The surroundings of Kottbusser Tor have become part of the intense nightlive and gay scene since a couple of years now. An important anchor for everything that goes on in this area is a bar called Möbel Olfe. The bar has been synonymous for sex-hungry gay bears, beer-drinking lesbians and fun-seeking expats. It might sound a bit extreme but in the end it has never disappointed me by being a relaxed and great place to hang out with my friends and meeting new people.
A while ago, when we published the Strange Magic anthology, we had a nice story from our beloved author Kevin Junk about the Strange Magic of Möbel Olfe. Now he and his author friend Chloe Zeegen have joined forces to create a unique reading night at Möbel Olfe. Both of them have a full set of amazing stories to read from about the amazing nights they spend their. More details after the jump.
You know that we like high quality food and surely recommending good cake places and nice restaurants to our friends on a website was one of our first steps in becomming the nerdy bloggers we are today. Anways, since food is essential and we can’t avoid it (even if we sometimes try, with more or less success) why not celebrate it properly.
On February the 13th our friends and foodexpert from Quinoa the bistro and Gnamo Labs will celebrate the act of eating with a whole day dedicated to food and food-related activities as mini workshops, cooking tips, food art installations, a living exhibition of food art. With this first small event their aim is to bring together professionals and foodies around Berlin to create an accessible meeting point to discover, learn, teach and share knowledge about food. Everybody is invited to participate. Check the facebook event and choose how you want to be part of it. After the jump you will find some delicious examples of the food that will be served and more details.
A Polaroid camera is probably one of the most special items from the time of analog photography. Nowadays where we are all becoming amateur photographers through our phones, ipads, and digital cameras there is less appreciation for the actual printed photo which is quite sad. Impossible Project saved the last Polaroid production plant for integral instant film in Enschede (NL) and started to invent and produce totally new instant film materials for traditional Polaroid cameras and saved them from becoming useless. Now Impossible Projects is coming back to Berlin to open their first partner store in town.
For the occasion they invited renowned Berlin-based photographer Oliver Blohm to show his extraordinary work shot with Impossible film in an exhibition named “The Impossible Nuke”. Also you have the chance to take part in a special microwave session. Bring your own instant photo or shoot it right there and get it “nuked”. Kill your selfie and burn your polaroids I would say. More details after the jump.
photo: Bobby Collins
For a lot of people starting in a new year means also trying to accomplish the pronounced new year’s resolutions of starting a new sport or loosing weight. Fair enough, there are a lot of extreme methods to do so like starting a crazy diet without carbohydrates or running a marathon everyday. But most of the extremist fall back after a month or two in their old unhealthy habits. A good way for starting slowly doing something for your health, spirit and body shape is yoga. Not only does it help even the most unfit person to get back into shape, but also gives you great balance in so many other areas like mental focus, healthy eating, balanced emotions and true human kindness. I started doing yoga after a serious break up and it was the best thing that could have happened to me and to my health.
That is why I want to give you some help in navigating through all the different yoga studios and yoga styles there are in Berlin. I found out that some people have a lot of prejudices against yoga and I also realized that many people don’t know that there are very different styles of yoga. Furthermore yoga is also about your personal search for the right teacher and the right way of doing it for your body. So this little guide may be just a helping push in the one or other direction. But everyone who is truly interested in an enlightening and healthy yoga experience must search for his own way of doing it. You might definitely find out that yoga can be one of the most time-consuming things in your life, because it only works on a regular basis. But it will also be the most rewarding thing for your overall health of body and spirit. My recommendations after the jump.
photo: Gene Glover
Our new guest author Anabel will share her Berlin discoveries with you every once in a while. Follow her stroll through the concrete jungle.
Around Christmas time this city is known to be almost void of people: most Berliners-by-choice are drawn out of the urban scapes. The few souls remaining can, for once, feel like Will Smith in “I Am Legend.” Without the zombies, of course – but with tons of golden lametta.
“Suddenly the city feels like a small, cozy village,” remarked a friend the other day; she’s a Berliner born and raised. “That’s when, after a year of silence, you call each other and say: Hey, want to get out?” Well, and then? “And then you hop outside and walk through the deserted streets together.”
What a wonderful idea. I’ll do that, too! Berlin – just for myself. But – as usual – I’ll need a mission: With peace of mind I’ll casually stroll along Schöneberg’s secret chocolate mile! Three chocolate stores and me – all by myself. Could there be a nicer Christmas gift to myself? I want to wallow in a thousand tiny colourful chocolate bits!
Surprise! If you thought that we wouldn’t have anything special for you this Christmas: Think again! After several X-mas specials and events we also prepared something unique for you guys this year. We teamed up with sustainable fashion label ARMEDANGELS to create a very special collection of T-shirts called Cross Mountain. And the best thing is: After our scarves and leggings it is finally something for the boys! More about it and how to win the shirts after the jump.
One thing that is really amazing in this city: The options for design are limitless. Yes, we have a lot of mass produced products here as well, but we also have countless shops and labels that sell very individualistic and unique designs. This does not only apply for fashion, but also for interior and product design. Especially here in Mitte we have great shops, one of them being the showroom of sustainable design label Supergrau.
Their line of products has some truely beautiful and original pieces, all of them made of high quality, sustainable materials such as stainless steel and local woods. I personally love their lamp collection Furore that comes as a table lamp and a ceiling lamp in a variety of colors and materials. I’m also a big fan of the high chair Love15 that is like a slick designer version of the ones in front of the St. Oberholz. This coming Thursday you will have a great opportunity to take a closer look at the Supergrau products at their Christmas party in their showroom at Gartenstraße in Mitte. More imressions and details after the jump.
Do you remember the night of the singing balconies we wrote about a couple of weeks ago? I heard it was quite a blast. Now the organisers Polly& Bob are planning another large scale urban intervention in Friedrichshain which sounds like fun and I am looking forward to join. What a better way to meet new neighbourhood-friends than having dinner with them. So this is why a big running dinner will take place this Saturday in Friedrichshain where everybody can participate if they live in this district. Forming teams of two cooks you will get randomly paired up with other teams and be surprised what they will serve to you. Every dish will be served in another apartment, so you will not only get to know the cooking abilities of your neighbours but also learn more about their interior. A quite personal, yet funny and communicative event where – with a little luck – you might also find new friends. You can still join untill December 5. To take part you have to sign sign in here and you will get more information directly from Polly and Bob.
This coming Sunday we can all do something for a good cause by doing what we are going to do this month anyway: Shopping! It’s Christmas and all of your friends and family are in need of a present. But imagine with your shopping you would automatically help the victims of the catastrophy in the Philippines or save a homeless person in Berlin from freeze to death in the cold Winter.
Yes, this is not a theory: If you shop at the Charity Fleamarket that takes place on Sunday December 8th at Where is Jesus at Wrangelstr. 57 ALL of your money spent will be donated to the Kälte Nothilfe and to an first aid organization in the Philippines. This is organized by a group of girls who all volunteer to gather and sell donated products for this event and 100% of the proceeds will be used for charity. A lot of agencies, labels and people (including myself) have donated vintage fashion and brand new products for the market. So there is something for everyone! Go and shop from 12-19h. The flyer with more details and a video from last year’s Charity Fleamarket after the jump.
December is always packed. But before everyone heads home and Berlin feels like completely emptied out everyone wants to do something nice with their friends. Each year the KreuzbergKalender offers small events that provide the perfect opportunity for lasting memories and the team has great things planned for the upcoming weeks…