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RE CUCINA: COMPACT RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL ITALIAN CUISINE IN GRAEFEKIEZ — NOW TO TAKE AWAY

RE CUCINA: COMPACT RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL ITALIAN CUISINE IN GRAEFEKIEZ — NOW TO TAKE AWAY

While this gem of an italian restaurant opened in 2019, for us Re Cucina was a summer 2020 discovery. We spent warm evenings sat on the simple curbside benches, but things are pleasant inside too, with just five tables for a casual, family atmosphere. Founders Allegra and Giuseppe from northern Italy are as warm, charming and casual as the cuisine itself. The small menu is vegetarian-friendly and highly seasonal: the handmade burrata with peach and hazelnut and the autumnal pumpkin casarecce now give way to a wintery wild boar lasagne. As for the ingredients themselves, the organic produce is sourced from both Brandenburg pastures and Italian suppliers. Re Cucina fits every function, whether an intimate dinner for two or a group feast where you share the whole menu with a bottle of wine. And while this compact restaurant has had to close its doors to diners during the lockdown, you can still get the dishes to go – just the thing to bring the summer back into a winter-tinged living room. (Text & Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

Note: the photos above are for illustration purposes only and were taken before the lockdown. The Cee Cee team are observing all current Covid–19 rules. This feature is intended to support restaurateurs throughout the current period and beyond.

Re Cucina, Graefestr.78, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sat 12h30–21h
See here for details of how to order takeaway. 

@recucinabar

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YOGA PRACTICE GUIDED BY EMOTIONS — ORIGINAL FEELINGS STUDIO SPACE AND ONLINE SESSIONS

YOGA PRACTICE GUIDED BY EMOTIONS — ORIGINAL FEELINGS STUDIO SPACE AND ONLINE SESSIONS

When you open the website of yoga studio Original Feelings you are immediately faced with a question: how do you want to feel? Is it uplifted? Then you should try an energy-boosting kundalini class. Or do you want to feel safe? Then a deep, slow yin session is the one for you. Founder Karlie and her team of 13 teachers have been welcoming yogis to their beautiful studio on Graefestraße since October 2020, but circumstances have led them to switch to two online classes a day, with a range of styles to suit all moods and bodies. Set in front of the studio’s gong, my “Uplifted” class with Rebecca had just the right mix of dynamic movement and slow breathing for a good start to a chilly autumn morning. And because the classes are labelled according to feelings rather than styles or intensities, you are encouraged to think in terms of how yoga can serve your mind and body. The technical quality of the streams is good too, making them a perfect stopgap until the studio reopens its doors. Hopefully see you on the mat soon! (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Linus Müllerschön & Neda Rajabi)

Original Feelings, Graefestr.71, 10967 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Studio currently closed. For the online schedule and booking see the website.
 

@originalfeelingsstudio

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#HONESTSKIN — LEIT & HELD FOR LEATHER GOODS WITH TIMELESS DESIGNS AND TRACEABLE ORIGINS

#HONESTSKIN — LEIT & HELD FOR LEATHER GOODS WITH TIMELESS DESIGNS AND TRACEABLE ORIGINS

“Can you still wear leather with a clear conscience?” For leather-goods label Leit & Held the answer is yes. Founded in 2018 by trio Pia, Dana and Nina, the marque seeks greater transparency in the leather industry with its motto of “more sustainable, more conscious and more beautiful”. The minimalist and timeless leather handbags, backpacks and purses are robust, long-term companions, and their manufacture and its supply chains are totally transparent: the leather is sourced from an organic farm in southern Germany, with hides collected and sorted at the Fairfleisch abattoir. Tanning then takes place at the Renz leather factory, followed by finishing at H.F.Anton. At the Leit & Held studio in Berlin, each item is lovingly packed to order with a personal greeting. In the end, buying leather is a personal choice, but these products show just how transparent and accountable the industry can really be. (Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Jonas Weibel)

Leit & Held Studio, Choriner Str.56, 10435 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map Shopping by appointment.

@leitheld

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PACKAGING-FREE SHOP FOR GROCERIES AND OTHER GREEN GOODS — ERBSENZÄHLEREI IN SCHÖNEBERG

PACKAGING-FREE SHOP FOR GROCERIES AND OTHER GREEN GOODS — ERBSENZÄHLEREI IN SCHÖNEBERG

If you want help in the battle against plastic, Schöneberg shop Erbsenzählerei is your newest ally. Opened in September 2020, this packaging-free store offers basic groceries like peas, lentils and rice as well as natural cosmetics, baked goods from ufaFabrik plus regional fruit and vegetables – naturally all sans wrapping. The shop’s founder Berit is committed to fair standards: the coffee for instance comes from Berlin-based Faktura, a disability-friendly employer. The range includes sweets too, with a largely vegan selection of loose chocolates and pralines. And if you forget to bring your containers from home, you’ll also find cotton bags from Umtüten to fill up. While you’re there, be sure to try the delicious nut corners, courtesy of organic supplier Meister Küfner. Time to grab your jars and get refilling! (Text: Annika Hillig / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen)

Erbsenzählerei, Kolonnenstr.48/49, 10829 Berlin–Schöneberg; map
Mon–Fri 9–18h30, Sat 10–16h

Covid-19 measures are in place at the shop.

@die_erbsenzaehlerei

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VOM GUTEN IM SCHLECHTEN — 2021/22 ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR MONTHLY GUIDANCE FEAT. IMAGES BY JULIAN CHARRIÈRE

VOM GUTEN IM SCHLECHTEN — 2021/22 ACADEMIC CALENDAR FOR MONTHLY GUIDANCE FEAT. IMAGES BY JULIAN CHARRIÈRE

Do you wish you could fast-forward to a more stable, peaceful era? While it is not a time machine, 2021: Vom Guten im Schlechten is a beautiful diary that will guide you through the twists and turns of the coming months and years. The hardcover calendar runs from October 2020 to March 2022 and dedicates a full double-page spread to each week for all your appointments, plans and post-lockdown dreams. But this is no ordinary study agenda: within its pages are 12 academic texts on the subject of “The Good in the Bad”, curated by editors Benedict Esche and Miriam Akkermann with help from Die Junge Akademie. Even if you are unfamiliar with the topics, the texts are accessible and highly relevant, such as historian Christoph Lundgreen’s essay which discusses how to respond to the breaking of norms. For a visual counterpart, a series of photos by Berlin-based artist Julian Charrière shows him smashing 12 hourglasses against a wall. Flicking through the weeks and months, you see Charrière destroy time and space – a fitting impression in this age of upset. (Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Bui Luu Quynh Nguyen & Sophie Döring)

2021: Vom Guten im Schlechten (“The Good in the Bad”) 2020–2022 academic calendar (Mitte/Rand, 2020) – available online for purchase.

@mitterandverlag

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