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BERLIN STORIES: THE CITY UNFILTERED IN FOUR VOLUMES

BERLIN STORIES: THE CITY UNFILTERED IN FOUR VOLUMES

Hatje Cantz‘s new photo book series “Berlin Stories” shows snapshots as raw as the city it pays tribute to. Yet it’s precisely in its raw edges where Berlin’s charm and unique beauty is to be found. In “Hundekopf” (vol.1) Ama Split and Riky Kiwy take us on a trip around the Ringbahn; the immediate surroundings of the stations revealing the everyday cityscape between buildings, courtyards and kiosks. The photographs in Ed Broner’s “Vagabondage Diary” (vol.2) dare to give us an intimate look through the keyhole at Berlin’s notorious nightlife and club culture, in an autobiographical collection of the former bouncer at the club “90 Grad.” The first volume was published in April 2018, and two more will follow this fall, also depicting works by artists whose careers have been shaped by the city. This series was made for lovers of Berlin at its unembellished finest. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Berlin Stories vol.1+2 (Hatje Cantz Verlag, 2018), available online.

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MINDFUL & SUSTAINABLE COOKING WITH TAINÁ GUEDES

MINDFUL & SUSTAINABLE COOKING WITH TAINÁ GUEDES

In case you haven’t heard: banana skins are edible. But I have to admit, that’s just a teaser to pique your interest in the recent cookbook by Tainá Guedes. At the moment it’s available only in German, under the long title “Die Küche der Achtsamkeit. Mottainai: Nichts verschwenden, kreativ kochen, gesund essen” (2017, Kunstmann Verlag). “Mottainai“, as you may know, is a term borrowed from Buddhism and loosely translates as ”don’t waste anything that has value”. That’s to say: this book is all about delicious food, but most of all about handling ingredients with love and care and using leftovers for new dishes. It’s not a dry lecture in food ethics, however — instead, it’s a practical, inspiring recipe book for everyday meals, as is encapsulated in the cover, which features a smiling Tainá Guedes. The author was born to a Japanese mother in Brazil and, luckily for us, she moved to Berlin to inspire this city with her cosmopolitan spirit and knowledge — founding the Entretempo Kitchen Gallery, amongst other projects. It’s precisely Tainá’s unique blend of Japanese-Brazilian-European influences that make her recipes special. Like that banana peel — it’s fried, by the way. And it’s only one of many delicacies shared in the book, next to “São Paulo-style couscous”, Japanese noodle dishes, napkin dumplings and much more. (Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Tainá Guedes: “Die Küche der Achtsamkeit. Mottainai: Nichts verschwenden, kreativ kochen, gesund essen” (2017, Kunstmann Verlag)

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JUGGLEHUB — A COWORKING SPACE OFFERING CHILDCARE

JUGGLEHUB — A COWORKING SPACE OFFERING CHILDCARE

It’s no secret that juggling childcare and work can be challenging. To address this issue, Silvia Steude and Katja Thiede opened a special kind of coworking space, JuggleHub, in Prenzlauer Berg in 2016, to give parents the opportunity to bring children to work with them. While little ones are supervised by experienced childcare professionals in groups of two to four, their parents can concentrate on work just a few doors down. One of the carefully-furnished rooms is used for games; another for sleeping or breastfeeding. The atmosphere in the bright working spaces is one of focus and productivity, which has led some non-parents to set up their mobile offices here. Three event rooms, located at the other end of the building with modular furniture options, can be rented via the website or Spacebase. JuggleHub members receive a discount, though non-members can also hire them. Meetings across a wide variety of professions, from design to law, take place here on a regular basis, as do “Eat & Greet” networking breakfasts, during which the spotlight is turned to topics like starting a business or investing. Keep tabs on the Facebook page for the latest. (Text: Jennifer Prietzel / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

JuggleHub, Christburger Str.23, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

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IN GOOD SPIRITS WITH SPREE GIN

IN GOOD SPIRITS WITH SPREE GIN

As much as we enjoy the thrill of an experimental cocktail, sometimes it’s a good old classic we want to kick Feierabend off with: Gin and tonic. When that’s the case, we want the spirit at its base to speak for itself — pure, dry and delicately laced with botanical flavors. Fulfilling those criteria is Spree Gin, Berlin’s first organic gin, hand-brewed in small batches in the Schlitzer Destillerie, said to be Europe’s oldest of its kind. The resulting liquor is characterised by hints of organic cucumbers (grown on the Spreewald’s Pretschen estate), bitter orange, lavender flowers and liquorice root — best poured over a large chunk of ice, topped up with tonic and finished with a sliver of cucumber. Spree Gin’s name serves as a declaration of love for Berlin by its creators, Gabriel Grote and Henning Birkenhake. You’ll find it at specialty liquor stores like Delicious Berlin or Gourmet Garage, and bars (e.g. Monkey Bar) across town. Take note for your next toasting occasion — or just Friday evening drinks with friends. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Pamina Aichhorn)

Spree Gin’s websiteFacebookInstagram

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THE NEIGHBORHOOD MAP FOR OUT WEST: CEE CEE X BIKINI BERLIN

THE NEIGHBORHOOD MAP FOR OUT WEST: CEE CEE X BIKINI BERLIN

Get to know the best of the west: We’ve partnered up with concept shopping mall Bikini Berlin to bring you the best of Charlottenburg and Tiergarten, presented in the handy form of a Neighborhood Map. Packed with 140 tips for superlative places — from restaurants and bars to shops, activities and hotels, this nifty red printed map also offers seven specially-curated walking tours for leisurely all-day exploring: from “Royal Treatment” to “Midnight Run”. Pick up your (free!) copy at Bikini Berlin or selected hot spots around town — such as The Barn at Café Kranzler, C/O Berlin or Sticks’n’Sushi — round up your friends and set off westwards: The Neighborhood Map promises to be a faithful, informative and fun companion along the way. Don’t forget to look up en route! (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Luke Marshall Johnson)

Cee Cee Berlin x Bikini Berlin present The Neighborhood Map: Charlottenburg & Tiergarten. Available at Bikini Berlin and selected spots around town.

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