The other day, when we were filling our bellies at Markthalle Neun, Anna of Big Stuff Smoked BBQ came up with the following idea: what if we could sneak into a chef’s kitchen, not only to see but to hear what they’re listening to? Taking a look behind-the-scenes, listening to the same music that’s playing when the chefs do their magic. Many of you know how much we love the combination of food & music and there’s supposed to be a connection between the music a chef’s listening to while getting inspired for culinary creations.
If you were asked to picture your perfect supper, what would it be like? A selection of ham, sliced so thin you can almost look through it? Some cheese, so stinky the taste can only be as savory? And how about some fresh bread which just serves as the best base for the cheeses and hams? Imagine a table filled with these delicacies, and then topped with a bottle of good wine. At Vom Einfachen das Gute, you’ll find all of that! (Including that beautiful table.)
When one of your favorite things to do is standing at the stove, letting your thoughts simmer like the sauce in front of you, then you might have already stumbled across this shop on Invalidenstrasse – at Kochtail one can spend as many hours as in the kitchen, a paradise for everyone who not only likes but loves to cook and bake.
There is something special about places in the world that you immediately feel at home. To me, this is Shakespeare & Company in Paris – the small bookstore with a great history. When I first visited, as soon as I walked through the door, time seemed to stop. If only for a moment, I had entered a world on its own: huge piles of books, so many of them that the tiny shelves were likely to crack under the heavy pressure. Listening to a piano player while browsing the book selection, I felt a lump in my throat when I left. Back in Berlin, we have Shakespeare & Sons.
When my dear mother rolled through town the other day, we had no plans other than enjoying all the food the city has to offer. Being nurtured by her home cooking and baking, I can only remember a few culinary adventures with ingredients used in non-German cooking. Like watching soy bean sprouts grow besides the kitchen sink for weeks and then spice up some salad.
When we found ourselves wandering around the sunny streets of Berlin, suddenly it was my turn to introduce her to some of the best food from foreign cuisines: like the culinary chickpea spectacle at Al Pasha, where some of the best hummus in Berlin is served.