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Author: Mary Scherpe

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Guide: A 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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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…

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:

Links in Berlin: Keep it Green

As much as I love the whole very-early-spring-thing of this year, it has a down-side: very-early-park-littering. Some of the people who enjoy the sudden warmth by celebrating and bbq-ing in the parks think it’s totally fine to leave their trash behind. And it’s not only the plastic wrappers of convenience food, but one stumbles over blankets, balloons, cups, bags and I even saw the part of a hoover resting on a bench in a park. The city’s government is hardly to blame, there are giant bins almost everywhere and every Monday tireless workers hurry to remove most of the weekend’s debris. But this is on us – the people using and enjoying the parks are also in responsibility to leave them as pretty as possible. Without wanting to sound overly Leslie Knope here (I wish I had her stamina) – but thanks to a sudden rush of energy on Twitter, we decided to found a group on Facebook to discuss further action – it’s called Keep it Green and you should all join.

Links in Berlin: All hail!

We saw a quite impressive amount of hail going down this week, which might have been exactly what Florian meant when he told me that Berlin’s gonna pay for all those very beautiful but very early spring days we enjoyed this March. Anyhow, April is upon us and until now there’s no weather app telling us glory is vanishing (19 degrees tmrw, again!). Before you go out and frolic, here are the best links of the week: