Berlin feels like a red hot summer ago right now. The first thing I thought of when waking up to sheets of rain outside my Grandad's flat this morning was that Berlin, that heatwave and all those gorgeous falafels now feels like an entire season ago.
I've already covered how our supper club went down, but as ever with Berlin, there's more to tell. Here's what else I got up to in the time between frantic midnight dhal re-workings. It's probably not surprising to mention I didn't get a chance to visit *any* of the vegan places I had on my list everyone so kindly recommended! Instead, this is a mix of places Heather managed to guide our hungover heads to, or Sabrina managed to book, or things we ate whilst hashing over the final details of plating a lot of tofu in a lot of heat. I *did* mention it was hot, right?
☼ Thursday ☼
I arrived late on Wednesday night to the tune of falafel wraps and beer to take away, but the photos I took are of course un-usable, so let’s dive straight into THE KIND OF BREAKFASTS BFFS give you. I.e. all the deliciousness of chopped banana, flax seeds, sliced apple, yoghurt, agave syrup and chopped mint.
Later that day we mished it over to Markthalle Neun to try out some vegan snacks and generally take in the Thursday-has-always-been-a-better-Friday vibes. Neither of us were that hungry but Sun Day Burgers have a stand there on Thursdays from 17h-22h and it looked incredible. We then cycled over to Tempelhof Airport, which looked like a great place to bring a pizza and a bottle of beer to, but seriously, after cooking curry all day it just does something to your appetite, so we held off and cycled around the runway before meandering home via a few too many white wine spritzers.
☼ Friday ☼
Well well, guess who woke up with a headache to handle, along with 40 beetroots to buy? Yeah. After our mammoth shopping list was virtually completed (3 kilos of cherries? Check), Heather did the decent thing and took us straight to an amazing falafel place on the Ohlauestrasse /Wienestrasse corner that I think is called Nachtigall Imbiss. Because I am a tourist I am allowed to drink Club Mate all the time and go on about it a lot, so that's probably what I did for this meal.
☼ Saturday ☼
After a semi-early night on Friday, Petra, Heather and I hitched a ride with Torben and Co. in his camper van out to a lake. I have no idea where we ended up, but the ride + swimming in a huge, gigantic lake + eating a picnic in a forest + spiders webs as big as pillows made it pretty much my favourite day of summer this year. Nature, amiright?
☼ Monday ☼
With Sunday firmly under our belts 4 EVA MORE and Heather starting a brand new spanking job that very day (snaps to that energy bb), I stayed over at babecentral 2.0 aka Liz, Kelly-Marie, Coralie and Sabrina’s place about ten minutes bike ride away. We snuck a trip to Bauhaus in to our morning before heading off for the most incredible lunch at Neni to celebrate Liz's birthday. Now, I gotta say, between our friendship group we have quite the gamut of dietry requirements, but Neni just got it down. Were we served a three tier tower of different hummuses? Yes. It was the kind of lunch dreams are made of and came to €13 euros total. All thumbs up for Neni.
As it was my last day in Berlin, Heather came to find me later on and we went with Petra and Zuzia to Weinblatt on Dieffenbachstrasse. We shared plates of stuffed vine leaves, falafel, hummus and walnut and chilli dip while the sun set and the street lamps came on.