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Category: Food

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.

Frage: Warum ist das Essen in Berlin oft so schlecht?

Click here to read this text in English: Why is food in Berlin (still) so bad?

Erstmal: Verzeihung, aber das hier ist kein Rant. Denn natürlich gibt es jede Menge gutes Essen in Berlin. Mehr noch, in Berlin hat es schon immer exzellente Restaurants gegeben und es werden jeden Tag mehr. Aber ich begegne zunehmend Menschen, Tourist_innen sowie Einheimischen, die so großartiges über die Berliner Food Szene lesen (entweder auf diesem Blog oder den unzähligen anderen Quellen) und sich dann wundern, wenn die durchschnittliche Qualität immer noch eher … schwierig ist. Weder kannst du in irgendeine Bäckerei reinlaufen und erwarten, dass die Brötchen gut und handgemacht sind. Noch funktioniert es, sich spontan ein Restaurant fürs Abendessen um die Ecke auszusuchen. Gerade die Läden an schönen Orten (am Kanal, im Park, mit Ausblick) servieren eher unterdurchschnittliche Speisen. Und auch wenn man an den besonders gehypten Orten gerade am Wochenende gern mal eine Stunde ansteht, ist das Erlebnis doch überraschend oft eher durchschnittlich. Immer mehr Neulinge ziehen heute (gezwungenermaßen) in Bezirke wie Spandau, Lichtenberg oder Lankwitz und wundern sich, dass diese Kieze noch keine Läden hervorgebracht haben, die ihre hohen Erwartungen erfüllen. Was ist da los?

stacked pancakes at a brunch café in berlin

Berlin’s Best: Breakfast & Brunch Guide

I’ve been eating a ton of breakfasts in Berlin – starting from the 2003 all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with sweaty cheese in Friedrichshain to the 2016 2hrs-min wait-time at the hottest pop-up in a deserted factory in Moabit. I love my classics as much as I love a playful and creative menu. I value good coffee as much as its alternatives. So here’s my choice of breakfast excellency: From a quick Simit in Kreuzberg to extended Palestinian-Israeli feasts in Prenzlauer Berg, Southeast Asian twists on brunch classics in Neukölln as well as the classic German Frühstück in Lichterfelde.

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Thoughts on: Why is food in Berlin (still) so bad?

Lieber auf Deutsch lesen? Klick hier: Warum ist das Essen in Berlin oft so schlecht?

If you came here expecting a rant, I* must disappoint you. I very much believe that there is a ton of great food in Berlin. Indeed, there’s always been good food in Berlin, and we’re getting more and more every day. Yet I often encounter people who come to Berlin, having read about its thriving food scene (on here or via the countless other sources), and then wonder why the average quality of food still isn’t … great. You can’t just walk into any bakery and expect a well-made loaf or roll. Just choosing a restaurant on a whim can be less than rewarding. And places in nice locations (by the water, in a park, with a view) serve subpar fare at high prices especially often. Meanwhile, you might queue at a hyped place for an hour on a Saturday night and then be surprised how average the experience was. This city sees more and more newcomers (forced to) move to neighborhoods like Spandau, Lichtenberg, or Lankwitz, who then wonder why these boroughs haven’t yet sprouted restaurants to match the high expectations of these new Berliners. So what’s going on?

Eats in Berlin: Welcome to Soup Season!

Some of you might be wondering, does she even still eat out? Is this a travel in Brandenburg blog now? Will we ever receive new tips for brunch? And the answer to all of these is: Jein. The great German portmanteau meaning Ja und Nein at the same time and generally referring to: I don’t know! I’m working on a new project right now which is eating up my time (and resources), but I am still heavily invested in the many developments of the local food scene. Especially since the season of comfort food is coming up with loads of opportunities to eat our feelings, literally. So here’re some places to do that well, from cake to breakfast to more dessert, and the lovely soup in the top image. Enjoy!