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Coming Up: Just Desserts!

It’s time for a feast of treats, my favorite part of any menu, elevated and enhanced: the ultimate dessert experience! I’ve teamed up with The Store Kitchen and their excellent pastry chef Laura Villanueva-Guerra to bring you JUST DESSERTS, a round of five excellent, inventive, delicious desserts, including refreshing floats, surprising fruit consommés, extravagant pastry sculptures and, obviously, lavish chocolate creations. Happening on Sunday, September 25th at The Store Kitchen at 17:00, tickets are limited so get yours here immediately!

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Markthalle Neun: News!

There’re a lot of things happening at your favorite market hall in Kreuzberg! Not only did a retailer occupying loads of the hall move out, but there’s a new chef at the Kantine, a new cake vendor, a bigger space to attend to your caffeine addiction, and a beautiful new stall selling produce born and raised in Berlin. But one after the other…

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Berlin’s Best: Coffee Guide 2016

The very first version of this guide on Berlin’s best coffee, published four years ago, featured nine places, the updated version from two years ago had fifteen. And this one? Twentynine! When everyone thought the Berlin coffee scene had reached its climax and was saturated, coffee enthusiasts actually took another leap and made the scene here bigger, better and especially more beautiful. And while it seems like the whole city is covered in speciality coffee places, a look on the map (choose coffee from the drop-down menu on the left) makes it very clear how much spaces are still left untouched by syphons, speciality roasts and the never-ending discussion whether one should or shouldn’t use sugar.
In this guide, I collected all coffee places I enjoy in Berlin, from the chic caffeine chapels to the homey neighborhood joints, from the ones who’ve been here before you even thought about moving to Berlin, to those who literally just opened. Just to make sure you’ll get a good coffee wherever you are.

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Drinks in Berlin: California in the Uckermark

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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.

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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.