After assembling over 50 food and shopping tips throughout Berlin, I thought I might dare a step into the offline world and mark the reviewed spots with a sticker. So I sent out some handwritten love letters just before Christmas, hoping for a positive reply.
Author: Mary Scherpe
Oh well, winter in Berlin is a grumpy and grim beast, only here to diminish our love for this city that turns into a grey slush as soon as September ends. There’s no way to sugarcoat the hard times between October and April and I surely wouldn’t recommend anyone to visit now – however, some of us live here and there actually are ways to sooth the pain.
Pretty enjoyable ways I’d even say, nightlife is never as excessive and fatal as during never ending winter nights, most of heavy German food is actually only to be savored when a chunky knit hides its consequences the next day and there are tons of beautiful cinemas to spend continuous days without sunshine in. Nevertheless I shied away from writing an actual guide until now (whereas I’ve done several funny-sunny summer guides…), preferring to indulge in bored melancholia and wishful thinking of glorious summer days. Still, attack is the best form of defense, so bring it on you icy bitch!
I’ve been writing about Pauly Saal before, and since then had a lot of discussions about it with other people about the quality and the pricing of the food there, which some think don’t go very well together. Judging the appropriateness of prices is hard, especially in Berlin, where every entrée over 15 Euros is considered expensive (and every falafel sandwich over 4 Euros for that matter).
2012 has been a great year for stilinberlin, at least in my perspective. There were dozens of food and shop recommendations, some guides and interviews with my favorit people of Berlin, there was a stilinberlin shop and there was (and still is) a lipstick with uslu airlines. There was quite some travel, some covered on the blog, some done for Vogue Germany, for whom I’ve been honored to photograph the whole year around. With over 200 published articles, I thought a quick look on what’s been the most read might make sense. And the best thing is – I researched this year’s recap in the all shiny and new layout, that will hopefully launch soon. Yes, you read it right, there will be a new layout after almost seven years on the same simple and now almost retro look. Until all changes have been made, you’ll have to enjoy the top 10 list on the old blog, but I guarantee you that we’re working hard on it…
Guten Rutsch! And Happy New Year!
After raving about the highly specialized third wave coffee, it’s time to slow down to focus on a similar but different pleasure. Tea enthusiast Jens de Gruyter recently opened his tea business P&T in the quiet part of Charlottenburg’s Bleibtreustraße.