My Perfect Day
As a renowned food blogger and author, she knows where to go for cake and other treats.
How has Berlin influenced your life in the kitchen? Berlin's made me much more accomplished in Chinese and Indian cooking. My cravings were rarely satisfied by restaurants here, so I just took it upon myself to make those things at home and became far more adventurous.
Where is the best place to shop (for food)? You do have to go to a couple different shops to get everything you need, but I have my favorites: Frische-Paradies for really high-quality fish or seafood; my local Turkish greengrocer for the best zucchini, fresh herbs, canned chickpeas and other beans, and Cypriot halloumi cheese; Centro Italia to stock up on high-quality pasta, Sicilian oregano, sea salt, and canned tomatoes; Goldhahn & Sampson for everything (literally) else: dried Persian limes, muscovado sugar, Portuguese sardines, Mexican chiles, exotic chocolates, the best olive oils, and cookbooks from the U.S. – it's my happy place on earth.
What's your favorite neighborhood? I love Charlottenburg – it's diverse, interesting, full of big-city life and quiet green spaces like Lietzensee and Schloss Charlottenburg.
Where do you go for a delicious piece of cake? Café Buchwald in Moabit. Their old-world tearoom is beautiful and their cakes are master class. My favorite is their specialty, Baumkuchen, which they ship all over the world. They also make the best Pfannkuchen (doughnuts) in Berlin around the New Year.
You have a friend visiting. Which secret Berlin spot would you take them to? I love the Georg Kolbe Museum in Westend, tucked away on the loveliest little street, with a beautiful, peaceful sculpture garden and a sweet café.
Which restaurant would you recommend? I really like To Beef or Not to Beef in Schöneberg, which gets their meat from famed Tuscan butcher Dario Cecchini. Their food is straightforward, honest, and delicious. A real treat.
How do you spend your days off? With my husband and son, either out with friends or out in the city to help our toddler burn off some energy. We love going to Il Casolare or Markthalle Neun for lunch and Britzer Garten or Tempelhofer Feld for running around. If Hugo's lucky, we'll get an afternoon ice cream, so we're always looking for new ice cream parlors: vanille & marille is a perennial favorite. In the evening, we put Hugo to bed and collapse on the couch, like all other exhausted parents.
What is the best place to write or brainstorm for your next book? I just love Fürst & Iven, the café in the Autorenbuchhandlung bookstore in the Savignyplatz S-Bahn arches. I love watching the people rush by the windows on their way to the train, the calm and quiet vibe inside, and their perfect soft-boiled eggs.