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Escape: Sailing in Turkey

When we disembarked the small plane that brought us from Istanbul to Bodrum, in the South-West of Turkey, the question with whom we’d spend the next seven days came to my mind for the first time. Or if we’d have a bathroom for ourselves, or if the bed would be only 40cm wide, if at all. We were on transfer from the airport when I felt a slight nervousness rising in me, was it a good idea to agree to a seven day sailing cruise with complete strangers in the Turkish Aegean?
A couple of minutes later it’s clear that this was the best idea ever. All doubts were washed away when we entered the small bay close to Ortakent – an impressive all-wooden sailboat lay at anchor in the quiet waters, two masts reaching up high into the sky, a big dining table on top of the deck, soft couches at the stern and white sunbeds on deck. As if out of a dream.

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Links in Berlin: All summer

The last weekend of July is already just around the corner – and we’ve been very lucky to have such a beautiful summer so far. One has only to look at this sunset @leila_garfield took from a Berlin classic and tagged it with #linksinberlin! Here’s to many more days like this – and another round-up of things to read and do in Berlin, our own way of showing our love for living in this city!

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Kitchen Tunes: Ban Ban Kitchen

It’s summer in Berlin, our favorite season in the city! And what’s better than to celebrate it with some nice tunes? Next in our weekly Kitchen Tunes series: Ban Ban Kitchen! Serving so-called Korean ‘soul food’ like bulgogi burgers and kimchi pommes, it quickly became one of our favorite places to go before taking a walk around Tempelhof! Get ready for another summer weekend at the many Brandenburg lakes with 2pac, Kurtis Blow and Solange!

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Food in Berlin: Two Planets

Amidst all the latest food trends, sometimes, simple is best. Like a bagel. Although it can be difficult to find a good one. So good that only one bite can take you back to that one morning in New York: when it was raining like cats and dogs and you found yourself stopping by a small deli. Thanks to some freshly brewed coffee and a bagel, it was still a beautiful start into the day. Here in Berlin, when the owner of the recently opened Two Planets in Neukölln couldn’t decide what to do with her life, she made it her priority to introduce Berliners to New York style bagels.

Starters and mains and all delicious.

Chinese in Berlin: Asia Deli

I still like to believe that somewhere in Berlin there’s this fantastic Chinese restaurant, serving the most delicious and flavorful dishes, giving you goosebumps thanks to its Hunan freshness and makes you cry thanks to Szechuan pepper numbness. When I found the seriously good Tian Fu and Hot Spot though, my search didn’t end. Because I heard about this one place where you had to ask for a special red menu, a place that looked like any other cheap “Asian” deli, serving fried noodles but also Sushi and Thai-style plates. But if you asked the right questions, they’d serve you the best Chinese you can get in this city. I finally went there: it’s called Asia Deli. (No joke)