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TELLER STORIES: THE PODCAST FOR FOODIES — DISCOVERING ZERO-ALCOHOL LIQUOR AND MEAT-FREE FINE DINING

TELLER STORIES: THE PODCAST FOR FOODIES — DISCOVERING ZERO-ALCOHOL LIQUOR AND MEAT-FREE FINE DINING

Want to get a behind-the-curtain glimpse at Berlin’s food scene? If you haven’t already, it’s time to get Teller Stories into your podcast feed. This flavor-filled audio show is hosted by food critic Tina Hüttel and journalist Johannes Paetzold and produced in cooperation with Cee Cee. Episode #14 – out now on all podcast platforms – is all about food substitutes, including the full lowdown on fake meats, alcohol-free tipples and much more besides. We check out the Null Prozentzero-alcohol Späti which was a Cee Cee tip in 2020 and now is a shop in Bergmannkiez that sells everything from wine and Sekt to zero-percent gin, rum and vermouth. The shop is run by the drink specialists at Nüchtern (“Sober”), who also regularly host “Sober Editions” events including Home Bar, a workshop that shows you just how good alcohol-free cocktails can taste. As for meat alternatives, our one to watch is the cooperation between celebrity chef Tim Raue and Swiss start-up Planted. The plant-based food firm uses pea, sunflower and oat protein to create the herbivore-friendly meats on the menu of Raue’s Kreuzberg restaurant. Highlights include a “Peking duck” salad and “chicken” with Jerusalem artichoke, hazelnut and truffle. Worth a taste? We think so.

Text: Sophie Doering / Photos: Cottonbro

Teller Stories is on PodigeeSpotify and all major podcast platforms.
New episodes of the current season are released every Thursday.

@tellerstories

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SOONER — STREAM FILM FESTIVAL FLICKS AND EUROPEAN ARTHOUSE FROM HOME

SOONER — STREAM FILM FESTIVAL FLICKS AND EUROPEAN ARTHOUSE FROM HOME

Need a break from the usual Netflix and Amazon Prime? Do you long for arthouse flicks, documentaries and film classics? Looking for hidden gems that educate as well as entertain? Enter alternative streaming portal Sooner, which gives you all this from the comfort of your own home. This collection of over 3500 titles includes 100 series and 600 documentaries including award-winning titles from Cannes, the Berlinale, Sundance and the Berlin Short Film Festival. Sample independent documentaries like “Water – In the Sights of the Financial Sharks” by French filmmaker Jérôme Fritel, who explores the increasing scarcity of drinking water, or “The Marriage Project”, in which the director of a psychiatric clinic near Tehran encourages the patients to marry each other.

The Berlin-based service’s founder Andreas Wildfang ran analog cinemas in the city before launching the platform in 2020. Since then, he has been on the lookout for films and programs that are beyond the mainstream, with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ representation. The library includes collaborations with universities such as Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and the DFFB as well as theater and dance adaptations. Music is well represented too, with films such as “Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement” about 1970s punk subculture in Washington DC and 2015’s “Deutsche Pop Zustände”. Sound interesting? After signing up, you can try Sooner for free for a fortnight, and you can also rent and buy the films individually. Happy watching!

Text: Nike Wilhelms / Credit: Sooner / Stills: Luna / Photos: Lord of Water, Cottonbro

Sooner is available via web and on most major streaming devices.

@sooner.de

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FLINK X YORCK X KNALLE POPCORN — LIMITED EDITION CINEMA GOODIES FOR TWO

FLINK X YORCK X KNALLE POPCORN — LIMITED EDITION CINEMA GOODIES FOR TWO

Christmas is still some way off, but if you want to get organized we already have a gift idea for all the cinema-lovers out there. Flink delivers groceries to your door within a few minutes, has teamed up with Berlin’s Yorck Cinema Group and Knalle Popcorn to offer you a very special entertainment package: in addition to vouchers for two Yorck screenings of your choice, the Kino-Box includes some crunchy goodness in the form of two packs of lovingly handmade popcorn from Knalle, including white chocolate with salted pretzel and peanut butter-salted caramel. You will also receive an A4 art print of a vintage cinema from a Berlin artist. You can find this limited edition box in the app (while stocks last). If you’d rather stay home and relax, no problem: with the platform’s large selection of nibbles and other treats, you’ll be perfectly prepared for the next movie night or series marathon on the sofa. Time to get Flinkin’!

Text & Photos: Sophie Doering

Flink delivers across Berlin
Mon–Thu 7h30–23h, Fri–Sat 7h30–0h

Use the code CEECEEBLN to get €10 off your first order. Valid for new customers only, minimum order value €25. Offer runs until 20.11.2021.

@flinkgermany

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REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR — DONATE GIFTS AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS THIS CHRISTMAS WITH LA CASE PAULETTE

REVERSE ADVENT CALENDAR — DONATE GIFTS AND ESSENTIAL ITEMS THIS CHRISTMAS WITH LA CASE PAULETTE

As you’ve probably noticed, it’s (almost) the festive season again. But as we stock up on goodies to share with loved ones, it’s worth taking a moment to consider the people in Berlin for whom the season might be less joy-filled. Luckily there’s a great way to give something back: the Reverse Advent Calendar from the La Case Paulette store in Prenzlauer Berg, which lets you donate gifts and essentials to Berliners who are homeless or in otherwise difficult circumstances. What you put inside is up to you: everything from Christmas cards, drawings and chocolates to the essential items that rough sleepers or people in tough situations need. For more ideas on what to pack check out the initiative’s website. On Christmas Eve, the calendars will be distributed by the team across the city in partnership with Moabit Hilft e.V. Now in its second year, the concept comes from sisters Anne-Cécile and Audrey Picardo, who brought the idea over from their native France. While you are dropping off your gift, don’t forget to check out the store itself: it’s full of sustainable garments and design objects curated from young French designers and brands.

Text: Rosie Gilmour / Photos: Zambaputa, Audrey Cecile & La Case Paulette

La Case Paulette, Sredzkistr.52, 10405 Berlin–Prenzlauer Berg; map
Donations can be handed in until 11.12.2021. For more information about the Reverse Advent Calendar see online.

@lacasepaulette

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CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF PRO-PEACE COFFEE, TEA AND MORE — CONFLICTFOOD

CELEBRATING FIVE YEARS OF PRO-PEACE COFFEE, TEA AND MORE — CONFLICTFOOD

If you want to change the world for the better, you can do worse than starting with breakfast. Besides offering a caffeine kick, your morning coffee can also alleviate poverty and make the world a more peaceful place. At least that’s the promise of Conflictfood, the Berlin startup selling food and drink that makes a difference. Sourced from conflict-hit countries, its delicacies provide fair incomes to producers whose lives are affected by war. The Jadae coffee, for instance, is farmed by members of the Akha ethnic minority community in the highlands of Myanmar. Buying these farmers’ beans gives them an independent existence and gives you a great brew, with rich hazelnut and caramel aromas thanks to the hand-picked harvesting and gentle processing of the coffee.

But Conflictfood is about more than just coffee beans. The social enterprise was founded in 2016 by Salem El-Mogaddedi and Gernot Würtenberger, who began working with farmers in western Afghanistan to bring top-quality saffron to Europe. Where opium fields once stood, crocus plant meadows began to flourish. Since then, the duo have expanded the range with the likes of organic tea and aromatic dried ginger powder from Myanmar. A highlight is definitely the organic freekeh, an ancient grain that is produced in the Palastinian West Bank. Chewy and nutty, freekeh is full of fiber and is a great addition to Middle-Eastern inspired salad and meat dishes. Good dinners that do good: what’s not to like?

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Conflictfood & Savannah van der Niet

The Conflictfood range can be ordered online.

@conflictfood

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