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Where To Find Caribbean & African Food in Berlin

Fooooood glorrrrrious food! Food is one of the best home comforts we can think of. So, whether you’re a sister new to Berlin (check these first) or you’re a longer-term resident who’s feeling home sick, there’s nothing a bowl of curry goat can’t solve.
Traveling seems to be a rising interest in the younger generation of female black travelers – and we couldn’t be happier. We’re continually inspired and motivated to see more of the world after reading posts like this one.
But finding African and Caribbean foods abroad can be difficult. If you’re in Berlin though, don’t fear, we’ve got you covered. 😉
Here are some top places to get black made food where you are.

Where To Find Caribbean & African Food in Berlin

Caribbean Supermarkets


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Now for ease, we’ve divided these up into two different categories. There’s a big difference in Caribbean and African food. With that in mind we wanted to do them both justice and give them both equal coverage. Up first… Caribbean!
Frische Paradies
Location:
Hermann-Blankenstein-Str. 48, 10249 Berlin
Price:
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Our thoughts:
We must say we were impressed with the sheer variety of food available in this shop. Therefore, we can completely appreciate it shows at #1 for Caribbean food in Berlin.

Apfelfragen

Location:
Goltzstr. 3, 10781 Berlin, Germany
Price:
€€
Our thoughts:
If cost is your main worry when shopping for food, then this may be the perfect shop for you. With a total 5-star rating we believe it’s one of the best out there.

African Supermarkets


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Köpenicker Weinladen Max Hoch
Location:
Köpenicker Str. 8, 10997 Berlin, Germany, Kreuzberg
Price:
€€
Our thoughts:
Cheerfully cheap, tasty home-grown food. We’re dying for some Sadza too… And did we mention wine – so much wine! How could you resist this fantastic shop?

Alpha & Omega International Afro Shop

Location:
Weserstr. 3-4, 12047 Berlin
Price:

Our thoughts:
This independent African shop sells African produce alongside crafts, cosmetics and hair products. Whether you’re looking for fresh or canned goods to cook up an African storm, Alpha & Omega can help.

African Fast Food


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Khartoum – Kreuzberg, Wienerstr. 69, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Senegambia – Kreuzberg, Reichenbergerstr. 72, 10999 Berlin, Germany
Sahara – Neukölln, Reuterstr. 56, 12047 Berlin, Germany
This collection is priced up at €. We think these are the best of the best for African fast food in Berlin. Khartoum is our favorite for serving everything including an amazing range of vegan foods, if that’s your thing. Check them all out and choose your own favorite!

Caribbean Fast Food


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Merle’s Trinidad Cuisine – Kreuzberg, Yorckstr. 22, 10965 Berlin, Germany
Ya-Man – Tiergarten, Gotzkowskystre. 17, 10555 Berlin, Germany
Status: Currently drooling over the thought of macaroni cheese. Sadly, there two Caribbean fast-food joints are among the very few that we could find. There’s a calling for more so if entrepreneurial skills are in your repertoire then maybe you should consider it? Jerk chicken and fried plantain, please!

Conclusion


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We hope we’ve heightened your spirits and ignited a little more hope in your bones for getting some tasty food that speaks to your roots. Berlin may be far from home, but the taste of home doesn’t have to be!
So, do you have anywhere else to suggest? Some restaurants maybe? Let us know. 🙂

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How to Get Started on Your Healthy Eating Goals


How to Get Started on Your Healthly Eating Goals

There’s no doubt eating healthily can take a lot of work, but sometimes we have to make the commitment to eat well in order to improve our lives. Whether you’re struggling with health issues, want to lose a little extra weight, or are simply changing your diet to keep yourself healthy, setting goals before you get started makes the process much easier.
Berlin doesn’t even come close to having a shortage of tasty eateries, so you might assume it’ll be extremely difficult sticking to your healthy eating goals if you live here. However, there are plenty of ways to eat a healthy diet while in Berlin! Plant-based options are plentiful when dining out, and organically grown food is readily available.
So what’s the best way to get started on your healthy eating goals?

Make a Plan

Before you get started, you need to determine what your goals are. Are there certain foods you want to avoid, or are you aiming for a calorie-restricted diet? How will you avoid temptation when you’re on the go or at a party?
By asking yourself a few questions and creating a detailed plan, you’re likely to find yourself more motivated to stay on track. Reaching your goals will be easier once you’ve clearly defined what they are.
Designing a meal plan every week can be helpful too, as home-cooked meals are likely to be a necessity, and planning ahead, as well as meal prep in advance, can reduce the likelihood of straying from your goals.

Locate Restaurants and Grocery Stores

Knowing where you can find healthy food is a must, so take some time to locate restaurants and grocery stores that offer what you’re looking for. (Quick tip: If you’re looking for organic food, keep an eye out for products marked “bio.”). Sticking to a whole-food diet is much easier when you know which restaurants and stores to go to. Luckily, Berlin has a lot of options available.
Here are a few:
Unverpackt
Unverpackt will be your one-stop shop for dry goods and foods you’d normally find sold in bulk. The store focuses on reducing waste, so customers need to bring their own storage containers in order to shop, but the food is all organic and sourced locally.
The Bowl
The Bowl is a vegan restaurant that serves a colorful array of plant-based breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts. You won’t find any artificial additives or preservatives, gluten, trans fats or refined sugar here, just delicious food suited for any time of day.
Enten und Katzen
Enten und Katzen is an organic deli, café and grocery store that offers a variety of soups, pastries, meats, cheeses and produce. They have a little bit of everything, as well as a cozy outdoor dining space that’s great for enjoying a quick cup of coffee with your friends.
Anaveda
Anaveda offers affordable and convenient meals, many of which are gluten free, vegan or vegetarian, lactose free and, of course, healthy! Interestingly, this restaurant focuses on Ayurvedic dishes, so it makes eating for your dosha a breeze.

Visit Farmer’s Markets

Farmer’s markets tend to be held at least once a week, and they’re great for finding locally grown fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of homemade foods. The local farmer’s markets can be a lifesaver if you’re on a tight budget.
When buying directly from farmers, you can ensure you’re getting fresh produce at affordable prices. The variety available is sometimes more appealing too, as you may be able to find heirloom veggies or fruits that aren’t commonly sold in local grocery stores. Here’s a list of the top 10 farmer’s markets in Berlin, so you can check them out for yourself.

Find and Try New Recipes
To stay on track, you’ll need to find some recipes to use as replacements for whichever not-so-healthy recipes you used to enjoy. YouTube is a great site to browse for these, especially if you’re not used to cooking often. Two popular channels for healthy recipes are “Mind Over Munch” and “Clean & Delicious,” though searching for keywords will quickly find you many more!
These channels also have tips on how to prep meals in advance or shop for healthy ingredients on a budget. Keep in mind, though, that sometimes videos are blocked based on your location; if you run into this issue, Secure Thoughts has a guide that can help.
Berlin is a great city for those looking to maintain their healthy eating goals. There’s a lot of variety, convenient options for when you don’t have much time to spare and an abundance of organic and locally produced foods.
Do you have any recommendations you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments.

About the Author: Cassie is a health and wellness blogger. She loves to travel, and when she does, she always seeks out healthy eating options while still enjoying the local cuisine.

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5 Places Expats Must Eat in Berlin

1. BurgerMeister
Germans are among the world’s most voracious eaters, and when it comes to meat, they make no exception. BurgerMeister, one of Berlin’s most popular burger houses stays true to this philosophy by serving nothing but burgers, burgers, MORE BURGERS. Oh, and chilli cheese fries.

Their single vegetarian option is the tofu burger but let’s be honest, an establishment such as BurgerMeister was not designed for vegetarian options.

2. Lemon Leaf
If you’re looking for something a bit more delicate on the gut (and on the taste buds for that matter) then Lemon Leaf’s delectable array of Indochinese dishes is sure to get your saliva glands working overtime.

Inside, the bright walls and oriental décor lend itself to a calm yet lively atmosphere, serving up the smell of eastern spices and a mix of speciality dishes from Thailand, Vietnam Laos & Cambodia, including a range of traditional curries and noodle dishes, with a range of vegetarian options available.

Courtesy of Lemon Leaf

3. Crackers
Maybe you’re into a hipper and happening kind of eatery. Y’know, where there’s awesome food, but also a bar and a DJ performing whilst you eat your dinner; kind of like a club-cum-restaurant but without the ravers then Crackers is going to be right up your straße.

With a delicious, traditional menu and a snazzy website to boot, Crackers looks to be every Berlin hipster’s watering hole and restaurant combined. They also serve some interesting cocktails such as their signature highball – ‘It’s crackers’, featuring a mix of watermelon, beetroot and Finsbury platinum gin. Delectable! Although if you happen to be on your lunch break and have to return to work, they also feature a virgin version on their juice menu.

Courtesy of Crackers

4.Ssam Korean Barbecue
Enough to make anybody jump on the nearest metrotram and head on over; Ssam Korean Barbecue is located near the Görlitzer Park in the heart of Kreuzberg and offers one of the best and most traditional Korean BBQ experiences in Berlin.

The interior features traditional Korean aesthetic with a contemporary twist, offering a simple yet elegant dining experience. Grills are built right into the tables allowing the BBQ to come straight to you! Pile up the plate with gourmet Korean BBQ and a healthy dose of Kimchi and you’re flying to flavourland!

Courtesy of Ssam Koren

5. Restaurant Richard
Somewhere between the concept of an upscale French restaurant and art gallery lies Restaurant Richard. Located in the Kreuzberg district, this fancy establishment offers fine art and fine dining all under one roof; with specially curated interior design elements and a several course meal.
This restaurant is fairly pricey, weighing in at around €64 for 4 courses. However, for the quality of the artwork and the French Haute-inspired menu, it could be one expat’s guilty treat.

Courtesy of Restaurant Richard


About the author:

This post was written by Alex, who has spent much time exploring the many culinary delights Europe has to offer. Alex works for Currency UK, who offer foreign exchange services to businesses, individuals, and expats worldwide.
If you’re moving abroad soon, take a look at their expat resources section for lots of handy tips and information for moving and living abroad!

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Carnival 2015

Hey Folks,

It feels weird to think of things as my last time I will do this or that, because frankly I cannot guess what the future will bring, or whether or not I will be back in Germany at any point in the future. With that said, this is my last year celebrating Carnival as a resident of Berlin.

I was excited to go this year, most years I really have not been in the mood to navigate the crowds. I prefer going with one or two people, but I ended up with two big groups. That was annoying, because everyone wanted to do everything.. all at once. I wanted to drink, to chill, and make sure I get some good west African food before I left.

I attended Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was the frustrating day. Make sure you wear comfortable shoes. This is Berlin, it is not going to be a perfect experience of order. It is a bit chaotic. People pushing through everywhere, long lines. I am used to it though. I bring my own water, my own booze, and plenty of coins for the bathroom or napkins if I have to be creative. I know the places I want to be, but most of my group did not. I separated myself from that and actually was in bed by 9pm the first night. This was not on purpose. This was too much rum.

I decided to attend on Sunday with a smaller group and accomplished what I needed..west African food. That was frustrating experience just because those lines are the longest, but the end result is always worth it.

I cannot believe I have been going to this thing for 3 years. May 1st is the only other place I have been going to for 4 years. I will miss it, but maybe one day I will be back myself.

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Food in Berlin: Brooklyn Beef Club

Hey Folks,

A little fun fact about me. I love the beef. I love finding a juicy filet made from grass fed beef. Most people around me are vegans or vegetarians, so I have found it hard to find people to accompany me to various restaurants in search of a good steak. I have been lucky enough to find that partner.

I had been wanting to try this place for quite some time. I looked up the best steak in Berlin, and this was on the list of must sees. Located in Kreuzberg on Kopernicker Strasse, it was a little hard to find at first, but we noticed the huge sign of a hotel next door, and immediately saw the little eatery next door.

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We were just having a conversation about the Big Lebowsky, and felt it was hilarious that the place would be right next to this sign. We walked downstairs to a traditionally decorated restaurant and were greeted by the hostess. It was Wednesday, but we were able to get a table. There seemed to be only people there on late business dinners. My friend, who is American, pointed out the brief stares I received for my slightly dressy outfit. I said, we just look a bit out of place.

We started with an aperitif. I honestly have never had one. I just immediately start with the wine, but I can totally see why they make sense. I can keep the wine longer so it pairs better with my meal. I had something with champagne, and order the beef capriccio.

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I was not expecting the white sauce on it. It kind of tasted like mayonnaise. I hate mayo. I added some salt, and it tasted just fine. For those who do not know, this is basically raw meat cut very thinly.

We ordered our wine, it was white. My friend only drinks white wine, so I respected his wishes for the night. I ordered a filet, medium rare, of course.

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It was good, but I think it was a bit more towards the medium well side. My girlfriend who went to culinary school says it is hard for chefs to get them exactly right, but it was still a good little piece of meat. The mashed potatoes were out of this world. Germans know their way around a potato.

I enjoyed the quaint restaurant, and the service was excellent. I need to save a bit and go back again.

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Local Food Festival: Kruezberg, Berlin

The fall has definitely begun in Berlin, and the leaves are changing. Being a California girl, I have to admit, this is a beautiful time only second to summer in Berlin. With any sunlight, there are masses of people attempting to enjoy the weather. It’s nice to see as many things as possible before the long dark and very cold winter sets in. I am not different as I try it find as many outdoor activities as possible, before I have to unpack my winter coat. Recently, I found a food festival right around the corner from my place. This is yet another reason I love to live in Kreuzberg; there is so much to do!

My friend and I decided to walk down to check the scene out, and grab something tasty. The theme of the festival seemed to be local farmers and small businesses showing their products. There was a whole section for cheese, another section for anything sweet, a section for meat, another one for alcohol and one more for fresh food to be purchased. I wanted to go straight to the booze, but I figured I should eat something first so I headed to the cheese section. I love cheese by the way. I have had a wonderful time here in Europe exploring the many types of cheese. Lately, I have been in love with this pepper cheese. Today,I decided to get some raclette. This is a French Swiss cheese that is melted typically on top of bread or a potato. I had it with pickles and small onions, I had not had raclette in years it felt like, since my ex had a dinner party at the old apartment he had, so I was craving some as soon as I saw it.

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We ate our food, and watched the families walking around a bit. We then decided to make our way through the sweet section. I am not typically a sweets girl. I had my tooth pulled, and that experience alone has me afraid to eat chocolate, and I carry around dental floss. Never again will I neglect my teeth, or eat an excessive amount of sweets. I resisted most of the way until I saw an ice cream sandwich. Not just any one, it was two chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream. I think I almost died right there. I walked over, and heard the owners speaking English! I had to try it. They were Americans just trying to make their way by starting this company. I had to buy it, and at four euros it was a bit pricey, but I rationalized it, thinking “there probably will not be too many of these coming by you anytime soon, Kim.” I ate it.

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We walked around towards the food section, where I spotted some bacon that looked absolutely delightful. There were local farmers there emphasizing their farming techniques to be as kind to their product as possible. One poster caught my eye, because it was pure hilarity. The poster showed the process of getting their meat direct to you. You pick out a pig, they send you a picture, they murder it, and then you get your meat. “How nice!” I thought, but I really do not want to know too much about the animal that I am shoveling into my mouth at the moment. I am still considering becoming a vegetarian, so many of my friends are already.

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I was ready to try some alcohol, so we headed over to some booths who actually had samples of their products available as well. This was awesome. I tried some cinnamon likor, spotted some German whiskey (which I did not know existed) and some moonshine. I was interested in the moonshine, due to it’s history in the United States. During the era of prohibition moonshine was the liquor of choice. It is basically homemade whiskey. It even came in a jar. It was heavy. I decided to take it easy on the liquor, because I was not feeling so well after that shot of whiskey.

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I loved the day, and the weather was showing off. It is nice to see the leaves changing. Being from Southern California, fall is not the same as it is in the colder climates. I am really loving Berlin right now.

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7 Foods That are Purely “American”

Hey folks,

Hope you are having a great week. I am! Lately, I have been on a baking kick here. I find it hard to find sweet stuff that I like here. I am not a fan of chocolate, and the cakes here seem to have fruit in them. Cake and fruit do not go together in my mind. As I was starting to bake here, I looked around for what I thought were common ingredients, and realized things like shortening were purely American products. While America is a melting pot, there are many products that are almost exclusive to the United States. I decided to make a list of foods that were primarily found only in America. I think you would be surprised.

1. Sweet Potato Pie– I make this pie every year for Thanksgiving (which for the Americans who don’t know.. is only celebrated in America). The first year, the German was quite confused about the pie, so were my guests for the dinner. Apparently in Europe, pie is not supposed to be sweet. Everyone kept referring to it as cake. I said, its pie. For them, sweet potatoes do not belong in pie. I proved them wrong, and introduced something new into their lives. I woke up the next day, and the pie was gone. Every year I make it, it quickly disappears. I did some research and sweet potatoes or yam dishes are found in west Africa and parts of the United Kingdom, however, African slaves in America made this recipe their own with a twist.

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2. Peanut Butter and Jelly I found out only a few years ago that I was allergic to peanuts, but if I weren’t I would be eating some PB and J’s right about now. I swear I have not seen peanut butter in years at this point. I can still eat a little, just not the whole jar. Unfortunately, I realized, this is something that is just found in America it seems.

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3. Red Vines- This seems to be not just an American candy, but a West Coast American thing. I had the German purchase this candy. I love it, it is the reason why I had two root canals, I am sure. Red vines are my very favorite thing on this planet. Its purely sugar.. yum! I was so happy to receive the package. He tastes one, and the look on his face was priceless. He thinks they are nasty. I still love them, but I have found that this is just an American thing. Shame, I sure do miss Red Vines.

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4. Root Beer Float- I am sure this might be in Canada, but I swear I have not seen Root beer at all on my travels in Europe. I mentioned it to the German, and he looked at me like I was crazy. “A soda, made from ginger?” Yes! with ice cream. It’s perfect to me, apparently this is a taste that is just found in the US of A.

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5. Buttered Popcorn While I have not explored every corner of the world, but here in Germany, they liked their popcorn sweet. I remember going to the movies for the first time, and asking for butter. The lady was like, why? Their tastes are for sugar on their popcorn, but I appreciate the so called butter stuff on the popcorn. I worked at a movie theater in the States, it is NOT butter, but whatever it is, it tastes good.

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6. Macaroni and Cheese South Germany does have something similar to this called Käsespätzle but it has nothing on some homemade baked Mac and Cheese. I think it is the lack of seasoning that makes it special.

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7. Fried Chicken and Waffles- Both of these foods can obviously be found outside of the United States, however, I have yet to see people eating them together, at least in Europe. I am starting to think we just eat the crappiest food on earth.

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What are some things you have not been able to find if you have been outside of the USA?

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Food: Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Hey Folks,

It is Monday for me, and I had such an amazing weekend. I had two big events to attend this weekend. Both were last minute decisions. The first was the treat of being invited to Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Zoe is a chef based in the UK who makes Ghanaian food. She is a great person and makes even better food. After she tweeted me directly, I had to check out her website. I realized I had tried to attend this event before. She periodically comes to Berlin and creates a pop up restaurants where she showcases awesome Ghanaian food.

I had never tasted traditional Ghanaian food before, well besides the chicken wings at yaam, but I am talking a traditional meal. This was the menu:

Starter

Garden Egg Salad
Mini Mashed Yam Balls in a golden gari crust
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Scotch Bonnet Salsa
Kelewele
Mains

Spinach & Agushi
Nkatwenkwan
Red Red
Grilled Tilapia
Nkrarra – Chicken Light Soup
Sides

ZGK – Homesmade Shito, Yam Chips, Fufu balls

Sorry for my picture quality, I am terrible with making plates to be honest. I was really embarrassed to actually show you how messy I am when I eat. LOL

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I came a bit late to event. I did not realize I had to buy tickets, and so I had to call to see if I could pay at the door. I obviously was allowed to attend. I had no idea what to expect. I was sure there would be loads of hipsters there who think they are so cool to try something “new,” but I was hoping to see some actual Ghanaian folks. When I eat any food from a different culture, I am looking for people of that culture to be there eating. To me it says, well if they eat it, it must be good, and not the typical watered down version I have seen passed off here. For example, if I am at a American burger place, I want to see some Americans there, or lately when I went for BBQ, I wanted to see somebody that knew about BBQ there. There was in that case, by the way and they ended up having terrible mac and cheese. No onions in mac and cheese folks.. nasty. Anyways, I finally found a seat when I entered. It was packed. There were two long family style tables. I was tired, and really not interested in meeting new people, but I knew I could not avoid it with this type of seating. I ended up next to some guy that looked straight out of Color Me Badd. There was a Ghanaian man with a German girl across from me, and an American photo journalist from Southern California.

I tried to sit quietly as each course came out, but there are always curious people around me. “What are you doing here?” “Living,” I would reply. “Oh you work?” I kept thinking: No, I am independently wealthy, can I eat in peace please? I know these are the normal questions people ask, because I am obviously not German, but can I just for a tiny second be a human please and thank you. I eventually warmed up after some time of sharing the great food around me. Everything was great, especially the chicken course, which was a bit spicy for me. I am a whimp when it comes to spicy food. I think the next best was the fish, talapia, which was prepared very nicely.

I stepped outside for a bit to talk to Zoe who was as friendly as can be. She had planned to Berlin herself, and that we had a few laughs. I came back for dessert and finished stuffing myself before having a nice conversation about life in Germany with the photo journalist who seemed to have quite a story himself. It was a great night, and I was home before 12am so I think I did very well. I cannot wait to have more of this girls cooking.

Visit her website here: website

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Döner Kebab Inventor Kadir Nurman Dead

The döner is the most popular fast food in Berlin. It typically consists of flat bread, minced veal and lamb and onions. One can also substitute for chicken, and falafel, and add a variety of sauces. I had my first döner when I visited Berlin in late 2010. I thought it was the perfect snack for a late night, at least it was real food, and I was not eating a burger. Since I have moved to Berlin, I have eaten countless döners now. Drive thrus are quite rare and these places are normally open quite late. My favorite has been the one in Mehringdamm. That one is perfect. Today, I heard the inventor of my favorite fast food in Berlin has passed away.

Nurman comes from Anatolia and grew up in Istanbul. He came to Germany in 1960 and became a businessman. Six years later he moved to West Berlin and worked as a mechanic. In 1972, at Zoologischer Garten he sold his first kebab. The food quickly caught on and is a staple in the fast food mix of Berlin, that seems to have a döner place every corner. The name comes from the Turkish word “dondurmek” which means a rotating roast.

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Credit for the döner is also given to Mahmut Aygun, but I believe that Nurman was the first to bring it to Berlin with its own unique spin on the meal, although I am finding the two stories to conflict with each other.

While it is rather unhealthy to eat everyday, once a week, this dish certainly hits the spot and has started to gain popularity outside of Berlin. There is even a döner place in downtown Los Angeles, but it is quite terrible. Whether it was Nurman, or Aygun, the döner is a great invention for people looking for late night food on the go that they can carry while in Berlin. Make sure to try one if you visit.

Sources:

1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7841890.stm. How unhealthy is a doner kebab? 2009
2. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/4295701/The-man-who-invented-the-doner-kebab-has-died.html. The man who invented the doner kebab has died. 2009
3.http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadir_Nurman. Kadir Nurman

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Trip To London

Goodness I am tired, I will say this first. I have had a long 5 days. By from the title of this blog, as you can see, I made a visit to London. This trip was many reasons. I love to travel, and if I don‘t take a plane for a few months, I start to get antsy and restless. Also, I needed to get some meetings out of the way for the book, and some stuff concerned as far as music. Goodness, singing in a studio is hard, and my throat still hurts from the little I had to do. I am a little concerned, because the song was sexy. This is the image I would like to stay away from. I am so much more than my body and my past.

Anyways, the trip overall was busy, and there was not much time for personal trips, sitting and having a nice dinner, or much else. I spent most of my days hustling from one place to the next, and singing. Yes, you read that right. I created a track with a Dj by the name of DJ Sticky. I really do not want to mention this book, documentary, and singing.. because things are just getting started. I am not a bragger. If things are happening, then they will be mentioned. Until then, I figured I would just write about my trip from my perspective.

I had so much to do that I even missed my plane towards the end of the trip, and broke my ipad screen. I think the city is bad luck.

I did meet one interesting person among the others. He was tasked to keep up with me during my trip so that I did not get into trouble, although I feel we got into much of our own on the trip. He was hilarious, and from an island called Dominica. My ignorant ass asked if he could speak Spanish. I later looked up this island and realized how stupid that question was. He took me around the hood, and I ate some fantastic jerk chicken, mexican food, and even some indian food. All was fantastic. I did not realize how much I missed flavor.

Overall, the trip was ok. I was pretty popular it seemed, and my accent really worked for me. Who knew that an American accent could be so sexy. It was nice to speak and hear English, and even though they were saying Londoners were rude, they are much more polite than any Berliner, on their best day. I know, I had to get my Germany slight in there some how. LOL. I kid, but I did miss Berlin. I missed the cheap prices of food. That was about it. Now, I am back, looking at ways to emigrate to London. I am half serious, but if I could afford it, and do it as seamlessly as possible, I think this could be the future for me.

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