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Author: Mary Scherpe

Drinks in Berlin: California in the Uckermark

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He cuts three, four tomatoes in quarters, quick and clean, and puts them carefully in a tumbler, crushing them to juice. This is all happening in his small bar in a quiet side street in busy, too often rather bumptious Roppongi in Tokyo, of course without leaving any red stain on the bright, white jacket of the bartender. After seven years in New York, he opened this understated, but sophisticated place in his home town. From the bar carved from Mizunara wood to the glasses hand-blown by a local artist, everything here is carrying its own story, and the most interesting ones are told by the ingredients. Guests enjoy a cocktail menu of five drinks, all specially created from seasonal and locally grown produce – and incredibly delicious. Admittedly, I was a bit afraid of the alcohol about to be consumed, but this isn’t what this is about. The booze is part of a bigger idea, that tells you loads about the country and its people.

Refugee Report: #21

The situation of refugees has lost some of its urgency since several weeks now, since less and less refugees arrive in Berlin. Not because there are none, but because Europe closed its borders. Here’s a summary of what’s been happening in the last weeks and how you can help.

Berlin’s Best Burger: August 2016

You guys are the best, seriously. Despite a major downpour, you stayed with us on Saturday, ignoring the rain and storm and just kept on munching the OG creations at our beloved Burgers & Hip Hop. It was the best block party of the summer, thanks to you and our major burger artists! And how amazing was the live set of The Swag and all our open mic performers? It was one for the books, for sure. Not even talking about the voting for Berlin’s Best Burger! Which was incredible in itself, with over 650 votes coming in! And while, by now, it’s almost easy to predict which kind of burger wins Berliner’s hearts by storm, the result is still one to celebrate, majorly!

Dogs in Berlin: Fun & Play

Berlin is a dog-friendly city, and this is proven once more by the many possibilities to let your pup run free, play with its pals and get dirty. After the first part of my Dogs in Berlin guide was all about the rules of dog owning, this one’s all about the fun and play: a selection of the nicest dog parks in Berlin and my favorite forests and lakes. Get your play on!

Italian in Berlin: Karloff

Karloff is a tiny space, 14 seats inside only, fitted into a neat square space, that not only holds the tables and chairs, but the wine shelfs and even the kitchen. A perfect use of space with a cosy yet stylish atmosphere, all done by the owner itself, Achille Farese. Don Farese, as the guy who looks through the small window facing Reichenberger Straße, calls him late at night, when we’re munching our second dessert. And a good name it is, because he’s a master host, making sure all guests leave with happy bellies and, or stay for another drink long after the last course was served. And about that food! The tastiest ingredients come together for a simple Italian meal boosting with flavor. For a mere 19,- for four courses!