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POMERANZE: REGIONAL-SEASONAL DELICACIES AND GARDENING SUPPLIES FOR YOUR BALCONY — RECOMMENDED BY JANINA HACKMANN

POMERANZE: REGIONAL-SEASONAL DELICACIES AND GARDENING SUPPLIES FOR YOUR BALCONY — RECOMMENDED BY JANINA HACKMANN

Regional vegetarian dishes, cooked with local and seasonal ingredients driven by the goal of zero waste: that is what Neukölln cafe Pomeranze is all about. Five minutes’ walk from Tempelhofer Feld you will find a coffee bar that is full of delicious treats to go, like sandwiches and daily plates made with vegetables from the PlantAge cooperative and fruit from Berlin allotment gardeners. The accompanying espressos come courtesy of Tempelhof roasters Andraschko. Owners Katharina Herrlich and Marlene Modick also serve up sweeter options too, like the juicy lemon yogurt tart and the vegan apple crumble that have been the talk of the neighborhood for some time. Meanwhile, if you are looking to grow some treats yourself, Pomeranze also offers a range of boutique garden supplies for bringing your balcony and home to life, including special seed varieties and chic ceramic pots and vases by local designers. My tip: order your items online in the web shop for pick up in the cafe. And whilst you are there: grab a grilled cheese sandwich with homemade chutney and a salty chocolate cookie and head down to the Feld for an impromptu picnic!

Janina Heckmann is a freelance filmmaker and author who frequently commutes between Berlin and her new adopted home of Freiburg.

Text: Janina Heckmann / Photos: Lena Fingerle

Pomeranze, Leinestr.48, 12049 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Currently open for takeaway: Tue–Sun 10–17h

@pomeranze.kaffeebar

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HULA HOOP ONLINE COURSES WITH MAMA ULITA FOR MINDFULNESS, CORE FITNESS AND FEMALE EMPOWERMENT — RECOMMENDED BY SHARON WELZEL

HULA HOOP ONLINE COURSES WITH MAMA ULITA FOR MINDFULNESS, CORE FITNESS AND FEMALE EMPOWERMENT — RECOMMENDED BY SHARON WELZEL

With more of us spending our days at home, it’s a great time to experiment with new forms of exercise. Enter the humble hula hoop. Usually considered an outdoor activity, hula-hooping is now flourishing in living rooms all over. Offering a taste of this trend are the hula hoop online courses run by Ulrike Biller aka Mama Ulita. Usually the Leipzig-based artist teaches hula hoop techniques at events and small training sessions, but with the pandemic she has shifted everything to Zoom – and it’s an amazingly fun place to practice! It is clear that Mama Ulita usually tours internationally as a burlesque dancer from her sensational energy: she is a great entertainer, extremely authentic and takes care of her students, giving plenty of devotion.

All you need to take part is three square meters of space around you, good lighting and a solid internet connection. Ulrike’s aim in her courses is not just to teach technique, but to work the body’s core and encourage mindfulness in a way that empowers women. The online hula hoop sessions are for all – from beginners to pros – and there is no pressure or expectations. I have already completed one course and am already looking forward to what’s next. At the start I could barely hold the ring up, but now I can already do a few little tricks and, most importantly, I’ve learned something new. Tip: It’s best to get a ring before the course and practice holding it up. Your hips will thank you!

Sharon Welzel is a Hamburg-based writer passionate about sustainability and innovation.

Text: Sharon Welzel / Photos: Karolina Grabowska, Mama Ulita & Nikolas Fabian Kammerer

Hula hoop online courses from Mama Ulita
On 05.02.2021 there will be a free taster sessionBeginners courses start this month.

@mama.ulita

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DUMPLINGS UND NUDELN TO GO: HAN WESTS POP–UP IN KREUZBERG — EMPFOHLEN VON CLAUDIA KATZMARSKI

DUMPLINGS UND NUDELN TO GO: HAN WESTS POP–UP IN KREUZBERG — EMPFOHLEN VON CLAUDIA KATZMARSKI

Let us help you through the cold gray weather with a steaming portion of Sichuan noodles. An offshoot of Neukölln’s Han West – aka “the home of dumplings” – a new noodle pop-up on Görlitzer Straße is now bringing handmade noodles and yummie dumpling creations to the streets of Kreuzberg. Creative fillings and toppings like Thai chicken & herbs and Sichuan garlic aubergine will delight any lover of Asian cuisine, and there are many vegan options, too. The sister Imbiss in Schillerkiez, which opened in 2019, is well known for its modern take on Chinese street food and is a must stop on the way to Tempfelhofer Feld. Founders Valentin and Rui once spent the summer serving their delicious dumplings at nearby festivals, and while these gatherings seem like a distant memory, you can still enjoy their creations in the outdoors: grab a beanie and gloves and take a seat on a bench opposite Görlitzer Park. All dishes from the Han West pop-up are served in biodegradable packaging so you can enjoy them sustainably. (Text: Claudia Katzmarski / Photos: Han West & Max Power)

A lover of travel, vegan cakes and swing dance, Claudia Katzmarski calls Neukölln her home.

Noodle pop-up from Han West, Görlitzer Str.69, 10997 Berlin–Kreuzberg; map
Tue–Sun 12–20h, running until March 2021

@hanwest.dumplings

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HACKER UND PRESTING: BOOKSHOP WHERE MONTMARTRE MEETS CHARLOTTENBURG — RECOMMENDED BY KIKI ALBRECHT

HACKER UND PRESTING: BOOKSHOP WHERE MONTMARTRE MEETS CHARLOTTENBURG — RECOMMENDED BY KIKI ALBRECHT

I always feel a bit like I’m in Paris when I turn into Leonhardtstrasse, with its street-side cafés and old trees. It’s also home to Hacker und Presting, my favorite bookshop. Amidst the store’s stuccoed ceilings and striking coral-red shelves is where the West Berlin bohemian scene meets, as shop owner Julia Hacker’s stories reveal. Like how the small pane of blue glass in the shop window is actually a souvenir from a 1965 Rolling Stones concert. Or how the iconic greyhound in the store’s logo came into being. Besides taking the time to advise you, Julia’s staff have a knack for beautiful things: I often leave the shop not only with some recommended reads, but with some fragrant soap or a handmade ceramic bowl too. Be it fiction, non-fiction, children’s books or English-language literature, there are reading selections for all, and any book you can’t find can be ordered on the web shop or Instagram for easy pickup or delivery – ideal in the current climate. For literature lovers, this is a truly beautiful address out west. (Text: Kiki Albrecht / Photos: Hacker und Presting)

Berliner Kiki Albrecht works as a communication consultant for fashion labels, designers and artists. She is the founder of Fountain Berlin.

Hacker und Presting, Leonhardtstr.22, 14057 Berlin–Charlottenburg; map
Mon–Fri 9h30–18h, Sat 9h30–14h
@hackerpresting

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OONA GALLERY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF JEWELLERY — RECOMMENDED BY MILENA KALOJANOV

OONA GALLERY CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF JEWELLERY — RECOMMENDED BY MILENA KALOJANOV


Editor’s note: please check Oona’s Instagram for the latest updates relating to Covid-19.

If you take a stroll through Auguststraße you can’t miss Oona: the jewellery gallery’s windows are amongst the most beautiful in Berlin. For 20 years now, this “Jewellery Universe” has been home to both timeless and contemporary designs, including rings, necklaces and brooches as well as more unorthodox wearable works from German and international artists. Owner Anna Schetelich is focused not on the beautiful or pretty, but rather creative power and craftsmanship. With the motto “It’s not only gold that shines”, Anna and her artists specialize in unusual materials: borosilicate glass gives Christian Metzner’s surreal bubble necklaces an almost cuddly appearance; Benedikt Fischer’s toothed shell shapes turn found objects into art; and Karin Johansson’s acrylic bracelets remind you of the seaside with every jangle. That’s not to forget the earrings and hoops from Marc Monzó, which are so delicate as to “melt” on the skin. This year marks Oona’s twentieth anniversary – the perfect time to get acquainted with these design wonders. (Text: Milena Kalojanov / Photos: Oona Gallery & 한동령 DR Han)

Milena Kalojanov is a landscape architect who lives in Berlin and works at Zanderrotharchitekten and Smarthoming.

Oona Gallery, Auguststr.26, 10117 Berlin–Mitte; map
Tue–Fri 14–18h, Sat 13–18h
@oonagalerie

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