Spill it Sunday Fun

I generally don’t post on Sundays. Especially not since living in Munich… I never find inspiration during the 2 short days I get to spend in Zurich (if I come home) and also tend to be running around most of the time trying to get laundry done, get to my favourite dance classes and eat foods I miss when I’m not at home. I also try to soak up as much quality time with my friends and family as I can (read: turn night in to day) before leaving on the last train back to Munich.

So after reading Arman’s Spill it Sunday post while munching on my (paleo – it’s becoming a regular thing now) brunch, having finished most of my laundry and begun procrastinating the packing process, I thought it was high time I post on a Sunday. So here are 5 x 5 answers to this week’s fun questions 🙂

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Five facts about….your family!

1. Like Arman I am also Iranian (but we prefer to say Persian… like the cat… meooow). I’m also 1/4 American and 1/4 Austrian, was born in London, grew up in Zurich, currently live in Munich and hope to live in Paris one day, New York again, and Seattle maybe too 🙂

2. For a very long time, I was the only girl among my cousins – a princess if you will (Insert Ecard that I am in love with and will not add again here). When I was 14 though I gave my “sole-princess” title up (happily) and got to share being a princess with the cutest little girl ever (who now also has a sister, so we are three girls all together now 🙂 ) All in all I have 4 cousins on my Mom’s side and 6 on my Dad’s

The oldest of all the cousins :)

The oldest of all the cousins 🙂

 

Candid shot of the girls

Candid shot of the girls

All the boys on my Dad's side

All the boys on my Dad’s side

3. Facebook is a thing in my family. My father comments, my Aunt likes his comment and my Grandmother comments on his comment… my friends think they are “cool” for exactly this reason. I not so much.. the dorky comments do make me laugh though and I appreciate that they take time out of their day to stay in touch with me somehow 🙂

4. I have family all over the world. Must be an awesome Persian thing 😉

5. I’m an only child but always wanted to have an older brother.. I was never able to accept that it isn’t biologically possible.

Five facts about…your childhood!

1. I started with Ballet at a very young age and never stopped! I also forced my friends to dance to my choreographies…(still do)

2. I had every child’s dream: My own pony! Her name was Pebbles and I loved her to bits.. she lived an amazingly long life thanks to my mother’s love and care. I stopped riding when I was about 15 in favour of more dance.

3. Growing up in London gave me a British accent. When I met up with my kindergarten friends for the first time after 10 years the first thing I was told was: Oh my god, you are American now! At least I didn’t have a Swiss accent…

4. I played soccer for a short time during primary school – I was goalie. We had tournaments at school and my dad would help me train.

5. I had extreeeeeeeeeeeemely long hair until I decided to cut them “short” (Read: past shoulder-length) when I was 13. My mother still has heart-attacks when I go to the hairdressers… (my hair have never been shorter than past shoulder-length…)

Five facts about…you + school!

1. I didn’t trust myself to speak fluent German until I went to high school because all my friends knew me as the “English” girl. I learned German perfectly well, but only used it either in class or with my friends at after-school activities. It is still weird to speak German to my friends from primary.

2. I went to a maths and science high school. Imagine the disappointment around me when I decided not to pursue a biology or maths degree but a job in beauty.

3. I was a nerd. I had amazing grades and studied hard to get them – I’m proud of it. I lost a bit of that discipline in my last year of school and hope to find it again at Uni.

4. School lunches were the most social activity ever. When we had 2 hours we would go sit by the lake as soon as it was warm enough. I miss those days.

5. I really loved History and Economics, but didn’t enjoy Economics when I attempted to study it for a semester. I started to despise Maths towards the end although I loved it the other few years of school. I blame this on the teachers… either they inspired me or bored me…

Five facts about...you + travel!

1. I love Paris. It is currently my favourite city.

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2. I have yet to visit much of Asia or Africa. I have also never set foot on Australian or Canadian soil.

3. I really hope to backpack through Europe with some friends soon.

4. Going to Thailand to eat an authentic Panaeng curry would be a dream come true 😉

5. Despite my family living all over the world, I don’t get out of Zurich often. This must change…

Five facts about…your eating style!

1. I was raised vegetarian. I also went vegan shortly because I thought I could then eat more (I am a major volume eater). Lately I’ve been testing the whole Paleo diet and I find it works quite well. I’ve also started to enjoy fish.

2. I’ve been putting bananas in my smoothies and calling it ice cream before it was cool… #hipstermoment #nanaicecream

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3. I could eat tofu curries all day err day

Panaeng Curry

Panaeng Curry #foodporn

4. A week should not pass without eating rice at least once. In true Persian fashion, a meal is NEVER complete without rice.

5. I have recently discovered a love for lemon meringue pie, and I really want to paleofy it so I can enjoy it more often (I try to avoid wheat)

Thanks Arman for hosting! Have a beautiful Sunday everyone.

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

The Hungry Ballerina Review – Nagasui

There are two places in Zürich where people know me by my food order. I walk in, sit down, scan the menu for anything new until the waitress comes to take my order. Barely making a sound, she orders for me, knowing my favourites like the back of her hand..Panaeng Tofu, Papaya salad, Mango Ice Tea and a Sweet and Sour Sesame Tofu..or do you want something different for a change?

Oh it feels good to be famous..oh wait..I’m not. I’m just a sad little girl who likes to eat. The same food. Every week. Sometimes twice. For Lunch and/or Dinner. How about both? It’s just too good NOT to eat like a boring person…!

FOOD, EVERYWHERE!

FOOD, EVERYWHERE!

I feel sorry for myself just by reading the facts..but I justify my frequent visits by alternating between the two sister restaurants, Nagasui and Tiffins. I definitely don’t feel any better about my sad self, when at Tiffins I almost never change my order. It has to be a Panaeng Tofu with vegetables, hold the rice cause I’ll share that, with extra sauce, so I can eat it like a soup (and use up the leftover rice my fellow meal-sharer doesn’t manage ;)). Nagasui is similarly unadventurous, with my usual being what you can read in the opening paragraph.

Unadventurous is actually the wrong word: We’ve actually been going to these two particular places for as long as I can remember and have already tested EVERYTHING on the menu. 15.49 times. I’ve done the sweet and sour fried thing as a kid. I had my Pad Thai and Fried Rice carbo overload times as a young teen. I rotated through the 5 curries on the menu when I was in love with all things coconut. And when I thought coconut milk was fattening (I know, I know..I was very delusional…very sad) I nibbled on “lighter” vergetable stir fries..
The fact that I’ve been going there for, like, ever, gives me the courage to let them know when their standards have dropped and are suddenly no longer up to par (in comparison to previous years..), so if their curry is suddenly watery, I’m the first to tell them. The rice seems old? I tell them.. Too spicy, too hot, too …weird? I want it just right! (Goldilocks-syndrome..) (They are like family to me and never take it the wrong way :). I hope!)

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Being a regular, I don’t want to give you a biased review. Because honestly, I will. The food is great, the places are great, the waiters are fabulouuuus!
So yeah..no, I’m not even going to try. Just go there. Order the papaya salad if you want something fresh. Try the Panaeng if you want to ruin all future Panaengs (it really is that amaaaaazing). And wave if you see me. I’ll wave back.

..Or no, on second thought I would probably forget I told you to wave, and look at you thinking, who is that smiling freak waving and giving me a thumbs up while pointing at their food…?!

Weirdness aside, if you should remember anything from this post, then it’s this: GO THERE.

That is all..

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

P.S I’ve had this post typed up and waiting until I had the pictures. I’m not even going to mention to you how many times I visited the restaurant since writing the first draft, and not once did I manage to take pictures! Tonight, my mom remembered after we devoured the divine feast, and my father managed to snap some quick pictures of what was left…so I hope to update the pictures..eventually 😉