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Berlin Dispatch: First Food Sweep

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An informal food survey of the cabbies at the Helsingforser Strasse taxi stand in Berlin (Friedrichshain) in my (still) horrible German led to a solid round of things to eat. After following their leads from East to West, here's a round-up of what I tasted during my first few weeks in the German capital. An auspicious culinary overture, don't you think?

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New York en route to Berlin Dispatch

After a year and a half in New York City, I know there are too many interesting cab rides, too many great meals, too many only-in-New York flavors to leave the taxi adventures here behind.

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A Year in Rear View

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No, I'm not going to write another top 10 list. But this was too rich a year not to dish out some highlights. So in the name of taking stock and in the spirit of microblogging, here are 2010's funniest, tastiest, scariest, most humiliating and most enlightening moments from taxicabs on two continents.

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Berlin Dispatch: 9 Questions for a Night Driver, plus Köfte

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Last week, as a grand finale to the Berlin adventures, I convinced one of my new taxi driving friends to let me ride along on his night shift. Besides letting me crash his taxi, the cabbie was gracious enough to answer questions from Taxi Gourmet readers - and tell me about his favorite restaurant.

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Berlin Dispatch: A Taxi Driver’s Food & Drink Map

Foul (fava beans) and falafel with peanut sauce from Biladi Sudanesiche Spezialitaeten in Friedrichshain.

Three months of taxi adventures in Berlin led to more deliciousness than I could have imagined before I landed in the German capital. This map shows every restaurant I found during my Berlin taxi adventures that I think is worth going back to, plus my own taxi driver-inspired food finds.

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Berlin Dispatch: Blue Tango, China Snack

China Snack's menu: the delivery fee is still in Deutsche marks.

Steve has probably never listened to tango music - and he's probably never traveled to Buenos Aires. But the Berlin cab driver wears his melancholy on his sleeve as well as any Buenos Aires tanguero.

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Berlin Dispatch: Rejection and Lamb Chops

The grill master at Adana Grill Haus.

It was the worst start of a taxi adventure so far in Berlin. I'd gone down the entire line of cabs waiting at the taxi stand in front of the Adlon Hotel near Brandenburg Gate. No driver wanted any part in my food quest.

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