In the beginning of July 2016, the eye-catching Jones Ice Cream truck, the one you’ve been seeing all around the city for the past two years, has expanded its business with the addition of an ice cream store. The award-winning French pastry chef Gabrielle Jones, who has worked at various prestigious restaurants in Europe, was inspired to make American-style ice cream through a trip to the US. Thus, Jones Ice Cream serves egg-free ice cream, handmade every day with fresh milk and cream. Keeping it local, they get the seasonal fruits for their ice creams from Apfelgalerieright next door. Their signature flavor is a chocolate based ice cream with caramelized sugar, peanut brittle and peanut butter caramel. During the winter months you can look forward to flavors like Glühwein and Bratapfel (baked apple). I would recommend throwing in a few extra cents to get your choice of flavors served in one of their delicious, crunchy homemade waffle cones made right in front of your eyes. And there’s more: their heavenly cookies are soft and chewy on the inside and light and crunchy on the outside. (Text: Nicolene van der Walt / Photos: Sandra Bitz)
Jones Ice Cream, Goltzstr.3, 10781 Berlin-Schöneberg; map
Mon-Sun 10-21h (during summer time)
To find their ice cream truck, check out their Facebook page
Once in a while we all need to take some time off, thus we’re heading to the Bulleit Summer Break at Grimnitzsee for a little relaxation. We, the Cee Cee team, have decorated the festival grounds and our DJ has put together the perfect summer soundtrack. The Bulleit Whiskey Bar will provide cool drinks, The Dudes are hosting the Boiler Maker Bar, and Manu Kumar from Manuteefaktur will make his home-made iced tea – so there will be no shortage of options for a refreshing drink. Team Standert will be screening the Tour de France, and in the evening we’ll sit down together at the long wooden table made by Rainer Spehl and eat a delicious meal by Glut & Späne. When the midnight moon twinkles on the lake, we’ll take a break from our dancing for a midnight snack: Flore from café Roamers will make it himself in a bespoke hotpot created by Jonas Klock from Accidental Concrete. Come and join us by emailing email@example.com for a chance to win 1 x 2 tickets for yourself and a friend. (Photo/Video: Ali Naddafi)
Rosa Caleta has been one of Kreuzberg’s best kept secrets for the last seven years, and I’ve been coming back ever since my first visit. This cozy Jamaican restaurant offers some of the best cakes I’ve tasted in Germany. I had never thought that amazing cakes and tasty Jamaican food could coexist, especially in Berlin! Needless to say, they have traditional Jamaican dishes, too, but with a European twist. Stand-outs are the jerk chicken, spicy roasted pork with cornbread stuffing, and Jamaican fried chicken with mac and cheese. For vegans, there’s an amazing guava jerk tofu, a personal favorite. They also have one of Berlin’s best rum cocktail menus: highlights include “Make Me Young and Beautiful,“ as well as their “Creamy Emily” – it’s their strongest drink and will make you feel invincible after just a few sips. Last but not least, Kirk and Troy, the two fantastic guys running the restaurant, truly make the experience special. With advance notice, Troy can create special dishes for specific dietary requirements, like the amazing apple and strawberry crumble he made for my gluten-intolerant friend. The only warning: don’t come if you’re in a hurry. Things run on Jamaican time, which is just fine by me. (Text: Kim Benjamin / Photos: Rei Matsuoka)
Rosa Caleta, Muskauerstr.9, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg, map Tue-Fri 11-1h, Sat 18-1h, Sun 14-1h
Kim Benjamin has lived in Berlin since 2010. She is a food fanatic currently writing for the online magazine Birds Never Bored, and, until recently, ran DJ booking agency Kimco Entertainment, based in New York and Berlin.
Every summer the Rundgang (Open Days) at the Universität der Künste (University of the Arts) is a highlight of Berlin’s cultural scene. At the end of the academic year, Germany’s largest art school opens its doors to the general public and prospective students for three days to show off the university’s young artists and their work. During this weekend’s Open Days, the initiative Freundeskreis der UdK Karl Hofer Society is hosting the KunstKaufen exhibition to promote and support the artists of the university. Browse the carefully selected collection of contemporary artworks by students, former students and teachers of UdK to add to your growing art collection, or simply to fill those blank white walls in your Berlin apartment. (Text: Nicolene van der Walt / Photos: (left) Matthias Heyde)
KunstKaufen, Alte Bibliothek (Room 101), Hardenbergstr.33, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenberg; map
22.-24.7.2016; Fri 13-22h, Sat 11-22h, Sun 11-20h
Check the Facebook event for the full program.
This Sunday, take a trip to Nippon by stepping through the doors of Macha Macha. The tea house is hosting a Japanese Summer Fest and will provide tea and sweets. Gourmie will bring wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets), and if you’re in a savoury mood, the culinary selection will be supported by Kirschbaum‘s quiche and bread. There will also be authentic jewellery, paper masks, ceramics, wind chimes, and more. It’s a trip to Japan without ever leaving Berlin! (Text: Esmé Rocks / Photo: (right) Harumo Ceramics)