This past Memorial weekend, I took a trip up to the biggest city in Deutschland…Berlin! The last time I had been to Berlin was about four years ago, when I did my first EuroTrip with my friend Deborah. It was a Sunday, so nothing was open, and it was cold, which made it even more depressing. This time, I got to see Berlin in full spring bloom, and it was wonderful. I got to revisit the Berliner Dom, the Brandenburger Tor, and the Reichstag, and got to see more of the local areas, such as Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. The food is dead cheap, to German standards. Many of the bars were selling drinks for 4 euros at happy hour. Compare this to 8 euros drinks in Stuttgart.
And of course, there was so much to eat. Food is very varied and more authentic in Berlin. If you want Vietnamese, you get real Vietnamese, and not a fusion of Vietnamese and Chinese, for example. It was a very good weekend to be in Berlin, mostly because of the good weather, but also because the Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) was being held in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. There were stands selling jewelry, clothes, and food from many different cultures.
As well as the carnival, we visited a few other food establishments.
Mehringdamm 36, Berlin, Germany
Apparently this is a very famous curry wurst place a few steps from the U-Bahn stop Mehringdamm, which was close to the carnival. I didn’t try their curry wurst, however my friends did. They say it wasn’t anything special. I had the pommes mit ketchup (french fries with ketchup).
Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers am Gendarmenmarkt
Charlottenstraße 60, Berlin, Germany
This place reminded me a bit of Sprüngli in Switzerland (of course, no one can beat Swiss chocolates). I was contemplated to buy something, but because of the warm weather, I didn’t want to risk melting chocolate in my bag, so I passed.
Cô cô bành mí deli
Rosenthaler Straße 2, Berlin, Germany
The last time I remember having bành mí was before I became a vegetarian (sometimes you come to accept that the vegetarian versions of the things you loved the most are the worst). So it’s been about 7 years. 7 years. I was excited when I heard about this place. I thought, maybe I would have a go at a vegetarian bành mí with tofu. It wasn’t too bad, although I do miss pâté slathered on my baguette.