Friday December 6th
Alt-Rixdorfer Weihnachtsmarkt @ Richard Platz- If you are feeling brave enough to combat the weather outside, the very cute and local Alt-Rixdorfer Weihnachtsmarkt will be taking place tonight, as well as both Saturday and Sunday.
Berlins food culture obviously reaches beyond burgers, so as such, I thought it was about time I branched out from my Best Burgers in Berlin reviews to review some of the other amazing food found around the city, starting with the very highly rated Japanese restaurant Cocoro Japanese Kitchen, Tea house and Saki Bar.
A couple of months ago I brought you the sad news that Idrawalot, one of my favourite little Berlin galleries, would be closing its doors after 2 wonderful years of exhibitions and parties. This coming Thursday night head over to Idrawalot and say one last goodbye at their farewell party that will feature a secret exhibition, Live Tattooing by Pete Corrie, Free Artwork Give-Aways, Delicious Boozes and more to be announced.
It is less than a month until that jolly fat man mounts his sleigh and flies around the world, dropping down the chimneys of eagerly awaiting children. Berlin’s Christmas transformation is well and truly underway and as part of the Berlin/German Christmas celebrations, a mass amount of Christmas Markets have opened up all around Berlin. For me, this means one thing… it is Handbrot season!
Last weekend, in my search for Wings of Desire (der Himmel ueber Berlin), I came across an interesting documentary about Marzahn, an area of Berlin that is often forgotten about by many and simply referred to as ‘one of those Neo Nazi neighbourhoods in the East’ that is too far away from Kreuzberg to visit. It is actually an area in the city that has a lot to offer and should be explored when you have the chance.
So let’s explore Marzahn now and get an insight into the lives of people living there, in this documentary entitled Der Himmel ueber Marzahn. Click here to watch the film.
***Once again you will need YouTube Unblocker to view this film***
The following are a selection of events which should get you on your way to having an amazing weekend. This weeks Weekend Tips includes a variety of markets, parties and events for all to enjoy!
Friday November 22
Schmuck You!!! @ Little Pop Machine- Christmas market season has just begun! Schmuck You, taking place today and tomorrow, is a market with a variety of bling, jewellery and accessories.
It has been a while since my last burger review of Friedrichshains Burgerium, so it is about time I get stuck back into the ultimate quest of finding the Best Burgers in Berlin! On my latest mission, I traveled up to Prenzlauer Berg to see if Americans do actually make the best burgers, with a visit to the all American diner, Nalu Diner.
It has just come to my attention that today, November 19th, is World Toilet Day, which gives me the perfect opportunity to write a post I have wanted to write for some time now about the German Toilet or as I like to called it, the Punishment Toilet!
If you have every had a late night on the beers or have eaten a mean curry, you will understand what I mean by the Punishment Toilet! When pooping into the German Toilet, the poop doesn’t go for a dive into water, like in the common toilet, it falls onto something of a ‘shelf’ to remind you of meals once had. You are then left with a smelly reminder, but not only that, you also then have to perform a mandatory toilet brushing after the flush, as the flush can never do the job alone. But why is the toilet built in such a punishing way?
I honestly don’t know for sure, but I certainly have my theories. Maybe it is because Germans simply hate that occasional splash back? I kind of doubt this theory as I think there must be a deeper meaning. For starters, if I was to look up the word ‘hypochondriac’ in the dictionary, I’m sure it would have a sentence saying A common trait of the German people. I swear whenever I tell my housemate I am unwell, all of a sudden he has the same symptoms and will take off to the doctor to get expert advice on that common cold! It maybe this paranoia that has led to the invention of the Punishment Toilet! Think about it. Obviously that poop shelf gives the perfect opportunity for the most paranoid German to check his/her poop for irregularities! Then to take steps even further, the shelf will also help with being able to get a poop sample to hand on to that commonly visited Doctor. How perfect!
I could be way off with this theory for the Punishment Toilets existence, I guess ultimately it could simply just be because Germans love www.ratemypoo.com and the shelf creates the perfect opportunities for photos.
Earlier today Überlin posted a link to a slightly tedious interview with former Berlin resident Nick Cave. In the interview, that can be found here, Cave briefly talks of his time in Berlin, about his relationship with Wim Wenders and of their collaboration for Wenders film Wings of Desire (Der Himmel ueber Berlin). So, for this weeks I’m Hungover and Bored Sundays, I thought I would share with you a link to that classic Berlin set film, Wings of Desire.
Weekend Tips 7 features a variety of events including circus and 1920′s themed parties, exhibitions, pop up restaurants and an event to help warm the homeless and less fortunate. Have a good weekend!
Friday November 15
Cirque du Solo @ Ehemaliges Stummfilmkino Delphi- A weekend long event taking place in an original 1920′s theatre that features live performances, music, cabaret, partying and a whole lot more. Tonight’s event is centered around a circus theme, tomorrows a 1920′s themed Ball and Sunday will be a cabaret night.