We are Arne & Claudia, Berlin-based bloggers, book authors and creative professionals, and we are happy that you stop by. Food with a View is our digital home where we happily share our discoveries with you and hope to inspire each other on the plate and beyond. A couple since about ten years, we are on an ongoing journey to create our personal green & urban lifestyle with delicious plant-based food. And we love to talk about it, in words and pictures alike. Indeed, we are as dedicated to photography as a means of storytelling as we are to a big plate of Pasta Primavera with wild herbs and dukkah. A really big plate.
Food Shopping & Mindful Minimalism
Talking about plates and herbs: We live right in the middle of the city, and a fresh and seasonal cuisine made up of natural ingredients is what we like best. The sensual experience starts long before the first sip or bite, which is why we love to do food shopping on the farmer’s market with its many colorful fruit and heirloom vegetables. Every now and then, we are so lucky to get little treasures from a dear friend’s garden, and as soon as season comes, we look forward to occasional foraging trips in urban nature and in the countryside. Out here, we sometimes come across just that little handful of wild blackberries that won’t make a cake filling but tastes so much of late summer’s happiness.
To us, our urban wanderlust and every-day routines in food are a manner to find back way to mindful awareness, to cherish what we have in life and to care for our environment. The good news is that it also makes a lot of fun, whether we grow our own micro greens on our window sill or fill up the stocks with home-made basics. Sounds like you need a lot of space for delicious cooking, doesn’t it. But we’re far from that since we live and work in an apartment studio with a really small kitchen area. We love to live the minimalist way, and our friends sometimes wonder how much culinary action can happen here at a time (and we sometimes wonder, too…).
After all, cooking and eating are very much a matter of gathering, and as much as we love to have dinner with our friends and families, we likewise love to share moments of our culinary life with you. So, if there is something more to write about than just a recipe, we share it with you in our stories – wether it is an afternoon on the lakeside or an autumn trip in the mountains.
Our Vegan Journey
Writing a blog is very much like embarking on a journey. Our’s started in January 2013 with the idea to combine Claudia’s vegetarian cookery and Arne’s Berlin impressions. Basically, telling stories this way is still kind of what we do, with Claudia keeping up with the culinary passion and Arne taking care for mood & action photography and the many aspects of our technical workflow.
A major change happened over time when Arne turned vegan, and to develop plant-based recipes wasn’t supposed to be a question of just eliminations and substitutes. Instead, a new way of eating and cooking had to be found, and it didn’t work overnight. But it did in the end. A wonderful stepping stone on our journey has been the experience to write a book about our green urban cuisine and the lifestyle that we have built around it. Die grüne Stadtküche has been – and still is – a project close to our hearts, and we are more than happy that it has been awarded One of the most beautiful German books 2018 by Stiftung Buchkunst.
Today, we eat more diverse & delicious than ever before with plant-based meals made with passion that are most tasty by itself and follow the sensual path. Mouthfeel, emotions, memories – we find all of this in new combinations that nourish body and soul. Have you ever tried to use pumpkin seed oil & lentil vinaigrette as a pizza topping instead of cheese? You might experience that the umami taste and silky mouthfeel are very similar… No problem to add a poached egg or a little feta to your Sandwich if you are a vegetarian like Claudia. But those occasions get rare over time since even our non-vegan guests prefer our many vegan treats and twists over dairy & Co. – curiosity wins, always.
Happy if you join us
What else can we tell about us? We are a cultural anthropologist and an IT admin turned writers & film makers turned bloggers, book authors & photographers, working with brands and institutions in the field of food and lifestyle. We are in our late fourties and early fifties and we are madly in love with coffeehouses and vegan Sacher cake. And last but not least: We prefer shooting our food pictures with natural light in an authentic environment, meaning most of the props and sceneries that you find in our posts are the pots and plates and interiors we actually live in. We told you that we are green urban minimalists, didn’t we 😉 . And we are most happy if you join us.
Thanks a lot for visiting,
Arne & Claudia