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DREAMY ICE CREAM AND SWEETS: DIE EISFABRIK BERLIN

DREAMY ICE CREAM AND SWEETS: DIE EISFABRIK BERLIN

On a summer evening, as the sun sank in the sky, a curious purple glow reading “I dream of you” caught my eye at this newfound ice cream shop. After 12 years in patisserie – working at places like What Do You Fancy Love in Charlottenburg and Albrechts Patisserie, Felix Schwabe has branched out on his own, pairing up with co-owner and fellow ice cream enthusiast Lisa Staib to open Die Eisfabrik Berlin— which has been serving all sorts of delectable treats since it opened its doors in May 2017. Everything is made in-house from the first step to the final product with passion and high-quality ingredients — for example the sorbets start with real fruit, not juice, giving them an exceptional burst of freshness. All the splendid ice creams, cheese and carrot cakes, moist banana breads, and homey cookies are scooped, sliced, and served with a friendly smile in the tiny shop. From creamy banana ice cream with chocolate brownie chunks to luscious grapefruit sorbet, don’t forget to top your cone or cup with decadent house made chocolate, caramel, or peanut butter sauces for a perfectly sweet ending to any summer daydream. (Text & Photos: Devan Grimsrud)

Die Eisfabrik Berlin, Brunnenstr.156, Berlin-Mitte 10115; map
Open daily 12-20h

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THE URBAN TREEHOUSE: COMFORT AND FUN IN THE TREETOPS

THE URBAN TREEHOUSE: COMFORT AND FUN IN THE TREETOPS

A little staycation is right around the corner – just off the last station on the U3, Krumme Lanke, to be exact. Here, in the heart of Berlin’s villa district, you’ll find two amazing urban treehouses within walking distance to the lake. Originally dreamed up by Kolja Stegemann and his grandfather, they were brought to life by Kolja himself — who is devoted to the subject of urban living through his Suite 030 platform, where he offers stylishly furnished apartments for temporary rent. But The Urban Treehouse is more than just a project in his portfolio; it’s a labor of love. Consider Stegemann’s rental strategy: the treehouse is rented primarily to members of the Urban Treehouse family, who pay an annual fee in exchange for a certain usage quota. Both houses on the property are designed for two adults. Bicycles, a grill, deck chairs, and a sauna round out the offerings for a perfectly equipped summer escape. But, best of all is the view out the windows – when you wake up in the morning, you look directly into the tree canopy. Then, of course, there’s the lake, which is especially lovely early in the morning or late in the evening, when only locals are about. At that hour, when you’ve exchanged subway noise for birdsong, you’ll know one thing for certain: perfect weekends are made in the treetops. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: The Urban Treehouse)

The Urban Treehouse, Quermatenweg 23, 14163 Berlin-Zehlendorf; map

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TRACES — A BOOK ABOUT FASHION AND MIGRATION

TRACES — A BOOK ABOUT FASHION AND MIGRATION

Wu, Wang, Lim, Lam – what would the American fashion world be without these designers of Asian heritage? And what would the German fashion world be without the creative minds whose roots extend deep into other cultures? These are just some of the questions explored in a research project overseen by Olga Blumhardt, head of the Fashion Journalism & Media Communication program at the AMD Berlin, and Professor Antje Drinkuth, Dean of Fashion Design at the AMD. The result of the project is the recently released book, “Traces – Fashion & Migration“, 208 smart and inspiring pages illuminating the eponymous subject. Topics range from German fashion photography to international design, explored in academic texts and journalistic formats. Many renowned collaborators contributed to the project, from Christiane Arp, Editor in Chief of German Vogue, to Mario Lombardo, who designed the book, to the Federal Foreign Office, which funded the project. The book was even presented by the Minister of State for Europe, Michael Roth, at a release party complete with fashion show. In short: “Traces” is already leaving quite a few traces – and not just in the political arena. The book is at the very top of my reading list. After all, as global citizens in an increasingly connected world, it’s important to be well-dressed, and well-informed. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos (clockwise from top): Sandra Semburg, Heji Shin, Devan Grimsrud)

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MASON DEAN RECOMMENDS: CAFÉ MUGRABI

MASON DEAN RECOMMENDS: CAFÉ MUGRABI

My love affair with Israeli food began with a late breakfast after a red-eye flight on my first trip to Tel Aviv. The only café open in the empty Shabbat streets had one customer and two options: hummus and hummus with ful (a hearty paste of dried fava beans). I blindly chose the latter and was rewarded with a steaming bowl of hummus crowned with fragrant olive oil and ful — a light and perfect meal. Café Mugrabi brings such eye-opening (and palate expanding) Tel Aviv moments to Berlin, with thoughtful takes on a variety of Israeli staples: from hummus with spicy green skhug (an herby sauce) to sabich sandwiches stuffed with eggplant, smoky shakshuka to light fattoush salads and creamy labneh cheese with pita. More staid options — poached and scrambled eggs or granola with fruit — are invigorated with tahini, za’atar herbs or labneh, each dish anchored by Bonanza coffee and fresh juices. When I can’t decide, I order hamshuka, a delicious hummus-shakshuka hybrid. Get extra sourdough bread or pita to mop up the leftovers, but save room for malabi, a refreshing milk pudding with rosewater. Whether at an outside table soaking up sun or unwinding in the tiled interior, Café Mugrabi is a perfect springboard to greet your day. (Text: Mason Dean / Photos: Jerome Warburton c/o Café Mugrabi)

Cafe Mugrabi, Görlitzer Str.58, 10997 Berlin-Kreuzberg; map
Mon-Fri 9.30-18.30h, Sat-Sun 10–19h

When not researching biology at the Max Planck Institute in Potsdam, Mason Dean happily researches new options for breakfast. He has lived in Kreuzberg for seven years.

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RECAP: AYDOO SESSIONS LAUNCH

RECAP: AYDOO SESSIONS LAUNCH

We saw so many of your friendly faces last Friday at the Aydoo sessions launch event, and want to say thank you to everyone who came out! The new brand platform for hand-selected workshops in and around berlin is designed to help you make the most of your downtime with a variety of hands-on workshops, from a weekend session in the Uckermark to mixing up your own personalized fragrance. The launch event introduced you to the workshop topics with surreal cutouts dancing on the ceiling as drinks were sipped with a smile thanks to Manuteefaktur, Pilsner Urquell, Aqua Monaco and Fountain of Youth. Find yourself in photos from the event on Facebook and watch this recap video. Follow Aydoo sessions on Instagram to see what workshops are coming next, like Chocolate Artwork on 18.8.17 with Kristiane Kegelmann where participants will create elegant, and sweet, mini-chocolate masterpieces. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Daniel Farò & Luke Marshall Johnson)

Aydoo sessions on Facebook & Instagram

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