“A cup of coffee with a friend is happiness tasted and time well spent.”
Summer is calling but Berlin is not answering. It has been gray’ish and raining on and off for over a week now. According to Odd, I am solar powered so my energy level is sub-standard. So I’ll just reminisce and show you some of the nice breakfasts Berlin has to offer in sunnier weather.
On weekends, we visit restaurants around the city and at the same time, learn a little about each and every neighborhood. It’s all very fascinating as we come to understand the architecture of the city and the ways of the German culture. Long gone are pancakes and bacon. Instead, a variety of cheese, brötchen, fish, deli and fruit easily adorn the table.
Breakfast for two at Czerr, a local bakery just down the street from us.
Tier for two at Café am Neuen See in Tiergarten (a lush park similar to Central Park in New York City). No fruit included but behind the eggs are two mini jars with muesli. Love.
Alpenstueck Backerei is voted one of the best bakeries. Of course, we had to try. Don’t you just love the bread board, the jam and herb infused quark in mini jars amidst the scattered fruit? The bread was, naturally, freshly baked, studded with sunflower seeds and amazing!
My favorite neighborhood is Prenzlauer Berg and Anna Blume is a corner hot spot there. It doubles as a flower shop too. It’s a bit challenging to photograph but I think they serve the best tier breakfast for two. Three tiers of deliciousness – creamy scrambled eggs, cheese, smoked salmon, salami, marinated veggies, olives, fruit and homemade jams. Odd is happy.
I love how Jörg casually snips chives over the eggs and adds a warm sliced tomato. So cute. I am not exactly sure how to describe quark but it is similar to sour cream/ricotta cheese/yogurt. It’s high in protein, calcium, Vitamin K2 and can be used for both sweet and savory dishes and known to have less calories than yogurt. This is a verbal recipe from Doreen and Jörg and hope that by letting your palate be your guide, you are able to enjoy a little taste of Germany with us. Breakfast Quark with Berries
500g quark (see note below for substitutions)
1 – 2 cups strawberries, mashed
1 – 2 teaspoons honey, or to taste
milk to thin out consistency
fresh berries, sliced Mash berries. Mix in quark, honey and a splash of milk. Top with more fresh berries. Or create a parfait with layers of fruit like berries, mandarin oranges, bananas and shaved chocolate. Enjoy!
Note: Here are some Quark substitutions and more ideas. One site mentions mixing 9 parts ricotta cheese to 1 part sour cream. If you’re lucky, quark may be available at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods or even Costco. Since we’re on the topic of quark, I also tried a Mandarin and Blueberry Quark Cake recipe from another blogger, Simply Lecker, while my parents were here. It was a hit (even if I did burn the edges – nothing a little powdered sugar can’t fix.) My dad liked it so much he even wanted to bring some back for my Auntie Cita but with 3 flights to take, we decided it was too much trouble. Surprisingly, the blueberries and mandarin oranges really complement the cheese filling – ooooh sooooo goooood! The best part is I think it seems to get better over time. Hope you give it a try even if you sub ricotta for the quark. It’s all good. Don’t forget to visit Simply Lecker for the recipe. Enjoy!