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Hello Fresh : Delivered ingredients for easy and delicious dinners at home!

Maintaining a social life in 2021 is getting tough. Bars, restaurants are still closed pretty much everywhere and “ Friday night fever” got transformed into “ a quiet dinner”.  Depending where you’re living, on the country you live in,  some of us are facing have a strict curfews, but either way or just and being a busy expat does not help when it comes to it’s about our grocery shopping! Worry not as we have a solution for you: It’s time to introduce you to our partner HelloFresh!

HelloFresh, offers  you a box full of fresh ingredients to easily prepare delicious meals delivered right to your doorstep!, and all delivered to your home! Each week, you can choose from an array of  16 tasty recipes developed by their culinary team.

Whether you don’t have time for If you have no time for grocery shopping , don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen,  or have kids who are picky? HelloFresh offers you different types of boxes that will meet your needs and preferences.

Also, every expat who has spent a little time abroad knows  the struggle  of  searching for the right ingredients, only to find it’s unavailable – or unrecognisable – in their adopted country. How frustrating can this be it is! 😉

 This concept is also great for anyone who has trouble following recipes, because every ingredient and spice is included premeasured.. there’s literally no way chance you can put more or less of anything in.So why not nurture your inner chef with the help of HelloFresh?Just be sure to follow the recipe – always available in English – and you’ll be impressing your friends with your Master Chef grill skills in no time.  

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If you are still a bit sceptical about these mealthesethose meal kits and have some doubts reservations about the origin of where their products are coming from,  worry not,No worry,  because all the ingredients are fresh and directly from the producers .

To celebrate our new collaboration with HelloFresh, we would like to offer you a 55€ discount on your first orders (25€ on the first order, then 20€ on the second, and then 10€) 

How can you to take advantage of Apéros Frenchies x HelloFresh discount? 

Simply click on this link here: HelloFresh and add the promo code: APEROSFRENCHIES55. Make your meals selection … and you’ll receive your box within a few days!  

BON APPETIT ! 

The dating life of an expat (Part I)

The dating topic is probably one of the most interesting ones when you are an expat. We all know that the realities of dating abroad are more difficult than they might seem,  and on top of that the COVID-19 situation does not help. So, if you are fully experiencing these right now, this article is for you!

In this first article we will talk about the 1st type: An expat moving abroad single and alone. This one is probably one of the most common cases!

To date or not to date, that’s the question!

You are having fun and you love your new adopted city, your friends, your work, and your lifestyle. But, at the same time, you see your friends back home getting engaged, moving together, having kids, while you just picture yourself at the bar with a bunch of friends sipping your 3rd Margarita. (ok that was before COVID but it works as well with your friends at home) 😉  You are now facing the loneliness feeling as you start wondering about your situation. And it’s a NORMAL feeling, don’t worry!

So you might start using some dating apps such as Bumble, Tinder, Hinge.. or by coming to our networking events Apéros Frenchies hoping to have a crush on someone! (Yes we know!)

And  it happens! Sometimes it comes fast, sometimes it takes time. But the struggle goes on when this person is from another country especially.. your crush doesn’t have the same “dating language”  as you… and  C’est la catastrophe

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Perhaps, we learn at school how to speak another foreign language but we don’t’ learn how to speak another foreign heart language!  And especially this lockdown situation pretty much everywhere, it doesn’t  make things easier, since restaurants and bars are closed!

How does it work? Do we have to meet for dinner or an ice cream? Do we have to play it fancy or cool? Should we invite them to our place?  

Bref, so many questions that nobody really knows how to answer but that we all ask ourselves before even trying out the relationship!  

  • After a few texts you will more or less understand  what your crush is feeling! She/He wants to meet you at her/his place but you don’t feel confident enough, just say it and offer him/her to grab a take away coffee downtown.

 

  • Another situation: you feel like inviting him/ her to your place and this other person sounds up for it. Parfait!  As a french person I would obviously advise to have some good wine in your cellar/fridge 😉  But also.. to prepare a casual nice dinner sans pretention. In case the date goes well!  For example,  try  HelloFresh :You pick in advance which menu you want to receive depending on what you like .. and they deliver  all the ingredients + recipe at your place! It’s perfect when you are in a rush or if there is a curfew! 😉  

 If you are freaking out to meet with this person alone, and you prefer to be in your comfort zone with friends, what about inviting this person for some drinks in a park with your friends, or do some hiking somewhere with them too?   Honestly possibilities are limited right now but there are still some! If it goes well,  you‘ll feel safer and better to meet in person the next time, plus you may get your friends’ approval  (which is not THE most important,  but still, it matters!)  If it goes wrong, it would be just a funny memory you’ll talk about with your friends in the future! 😉 

In conclusion, follow your instinct, go with the flow and don’t pretend to be someone you are not just because you’re afraid they don’t like you. One day they will figure it out anyway!  Good luck! 

How to make a Gin Basil Smash at home?

Reading, working out, and cooking… a lot of us have discovered some new skills during this lockdown. Even if your days are similar, your Apéro beverage doesn’t have to be! It’s time to try new evening saveurs and allow your mind to escape to warmer days, with this Gin Basil Smash tutorial ..

If you’re an unofficial card-carrying member of the Apéros Frenchies crew, we can safely assume you do not need a refresher on the definition of L’Apéro.

If you need a remember of what is an Apéro, it’s time to check out our dedicated  article : But Wait! What even is an ‘Apéro’…?, we explain everything about it!  Now let’s come back to our lockdown routine, where we all miss our local bars, our favorite cocktails but most of all those incredible moments we shared with our friends, colleagues or family while siping a  good fresh drink…

Feeling nostalgic now? Here we go!  But hey, that wasn’t the point, we just want keep it positive. If this lockdown showed us how to improve our cooking, DIY skills or even work out skills, we can also most probably start to learn some bartending skills isn’t it?

This is why, after asking you on Instagram, which cocktail do you miss the most,  we selected for you a special one to do at home with only few ingredients : The Gin Basil Smash!

This has got to be one of my favorite cocktails and it’s all thanks to Jörg Meyer who owns Le Lion in Hamburg. Jörg created this masterpiece back in 2008 after being inspired by the Whisky Smash. The Gin Basil Smash is basically an alternative take on the gin mojito that swaps the mint for muddled basil, but it’s definitely in a league of its own. 

What do you need?

– 50ml of Citadelle Gin

– 1 bunch basil leaves (if in doubt as to how much, go heavy on the basil)

– 20ml fresh lemon juice

– 15ml sugar syrup (optional)

– Ice cubes

Cocktail shaker (or thermos)

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1- Place basil and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker (you can also use a thermos if you don’t have any shaker)

2- Squizz 20ml of lemons

3- Gently muddle the lemon and basil “smashing” the ingredients into the shaker.

4- Add  60 ml of Citadelle gin and top up with ice

5- Shake vigorously

6-  Double strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

7- Garnish with basil leaves and flowers

Et voilà ! Santé! Don’t hesitate to share your creation with us on Instagram @aperos_frenchies!

You can fin our video on our IGTV !

Drink responsibly. 

Where to buy some Citadelle Gin? 

In Germany: Here

In UK: Here

In France: Here

In Netherlands: Here

 

5 Tips to Handle Those Expat Blues 

The expat blues are probably at the epicenter of peoples worries when moving abroad. However, at least in our opinion, this is still seen as a taboo that nobody really wants to bring up. As usual, Apéros Frenchies has your back!  today, I decided to share some top tips with you guys based on my experience regarding this incredible but also not easy journey of being an expat.  Hopefully these tips to handles those expat blues will help you to get through this difficult time!

 

We often move to a new country by ourselves and most often for a job opportunity. We say goodbye to our family, our friends and we jump into a new adventure not knowing exactly how long it will last. But keep in mind that this is an exciting feeling and that’s the reason why we are doing it after all, embrace the adventure and keep in mind that expat blues is part of the journey!

1 – Open your heart to a new relationship

Have you ever noticed that people are usually more open minded in your new adopted country than back home? The expat syndrome is contagious!

When we live abroad, we usually leave everyone behind and start a new life. We don’t have our family, our best mates or ex classmates to hang out with anymore. It’s hard to socialise and make real connections. So, if you don’t take this opportunity to open your heart to unknown people, you can possibly end up by yourself at home feeling this expat blues. (And this is probably not what you are looking for! 😉 

Why not go for some drinks with your colleagues afterwork and take this opportunity to build relationships. You can break the ice by asking some simple questions such as if they already lived abroad or moved to another city. It helps to break the ice and maybe you will find some common points to chat about. The main thing is that you put yourself out there and make an effort, trust me, you won’t regret it! Who knows, maybe you will meet your best mate or long-time partner in the process 🙂

2 – Try to socialise as much as possible

Yes, I know, it’s easy to say and especially during this lockdown time where we’d rather be tucked up and cosy at home.. but don’t be lazy, take this chance and remember that we always meet people for a reason!  Why not ask this easy-going friend to go for a walk / run or to grab a coffee outside and tell him/her to bring a friend or two?

Never underestimate this spontaneous catch up, because sometimes that is how you make the best – unexpected – connections!  By the way, we often say in French “Les amis de mes amis sont mes amis” (My friends’ friends are my friends). Get it? 

 

 

3 – Use social networks

I have seen many times in the different countries/cities I have livedin, people posting in expat groups asking to meet new friends. It takes courage to do it, but I am pretty sure that most of them met some cool people to hang out with or good friends, you have nothing to lose!

Don’t be ashamed to ask, there is absolutely no shame in this! we all went through it and most people would appreciate it because they are probably feeling the same way but are too afraid to take the initiative! 

Even though I personally don’t use Facebook that much anymore it is a great network to share these kind of experiences and to join expat groups in your new city (or just our Apéros Frenchies’ page 😉 )

 

4 –  Exercise the language part of your brain!

What’s worse than living in a country where we don’t speak the language? Living in our bubble doesn’t help much either when trying to integrate! Although some languages can be more attractive than others, you really have to force yourself to learn. Believe me, I’ve been living in Germany long enough without speaking German to understand the struggle. 😉 It took me almost 3 years to start pushing myself to learn. I personally used an online platform :  Babbel and I would recommend it to everyone. It’s easy, playful, and best of all, at your fingertips, online! It really helped me to warm to German and broke down lots of barriers to the language! ;’)

Learn a new language with Babbel

 

 

5 – Organise small events at home

Due to the pandemic, the restrictions are different depending on the country you live in. However, if we cannot meet in restaurants or bars, generally you are still allowed to invite friends over (check the restrictions regarding your country).

I realized that despite this lack of social life/ crazy nights, we’ve been forced to focus on what’s real and it is important. Yes, Friday night fever is cool but what about a nice diner and good wine at home with great people? You can have some good chats, and even learn new things about your friends, such as musical ability!

For instance, it might be a nice idea to prepare a special dish from your country so that your friends can also try something new, this is the core of expat life and experience! Friends are always happy to discover new cultures! Also, don’t hesitate to check out our article  Apéro at Home – Plan the Perfect Apéro!  If, you are running out of time, we definitely advise you to have a look at this website!  HelloFresh delivers great recipes and fresh ingredients to your home each week!

 

 

Don’t worry, if cooking is not one of your best skills, you can still order food from your local restaurant  using the handy app and keep it easy! 

Anyway, use this opportunity to ask friends about their feelings and how they handle their expat blues. You’d be surprised when you ask this question that you won’t be the only one who has mixed feelings! 😉

 

6 – Zoom Apéro from Apéros Frenchies 

You probably know about us because you’ve been to our networking events, right? Or maybe someone told you to come! I will soon talk soon about the reasons that drove me to build Apéros Frenchies and organise those events. However, unfortunately, we cannot organise events right now but some of you asked us about some digital Apéros to connect all of you guys! 

We have already done it a few times and we had a lot of fun! Let us know it is something you would like to do again! 

 

BONUS Treat yourself! (One of my personal favourites)

Who said we couldn’t buy happiness? It’s true that happiness does not comprise of an online order, but it can contribute! (Raise your hand if you agree!) 

Have a look at it, find your perle rare, add it to your Christmas Wishlist and enjoy! 

Cosy Blancket with sleeves 

Bathtube shelf with sucker 

Foot massager 

By the way, maybe you already checked it out before, but we have also written an article about our favourite products to buy especially tailored to a busy expat lifestyle!  

Also, if like me, you crave delicious French chocolate, I can give you a tip, you can definitely buy a bit of happiness here! (That’s my personal secret but don’t shout it too loud!) 

That’s it for today guys! I hope I helped you a bit regarding your expat journey with these top tips to handle these expat blues. Please, don’t hesitate to comment on our Facebook post if you have other ideas to share or would like to find out more and don’t forget to follow our Instagram page too! 

Remember: You mum always told you “don’t talk to strangers!” ? BREAK THE RULES!

Le Chocolat des français : Made in France chocolate for epicurean!

Un Bon vivant, is someone who knows how to enjoy good food, good wine and is devoted to sensual enjoyment. Truth be told, as I’m sure many of you already know), this completely defines the Apéros Frenchies team!  After seeing  this new original French brand Le Chocolat des Français in a few exclusive Parisian shops, it really aroused our curiosity and we decided to taste it ourselves and see what all the fuss was about!

 

You  can probably imagine the excitement when the doorbell rang and we discovered this beautiful & extravagant product from Le Chocolat de Français! How quickly did we taste it? Let’s keep that secret for now but believe us.. we couldn’t resist for too long! Firstly,  each product is wrapped in a bold coloured packaging designed and signed by different artists. Playing around with France’s pop culture imagery, each illustrator brings a unique touch to this brands’ assortment!

Secondly, tender milk, dark & salt, milk with salted caramel, crispy milk and dark with cocoa nibs, no doubt that we found at least one taste to please our papilles!    Verdict : we recommend le chocolat de français 100%!

After that, it you cannot resist to treat your taste buds, click here!

Established in 2014 by three friends, Le Chocolat des français manufactures in France Gourmet chocolates using natural-only ingredients; perpetuating the French tradition for chocolate craftsmanship. 100% pure cocoa butter, without any palm oil or conservatives, its recipes received many awards for their quality.

In conclusion, bravo, et longue vie au Chocolat des français! 

Pssst, looking for inspiration? Don’t hesitate to check out our other discoveries here! 

5 Must Haves for a busy traveller

Bonjour folks! Even though it doesn’t seem like it, Christmas is just around the corner. After a tough year of stress, frustration, and fear, it’s finally time for some little sparkles in our lives. As an active expat, you might feel like you often run out of  inspiration or time to spoil your love ones (or yourself). But dear, pas de panique: Apéros Frenchies decided to give you a hand this year. So look no further, these are your top 5 Must haves for a busy traveller!
 

5 must haves for busy travellers

 

 

1 – Suitcase organiser

 

Although travelling for leisure has come to a bit of a standstill, essential Business travel is still taking place! This suitcase arranger is just the last piece an active traveller would need.  Straight from your suitcase to the wardrobe (and vice versa) this portable wardrobe takes away the stress of packing and unpacking and save you a lot of time!

Price: 24,95€

 

2 – Minipresso

What is worse than starting a day without a good coffee?  We know that while traveling we can easily not have good coffee at hand.. But not anymore! With this Minipresso, you can enjoy a delicious espresso whenever, wherever. Minipresso is an espresso machine that doesn’t need batteries. It was designed for people with an active lifestyle, but its quality design and user-friendliness make it a great machine for all caffeine lovers to get their coffee kick!

Price: 59,95€



3 –  Portable electric blender 

Whether you are a work out buff or you just love a fresh, healthy juice at work, you can make all kinds of smoothies with this magic portable blender! Vegetables, fresh fruits, spices: fill up the bottle with whatever you llike, turn it on and enjoy!

Price : 29,95€

 

4 – Foot Massager

 

After a hard day’s work, can you think of anything better than a good foot massage to unwind? Now, instead of having to bribe your loved ones, this foot massager can knead, roll, and even apply air pressure. There’s sure to be a few green-eyed monsters. Hop on the good foot and do the… good thing! 

Price: 129,95€

 5 – Bala Bangles Wearable Weight

Have you spent your time working from your home office, eating chocolate and heavy winter food,is this making you feel guilty? Add a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout with the one pound Bala Bangles wrist and ankle weights, helping to burn fat and build muscle. For yoga, running, aerobics, pilates, walking, traveling, home workouts, core training. You name it! Bala Bangles are made of the highest quality fitness materials and come in a range of colours! Allez, 3, 2, 1.. C’est parti!

Price 59,95€

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That’s it for our  5 must haves  but find out more ideas on the website L’Avant Gardiste !

Since we are on the topic of travel, perhaps you need to plan a trip somewhere in Europe? Either for business or to return home for Christmas? Why not check out our partner Trainline! Make sure to check out this platform and save time and money! 🙂

Perhaps, if you have not seen our website yet, feel to have a look at our latest articles and recommendations! 😉

 

 

Urban Loft Cologne, new concept for urban people

Tired of not traveling and can’t bare to spend one more weekend in your city? It’s time to explore the country, guys! Discover Cologne from a new perspective. Experience the city from an URBAN LOFT point of view, entailing art, food, drink, music, and most of all, fun!

Lobby _ Urban Loft
View on the city _ Urban Loft

 

A few weeks ago, we were traveling around Cologne. We were curious to discover this new design & young concept from Amaron group: Urban Loft Cologne. Co-working space by day,  hotel by night, it is located just few minutes away from the central station, which is perfect when you arrive by train it also offers all the facilities to visit the city.

With young friendly and really welcoming staff, we felt at home as soon as we arrived!

Art connoisseur? You would love their exhibitions from the bottom to the top! Every room is meticulously decorated with paintwork from local and international artists.

Rooftop lovers? Have a drink and relax on the terrace. Don’t take our word for it, experience it yourself.

Sports addict? Don’t worry, this place have a nice, furnished gym where you can work out at anytime and detox from the previous night out 😉

As we say “après l’effort le réconfort” make sure you enjoy the unconventional breakfast to kick off  a new adventurous day in Cologne.

NB: All the products served or offered at this hotel, are eco and made locally in Cologne!

Book your trip to Urban Loft Cologne  with Trainline and save time and money!

Urban loft Bedroom
Urban loft Bedroom
View on the city _ Urban Loft
View on the city _ Urban Loft
Urban loft Bathroom
Bathroom _ Urban Loft
Urban Loft Coworking

 

Cocktails lovers? Check out the Little Link, a speakeasy cocktail bar which appeals greatly to mixologist buffs.Delicious drinks, tranquille atmosphere & efficient bartenders!

 

 

 

 

 

Unconventional Diner – Les Bains Confidentiels

Known as one of the hottest spots in town, Les Bains Paris just re-opened on September 17th with an unprecedented concept “Les Bains Confidentiels”:  becoming the confidential meeting point of partygoers in the City of Lights. Discover this place from a whole new perspective!

 

Parisian Night Owl? This place is probably no secret for you anymore, but due to the pandemic, Les Bains has been closed since March 2020. Known for its traditional baths or for the select club where famous DJs became residents, this place is the HQ for all those cravings an evening in town with good vibes, artisan cocktails in trendy venues..  We have some good news for our night owls, they just re opened their restaurant, Roxo, a few weeks ago with an unconventional diner format.

Birthday diner? Private event? Romantic evening? Les Bains & La Riposte Agency are rolling out the red carpet for their guests. Offering you a plethora of diner / cocktail options, all of which are original and intimate.

From the dining room, you can enjoy live music while savoring a delicious diner; word on the street is that they even booked some emerging artists from the French Pop scene.

 

But that’s not all, you can also spend your evening dining or savoring cocktails in some unique areas that have been unveiled especially for the occasion. Whether it’s in the iconic club, where so many stars have taken to the dance floor… in the legendary swimming pool…or in the hotel’s penthouse suite your evening will take an unprecedented twist.

For those who prefer a more intimate atmosphere, then, pick the Chinese Secret Salon. With a private chef cooking before your eyes, get ready to be blown away by French excellence. Oh la la.

Look no further for the unique diner experience you’ve been craving in Paris, France, we’ve got your back with this exclusive opportunity for unconventional diner!

Info & reservation here

From Thursday to Saturday 08:30 PM – 02:00AM.

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Menu Les Bains:  Starters – Main Course – Dessert  59€/ PP

Menu Grand Bains: Amuse-bouche – Starters – Main Course – Dessert – Delicacies 79€/ PP

Suite privatisation (on request)

 

Take a Breather – Gerbermüle Hotel & Restaurant, Frankfurt

 

The Gerbermüle is part of the city’s heritage and is probably one of the most atypic hotels in Frankfurt.  Just by the main river,  it is surrounded with a large,  beautiful and very traditional German Beer Garden. However, from the outside, you might never guess the fully refurbished and creatively designed interior. Take a breather – discover the Gerbermühle hotel & restaurant.

 

 

 

RESTAURANT & DRINK

If  you are looking for  a nice/ quiet place to  enjoy the sunset on the skyline,  we’ve  probably found THE spot for a drink, or for  diner.  The chestnut trees and the Main river make you forget about your stressful routine or the urban noises. Take a breather with friends, or colleagues and  just enjoy  the moment. The restaurant offer a large choice of tasteful and simple food, wines and if you need it,  great recommendations from the staff.

 

Skyline view, Gerbermühle
beer Garden, Gerbermühle

 

HOTEL

If your  planing to stay  few days, for a get away or a business trip in Frankfurt we totally recommend this hotel. Although located outside the city center, you can however access there within 10-15mn by car from the Central station.

Select materials, a modern interior and luxuriously appointed bathrooms offer a stylish comfort. 

Forget about earplugs, you won’t need it. At the Gerbermühle, the only neighbors you might have  are some little ones living in the chestnuts of the garden!

The kindness and simplicity of the the staff, the quality of the service, and the confort of the stay make you feel like staying forever!

 

 

BAR

Maybe not the first place you will think about regarding a birthday bash or corporate events, but most probably one of the best in town.

Send us an email for any request, we will be happy to  help you organise it!

 

Don’t forget to check out our reco in our different cities, and follow us on our social media Facebook & Instagram 

 

 

 

 

Normandy Le Chantier Reflection

CBD? Password Please… – Normandy Le Chantier, Paris

The legendary Normandy Le Chantier’s location in the 1ere Arrondissement has put it in the middle of all the action in Paris since 1877 but if you know where to look, you might just find one of Paris’ best kept secrets…

 

 

Paris is full of beautiful Haussamanian architecture and enough history to amaze even the most well-traveled explorers.  However, this newest addition to the Machefert hotels, Normandy Le Chantier, might just be in the most dreamy Parisian quarter. Going there is already an experience of its own, it is just moments walk from the Louvre and other popular tourist attractions. However, don’t let the history and imposing architecture put you off! The Normandy is anything but a conventional hotel located in the Paris city center. Don’t expect the conventional experience here, the front-desk is replaced by employees wearing post-war work overalls, who will welcome you with a large smile.

Like its name “Le Chantier” suggests, the hotel is undergoing extensive renovations but remains open to offer you an immersive experience. The cherry on top could be the plant-based canteen and pâtisserie, “Le Comptoir du Chantier”. You can enjoy a delicious buffet-style meal at any time of the day that is centered on natural ingredients and goodness.

If you’re looking for a nightlife option, however, Normandy Le Chantier welcomes you to come and find their hidden speakeasy! If you can find the entrance, follow the spiral metal staircase down into the Belle-Epoque style boudoir room and enjoy the REHAB bar. It is one of the first cocktail bars of its kind offering CBD-based and alcohol-free cocktails. Relax in the dim light, and immerse yourself in decor from a different time. Good luck and happy hunting….

Need a hint? The door is hidden behind the answer to this riddle. DM us on Instagram and check out their page here!

When you look at this
You see perfection
Because what you see
Is your reflection

 

 

Normandy Hotel
7, rue De l’échelle
75001 Paris Metro 1