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Archive: February 2014

Berlin, Berlin food, Japanese food in Berlin, Gobento

Bento in Berlin: Gobento

Gobento is one of these hole-in-the-wall places whose interior design doesn’t promise too much and then surprises you with delicious, creative and original food – Bento boxes filled with little bundles of Japanese joy. And so very reasonably priced, it’s actually unbelievable.

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Discover This: Berlinale Forum 2014

Phew! Now, that the overall excitement of the Berlinale has settled and there is finally some time, I want to take a personal and selective look back at some of the islands in the festival stream. Here are the first three filmmakers (of four films) that impressed me endlessly and –what a coincidence- all three are female first-time directors who made great and unusual art and hopefully have a long and exciting career ahead of them.

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Shop in Berlin: Temporary Showroom

Temporary Showroom is not your typical designer clothing store. In fact, there is much more going on behind the scenes than its modern, floor-to-ceiling glass shopfront would have you believe. Aside from selling fresh fashion by Y-3, MM6, United Nude, Opening Ceremony, or A.D. Deertz, the store also operates as a press and sales agency that showcases selected brands during Fashion Weeks around the world.

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Coffee in Berlin: 19grams

Tucked away on Schlesische Strasse, 19grams is a strong contender in Berlin’s growing coffee scene. Though it only opened its doors late last year, but this little cafe will only continue to grow in popularity when word of their ‘Bloody good coffee!’ gets out. Despite its passive hole-in-the-wall exterior, it’s a welcome breath of fresh air on a largely unremarkable stretch of road home to numerous tacky late-night takeaway places. As a result, the shop front can be quite easy to miss, but their small chalkboard sign should point your way in.

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Breakfast in Berlin: Aunt Benny

When I moved to Berlin, I hoped to find the perfect brownie – like the ones I used to have and love at Baked & Wired in Washington, DC, where I spent the summer of 2012 – with a crunchy crust that’s never too dry, and a still slightly soft inside and full of chocolate flavor. I’m happy to report that my search came to an end when I found Aunt Benny in Friedrichshain.