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MA-MAKAN: MALAY-SINGAPOREAN STREET FOOD LANDS IN FLUGHAFENSTRASSE

MA-MAKAN: MALAY-SINGAPOREAN STREET FOOD LANDS IN FLUGHAFENSTRASSE

Since autumn 2019, the marble-topped tables at Neukölln’s YaMe NumNums have been home to more than just their Australasian-style brunches. Now Ma-Makan (a play on the Malay word for “eat”) is running the kitchen Thursday–Saturday, serving up homemade hawker-style Malaysian and Singaporean dishes. From savory chwee kueh (steamed rice cakes topped with salty preserved radish – a dish found nowhere else in Berlin) to slurp-able bowls of fragrant nyonya laksa soup with all the fixings, Ma-Makan quietly boasts one of the most exciting menus in the city. Since 2017, Kaylin Eu has been sharing foods from her childhood alongside new favorites. Our first taste was her nasi lemak at a pop-up in 2018, and ever since we’ve been yearning for more. Now, with a long-term space and a distinctive rotating menu, our wishes have been granted. As Berlin’s gloomy gray months settle in and wear us down, we know where we’ll be seeking refuge: in aromatic bowls of spiced coconut broth. (Text: Devan Grimsrud / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

Ma-Makan at YaMe NumNums, Flughafenstr.46, 12053 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Thu–Sat 18h30–22h
@mamakanberlin

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19GRAMS COFFEE ADVENT CALENDAR: CELEBRATING THE SEASON WITH SPECIALTY BREWS

19GRAMS COFFEE ADVENT CALENDAR: CELEBRATING THE SEASON WITH SPECIALTY BREWS

As the pre-Christmas season approaches, you’re no doubt wondering how you’ll keep your energy up with all the parties and chocolate-based indulgence. Well we know a remedy: the coffee Advent calendar from pro roasters 19grams. Each Advent day offers a caffeinated surprise: a single-origin brew from one of 19grams’ grower-partners, spread from Honduras and Peru to Ethiopia and Burundi. The calendar features 24 50g tins that can be had in espresso and filter roasts, in both bean and pre-ground varieties. Each coffee sample comes complete with tasting notes and farm details, giving your morning cappuccino a much needed backstory. The calendar is quite a size, but if you don’t manage to drink your way through all the samples quickly enough, not to worry: the little resealable tins will hold until at least the new year. Cee Cee readers get €5 off with the code “CEECEE5″ online, so go ahead and treat yourself or your coffee drinking bestie – just make sure they invite you round so you can enter the festive spirit with the aroma of a good brew. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Savannah van der Niet)

The 19grams coffee Advent calendar is available at the 19grams cafes and to order online.
@19grams.coffee

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“MILCH & MOOS” — ON THE HUNT FOR BRANDENBURG’S CULINARY TREASURES

“MILCH & MOOS” — ON THE HUNT FOR BRANDENBURG’S CULINARY TREASURES

If you want to swap urban pollution for the fresh breeze of the countryside, you should take a look at the book “Milch & Moos”. The authors, Sina Schwarz and Theresa Wissmann, who do a blog of the same name, dedicate 224 pages to the interaction of nature and good food. Across eight chapters you are taken on a journey through the most beautiful places in Brandenburg for hiking. When it comes to the food, the authors look not just at the finished products such as regional honey, cheese or whiskey, but also the whole production process and people behind the food. With the author’s solid eye for detail, hiking-fans are well served with 20 precisely explained hiking routes to various suggestions for excursions, no matter the season. The pages themselves offer a beautiful visual depiction of the material. The variety of photos portray Brandenburg in an aesthetic manner that makes the countryside appear sophisticated and rustic at the same time. A book for everyone who longs for adventures in nature and to seek relaxation and contentment while on the hunt for regional delicacies. (Text: Louisa Sodji / Photos: Milch & Moos, Sina Schwarz)

“Milch & Moos – Vom Wandern und Guten Essen – Brandenburg” (224 pages, Edition Terra, in German) can be ordered online.
@milchundmoos

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SOUNDS OF ICELAND — FOUR DAYS OF CROSSING MUSICAL GENRES AT THE KONZERTHAUS

SOUNDS OF ICELAND — FOUR DAYS OF CROSSING MUSICAL GENRES AT THE KONZERTHAUS

Icelandic music is known for having no reservations about crossing genres or crossing oceans and borders – this time all the way to the heart of Berlin for “Sounds of Iceland“, a four-day festival at Konzerthaus Berlin. Starting next week (14.–17.11.2019) the beautiful concert hall at Gendarmenmarkt will host a celebration of musical talent from the volcanic island, bringing together an eclectic line-up of artists such as jazz quartet ADHD, whose performances inspired by the forces of nature will transport you to a sky full of northern lights; multi-instrumentalist and singer Jófríður Ákadóttir of JFDR, deservingly deemed “the next Björk”; and artist in residence Víkingur Ólafsson, who will close the festival with a performance accompanied by the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Our tip: let the music wash over you at the Singer-Songwriter Night as Sóley, Snorri and their guests give a glimpse into how Icelanders turn the long dark nights into pure creativity! (Text: Andreea Dragos / Photos: Sebastian Runge, jfdr & Ari Magg)

Konzerthaus Berlin, Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Sounds of Iceland“, 14–17.11.2019. Buy tickets here.
@konzerthausberlin

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SWIMMING AGAINST THE ANTHROPOCENE: ANAÏS SENLI AT GALERIE IM TURM

SWIMMING AGAINST THE ANTHROPOCENE: ANAÏS SENLI AT GALERIE IM TURM

In her latest book, philosopher Donna Haraway proclaims the dawn of the “Chthulucene”, a new geologic era that will supercede the Anthropocene with its environmental pollution, the extinction of the species, and climate crisis. While the Anthropocene bears witness to the interference of mankind with the very geological essence of the planet, the Chthulucene represents a world after humanity as we know it. In some ways, the artist Anaïs Senli builds on these premises, which draw on science fiction, contemporary critique and fantastic speculation. In the exhibition The Heavy Air That Surrounds Us, Senli uses microorganisms to question the cycle of life: she chooses deep sea phytoplankton as a metaphor – drifting microorganisms which produce oxygen and yet provide the raw material for crude oil. In her drawings, Senli makes visible what is unrecognizable to the human eye, whilst constructing new utopias from evident correlations between nature, culture and fossil-fuel capitalism. (Text: Laura Storfner / Photos: Anaïs Senli, The Heavy Air That Surrounds Us, Exhibition view Galerie im Turm, 2019, photo: Eric Tschernow, Courtesy the artist and Galerie im Turm)

Galerie im Turm, Frankfurter Tor 1, 10243 Berlin–Friedrichshain; map
The Heavy Air That Surrounds Us, Anaïs Senli, running until 12.01.2020
21.11.19, 19–21h, No Matter Functions as a Border: Conversation with Regina de Miguel, María Morata and Anaïs Senli, moderated by Lena Johanna Reisner
@galerie_im_turm

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