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CRACKERS: A HAVEN OF FINE DINING AND PRE-PARTY WARM-UP

CRACKERS: A HAVEN OF FINE DINING AND PRE-PARTY WARM-UP

Heinz “Cookie” Gindullis has done it again. The club-owner-turned-restaurateur has opened up a grand gourmet playground in the former Cookies, a legendary club that started as a pop-up and survived Berlin’s nightlife for nearly two decades. Following his success together with the young and talented head chef Stephan Hentschel at their other locations – Cream, one of the first proper vegetarian restaurant in town, and Chipps, an all day breakfast joint – comes Crackers. This is a place for glamorous party people who are grown up and ready to wine and dine in a hedonistic metropolitan atmosphere. Start the night with their signature red beet watermelon vodka drink, beautiful ceviche or a whole steamed artichoke, and devour the perfectly cooked pink tender fillet. As the night moves closer to the wee hours, DJ will start to spin dancy tunes by the bar, perhaps as an ode to the past, and some guests will get up to shake a leg – and why not? The night is young and so are we. (Text: Rei Matsuoka / Photos: Sven Hausherr)

Crackers, Friedrichstr.158 / Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin-Mitte
Daily from 18h; DJ nights: Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat; 21-3h

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ADVENT WREATHS MADE WITH PLANTS FROM THE FOREST

ADVENT WREATHS MADE WITH PLANTS FROM THE FOREST

It started a few years back in a garden during a friend’s birthday party; three girls, Katja Wolters, a cartographer, Hanni Pannier, an illustrator, and photographer Anne Schwalbe made various floral head wreaths for their fellow guests. Since then, their passion has turned into a tradition. Wherever the trio spends time together, they turn the untamed blossoms and greens into beautiful and wild arrangements. Since the weather stayed pretty mild this fall season, the three girls have enjoyed a wide range of plants to choose from in the Berlin hinterland: not only rose hip, ivy, coiled tendrils, but also twigs covered in moss, pine cones, and of course mistletoe. This Christmas season, dress your dining table with their Advent wreath to impress. (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Anne Schwalbe)

Blumenstand, Flohmarkt am Arkonaplatz, 10435 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg
Sun 30.11.2014, 10-16h (1st Advent)

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VERENA SCHWARZ RECOMMENDS: 1ST & 3RD ADVENT OPEN STUDIO

VERENA SCHWARZ RECOMMENDS: 1ST & 3RD ADVENT OPEN STUDIO

Here is a profession I could never succeed in: a goldsmith. Working on a miniature scale is beyond my capacity. This is why I admire the rings and bracelets created by Elena and Isabella, or their brand est. Simply wearing them makes me proud. The duo works on the pieces in their studio in Neukölln, and you’ll find the results in shops like Süper Store in Kreuzberg. Perfectly timed before the gift-giving season, the designers are offering their jewelry alongside products by fellow designers at the “Open Studio” event during the first and third weekend of Advent. You’ll have to make up your mind between the filigree pieces by est, the minimal glass cube pendants by Hanna Pordzig, nature-inspired accessories by Natsuko Mizushima van der Ree, and playful cloud or pumpkin motif porcelain pendants by Yama collection. Speaking of porcelain: handmade cups and vases by Schoemig Porzellan will take part, too. Last but not least, chocolates by the Japanese shop Nazuna will be the icing on the cake. (Photo bottom: Laura Muthesius)

Open Studio, Müllenhoffstr.18, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Sat 29.11.2014, 12-20h; 1st Advent Facebook event

Sun 30.11.2014, 12-18h

Sat 13.11.2014, 12-20h; 3rd Advent Facebook event

Sun 14.12.2014, 12-18h

Verena Schwarz has lived in Berlin for 10 years and has currently found her home in Neukölln’s Schillerkiez. She runs the online journal Avant with several friends, and writes forMit Vergnügen on art related topics.

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HOLIDAY APARTMENT: SHOPPING AT FREUNDEN VON FREUNDEN

HOLIDAY APARTMENT: SHOPPING AT FREUNDEN VON FREUNDEN

The Freunde von Freunde cosmos is evolving steadily: they’ve just announced their online store as their latest addition. On upcoming four Saturdays, FvF are setting up a temporary shop at “Freunde von Freunde Apartment by Vitra”. You will find select and bespoke products such as a Plattenbau model by Danish-born and Berlin-based designer Sigurd Larsen, hand-woven scarves by the British-Spanish brand Zuzunaga, or the limited edition FvF x Woolsey American walnut wood cruising deck. Even if your budget is tight, you can treat yourself to a cup of brand new roast from The Barn called “Santa Barbara – Cup of Excellence” with a hint of macadamia, nougat and orange. Aside from shopping, just like being invited to a friend’s home, the FvF team will be offering nice food and drinks. Expect treats from Berlin favorites like Barcomi’s and Berliner Winter. A BBQ in the backyard may satisfy your summer longings, too. Happy Holiday shopping! (Text: Nina Trippel)

FvF Apartment by Vitra, Mulackstr.26, 10119 Berlin-Mitte
Sat 29.11.2014, 6.12.2014, 13.12.2014, 20.12.2014; 12-20h

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DONATE WARMTH TO THE HOMELESS IN BERLIN THIS WINTER

DONATE WARMTH TO THE HOMELESS IN BERLIN THIS WINTER

Slowly but surely, I can feel the evil Berlin cold creeping in. A challenging time for the 4000 homeless living in Berlin. How can we help? Querstadtein is a project that organizes tours where homeless people show around their city all year long. This Saturday sees a special tour named “Kältetour” (tour of cold) and proceeds will go to the Berliner Kältebus, the bus that travels through the city offering help and warmth in cold weather. Although this particular tour is already fully booked, the Berliner Stadtmission informed us that they still need the following: warm blankets, mens clothing in normal sizes such as jackets, shoes, socks, underwear as well as scarves, hats… and hair clippers. They have enough sleeping bags. You can drop your items off during the week, but if you can’t travel to Moabit, simply send a text message saying “kalt” to 81190; 5 Euros will be added to your phone bill and 4,83 Euros will go directly to the Kältebus organization. (Text: Nina Trippel)

Berliner Stadtmission, Lehrter Str.68, 10557 Berlin-Moabit
Donation drop-off: Mon-Thu 8.30-16.30h, Fri 8.30-15.30h

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