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Escape: Tirol

What looks like a weird photo wallpaper or maybe a bit too much photoshop is a quite accurate depiction of what hiking in Tirol looks like. For five days, I ventured into the Alps with four friends and the dog, to explore the deepest valleys, the steepest slopes, and the fluffiest Kaiserschmarrn in the most lovely Stubaital in the heart of Tirol. Read on to find many reasons why you should do the same thing…

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Brunch in Berlin: 19 grams Chaussee

I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Little Joy is currently serving the most interesting brunch dishes in Berlin. Where can I eat them, you ask? At several locations in the city, and regularly at this fancy new coffee spot in Mitte: 19 grams Chaussee. While looking like almost every new coffee place, this one’s special because it not only gets its brunch menu from Little Joy, but its coffee is presented by one of the big guns in the Berlin coffee business: Trez Cabezas.

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Berlin’s Best Burger: Bacon Edition

Yet again you guys have proved to be the best of fans. Not the mist, the cold, not even the dreary gray clouds kept you from us at Burgers & Hiphop  at Prince Charles this Saturday. At least the smell of bacon cut through iffy weather, am I right? The salt, the maple, the ever so slightly charred aroma kept even the lightest of eaters coming back for seconds (or thirds). Big thanks to our incredible vendors this round. They all toughened it out and came up with patties layered with condiments to i-m-p-r-e-s-s: machego crisps, wurst, homemade bbq, sautéed vegetables (separate burgers). Not surprisingly, competition this year was tough and well fought out. The night closed with a well fed crowd dancing to the tunes of Beyoncé and Biggie Smalls: the mist, it turns out, is great for cooling off.


Coming up: Stadt Land Food

The best week of food is starting today – with the Stadt Land Food festival, we Berliners are showered with a plethora of possibilities to not only enjoy the best of local food, but also to educate ourselves in the questions of sustainability, learn more about food production and distribution, experience the many different producers and produce, and eat all the best food while we’re at it. All based on the important question what we as a society can do for an agriculture that is better for farmers, animals, plants and consumers. (Read my interview from 2014 with campaign leader Jochen Fritz to find out more.)
As with every great festival, the mere number of things happening can be overwhelming, which is why I collected a selection of workshops, presentations and events happening now until October 3rd, hope this helps!

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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.