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The Amazing Female Chefs of Berlin

The gastronomy scene of Berlin has lacked a bit of gender diversity for far too long. Gladly, this seems to be changing now, with more and more female chefs and restaurant owners rising up. We’re all in for some more female power in every genre so we took it upon us to introduce you to six talented female chefs in Berlin, who grab the gastronomy scene by the horns and keep creating new opportunities and perspectives for women in the industry.

Franziska by
on April 10th, 2018
in Food, People, Restaurants

Sustainable Berlin: Amazing Zero Food Waste Projects for a Better Future

photo: Elaine Casap

Old habits die hard. Not that this is an excuse for avoiding change, but… they just do. When you, like most of us, grew up in this affluent society of ours, you are used to groceries always being available to you. That yoghurt in the back of the fridge, that you forgot when you went away for a few days… oh well, sheepishly throw it away, you can get a new one today. That take away food, that you didn’t end up eating in the end – bye, there’s the bin. Again, you bought 10 eggs and ended up eating 3? If you are recognizing yourself right now, this article is for you!

There is that indifference, in all of us. But if global food waste was a country, it would be the third largest emitter of greenhouse gases next to China and the USA. Unshaped fruit and vegetables, overproduced goods, portions at restaurants that are too large or expired groceries that are still fine to consume – all of it ends up in the bin, even though it is still perfectly fine to eat. Food waste is on of our biggest problems today and the fight against it should become habitual. This is why we are giving a shoutout to these awesome Berlin-based food projects that are taking a stand against it.

Franziska by
on April 3rd, 2018
in Cafés, Food, Products, Restaurants, Shops

Berlin Street Talk: What is your Berlin experience?

Berlin has been accused of being many things: shabby yet magical, fairly open dirty-minded, pretentiously unpretentious and being that scene whore while it doesn’t ever truly let you in on where that “scene” actually happens. They say Berlin lets everyone be who they feel they should be, resulting in an open hearted city, that rarely lets people out of its loving but smelly embrace. But what really moves you about Berlin?

Yes, you!

Franziska by
on March 27th, 2018
in People

Berlin’s Exhibition Highlights in March 2018

Taking in the large diversity of artists and exhibitions Berlin offers every month, we took the time to pick out our exhibition highlights this month, to make it a bit easier to decide what’s definitely not to miss! Artsy March is blessing us with talented street artists, arousing splashes of nudity, legendary fashion icons, political statements and world famous photographers…

Franziska by
on March 12th, 2018
in Art

The Forgotten Remains of the Original Berlin Wall Rediscovered

Just opposite the railroad tracks of the far out S-Bahn station Schönholz, obviously visible to its passers-by, though half disappearing into a thin, sparse forrest – the newly discovered 80 remaining meters of the original Berlin Wall.

Just when we thought, now slowly, after 28 years and 3 months after the Mauerfall, there is nothing new to be said about the German division and its physical leftovers. But a few days ago we found out that – flipping hell – colorful remains of the historical first version wall, that physically and ideologically divided Berlin, were identified and unveiled as such only this February. We had to see this with our own eyes and made a little excursion there last weekend.

Franziska by
on March 2nd, 2018
in Stories

Do Berliners Still Follow their Dreams?

When I was little, I thought that all things in life needed to follow a given structure. Like the mail that goes through the postal system, or like my big sister following her daily schedule for school. Similar to Pacman we move within a certain frame from A to B, as quickly and efficiently as trains on railroad tracks, with those few stops along the way, where we can either get off and  change trains or just carry on till the end. It’s safe, I learned. It’s comfortable. It seemed like this is simply how things in life function as well as how we grow and evolve. We go to kindergarten, preschool, high school, university and start working to build a career, which asks for commitment and endurance. So, people in their 20s like me, who have been following these sort of systems all their lives, are slowly starting to lose stamina; Wait, what was this dream again I used to follow…?

The options, what to make of yourself and your life, are endless. The stories of people who have dared to go off the grid, are all over the internet. Are we still having this one dream, or is the dream now to squeeze as many achievements under our belt as possible? Is there still that one position you still dream of working in or has it become many or even none?

Franziska by
on February 27th, 2018
in People, Stories

Berlin’s Iconic Nightlife Illustrated by Virginie Kypriotis

We have encountered many memorable illustrations of our favorite places in Berlin. Of our go-to clubs, our favorite freaky Berlin people and Berlin’s eclectic nightlife, but we have never seen an illustrator capturing the mental showdown of it all. The meta-level of what is playing out in our minds, when we go party in all of these places, with all those weird-ass freaky people we love so much, living it all up under one sweaty roof. That’s why we were in awe, laying eyes upon Virginie Kypriotis epic depiction of Berlins nightlife for the first time. Her ability to fuse her gift of illustrating with her sensitivity to special situations creates a whole new level of nightlife illustrations that we are excited to share with you.

Franziska by
on February 16th, 2018
in Art, Party

The Bizarre World of Extraweg: An Interview with the Berlin-based Artist

Just a little over a year ago motion designer Oliver Latta a.k.a. Extraweg started to share his artwork on Instagram and, quickly, hundreds of thousands of people fell in love with his unusual and captivating animations. Especially his recent videos, marked by their unique clean pink style and the elasticity of his figures, fascinated a whole generation of social media users and left us questioning: What is it that he created, that holds such a strong spell over the viewer? But before you get lost in one of his captivating loop videos, make sure to check out our talk with him. He, who we found through his artwork on his Facebook page, has one especially important message about that: Find inspiration in everything everywhere – outside of the realms of phones and computers.

Franziska by
on February 7th, 2018
in Art, People, Videos

What does the Taste of Chocolate Remind you of?

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You know how different moments in combination with certain tastes can suddenly flood your mind with memories. Like how lemon cake reminds me of my birthdays as a child and sour candy of my yearly road trip to the baltic sea. So suddenly sweets become more than a just a little treat but develop into a well of memories and hidden associations to draw a smile from. This is what Milka wants to make its fans aware of with their new campaign.

The iconic chocolate brand invites its fans all over the world to take a bite and feel what the taste reminds them of sharing their experience on social media using the hashtag #milkaschmecktwie (Milka tastes like…). All Berlin-based Milka fans will be happy to hear, that there is a special chocolate event happening at the Mall of Berlin this weekend. Milka invites everyone to share their personal associations with the taste of their chocolate on the Wall of Inspiration, this Friday and Saturday. Feel free to stop by, take a photo at the installation or write your association on the back of a postcard to decorate the wall with! Of course, you can taste a piece of Milka chocolate before jotting down what its taste brings to mind.

Franziska by
on January 25th, 2018
in Food, Products

Unique Industrial Design & Furniture at Urban Industrial

The combination of wood and metal makes your heart race, you wish that steam punk had actually been a time period and “vintage” truly is your second forename? Let us hook you up with the Mekka of industrial furniture at the one and only “Urban Industrial”, the holy hall for everything antique, unique and extremely stylish.

The brand was born out of founder Jakob Wagner’s strong passion and unmistakable talent for collecting vintage furniture from shut down factories, skillfully refurbishing them and putting them up in his store for you to fall in love with. What used to be a ballroom opposite Volkspark Hasenheide at Hermannplatz now spectacularly serves as their showroom. Upon entering it impresses you with its large space, remarkably high ceilings and grungy looking walls. With the atmosphere truly mirroring the industrial style, making a visit resembles an experience rather than just a shopping trip.

Franziska by
on January 17th, 2018
in Neukölln, Shops