Oliv

The other day I was on my way to the Sammlung Hoffman Art Gallery – when I happened upon the very charming Oliv cafe, so charming I had to go in!  This place is beautiful, with a wonderful vibe and a nice selection of food and drinks to keep you lingering all day.

The thing I’m really noticing this trip to Berlin is how good the bread is.  It comes in many variations but is usually dark, moist, often filled with lots of different seeds and grains, with a little butter: a meal in itself.  The perfect foil to a good bowl of soup.

This was my bowl of lentil soup which had chunks of spicy sausage (wurst) in it – delicious!
This dog was too cute I love how casual they are her ein Berlin  about things like dogs in cafes or people carrying beer or wine bottles around with on the streets or on the U Bahn, last night coming hom eon the train (it was very very late, don’t ask!) a guy walked through the car I was on smoking a joint, it felt more like a Frat party than a subway car!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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