food

Healthy, TASTY food in Brunnenstrasse

You’ll find plenty of places in Berlin that offer “healthy food” but at nine out of ten places I visit I’m disappointed by the quality and the choice of ingredients.

So what a thrill today when Martin introduced me to a new place in Brunnenstrasse, close to Anklamerstrasse – of course I forgot the name. I might suffer from holiday brain?

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I believe the super friendly owner, who learned his profession at Palace in Westberlin and a high end French restaurant in Knesebeckstrasse, was called Jonas. A young guy who I reckon will go far with the skills he and his team proved today.

Went for a small salad (which was plenty!) plus a bowl of bolognese which was deliciously sweet – I’m guessing from the use of carrots. (I’m a sucker for sweet.). Vegetarian, vegan, paleo, raw – all possible, I believe.

Also make sure to have a fresh apple juice! – the best I’ve ever had! Tasted like biting straight off a perfectly ripe apple. They have some special machine for it..?..holiday brains.

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Update: it’s called Joris!

Amore amaro. An Italian pleasure with history

Working on a project for illy these days I of course get a lot of Italian input. And what I love most about Italians; their ability to enjoy….indulge…consume with pleasure.

This current Italian favorite of mine, was introduced to me at PANTRY though. The Americano; campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda. I have a thing for bitter cocktails. Maybe because they work all year round…hot, cold, wet, dry.

Spike it with gin and you have Negroni. Or I tend to add vodka, simply because.

Happy weekend!

Soundtrack

Wiki says:
The cocktail was first served in creator Gaspare Campari’s bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It was originally known as the “Milano-Torino” because of its ingredients: Campari, the bitter liqueur, is from Milan and Cinzano, the vermouth, is from Turin (Torino). It is popular belief that in the early 1900s, the Italians noticed a surge of Americans who enjoyed the cocktail. As a compliment to the Americans, the cocktail later became known as the “Americano”. A more probable explanation however is that the name was derived from the word “amaro”, which means “bitter” in Italian.

It is the first drink ordered by James Bond in the first novel in Ian Fleming’s series, Casino Royale. In the short story “From a View to a Kill” Bond chooses an Americano as an appropriate drink for a mere café; suggesting that “in cafés you have to drink the least offensive of the musical comedy drinks that go with them.”[2] Bond always stipulates Perrier, for in his opinion expensive soda water was the cheapest way to improve a poor drink.

Mexican / Korean Weekend

I had a quick lunch today at Chaparro (craved their soft tacos) and saw this flyer promoting this weekend’s fusion food event with Fräulein Kimchi.

For those who are in the neighbourhood – or feel like doing some food fusion vs. Kreuberg exploring, it sounds like a winner.

More sips of happiness, please.

Have you heard about LIVE HAPPilly yet?

Berlin/Germany campaign for Italian premium coffee brand illy and current project of uduak // urban explorer (handling collabs and communication) where we basically turned Berlin into “the woooorrrlds” largest espresso bar.

Get your “sip of happiness” at 20 selected Locations (“HAPPilly Places”) around town with a first class Espresso/coffee and participate in competitions and special events. All you have to do is register on the website to become part of the LIVE HAPPilly Community.

Read more on www.happilly.de or check out the coffeelicious HAPPilly Blog.

HAPPilly Places
Dudes Factory • Shusta • Baerck • Blush • Stilrad • Cara Tonga • F. Rau • Reading Room • Wood Wood • Boros Bunker • Andreas Murkudis • JACKS Beauty Department • Ofelia • Akeef • Dialogue Books • Amorph • Soto • C’est tout • Nickels Berlin • Purple Phoenix

Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Les Valseuses. One of my favorite new places in Berlin. Julien and Olivier from Themroc in Torstraße recently ventured into opening their own place.

Happy they did! Big fan of their French/Belgian creations and even better: it’s located 500 m from my place.

Join them on Facebook.


Pictures by me and Ami.

“Gesundheitsfördende Gerichte” (and beverages full of e-numbers).

As mentioned in my “Bike ride der Kulturen” post I made a spontaneous stop at Korea Haus last Sunday.

My friend Ami already went (she ditched our date) but her feedback (that I respect since she’s been travelling in Korea and is as passionate an eater as I am) came out less positive. Not “bad” it just wasn’t the best Korean she’s had had in Berlin – she mentioned another place but of course I forgot the name: Ami what was it?

– cause I’m pretty curios cause I thought the food was YUMMY! I had the tofu teriyaki if anyone is interested. And some sort of cinnamon/ginger/kaki drink from a can. Sure it’s full of e-numbers but it tasted devine!

Culinary world trip in Wedding. Part I

Finally made it to Da Baffi on Saturday. Accompanied by the foxy Miss Sonnichsen (and later on die Hübsche too).

Very recommendable indeed! The atmosphere was even more charming than the photos I’ve seen. Lots of unique details that made it all come together beautifully.

And the food! Unfortunately my stomach is not so keen on pasta anymore but it got overruled when I read the magic words “ravioli…ricotta…tartufo…burro e salvia”. Sage butter heaven!

Of course my phone died 5 min after I arrived so no pictures but I did capture my next target to explore on my way to Da Baffi: Korea Haus.

Was intrigued by the impression I got when walking by and as I googled it yesterday I realized it has been on my to-do list since I read about it on Kiezlage (an excellent Wedding blog).

Culinary world trip in Wedding Part I, check! – let’s see when Part II will be ready.

About the pleasures of beer.

Being from Denmark I believe I can engage in a beer-related discussion at a fairly high level. Though I wouldn’t call myself an expert.

But I can definetely share some of my favourites and tips on beer pleasures.

Went to a tasting with Braufactum and Brooklyn Beer recently. Top-notch! Don’t know all the fancy wording but my favorites were: Sorachi Ale and Local 1.

And at the beer tasting I met Mr. Solkowski who is the Master Brewer at “Meierei im Neuen Garten” which is now on my must-experience-list for this Summer. What a view!

Regarding old news I’m a big fan of Tsingtao which you’ll find in any respectable Asia supermarket.

Then there is the micro brewery Hops & Barley in Friedrichshain which besides an in-house brewery offers a holiday-apartment for up to six people on the 1st floor – which I guess can come in handy now and then. (Pictures on website.)

And if you’re in Copenhagen make sure to visit Mikkeller Bar which is very “Vesterbro’sk” in its decór and has a fine selection of first class beers (including the house brew).

And yes, I’m filing this under the category “Food”.

Stepping into Italy.

“P.S. “off the record” – Da Baffi is without a doubt the best Italian food I have had in Berlin (and I am always searching).”

This was a byline in a mail from Molly the other day. I don’t remember when I discovered the little Italian eatery but sometime last year – and I still haven’t made it there.

But with Molly’s statement to proof that it’s worth a visit, I think it’s time to go.

Fotos by Berlin Reified – a fine blog about life in Berlin.

Fish in a Meat District

Waiting for a place like Fiskebaren in Berlin.

Good product, sense of aesthetics and loving what you do = success.

Photos via the amazing Selby. More here.

The Copenhagen Food Adventure

I recently wrote about a new restaurant in Copenhagen I wanted to try at my next visit. These are also featured on my list:

Oysters & Grill

Recently, an Oysters & Grill place opened in Berlin too. Bebe Rebozo. Haven’t had the chance to test. Judging from photos I like the CPH version better though. Interior-vise.
– and before eating fish, check this visual by the Guardian displaying which fish are “right” to eat.

Geist

The brainchild of Michelin Star chef Bo Bech.

Radio

Another “regional/seasonal” concept. By Danish food guru Claus Meyer (originally part of Noma).

Rawfornia

Raw cupcakes (gluten-free), parsnip rice, raw bread, superfoods and more.

Die Burgermanufaktur

I’ve written about The Bird earlier. My favorite burger place in Berlin. I haven’t found its match yet but I believe BerlinBurger International is a worthy contestant.

The only downside: it’s located in Neukölln which is too far from my place to go sate a sudden burger craving.