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MORAL PHOBIA — THE ALPHABETS IN CONTEMPORARY TIMES

MORAL PHOBIA — THE ALPHABETS IN CONTEMPORARY TIMES

A as in Avocado, B as in Beard, C as in Conscious Consumption, are just three examples of terms, explained and queried in “Moral Phobia”, a guide to contemporary phenomena. Consisting of over 500 pages of today’s trending topics, they are introduced and challenged by Judith Mair and Bitten Stetter. The two are professionals in the fields of trend analysis and fashion design, tired and bored with the photoshopped “perfect world” and the constant urge to self-optimize. Their book “Moral Phobia” came to life as a plea for life full of reality: processed foods, sex, and “don’ts”. Highly recommended for those who can’t swallow terms like paleo, green celebrity, foodies and e-smoke. And for those who don’t really know what the terms mean — use it as a glossary to enhance your understanding of the contemporary lifestyle. The book will certainly make you roll your eyes, but will eventually put a smile on your face, too. (Text: Mira Starke)

Moral Phobia, Judith Mair and Bitten Stetter, published by Gudberg Nerger, 2015

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FRIEDERIKE SCHILBACH RECOMMENDS: DÓTTIR

FRIEDERIKE SCHILBACH RECOMMENDS: DÓTTIR

The first time Victoria Eliasdóttir glazed a duck was a formative moment, and one she remembers well. It assumed a golden quality, the precious body shining back at her in an exalted pause. From then on she knew cooking was her passion. In 2014 she left Iceland for Berlin, initially helping her brother, the artist Olafur Eliasson, by cooking in his studio. Wasting no time, she already has her own restaurant – Dóttir, which means daughter in Icelandic. Victoria loves seasonal fruits and vegetables, which aren’t easy to come by in the Nordic island country. However, she assures me this absence is made up for by the abundance of fresh fish. Her passion was refined at the renowned restaurant Chez Panisse, acquiring skills she now enthusiastically puts to work in Dóttir under a beautiful mosaic of stained glass – an image of pure happiness. You can sense her devotion to food in whatever she prepares; it shines through the topinambur soup, the fine salmon and the tasty caramel and goat cheese dessert. But, for me, the melted brown butter was the standout amongst the stellar menu. Served before the mains, it does exactly as Victoria says – it melts the coldest hearts. (Text: Friederike Schilbach / Photo: Dóttir (top left))

Dóttir, Mittelstr.40, 10117 Berlin-Mitte; map

Friederike Schilbach is editor for international literature at S. Fischer. She lives since 2003 in Berlin, currently in Tiergarten/Schöneberg.

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WALLYARD HOSTEL — A BUDGET STAY IN A GORGEOUS NUTSHELL

WALLYARD HOSTEL — A BUDGET STAY IN A GORGEOUS NUTSHELL

Think ”hostel”. What comes to mind? Most likely not the Wallyard and its stunning minimalistic design by Angie Ziehmann from Pink Action. This is for good reason, as an art salon, lounge, bar, beautiful rooms, or any kind of pleasantry for that matter, is usually not included in your ordinary hostel package. The space seems to represent Berlin in the best ways: creative, beautifully rugged, down to earth and colored with cultures from all around the world. Guests enter into an oasis; in this particular case, travelers of all ages, and locals too, were lounging in the scenic courtyard eating family-style grill. Guests may choose between private rooms or dormitories, with access to Wi-Fi and rental bikes. Owners, brothers and masterminds Misel and Josev Azaroglu’s own mother cooks up delicious breakfasts at the café Mama each morning so that guests feel at home. I suppose the only challenge here is finding incentive to leave. (Text: Dahlia Stone)

Wallyard Concept Hostel, Lübecker Str.46, 10559 Berlin-Moabit; map

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LAKEVIEW AND ART: VAN GOGH AT MAX LIEBERMANN’S VILLA

LAKEVIEW AND ART: VAN GOGH AT MAX LIEBERMANN’S VILLA

Villa Max Liebermann exhibits a garden flourishing with the commencement of spring; the garden belongs to the villa that also houses the Max Liebermann Museum – a collection of the influential painter’s work. When Liebermann bought the house in 1909 it was one of the last properties with direct access to the Wannsee Lake. Today you can enjoy a coffee on the terrace and muse over the spectacular vista. Another highlight is the footbridge, which leads into the lake’s deep, blue waters. This coming Sunday (26.4.2015) the villa will be holding a vernissage. Paintings by Liebermann and Vincent van Gogh will be on show; particularly the landscape works from a country they both loved, the Netherlands. Inspired by the old Dutch provinces, they painted scenes from everyday life: craftsmen, farmers, weavers and orphans. In fact, Van Gogh was heard to say, “as you hear, Liebermann is near… I would like to meet him.” So if you trust Van Gogh, I suggest you visit the villa before mid August 2015. (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photo: Max Liebermann Gesellschaft)

Liebermann-Villa, Colomierstr.3, 14109 Berlin-Wannsee; map
Mon, Wed, Sat 10-18h; Tue, Sun & Holidays 10-19h
Vernissage, Sunday, 26.4.2015, from 11h

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L.A. COLDPRESS — WEST COAST FINDING ITS WAY TO BERLIN

L.A. COLDPRESS — WEST COAST FINDING ITS WAY TO BERLIN

Sisters Nancy and Cindy Bachmann lived for some time in sunny L.A., enjoying an abundance of health – think fresh juice and yoga. Upon moving back to Berlin in 2013, they both realized something was missing. What was with all the sugar-filled supermarket products? Where can you get fresh squeezed juices? And just like that, the dream of Los Angeles Coldpress was born. What separates this juice from others is the production process; the 100% organic ingredients are squeezed between two steel plates. The result: nutritious, vitamin-filled, delicious juice. Enjoy seasonal favorites like Blueberry Bliss or Spiced Apple. If you are really disciplined, choose from three, five and seven day programs with nutritious juices and smoothies in different flavors, based on your preferences. While the name refers to Los Angeles, every ingredient used is grown here. So cheers to healthy living, and finally sunny days! Available online or at LIV and Markthalle Neun. (Text: Anna-Lena Charbonnier)

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