Arriving at work on my birthday last week, I unexpectedly found this bottle of Monkey47 gin on my desk, with a handwritten note from Carsten. He is a member of my exclusive “in vino veritas/in Negroni veritas” club AKA drink-at-your-own-risk-while-I-get-inside-your-head-in-11-questions club. It’s endearing that he gifted me with this.
I’m rather averse to celebrating my own birthday with a crowd, even with good friends. In the six years we’ve lived in Berlin, I think I only celebrated my birthday with friends twice: once when the handsome-and-talented husband organised a surprise birthday party for me at home, and another when he twisted my arm to take friends out for a… Read More
Somehow I lost my groove with food photography and writing about food. Despite work travel wrecking my weekday rhythm a little, I’m still eating great food, trying out new places in the ‘hood. I just haven’t written about it. Oh well, here’s my attempt at exercising my photography and writing muscles. A cook-and-shoot session with Phil is overdue, methinks!
Ah, Jakarta. Not an easy city to love. Legendary traffic jams with equally horrendous air quality, inhabited by the most unfriendly, materialistic Indonesians I’ve ever met, and where the contrasting extremes of wealth and poverty makes me sick. The city really doesn’t have much going for it. Except for the food. Oh, my.
Andreas is smart and funny (in that dry German way) and he completely geeks out on food, from preparing to consuming to talking about it. No wonder I have a foodie crush on him! We met at work, although Andreas is based in Stuttgart so I am not blessed daily with his tall beardy awesomeness. Prolly a good thing, because while we go… Read More
I need to get better at this working-and-writing balance; it’s been nearly a month since my last post. Here’s another one of my weekday dinner cheats! Great for cooking for friends too, since it’s so easy and the meat is naturally flavourful. You can get this and a side dish on the table in under 30 minutes.
When I interviewed Carsten for the Man in the Kitchen series, he shared with me his Bavarian Burger recipe, which he guaranteed would be a mindblowing taste experience. Truth be told, I was highly sceptical. When Carsten uttered the words “Bavarian burgers”, my mind conjured up an image not far from the photo above. I like Weißwürste. I like Brezeln. I like sweet Bavarian… Read More