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4 posts from January 2014

Soups for a snowy city



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



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. 


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)

© Akihisa Masuda, from Tree Houses

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


© 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).


© 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

Me-collectors-room Norbert-bisky-ausweis

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


Volksfaden for their lustrous range of Spanish wools.


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


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


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


A postcard from Scotland


The new year so full of promise!