Peak Performance: The Highest Point of Vienna

On Monday, a friend and I went out for a little hike. Off we went, starting at Nussdorf (the end of the D-line), at times walking along ‘Stadtwanderweg 2‘. I hadn’t been to this corner of Vienna before, so I just followed and roamed. Without knowing it in advance, we made our way to Hermannskogel, the highest natural point in Vienna (542m). There we were greeted by the Habsburgwarte, a nice lookout point and radio station.

What did I have with me for a day on the road? Bringing watermelons isn’t practical, so I went with my default snack – dates with cucumber and red peppers – as well as a banana-apple green smoothie and an apple. In old Tetris fashion, it all fit in my little rucksack πŸ™‚

Oh, and I had a realization. I love hiking, preferably steep and uphill. It is what I grew up with, and it makes me super happy. The hike on Monday reminded me of a hike I did as part of the Woodstock Fruit Festival last year. I climbed the mountain with a bunch of super-fit people, and I did quite well I think. I walked up at a quick pace and ran down most of it. So on Monday I thought to myself:

One day, I will be a mountain runner.

And so I will.

Chiquita Once Knew It: Banana Ripening

I buy a whole lot of bananas, at least compared to the average Austrian. I go and buy them by the case, in the supermarket near me. I get them home (as described in my previous post) with my trolley suitcase. The case of bananas has 16kg now, which gets me through one or two weeks – depending on how much other fruit I can get. This is what one case of banana looks like in my ripening shelf. Honestly, it doesn’t look like much to me any more πŸ™‚

banana-stash

Some of the bananas have brown spots already, but there’s still a lot of green going on. I used to eat them this way, even prefer them green, but now I couldn’t get them down like this. These bananas are still very starchy, and I want the starches to turn into simple sugars first – something that has only happened when spotty and all yellow. And then they digest so easily! So they should look like this:

spotted-banana

Back in the 1940s, Chiquita knew how bananas should be eaten, and their spot was rather famous (as they say themselves):

I’m Chiquita banana and I’ve come to say
Bananas have to ripen in a certain way
When they are fleck’d with brown and have a golden hue
Bananas taste the best and are best for you

You can put them in a salad
You can put them in a pie-aye
Any way you want to eat them
It’s impossible to beat them

But, bananas like the climate of the very, very tropical equator
So you should never put bananas in the refrigerator!

 

Meals on Wheels – Fruitarian Style

Shopping can be really heavy if you buy fruit. I buy bananas by the case (16 kg), and melon season has begun. I can carry 2 smaller watermelons in my backpack – and I often do -, but my back isn’t too happy about it. One of my bike bags broke while transporting watermelons, and my current bike doesn’t have a bicycle rack to begin with. So how can I get food?

Right now I often take my big trolley bag to get food. I can mount a case of bananas on the outside. Or – like today – I can transport a few different melons, apples, mangoes and cucumbers in it. And boxes of chia and hemp seeds. Mission accomplished!

meals-on-wheels

What’s in a Picture?

Do you know what you see in this picture? When I took the picture I thought it looked like a little animal hiding away. A tiny hedgehog of sorts. πŸ™‚

But no. It is a cracked open sweet tamarind. Honestly, I have no idea why humans ever invented candy. Tamarind is the perfect, nature-made candy there is! It is fun to crack open (the “Kinder Surprise” effect), it is super sweet and sticky, and the seeds look like little glass stones. The perfect candy! Needless to say, I ate candy for dinner yesterday.

Standard Breakfast

I’ve never been the biggest fan of banana. In fact, when I started my fruit journey, I detested them. At some point, however, I found out that I can do blended bananas, especially blended with greens. From then on, what I usually eat for breakfast is pretty much the same: bananas blended with greens, topped with berries. I vary the contents slightly. I might take spinach, or lambs lettuce, or just barley grass juice powder. On some days I prefer blueberries, on other days raspberries. The basic idea doesn’t get old.