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Nord Park

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Nord Park is a very pleasant place to visit in the summer and in the fall too.  It has a huge open lawn in the middle, lovely old trees, flower garden,  a pond, mini golf and a great children’s playground. The café is also a nice place to relax and admire the view or let the kids run around on the grass.

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Upcoming September Events

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Just a quick note to let you know about a few upcoming events that I look forward to every year.

Event number one is this weekend is the Schildesche Stadtfest with one of my favorite fleamarkets of the year and Carnival with rides and games. The festival runs from Friday until Sunday and includes shows and concerts as well. The weather looks pretty good, so it should be fun. Just take the Line 1 to the end at Schildesche and follow the people going down the street. You will not be able to miss it.

Event number two is a special day sponsored by Bielefeld and Hereford called ohne auto mobil. On September 29 (Sunday), the entire 10 kms between Bielefeld and Hereford will be closed off from 10am to 6pm to autos for bicyclers, rollerbladers, walkers, etc. The last time they had this event was a few years ago and I can really recommend it. The length is not hilly and there are plenty of stops along the way for bathroom breaks and water. At the end in Hereford is a festival. Last time we biked to Hereford, had some lunch and then biked home, but of course if you have smaller kids, you can take the train home from Hereford. More information can be found here:

http://www.bielefeld.de/ftp/dokumente/ohne_auto_mobil_2013.pdf

Autumn is in the air, but we can still have fun outside!! See you there!

Bio-land Hofladen

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Eleni gave me a recommendation for a good bio farm shop at the last welcome center International spouses and partners coffee morning.

Der Köckerhof – Babenhauser Straße 3033619 Bielefeld

Di. bis Fr.: 9 – 19 Uhr
Samstag: 9 – 14 Uhr

They have also turned a circus wagon into cafe

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Das Bauerngärtchen

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Das Bauerngärtchen is a nice farm cafe just outside Bielefeld in Dornberg. You can have cake & tea while ducks, chickens, pigs and dogs walk around and pick up the crumbs from under your table. There are also plenty of horses, ponies, goats and rabbits to pet. A good sandpit and slide, plus mini tractors to ride around on. There’s a Bioladen (farm shop) and if the weather isn’t so great there’s an indoor seating area with a great corner for kids full of toys and books. On our visit this weekend there was an adorable baby pig (although his parents weren’t quite so cute 🙂

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Italian Restaurant in the Woods

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On a warm afternoon Allegro Habichtshoehe is a nice place to eat and relax. It’s peaceful, surrounded by fields and woods and there is a good playground right next to the summer terrace so you can eat while watching over the kids.

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Delis, Takeout and Delivery

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One thing I greatly miss here is being able to grab a healthy meal on the go or to take home. I pine for Wholefoods and Chipotle in the US or Waitrose, M&S,  and Pret A Manger in the UK. I can only eat so many ham and cheese sandwiches from the bakeries and the supermarkets  don’t have much in the way of unprocessed ready prepared food. I also loved the delivery / take out culture of the US on those nights when you just don’t feel like cooking.

So far I have discovered the following delis in the Altstadt– Klöetzer , on the expensive side but a good range of prepared food, salads and tasty (real ingredients) frozen meals. The bio supermarket Loewenzahn has a small deli counter with good quiche and spinach pies.  Near Siegfriedplatz, Strada No. 4 Siechenmarschstraße 4 is a cozy Mediterranean cafe with a deli counter full of fresh salads and tapas dishes (you may well end up staying for a glass of wine or cappuccino). We get take out from the Turkish restaurant Kebap House next to Burger Park (I like their humous, lentil soup and falafels). Delivery options besides the usual pizza and chinese seem to be scarce here but I was recently recommended Oishi Sushi ,  and best of all you can order on-line (12 euro min order) so no awkward phone conversation needed!

Any other suggestions greatly received!

Update – my neighbour uses this delivery service for his lunches and likes their food, you need to give them one day’s notice but there is no min order charge. The menu changes every day and has six  meals to chose from. This would have been a great idea when I was home with a newborn and no time to cook.

Vapiano

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We visited Vapiano last weekend – part of an Italian style chain which has opened recently in the Altstadt. It’s a modern light and airy restaurant with high tables (and extra high highchairs!) as well as coffee table style seating. Upstairs is quieter and also has chalk boards on the back wall for kids to draw on, plus menus to decorate and books to read. There are fresh herbs everywhere for customers to season their own dishes. You are given a plastic card when you enter which you use to purchase food from the three main stations – pizza, pasta and salads. They cook most of the food right in front of you so you can specify the type of pasta, ingredients etc, (for the pizzas they give you a buzzer to alert you when it’s ready). My kids enjoyed watching their pasta being prepared and being able to say NO sauce please… The menu is pretty simple – pizza, pasta etc but I liked they had dinkel pasta too (spelt). They also do a takeout service if you’re on the run.

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