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mary scherpe

Stil: in Berlin Winter

– In collaboration with Farfetch –

Dressing for Berlin winter ain’t easy – one rarely wears enough layers, and colors seem to be very hard to come by. The streets of Berlin are swamped with people in black coats over anthracite sweaters and grey pants. And yet, wearing some colorful winter attire can actually make your day a lot better. Which is why I’m advocating for more reds, blues and, yes, pink with this outfit.

Drinks in Berlin: Bombay Secret Art Garden

Sponsored by Bombay Sapphire

Getting through the six months of Berlin winter is a matter of meticulous planning – from preparing your winter wardrobe (all that wool) to writing a list of movies to watch, to buying concert tickets way in advance to have something to look forward to. And to think about what drinks to have while waiting for the summer! I plan to make gin my go-to-booze, that balsamic juniper flavor will take me through the following months. To ring in gin season, I joined Bombay Sapphire’s Secret Art Garden in cooperation with Junique last week to discover two more gin based drinks in the intense greens of a botanical garden.

Drinks in Berlin: California in the Uckermark

Sponsored by Skyy Vodka 

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.