La Lucha: Reinventing Mexican Food in Kreuzberg

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With so many great Mexican and Mexican-inspired restaurants in Berlin already you would think our bellies would be full with Tacos. Nonetheless it was a compelling prospect for us to get one more – but with a completely different approach. We already highlighted La Lucha in our New Restaurants Guide 2017, and now we all finally got the chance to experience one of Kreuzberg’s most exciting gastronomic newcomers, – reason enough for a ‘lil review.

Andy by Andy
on December 11th, 2017
in Kreuzberg, Restaurants

I tried “6 Unique Ways to Meet Quality People” in Berlin

6 ways to meet quality people

illustrations: Berk Karaoglu

I came across an article offering “Unique Ways to Meet Quality People”. Since dating apps have become a haunt for the visually unfortunate and dull over the last years I was keen to find other options to acquire a “quality” mate. Please humor me when I say that I’m not quite sure how to spot a “quality person” in the wild and the guide offers little advice on that matter. But I wasn’t going to be stopped by such a minor obstacle. I followed the instructions step by step (or as close as personally possible). Here is what happened…

by Guest Author
on December 11th, 2017
in Stories

Wrap Your Presents in the Art of Zebu at Bikini Berlin

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The Bikini Berlin is never short of a lovely surprise when it comes to using their amazing space for beautiful creative projects. Just like last year they have teamed up with an artist duo to transform the center of the concept shopping mall into a wonderland for the senses. Combining a fun photo wall, a greeting card station, a present wrapping service and a cute little winter punch booth the colorful illustrations of the lovely guys from Zebu magically materialized as a little playground full of curious animals and creatures.

The heart of the installation is the free Christmas wrapping service in the middle where you can bring all your Christmas presents to be masterfully wrapped in the exclusive paper designed by Zebu for Bikini Berlin. Or if you are crafty you can also swing the scissors and ribbons yourself at the big self-service tables. The paper comes with three artworks that represent different aspects of Christmas and embody the style of the two artists perfectly. The fact that they love to work with animals makes so much sense given you are looking straight into the monkey house of the Zoo right next to the mall through its big panorama window. In fact the sheets look so cool that you could as well frame them and hang them in your house as art prints.

The postcard station offers your the possibility to either send Christmas greetings to your loved ones (Bikini Berlin will cover the postage) or cut out and fold the animals to start your own little zoo. It’s all too cute!

Frank by Frank
on December 8th, 2017
in Misc.

Night Falls on the Berlin of the Roaring 20s

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illustrations: Robert Nippoldt

Berlin in the time of the Weimar Republic is one of the city’s most thrilling periods and no wonder many have tried to revive this time – for instance with this Second Life animation. There’s a new illustration book coming out now that will take you on a joyride through that enchanted section of the city’s past – we tell you what you can expect inside.

The German illustrator Robert Nippoldt has been following a brilliant concept while creating his subsequent books. ”Night falls on the Berlin of the Roaring 20s” is already his third work, after ”Hollywood in the 30s” and ”Jazz. New York in the Roaring 20s” that takes the readers on a time travel. Nippoldt’s illustrations are accompanied by stories and anecdotes gradually unraveling the secrets of a particular era.

Michalina by Michalina
on December 8th, 2017
in Art, Books

Spooning Cookie Dough: Prenzlauer Berg’s Sweet New Dessert

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Berlin is a city of vices and few of them are as innocent as sweet tooth. But the Berlinerin Diana Hildenbrand has elevated her habit of scooping on raw dough into a yummy business idea. Those of you looking for a candy haven where you definitely won’t have to add extra sugar – read on!

Her store in Prenzlauer Berg looks like it was taken out of a Wes Anderson movie – and the fairytale aesthetic is a perfect setting to experience the luscious snack. Raw cookie dough is not yet a very popular concept in Germany, but it has many followers in the US – and that’s how Diana first came across it when during her pregnancy she was googling cake dough recipes that didn’t contain eggs.

She organized a few tastings with friends and after their positive response, she quit her job and devoted herself solely to her two kids and the cookie dough business. Now, you can choose your favorite from a sweet variety of cookie dough sorts jazzed up with delicious extras like hazelnut and chocolate spread, roasted almonds, marshmallows just to mention a few, along several different toppings.

If you like your desserts extra sweet, you just have to check out this place!

Michalina by Michalina
on December 7th, 2017
in Cafés, Prenzlauer Berg

A Trip to the Cutest Creatures of Brandenburg: Alpacas

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For some Berliners, Brandenburg feels like Mordor from Lord of the Rings. A dark place you are not supposed to go. But our recent discovery will make this assumption disappear even for the most sceptikal ones: An Alpaka farm with the most fluffy creatures of the world

Just one hour from Berlin by car is the little village of Börnicke near Nauen. There you will find the privately run Alpaca farm run by Nora and Joachim. Both are big fans of Alpacas who normally live in South America. They decided to build a little stable for these incredible animals next to an idyllic forest.

When we arrived we did not really know what to expect. But as soon as we stood in the middle of the field the funny animals avidly came towards us eating crispy bread from our hands and cuddling with us. We instantly got high of joy. I would have never believed it myself, but playing with these animals gives you the absolute feeling of happiness. When they look at you with their cute big brown eyes you cannot avoid feeling a deep warm sensation around your heart.

Claudio by Claudio
on December 6th, 2017
in Stories, Travel, Wellness

Freedom is a Raw Dance: Come as you are!

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photo: Anna Agliardi

The story begins like a typical Berlin fairytale: Three dancers from Syria, refugees, unwanted and threatened artist in their homeland, find a new destiny for themselves and their art in Berlin. With an Israeli choreographer that supports their dreams and helps them to find a new artistic way of expressing themselves putting their story on stage here in Berlin.

But the creative process behind Come as you are, the new piece from Nir de Volff, Medhat Aldaabal, Moufak Aldoabl and Amr Karkout, is much more complex than a fairytale. In several public rehearsals, the dancers and the choreographer invited the public to be part of the creation. A creation that was full of confrontations with the current political situation but also with deeply personal stories with little heartfelt banalities and the big big questions: What is the meaning of all this suffering? What is my body made for? And will I ever be free?

No easy answers to all of that, except maybe that dance is humanity’s most universal language and the key to understanding each other. No matter if we are German, Syrian, Jewish, Muslim, gay or straight. The dates and address and more beautiful pics by Anna Agliardi below.

Claudio by Claudio
on December 5th, 2017
in Theater

So What? It’s Berlin!

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It’s Monday, guys and you’re just rolling out the club heading straight to work not having changed or showered in 3 days. So what? It’s Berlin!

This video by comedian Daniel-Ryan Spaulding hilariously mocks some of the biggest cliches of our outrages Berlin lifestyle. It’s so painfully true sometimes the only thing you can do is laugh at the absurdity. Probably the funniest Berlin video ever! But see for yourself.

Frank by Frank
on December 4th, 2017
in Videos

Christmas Markets & Events in Berlin 2017

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Gendarmenmarkt, photo: Michael Setzpfandt

Although this year it may feel like the Christmas Markets season came exceptionally early, with still no traces of snow and surprisingly mild temperatures, the festive frenzy is upon us – and we’re excited for all the Glühwein, Plätzchen and proper christmas shopping! In this year’s guide, we’re reacquianting you with some places from last year and presenting others that are happening for the very first time.

When it comes to christmas events, Berlin’s just as versatile as you might have expected – you’ll find a few traditional markets, some really design-oriented events, a film festival and even a masked ball.

Franziska by Franziska
on December 1st, 2017
in Market

Survival in Neukölln: The Life in Berlin’s roughest Neighborhood

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“Survival in Neukölln” – that’s the title of documentary filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim’s newest work. Following the life stories of various inhabitants of Berlin’s infamous neighborhood, the movie visualizes Neukölln as a place full of creative contradictions.

We meet Drag performer Stefan Stricker who calls himself Juwelia, the androgynous Cuban singer and dancer Joaquin la Habana, or a queer Syrian singer, called Enana. We participate in gay-nudist cooking groups, female theatre performances and turkish demonstrations. We see a Neukölln that has became a melting pot of young and old Berlin, and the epicentre of rapidly increasing rents.

Andy by Andy
on November 30th, 2017
in Movies