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dOCUMENTA
dOCUMENTA

Thursday, May 3, 2012

dOCUMENTA (13) is almost upon us! This gigantic, prestigious art event happens only once every five years, for a nice even 100 days. Get ready to dive in: In June 2012, over 160 artists and other participants from around the world present their works all over the city of Kassel, including sculpture, performance, installation, research and archiving, painting, photography, film, curatorial, text-based and audio works as well as other experiments in the fields of aesthetics, art, politics, literature, science, and ecology.

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Yoli
Yoli

Thursday, April 19, 2012

"What is this frozen yogurt stuff?" my East German mother-in-law asked me curiously. "Have you tried it?" I assured her that yes, it had been an inescapable part of my American childhood. Last summer, frozen yogurt became the latest food craze in Berlin, and an avalanche of shops serving the creamy fat-free frozen sweet overtook the city. Yoli was first on the scene, and is still the best and tastiest, as evidenced by their quick expansion to two other locations. Their minimalist white shops pop with colorful neon details, quirky drawings on the plate-glass windows, and a mouth-watering array of toppings and fruits on display behind the counter. It's pricier than your standard euro-a-scoop ice cream, but worth it.

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Katz Orange
Katz Orange

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dinner at Katz Orange is a sensual experience. The first glimpse is already a feast for the eyes; the two-story restaurant is housed in a stunning former brewery, set back in a quiet courtyard. (If the weather's fine, consider booking a table outside.) You'll feel special, cared for by the sweetly attentive staff and sipping one of their delicious cocktails –'Grape Me' is already a cult drink, just a few months after the restaurant's opening – while Ethiopian jazz plays softly in the background.

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Eismanufaktur
Eismanufaktur

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

We're lucky to have an addictive ice cream shop ust a few blocks from the Miniloft apartments. The cheerful ice cream heros at Berliner Eismanufaktur serve up delectable, all-natural ice cream. They offer eighteen rotating flavours: their vanilla is the best we've ever tasted, the pistachio belongs in the pistachio hall of fame, and their sorbets are intensely fruity. Branch out with more unusual varieties like walnut, milk-honey-rosemary, or passion-fruit sorbet – at one euro per scoop (50 cents for a smaller kids' scoop), you can try them all, a pretty sweet deal for a few minutes in heaven.

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Princess Cheesecake
Princess Cheesecake

Monday, April 9, 2012

A visit to Princess Cheesecake gives an ordinary afternoon a little boost of luxury. Their motto: "Make everyday a lovely day!" is spot on. You will feel like royalty. Their exquisite cakes are as much a feast for the eyes – little works of art, heaped with glistening fruit or quivering with smooth pastel layers – as they are a delight to the tastebuds. Choose from a wide variety, from rich New York style cheesecakes to lighter, quark or ricotta-based cakes, to succulent caramelized fruit tarts. All ingredients, as well as their coffee and tea,

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Gerhard Richter
Gerhard Richter

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Germany's most celebrated modern painter turned 80 this year with a bang - retrospectives mushroomed all over the country, including a major show at the Neue Nationalgalerie. Around 140 paintings and five sculptures from all periods of the artist's extensive oeuvre, carefully selected together with the artist himself, offer visitors a profound insight into his diverse body of work. The Mies van der Rohe building is put to good use – the outside edge of the exhibition displays a dazzling array of Richter's small colorblock paintings, a long bright line facing out through the museum's glass walls.

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First of May
First of May

Friday, March 9, 2012

May Day is quite the event in Berlin. Legends have it that witches gather, cackle and revel on Walpurgisnacht, the night from 30 April 30th to May 1st. In Berlin, the first of May was an important East German holiday, and it's still International Worker's Day, a celebration of labour movements and left-wing movements.

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AADKmigrationen
AADKmigrationen

Friday, March 9, 2012

The artistic network AADK (Berlin/Portugal) presents Tristesse Deluxe - Nomadics, a new exhibition that explores traveling. Talks, music/video shows and discussions as well as a classical exhibition with videos, tableau paintings, objects and spacial installation will explore traveling as an interface between new places and old networks, focussing on the artistic perception of space, time and motion.

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Stasi Museum
Stasi Museum

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Stasi’s methods of coercing information were pretty incredible, fearsome then and now fascinating: scent tracking (storing each individual’s scents in jars), the infamous button cameras… The headquarters, in Berlin-Lichtenberg, including the offices of the Ministry for State Security,

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Buck & Breck
Buck & Breck

Friday, March 2, 2012

Buck and Breck is a tiny, sophisticated one-room bar, that makes up for in style what it lacks in size. Walk past the police station and ring the bell to gain access to this modern speakeasy. (With contemporary Mitte polish – discreet, understated and classy.)

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