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7 posts from February 2014

To brighten each morning

Riess-enamel-kettle

It's only six weeks or eight weeks after Christmas that you can say with any certainty what your favorite present was. It's not only the jaunty form: the tea kettle also has the merriest whistle.

From the ever-lovely enamel shop Liv in Prenzlauer Berg, which threatens to bankrupt me any time I am within one hundred meters. There's an online shop too, for those who fancy financial ruin from further afield. One day I promise myself I'll have a gentle rainbow of Riess milk jugs, saucepans, and more on my kitchen shelves.

Liv, Stargarder Straße 9, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg (map). A lovingly run shop with a wide range of enamelware products by Riess, Falcon, and more.

A mid-winter feast (Fish delivered to your doorstep)

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A fish supper with friends to celebrate the turning towards spring? Yes please.

Prawns according to Nigel Slater; herbed salmon according to Nigel Slater. Thank you Deutsche See for the chance to try the new shop.

Street Food Thursday Meets Berlinale

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Oh, but it's been heaven to have the Street Food Thursday outpost save me from the gastronomic wasteland that is Potsdamer Platz. (Won't you come back soon, for instance to that vast empty space in front of Kulturforum?) There's an Abschiedsjause (closing party doesn't have the same ring, but there'll be a live band and more) from mid-day onwards tomorrow.

Street Food Thursday at the Berlinale, Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse, Berlin-Potsdamer Platz (map)
Until February 16th, with handmade ramen noodles by Mr. Susan, fish and shrimp on crisp greens by Glut und Späne, pulled pork sandwiches by Big Stuff Smoked BBQ, spicy corn chowder by Maria Maria Arepas, cheese spaetzle by Heisser Hobel, and Andraschko coffee and Sironi bakes by Café 9.

Some stolen moments in Tel Aviv

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In Tel Aviv for work with stolen moments revolving around food. My hosts had the city in their heads and took me everywhere. There were meals taken in the blinding sun, seasoned with the scent of sea. | Manta Ray; an unidentified cafe in Jaffa

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Other times, we crowded into small shopfronts and devoured lamb or frills of eggplant in pliant bread. | MiznonSabich Tchernichovsky

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There were coffee breaks, of course. | Cafe Bacio; Cafelix

(And what did I bring them? Erich Hamann's chocolate mocha beans, Ethiopian coffee from Five Elephant, Mariage Frères tea.)

Wurst & Bier (A day of beer & sausages at Markthalle IX)

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How Wurst & Bier works: you pay five euros for a glass (to keep) and three tokens, each of which buys you .1 liters of beer. Who could resist Vagabund Brauerei's adorable stand, with Bell jars filled with hops and malt? I began with a glass of their hops-infused pale ale.

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Sempiternal though sodden

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 Three moments between things to honor this midwinter spring.

 

A walk around Schloss Charlottenburg

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Sun bathed the vast snowy gardens behind the Schloss Charlottenburg. The frozen river was melting, leaving the ducks dodging the ice floes. 

Beer-tasting-charlottenburg

After exploring the playground at the northern fringe of the park, we retreated to the Brauhaus Lemke across the street and thawed our toes. The impersonal space is popular with coach parties; the food is nothing special, but the tasting selection of four homebrews was a delight.