This is an odd week, isn’t it? If you follow me on the ‘gram, you know I’ve been struggling with this feeling of oddness since Monday, and then yesterday my dog slipped on the banks of the canal and fell down into the water with a big splash – not voluntarily, she prefers temperatures above 35 degree celsius to get soaked. I managed to pull her out by the neck, and she was fine 30 mins later, but, oh’ the drama. Anyhow, something’s off right now, and it’s even showing in my dining choices! From the three places I went to last week, only one was good. Albeit, the good one is a trustworthy choice: the people at Hallmann & Klee in Neukölln just know what they’re doing, hence the line out the door all weekend.
How was your week? Did you have a good one? Any good food? Any new places? Okay, you’re right, I have no idea how to write a sleek intro to this week’s Eats article so better just get into it.
Ah and by the way, please let me know whether you like this new format! (Or what you dislike about it…)
Ugh, it’s cold outside, for real. The kind of cold wind that makes your throat burn when you try to cycle against it on one of Berlin’s way too wide streets. Coming back from Beirut’s 30 degree was a bit of a shock, and I needed a couple of soups to get back on my feet. Okay, more like a couple of cocktails.
But this one also includes three meals I ate before I left for Lebanon, so it’s eight places, from drinks to soups to noodles to so called health food to a real German classic. Enjoy!
So I went to Beirut, finally! Why did I want to go for so long? (I got this question a lot): because of the food, the people, the weather, the history, and also the food. My friend Florian and I spent 10 days in Lebanon, mostly in Beirut, some of it in the countryside, – and it’s been a delight! The people are incredibly friendly and welcoming, there’s so much to see and to experience, yes the traffic is literally insane, but oh well. There’s the food – the glorious, glorious food. Based on fresh and local ingredients Lebanese cooking is an amazing blend of acidity and earthiness, freshness and spices, all bound together with fragrant olive oil and fresh yoghurt. Obviously the locally grown ingredients are in their prime, all citrus fruits are perfection (especially that bitter orange), you can even get local bananas here. Delicious treats wait for you wherever you go, there’s an abundance of foods to try and most shops specialise in one dish and strive for perfection of it. Our daily schedule was determined by where we wanted to eat, from breakfast to dinner. It’s a tried-and-tested travel-method of mine that I can recommend a lot, especially when walking to these places to a) digest all the food you ate, and b) get an impression of the city. Beirut’s not that big, so you’ll pass most interesting sights and places on your way to the restaurants.
I’ve had a really, really good eating week… I managed to eat at two of my absolute favorite places in Berlin – fun side note, I wrote down my faves over a year ago, and honestly, they haven’t changed! Does that mean the foodie hype in Berlin is slowing down? Does it mean I’m transitioning into an even more judgemental phase? (The one in which I don’t even give new stuff a chance?) It might be neither, or both. However, both favorites are staying on the favorite list, but this edition of eats is not all praise, since I really, really want to hear your opinion on that one super popular hummus place by Görlitzer Park since I’m… ambivalent. So, leggo!