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Berlin’s Best Bread: 2017

First of all, before I even begin to summarize our annual Berlin’s Best Bread competition of 2017, I have to say that bread in Berlin has become so much more diverse compared to when we started in 2013 – back then, we only found few bakeries who used only sourdough as a leaven, making bread in an artisanal, small-scale way. Today, more and more Berlin bakers choose exactly this method, that, while not being as predictable and thus controllable like others, makes for individual and high-quality loafs. Because the proofing of the dough is more sensitive than with other rising agents, the baker needs to give it more attention, and I believe this creates a closer bond, a better understanding of what makes bread. So, finally, we were able to ask only for sourdough-breads without yeast or other helpers for our annual tasting in the goal to find Berlin’s tastiest loaf.

Berlin’s Best Burger: Winter Seasoning

Oh my god, this was everything!! You all showed up to get that heat going: steaming hot grills, boiling dance-floors, extra spicy sauces, and belly-warming buns. Celebrating, partying, and feasting despite winter is what we did at last Saturday’s Burgers & Hip Hop winter edition. All with the goal to find the most scrumptious winter burger among the competitors. We collected almost 600 votes for our talented grill masters, read on to find out who won the crown!

Berlinale 2017: How to get tickets (& what to see)

I’ll be honest and admit that, to me, Glühwein and snow are way overrated. Winter as a whole I could do without, tbh. But there’s one reason I don’t skip Berlin for all of its winter months and that’s Berlinale. For ten glorious days, at any time of day, we have our pick of dozens of different films. Most are from corners of the world I’ve not yet explored (the first Bhutanese film noir, anyone?), though there’s also Perspektive, an entire program of homegrown German titles (with English subtitles, of course, like all non-English films in the festival). Yet it’s not a simple escapist matter of buying popcorn and bingeing; you might be able to avoid your phone’s increasingly deplorable Trump notifications, but you won’t be able to avoid what the last German Oscar winner (fingers crossed for Toni Erdmann in 2017!) so elegantly called: the lives of others.

Escape: Forsthaus Strelitz

When one lives, works, and breathes in Berlin it’s easy to forget that this miraculous monster of a city actually sits in the center of a quite pastoral landscape, with loads of lakes, fields, and forests. And a gorgeous farm-to-table restaurant in the midst of Mecklenburg’s woods. Here, instead of serving plain old Schnitzel with potatoes and gravy like so many country inns, chef Wenzel Pankratz is creating unpretentious and elegant menus centered around the quality of the produce they grow. We spent an evening, night, and morning in this picture-perfect paradise, and you should too.

Turkish in Kreuzberg: Doyum Restaurant

Kottbusser Tor is a gritty place, especially in January, when ice cold winds and low grey skies make it look even uglier than usual. However, in between sketchy corners and broken windows lie some extraordinary delicious and friendly places like Doyum, an Anatolian restaurant with an open charcoal grill, and an especially delicious version of a classic Turkish dessert: Künefe.