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A TASTE OF BRAZIL — COOL SMOOTHIES AND BOWLS AT THE TROPIX POP-UP AT MOTIF WEIN

A TASTE OF BRAZIL — COOL SMOOTHIES AND BOWLS AT THE TROPIX POP-UP AT MOTIF WEIN

Looking for a refreshing drink to set you up for hot summer days? Things don’t get much cooler than the smoothie mixes from Tropix, which are packed with tropical fruit that is flash-frozen as soon as it is harvested in Brazil. The result is a fruit pulp concentrate which you store in the freezer and simply combine with water or milk for a smoothie or açaí bowl that beats fresh fruit hands down (not to mention the hours saved peeling or chopping). So why Brazil? Apart from the fact that many tropical fruits – from guava to caja – grow well in the vast country’s plantations, Tropix’s founders Felipe and Bruno are themselves from Rio de Janeiro. Friends for 20 years, the pair are now based in Berlin and have set about bringing the fruits and flavors of Rio’s ubiquitous juice bars to Germany.

And so they have: the duo’s website now offers 15 superfood blends and single-fruit mixes, including varieties you probably haven’t heard of, including immune-boosting cupuaçu (it tastes like pear and banana) and the slightly tart, cherry-like acerola. You can mix, match and experiment to your heart’s content – each fruit comes in a multi-pack of handy 100g sachets ready to throw in the blender. The supermarket fruit aisle will never look the same again…   

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Sophie Doering

You can taste ready-made versions of the tropical drinks at the Tropix pop-up smoothie bar at Motif Wein, where you can also try Brazilian cheese buns from Nena Berlin this Saturday 26.06.2021.

Motif Wein, Weserstr.189, 12045 Berlin–Neukölln; map
Pop-up: Tue–Sat 11–17h, runs for the rest of June 2021.

@tropix.berlin
@motifwein

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OY SURF — STYLISH, FUNCTIONAL SWIMWEAR CREATED IN BERLIN AND MADE IN PORTUGAL

OY SURF — STYLISH, FUNCTIONAL SWIMWEAR CREATED IN BERLIN AND MADE IN PORTUGAL

Ever experienced the annoyance of buying a new bikini and it discoloring in the sun or falling down in the water? It’s the last thing you want on your beach vacation or day at the lake. The folks at swimwear brand Oy Surf know this struggle, and offer a fix with their stylish and supportive swimwear line. The beach-ready collection has been developed by owners Zelia and Dario who, as keen surfers, understand the importance of having reliable swimming gear that still lets you feel confident and fashionable. As for the styles, think swimsuits and bikinis with watercolor brushstrokes in neutral, mellow tones. I particularly love the painted print effect on the Zonda Swimsuit, which gives you good support without feeling restrictive – in case you do want to jump on a surfboard! The garments are very much an international effort: designed in Berlin, the pieces are made in Portugal from recycled materials, while the brand itself came into being somewhere between Zürich and Bali in 2012. If like us you can’t wait until your next visit to the pool or lake and are looking for the best kit, Oy has got you covered – literally.

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Oy Surf

Oy Surf 

@oysurf

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SECRET DESTINATIONS AND UNIQUE HOLIDAY HOMES IN GERMANY — THE STAYCATION COLLECTION

SECRET DESTINATIONS AND UNIQUE HOLIDAY HOMES IN GERMANY — THE STAYCATION COLLECTION

Holidaying in Germany seems like the perfect way to spend this summer, but it can be difficult to find the right destination for a special trip. Taking all the hassle out of vacation planning is The Staycation Collection, a Berlin-based holiday membership club which offers a curated selection of cabins, guesthouses and holiday homes in Germany. The site was founded by travel expert Emily McDonnell who, after moving to Germany from the UK, struggled to find inspiring places to stay and so set out to make the beauty of her new homeland more accessible. Her solution is a membership concept where for a monthly or annual fee you get access to some of the most unique stays on the internet, from luxury treehouse cabins to ultra-modern holiday homes and wood huts in the forest.

Using the site feels personal: you can browse the destinations according to what you want out of your trip, be it a romantic getaway or a dog-friendly adventure holiday. Aimed at Berliners, the platform tells you how far each place is from the city and gives honest, handy information on the accommodation owners, what you’ll love about the property as well as some of the possible drawbacks (so no more unwanted surprises!). Besides being able to book trips, the membership gives you access to hidden content, monthly personalized recommendations plus giveaways and discounts. With the sun shining, now’s the perfect time to pack your bags for a holiday to remember. We’ll take the treehouse, thank you…

Text: Lottie Mac / Photos: Jan Kulke, Emily McDonnell & Janine Oswald for Werkhaus

Membership of The Staycation Collection costs €9 a month or €89 a year.

@staycationcollection

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#VANLIFE — CAMPERVAN RENTAL FROM PAULCAMPER FOR SUMMER ADVENTURES ON THE ROAD

#VANLIFE — CAMPERVAN RENTAL FROM PAULCAMPER FOR SUMMER ADVENTURES ON THE ROAD

Cruising down the open road, drifting from place to place before stopping off spontaneously for the night: the campervan life has never been more popular, offering portable, private accommodation that’s Covid-safe. If you are ready to join the community of campers this summer, PaulCamper might have just the right wheels for you. A cross between car sharing and a holiday apartment service, the Berlin-based rental platform offers around 9000 vans, buses, motorhomes and caravans to hire for as long as you want, from three-day trips to Brandenburg to multi-week voyages across Europe. Keen camper Dirk Fehse founded the website in 2013 as a way to link up wannabe campers with vehicle owners looking to share costs (the average van is only used for four weeks a year). This smart idea means you get to try out the camper lifestyle without the big financial investment or the hassle: just choose what dates you want to travel, select the type of vehicle and pick one of the countless vans to rent.

Browsing through the site, you come across an amazing assortment of homes on wheels, from back-to-basics delivery vans to super-luxe American RVs. For the latest tech and Autobahn comfort, you can opt for a brand-new VW camper, or for a trip back in time there’s the classic Hermann Westfalia from 1986 that’s tailor made for sunsets and surfboards. If you are after something really different (and your driving skills are up to the job) the Egon converted fire truck is a big red retro box that’s perfect for those happy to cruise in the slow lane. Whatever model you go for, all vans come with comprehensive insurance and all you need for your hol, including a bed, a fridge or coolbox and a gas stove for your meals on wheels. Time to pick your van, make a plan and get ready to hit the road!

Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Konrad Stöhr, Uriel Mont & PaulCamper

PaulCamper

@paulcamper_official

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SKIN & ENVIRONMENT IN HARMONY — VEGAN SUNSCREEN FROM I+M NATURKOSMETIK BERLIN

SKIN & ENVIRONMENT IN HARMONY — VEGAN SUNSCREEN FROM I+M NATURKOSMETIK BERLIN

Sunscreen: we all know we shouldn’t go without it, but too often we forget to dose up on sun protection. That’s hardly surprising given how thick, sticky and irritating some creams are, particularly if you have sensitive skin. Luckily the suncare range from i+m avoids these problems. Having produced natural cosmetics since 1978, the Berlin-based company has now developed Sun Protect, a range of sunscreens that are waterproof and tailored to different skin types, with a sun milk product especially for sensitive skin. The idea came from founder Inge Stamm, a long-time women’s rights activist and proponent of organic cosmetics. Her creams are vegan and free of nanoparticles, thus making them good for our oceans and coral reefs. Besides the beach, Sun Protect is also ideal for your home office: the cream is said to protect you from the blue light you are exposed to from your computer screen thanks to butterfly lilac extracts. And if you do end up sitting on Tempelhof Feld for too long, the After Sun Gel with organic aloe vera and camomile will help cool you down. The aftersun, sun cream and sun milk can be bought together in a practical set, which includes all you need for safe days at the lake – sustainability included!

Text: Hanna Komornitzyk / Photos: Sophie Doering

You can find all the i+m care products online.

@iplusmberlin

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