Showing posts with label Berlin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Berlin. Show all posts

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Afternoon Tea Total.

Afternoon Tea Total is written by Natalie, a Londoner who splits her time between London and Berlin and is obsessed by afternoon tea. Luckily both cities have a strong tradition of afternoon tea (or Kaffee und Kuchen) so Natalie gives us the lowdown on their best tearooms. She's just back from a long trip to Japan as well, so check out her experiences of traditional Japanese tea rooms. (Beware. You will be absolutely gagging for tea and cake after a visit to her blog.)

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Berlin pictures.

Here are some of our Berlin pictures, now that I'm home and slightly more coherent. (When I last posted I was in my hotel room, preparing to check out both figuratively and literally after five solid days of eating, drinking and snowball fighting. Slightly delicate, let's say.)

Our days were filled with museums and walking the streets. The Bauhaus Archiv was in a fabulous building, and great for a couple of hours of pretending to be a German art student in the 1930s, painstakingly painting colourwheels.

There was an exhibition of Blue Note photography that I really enjoyed at the Jewish Museum. (A brilliant building within interesting exhibits but chaotic, with airport-style security.) Their kosher food exhibit was really interesting too, with a whole room devoted to matzo bread.

I decided that I would like to live on Rosa Luxemburg Platz. Dominated by the stunning Volksbühne building on one side (great for a couple of hours of pretending to be the actress from The Lives of Others, on stage at the People's Theatre); with this awesome cinema facing it, and lined with Soviet style apartment blocks.

Evenings were mainly spent drinking glühwein, tasty beers and cheap cocktails in bars such as Scotch & Sofa and Chagall, both close to where we were staying, in Prenzlauer Berg. Formerly a rundown area in East Berlin, the beautiful buildings are now home to the yummies and their associated boutiques and brunching spots. The evening walk home usually entailed a race up to the top of the area's landmark Wasserturm, a water tower which the Nazis used as a torture chamber. Nice.

On New Year's Eve we sat in our favourite bar, Chagall, and took part in the Berlin tradition of setting off fireworks at midnight. It flew against all six of our British sensibilities, i.e. fireworks are dangerous and more than likely to blow off your hand, if not your whole head. There was an eight year old girl setting off the rockets outside our bar. One guy walked over a burning rocket without a murmur. Luckily we'd consumed several bottles of sekt, so we managed to cope with the scene.

I would've quite liked to go to a huge ballroom dance which was being held in one of the few original theatres left standing after the war, the Admiralspalast. How very Berlin! Unsurprisingly, the boys weren't keen.

Oh and for those who asked: here is a currywurst. It doesn't look like much, but really good sausage smothered in a ketchup and curry powder mix is strangely delicious.

Honestly. I mean, look at this huge queue at Konnopkes Imbiß. (Okay, I'm the kind of girl who likes a battered sausage from the fish and chip shop, so I don't blame you if you don't believe me.)

Some more awesome photos of our trip here. (Hope you don't mind, Paddy.)

Thursday, 31 December 2009

Otti Berger, The Bauhaus.

We went to the Bauhaus Archiv today and marvelled at the exhibits: Mies van der Rohe furniture (a sleek, rosewood lacquered desk seriously made me drool); Marcel Breuer tubular steel chairs; and a beautiful, shallow, brass and ebony teapot. But my favourite pieces were portraits of one of the students, Otti Berger, posing in outfits from her dressing up box. I fell in love with her!

(Otti Berger, by Gertrude Arndt, 1932.)

Monday, 28 December 2009

Berlin break.

We're in Berlin until New Year's Day now. I'll probably be back to post anything particularly exciting I come across. (Today, I found handmade wooden hula hoops, striped in illuminous colours. I'm trying to work out how to get one back to England on the plane.)

Until then, I hope you are having a peaceful break. I'm going for a currywurst!

(The picture above is the bookshop at the end of the film The Lives of Others, on Karl-Marx-Allee.)

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Food in Berlin.

The first time I visited Berlin, I was really surprised at how amazing the food was. We're spending the New Year in Berlin with some pals and, always thinking about my belly, I've just called to book us a table for New Year's Eve. My first choice was Schwarzwaldstuben, shown above in a picture I took to make sure I'd never forget where it was. It's a restaurant that does food from the Alsace, which seems to be meat, cheese, pickles and potato in some form, i.e. amazing. We spotted it when we walked past – it's in a gorgeous neighbourhood of galleries and cosy restaurants and alehouses – and people were eating huge stacks of shredded cheese and fine looking ham. Unfortunately they are closed for NYE. So I booked Gugelhof, another Alsatian restaurant. (Those two words don't look good together do they?) Happily, they are open. I had a great raclette experience at this place which I'm looking forward to repeating. (Actual cheese that went down my gullet pictured below).

God, I'm absolutely starving now. Are there any other Berlin restaurants that need to be visited?