A Mexican Feast at a Cottage in Berlin

IMG_3400Wednesday night I flew to Berlin to begin a 2 week European jaunt.  My favorite thing about Berlin is getting to hang out with my friends. In addition to Keith, Harald and Malka who live in Berlin my friend Jim (a former New Yorker) flew in from London.  Ever notice how much more glamorous things sound in Europe? Somehow saying: He flew in from Buffalo doesn’t have the same impact. Anyway… as you can probably gather from my silence over the last coupe of days things have been pretty busy add in jet lag and Berliners crazy night life which doesn’t really get going until 2 and well, you get the picture.

However, not all my time was spent at Ficken 3000.   I spent a great amount of time in the country.  Now for those of you who know me you know I am not a fan of the country.   But this is different.

All over Berlin there are these cottage communities, each substantial plot of land has a tiny cottage on it.  Last year Keith and Harald’s name come up on the waiting list for one of these cottages in a community a 25 minutes subway/bus ride away from their home in super trendy Neukölln.

Outside their apartment are organic grocery stores, local cheese shops, Hipster Bavarian Bars, a new Korean take away place that rocks, some of the best Thai Food outside Thailand, tons of bars of every persuasion and if that weren’t enough hipsters now forgo drinking at bars choosing instead to take over a Spätkauf (bodega) where they buy their beer and just party outside on the street.

25 minutes away from all that is this:IMG_3412IMG_3408The boys have been working their asses off as you can see.  IMG_3414Keith has been on me for years now about moving to Berlin and opening up a Taco stand, as Mexican food is a rarity and when you find it, well, to be kind, it’s just not very authentic. So as a final nights goodbye we made a little bit of a Mexican fest, featuring fish tacos, black beans, rice, cole slaw,salsa fresca, guacamole and local Strawberries mit schlag. IMG_3394IMG_3406 IMG_3405 IMG_3404That is Stella guarding the table.IMG_3403IMG_3401It’s hard to get your head around how you can be in someplace that is still well within the Cities limits.  Something that makes Berlin so special is how green it is.  We saw a fox on the way back to the bus the first day we visited.  IMG_3420Lots more to come, I’m just getting settled into my hotel in Vienna and need to go explore and eat.  Oddly, it turns out both the restaurants in my hotel have an American theme to them?  One is a Jet stream trailer they sell burgers from the other is an American Themed Italian place…mmmmmm we shall see.IMG_3415Greetings from the farm in Berlin 😉

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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