Author: Mary Scherpe

Baklava and Kanafeh from the best Syrian pastry shop, Damaskus Konditorei

Syrian Sweets in Berlin: Damaskus Konditorei

You probably know that Sonnenallee is often nicknamed “Arab Street” due to the many Arab owned restaurants, shops, and grocery stores. For years, they’ve been mostly Lebanese owned, but with the arrival of many people from Syria in the past years, this has slightly shifted and the offered products and dishes are more diverse than ever. And it gets better and better – here’s one prime example for this development: Damaskus Konditorei is making the most delicious desserts, baklava, and kanafeh on Sonnenallee.

Mary having Berlin's Best Ice Cream at Oak & Ice, Prenzlauer Berg

Berlin’s Best: Ice Cream Guide 2017

Germans love ice cream. I mean, we all love ice cream! Who doesn’t LOVE ice cream!? As a result, Berlin is full of ice cream places, many of them with lines out the door, because ice cream is one of the rare things in life, Germans  (everyone) willingly queues for. Thanks to this wild love, the local scene is thriving with excellent places spread all over, who’ll serve you frozen treats in all their varieties. I made this guide to help you find the best places with the finest ice cream in the city.

A plate of white asparagus at Einstein unter den Linden, Berlin Mitte

Asparagus in Berlin: A Short Guide

We’re in the midst of Spargelzeit, the high time of German obsession with white asparagus. And though one shouldn’t start a post with a disclaimer, I can’t avoid it – because I’m wary about joining the pale stalk craze. Neither do I count the days to when the first roots show up, nor is this the only veg I eat until June 24th. In fact, I’m rather critical about this obsession, since the increasing demand leads to asparagus monocultures, infinite fields covered in plastic foil (sometimes even artificially heated!), and loads of cases of unfair and abusive working conditions for the harvesters. So be cautious about the source of your asparagus, buy it on markets from trustworthy vendors and ask about the conditions, rather than shop the pale stalks at the supermarket. However, although this is a necessary disclaimer, I will tell you that a well prepared dish of white asparagus with sauce hollandaise and young potatoes with some parsley is actually a joy to eat. So due to many people asking, here are three prime places to try this quintessential German dish.