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WeShare Made in Berlin: Tiergarten Kieztour

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A couple of weeks ago, WeShare asked me to explore the area around Potsdamer Straße and Tiergarten, and share my finds as part of the three-part #WeShareMadeinBerlin series. The 100% electric car-sharing service wants to inspire you to discover Berlin’s unique Kiez culture – silently and sustainably. Some of my very, very favorite spots in Berlin are actually located in the area. First of all, Kin Dee, a popular, Michelin-starred restaurant: Dalad Kambhu’s approach to cooking is always delicious, straight-forward, and reflective, she uses local produce to create dishes evoking the flavors of her home country, Thailand. You can watch the video of us chatting, cooking, and meeting inspiring local suppliers of Dalad – like her ceramist Lisa Kosak of Helka Ceramics, and her farmer Lena Buss of Good Food Syndicate – here. A couple of days later, when the snow had melted, I set out on my own Kieztour, got in a 100% electric WeShare VW ID.3 (what a smooth driving experience!), and went to four chosen spots, to get lunch, dessert, dinner, and some very important pantry items. Check my selection below:

IG Live Series: Food & Stuff

Let’s get back on Insta Live! I have some stuff I wanna talk about… So I invited three of the people I love to discuss things with to join me in a three day series –
Als erstes sprechen Sinthujan Varatharajah @varathas und ich am Dienstag, 16.02., darüber, was eigentlich “lokal” ist. Dieses Buzzword wird in der Foodie Szene ja gern gebraucht um progressive Nachhaltigkeit zu markieren – aber was wird damit eigentlich gemeint und vor allem, was (und wer) nicht?
On Wednesday Feb 17 Kavita Meelu @kavitagoodstar and I will go down memory lane to explore what has changed in the foodie scene of our hometown – and maybe we’ll even dare to look into the future into what will (and needs to) change (still).
Und am Donnerstag, 18.02., besprechen Vanessa Vu @vanessa_vu und ich, warum nicht alle Bubble Tea so sehr lieben (wie wir), was das mit der deutschen Geschichte zu tun hat, und wer in der Stadt unseren Lieblingstee macht.
Ich freu mich! See you then!

Where to: Donate Clothes in Berlin

Unfortunately, my clothing donation drive “Warm Up” will take a break this year due to … you know why. I am very sad about this, it would’ve been no. 7, we would have collected a lot, and the organisations are already missing out on a lot of donations this year. And it was always a super fun event to get together and see everyone before we disperse for the holidays… However, you can still donate your unworn winter warmers! Here’s a list of local places looking for donations. Some of them will distribute them for free to people in need, while others will sell them in their shops for a little money, which they use to keep up their charity work. None of these are for profit, or sell their clothes in other countries etc. etc. I have also added some free shops, where everything is given away to anyone for free.
As always, only donate clean & intact clothing, only bring what the organisations ask for (most times it’s seasonal items since few of them have storage space & men’s clothing is always in higher demand than women’s), and don’t dump your donations in front of closed doors. Especially now during the lockdown, it’s best to call / email before donating to find out how and what to donate.

ZukunftHandel: Eine Initiative von Google & dem Handelsverband Deutschland

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Berlin hat richtig viele tolle Einzelhändler:innen zu bieten, von super neuen Läden bis hin zu traditionsreichen Institutionen. Viele von ihnen sind leider nicht so gut online aufgestellt, wie sie es sein könnten – und damit gehen ihnen jede Menge Möglichkeiten flöten. Dabei ist es gar nicht so schwer! Deswegen freue ich mich, die Initiative ZukunftHandel von Google und dem deutschen Handelsverband zu unterstützen und zwei Läden dabei begleitet zu haben, wie sie ihren Onlineauftritt mit Hilfe der Anleitungen und Tools verbessern konnten. Die Initiative wurde ins Leben gerufen, um den lokalen Handel zu unterstützen und mit Tools, wie einem Google My Business Account oder kostenlosen Onlinetrainings, den Läden zu mehr Sichtbarkeit zu verhelfen, damit sie neben ihrem stationären Geschäft auch digital präsenter sind.

Seriously: The Ten Best Shops for Holiday Gifts in Berlin

Somehow, the 2020 holiday season is of even more importance than any other year. It might be, because it’s literally the only cheerful thing going on in our lives. I for one have definitely enjoyed thinking about what to gift, may it be small baked goods for my neighbours or more conceptual packages for my loved ones. So why not share my trusted sources in the city?