Leonidas: More Than Just Chocolate

Leonidas chocolate shop recently opened its doors in the heart of Luxembourg on Grand Rue 99. This famous boutique selling exclusive chocolate pralines,  truffles, orange peel, marzipans, macaroons and other small sweets was located at Station district before moving to this more customer friendly location.

 Leonidas celebrated its official opening a few weeks ago by giving its customers a chance to sample several different kinds of chocolates and enjoy bubbles while having the professional explain the secrets of their products and answer any question the potential customer might have had. Personally I’m a huge fan of anything sweet, and I go crazy when I see chocolate especially. Leonidas didn’t disappoint me with their selections as the delicious flavours of chocolate exploded on my taste buds. My ability to eat chocolate is amazing and I probably tasted each one of the different chocolates available. Finding a favourite was more tricky as they all were really excellent quality and I liked many of them for different reasons. Leonidas’ probably has something for everyone.

Besides buying ready-made assorted chocolate boxes, there is a possibility to pick pieces on your own and customize the box according to your preferences. Leonidas is also a great choice for presents for all different occasions. Their boxes are nicely wrapped, chocolates nicely formed and the taste is mind-blowing.


Now that the location is closer to the city center, I’m sure the shop will enjoy more customers  as the clients can include Leonidas on their city shopping routine in an easier way.

 

Leonidas

86, Grand Rue L-1660 Luxembourg

T: + 352 22 44 50

Let’s Cook Something Luxembourgish!

On June 10th, the morning of my birthday, I attended a show cooking event organized by well-known Luxembourgish chef Anne Faber together with kitchen store Eggo in Howald.
Eggo is specialized in customized kitchens and focuses on creating tailor-made kitchen solutions that are simultaneously fresh, practical, ergonomic, chic and ergonomic. Their store offers multiple models of different styles depending on your taste and budget and is worth of checking out if this topic is relevant to you.

Anne Faber welcomed me and the other guests with a glass of cremant as we arrived at the venue. She had also prepared some cheese biscuits that paired well with sparkling wine. We had some time to mingle around before the actual event started.

The idea of the show cooking was to explore some of her new recipes that are simple and fast to cook for a big crowd of people and yet are tasty to munch away during the Duke’s Day for instance. Summer is an excellent time to invite friends and family over and try out some typical Luxembourgish food which foreigners, such as myself, have very limited knowledge of. These recipes are also going to be part of Anne’s new cook book that’s scheduled to be out some time in autumn. All recipes can be found here.

The first dish we saw being prepared was Mettwurscht Muffins. Preparation didn’t take much time nor seemed to require much of special cooking skills. The key was to throw all ingredients in a bowl, blend and mix everything well together, pour the dough into muffin tins and voila, the mixture was ready to go in to the oven.

The second dish and the main course was Rocking Kachkeis Pasta which was noodles with Kachkeis, German “cook-cheese”, arugula and nuts.  The preparation of this dish wasn’t that complicated either and the end result reminded me of American mac and cheese dish though this was the local version of it. Kachkeis definitely gave a bit of a more intense taste and adding in some arugula and nuts gave a nice touch and balanced out the flavors. This was especially an interesting combination and definitely something I could imagine cooking in winter time. Kachkeis can be bought in any supermarket in Luxembourg.

For dessert we enjoyed some Spiced Orange Crème. I’ve always been a big fan of desserts and quite critical to judge them as well. This version of orange crème was very much like a mousse when it came to consistence and was much better in taste than I expected. I think I was expecting the type of orange crème that was served in my school canteen when I went to primary school and that was nowhere close to what I was eating on that Saturday. The recipe she was using was originally her grandmother’s well-kept secret that she had only recently shared with Anne. This dish required 3 freshly pressed oranges, whipped cream, eggs, sugar and cornstarch; the key was to make the dessert already one day prior to serving it in order to create right texture and soak up the flavors.

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Overall the event was a lot of fun. It wasn’t at all as formal as I had been afraid of but it was in fact, very casual. Anne was cheerful while she was demonstrating how to create these wonderful mouth-watering portions and we even had a chance to come and feel sauces and creams in progress.  Everyone had also a lot of time to talk to one another and make new contacts. I had great time and couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday.

Olliewood Skate Shop Opening

On Friday April 9th, Barefoot in Luxembourg was invited to participate Olliewood’s “housewarming party” in its new location. After operating 19 years inside the “Galerie de Capucins”, the Luxembourgish skating store  had moved up the street to a more visible, brighter and customer friendly location.

Painted in white with a huge window facing towards the street, this new store indeed had indeed changed its looks towards being very fresh and young providing a more exclusive shopping experience. The new place situated just along a busy street of Rue de Capucins, will certainly contribute to a more customer flow due to its visibility. It’s now indeed much easier to stop by to check the latest season trends as the huge shopping window creates the attention of the passers-by.

 The official opening evening was full of people and it was almost impossible to get inside the store. There was a DJ playing through the evening while the clients were busy trying on hoodies, t-shirts, sneakers, caps and checking out skateboards. The personnel was very friendly and patiently advised people and answered any questions anyone had.
I can imagine this shop gaining even more popularity after the change of the location. There is a strong skating community in Luxembourg and a big number of people who simply like the skater style clothes.

 Olliewood

19, rue des Capucins L-1313

Luxembourg-City,

 Opening hours

Monday to Saturday / 10h00 – 18h00

Pictures are courtesy of Olliewood Facebook Page.


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AKABOBUTTEK & NATURWELTEN: new ecological shop in Luxembourg

When it comes to  ecological thinking in terms of providing organic food or eco-friendly products, I feel a bit like Luxembourg is lagging behind in the development of offering these products as compared to many other European countries.

On Friday 31st of March, I was thrilled to attend the opening of AKABOBUTTEK & NATURWELTEN, located in the area on 8 Rue de Bonnevoie. The shop focuses on providing ecologically made products and they have a huge variety of different household textiles and other items (mattresses, carpets, curtains, wooden furniture), yoga wear, men and women’s fashion and accessories,  cosmetics and cleaning products. The owner of the shop has also a “tour bus” and the new shop is in fact an extension of what they were already offering via this bus.

At the opening evening, the boutique was full of customers and the new store crew was warmly welcoming everyone to come and have a closer look to the new establishment. The shop owners also explained to me the philosophy of the store which is based on sustainable development. The idea is to support the developing countries by providing the people better pay for their work. All the products also have a Fair-trade or equivalent certification.

This new shop is ideal for consumers who value environment and are concerned about the inequality of the developing countries. The prices of items are somewhat higher as compared to mass chain stores but the quality is often better and at least one knows that the extra money is given to people who really are in need of it and have earned it. The store itself is also cute and the crew very eager to help and advise.

 

 

Naturwelten Wunnen & Schlofen
8, rue de Bonnevoie
L-1260 Luxembourg-Gare

Opening hours:
Monday 10-18h30
Tuesday -Friday 10-18h30
Saturday 10-18h
Sunday and holidays closed

pictures courtesy of Akabobus 

 

Jenni’s Corner: Apres-Ski with Janette

In terms of weather, March 9th was a perfect day for the women’s magazine Janette to organize an After-ski themed after-work event. It wasn’t too cold to stay outside and the week long rain had finally stopped.
The event took place outside Vinoteca under a huge portable roof which protected us from the cold winter wind. Under the roof, there was an outside bar that sold mainly wine but also some other drinks – they went very well together with a nice selection of different Swiss Cheese that was served on a wooden table on the other corner of the tent.

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I arrived at the venue approximately an hour after the event had started and I noticed that the place was very packed. Small bar tables were surrounded by people who chitchatted with each other while they sipped wine and dipped pieces of bread in melted cheese. Many people praised the quality of cheese fondues and also liked the easy-going music that the live DJ was playing.

I found that the event was perfectly suited for the season and was very well set up. People seemed to be having a good time by posing in front a camera and the place was full of laughter and happiness. The only improvement point would be to think about a bigger location due to the great number of people participating the after-work.

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Thanks Janette for the invitation! I met many people I knew and the alpine like atmosphere made the event very successful!

 

 

Discovering Almdudler, the new drink from Austria

At the end of January, I was invited on behalf of Barefoot in Luxembourg to Paname to discover Almdudler; a carbonated soft drink from Austria which is slowly making its way into Luxembourg.

The brand name Almdudler apparently comes from an old phrase “auf der Alm dudeln” which means singing in the alpine meadows referring to the origins of the beverage’s birth place.
This drink has a long history in Austria and competes with Coca-Cola when it comes to its popularity.

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The after-work event organized at Paname started at 18.00 and the venue was extremely crowded since the biggest part of the location was serving normal guests and only a small part of it was reserved for the private event. I was offered to taste this sugar free herbal lemonade with cremant as a cocktail as well as directly from a bottle. Personally I preferred the cocktail since I’m not a very huge fan of sodas in general. However, for someone consuming a lot of soda, Almdudler could be a great option for a change.  At Paname, Almdudler was served along with funky appetizers and there was a photographer snapping pictures while we, the guests, had a chance to mingle around, talk to each other and exchange opinions.

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The taste of the drink was very sweet and mild but it was very hard to say what Almdudler tasted like. This wasn’t because it tasted artificial or anything, it was rather the fact that it didn’t really have a flavor of any fruit or other substance that I could relate it to.  I would recommend everyone to try it out and see how they liked it. Almdudler that we enjoyed was packed in glass bottles but as far as Luxembourg is concerned, the drink is available in normal plastic bottles and available in any Delhaize supermarket around the country.

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Most bars also have it so next time you are going out, don’t forget to give your taste buds a new experience!

 

Hub Dot Christmas Party: Make Someone Happy

Make Someone Happy was the theme of the last Hub Dot event organized in Luxembourg for the year of 2016. I was very delighted to get a chance to attend to this Hub Dot event again, especially as the theme of helping others, contributing to the society or making a change through volunteering in different associations sounded very appealing to me. Each time Hub Dot events are organized around a specific theme and a handful of speakers are being invited to share their stories within that area of interest.

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This time the event took place on 23 November at the cosy home & deco store STAY – Interior & style  between 19.00 and 21.30. I arrived at the venue shortly after the official starting time and was glad to notice that the place was full of Christmas spirit with beautiful holiday time decorations and other  festive items to be admired. The venue was perfectly chosen to initiate some Christmas atmosphere. There were some cremant and snacks offered upon arrival as well as a colorful dot sticker to pun on the clothes. The dot presented a state of mind of the person choosing it: red meaning establishment in career or business, yellow (Looking for new ideas), green (getting inspiration), blue (socializing), purple (one of the story tellers). The purpose of the dots is to help breaking the ice and make a connection with the other participants in a very informal manner banishing job titles or other (in)visible barriers. The color also helps to identify to whom to talk depending on the desired outcome of the event.

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I found it very easy to mingle around, ask questions and talk to the other women. The event schedule was divided into two sessions of speakers where there was some free  mingle time in between. Each speaker had 90 seconds on the stage which was just enough for them to present themselves and their business without the audience getting to tired to pay attention. As following the theme of the night, all the speakers were somehow involved in making someone’s wish come true; through official organizations, writing a personalized stories for kids, helping refugees on their own, giving counseling in order to help someone towards a right direction in their lives or being the ones receiving help. One lady shared with us how touched she became when she received a free plane ticket for her and her child to go home and visit the family over the Christmas.  Their financial conditions wouldn’t have made it possible otherwise.

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I really enjoyed the whole evening and especially it made me think how easy it is to make someone  a bit more happier. It doesn’t need to be necessarily anything big, expensive or require a big monetary investment nor a huge amount of time. Helping those in need is always beneficial; being it a friend going through difficult times or someone needing some encouragement to change their lives to the desired direction. It makes givers happy while showing receivers that they are valued and taken care of. There are tons of ways to improve someone’s life and we all have tools for it. No magical skills are required, only right attitude, willingness to contribute and attention to the surrounding environment. Let’s make someone a bit more happier on this Christmas!

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