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MAMA MUUN: FOOD DELIVERY SERVICE WITH WELL-BALANCED MEALS FOR NEW MOTHERS AND CONSCIOUS EATERS
Our bodies are in a constant stage of change, and they need our attention now more than ever. This is what led Mama Muun founders Shanay and Tabea to develop their range of homemade, balanced meals that are hand-delivered to your door. The menus are specifically formulated for new mothers’ needs, but you don’t need to be a mummy to try them – they are perfect for anyone who wants a healthier diet without spending half the day in the kitchen. And that’s the best bit: the plant-based dishes come ready to eat within ten minutes.
The pair take inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine to create the menus, which come in different varieties with specific energy-boosting benefits. You can buy the meals as a package or mix-and-match your favorites with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner plus snacks in between. Highlights include the talbina barley porridge with cardamom and pistachio to start the day and the “super mama” goji energy treat which is packed full of nutty flavors plus fiber, iron and vitamins. If it’s lunch or dinner you are after, the lemon chickpea wild rice and sweet potato lentil shepherd’s pie are as satisfying as they are nutritious. Whether you’re a new mummy or simply want a healthy alternative to the daily stress of home cooking, the meals offer the perfect body boost. The pair are launching their spring menu in April – we can’t wait to taste it!
Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Mama Muun & Kristina Paukshtite
While many of us have been at home dreaming of our first post-lockdown getaway, the folks at Berlin Travel Festival have been busy tracking down the next travel trends. To get you inspired, the team have put together a packed program of destinations, adventures and experiences for their digital event next week (9–12.03.2021). Under the banner “Take a trip! But how?”, the four-day lineup comprises nightly video episodes that feature over two hours of interviews, talks and workshops from trendsetters and nomads that will get your wanderlust flowing – if it wasn’t already, that is…
If your next holiday is more likely to be in Saxony than Sri Lanka, we advise you to check out explorer Christo Foerster and filmmaker Kai Hattermann’s film about “microadventures” – little trips that give you that much-needed freedom feeling without having to cross the earth. Also keeping things bitesize is Jan Sadowsky, the founder of holiday home startup Green Tiny Houses who joins the panel “Wie viel ist wenig?” to discuss how tiny living concepts are making travel slower and more sustainable. Dare to dream a bit bigger? Travel blogger Maggie Haselwanter will gladly get you geared up for a global adventure with stories from her 2020 moped voyage from Switzerland to New Zealand. She joins the Travel Festival team to discuss being a woman who travels and how Corona cut her trip short. Finally, join bestselling author Stephan Orth for fascinating tales on the thrills and spills of couchsurfing through Saudi Arabia. All of these videos can be streamed for free with no pre-registration needed – just switch on and take off…
Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Cottonbro, Jasmin Chew & Taryn Elliott
Books are windows to the world, which in times of restrictions and closed spaces makes them all the more valuable. If you are looking to escape with a new read, you can do worse than head to Wedding S-Bahn station, where you will find the a.p. bookshop that opened in autumn 2020. The store’s wide window front offers a view into a bright interior home to sofas, high wooden shelves and display cabinets. Head inside and you are greeted with a well-curated selection of picture books, poetry collections and catalogs sorted not alphabetically, but by theme: “Road Trip”, “Mourning” and “Protest” are just some of categories ready to explore.
Launched in collaboration with Callie’s, a non-profit art institution that runs multidisciplinary residency programs in the same complex, the bookshop has a strong focus on multilingual art titles. In addition to the latest monographs, you will also find novels by the likes of French writer Annie Ernaux and poetry by Harryette Mullen. Manager Elijah Jackson and his team strive to maintain a balance between international releases and works from Berlin publishers such as Zero sharp. Their enthusiasm for books and design is felt with every title you browse through: instead of the usual suspects, you come across clever finds like Kapsel, a magazine which presents a Chinese science fiction short story (in German) in every issue. The selection of literature is complemented by artworks and accessories, including Byzantine necklaces by Georgian designer Sopho Gongliashvili and hammocks by Mexican artist Don Agustín Caamal Chimal. The shop is intended as much for inspiration and exchange as for consumption, with regular readings, workshops and lectures planned for when conditions allow. With all this coming up, a.p. will be the one to watch on the Wedding lit scene.
This year would have seen architect and urban planner Werner Düttmann’s 100th birthday – a fitting time then for the exhibition Werner Düttmann Building. Berlin, which celebrates his life’s work. Walk around Berlin’s west today and you will still see the Düttmann influence in U-Bahn stations, churches, libraries and museums – public meeting places which turn the city into an extended living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows, reduced forms and transitions between the inside and outside characterize Düttmann designs. He created architecture that breathes, appearing without decoration and yet still adorned. With the Academy of Arts, the St. Agnes church and the Hansabibliothek library, Düttmann translated the dynamics of the city into open, flowing spatial sequences. These buildings are among the 30 or so places taking center stage at the Brücke Museum exhibition, set to open in April 2021.
Ahead of the show’s official opening, the city experts at Poligonal will be presenting self-guided tours that highlight key Düttmann buildings in Berlin, with walks and bicycle tours extending from Dahlem to Britz. Starting this Saturday (06.03), background information will be shown at each of the stops, and for further reading a comprehensive catalog has been produced with input from artist Anri Sala and writer David Wagner.
Text: Laura Storfner / Credit: Ingeborg Lommatzsch; Wolf Lücking © Franziska Lücking; Pablo Picasso: © Succession Picasso / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021; Katrina Schulz, Wasmuth & Zohlen Verlag; Brücke-Museum
Werner Düttmann: Building. Berlin.
In addition to the main show at the Brücke Museum (17.04–11.06.2021), from 06.03.2021 satellite exhibitions can be viewed at Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), König Galerie / St. Agnes, Hansabibliothek and in the foyer of the Academy of Arts. Full information can be found here.
Exhibition catalog (2020, Wasmuth & Zohlen, 372 pages)
For our third collection of podcast tips, we’re starting with the dead – specifically the departed dames that feature in Berlin-based The Dead Ladies Show. Each episode of this monthly radio show invites two guests to present an influential woman from the past, diving into their personalities, lives and achievements. The talents are diverse, from successful athletes and ancient mathematicians to rock’n’roll pioneer Sister Rosetta Tharpe. And though the stories of these women have been around for a while, they remain instructive and inspiring. Next up is To My Sisters, a podcast hosted by engaging and charming Londoners Courtney and Renee that is packed with wisdom and warmth. The twice-weekly episodes provide insight into the professional and personal lives of two women who have made it their goal to inspire women in business.
Always with a touch of humor, the pair discuss topics such as the realities of being an entrepreneur, following your passion and building a legacy. Besides business, the episodes also touch on topics like childhood trauma, patriarchy and activism, offering thought-provoking insights and practical advice. Last up is a local podcast still fresh from its launch in February 2021: WAA (Women Authors of Achievement). For each 45-minute episode, host and filmmaker Daria Suvorova is joined by key female figures from Berlin’s business world. As you listen to their career successes and struggles, you can feel your own business ambitions and dreams awaken.
Text: Lottie Mac / Credit: Anna Shvets
The Dead Ladies Show, To My Sisters, WAA