Amidst all the latest food trends, sometimes, simple is best. Like a bagel. Although it can be difficult to find a good one. So good that only one bite can take you back to that one morning in New York: when it was raining like cats and dogs and you found yourself stopping by a small deli. Thanks to some freshly brewed coffee and a bagel, it was still a beautiful start into the day. Here in Berlin, when the owner of the recently opened Two Planets in Neukölln couldn’t decide what to do with her life, she made it her priority to introduce Berliners to New York style bagels.
I still like to believe that somewhere in Berlin there’s this fantastic Chinese restaurant, serving the most delicious and flavorful dishes, giving you goosebumps thanks to its Hunan freshness and makes you cry thanks to Szechuan pepper numbness. When I found the seriously good Tian Fu and Hot Spot though, my search didn’t end. Because I heard about this one place where you had to ask for a special red menu, a place that looked like any other cheap “Asian” deli, serving fried noodles but also Sushi and Thai-style plates. But if you asked the right questions, they’d serve you the best Chinese you can get in this city. I finally went there: it’s called Asia Deli. (No joke)
What we totally forgot when compiling our beloved ice cream guide was SOFT SERVE. Turns out, my favorite childhood treat isn’t such a big part of the contemporary ice cream scene… But why?! While in NYC investment bankers and advertising executives enjoy their soft serve dripping over their bespoke suit’s cuffs, on this site of the Atlantic one has to seriously search for Softeis. But who am I to complain, having a soft serve source just around the corner from the office. At Käffchen at Oranienstraße 38 in Kreuzberg they’re not only serving very decent cappuccino, cakes, iced coffees and sandwiches, but Soft Serve for only 1,50 Euro a portion. Get your drip on!
Did you know, that a third of each harvest is rejected because the crop doesn’t match produce-beauty-standards!? Double-legged carrots, giant zucchinis or bulbous potatoes never reach the supermarkets just because of their looks. The Berlin initiative Culinary Misfits works against produce-lookism, by providing a usage for those veggie-freaks. While they mostly worked in catering and events since their founding in 2012, this July finally marked the start of their own café: Culinary Misfits in Kreuzberg is now open!
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin is never only about design based in Berlin – besides myriads of newcomers from all over Germany, it regularly attracts designers from other European countries with one of the most steady participants being Romania.
The Romanian fashion scene might be small, but it has its highlights and certainly a powerful support from local audience and government. For over four seasons a selection of Romanian designers have been showing their latest work at Berlin fashion week and the designers used the time to enjoy all the amenities of our city. Like Adelina Ivan, who I met at Bite Club Mitte this past Saturday, where she not only presented her new designs but also happily indulged in the vegan treats Mitte’s favorite street food market had to offer.