Category archives: i love food

At the Table

I had the idea of starting a portrait/interview series here on the blog for the last few years, but never really found the time (ahem motivation) to get it off the ground.  Most of you probably know that I don’t love writing and like to keep my posts short and sweet, so I was thrilled to be able to join forces with a super talented writer friend to bring the project to life.  Last year Katherine Sacks and I ended up sitting next to one another at a dinner at La Soupe Populaire and have been chatting about collaborating on projects ever since.  Katherine is an American food journalist based in Berlin as well and felt there was a space in the online world to explore the interesting people behind the food scene in our adopted home city. After a few chats over coffee, At the Table was born.  So far we have interviewed so many interesting people and I feel really lucky to be part of the project.  The first few interviews are already live, and we will continue to publish a new portrait every week, featuring chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, beer makers, baristas and many other food producers and artisans who contribute to the vibrant and growing food scene in Berlin.

You can check out the site at: atthetable.co and of course, if you do I would love to know what you think!

And if you are interested, you can also follow At the Table on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram :)

La Soupe Populaire

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Coming from San Francisco to a tiny village on the border of France five years ago, the one thing I really missed (besides my family, that is) was international food. Sure there were a few chinese/thai (because they are such similar cuisines!?), italian and turkish restaurants, but mostly I ate a lot of German food my first few years in the country.  After moving to Berlin I was so excited to have food options other than traditional German food, I unintentionally boycotted my adopted country’s cuisine.  Not to say I don’t like German food, but it is often not that spectacular and subpar food of any kind just makes me sad.  That said, Tim Raue’s new(ish) restaurant, La Soupe Populaire, housed in the old brewery at Bötzow Berlin has definitely elevated Berlin’s traditional German food options.  I was thrilled to be invited to a dinner there, served at the chef’s table next to the kitchen and got the chance to sample the same menu that was served to Obama when he visited Berlin over the summer.  The space is part gallery, part restaurant, with the menu changing to reflect the art showcased.  The space is currently showing the incredible photographs from Andreas Gursky until January 12th, and if the food wasn’t already enough of a reason to visit (and it IS), the art is pretty enticing on its own.

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The space itself feels rough and industrial, yet still warm and cozy- something that so many places try to achieve but fall short of.  I was completely shocked when I learned that Tim and his team had three weeks to build the restaurant from the ground up.  Seriously amazing.

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Senfei (egg in mustard sauce),  I had somehow never tried a senfei until this meal and have been craving ever since.  Unfortunately for me, this will most likely be the most amazing Senfei I will ever eat and every other Senfeier will pale in comparison.

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a perfectly cooked piece of cod with a tarragon puree

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Königsberger Klopse with the most amazingly rich mashed potatoes.  Normally I am not a meatball fan, but this was pretty amazing.

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Bienenstich

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La Soupe Populaire

Prenzlauer Allee 242
10405 Berlin
open Thursday – Saturday for lunch and dinner

Sesuit Harbor Cafe

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When my parents told me they had found a new favorite lobster roll on the cape, I was skeptical.  We are longtime fans of our local byob establishment, Friendly Fisherman, which has long been my favorite.  We stopped by Sesuit Harbor Cafe on our way to our house in Eastham after a flight to Boston from Detroit, where I had photographed Michael and Lindsey’s beautiful wedding.  I have to admit I was only half awake after our early morning flight, but the lobster roll (and the view) was definitely impressive.  I almost felt like I was cheating on Friendly Fisherman, but we made up for it by stopping by a few days later and stuffing our faces with fried fish and lobster rolls (soooo good).  Now as I type this, I wish I wasn’t 3000 miles from Dennis, MA, because I am craving a lobster roll like nobody’s business. :(  Maybe I can find a way to get back to Cape Cod before next year, fingers crossed!

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Eats in Berlin | Glass Restaurant Opening

Glass Restaurant Berlin

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Glass, a new restaurant in Charlottenburg from Isreali chef Gal Ben Moshe.  The invitation had managed to end up in my spam folder so by the time I found out about the event I was in the middle of one of the craziest work weeks ever, and the evening was exactly the distraction from my computer I needed.  I took my dear friend Saleema as my date and I was thrilled to meet Suzy, who writes one of my favorite Berlin blogs, and her lovely friend Marguerite. While I do not pretend to be an expert in the food world, I have worked in my fair share of restaurants, love food and I do certainly know what I like and what I don’t.  Gal was so humble and soft spoken and even though it was the hottest day of the year so far and he had a table of press, he was so welcoming and lovely and didn’t seem at all stressed.  Our dinner was six courses, each unique and the flavors refined and refreshing.  The food itself is inspired by the city of Berlin.  The Stadtgarten dish with vegetables, flower petals and “dirt” was inspired by the community gardens at Tempelhof Field, and  the preparation of another dish inspired by unique curves in the architecture of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

6 courses are 45€ and 8 courses, 59€, the service (amazing, especially for Berlin standards) and the food felt so much more expensive.  The wine list is designed to be served by the glass, so you can pair the wine with each course, and we had a fabulous “wild” carignan, a very small production reserve wine from Israel.  The thoughtfulness and care which has been put into opening Glass radiates throughout the restaurant and every dish they serve.  While we rarely venture west to Charlottenburg for dinner, I will definitely be back soon with Andreas.

Glass Restaurant Berlin Photo

Glass Restaurant Berlin

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Uhlandstrasse 195
10623 Berlin Charlottenburg

Colorova Pâtisserie | Paris

My trip to Paris was not complete without a trip to the darling new left bank patisserie, Colorova, which both Anne and Lindsey had raved about.  In addition to the incredible food, the design had me swooning and wishing I lived closer.   Apparently during my week in town the word had spread around the city about this gem and their delicious brunch, so make sure to call ahead and reserve a table!

 

Colorova Pâtisserie
47 rue de l’Abbé-Grégoire
75006 Paris

** and we obviously needed to stage an impromptu photo shoot when we realized Anne’s nails matched their SMEG fridge perfectly :)

Wine Bars of the 12th Arrondissement | Paris



Last month in Paris, Lindsey and I got the chance to go on a new Paris by Mouth wine tour in the 12th Arrondissement. Sadly I had a really nasty cold and couldn’t fully enjoy (smell or taste) the wine we tasted, but I learned a lot about some lesser known French varietals and had a great time nevertheless.  We toured the Faubourg Saint Antoine (another area I haven’t spent too much time in) and I will definitely head back to some of the wine bars we visited on my next trip to Paris.

For more info on this tour, and many other Paris by Mouth food tours, here.

A funny side note: When we arrived for the tour and everyone introduced ourselves, Lindsey discovered one of our tour mates was an instagram friend of hers who just happened to be visiting paris- oh how I love the internet!  Sara just moved to Rome and I am loving following her adventures in her new home city through her instagram.  She  was so sweet and invited Lindsey and I to come visit her in Rome- fingers crossed we can make it happen soon!!

Kitchensurfing Chef Fair | Fräulein Kimchi


I am still not quite sure how I discovered Kitchensurfing, but I am SO glad that I did!  As soon as I received the email that tickets had gone on sale for their Chef Fair to celebrate the launch of Kitchensurfing here in Berlin, I clicked to check out the events and was lucky to snag the last two seats at Lauren Lee’s Bibimguksu version 3.1 Korean lunch.  I am slightly obsessed with Korean food and was excited to try Fräulein Kimichi’s cooking and the lunch definitely did not disappoint.  Kitchensurfing is just in the process of launching here in Berlin after a successful few months in New York, and I love the concept of offering an alternative arena for chefs to share their love of food outside of cooking in a restaurant.   Kitchensurfing helps connect food lovers with chefs specializing in a wide range cuisines, click here for a list of chefs here in Berlin.  I love the idea of hiring a chef to come and cook for a group of friends; I am seriously toying with the idea of having a Kitchensurfing chef come cook our annual Faux-giving Thanksgiving feast so I can kick back and enjoy the evening without spending the entire day in the kitchen (although I do quite enjoy creating epic messes while cooking).

And man, just posting these images makes me crave some kimchi and korean food and it is not even 9am!  I guess I know what we will be eating tonight for dinner :)

sunday suppers at del monte cafe



My first job was as a bakery assistant.  I was 15 and started work at 4am on the weekends.  As I have never been someone who went to bed early, and I would never in a million years call myself a morning person- I didn’t last long at this job (less than a year, and I fell asleep on the bakery’s work table at least once).  My second job was bussing tables at a small diner in my hometown called Del Monte Café.  It really is a real life Cheers.  The same customers have been coming in every day (some of them more than once a day!) since Del Monte opened in 1981 (the building itself was built in 1901).  I waited tables on and off at Del Monte until I moved to Germany and loved it, and the regulars were definitely one of my favorite parts of the job.  Of course now we stop by at least once on every trip back home and I get to say hi to some of my favorite regulars- this time one of them was talking to Andreas about his time in Germany 50 years ago, it was adorable.
My friend Carrie’s family owns the restaurant and since she moved back to San Luis Obispo from San Francisco last year, she has been cooking at the restaurant on Sunday nights with an all southern menu- a night she has dubbed Sunday Suppers.  When Travis and Randall were driving through town on the Sunday night we were in town, we picked up a bottle of Kynsi rosé (my favorite local winery) and headed over for our fill of good old southern cooking and like we expected, it was delicious.

Del Monte Café
1901 Santa Barbara street
San Luis Obispo, CA

I shot some photos for their website 2 years ago and look on their contact page for a surprise (we took it as a joke, and they used it!) :)

rehearsal dinner + tacos

To be completely honest, I have never been much of a taco girl.  I love fish tacos, but I have been known to be a little obsessed with veggie burritos and always thought tacos were too greasy. After my recent taco experience, I am sold.  My brother and his new wife, Katie, wanted to have a big rehearsal dinner so everyone could attend, as it was a mini-destination wedding and almost everyone was traveling to get there.  My mama and I did lots of research to try and help plan the friday night dinner, but when they mentioned the idea of a taco stand, it was clear that was the best choice ever.  The taco stand came up from LA for the occasion and their food was AMAZING.  Even just writing this post my mouth is watering just thinking about the tacos, quesadillas and guacamole- what I would do for a homemade corn tortilla!  I really should have posted this while I was still in California, because looking at these tacos is torture right now.  Berlin might have some mexican food, but I don’t think it comes close (although, I guess I haven’t tried it all yet).  To my California friends looking for a caterer for an upcoming event, Nana’s Tacos were amazing and really affordable.

high tea at Gartine

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We had such a wonderful trip to Amsterdam last month and one of my favorite memories was our high tea at Gartine.  It was one of those meals where every bite somehow seems even better than the one before and dare I say, it was one of the most lovely lunches I have ever had.  The cafe is tiny (in a charming way) and beautifully decorated- I was in love with the branches hung from the ceiling!  It seems to be always busy (if you go, make reservations!!) and we loved watching the other diners leisurely enjoy their afternoon tea.  It was a quiet little oasis tucked down a tiny little street in the middle of the bustling city.  They serve Betjeman and Barton tea and I fell madly in love with the eden rose black tea– it is absolutely delicious.  Thankfully my sweet friends Travis and Randall who high tea-ed with me bought me some eden rose tea as a gift so I don’t have to wait until I go back to Amsterdam to have it again.  The owners were such lovely people and they told us how the restaurant came to be and about Gartine’s Amsterdam garden which supplies the cafe with fruits and vegetables, it is always such an inspiration to chat with people who work hard to make their dreams come true.  If you are in Amsterdam, I cannot recommend this place enough- make sure to check it out!

Gartine
Taksteeg 7  Amsterdam

a big thanks to Maja for the recommendation :)