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Berlin Dispatch: My Favorite Food & Drink Finds of 2015 – a Top 10 List

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2015 was a good year to be a passionate eater in Berlin. When I landed here in 2010, this was still a city where many people avoided restaurants altogether. And now? Berlin is drawing more and more young chefs and restaurateurs. Compared to Paris, London and New York, the barriers to entry in Berlin are considerably ...

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Berlin Dispatch: When Pide Leads to Döner, Part II

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Something remarkable happened on the way to the movies a few weeks ago: Rumen and I hopped in a cab with a driver named Aziz – who used to make his living selling pieces of the Berlin Wall, and who’s been driving a taxi for 16 years — on Frankfurter ...

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Berlin Dispatch: When Pide Leads to Döner – Part I

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Before he started driving a taxi 16 years ago, Aziz made his living selling pieces of the Berlin Wall. From 1990 to 1995 — his first years in Berlin — he manned a souvenir stand at Brandenburg Gate, learning German, observing the tourists, watching some of his Wall-selling colleagues become ...

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Berlin Dispatch: Osman’s Two Turkish Tips

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A burly, broad-shouldered man with a mop of black-brown curls who might be in his early 50s, Osman maneuvers his taxi with a light touch, like a piano player who enjoys an easy relationship with the keys. The expression on his face is not the expression you would expect of ...

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Berlin Dispatch: Rogacki Forever

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A few days ago I met a Berlin taxi driver named Zlatan who told me his favorite place to eat is Rogacki, the superdeli/marketplace in Charlottenburg that started out as a smoked fish stand back in 1928. Once a week, Zlatan stops by the cafeteria at Rogacki for fried codfish ...

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Berlin Dispatch: Rumen’s Top 5 Under 5 Euros

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If you've been reading this blog for a bit, you know that Rumen, my man, and my favorite cab driver on earth, knows as much about Nietzsche as he does about sausage. When I met him five years ago, I had no idea how modest he was being when he described himself as "a little gourmet"...

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Berlin Dispatch: Notes on Abundance

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Abundance isn’t Marjan Grill’s only virtue – and I’m not just saying that because of the thoughts this Croatian restaurant provoked, nor because Dirk recommended it and I want it to be good...

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