Despite Berlin's reputation as the capital of mild, the epicenter of inauthentic Asian food, there's a layer of not just acceptable, but actually good restaurants for mapo tofu and dumplings, laab and fiery papaya salad, pho and more, lurking just below the bland, curry-covered surface.
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Overwhelmed by German wine labels? Not sure how to figure out if a wine is going to be sweet or dry? We can help. Consider this your friendly introduction to the grapes, regions, and many reasons to love German wine.
Our quick and handy guide to a few of the German beer styles you'll likely run into at your local shop.
Domino's—that leviathan of the pizza industry—is reexamining it's over-optimistic plans for expansion in Germany, after two years of slow growth.
This acid-driven white wine grape has been at it for over 500 years, and has changed gears, reinvented itself and worn any number of hats. Its future looks bright—and long.
What sets this style apart from a witbier are the adjuncts. Coriander and salt are added during (or after) the boil in order to create a fuller mouthfeel and added complexity. (This tradition may have arisen from salty springs that provided early brewers their water.) Typically brewed below 5.0% ABV, these session beers are ideal to crack open on a warm spring day.
While you can find doughnuts at nearly every bäckerei, corner store, and train station in Berlin, including an unfortunate proliferation of Dunkin' Donuts, we suggest skipping the tourist stands. Instead try these five family-run bakeries which are a true step above the rest.
A brother-and-sister duo are seeking to dispel the myths about Berlin's cuisine (or, more importantly, its lack thereof) and show people exactly why they love Berliner food. They presented five variations on classic Berlin dishes, subtly and not-so-subtly updated.
It is one thing to drink wine at home, to open bottles at a dinner party, to remark on how delicious something is. It is one thing to read the long, hard-to-pronounce words on a label as you sip, and find a picture of that place online or in a book. It is another thing entirely to stand on that hard-to-pronounce hill and feel the wind pulling at your hair, feel the loose red rocks slipping under your sneakers.
Can you imagine arriving here and thinking, 'that looks like a good place to plant grapes'? It's so steep that it's hard to keep your footing, the red slate rocks sliding out from under your shoes.
When people ask me about why riesling seems so trendy right now, my first answer is that it's delicious, and my second answer is that it's delicious with food. There isn't heavy oak or heavy alcohol to stand in the way of a happy match, and the wine tends to have a delicious herbal and mineral character that makes it a particularly fantastic partner for seafood. Want to try for yourself? What's for dinner tonight?
Next Tuesday is my birthday, and for the first time in several decades I care slightly more about the occasion than the rest of you do. It's entirely possible that I wrote a big "Hey, it's my birthday!" post last year, but if so I assure you I was faking it, because last year my birthday was a Sunday. No one needs an excuse to drink outside on a summer Sunday afternoon, and a dozen sunshine beers is plenty parade enough for any well-adjusted partially grown man.
In a move probably alleged to be a miracle of social marketing, McDonald's Germany recently unveiled five crowd-sourced burgers, each with a vaguely German focus.
When you think of German food, certain things tend to come to mind. Cabbage, potatoes, sauerkraut, schnitzel, potatoes, bread, pickles. But these things don't tend to travel well. Luckily, Germany is home to a whole host of other foods that can make the journey home just fine. And people will thank you.
American-run burger and steakhouse The Bird claims to make Berlin's highest-quality hamburgers, and seems to have the credentials to back it up. But there's trouble in paradise.
Burgermeister occupies a building under the train tracks near U-Bahnhof Schlesisches Tor formerly used as a public restroom. Yeah, don't ask. The point is, now it's a damn fine hamburger restaurant.
Berlin isn't the first city that comes to mind when thinking of Europe's rich culinary traditions. But hidden behind the thousands of döner shops is a hearty, affordable food scene, drawing from Berlin's multikulti landscape. Here are 10 cheap eats—currywurst, schnitzel, falafel, and more.
This commercial from McDonald's in Germany didn't make it to the TV airwaves because Burger King found it "degrading," reports Ad Age. In the commercial a young boy keeps getting his McDonald's food stolen by older boys while sitting in a skate park, until he conceals his food by putting behind a less enticing Burger King bag.
Oktoberfest means two weeks of sausage, kraut, pretzels, and beer. Sign us up! The annual German beer festival lasts from late September through early October. Put on your lederhosen and join us in celebrating with these beer-friendly German-inspired recipes.
Riesling nerds tend to sigh when you mention Willi Schaefer; the tiny production, the beautiful flavors, the few bottles they've sequestered away in long-term storage. There's an elegance and polish to this wine that you don't see at lower price levels, but the excitement is still there. A fennel and elderflower note reminded us a bit of pastis, with blue-green, mentholated eucalyptus-like flavor as it opens up.