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Easter Sunday lovin’ – easy pancake recipe

SONY DSCSunday is my favorite day of the week! Not only because I get to sleep in until I can’t sleep no more – but also because it is the day of the week my husband and I take time to prepare a brunch-like breakfast!

I love the slow-pace, musik filled rooms and cozy stay-at-home moments we cherish so much on sundays.

What do you like to do most on a sunday morning? My favorite is making american style pancakes. Yes even for Easter!

I thought I’d share my favorite pancake recipe for normal and chocolate-chip-buckwheat pancakes.Spring pancakes

 Ingredients:

– 1/2 to 3/4 cups of milk (about 120ml)
– 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of vegetable oil (about 25 ml)
– 1 egg
– 1 cup of white flour (140g)    or
– 1/2 cup of buckwheat (70g) and 1/2 cup of white flour (70g)
– 2 teaspoons of baking powder (10g)
– 2 tablespoons of sugar (30g)
– 1/2 teaspoon of salt (2pinches)

How to:

– Beat the milk, oil and egg lightly in a mixing bowl.DSC02257
– Mix the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt separately
– then add the mixture bit by bit to the liquids by stirring just enough to dampen the flour. Do not over mix!
– If wanted, add some chocolate chips to the batter.

Pre-heat a pan and add half butter half vegetable oil to bake the pancakes. Make sure the pan is hot before pouring in the batter. I like to check by sprinkling some drops of water on the pan. If they crackle it’s hot enough!

Bake light brown on both sides, whithout turning them more than once.

Serve with a piece of butter and maple sirup!

Enjoy your Easter Sunday lazy ones – have a happy one and don’t forget: life is a journey!

 

 

Two days in Praha

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For my 30th Birthday my lovely husband took me on a short trip to Prague. Two days of bliss in the capital of the Czech Republic, which is known to be called the golden city. And may I say…this city is truely one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to!

DSC02056Its cultural density is amazing and it is really hard to sum it up in pictures!  City of a thousand faces, Prague has so much to offer! Gothic charm, Baroque awesomeness, old-european to edgy and hip urban flair all wrapped up in one and great coffe and beer! A city I would be happy to return to any time!

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We actually had absolutely no time to prepare for this trip – we just got ourselves a map of the city at the train station upon arrival and headed off for Prague to find us!

I love to travel this way! It is the pure beauty of discovering and getting lost is just part of the plan.

Unfortunately it was extremely cold – which just forced us to make more coffee stops and fuel on delicious food and czech beer – Pils that is!

Here are some of the spots we really enjoyed!

*The classics*

Old town, astronomical clock, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral

The beauty of the old town really struck me. I mean I do after all live in Vienna and we do have pretty amazing architecture around here – but Prague just has such a fairy-tale vibe to it! And don’t get me started on the astronomical clock! It is the oldest still working astronomical clock  in the world and dates back to 1410! I know…I am such a geek 😉 but I love this kinda stuff!classics 3

The stones that build Charles Bridges are polished and smooth – so many people have touched them for good luck. And don’t be fooled by the tourist masses crossing it –  it is indeed a magical place! As we started walking across the sun was shining through thick heavy clowds. But once on the bridge it began to snow a thousand dancing snowflakes! I was just wowed!SONY DSC

The Prague Castle is an absolute must see! It is perched on a hill and can be challenging to get too, especially if you have a lot of walking planed in one day. I therefore recommend you take a tram up to the top of the mountain and wonder down, enjoying the sights on your way. Take tram 22 to Pohořelec and walk downhill. You will reach Hradčany square in about 10 min.

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Let me put it bluntly – with 4 churches, 4 squares and 3 major halls, Pragues castle areal is huuuge! The most important sights however are the St. Vitus cathedral and the main castle entrance (we were lucky enough to see the changing of the guards – pretty awesome especially as the guards were allowed to wear aviator sunglasses – cooooolllness!) with its amazing view over the city! You can even catch a drink or bite at a terrace overlooking it!

Coming into St. Vitus on a sunny day was the most magical sight! The more than beautiful stained glass windows submerged the church in magically sparkling beams of briliant colors! Totally stunning!the classics

Make sure to wander down these whimsical little steps back down to down town!

*Food and beer*

We discovered that Czech traditional food is quite similar to austrian traditional food – meaning heavy and hearty! Not exactely dietary and definitely not vegetarian, but delicious!DSC02064

Eventhough we had not checked out good places to eat before – we stumble across a real gem of traditional food! U Dvor Kocek (menaing The Two Cats), an old beer parlor that exists since 1684 and has great home brewed beer and well priced good food. Highly recommendable!DSC02060

*The edgy*

The area around the TV-tower, in Praha 3 used to be a bit dodgy and mainly inhabited by immigrants. It still is mostly a foreigners neighborhood, but has been taken over by the rockabily, punk and vintage scene bit by bit!We were lucky enough to hang with some locals – I had my ink re-done by my praguer Tatoo-artist Studio Panter, and they were kind enough to take us out for some beers and Slivovice (czech liquor that is!). They showed us some great pubs and places to hit up (like U Marianskeho Obrazu) for some good beer and czech cheese with oil, pepper and bread! Yummm! This area has great vintage shopping and fun bars. Great for a night out!edgyprague

All in all we had an absolute blast in Prague! Have you ever been to Prague? I would love to hear about your experiences and travel tips!

Life is a journey folks, enjoy your travels!

Burlesque it is!

Something you should know about me is that I am an absolute vintage kinda girl! Anything old with patina and I am sure to love it. That’s why my love affaire with burlesque surely does not come as a surprise!

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Here in Vienna, I have the honour of being a more-or-less-regular of the one and only vintage burlesque crew Cirque Rouge. Stumbling across burlesque was more of an accident than an intended hobby. A friend of mine from university called me up one evening and asked me if I felt like being the nights cigaret girl at her second burlesque event in Vienna.

I jumped on the opportunity and have since then developed a love for diving into a whole new world, just for the night! An opportunity to be someone else, change your name, explore your sensuality and be purely feminine.

I have since then deepened my passion for vintage hair stiles, have perfected my make-up skills and collected a variety of vintage costumes.

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I have also moved from being a cigaret girl, to announcing the next act as  stage kitten Shirley Sweetheart to hosting the night as conferenciére Zaya Sutton. Pure bliss to dive into different characters and live a different life – just for the night!

If you feel like experiencing a new kinda of night-life, or have always been a fan of burlesque and happen to be in Vienna, an evening with Cirque Rouge is just the thing! Like them on facebook and make sure to get updated on the next event that will take place 11th of May 2013. Unfortunately for me, my last event was this month. New adventures are now to come!

Maybe shake up Louisvilles burlesque scene? Stay posted!vintage

Life is a journey – you better enjoy the ride guys!

Beginning my blogging journey…

 

Selina in Prague_portraitWelcome to …of Journeys & Roots my personal blog on travels, small and big adventures, life journeys and creating an eclectic life.

I am Selina a German-American, born in Germany and raised in-between. Life has taken me on many journeys, from Munich, Germany to Detroit Michigan, from Paris, France to Bangkok, Thailand, collecting languages and cultural influences on my way. My roots are Sctottish-Polish-Swiss; a weird mixture. Add a bit of hard-working polish blood to the Morrison clan on the quest of the American dream and pair it with Swiss arisocratic blood and out comes an absolute sucker for travels, cultures and an eclectic life!

Life has led me to live in Austria for the past 8 years. I live here with my lovely husand in one of the most beautiful cities in the world: Vienna! Honestly, I absolutely love this city!

Despite the fact that I feel truely blessed to live here, I have gotten homesick. After more than 20 years in Europe, we are moving to the States… this month! And imagine…of all places, we will be moving to Louisville Kentucky! Bourbon and Derby here I come! Talk about a culture clash…from Coffeehouses and Mozart to Bluegrass and Country!

This blog shall accompany me on my big adventure and the quest of my american roots. I will be happy to meet you along the way as well! Please leave a comment – I am curious to meet you!

Life is a journey, come along with me!