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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

Photo by Rumen Milkow

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: 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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New York Dispatch: Connie’s Food Tips, Old and New

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There aren’t too many cabbies in this world who can pull off a purple fedora and “make a potato salad that’ll slap your mama.” Constance Marie Barnes is one of them. The diminutive cabby, whom I met in 2010, also recommended what is to this day one of my favorite ...

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Giveaway & Celebration: Driving Hungry is Here

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At last! After five years and three hemispheres and too many drafts to count, Driving Hungry hits the shelves today. I couldn’t have possibly imagined everything that was going to happen, everything that had to happen, between getting that first email from the woman who was to become my literary agent ...

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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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