Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Travel Diary Berlin: Shiso Burger

Shiso Burger | Asian-style burgers | Auguststraße 29c, Berlin | www.shisoburger.de

Alarm, alarm, picky eater sighted! First she says she doesn't like coffee, now it's burgers! Well, I've actually mentioned it previously, if anyone noticed (it's big and bold in my Dirty Burger review), but when I have the choice, I don't order nor eat burgers. So when one of my friends recommended Shiso Burger to me, just the word 'burger' made me cringe a little. Oh, how glad I am, that I got dragged along in the end. That evening, I actually had two burgers: one at District Mot and one at Shiso Burger. I loved them both! So after introducing Emma to the former, of course, we had to pay Shiso Burger a visit as well.

At Shiso Burger, you will find everything but dry buns and tasteless patties (which caused my dislike for burgers). Instead, you will be able to experience the taste of their fluffy homemade buns in your classic ham- and cheese burger or Asian-fusion variations. Altogether you've got 9 choices from classics to ebi, bulgogi and even tofu. The first time I went I tried their Salmon burger (6,90€). I didn't know salmon would work so well with burger buns! Unfortunately, the teriyaki sauce was quite overpowering and I would have preferred it, if the salmon fillet was marinated in the sauce instead. Still, I liked it and went again with Emma during our Berlin trip. This time we both ordered their popular Chilli Lemon Burger with Wagyu Beef upgrade. Everyone I know has been raving about this variation and I totally understand why: The meat was so juicy and flavourful (Wagyu for president!), medium as I like it, while the cilantro and lime-mayo gave the burger a refreshing kick. Plus, it wasn't spicy as the name might suggest, so I was able to enjoy it without constraints. To complement our lunch, we also ordered their sweet potato fries and some edamame (yay to the lunch deal where you get a side and a drink for 3€ more on top of the burger price). While the edamame were a little overcooked for my taste, the thinly-cut sweet potato fries were deliciously crunchy. Such a great alternative to the usual limitation of having your burgers with chips/french fries.

I definitely need to go back to Berlin soon and try the rest of their burgers. The bulgogi burger sounds pretty damn good and the Shiso burger (marinated tuna) seems promising as well. Best thing to do is go to Berlin in a big group, go to Shiso burger, order everything and try it all! I love the wooden interior that is reminiscent of Japanese ramen places, the staff is friendly and quick and most importantly: the burgers are worth the hype. The lunch deal will definitely fill you up!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Travel Diary Berlin
Coffee Break at The Barn Roastery

The Barn Roastery | Schönhauser Allee 8, Berlin | Open 10am to 6pm | www.thebarn.de

Okay, before we get to business, there's one thing you need to know: I don't like coffee.
Known for keeping you awake, I've downed multiple cups of coffee during university, especially during exam time. Naturally, once I've finished university, I regained the luxury of a normal sleeping pattern, so I stopped drinking it and now I usually associate coffee with stressful times. Still, when Jules from herz & blut highly recommend The Barn Roastery as a meeting spot, I couldn't help but try their infamous coffee.

Right next to Platton Kunsthalle, just off Torstraße, you can find The Barn Roastery. The warehouse-style space has a roastery in the back and a coffee bar in the front. With the limited menu comprised of what they deem the best types of coffees (no sugar or soy-milk). As a coffee-noob, I let the experienced barista do whatever he thought was best. The coffee I've then indulged in was both smooth and tasteful (you might need to ask proper coffee connoisseurs to break down all the flavours for you). Especially Emma, who drinks at least one cup of coffee a day was impressed, so I guess that means a bit more than my impression of it. Plus, the fact that I've been seeing their coffee in quite a few coffee shops in London speaks for their excellence in roasting coffee beans. To accompany my coffee, I also tried two of their sandwiches which were both so tasty, I didn't share them with anyone! Apparently their carrot cake is to die for, so I've got to try it the next time I go to Berlin.

The intriguing thing about The Barn is their no-laptop policy! There's a designated media area for using such equipment, as they want you to focus on the brews. You'd generally call this kind of attitude snobbish (for which they got quite a bit of criticism), but I guess the experience and quality makes up for such behaviour and you also have more time to engage with your coffee date (aka Emma and Jules in my case). So if you love coffee, The Barn Roastery is definitely a must-visit. And even if you are a noob like myself, the baristi are happy to 'educate' you and the place itself just makes for such a cool meeting place!

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Shirt Dress

Shirt Dress Monki | Cross Body Bag Zara | Pointed Shoes ASOS | Chunky Statement Necklace ASOS
photos thanks to Rae Tashman

Comfortable and hazzle-free, that's my styling slogan. While there was a time when I attempted to come up with the most innovative combinations (the emphasis lies with 'attempted'), trying to live up to the ideals about fashion bloggers, now I just care about how easily I can move around in an outfit or how practical it is (hence my love for dungarees). Unfortunately, summer clothes are usually not the most practical, just because lack of layers and fabric doesn't leave much space for the likes of pockets and co. So whenever I find something that is 'fashionable', comfortable and practical at the same time, I get a little too excited. I picked this shirt dress up at the Monki sale, solely for its unique print that reminds me of brush strokes. I tried it on in the dressing room, turned left, turned right, liked what I saw, when I noticed some excess fabric inside: hidden pockets! You could hear a loud: "Woah!" in store, the staff must have thought I was a bit on the weird side. I just don't like walking around while carrying big bags, so it's good if I can just keep the most important things on me. It's the reason why you usually see me with my 3 favourite cross body bags (the one here included). I like wearing dress shirts just on their own, but maybe I should research some more ways to wear it to get the most use out of it. Any tips?