Markthalle Neun. I could compare this place with Mathallen in Oslo or Torvehallerne in Copenhagen. Full with food yumminess and events. i have been wanting to go there for a while, but somehow I always miss the awesome events there. When I saw their Japanese Breakfast Market Event pictures, I had to get some time for that! Japanese food plus Breakfast... what is not to love? So I took my stroller and Pepa and went all the way to Kreuzberg for that.
Markthalle Neun has a Monthly Breakfast Market Special. This time was Bentoboxes, Matcha Specials, Mochi and so much more. You were able to buy Japanese Stuff as well, like knives, plattes, bowls and japanese stuff. Best way to spend your sunday with. Besides that they had some cooking classes like how to Bento. For adults and kids as well.
The list of the stands that Sunday on their Facebook Page was so promising! Samurai Spoon wit Okonomiyake and Maru Takoyaki serving Takoyaki where my priority for that day.
I met my twin sister from another sister Maria from INSEARCHOF and her NYC Babe Sonja. We started with some Champagne and browsing around all that japanese deliciousness. The waiting lines from Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki were huge, so we decided to start with some Soba noodles and split to get food faster. Sonja and I stood for Takoyaki and Maria for Okonomiyake. It was fun to see many friends strolling around and that kept us entertained while waiting.
Suddenly, Maria came with 2 Okonomiyaki: Fish and Vegetarian... Oh My! it was soooo worth the waiting! Who doesnt love that savoury Japanese pancake sprinkled with Katsoubushi (bonito flakes), Sesam seeds and Japanese Mayo?
We at all of that and waited impatienly for the Takoyaki. And we noticed that one of the Sakamoto Brothers from Sub Human Bros was making those little pieces of heaven! Takoyaki are a snack. little ball shaped made in a moulded pan. Usually filled with different ingredients... This time: Octopus, Tempura flakes, Seaweed Powder, Bonito Flakes, Cabbage between others, And wow man was it good!!!!! they were soooo tasty, soooo tasty I could die.
But why talk more about the food? check the pictures of that day. I made a lot of videos of that day on my Instagram Story, So follow me there to see a live feed of events I go... or maybe even silly behind the scenes of my everyday and food.
"Hey Rosita! Come to my house to eat Tortillas con Chili" Is what Speedy Gonzales used to say! But Mexican Food is not tortillas and chili or TexMex anymore, nowadays Mexican food is a symbol of Fine Cuisine. From August 15th to September 3rd, Mexican producers present their gastronomic specialties in KaDeWe in Berlin, many of them exclusively and for the first time in Germany. And they decided to invited us, influencers and bloggers, to test these delicacies and tempt us with all this Mexican yummy-ness.
The Walk-though started with the cook Jorge Saenz Benavides explaining us how the modern Mexican cuisine has conquered the gastronomic scene and he showed us the moles and sauces KaDeWe has in their Mexico sortiment. We tried different moles and sauces with dark corn tortillas. My favorite was the hot peanut sauce...and damn was it good and spicy. Jorge told us that Mexican dishes are spicy, but not hot as we all think.
The variety of sauces, moles, beans & Co. was huge. Including: Avocado oil, Mango and Habanero Sauce, Many types of beans, Salsa Roja & Verde, Dry Chilis, Mexican Salt, Tamarind sauce, jalapeños and more.
After the Salsas and Moles we walked to the Mezcal booth. Mezcal is spirit with the worm inside. Most people confuse tequila with Mezcal. And it is because Tequila is technically a Mezcal with differences in the production techniques and the types of agave used.
Giancarlo Martello from Mezcal Sierra Madre explained us the process to make Mezcal and how to taste it. After tasting this delicious spirit, we ate a slice of orange with salt. But this wasn't ordinary salt. It was salt with dried mezcal worm in it together with other spices. I am soooo getting that salt for myself.
Who said Tequila???? Mike Labs from Tequila Don Julio let us try the iconic "Don Julio 1942", one of the best Tequilas in the world. It played like a cognac with fiery spice and notes of salted caramel.
We learnt that Tequila is made only with blue agave and can only be produced in the state of Jalisco and in small parts of four other states.
Chocolate has its roots in the ancient Mayan culture and the cocoa trees in the Riviera Maya and in the region Yucatan. What would we do without chocolate? I cannot imagine that! Thank you Mayans!
Fabiola Palma from Vanuato delighted us with loads of chocolate flavours, my favorite was the White chocolate and cinnamon. Just addictive.
The next stop was Mexican Wines, who knew Mexico was a wine producer? We tried some cold L.A. Cetto wines.
Final destination: FOOD & COCKTAILS!
1/2 oz. lime juice
2 oz. Mezcal
4-6 oz. ginger beer
Squeeze lime juice into glass. Add 2 or 3 ice cubes, then pour in the Mezcal and fill with cold ginger beer (not ginger ale, although what the hell). Serve with fresh cucumber slices.
So I will recommend you to take the car/tram and go to KaDeWe and Discover Mexico in Germany! Experience it to believe it!
Some of the pictures are made by the awesome Brae Talon
Haircolor, My Hair Color... that is what people are mostly talking about these days. After being a brunette for 9 years, I decided to have some fun! Went from brown to beige, to pink and then peach, and now I am staying a bit with silver and lavender tones.
But the the "how" I turned my hair in these soft pastel tones? Food Coloring! YESSSS! Food coloring is Color. You just have to know how to use it.
First we need to understand the Color Wheel.
Unless you have blonde white hair, you hair has a bit of color. So you need to neutralize the color you have and add more of the color you want
My hair was a bit too yellow. That means I need to add Purple to neutralize my yellow and add some extra pink to make it pastel pink.
1/2 White Conditioner
Food Coloring (I used Wilton's but you can use whatever is in your kitchen cabinet)
A black T-shirt that you can ruin
Plastic Folie or Wrap
Let's get Unicorn! Well, at least Cotton Candy Pink.
Mix the conditioner with the food coloring. As I needed purple and pink, I added 2 parts red and one part blue. If you have a lot of hair or very long hair, please make double recipe, as it is very hard to get exactly the same color for the second batch.
The color of the mix should be similar as the color you want. Here a very cool pink for the warm pink I wanted (as the cool violet will kill my yellow). You can always test the color spreading a bit of the mix in kitchen paper too know if it is too strong.
Mix very well so you wont get a "patchy" hair color.
Apply it through your hair. I separated my hair in 4 parts so it is easier. If you have someone to help you, ask them to apply the color or at least tell you if you have color all over your head. Use gloves! I didnt do that and my nail polish got ruined.
Please be sure you got the color EVERYWHERE!!!!
Let it soak for 5 minutes, and re-apply where you see it is not saturated enough. In my case you see the yellow-y parts I had to add some more.
Cover your hair with plastic wrap/foil and let it soak for at least 1 hour. I rinsed it 3 hours later as I had so much to do.
Rinse your hair with cold water and do not shampoo it again. Dry & Style as usual.
The color will stay for 2 washes or 3 the most. If you want to get rid of it after just one wash, use a clarifying shampoo when you wash it the first time.
This is the easiest and cheapest way to give your hair a change of look or just to use on a festival or party and it wont stain your clothes like hair chalk would.
Thanks Friends & Friends for the awesome picture! Today is a F&F Party again! so if you are in Berlin, jump by and let's have some FUN!!!
Even though it is summer, we have some rainy days here in Berlin. And that makes me even more hungry. I needed to go out for a bite! So I called my twinster Sophia (from INSEARCHOF) to have breakfast.
I have been following the Instagram Account from Keyser Soze since I moved to Berlin, and even though it is in Mitte, (not far away from my office) I never made it there.
I Found this place when I clicked on a hashtag about of one my favorite movies: The Usual Suspects. Keyser Söze was the main character and antagonist on that film. Who doesn't love Kevin Spacey on that roll? If you haven't seen that 1995 film, take the night off and watch it!
Lately, all breakfast places I have been going are gluten and lactose free, organic, vegan, blah blah. That is what it's trendy in Berlin at the moment. But as 90s the name Keyser Soze is, so it's their menu. Delicious traditional bread, fresh squeezed orange juice and huge platters of everything, from Brie to Nutella.
We were hungry, or at least our eyes were bigger than our stomachs. We order the 3-eggs scrambled eggs with bacon, orange juice and the MAXI breakfast: Emmental Cheese, Brie, Quark, Salami, Serrano Ham, Turkey Ham, Nutella, Marmelade, Vanilla Joghurt, Butter, Bread and Fruits.
It was a huge amount of food. What started as a breakfast, had to turn into brunch and into lunch. Outside was raining cats an dogs while we were watching the people walk in the rain listening to a very soothing playlist trying to finish all this food.
This place was exactly what I expected after seeing their instagram for months. And with awesome company and a great talk, was even more enjoyable. This 90s flair Café is definitely a place to give a try while you are in Mitte. And by checking other people's orders, the lunch menu looks very yummy as well.
I am Andrea, or as my friends call me, Jinx. I am a foodie living in Berlin, eating my way through life. Here are my recipes, cooking events, dining experiences and more...