Category: Food

white breads at Sironi, Markthalle IX, Berlin

Berlin’s Best Bread: Sironi

Update: This beautiful Italian bakery won the first Berlin’s Best Bread tasting with its Pane di Milano!

Although I was very sure to predict bread as the most important topic of 2013, the local bakery scene hasn’t yet flourished with new openings and offerings. But now, as we’re about to leave summer behind, a seriously recommendable new bakery just started its business in what is the most exciting location for food ventures in Berlin right now: at Markthalle IX.

Tea in Berlin: Companion Tea

I like it when things go well. And they’re going very well for one of my favorite coffee businesses in Berlin: Companion Coffee. Apart from being busy with their coffee branch in Voo Store, they’ve now enhanced their business towards tea, offering a carefully selected small range for you to enjoy there or to take home. This is a Lakyrsiew black tea from India, harvested in July 2012 from a family-run, artisanal garden.

Noodles in Berlin: Lon-Men’s Noodle House

First off, don’t trust your iPhone to just lead you straight to Lon Men, as it has a Googlegänger some 20 minutes further south, a Chinese restaurant that smelled great but definitely was not the place I was supposed to meet the Wednesday Chef for lunch. By the time I’d rushed my way back up to Kantstrasse (and how could I possible have thought this lovely little Taiwanese treasure would be anywhere else but amidst Berlin’s street of Asian delights; see Aroma and Dao), she had already made headway into a disappointing noodle soup and some surprising off-menu dumplings in chili sauce.

Tea in Berlin: Come Buy

Do you remember the summer of 2012? It was the summer of “Call Me Maybe” and McDonalds started to sell bubble tea at their McCafés in Germany and Austria. That summer, bubble tea was everywhere in the city, every skinny storefront, every empty U-Bahn shop, every former sausage stand started to sell sugary muck filled with gooey little balls.