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Guide: A Spring Weekend in Berlin

Berlin is gorgeous these days, luscious green trees meet blush pink blossoms everywhere, people are radiating pure happiness thanks to superblue skies and abundance of sunshine, only interrupted by showers of rain to spruce up the thriving nature even more. It’s the best of times to visit our lovely city and I’ve got some tips to share for a sweet weekend in Berlin!

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Shop in Berlin: ting

What makes a shop a favorite? It should offer so many beautiful things to discover that you spend more time in it than you initially planned to, right? And on the top of it, everything should be reasonably priced, so that you just can’t decide what to go for. And then, after you’ve purchased a little something, you should be already excited to come back to get more – that’s ting!

Mapo Tofu, without meat.

Chinese in Berlin: Hot Spot

When I had a Sichuan dish for the first time, I was entirely confused – it was way too spicy for my palate and evoked an unsettling sour taste in my mouth and yet it was so delicious, I just couldn’t stop eating it. Months later, I learned about Sichuan pepper, which is actually not a pepper, but much closer related to the citrus group, hence the lemonlike or acidic taste and started to understand the wonders of Chinese cooking. One of my favorite Sichuan dishes is Mapo Tofu (although it is still rather painful to eat, but still so enjoyable, you know… a dilemma!), which is why I was beyond excited to see that Hot Spot, a Chinese restaurant in Wilmersdorf that I’ve heard so many people raving about, has a vegetarian version on the menu. And so much more…

We slow, so slow.

Links in Berlin: April slowness

It’s been a slow week on this very blog, maybe that’s due to the slightly lower spring temperatures, reminding all of us that summer is still about two months away (if we’re lucky). However, while I’ve been busy doing everything but working for this blog, other’s blogged away and have created some beautiful pieces you shouldn’t miss:

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Shop in Berlin: Schoemig Porzellan

On one of those beautiful spring days I entered Schoemig Porzellan for the first time – the shop was flooded with sunlight throwing long shadows onto the shelves filled with delicate porcelain.
Her bright collection of white and pastel-colored bowls and cups beamed brightly, I almost saw the light going through them. It’s certainly one of the prettiest stores I know and even more so, preserving an almost lost art.