Oh my god, this was everything!! You all showed up to get that heat going: steaming hot grills, boiling dance-floors, extra spicy sauces, and belly-warming buns. Celebrating, partying, and feasting despite winter is what we did at last Saturday’s Burgers & Hip Hop winter edition. All with the goal to find the most scrumptious winter burger among the competitors. We collected almost 600 votes for our talented grill masters, read on to find out who won the crown!
I’ll be honest and admit that, to me, Glühwein and snow are way overrated. Winter as a whole I could do without, tbh. But there’s one reason I don’t skip Berlin for all of its winter months and that’s Berlinale. For ten glorious days, at any time of day, we have our pick of dozens of different films. Most are from corners of the world I’ve not yet explored (the first Bhutanese film noir, anyone?), though there’s also Perspektive, an entire program of homegrown German titles (with English subtitles, of course, like all non-English films in the festival). Yet it’s not a simple escapist matter of buying popcorn and bingeing; you might be able to avoid your phone’s increasingly deplorable Trump notifications, but you won’t be able to avoid what the last German Oscar winner (fingers crossed for Toni Erdmann in 2017!) so elegantly called: the lives of others.
When one lives, works, and breathes in Berlin it’s easy to forget that this miraculous monster of a city actually sits in the center of a quite pastoral landscape, with loads of lakes, fields, and forests. And a gorgeous farm-to-table restaurant in the midst of Mecklenburg’s woods. Here, instead of serving plain old Schnitzel with potatoes and gravy like so many country inns, chef Wenzel Pankratz is creating unpretentious and elegant menus centered around the quality of the produce they grow. We spent an evening, night, and morning in this picture-perfect paradise, and you should too.
Kottbusser Tor is a gritty place, especially in January, when ice cold winds and low grey skies make it look even uglier than usual. However, in between sketchy corners and broken windows lie some extraordinary delicious and friendly places like Doyum, an Anatolian restaurant with an open charcoal grill, and an especially delicious version of a classic Turkish dessert: Künefe.
We’ll heat up the grills, pack on the chili, and invite you to get hot on the dance floor: Burgers & Hip Hop is back on February 4th for its annual winter edition at your favorite club Prince Charles. Freezing temperatures outside don’t prevent us from having all the fun inside. We invited five burger stars from all over Berlin to serve you their bestest take on a burger, added some delicious baked waffle-muffin-hybrids, loads of beats, a couple of drinks and ready is your perfect winter remedy.