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Berlin Dispatch: A Painter’s Peanut Chicken

Yuko: painter, traveler, fishetarian, cook and part-time Berlin cabbie who winters in Brazil and loves Asian food.

When Yüko put on his black bowler hat, turned on the meter and headed west over the Oberbaum Brücke into Kreuzberg, I wasn't totally sure where he was taking me, but I knew we'd figure it out. And I had a feeling he might be the keeper of an interesting story...

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Buenos Aires in Berlin (sans empanadas)

thomas in cab from outside

He was reading a Ken Follett novel when I poked my head through the passenger's side window. When I asked him about his favorite restaurant, he said he never ate out. But for some reason, we sensed this wasn't entirely true. “Well, there is a steak house I like..."

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Berlin Dispatch: An Urban Cowboy and His Fish Soup

roland close

I have an Argentine writer friend who once made a brilliant observation about the cabbies of Buenos Aires being the new gauchos. After riding from Brandenburg Gate to Wilmersdorf in Roland's cab, I realized that the new gauchos are not confined to Buenos Aires.

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We have many favorite restaurants in Berlin (Video)

The kofte peaks out from underneath the vegetables.

No matter how many taxi adventures I've done, I still get the same jitters as when I did it the first time. Here's some video of the lead-up, the approach, and my initial negotiations with Ergan, the driver of my latest adventure who's been a Berlin cabbie for seven years.

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Berlin Dispatch: Döner Dreams and Kunefe Reality

doner taxi

When one of my new German friends told me that he has a friend who’s spent the past year searching for the best döner kebab in Berlin, I had an idea: why not invite the kebab seeker on a taxi adventure and ask the cabbie to take us to *his* favorite spot for döner?

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