I went to Hamburg for the weekend! This deserves its own shout-out, since we Berliners are famously lazy when it comes to the neighbouring city by the Elbe. Only 1.45 hrs by train and still too far away for most of us to go there regularly for a day or two. There’s not even a rational reasoning behind this, yet if you ask a random person living in Berlin when they’ve been to Hamburg the last time, I bet it’d be close to my answer before this trip: two years? Or maybe even three? It’s been some time, let me say it like that. Which is even more tragic considering that the Hamburgers are coming over regularly. I see my Hamburg based friends more often in Berlin than the other way round. One of them thought it was superweird we were walking through the Schanze together, since we’ve only ever met in Berlin. Anyway, I WENT. And I ATE. A ton of new places were added to the city, some old favs vanished and I was excited about the very long list of tips I had received from friends and followers. I will have to go back though, because just when I returned I found a lovely hand-written letter with even more tips in it, and I feel like I missed out on a couple of places (Hobenköok, HEAT, Balz & Balz…). So, I guess a trip in spring is coming up. Spring… 2020? Going north at least once a year is now on my agenda.
After a couple months of doing this new format of weekly reports on what I ate (and whether I liked it), I’m really happy with it. Hope you’re too! However, things can kinda get lost in the continuous stream of super short reviews and so I wanted to start a seasonal round-up of favourites, dishes that stayed on my mind because they were so good. I decided to choose the five plates I remember the most and would happily eat again any time (and will hopefully do so soon). Also serves as a reminder that it shouldn’t always be about the next new thing, but caring about your favourites. I tried to choose those that aren’t on my usual rotation or on the current Best Places map. Here, they’re just sorted by alphabet.
I didn’t eat out a lot so I don’t have much to report. But I ate at three of my fav places in the city and that is always worth mentioning. All three of them have been in my foodie-heart for a long time and I’m happy to say they keep up their good quality. Which is not the norm in inconsistent Berlin! So I leave you with these three tried and tested places for the week. I’m going to Hamburg this weekend and already have a long list of places I’m gonna eat that and I will tell you all about the eateries in the city by the river, next week.
It’s Berlinale again! The time when we stock up on movie snacks and fill our thermoses with extra strong green tea so we can survive entire days spent watching artsy 3-hour epics, gut-wrenching documentaries, and delightfully baffling shorts. Though this year is rather short on star power (we do get jury president Juliette Binoche and honorary Golden Bear recipient Charlotte Rampling) or buzzy titles, this just means we get to dive a little deeper. Looking at the very long program, the obvious highlights are Amazing Grace, a very-long-awaited document of Aretha Franklin’s legendary live gospel album from 1972, new films by French masters François Ozon and Agnès Varda, plus beautifully restored versions of Marlene Dietrich’s nazi-bashing western comedy Destry Rides Again and Gregory Nava’s painfully topical migration epic El Norte from 1984.
Hey everyone! How was your week? Did you see the cringy instagram story of the local police looking for a woman who asked for directions in Kreuzberg? The officer she approached was head over heals because she “gifted him a smile”, so our law enforcement thought it’d be appropriate to post a wanted ad on their official channel, to show off their “human side”, as their social media officer put it. In better news, Berlin has a new public holiday! We live in one of the states with the least number of official days off, so we got some remedy – they chose March 8th, women’s day, and it’s already starting this year! Let’s hope this doesn’t just mean free roses for the ladies but also political activism and engagement. In other news, I’ve been eating some brunch, some soup and some very fine dining this week. Read on…