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4 posts from January 2014

Soups for a snowy city

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The rice noodle soups, which Do De Li sees as their speciality, have that performative element one often enjoys. The contents of the little bowls are tipped into hot broth: the albumen in the quail's egg whitens, the shrimps turn rosy. Nevertheless, I might well prefer the hand-kneaded wheat noodle soups, such as the beef one with its flare of Sichuan pepper described on Mel's wonderful blog

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Also in the chewy vein is the strange and rather wonderful sweet noodle dish dotted with cinnamon blossoms. (Forgive the pictures, it's a dim interior!) Those more adventurous than I might like to know Do De Li also serve such specialities as chicken foot or jellyfish salad. I get the feeling there's a lot of dross on the menu (and note that most of the menu is not displayed online), but those who tread carefully and ask lots of questions are rewarded. 

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The waitstaff have always been lovely, and in contrast to some of the restaurants on Kantstraße, this place has a homey feel, with an electric piano beside the bookshelves tucked in the back. 

Do De Li, Kantstr. 120, Berlin-Charlottenburg (map)

Taschen sale (& giveaway)

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© Akihisa Masuda, from Tree Houses

But oh, lush ink-saturated pages can brighten a slate-skied day.

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© Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, Einsiedeln, from Six Books of Euclid

Today I'm pleased to team up with a publisher I love, Taschen, who makes beautiful books on topics as varied as tree houses, geometry and contemporary illustration, for a giveaway marking a blitz sale that begins today at their temporary Schlüterstraße location (and indeed around the world).

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© TASCHEN, from 100 Illustrators

Leave a comment below to win your own copy of the slipcased two-volume 100 Illustrators, which includes beloved Berlin-based illustrators Olaf Hajek and Christoph Niemann. I'll choose a winner at random on Sunday.

 

January snaps

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me collectors room for a lightweight look at the childhood drawings of Berlin art darlings: Paperworlds.

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Volksfaden for their lustrous range of Spanish wools.

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Du Bonheur for pastries that sing of buttery perfection (the Kouign Amann and the monkey bites are delightful variations on a theme).

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Sironi for a quarter-loaf to kick off the sheer madness that is Street Food Thursday.

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And Moritzplatz for a moment of transport. The birdsong is back, doesn't it feel like spring?

 

A postcard from Scotland

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The new year so full of promise!