Drinking Beer at the Esso Station

IMG_2699In über hip Neukölln my friends Keith and Harald have a boundless selection of places to hang out: Tapas bars, Bavarian hipster joints, Turkish Imbiss’, Wine Bars and Ficken 3000 (it’s gay bar with a certain reputation – Harald told me this trip they changed the name in 2000 from Ficken 2000 to 3000 – one has to have goals in life) .

So where do they like to drink?  The Esso station. IMG_2700 Where they have an amazing selection of beer:IMG_2844

IMG_2846It’s cheap.  They have snacks:  IMG_2697 IMG_2847  IMG_2849     IMG_2848Not that I would eat any of those snacks…but I think more than anything why they like it is because it hasn’t been discovered yet so it’ s not filled with hipsters, hipster want-to- bes’ and annoying tourists trying to be cool – at this point other than Harald and Keith the only people who hang out here are the weird and vaguely offensive Turkish gas station attendant and his friends.

So when you read in the NYT next year about this insanely cool Esso station in Berlin where all the cool people are drinking, remember you heard it hear first 😉


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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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