my eats and drinks in Berlin

by Eva Felis on August 27, 2014

Berlin food

Obviously I took a little summer break from my website and just as well from my kitchen – rather unintended due to the heat. Sorry I kind of sneak out without telling you, the days before my trip had been crazy and the time afterwards had been worst. Where does all this laundry come from? Clean clothes are the least of my problems. Did I mention post vacation days are more than crazy?

I visited my family in Germany and I had a jolly good time. I planned and anticipated this trip for many good reasons, particularly spending time with my family and being spoiled with mom’s home cooked meals. There is nothing out there, that beats home cooked food, especially child hood favorites. Being the list-maker I am, I filled pages in my notebook with things to do, things to eat (this one for my mom obviously), things to bring to Germany and things to bring from Germany to Atlanta. On the other side, I didn’t plan what to eat during my stay in Berlin, my vacation while on vacation. I spend a couple of days with my parents and my two sisters in Berlin and would love to share some of the eats and drinks I enjoyed during my stay. They are all snapshots, please be forbearing! My family is not known for being patient in front of a plate and I had to hurry to get some pictures.

berlin food burritosDolores had been the only thing on my sister list, the crazy burrito lover she is, could not let the chance pass by to get a California-style burrito in her belly. It is a fun place, affordable and the food is very good. I also enjoyed a refreshing agua fresca.

 

Berlin food-1035I didn’t know we are a family of sushi lovers. You always learn something new about those people. We ordered all the same and had to get over that awkward moment when my mom asked for a fork… I guess it’s better this way, you can cause some damage if you don’t know how to handle those sticks.

 

berlin street foodAbove (left): If you are on vacation, you can eat what ever you like. That’s the law. You bet I had my fare share of fast food. In the US I had occationally waiter looking strangely at me when I ask for mayo with my fries. In many European countries you order mayo or ketchup or both, some places in Germany also offer sauces like brown sauce with mushrooms (Jaegersauce) or bell peppers (Zigeunersauce). Berlin is famous for their currywurst (right), a bratwurst with warm tomato ketchup sauce heavily topped with curry powder, spicy and comforting. Currywurst comes already cut with a side of french fries or a roll to dip into the leftover sauce.

My hometown is just a few hours away from Netherlands border and if I am on a short visit to our neighbors a friet speciaal (left) is mandatory. It’s basically French fries with curry sauce, mayo and diced onions, so simple and so good.

 

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Those little jamed filled balls are called Mini-Berliner (above right), except the Berliner, the real ones who live in Berlin, they call them Pfannkuchen, which means pancakes. It’s kind of weird.

My mom made yoghurt parfait with Muesli and fresh fruits one morning. I didn’t get that growning up…

(left) In Germany cake is typically not eaten as dessert after dinner. You have coffee and/or tea with cake in the afternoon mostly on weekends or special occasions (similar to the British tea time) rather than after dinner. I remember meeting my friends for coffee and a chat after work, calling it Kaffeeklatsch in jest. I had a long list of favorite cakes like red currant cake, plum cake, German cheese cake and apple cake. Unfortunately I didn’t manage to eat them all.

berlin biergarten You can find some Biergarten and Beach Bars during the summer months along the Spree river.  You don’t need to be especially lucky to snag one of those patio chairs facing the river and it feels so good to rest your legs after a day on the streets of Berlin. I let some water passing by in the Spree with a cocktail in one hand and a salty Prezel in the other.

 

First picture on top shows a Berliner Weisse. It’s also a Berlin original: very tart and sour beer becomes drinkable (and very refreshing) by adding syrup. Traditional it’s raspberry syrup for the red colored Berliner Weisse and the green one is made with woodruff syrup.

 

 


 

white wine sangria with blackberries and rosemary

by Eva Felis on July 25, 2014

blackberry sangria

A certain sign and kind of proof that I drift from adolescence into adulthood is the change of my taste. Obviously also a change into bad humor, as I should rather say: senility lies in wait. Growing up nothing could be sweet enough and I had been able to eat bags of candies. Nowadays the very thought of it, hurts my stomach and gives me toothache. My first experience with coffee or even wine went along with a sugar high, both had been judged as too bitter and I improved with tablespoons of sugar. All this had altered, I still appreciate donuts and cupcakes but prefer less sweeter fruit tarts. If it comes to wine, it has to be at least a dryer version of semi-sweet and that also reflects the kind of sangria I prefer. Forgotten are those bottles labeled “Sangria” in colorful letters, which also translates in “headache”, containing a potpourri of red wine from the bottom of barrels from all other the world. Homemade is the best, and that’s also true for wine and fruit based beverages. In summer times I prefer white to red wine, for it’s light and crisp taste. Read more >>


 

Weltmeisterbrot – world champion bread

by Eva Felis on July 18, 2014

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Is it okay to talk about soccer on a food blog? Especially me as someone usually total uninterested and clueless person when it comes to sports, but to my defense I truly enjoyed watching the world cup. And you know why, because Germany won that golden thing! That might be old news for you, but some fun facts are: it’s said the trophy is hollow and the winning team just gets a replicate with platted gold to take home. So even I figured out, winning the world cup is not all about the glory and the fake trophy, it’s about getting people together – actually nations – to share tears of joy and sometimes frustration. And also play soccer, needless to say… Read more >>


 

raspberry-marzipan coffee cake

by Eva Felis on July 7, 2014

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This cake is long gone, its life span had been cut short – literally cut in pieces – and is countable in hours, certainly not days. The minute I moved it from the oven to a rack to cool, I almost attacked it with a knife. I could hardly pull myself together to wait long enough to take a few pictures. I am that marzipan nutz. As soon as the raspberry-marzipan coffee cake made its appearance on the kitchen counter, everyone passing by cut one piece after another, and this goes without saying every time it had been just to taste a bit (e), until all was gone too fast. My only regret is that I haven’t been able to wait until the full flavor develops, it’s even better the next day. Read more >>


 

bad reputation

by Eva Felis on June 23, 2014

bad reputation

Some moons ago we celebrated Mr. F’s birthday at Holeman & Finch Public House. We always enjoy their food, in fact they score high on every best burger list nationwide. Today we are not here to talk burger, unfortunately I would love to lay my hands on their recipe… Read more >>


 

blueberry lavender cream scones

by Eva Felis on June 18, 2014

blueberry lavender scones

Moving into a new city forces you to start from scratch in regards of so many aspects of your daily life. It took me one and a half year to figure out where to buy fresh fish, which are the good restaurants, a trustfully and capable dentist and this one is essential in regards of lifesaving: where to find the best coffee in town. I still need a GPS for getting around with the car and that is not going to change very soon. Do you know how many streets in Atlanta have Peachtree in their name? I bet you don’t because no one knows that. Read more >>


 

German Krautsalat – coleslaw

by Eva Felis on June 11, 2014

 

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The dust had settled, in retrospect the renovation of my living room had been more than smooth. Gradually I am getting used to the feeling being fortune to life in a house I transformed just the way I like it: fitting to my needs and wishes. The walls between living and dinning room disappeared and the outcome is a bright open space. All what’s missing is an area rug and maybe some decoration, I kind of suck in this department… Read more >>


 

hot brown

by Eva Felis on June 4, 2014

hot brownThe downside of moving to a different city every year is you have to leave your friends behind every time. The upside is you have friend to visit and very good reasons to come back. Last weekend I had been walking in Memphis again. It had been a couple of months since my last visit, but we picked up our friendship right where we left off. Read more >>


 

Iced Pharisäer- a cold hypocrite

by Eva Felis on May 27, 2014

 

iced Pharisäer Once upon a time on the little island called Nordstrand in the North Sea someday in the 19th century… A festivity took place, the occasion had been a christening. A peasant called Peter Johannsen had become father for the umpteenth time (historians say it might be the sixth or the seventh?) and he had been eager to celebrate this fortunate event properly. Unfortunately the reverend of his church had banned any alcohol, even more he took the pledge. The peasant came up with a brilliant way to hide the booze in plain sight, actually to be accurate in front of the reverend. First off, I’d like to mention that times had been tough. Life wasn’t all beer and skittles near the North Sea back then and especially on this island due to tough weather and severe storms. The islander had been inventive with creating hot beverages that warm up body and soul: tea with a lacing of rum or caraway seed schnaps, Grog (hot water and rum), Tote Tante or Lumumba (hot chocolate with rum). You name it… they put booze in it… Read more >>


 

bean there, done that

by Eva Felis on May 20, 2014

 

Mediterranean-style bean saladYou know what they say: if it tastes good it’s not good for you. These days the only exceptions seams to be chocolate, I am kidding, totally not, that’s what I need to believe. Let’s say there are two exceptions that prove the rule: the delicious Mediterranean cuisine is known for colorful vegetables, lots of omegas from fresh saltwater fish, plant-base proteins from beans, herbs and olive oil and red wine (here you go!). I am not so sure about the latter, but that’s ok. Read more >>