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Recap & Winners: Warm Up #6

I am still floored from yesterday’s Warm Up at Markthalle Neun! You came out! You donated! We doubled the amount from last year and collected over 780 pieces of clothing as well as 113 pairs of shoes! And an additional 123 Euro! WOOOOW! We gave out over 1000 lottery tickets to over 170 people and filled over 50 boxes from our logistics partner Boxie24.com with over 200 coats and jackets, 359 sweaters, 218 pants and 38 tents, sleeping bags, or sleeping mats! So proud of you, really!!
This is a huge help for Moabit Hilft e.V., who will distribute all donations in Berlin and beyond.
Before we get to listing the winners of the amazing prizes, I also want to thank my lovely helpers Fanette, Lisette, Lucy, Majeed, Mariam, Mosch, Sandy! And a special shout-out to Helen Amiri, who helped find the prize sponsors. Now read on to see whether you won!

Berlin’s Best: Breakfast & Brunch Guide

I’ve been eating a ton of breakfasts in Berlin – starting from the 2003 all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with sweaty cheese in Friedrichshain to the 2016 2hrs-min wait-time at the hottest pop-up in a deserted factory in Moabit. I love my classics as much as I love a playful and creative menu. I value good coffee as much as its alternatives. So here’s my choice of breakfast excellency: From a quick Simit in Kreuzberg to extended Palestinian-Israeli feasts in Prenzlauer Berg, Southeast Asian twists on brunch classics in Neukölln as well as the classic German Frühstück in Lichterfelde.

Lieber auf Deutsch? Klick hier.

Berlins Bester: Frühstück & Brunch Guide

Ich hab in Berlin wirklich schon jede Menge Frühstück gegessen – angefangen bei den All You Can Eat Buffets mit schwitzigem Käse in Friedrichshain ca. 2003, bis zu den zwei Stunden Wartezeit beim Brunch Pop-Up in einer Moabiter Fabrikhalle 2016. Ich liebe die Klassiker genauso wie verspielte Neuinterpretationen, und schätze guten Kaffee genauso wie Alternativen. In diesem PDF bekommst du meine Liste der besten Frühstücksorte in Berlin: von einem schnellen Simit Sesamkringel in Kreuzberg, über einen ausgedehnten Palästinenisch-Israelischen Schmaus in Prenzlauer Berg, Südostasiatischen Twists in Neukölln, bis hin zum erstklassigen traditionell deutschen Frühstücksbrett im Westen.

Thoughts on: Why is food in Berlin (still) so bad?

Lieber auf Deutsch lesen? Klick hier: Warum ist das Essen in Berlin oft so schlecht?

If you came here expecting a rant, I* must disappoint you. I very much believe that there is a ton of great food in Berlin. Indeed, there’s always been good food in Berlin, and we’re getting more and more every day. Yet I often encounter people who come to Berlin, having read about its thriving food scene (on here or via the countless other sources), and then wonder why the average quality of food still isn’t … great. You can’t just walk into any bakery and expect a well-made loaf or roll. Just choosing a restaurant on a whim can be less than rewarding. And places in nice locations (by the water, in a park, with a view) serve subpar fare at high prices especially often. Meanwhile, you might queue at a hyped place for an hour on a Saturday night and then be surprised how average the experience was. This city sees more and more newcomers (forced to) move to neighborhoods like Spandau, Lichtenberg, or Lankwitz, who then wonder why these boroughs haven’t yet sprouted restaurants to match the high expectations of these new Berliners. So what’s going on?

Coming Up: Warm Up #6!!

So here’s the deal: we’re collecting winter warmers for people in need, and I assume most of you reading this have one or three winter items to spare at home, maybe you’re even currently thinking about where to donate that skiing jacket you’ll never use. This year, just bring it to our stand at Markthalle Neun’s Merry Markthalle on December 15th. And yes, I’ve got some fabulous rewards for your effort.