Berlin’s Drag Birds of Paradise do Showgirls

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Certain characters of the Berlin nightlife are too unique to not be featured in all their shapes and colors here on I HEART BERLIN over and over again.  Amazing show-stoppers who are able to walk the walk and easily put any wannabe Topmodel contestant to shame! We are talking about the talented drag queen scene in town pulling off one nice costume party after another.

From next week Tuesday THE annualy ritual of the LGBT* scene is starting again: The public screening of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Südblock preseted by queen of the queens Pansy. This is not only an occassion for a fun get-together, but of course also for the local drag queens to show off their talent. Most of the screenings finish with a big party afterwards so  don’t worry too much if you come to late for the screening – there is always gonna be more. Check out the Facebook event here for all the info.

To lift up your expectations the bad boy of photography Joseph Wolfgang Ohlert took some great pics for us at the Pansy presents Showgirls party a couple of weeks ago showing some drag queens gone wild. Enjoy them after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on February 27th, 2015
in Party, Photos

Chaparro Goes Vegan: Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Berlin

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Ever since I traveled through Mexico City two years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for authentic Mexican cuisine on par with the delicious tacos, quesadillas and tamales that lined the streets. More so, as a vegan who seems to be fueled by soy and hot sauce, finding spicy, vegan, Mexican food in Berlin has proven to be an ever-elusive feat. Though my kitchen is always stocked with limes, cilantro, habaneros and the like, the end result of my cooking always fell short of expectations. I blamed the vegan substitutes (almond milk horchata just didn’t measure up), and gave up on my search. Enter Chaparro, the Kreuzberg restaurant that offers vegan Mexican food bursting with flavours and life like the city it comes from. Offering both meat and veggie options at totally affordable prices, Chaparro is definitely a new favourite. Click on see the delicious things they offer!

Skylar by Skylar
on February 26th, 2015
in Kreuzberg, Restaurants

Share your Wisdoms and Quotes

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Don’t we all love a little wisdom here and there. At least my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram streams are full of them, most of the time funny, but sometimes also inspiring.

In the spirit of their new campaign the brand new NISSAN JUKE is calling for people to share their favorite quotes on social networks. Why did a car choose this means of promotion you might wonder? It makes a lot of sense actually: The time you spend on the street driving gives you a lot of time to reflect and think and with the world passing by your sides in high speed you are likely to come across some revealing insights that make perfect life wisdoms. Check out their new #klappezu Website and use the truth generator to find some street wisdoms and clever quotes to share with the world- some of which are quite witty and funny. Enjoy!

Frank by Frank
on February 25th, 2015
in Misc.

Abandoned Berlin – The Forgotten Side of Berlin

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Mystical places like the spie station Teufelsberg and the old Spreepark ruin have always been big magnets for the city bringing in the adventurous types who like to discover forbidden places and reminders of Berlin’s history. The website Abandoned Berlin has dedicated itself to discover all of these forgotten places with lots of pictures, reviews and infos on how to get there and how to get inside. The project has now been turned into a book that celebrates its release this month at the local be.bra Verlag. We think the project is really amazing and would love to give you a sneak peak inside the book with some of its most haunting photographs. If you enjoy what you see you might want to visit the talk that author Ciaràn Fahey is giving on March 12 here in Berlin.

Frank by Frank
on February 25th, 2015
in Books, Photos

German Cuisine – The 8 Best German Restaurants in Berlin

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Considering the average lunch or dinner of the modern Berliner is probably something between a Döner and a Kimchi soup it’s becoming more and more unlikely to come across a German-style meal these days! But why? I do realize German Cuisine is maybe not the most famous one in the world, but living here you should have at least tried! And to be honest, as much as I like Asian food, to have a really traditional German dish is just the best and now that I am writing about it my craving for it is becoming unbearable. I might have to go to one of our 8 best German restaurants that we have compiled for you after the jump. Enjoy!

Frank by Frank
on February 24th, 2015
in Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg, Restaurants

Diadora N9000 Live Party – Sneaker Fetish at its Best

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photos: Olga Khristolyubova

For the launch of the 90′s revival sneaker collection of Diadora we went to the (not so) secret coven of all sneaker fetishists in Berlin: the OVERKILL Shop last Friday. Thankfully our expectations in seeing some really weird (but somehow hot) sneaker fans were more than satisfied. Diadora is one of the brands I vividly remember from my Italian childhood and it is very exciting for me to see how they are having international fans nowadays all over the world. The new vintage silhouette and color palette of the N9000 Live put the supercool back on the tracksuit you will wear while jogging with this beauties through Treptower Park. Enjoy some impressions of the launch event after the jump.

Claudio by Claudio
on February 23rd, 2015
in Fashion, Party, Photos

Coroto – A Tropical Vintage Paradise

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photos: Christoph Sagel

The Karl-Marx-Allee in Mitte and Friedrichshain used to be the prestigeous shopping promenade of the GDR. But after the wall came down – probably even before that – it kind of lost its appeal and now only hosts a couple of shops that are kind of insignificant (except maybe BoConcept). But now the street has a new pearl that we can’t wait to tell you about: Coroto is a brand new high quality vintage furniture and interior store that opened recently at Frankfurter Tor in Friedrichshain. The spot is a little bit unusual, but I am sure with a concept as beautiful and sharp they will find their audience and vice versa.

They describe their store concept as “Tropical Living” – we describe it simply as “gorgeous”. They offer a mix of high quality vintage furniture and interior objects with European origins from the 50s to 80s. All of them are in impeccable condition and beautifully refurbished. To bring the tropical element in they combine it with ethnical handcrafts, ceramics and home textiles from India and South America which works wonderfully. It was certainly a great inspiration to completely redecorate my entire house. Especially the ceramic lamps are to die for. Enjoy some fabulous impressions and the details after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on February 20th, 2015
in Friedrichshain, Shops

The Oscar-Nominated Short Films of 2015 in Berlin

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It’s Oscar season again, and as the eagerly anticipated and globally televised event airs on February 22nd 2015, Mobile Kino will be giving Berliners three special screenings of the short films in competition. The Oscars have narrowed down hundreds of internationally submitted short films to just 10, and Mobile Kino, together with ShortsHD will be holding an event at Urban Spree for you to experience them projected onto a big screen. The shorts program is divided into two categories: Live Action and Animation. The 5 live cction shorts will be screened on Saturday, February 21st 2015 at 21h with an encore the next day at 18h, and the 5 animated films will be screened on Sunday, February 22nd 2015 at 16h.  Click on to see the trailers of these innovative stories.

Skylar by Skylar
on February 18th, 2015
in Events, Movies

Cinéma de Mode: Berlin Fashion Film Festival Call for Submissions

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Did January’s Fashion Week and February’s Berlinale leave you inspired? Thankfully, there’s a platform to unleash your ideas and creativity: The Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Since 2012, the BfFF has been an exciting event that takes place once a year to present the fashion film productions of creative minds in front of a festival jury. They hold open calls for submissions, and award the best films. When disciplines converge in art, it does more than bringing two mediums together. They are at once a reflector and propeller of one medium to the other. In the case of the BfFF, the short films I’ve seen cleverly unearthed the forms and textures of fashion through an experimentation and exploration of cinematic techniques. Click on to get a sneak peek of this year’s submissions, and don’t miss the deadline to enter your own film into the competition!

Skylar by Skylar
on February 18th, 2015
in Fashion, Videos

You Gotta Love Berlin – Illustrations by Xuehka

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We’ve recently published a little collection of some of our favorite Berlin illustrations and received a couple of submissions since then which we would love to share with you. This one comes from artist and illustrator Xuehka who is half Colombian and half Italian and now living in Berlin. Obviously it didn’t take very long for some of Berlin’s special qualities to become inspiration for Xuehka’s work and so we find a lot of references to the city in these works. Enjoy some views on the nightlife, the subway, the creative scene and the Berliner’s favorite drink after the jump.

Frank by Frank
on February 17th, 2015
in Art