Author: Mary Scherpe

Art in Berlin: Best of abc 2015

Okay, I need to use this first sentence to make clear that the headline of this post was made for baiting-reasons only. This is not the best-of of abc – art berlin contemporary, the big art-fair-cum-exhibition that opens today at Gleisdreieck. This article is, in fact, showing you my personal favs, the pieces that stood out to me in an early viewing yesterday during setup. Which sadly means video works are (wrongfully) not included here, since the many screens I saw were still black. Please read this one as a teaser instead, a glimpse that shall inspire you to visit this big, most important show of contemporary art!

Cake in Berlin: BullysBakery

This beauty is a rice pudding and raspberry cake I had at BullysBakery the other day. The place might not look super special and the selection is not necessarily big, but their pastry is really delicious! And these delicacies console for the fact they gave up on the Flammkuchen. Perfect pick-me-up on a gloomy weekday.

Mexican in Berlin: Neta

Okay, before you say something, I am not very well versed in that kind of food, so Neta might be serving Mexican, or a Californian version of Mexican food, I am not really able to tell – however, their tacos, tortillas, and burritos are delicious! And that means something, considering Mexican is not on my top list, but here in Mitte, the food is fresh, intense and features many delightful textures (which are not all mushy) and thus joins my list of lunch-favs in Mitte.

Pizza in Berlin: Standard

You can get a pizza on every street corner in Berlin. There’s a plethora of Italian restaurants and ‘pezzi’ places claiming to be good at putting a bunch of ingredients on dough and baking it. Thing is, they ain’t. The general standard is pretty low on the Berlin pizza scene, surprisingly low, given that there are that many pizza places. The worst offenders are usually those calling themselves Italian, or even Neapolitan, which is the very reason only one pizza place made it onto this site so far: it’s not even trying to be Italian. However, food times change, and there has been somewhat of a revival on the Berlin pizza front of late. Which is why I and some food-savvy friends have gone on a little tasting tour of five new, and fairly hyped, pizza places in the past few weeks. The original goal was to write an overview of this sudden influx, the result, however, is only one worthwhile recommendation. Although you’d never guess it by its name, allow me to introduce the tastiest new pizza place on the block: Standard.