“Bad weather always looks worse through a window.”
– Tom Lehrer
The weather has turned grizzly gray, cold and rainy. I love Fall and I am grateful for four seasons but come on, it was 0 degrees Celsius last night (for Fahrenheit-ers that means bone chillin’ freezing!) and it’s only October. Can you believe it? I don’t mind rain. I don’t mind the cold on most days. What I do mind is the Iack of sunshine. Life without sunshine for me is…well…meh.
I was listening to Pete Holmes on Nerdist (You Made it Weird #283) with guest speaker Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic fame yesterday. She cracks me up and talks about looking at things from a different angle. Actually her therapist recommends when things start to feel ugly, start looking from an anthropologist’s point of view. For example, pull out your clipboard and move into third person. Instead of “I feel angry today”, an anthropologist would say “woman is a little weary and appears to be upset…” It takes the “I” out of the game and lends perspective on your crazy antics. I think it’s brilliant. On that note, woman provides no invitation to her pity party only highlights of a weekend in Berlin in better weather.
Last weekend, we took a morning walk in Kreuzberg. I was hoping the trees would have changed colors so Fall would be more apparent but they hadn’t yet. I did see evergreens with berries in red, orange and white.
After walking up a winding path in Viktoria Park, we stopped by a man-made waterfall. 13,000 liters of water is pumped and recycled per minute. Isn’t that amazing?
If you look to the top left of this picture, you can see the street. Sweet, eh?
After reaching monument hill, we took a moment to breathe in the pretty view of the landmarks around the city. The park is surrounded by cafes, restaurants, a children’s playground and jogging trail. In warmer weather, this park is much more alive with activity especially at sunset as it is known for people drinking wine grown on the slopes of Kreuzberg.
Just outside U-Bahn Mehringdamm, is a popular imbiss. Seeing a stretch of people made me wonder – was this something worth trying? Long line must mean good food, right? Well, hands down, Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap is definitely worth the wait!
Odd and I shared a Hänchen Döner mit Gemüse which is a Chicken Döner with Veggies. The bread warm from the grill was cut in four. Then the pocket was shmeared with two sauces – a red spicy chile sauce and a white garlic sauce with just enough kick to roll our eyes back. It was then stuffed with fresh crunchy veggies, roasted veggies, shaved marinated chicken, a load of feta cheese and a squeeze of lemon. First bite. Wow!
Sooo moist and yummy! A must try if you’re in the Berlin area for sure.
Klunkerkranich Rooftop Bar
Klunkerkranich is one of those gems that is a bit hard to find which I think is part of its charm. It’s located on the top floor of a parking house at Neukölln Arkaden. Naturally without signage in sight, we got lost. We ended up spiraling up an obscure staircase and asked librarians on the fourth floor for directions. They gently guided us to elevators that took us to the fifth floor where we saw the first sign for Klunker Kranich. Yay.
As we headed up the ramp, the gray concrete turned into an eclectic urban garden, a giant sandbox, several cocktail bars with a fantastic rooftop view of Berlin. A donation box at the entrance helps keep the garden maintained. This little oasis also plays host to live music and entertainment at night. For 3,99 Euros you can view the documentary (or trailer for free). In my limited German, I understand it took 5 people, 2 years and 1 dream to build.
Antipasti means “before the meal” but we’ve been eating all day – ha.
A few weeks ago I saw an unusual burger posted on Berlin Food Guide’s Instagram. I knew I had to try it. So we headed to Chilees in Prenzlauerberg. Simply, it’s fun Korean fusion. We ordered the Ramen Burger and Kimchi Fries. The burger with all its toppings was a bit messy to eat even with a fork and knife but I did enjoy the kimchi fries with all of its saucy and kimchi glory.
What are some of the most interesting or outrageous dishes you’ve had?