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.
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.
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.
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.
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.