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!
I’ve had a week of pastries, it seems like. Carbs are always important for me (writing this with a carrot walnut muffin in hand), but this week I upped my game with two pastry breakfasts on the weekend. I’m still in the finalising steps of a job and didn’t get around a lot, and since I didn’t want to show you pictures of my fav home cooked lentil soup (credit to My New Roots from 2009!), this one’s mostly baked goods. Have a good week! And let me know about any exciting things you ate this past week.
So, here’s a new thing I’ll be doing. Because a, it fits better with my overall schedule, and b, it’s better aligned with how I currently want to write about the Berlin food scene on this blog: short but sweet recommendations (or not), depending on whatever I ate the week prior. It’s, admittedly, much more blogging than reporting / journalisting, but hey, this is a blog! So let’s go back to the roots. Let me know what you think!
Otherwise, here’s where I ate this past week and what I thought. (However, I’m leaving out the disappointing salad at a very prominent co-working space in Kreuzberg, which really isn’t worth neither a pic nor a word.)
Aaaaaand summer is over. Is it, though? Not quite, there’s some 30 degrees coming up this week but the air certainly already feels autumnal. And people sense it too, I’ve seen three too many down jackets and knit beanies already. I actually can’t believe people to be so eager to bring them out while it’s still 25 and up! However, my summer’s been very busy, I basically worked and worked and then took a week’s break just to work some more when I came back. Not on the blog, obviously, but as a creative director for a huge project (or three, to be precise). However, I’m kinda back and also need some new inspiration where to eat these days. Lucky me, many things have opened up in the past weeks and months – there’s new pizza (of course, 2018 is the year of sourdough with tomato sauce and cheese), new wine bars in (almost) every district, new coffee and new bibimbap! Have you been to any of these yet? Let me know how you liked it!
And if you need more places that are still kinda new, check out the previous list.