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!
The other day, when we were filling our bellies at Markthalle Neun, Anna of Big Stuff Smoked BBQ came up with the following idea: what if we could sneak into a chef’s kitchen, not only to see but to hear what they’re listening to? Taking a look behind-the-scenes, listening to the same music that’s playing when the chefs do their magic. Many of you know how much we love the combination of food & music and there’s supposed to be a connection between the music a chef’s listening to while getting inspired for culinary creations.
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 Berlin Fashion Week lies behind us and if you’d ask me (and some do) what to wear next season, I’d say yellow in all its shades. Yet, Berlin fashion is about so much more! The “week” though regularly suffers from disappointment when either the boss of the biggest trade show announces he has enough of Berlin and is moving South (to come back again for summer, because summer), or big newspapers dig out stories of failed fashion brands or take the move of one (albeit a great one) brand as symptomatic for a whole sector. Despite all this rumors, many initiatives thrive, like Premium and Seek, two beautiful trade shows working closely with Berlin newcomers…
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.