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Author: Mary Scherpe

On the Road: A Taro Farm in Hawaii

During my stay in Hawaii for ASAP Beetle, I had the chance to visit a traditional taro farm to learn more about the production of this root vegetable that is so often used in the traditional Hawaiian kitchen. I was invited by Na Mea Kupono, a Lo’i Kalo (taro farm in Hawaiian) concerned not only with growing taro, but also with maintaining the knowledge and stories attached to it, to keep a culture alive, that’s about to disappear.

Berlin: still winter

There are just no words for our current “situation”, I’ve run out of strategies to cope, the enjoyment of winter whites lost its appeal. My inner terror: will Berlinowic stay like this forever and ever?

Took the picture this morning in Hansaviertel, not in Oberwiesenthal.

Coffee in Berlin: Companion Coffee

Shawn and Chris, two of the most important barristas during the beginning of The Barn, decided to leave the epicenter of Berlin’s Third Wave Coffee to start their own business within the space of Kreuzberg’s Voo store. Their small café bar just opened recently under the name Companion Coffee and is now serving coffee to fashionable Voo clients and Kreuzberg coffee–aficionados alike.

Lunch in Berlin: Hashi Izakaya

Still looking for a lunch place for this snow covered, yet slightly sunny day? Hashi Izakaya might meet your hopes for a warming yet enlivening dish, like the Udon soup pictured above in the veggie version. Although I heard, that the beef version’s broth is a lot heartier, the fresh noodles and vegetables make a great and healthy lunch option in this Japanese place just below a gym in this rather weird corner building.