A few years ago I stumbled on the quote “Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with” on one of those dorky inspiration pages on the internet. As cheesy as it sounds, it has stuck with me, since, as a caffeine devotee, there really is no feeling that compares to that first sip of coffee to pass through my lips first thing in the morning. Without it, I simply cannot function. Thankfully, my fix is within arm’s reach as I pass Bonanza Coffee Heroes on my way to work every day.
Those hella long lines! The lack of *real* hip hop! The fact that some burgers weren’t even f^%&in patty shaped! There’s nothing like a burger to get Berliners up in arms, it seems, as there were a lot of you who voiced their concerns about our first round of voting for Berlin’s Best Burger at last month’s Burgers & Hip Hop event. So for Burgers & Hip Hop #3, this Saturday, March 1st, we’re doing things a little differently:
You already know that No Fire No Glory is one of our favorite coffee makers in Berlin – now you can add cake to the list of things that are great about this place. Since about last December, Laura, the creator of Tausendsuend, takes care of their sweets departments with such delicious things like chocolate syrup cakes, banana bread and these lovely almond tartelettes with either raspberry, currants or honey melon with thyme. Surprised by the latter? Don’t be, Laura does other amazing things like a cake with vodka and tonka bean buttercream wrapped in dark belgian chocolate with raw cocoa nibs, topped with blackberries and salted caramel. Yes, she does.
Gobento is one of these hole-in-the-wall places whose interior design doesn’t promise too much and then surprises you with delicious, creative and original food – Bento boxes filled with little bundles of Japanese joy. And so very reasonably priced, it’s actually unbelievable.
Phew! Now, that the overall excitement of the Berlinale has settled and there is finally some time, I want to take a personal and selective look back at some of the islands in the festival stream. Here are the first three filmmakers (of four films) that impressed me endlessly and –what a coincidence- all three are female first-time directors who made great and unusual art and hopefully have a long and exciting career ahead of them.