before and recommended them strongly. And what can I say, she was right.

Soul Diamonds are what you call an “All-Stars-Band”, a combination of musicians with different backgrounds. They play well known songs but also impressive improvisations.

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At that night, I fell in love with Fola Dadas voice and the magic, Klaus Graf can perform with his saxophone. What a great band.

If you want to see them, too, you’ve got the chance to do so at the 17th of April. Even though you won’t be able to get a table anymore(those are booked out within days!), normal tickets are still available.

More information about:

BIX Jazzclub (only in German)

Soul Diamonds (only in German)

3 things you should know about Open Air Cinemas in Germany

This temperature is just perfect for sitting outside till late at night. So why not watch a movie while doing so?? 😉

I’ve been to the Open Air Cinema in Ludwigsburg last week. I have to admit, I’ve never been there before, and I really missed out on something the last 30 years… They have put up this huge screen in the courtyard of the Karlskaserne, so the ambiance it quite nice by itself.

Open Air Cineama / Sommernachtskino in Ludwigsburg

Panorama of Open Air Cinema in Ludwigsburg

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But I noticed three things, I want to talk about with you guys…

1.) Reservations

Better be at the Open Air Cinema early. Because as we are Germans, we are very territorial when it comes to reserving seats… Yes. We even reserve seats at the cinema (at least when it’s an open air one) and if we don’t have towels at hand, we don’t mind using pillows, bags or whatever is present…

Reserved seats at Open Air Cinema Ludwigsburg

Reserved seats at Sommernachtskino Ludwigsburg

😀

2.) Don’t be astonished when you have to order popcorn in liters.

At least when visiting the Open Air Cinema in Ludwigsburg, you can be faced with this…

3 liters of popcorn, please...

I ordered 3 liters but actually, I was a bit disappointed. I thought, I’ll get a bigger bag… But they tasted extraordinary good, I have to say!

Happy with popcorn

So let the film begin! I am ready!

Popcorn and Open Air Cinema in Ludwigsburg

3.) You should not mind that they show only movies in German…

We watched Die Kirche bleibt im Dorf, which is a German saying that translates literally into “The church will stay in the village”. The actors spoke with Swabian accent which was quite funny to watch as you don’t hear our accent in movies very often 🙂

I checked their program and unfortunately all of the movies they show until the 11th of August are in German. So if you want to go, you should either understand German or be interested in listening to it…

But I can definitely recommend going. I liked the atmosphere of watching a movie under the dark sky of a summer night…

Sommernachtskino Open Air Ludwigsburg 2013

More information about:

Sommernachts Open Air Kino Ludwigsburg 2013 (only in German)

A posh festival and fun in the fountain

As we are still waiting for some of the pictures of our wedding, I will write about something else until I put up posts about our big day. And there are many things happening in and around Stuttgart these days. It feels like I am emerging from the whole wedding preparation thing into real life 🙂 And it feels nice to finally be a part of what’s going on again! 😀

I have missed a lot of festivals in Stuttgart this year. But one is taking place this weekend and Moritz and I used this lovely afternoon today to stroll over the Sommerfest (Summer festival).

Sommerfest Stuttgart 2013

It was once planned as a one time event after the Bicycle World Cup in 1991. But as it was a great success, it became an annual thing. Until Sunday, 4th of August, you’ll find its white tents at Schlossplatz…

Sommerfest on Königstrasse in Stuttgart

Sommerfest in front of the new castle in Stuttgart

…but mainly in front of the opera house, all around the Ecksee:

Sommerfest in front of the opera house in Stuttgart

Tents around the Ecksee

As they are opening the festival this evening, not all of the businesses had their tents ready when we were there around 4 pm. But we were not hungry so it was no big deal. We simply had a fruit smoothie and were quite happy 🙂

Moritz ordering smoothies at Sommerfest Stuttgart

Selection of fruit smoothies

Enjoying our fruit smoothies at the Ecksee

We strolled around a little longer, but as it was such a lovely hot day today, I felt like a quick refreshment. And what do you have fountains for in Stuttgart?!

Refreshing yourself under the fountain in Stuttgart

Having fun under the fountain in Stuttgart

Standing in the fountain at Schlossplatz

On the last pic you see me splashing water at Moritz, seconds before I noticed it’s my camera he’s holding… 😀

I have to admit, that the Sommerfest isn’t my favorite festival in Stuttgart. It is a bit too posh for my taste. For example, here you don’t just eat pizza, you’ll have a  “Pizza Gourmet”!

At the Sommerfest, you don't want to eat normal pizza - you'll have a pizza gourmet!

True story! 😉

Plus, I always feel a bit sad for the ducks that live in Ecksee… Especially as they have babies right now…

Ducks swimming in Ecksee.

On the other hand it’s nice to see the Schlossgarten with all the white tents and a festival is a festival and festivals are always nice to visit – especially when you have such great weather as we will this weekend! 🙂 So: Don’t mind my words and just go! 🙂

More information about:

Sommerfest Stuttgart / Stuttgart Summer Festival 2013

When a (Silent) Friday falls on a thursday…

… then we are talking about a very special and wonderful event in Stuttgart. In a very relaxing atmosphere, with pillows on the floor and dimmed light, the Silent Friday presents experimental performances and different types of music. It’s a shame that this event won’t be around for much longer in its former way…

I went to the last Silent Friday that is organised every month last thursday. And that’s the first thing I love about this event: despite its name, it takes place on a thursday! 🙂

It was held in the Theater Merlin in Stuttgart-West. Five different performances were awaiting us, from acoustic music over some asian dance meditation to Swedish dance music and relaxing singer-songwriter tunes.

The entrance to Merlin in Stuttgart-West

We were happy that we arrived early enough to get some pillows 🙂

Relaxing on pillows at the floor during Silent Friday at Merlin

The evening started with a band playing acoustic music. What followed was hard to comprehend – and is even harder to explain to you guys…: a girl doing some asian “dance meditation performance”.

Some performances leave you clueless

Well, but that’s the great thing about Silent Fridays: They always confront you with a new type of art. You don’t have to become a fan of it but you should be open and respectful towards the artist. And that’s what the Silent-Friday-audience usually is.

Now it was time for the singer and songwriter Kid Decker, who enchanted us with his tunes. After we had snuggled in our pillows for a while by now, the Swedish band MOMOFOKO made us push the cushions away and get to our feed: it was time to dance!

A "not so silent" Silent Friday moment

It was around midnight by now and it was time for us to leave. So we only saw the beginning of the Performance of “Owls of the Swamp” – quite a pity because we really liked what we heard: soft indie-folk. Luckily one of my friends got his CD 🙂

Listening to indie-folk

It is really sad that I found out about this great event just before it isn’t held in it’s regular way. Nevertheless you still have the chance to visit a Silent Friday. You only have to wait till autumn, but then it’s supposed to come back.

Another great fact about Silent Fridays: The singers and artists are very down to earth and you can talk to them in the breaks between the performances. I had a very nice chat with Pete Uhlenbruch form Owls of the Swamp.

Chatting to Pete Uhlenbruch from Owls of the swamp

More information about:

Silent Friday (only in German)

Merlin (only in German)

MOMOFOKO

Kid Decker

Owls of the Swamp

!Hasta la próxima, Café Chiquilin!

I never knew I am a fan of Argentinian food (actually, I never visited an Argentinian restaurant intentionally in the past) but now I am sure of it. What brought me to it, you ask? My evening at the new Café Chiquilin in Stuttgart-West.

Chiquilin in Stuttgart-West

Actually, I have spent a whole Latin-American evening on that day. After work, I went to see the movie “!No!” with my friend Katja. It’s about the referendum in Chile, dictator Pinochet was forced to allow due to international pressure in 1988. The movie tells the tale of the marketing guy who was responsible for the campaign against Pinochet. A very interesting pice of art, I can highly recommend it!

We left the cinema with empty stomachs and as I had read something about a new Argentinian restaurant in the Stuttgarter Zeitung a few days before, we decided to go there. The Chiquilin is a cute place with black and white tiles and an old gramophone in the corner.

Black and white tiles and a gramophone

Inside Café Chiquilin

The menu offers genuine Argentinian food – at least that what my friend told me as she had lived in Latin America for a while.. 🙂

We both took Empanadas (little dough rolls) filled with spinach and cheese and I had a soup with sweet potatoes (Cazuela de batata) as well. Yummy!

Yummy Empanadas

Cazuela de batata

Katja made sure we had “Alfajor de Maizena” (two cookies with Dulce de Leche in the middle) for dessert because she loved them when she lived overseas.

Our dessert: Alfajor de Maizena

Next to the nice food, Chiquilin offer special events from time to time: Argentinian movie nights and live music.

Another fun fact about this place: “Chiquilin” means something like cheeky monkey… And here’s the explanation the owner gave me for this name:

“In the Tango “Cafetín the Buenos Aires” (Little Café of Buenos Aires) a man looks back and remembers the small neighbourhood café in Buenos Aires, a microcosm of the world which as a curios little boy (CHIQUILÍN) he first saw with his nose pressed against the cold window pane… ” : you taught me to smoke, to drink, to gamble… it is there that I first learned to dream, to believe in true love…”.

Take a look at the incredible lyrics of this song:

“As a little kid I looked at you from outside
as at those things you never make your own…
My nose up flat on your window
in its icy blue demeanor,
that only became my own
later on, when I’d lived a little…
Like a school that teaches all things,
you gave to the astonished boy that I was
a nice good smoke,
faith in my dreams,
and a hopefulness for love…”

Another beautiful tango is “Chiquilín de bachin”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPfm2c7iq-8&playnext=1&list=PL_ekn6EU-OJ8W-QY2neZS4bsoQok2kiL8&feature=results_main

We just loved the word Chiquilín which is especially used in Uruguay and Argentina and means sweet but cheeky little kid.”

More information about:

Café Chiquilin (only in German)