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Author: Mary Scherpe

Corona Crisis: Take-away, delivery & online shops in Berlin (updated)

This post was first published March 17, and last updated March 27. Updates will happen regularly.

It’s a tough time, not just for gastronomy. Small businesses are especially affected, and I want to do my best to support. So here’s a list of what local restaurants and food businesses are doing during these trying times. I can’t feature all of them, but please add in the comments, whether you’re a customer or it’s your own business. I will add more, and keep this post updated. Let’s practice care and kindness.

Corona Crisis: Infos for hospitality business owners

Hope you’re all holding up okay. This is a really, really hard time, and there are so many questions around. And while I’m the last one to promote high productivity in times of crisis, small business owners need to face the challenge this shut-down brings and need to keep active for a chance to survive. We’re all hoping the government will provide security, help with loans, tax reductions, and more. Until this happens, we need to be proactive. Since last week, we’re collecting resources and information in the Feminist Food Club group and I wanted to share what we found here. This post will be regularly updated with new information. First, here are my four encouragements specifically for gastronomy owners, that probably apply to many small businesses.

Sunday Evening Meal: with Samsung

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I’m guessing most people reading this blog don’t consider me a home-cook and it’s true, I love dining out! But I also love to prepare meals at home. And while I do sometimes go for a quick fix, I also enjoy stocking my fridge for more lavish recipes on the farmers market – the one at Südstern is my favourite, because it’s close to my house, isn’t too big and has everything I need. I made it into somewhat of a ritual to prepare the week to come on Sundays, and so here we go: I’m teaming up with Samsung to show you how I stock my fridge and prepare my week on Sunday evenings.

Escape: Where to Eat in Paris

Another three days in Paris means three days of feasting, walking, and endless enjoying. Only coming for a visit makes it much easier for me to relish the city’s offerings – wandering from boulangerie to patisserie to bistro without caring about their housing crisis, traffic crisis, or politics crisis. Or about the fact that I still haven’t been inside the Louvre! What bothers me even more is that I also didn’t make it to the many places on my list in the 11th arrondissement, limiting my ways to the 1st and surroundings with occasional trips to the Marais and the 9th, like a real tourist. Well, there’s always a next time for Paris, right?
Here’s what I ate this time, quite different from my last visit in May. Gonna be back soon, let me know your tips and tricks in the comments.

Escape: Usedom

Sponsored in parts by Strandhotel Ahlbeck

Spending time by a big body of water is the ideal restoration for me – a lake is fine, but the sea is even better. The closest option to Berlin is the Baltic Sea and its many islands and peninsulas. Over the holidays I got the chance to visit one of the prettiest, Usedom, with its many classic Bäderarchitektur mansions. I stayed in Ahlbeck over the holidays, invited by the recently opened Strandhotel, which has one very important feat when it comes to staying by the sea: it’s in the front-row to the beach. Just a sidewalk and the dune is separating you from the breaking waves.