I’m Anouk, aka Ookie, or Uki. Till I was nine years old I lived in Los Angeles (including a sabbatical year in Berlin in between). Then I moved to Hamburg, Germany. So I grew up bilingual and bicultural and value a lot of things from both sides. I prefer the English language, and the “good-extreme” in big cities in the US. But the average German and European cultures passionate me more.
I am interested in lots of things, and you could probably interest me for much more. But in short my biggest passions are
- Blogging: going to cafés, trying different/homemade/local food, taking pictures of it and writing about it here
- Sport: running, doing yoga, skiing
- Food: baking, cooking, arranging food, reading about health trends and diets, ayuverdic, macrobiotic, vegan, raw cuisine
- Travelling: especially in cities, and getting to know different cultures, homes, peoples, styles of living, passions
- Talking: understanding things in full depth and philosophising about life
Life Update Fall 2017: I just finished high school (Abitur) in Germany, and like most Germanys I’m taking a gap year. I started it with four months in France, and my plans are to stay in Hamburg till April. Then I hope to travel some more till August. Maybe in form of a roundtrip through the US (NY, Boulder, West Coast) where I would be visiting friends and families, updating myself on the newest trends, searching up some cool races (Bolder Boulder and Ragnar) and doing an internship (maybe at LeefromAmerica). Maybe I will stay in Europe too, wwoof some more in France, improve my French and get to know other regions of this country.
What Ookie Dough is About
Ookie Dough is a blog about my favorite local places to eat, when I travel, but mostly in my hometown Hamburg. I love sharing my discoveries and opinions with other people and hope to help people have the worthy experience when they dine somewhere! (I also sometimes write about some of my favorite recipes and hope to soon incorporate boutiques and concept stores.)
My Food Values
When I go out to eat my values are that something is either: homemade, local, or sourced environmental and sustainably – that includes organic, vegan, seasonal food. However I am just as curious to try the local and traditional foods, especially when I travel. That is why I call myself “nothing“, I am not vegan or vegetarian or pescatarian. When I was in Mexico I adored the tacos and chapulines (grasshoppers). When I’m in France, one of my favorite things is go on a local market and shop big chunks of Beaufort, Raclette de Chèvre and Comté. Or eat amazing fondue on ski slopes.
My Favorite Types of Cafés
My favorite types of cafés are what the french might call bobo cafés, or what we most know as hipster cafés. Think stylish interior, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, matcha lattes, avocado-toast, sweet potato fries… However I am very picky. Even though a lot is about the food styling – if the taste or service doesn’t hit my expectations I’m not going to pretend it does. A part of these cafés are also specialty coffee shops, while others are healthy vegan, gluten-free, organic lunch kitchens.
My Favorite Foods
Now lastly I will come to the foods I like. All kinds of nut butters, sweet potato, avocado, quinoa, Beaufort cheese, oysters and porridge can never be too wrong. I love to eat out of bowls, but just as much with my hands – like a pizza, burger, street food. On the one hand I love to eat fresh healthy seasonal food, like they are easily found in buddha bowls. But on the other hand I can crave good pastries and ice cream a lot. I don’t care about gummy treats, but some days when I travel my meals consist of brownies, cookies and cakes from specialty coffee shops. Then I go to a local organic store, buy colourful carrots and eat them in a park.
Origin of my Blog Name – “Ookie Dough”
As a little kid my great-aunt nicknamed me Uki. Since then I’ve had multiple similar nicknames spelled in various different ways: Nuki, Anuschka, Nuckel, Nook . . . The first time I had to spell Uki myself, I wrote it the way it was pronounced. So: oo-k-ie.
Now the days when I was playing around with starting a blog I wrote down all possible names for it. I showed them to some people and everybody clearly voted for Ookie Dough. Yes, I love cookie dough too – B&J cookie dough ice cream, baking cookies, experimenting with recipes, freezing my own cookie dough for own ice cream sundaes and so on.
Later I learned that dough can also stand for money. But in a way my blog shows this. Cafés are probably 80% of what I spend my money on, but not randomly, very selectively. Here is my curated list of where Ookie things it’s best to leave her dough.
My favorite Instagrams: @leefromamerica, @shutthekaleup, @sophgordon, @hyggeuk, @ikriska, @sophiajung, @tallulahalexandra, @symmetrybreakast
Below are some of my personal posts about Ookie Dough’s goals and how her brain works on this complicated globe: