Soup night is my favorite night in winter, when Berlin can be so cold and grey, we tend to forget why we ever liked this city. Luckily, Berlin offers (not plenty but) enough coping strategies, first and foremost: steaming hot soups that will warm your belly and your soul and keep your mind from breaking thanks to the ice cold winds from the East. Let’s drown in bowls of soups filled with thick noodles, hearty broths and loads of flavor. Aka: plan your winter depression along this soup-route:
Still don’t know what to give for Christmas? Well, why not go local and bring something from the city we all love the most? But don’t fret, this list doesn’t recommend plush-Currywurst-toys or ombre-Fernsehturm-candles, but original and beautiful products by small and independent brands in Berlin. Husch, Husch, Go shop!
Well, the present-hunting season started weeks ago, but some of us (me) are always late and thus so very thankful for the popping up of various small Christmas stores all over the city, providing us lazy shoppers with a plethora of choices to score high on the gift-giving-scale. And first and foremost, support local business and creatives – most of the shops recommended here are not made with profit in mind, but with the passion to share and support local work and thus create sustainable gift-giving. No more Mon Cherie boxes! No more random DVD-sets! No more lazy vouchers for high-street brands.
Take your time, mark your calendars and hit the streets to pay these beauties a visit:
Oh the veggie and vegan burgers, what a high art cuisine, tried by many, failed by most, and mastered only by a chosen few. While nearly every burger place in town also has a vegetarian and oftentimes even vegan burger on their menu, that doesn’t mean the choice of good ones would be plenty. Rather the opposite. There’s also no correlation of meat-grilling-talents and vegan artistry, a place serving a great beef-burger doesn’t necessarily (or possibly never?) also has the skills to do a good veggie one…
Avoiding the game seems to be not only a difficult thing, but also an idea that mostly evokes astonishment (“why in hell wouldn’t you want to see THE game?!”) if not even total lack of understanding (“what are you, crazy?”). But it’s true – I like to not see any games, because I just don’t care. And get even a little intimidated by the crowds cheering for a certain national team. But I still like to go out, instead of backtracking into my home, closing all windows and watch a movie with headphones on.
However, the solitude and quiet you experience when visiting a place during a game that is actually not showing it, is priceless. Like this time during the first game of Germany when I went grocery shopping and there where no lines. Or during the second game when the park was so empty it felt like Christmas (only with better temperatures). However, finding those places is not easy, since football seems to be everywhere. This is why I made this little list for those, who are joining my disinterest.