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Are tapas your thing, no matter what time of day it is, morning or late evening? Then Fourty Years Kitchen in the middle of Gräfekiez might be just your new spot to put on your “To Try” list. The brunch and dinner spot is now the second location to join the Fourty Years Café, which has already made a name for itself in Kreuzberg. Alongside the friendly staff, owners Cemal and Merve personally welcome you with open arms. With the diverse options, you can choose here between cold and warm tapas, which are lovingly prepared in hot small pans and various bowls. So you can make your own favorites from a selection of vegetarian, vegan and the “I eat everything” dishes. We feasted our way through cilbir, turkish poached eggs with yogurt, shakshuka and Kibbeh – each of the tapas perfectly seasoned and prepared. In addition to the brunch highlights, there are several dinner highlights towards the evening that you should definitely try. From Mücver (Zucchini Pancakes) to Eggplant Rolls, Roasted Cauliflower, to “40ies Dürüm” and Iskender Köfte – there is something for everyone.
The homemade lemonades and non-alcoholic cocktails are another highlight on the menu, for example the Blackcurrant Rosemary Lemonade and the Espresso Martini (0.0%). When it comes to the dessert menu, it’s best to let yourself be surprised: New desserts await you every week – so you can virtually taste your way through the dessert menu every week. Our weekly menu included a delicious Muhallebi (Turkish milk pudding) with rhubarb and strawberry cream and caramelized walnuts.
Text: Paulina Noack / Photos: Luna Schaffron
Fourty Years Kitchen, Dieffenbachstr.52, 10967 Berlin; map
Tue–Fri 8–22h, Sat & Sun 9–22h
Finding hand-picked second-hand pieces, borrowing new statement pieces and discovering changing collaborations with Berlin artists – it’s all possible at Laundromat. The new store, which opened last weekend in the northern part of Prenzlauer Berg, right next to the popular ice cream parlor Hokey Pokey, is all about fashion and local heroes. Behind the Laundromat concept is Adidas, which is breaking new ground with this temporary store and putting the focus here on sustainability. In addition to a select range of Adidas pieces such as tennis socks, tracksuits and original track jackets, vintage sneakers are on the shelves. Westend Vintage, another initial partner, brings in a carefully curated selection of retro streetwear styles. On the racks from Pool, the fashion rental service, there’s also a regularly changing assortment of hip styles from various international brands to discover. Created by and for the people of Berlin, Laundromat not only offers shopping but also culture – outside the official opening hours. The first event was the pre-opening during the Berlin Art Week last week with artist Thomias Radin. More to follow! In other words, in keeping with its name, Laundromat is a place where the old can be rediscovered – of course, in a laundromat-in-cool aesthetic, with white tile, neon lights and striking metallic lettering. So just like in a cool laundromat, you’ll leave again with freshened up style!
Text: Alison Musch / Photos: Adidas
Laundromat, Stargarder Str.74, 10437 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
DREAM WORLDS AND MYTHICAL CREATURES: LEIKO IKEMURA AT THE FEUERLE COLLECTION — RECOMMENDED BY NOELIA GAITE
Berlin loves art in bunkers. The Feuerle Collection, for example, has found its public home in a former telecommunications bunker. And this home now houses the solo show “When Animals become Art” by Leiko Ikemura, curated by Désiré Feuerle himself, until January 2024. This is an exhibition that offers the kind of art experience that sharpens the senses. Whether with a date or ridin’ solo, you can treat yourself to this Berlin Kunstbunker experience, which is similar to the club experience so typical of the city: 1. it’s dark, 2. cell phone cameras aren’t taped off, but photography is still prohibited, and 3. the visit is probably a bit shorter than at the club, but it doesn’t have to be any less ecstatic. The first eye-catcher is a dramatically lit installation in the middle of the gloomy exhibition space (bunkers aren’t big on natural light, as we know).
On the floor, a small zoo of stuffed animals is placed on a black blanket. Those who are a little familiar with the artist’s work will immediately recognize the reference to the animal mythical creatures recurring in it and at the same time think to themselves: Yes, of course, close, but surely this is not a work by Leiko Ikemura? The remaining exhibits provide an exemplary insight into the materials and techniques typically used by Ikemura. Sculptures made of opaque cast glass lie on floor cushions draped around the center of the room, elegantly playing with the limited, punctuated light. We see poetic landscape paintings on coarsely woven jute hanging on the far wall, giving spatial context to the dream world one has just entered. In front, an imposing bronze sculpture, a chimera: the Queen Rabbit, who seems to watch over the parallel world and its small inhabitants.
Noelia Gaite’s life revolves around art, art, art: she curates, contemplates and analyzes. And when it all gets to be too much, she takes long walks through the city with music in her ears. On bridges, she likes to linger a little longer.
Credit: Leiko Ikemura, The Feuerle Collection / Photos: Wai Kung & Nicolas Boettger
The Feuerle Collection, Hallesches Ufer 70, 10963 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Fri 14–18h & Sat–Sun 11–19h. The guided tour must be booked in advance.
TRACING THE ROOTS — THE EXHIBITION “ANOTHER COUNTRY” ABOUT JEWISH LIFE IN THE GDR AT THE JEWISH MUSEUM BERLIN
It’s always amazing to discover things you never knew about (yet!), especially when it concerns the fairly recent history of your own country. Jewish life in the GDR was definitely one of those things for me. The exhibition “Another Country – Jewish in the GDR” at the Jewish Museum Berlin is currently following in its footsteps. Visual art, films, literature, multi-layered biographies and extraordinary exhibits are the focus of this cultural-historical exhibition. With text, images, sound and film, installations, concerts, readings and other events, these histories are woven into a documentary narrative. The view of Jewish perspectives and experiences in East Germany is actively narrated – before and after the reunification period until today. Individual life stories of contemporary witnesses provide insights, provide touching and moving testimonies. Why did Jews return to Germany after the liberation of National Socialism, why did they choose the GDR? What was Jewish life like under the GDR regime? But the exhibition is worth a visit not only from the point of view of content, but also from an artistic-aesthetic perspective. Leon Kahane’s mixed-media installation “from me to we” was designed especially for the exhibition, and the other artistic works by Yael Reuveny, Silvia Dzubas, Lea Grundig, Barbara Honigmann, Marion Kahnemann and Vera Singer continue to echo in one’s mind long after leaving the exhibition. It is always amazing to realize how wonderful it is to experience something new.
Text: Hilka Dirks / Photos: Jens Ziehe & Gerhard Zadek / Credit: Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Schenkung von Ruth Zadek
Jüdisches Museum, Lindenstr.9-14, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Sun 10–19h. Latest entry 18h.
Ein anderes Land — Jüdisch in der DDR until 14.01.2023
VEGAN ROCK YOU — THE COOKBOOK FOR FAMILY COOKING AND EVERYDAY DISHES BY REGINE AND ANSGAR FREYBERG
I first got a taste for it in real life – and then the book came along. In the spring of 2023, I was lucky enough to get to know Regine Freyberg and her cooking at an Ohia retreat on Rügen (so nice!). The retreat offered very healthy, yet refined dishes – prepared by her, together with Annika Pfeiffer. And on the last day, we celebrated with a big buffet with impressive delicacies from sweet to salty, which I still dream about today. Afterwards I learned: A part of these treats you can recreate yourself from her cookbook Vegan Rock You. The “rock” in the title is no coincidence: next to Regine’s name is also that of Ansgar on the cover – her husband, who is a musician in a rock band called Boss Hoss … but back to the book! The hardcover title, which incidentally was awarded the “Silver Medal of the Gastronomic Academy of Germany 2023,” is 208 pages of recipes for everyday life – with a focus on family-friendly ideas. From classics like potato gratin with alternative “bacon” to the perfect lentil bolognese or pumpkin soup with a twist (smoked and with lentil content), the recipes are not unrealistic but made so that you want to make them once and then again and again – in other words, well thought out, with tried and tested instructions.
Regine, after all, not only cooks for her own family and for various retreats, but also caters events. So the outcome of her recipes should make people of all ages happy. And they do! That’s why we’ve already taken her Banana Bread (the vegan and gluten-free version) on our team outing – and as luck would have it, Regine is currently baking cakes for Cee Cee Cafe while our baker is on vacation. So come on down to Cee Cee Cafe for coffee and cake – this week we’ve got vegan gluten-free cheesecake and moist brownies, among other things. Check out their Instagram channel for a taste, too, or just put the cookbook on your shelf. And of course, you don’t have to be a vegan to do it! So, if you want to be the star at the kitchen counter with cheers from your loved ones: this book is for you!
Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Sophie Doering
Vegan Rock You: Coole Rezepte für die ganze Familie by Regine and Ansgar Freyberg, published by Südwest Verlag/Penguin Books, hardcover, approx. 208 pages
Cee Cee Cafe, Besselstr.13, 10969 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Mon–Thu 8h30–17h, Fri 8h30–22h & Sat–Sun 10–17h