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9 posts from July 2011

Autumn in July

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We splashed through puddles in our Wellington boots on our way to Kleine Eiszeit: there was no keeping S from her ice cream. Black currant for her, gooseberry for me, then she wanted a taste of my scoop (cream nubbled pale green). A very early pizza dinner at A Magica, now nursery rhymes on the sofa. I rather love this autumn in July. Happy weekend, my dears.

Sunday mornings: Rose shortbread

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So much to tell you! I'm still reeling from the incredible open day at the art school in Weißensee (I meant to just peep in then stayed all afternoon), still drying off after a damp but happy hour at the Freie Internationale Tankstelle's pop-up Biergarten. But let's start with this morning, shall we?

Sunday morning shortbread seems slated to be a new tradition. When Clare brought me a box of homemade lavender lemon shortbread on a flying visit last month, it set my mental wheels racing. It was the perfect thing to have around the house: fragrant, satisyfing, undemanding, the perfect late afternoon pick-me-up for myself or unexpected friends. The shortbread was incredible, of course, and simplicity itself. She had used Delia Smith's recipe, adding a teaspoon of dried lavender blossoms and a bit of lemon zest. And that made me wonder what else I could add. This morning it was rose petals (I used the ones that Sonnentor sells). What next? Black pepper and orange zest?

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Pick-your-own berries & fruit in Berlin and Brandenburg

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I've loved reading your recommendations of vacant lots -- keep them coming! Above is one of my favorites (taken at the corner of Sredzkistraße and Rykestraße a couple of years ago. Doesn't that one perfect apple seem placed by a divine hand? And talking of bounty, I was stunned by this morning's pristine blue sky. Cool breezes and golden light: perfect weather for berry-picking, no? Off we go!

If you're inspired too, here's an updated version of pick-your-own places (strawberries, blueberries, cherries sweet and sour, apples and more) from last year's post. Do let me know if you have favorites I've missed.

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For free foraging in the city and suroundings, see the much-beloved Mundraub (with an article on the same by Slow Berlin here).

Berliner Beerengarten, various locations

Buschmann Winkelmann/Spargelhof Kleistow, Glindower Straße 28, Klaistow (map)
Tel. 033206 / 61070

Neumanns Erntegarten, Heineberg 2, Potsdam-Bornim (map)
Tel. 0331 501651 or 0170 8368646
Reported on by Suzy of Foodie in Berlin and Sam and Sophie of Krauted Haus.

Obstgut Marquardt, Potsdam-Satzkorn (map)
Tel. 033208 57718

Obsthof Lindicke, Am Plessower Eck 1, Werder (map)
Tel. 03327/45624

SL Gartenbau, Perwenitzer Chaussee 2, Oberkrämer-Vehlefanz (map)
Tel. 03304/39940

Obstbau Zaspel, Helenenauer Weg 2, Blumberg-Elisenau (map)
Tel. 03338/45524 o. 0172/4149186

Obstgut Müller, Dorfstr. 1, Altlandsberg-Wesendahl (map)
Tel. 03341/ 215856

Vacant lots & free champagne

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I was at Mitte Meer yesterday, still located in the lonely urban wasteland behind Hamburger Bahnhof. This location is closing at the end of the month (10% off! everything), and I wonder why and what will replace it. If desolation was Berlin's keynote, increasingly it's commerce and noise. This weekend, the Veuve Cliquot Airstream will set up shop in this transitional space, serving posh food truck fare cooked up by the Chipps team: truffled currywurst, sweet potato fries, brioche burgers and so forth. This Sunday there's a fancy brunch from 11am-3pm with French pop classics and petanque, and they've kindly given me two tickets to give to you (two courses + a glass of bubbly or vice versa). Leave a comment by 6pm today and I'll choose two people this evening: extra points if you share your favorite vacant lot in Berlin. Oh, be warned that little ones (under 18s) can't attend, so no boozy brunch with tots in tow!

Clicquot Rolling Diner, Invalidenstraße 50-51 (behind the Hamburger Bahnhof), Berlin-Mitte (map)
Movie night Saturday 16 July from 7pm, Sunday brunch 17 July 11am-3pm, World cup screening 7:30pm on (cancelled b/c of bad weather forecast - check Clicquot Rolling Diner to be sure the other events are happening before you leave)

Update: Dorota & Sascha, the tickets are yours! Drop me an email at hello [at] berlinreified.com with your full name and I'll put you on the list. I love the vacant lot recommendations though, so do keep those coming.

On the way out

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Tiles like these are such a commonplace here that I often forget to notice them.

In the park last night

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And there's our summer back.

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Dial M for Museum (Buchstabenmuseum & .HBC)

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Isn't it pleasing to get on an escalator in a down-market shopping center and find a sleek museum at the top? Design students revamped the Buchstabenmuseum (the Museum of Letters) a couple of weeks ago: see the process documented here. Max, Anna and I went to the opening last weekend. It's all charcoal walls and humming neon tubes in the front rooms. In the back, I liked the exploded-out R best, showing the layers of screws, steel and glass that combine to make a glowing letter.

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