These days you don’t go to a wine bar just for the wine. These days it’s all about the seaweed popcorn, the secret mezcal bar, and the grilled octopus salad, smoky with hints of Spanish paprika and dots of spicy mayonnaise. At Wild Things in Neukölln, the cozy setting will have you feeling at home in no time. The baby brother of Industry Standard, quality is emphasized here from the oysters to the stilton. On top of that, about eighty percent of the wine served is natural. Just like with food, it’s good to know where your wine comes from – and Ramses Manneck and his team certainly do. Sample away to find the right match, though the 2015 Rue de la Pompe from the French Mas Coutelou wine region had a delicious drinkability I’d go back for. (Text: Victoria Pease / Photos: Sven Hausherr)
This Friday (13.01.2017), Seek and Cee Cee are celebrating the launch of the fifth edition of Seek Magazine. In an age where emotions are being scrutinized, magnified, and discouraged, Seek takes a closer look at the future of feelings through intimate photography, analytical essays, and revealing interviews. Drink to the new release at the unique location Urban Industrial – a grand loft with stripped-back walls that expose layers of its past as a theater and club. Enjoy good tunes and grab a magazine to go. Learn more about the new magazine, created by Cee Cee, on the all-new seek-magazine.com. We will see you there!
For those that love macramés as much as I do, a visit to California Dreaming, the design studio of Dörte Bundt, is a must. Her new store just opened in December, located in the heart of Berlin-Neukölln. Always in high spirits, her good mood radiates through the space: Almost like entering another world, the walls are decked out in impressively-woven carpets, hand-knitted macramés filled with leafy plants, and eye-catching decorations. If you’re craving to get creative, you can sign up for a private workshop with Dörte and learn about weaving technique while making your very own macramé. (Text: Milena Höhl)
Reincarnated after a long life as an umbrella supplier, Amore is the store you desperately want in your neighborhood. Owner Kerstin Finger is sweet as a button, and her store is an amalgamation of her most-loved Italian finds. From assorted tartufi, pasta and sauces, to a not-your-average umami paste, and even select stationery, it’s the mix that makes it. Some products are rare goods you’d most likely find in the back of your nonna’s storage cupboard, while others have a “designer” quality to them. Notebooks and pens are neatly aligned next to bulgy panettone cakes. Italian literature sits beside chunky bars of Sicilian nougat. This shop is like a ray of sunshine on a cold day. Not only for its unique assortment of products, but also for its décor and design: Kerstin’s background in graphic design is written all over the place. In the past, Italian classes have been held in-store – keep a lookout on the Facebook page for updates. (Text: Victoria Pease)
Amore Store, Sanderstr.12, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln; map
Tue-Fri 12-20h, Sat 12-18h
Cold days call for great screenings – a documentary about young skaters and artists in Post-Soviet Georgia, to be specific. Created by Salome Machaidze, Tamuna Karumidze, and David Meskhi, the 80-minute movie is a story of teenagers breaking free from their country’s bleak conditions, and creating their own world of friendship, freedom, and dreams. The first public screening after being presented at more than 30 film festivals worldwide, When the Earth Seems to be Light will be shown at Babylon cinema in Georgian with English subtitles, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. (Text: Victoria Pease)