Winter makes me cook at home more – the idea of going out into the cold for a maybe not so great meal is just not as appealing as in summer. However, if it’s a huge bowl of noodles I will go, so I went to one of my fav ramen places. Somehow I expected the city to be emptier than it currently is (it’s quite packed for January!), are these already the effects of that horrible Berlin, I love you trailer? I can see the tourism board being the only ones clapping their hands at this awful misrepresentation that seems to speak exclusively to IG travel bloggers… I can’t see many good things coming from this film. So let’s focus on food instead.
Helloooooo 2019! Happy new year to all of you hopefully happy eaters out there. Have you had a good break? Some scrumptious Stollen, loads of Glühwein and all the cookies? Hope you were warm and cosy, or excited and exhilarated, whatever you prefer.
I spent most of the holiday season by the sea, walking a lot of kilometers on the beach and through pine forests, I read a lot and ate a lot. So I’m well prepared for the new year, and hopefully resilient enough for the next weeks of real winter (sans holiday lights or new years cheer).
This post is a mix of last year and new year eats, but it’s just a calendar issue, so don’t care, really.
It’s that wonderful time of the year! The new Stil in Berlin Best Places Map is released! This time, the map for 2019 comes as a pdf. You can download it anytime and anywhere, and have instant access to 99 hand picked places in the whole city. Berlin is a sprawling metropolis, that seems to reinvent itself every 24 hours – but no need to feel lost! This handy map helps you find the independent, small scale cafés, restaurants, bars, and shops that are the city’s most exciting (and satisfying). From boozy brunch options to the best bread and delicious dining options (and really spicy Chinese food!), from cool shops to spruce up your wardrobe (and your home too!) to Gen-Z approved nail salons.
So, I’m closing this year early. There’ll be one more thing coming tomorrow (or next week), and then that’s it before the new year. Here are seven places I’ve eaten at in the past two weeks, from one of my fav Chinese places, to some possibly detoxing greens, really good breakfast and pastry, and not so great pastry (that everyone else seems to love, though…). I’ve also dared going into one of those places I thought were only for tourists and have been pleasantly surprised! Read on to find out more. Have some happy holidays, eat whatever and how much you like, have a great slide into the new year (translated a German saying here), and see you again fresh and hungry in 2019!
Oh my heart! Yesterday’s Warm up #5 at Markthalle Neun was soooo successful! We collected over 440 pieces plus 466,19 Euro!! Which is more than double from last year! You all really came out and schlepped and donated and contributed so, so much! We gave out over 500 lottery tickets to over 190 people and filled over 50 Boxie24.com boxes with over 250 coats and jackets, over 170 shoes and more than 20 tents, sleeping bags and mats! So proud of you, really!!
This is a huge help for Kreuzberg Hilft, who will distribute all donations in Berlin and beyond.
Before we get to listing the winners of the 21 amazing prizes, I also want to thank my lovely helpers Ash, Helen, Majeed, Marion, Sarah and Steffi! Now read on to see whether you won!