Thoughts on Smoking

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I was with a friend trying out a new burger restaurant in town. It was a gorgeous day, so we sat outside. The restaurant serves healthy burgers and really wholesome food. My veggie friend and I were looking forward to a really nice dinner.

We were sat on benches, across the table from each other. Just after we’d ordered our food, we noticed some young girls looking for a place to sit, then pointing at our table. We motioned for them to come and join us, so they did.

The food was delicious and I was taking my sweet time. However, towards the end of my meal, one of the girls lit up a cigarette and started smoking. I looked over to her and said “I’m still eating. Would you mind not doing that right now please?” They are giggled and bitched in German under their breath.

To my annoyance, the second I put my knife and fork down to finish, they lit up again. I was so angry.

People here just don’t think it’s rude or gross or bad at all to light up around people eating. It affects the taste for me – after all, taste is whatever % smell, right? But it happens so often here. Back in Japan, too, it wasn’t uncommon to have people smoking at the next table along from you. I always put it down to Japanese men being stubborn because most of the time it’s men and not women who smoke.

Germany has this super clean and conscientious image but when it comes to smoking it can be pretty behind the times. A lot of great bars in Frankfurt are let down by there being smokers there. And the one thing I miss the most about British life is being able to go out for a drink and not having stinking jeans and hair afterwards.

I just don’t understand why *I* must be uncomfortable when out eating or drinking just because some people want to smoke. It makes me pretty angry…

Maybe I’m in the minority with this kind of thing and most people just put up with it?

Heroes Premium Burger Frankfurt

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The other week I went with some friends to Heroes Premium burger restaurant in Bornheim – and you know how much I love burgers!

I LOVED the inside of the restaurant – the walls were full of comic book boxes and the staff were sufficiently geeky/hipstery for my liking. The burgers all had awesome names too (even a Luigi burger!!) and they had a lot of vegetarian options so I can’t wait to go again with the boyfriend. My German speaking friends asked if my burger could be wrapped in leaves instead of having a burger bun and when it came the patty was just sat on top of a salad but hey, at least it was wheat free!

The burgers were really tasty, and the chips came in a scoopable shape which made them perfect for trying out all their excellent dips.

Like I said, I can’t wait to go back again because it really was great – so I’d recommend it to all of you of course!

Find Heroes Premium Burgers at Leibnizstr. 13 60316 Frankfurt am Main

Savoy Cabbage?!

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Recently I’m in the habit of going to the farmers’ market every Saturday and buying lots of random veg to cook. On top of this, my flatmates have a “lucky dip” box of veg delivered every Tuesday so I’m often faced with new veg to learn about. With kale being on the way out now, I’m sad I can’t make my kale chips anymore and need a new thing to obsess over.

Enter the savoy cabbage.

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Savoy cabbage can be a little daunting and, well, no one really likes cabbage, right? But this is a thing of beauty! This is a recipe my mum often uses and it’s one of my favourite things.

1. Take some bacon and chop it up into little bits.

2. Fry the bacon in a little oil.

3. Rip the cabbage leaves until they are in small-ish strips.

4. Once the bacon is cooked well, add the cabbage and drizzle a little more oil in the pan.

5. Fry it all, turning it over often, until the cabbage has reduced right down and it cooked through.

ENJOY!

Critical Mass Bike Ride

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One sunny Sunday my flatmates told me there’s a big bike ride happening in Frankfurt, and would I like to join? I love bike rides so I said I’d join up with them after my Japanese – English meetup. I’m so glad I did.

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You see, this wasn’t just any bike ride, this was a Critical-Mass bike ride. Critical-Mass are a group who like cyclists’ rights, and according to German law, when there are lots of bikes together on the road, they can forget the crappy bike paths occasionally laid out for us and act like a car. One massive car. That is made up of 100 cyclists.

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The seasoned members (for there is no leader – otherwise that would be a protest and the police wouldn’t be happy) do their best at blocking cars when we get to junctions so that everyone can pass through without being mowed down. I saw some pretty hardcore moves by them, often milimetres away from crashes.

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But what is it like cycling normally in Frankfurt? Well, it’s ok. I’ve seen worse. But it’s certainly not an ideal situation. Where I live on Kaiserstraße I can get into the centre of town on a nice bike path leading me right there. But at other parts of town you have the choice of joining the scary, honky traffic or being a nuisance to the pedestrians and biking on the path. One part in particular, around the Metropolis cinema, is my worst nightmare. There are bike paths in certain places here too, but none of them seem like safe routes to take.

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So this bike ride was really amazing for me – to be able to bike along the roads freely without worrying about cars getting aggressive is a real treat.

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And the best part? It happens every month! Twice a month, in fact! You can join this bike ride from Alte Opera on the 1st Sunday of each month, from 2pm. And again they have another one the following Friday.

For information about Critical-Mass, check out this link, which is in German.

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