Have you already been to the Holzmarkt? It’s the new cultural and social space that has been built on top of the former, legendary Bar 25 directly at the shore of the Spree. The Bar 25 is probably one of the most notable clubs of the post-millenium era and even though it has been closed down for years the legand never died with films and books coming out and new places opening up of people from the previous group of owners. The Kater Holzig across the Spree was one of them that was also open for a few years, and the Chalet at former Heinz Minki beer garden is yet another.
It’s pretty much a miracle that the grounds of the old Bar 25 are now back in the hands of the same people even though this area was meant to become one of the construction sites of the city developement catastrophy that is the Mediaspree. Gladly this could be prevented with the efforts of many people getting involved and maybe also some luck and good will of people in high places. The concept was far too tempting: A new cultural and social meeting point with lots of small alternative projects coming together in one place to create a little haven for those who want to escape the commercialized metropolis Berlin is slowly but surely becoming. Here you can grow your own carrots, have your children play on the adventurous playground, eat your vegan burger, watch independant theater productions and performances or simply enjoy the sunset with a view over the river Spree. And what it turned out to be is exactly that. A place that is open to everyone (without the ruthless door policy of the previous Bar 25) to come and feel a little free from everything.
I’m curious what else is going to grow at Holzmarkt as there are still some areas in construction. Right now you can also see the urban farming projects, some food stands and a bar, lots of seating and lounges, the playground, and the amazing looking Ding Dong Dom theater. I hear there are also plans for another club, artist studios and a gallery. I’m sure many events will take place there soon. Go and have a look for yourself. Some impressions after the jump.
The delicious baked potatoes of Bixels are dearly missed since the cute little restaurant at Mulackstraße had to close a few years ago. Luckily the Bixels potatoes pop back up every once in a while and we are always glad to get another chance to taste them. This week they have another one of those pop-ups at the Club der Polnischen Versager in Mitte. More details about 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.
This Friday Backyard hosts one of its infamous Dinner Clubs starting this Friday with a special German edition. The ones who have participated in the first evenings know that they are very special and comfy and a good chance to meet new people and dine together with the Backyard team. Take your chance and make your reservation quickly ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), cause there is limited capacity to ensure the family – like atmosphere of the Backyard dinner nights. More on the dinner and what’s the menu after the jump.
On Saturday Yeni Raki invited to the Spirit of Istanbul festival to celebrate modern Turkish culture in our city. They invited a lot of Turkish-run local businesses to host a booth in their mordern bazaar, including celebrated fashion labels Issever Bahri and Ina Seifart, as well as Mvschi Kreuzberg. On the food side they had delicious vegitarian food by Knofi, sweets by Chocolateria Sünde, several street food stands and a big live cooking booth. On the stage they presented a diverse program of oriental and contemporary dance, live music, DJs and performances. Enjoy my impressions after the jump.
For those of you who have grown tired of going to night clubs and after hours I have just the right type of new club for you: the Bite Club. It’s a brand new streetfood market taking placing at the courtyard of Arena and the Hoppetosse boat. It’s actually quite genious as you get to taste food from so many different countries all in one place. When we went there for the first time last Friday we saw Okonomiyaki from Japan, Tacos from Mexico, steamed buns from Vietnam, stuffed flatbreads from Italy, Spätzle from Swabia and much more. It’s amazing and it all looks so tasty – and as far as the dishes we got to try it also is delicious! What a great idea and we can’t wait to come here again. The next editions of the Bite Club take place on August 30th, September 13th and 27th 2013. Some impressions after the jump.
Did you ever try food-delivery in your office or at home, because you were working so much and had no time to cook or to go out for lunch? Most of them are unhealthy (cheesy pizza), expensive and all over unsatisfying. But it doesn’t have to be like that. We got in touch with the Berlin start up company Gaumenzauber a month ago. They catered for the shooting of our little webshow The Fruit Salad during Fashion Week and saved our lives and nerves at least a couple of times. Gaumenzauber ist not just a simple food delivery, it is a personal chef who provides you with the perfect meals every day. Learn more about them and see some delicious examples of their deliveries after the jump.
A couple of weeks ago we were invited by a very friendly girl named Claudia (the girl in the picture and yes, she is very friendly) to discover her new concept restaurant Quinoa at Panke e.V. Across from Stattbad Wedding in a quiet terrace we enjoyed a lovely evening by learning more about her vision of healthy food and playfulness with food. While enjoying her delicious vegan snacks Frank, Lia and I talked with her about the vastity of nutritional possibilities Berlin has to offer. At Quinoa they are just serving freshly cooked vegan but still affordable food. Some of the ingredients even come from the garden at Panke e.V. And I can tell you that the food is beyond amazing. This Friday they are organizing a Concert Cocktail with Food, I am very happy to recommend you to go. After the jump there is the flyer with the information and some pictures of our lovely night.
I kept hearing about this new place Volta in Wedding now for the past few months and was very eager to check it out as it’s only a few blocks up my street. Located near the U8 subway stop Voltastraße it’s conveniently close to Mitte. Even though the super huge district Wedding still hasn’t found the type of Kiez infrastructure that we are all familiar with from Neukölln, Kreuzberg and Mitte, it still is developing quite nicely and offers more and more interesting places spread over its entirety.
The restraurant and bar Volta is the latest addition and quite an impressive one. No wonder, as it’s run by Cookies-chef Stephan Hentschel. The menu is quite diverse and very creative. Most of the dishes have the size of startes, so I recommend ordering at least two to get a taste of the variety. With prices between 5 and 7 EUR I think this is pretty fair, especially considering the great quality, refined look and awesome taste. My favorites are the red beet slices on yoghurt and the entrecôte on sticks. Delicious! The dessert is also quite exceptional, you have to try it! And what made the whole visit even better was the service which was super friendly and charming. This might very well become my new favorite place! Have a look at my impressions and the details after the jump.
Even though I am a big fan of Spain I have to admit that I have never really gotten used to the Spanish cuisine. There hasn’t been one Spanish restaurant here in Berlin yet, that I truly enjoyed eating at. Gladly this has changed now. Let me introduce you to Feliu. It’s a brand new Spanish restaurant in the Kreuzkölln area that I was lucky to try out last week. And it was quite delightful!
The place is located at Pflüger, quite close to the subway stop Schönleinstaße. The candle-lit interior has the typical urban-rustic style of Neukölln and Kreuzberg, with lots of little details and antiques, think of Das Hotel. We felt quite comfortable in the place and were warmly welcomed. We tried out as many things as possible on the menu including vegetarian and fish starters, meaty main courses and chocolaty desserts. Unlike most of the Spanish dishes that I have been served so far everything was really arranged with a good sense of style and love to details. Some of the courses almost looked Asian, which was quite unusual.
The baked egg plant with cheese was really good, so was the pork main course. But the absolute hightlight was the chocolate cake, very rich in taste! And to our big surprise everything was unusually inexpensive for the area. No main course was over 13 EUR. I’ll definately dine here again soon and will probably try out the duck. We also heard they have an amazing Paella for brunch on Sundays. Enjoy our impressions and the details after the jump!