Backhome hostel and other hot spots kuala lumpur

Kuala Lumpur's coolest hostel: BackHome

Yes, we ♡ Berlin. But every now and then we like to wonder the world to look for a bit of adventure and inspiration ourselves. Our marketing team is in Asia right now and just visited BackHome, the #1 coolest hostel in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

BackHome is a boutique hostel, centrally located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur’s historical center. And the design and atmosphere of the place make you want to stay there forever! Laze in their spacious courtyard with a book or free wifi. Enjoy a well deserved meal and sip a lattee at their in-house cafe (called LOKL). Watch a movie in their cinema room. Or socialise and check local hot spot tips with the super friendly staff. Chances are you won’t leave the hostel though. It’s truly a downtown oasis!

And a few hot spot tips for a visit to Kuala Lumpur by the lovely folks of BackHome:

STREETFOOD
Kampung Baru: Malay streetfood Continue reading

easy backpacker recipe – gluten free quinoa salad recipe

easy backpacker recipe - gluten free quinoa salad recipe

Quinoa isn’t a grain, but actually a seed from the Andes, which lacks gluten and is full of antioxidants, proteins and fibres. This salad is a great option after a long day of walking trough the city or any other outdoor activity. Although vegan and gluten free, it is very filling (especially because of the black beans) and nutritious. Therefore it also creates a great base for a good night out or drinks at the Amstel House bar *_* The list of ingredients might scare you a bit, but it is very easy to make as it is a matter of cooking the quinoa and mixing all the ready-to-eat ingredients together.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)

Salad
200 gr quinoa (available in most supermarkets, but in the local organic shop for sure)
small can of black beans
box of cherry tomatoes, cut in half Continue reading

easy backpacker recipe – kale fritatta recipe

easy backpacker recipe - kale fritatta recipe

This is a one-pan recipe. It’s important to use a pan with a non-stick coating, to prevent the bottom of your frittata from burning. A frittata is that kind of dish you can actually make with any ingredients you like (or those left in the fridge), but this is one of our favorites. And since Kale has recently been decleared ‘super food of the year’, you will be doing your body a big favour as well!

 

INGREDIENTS (serves 3-4)
1/2 can of artichokes, drained and chopped
1/2 cup of kale, chopped
hand full of grated parmesan cheese Continue reading

Amstel House Postcards

The Amstel House Postcards are ready and they look great.

The photos were taken by our colleague and photographer Martin Heiden, who chose five berliners scenarios to illustrate them: the memorial “Kiss” at the Berlin Wall; “The Faces” at the East-Side-Gallery, the Boden Museum with the TV tower as background, the view from the Oberbaumbrücke over the river Spree and the Beer supply of Bar in our neighborhood Moabit.

Besides de the Postcards (1€) e also offer stamps and post service =)

Postcard spree Berlin the kiss east side gallery berlin postcard east side gallery postcard berlin beer post card tv tower berlin

easy backpacker recipe – 3 minute salad recipe

easy backpacker recipe 3 minute salad

This salad is fresh, light and easy so perfect for a light lunch or dinner. Moreover, it is a pretty one, combining the pink melon, white feta, purple onion, green mint and black olives. You could either cut the melon and feta in thin slices, like we did, or make it look even more attractive by cutting them in perfect little cubes, creating a chess-board pattern on a plate.

INGREDIENTS (serves 4)
Watermelon, half
Feta, 250 gr
Black olives, 100 gr (we use kalamata) Continue reading

10 most remarkable and important events in the history of Berlin

Kennedy speech card Ich bin ein Berliner
Ok, we can all agree that a LOT happened in Berlin. To study all the major events that took place in our city in 20th century alone could take you years. So we’re not conducting a proper detailed history class here, but we do want to help you prepare for your Berlin trip by sharing what we think are the 10 most remarkable and important events in the history of Berlin.

Berlin and the bear
In the 11th and 12th century two towns were founded along the river Spree; the original Slavic town Berlin and a second town, Cölln. The area came under German rule as part of the Margraviate of Brandeburg, founded by Albert the Bear in 1157. It was Albert the Bear who gave Berlin the bear emblem. The two towns merged formally in 1432 into Berlin-Cölln with a little over 8000 inhabitants at the time.

The Hohenzollerns
In 1415 Frederik I became the first elector and his Hohenzollern descendants would rule Berlin as Kings of Prussia and finally as German emperors 1918. The last Hohenzollern emperor was Kaiser Wilhelm II. Continue reading

easy backpacker recipes – beans ‘n bread recipe

easy backpacker recipes - beans 'n bread recipeCanned beans are cheap and healthy, which makes them very convenient for a backpackers meal. For this recipe we used Limabeans. They contain a lot of minerals, iron and vitamines and you can find them in every supermarket or Turkish market.

INGREDIENTS (serves 2)
350 Gr tomatoes, diced (you can also use canned tomatoes, but we prefer fresh ones)
400 Gr canned Limabeans
100 Gr Feta
1 Lemon Continue reading

Berlin Startup scene & hot spots

Berlin startups coworking

A new start-up is founded every 20 minutes in Berlin. The vibrant atmosphere and cheap cost of living and the sense of community between start-ups is attracting creatives and tech savvy’s from all over the world to Berlin. Get inspired by these Berlin start-ups, learn where to meet them and who knows, maybe one day you will try your luck in the city of possibilities. And if you’re still exploring, come stay with us, we’ll be happy to hook you up with more local initiatives and opportunities throughout Berlin! Continue reading