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COZYMAZU — THE DELECTABLE TASTE OF TAIWAN IN WEDDING

COZYMAZU — THE DELECTABLE TASTE OF TAIWAN IN WEDDING

In an unassuming corner of Sprengelkiez lies the best-kept secret of this city’s tiny Taiwanese food scene. The light-flooded, incense-laced interior of Cozymazu — filled with latticed wood lanterns, traditional Taiwanese art and wicker chairs — invites you to escape into an inspired sensory experience. In designing her restaurant’s concept, owner and chef, Wei-En Chan drew upon her nostalgia for the diversity of Taiwanese food culture and her grandparents’ cooking — from scratch, organic, MSG-free. The resulting (veggie- and vegan-friendly) menu reinterprets Taiwanese street food and other classics. Like taro tapioca dumplings served with roasted shiitake mushrooms, coriander, crispy onions and a dark vinegar-garlic glaze. Or the recent addition of hearty bowls like the “Cha Pao Fan”: steamed rice in broth with matcha, salmon filet, edamame and lotus root. Come by on a weekend morning for brunch, accompanied by a variety of fine Oolong and other teas, served in a tiny set. Highlights of the set menu option include the homemade peanut milk, spiced tea eggs and hot steamed raw sugar cake. No detail goes unnoticed in the dishes’ preparation and presentation. As far as culinary ambassadors go, Wei-En is doing her homeland more than proud. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Mina Aichhorn)

Cozymazu, Sprengelstr.39, 13353 Berlin-Wedding; map

Tue-Fri 12-22h, Sat-Sun 10-22h

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HAY FOR SONOS — CRISP SOUND IN A FRESH COLOR PALETTE

HAY FOR SONOS — CRISP SOUND IN A FRESH COLOR PALETTE

You don’t have to be a synesthete to embrace the connection between color and sound, though a little help from design experts doesn’t hurt. Sonos has teamed up with Danish design darlings Hay to launch a limited edition set of five Sonos One speakers in tones as rich as those coming out of them. The color options (Pale Yellow, Light Grey, Soft Pink, Forest Green and Vibrant Red), were selected from the Hay palette 2018, designed to add a jolt of eye-catching contrast to any room — and provide the seamless sound experience ensured by the Alexa-integrated Sonos One speaker. Test them out for yourself tonight at a launch celebration at Sonos Store Berlin, where local artists Quintessenz have created a custom installation that will be accompanied by NTS-curated “Sound of Color” mixes, as well as drinks and finger food — plus the chance to take your favorite color straight home with you. RSVP here. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Sonos)

Sonos Store Berlin, Oranienburger Str.83, 10178 Berlin-Mitte, map

Sonos x Hay Open House: Art installation by Quintessenz, 8.11.2018, 17-21h. RSVP here, view Hay for Sonos One.

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INDULGE YOUR GOURMET WANDERLUST WITH SALT & SILVER

INDULGE YOUR GOURMET WANDERLUST WITH SALT & SILVER

It’s around this time of year when wanderlust starts to set in — dreams of sandy beaches, crashing waves and exotic flavours playing on our minds. For a shot of travel and cooking inspiration without leaving the city, head to Google Pixel Studio this Saturday (10.11.) where amateur chefs and avid travellers-turned-restauranteurs, Salt & Silver (aka Jo and Cozy) will be telling the story of their year-long travels through Latin America, during which they shot documentary films and published surf-inspired cookbooks. Upon their return to Hamburg, they opened a (now two-part) Mexican-Peruvian restaurant to share the flavors and cooking techniques they picked up along the way. Berliners will be lucky enough to get a taste on Saturday, too — after a talk and cookbook presentation, they’ll reveal the secret to making their famous guacamole. Prepare for your mouth to water — and for your feet to itch. (Text: Anna Dorothea Ker / Photos: Google Pixel, Salt & Silver)

Google Pixel Studio, Rosenthaler Str.36, 10178 Berlin-Mitte; map

Open till 15.11.2018, Mon-Sat 12-20h, Program

Travel Day with Salt & Silver, 10.11.2018, 16-20h, Facebook event

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THI PHAM RECOMMENDS: JUWEL

THI PHAM RECOMMENDS: JUWEL

On my trips to Berlin I have noticed many shops selling clothes and handbags which are fashion-forward yet lacking in quality. This trend finally seems to be going in the opposite direction, with conscious consumption catching on. That’s why I’m thrilled to have found the bag label Lamari Berlin, which stands for quality materials and fair manufacturing conditions. The bags are sold at the colorful shop Juwel, owned by Berlin designer Marijana Jähnke. Its name speaks for itself: a hidden gem in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, tucked in beside the water tower. In addition to her leather bags, Marijana sells select jewelry and lifestyle accessories by other designers. The space ­– a blend of studio and concept store – is lovingly furnished with self-made tables and shelves. The workshop in the back is where the skilled designer imagines and creates each bag from fine Italian leather. During my last visit, I bought a couple of handbags and two wallets — one for myself, the other as a gift. (Text: Thi Pham / Photos: Juwel, Lamari Berlin)

Juwel, Diedenhofer Str.4, 10405 Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg; map

Tue-Fri 11-19h, Sat 11-18h

Thi Pham was born in Berlin and studied in Zurich and Tokyo. An architect at Make since 2015, she lives in London and often returns to visit her secret favorite city.

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OPTIMISTIC PRALINES: CANDIDE SCHOKOLADEN

OPTIMISTIC PRALINES: CANDIDE SCHOKOLADEN

Stepping inside Arminius-Markthalle you might not expect to see a small, open-glass chocolate factory tucked in the far corner – yet there it is. At Candide, you can watch as pastry chef Daniel Budde works his confectionery magic with flavor and texture constantly on his mind. Having trained in Michelin starred restaurants, Daniel knows a thing or two about his art. With a two-week flavor turnaround, Candide takes a unique stand, so you’re always guaranteed something new and fresh (truffle hazelnut and blackcurrant cassis pralines being among the selection). From the creation of the pralines to boxing and packaging, Daniel is in control every step of the way, with each chocolate box showcasing the work of Berlin-based artists. Taking its name from Voltaire’s great satirical novella, Candide is the eternal optimist, giving Berliners a glimpse of love and dedication in chocolate form. Order online or visit Arminius-Markthalle and take home a chocolate box your friends and family will inevitably swoon over. (Text & Photos: Emilie Wade)

Candide Schokoladen, Arminius-Markthalle, Arminiusstr.2-4, 10551 Berlin-Moabit; map
Mon-Sat 10-20h
Orders also via the online shop

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