Heatwave in Berlin means I crave a big glass of iced bubble tea; Asian stereotypes be damned ;) Unfortunately, on hot Berlin summer days, lots of Asians and their cousins also end up at the bubble tea shop on Rosenthalerstraße and one spends a ridiculous amount of time queueing and waiting for this drink.
Hey hey, it’s been a while since I did a Man in the Kitchen episode, but fear not, I’ve got a few lined up for more delicious stories and discussions around food, identity and culture. This episode of Man in the Kitchen is a bit different because we have two recipes instead of one, and we don’t have an “interview structure”… Read More
I generally don’t write restaurant reviews on this blog. There are plenty of blogs that do restaurant reviews, and I usually don’t find blog reviews of eateries particularly useful prior to my visit; I’d rather check TripAdvisor or Foursquare for factual information. Even then it’s mostly for holidays, where time plays a big role in decision-making. Can I relax in a beachfront… Read More
My friend, Ash, runs ChiFanBerlin, a supper club specializing in authentic Shanghai cuisine. We first met through the now-closed KitchenSurfing platform, where she was known as the Dumpling Diva. Ash cooked a delicious 5-course dumpling meal for me and 12 friends, starting with dumpling in soup and going to pan-fried and steamed dumplings before finishing with a sweet rice and… Read More
Dear dear Shilpa, finally, long overdue promise, the vegetarian version of Mario’s spaghetti al ragu di salsiccia: spaghetti alle melanzane! x, Mario and Yasmina P.S. We miss you, come over to Berlin! What you need, for 6 people 3 medium, whole aubergines sale grosso/coarse-grain salt 500ml sunflower oil olive oil 1 large onions/3 small ones, finely diced 2 cans of tomato sauce… Read More
I first met Jonathan back in early 2013 in a dark mezcal bar in Berlin, which no longer exists. We had mezcal shots chased by orange slices and Mexican beers. He was wearing a polo shirt on a chilly Berlin winter’s night, while we all were bundled up in coats and scarves. Really. Then we ate at a Vietnamese spot… Read More