Katie’s Blue Cat Opens Online


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The delightful coffee shop and bakery especially popular for it’s home-made granola and anglo-american style in-house baked goods served up in a beautiful interior  – unless I imagined it, I had an amazing moon pie there a long time ago, that I still think about sometimes – is now open for business online, with a beautifully designed new website. Ngoc Duong and Olivia Wood opened Katie’s Blue Cat in Neukölln in 2011.

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Romanian Pop-up Dinner

Next Tuesday Andreea Buteata will host a Romanian pop-up dinner at Café Futuro in Neukölln. Last week I was lucky to photograph Andreea’s dishes as she tested out some inspiration for her menu. Here, Andreea answers a few questions about what we can look forward to!


Fried chicken, with pear and caramelised leeks

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Meet The Barkeep: Atalay Aktas, Schwarze Traube


Crossing the threshold of Berlin speakeasy Schwarze Traube, you’ll spot all the hallmarks of a good bar: high-quality spirits, house-made liqueurs, an array of homemade bitters. One thing, however, is notably absent: a menu. That’s thanks to owner Atalay Aktas, who feels that a standard cocktail list is more limiting than it is helpful.


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Wildcamp Foraging Weekend in Brandenburg

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Jonathan Hamnett runs “Wildcamp” weekends in the wilds of Brandenburg outside of Berlin, which are kind of like a reset button on your mind and body. Jonathan is a real fun guy…geddit? I joined a small group one weekend, to camp out in the tangled forest of a farm where over the course of three days our main source of food would be the wild mushrooms we foraged.


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Sophia Hoffmann – Podcast Episode 7

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Episode 7! The Berlin Belly Podcast is back! This week I met up with Sophia Hoffmann at her new office in Blogfabrik: Sophia is a vegan chef, cookbook author (“Sophia’s Vegane Welt”) journalist and food blogger in Berlin. Listen in to Sophia’s insight into being a vegan chef, what she’ll be cooking for vegan Christmas dinner this year, her advice if you’re thinking about switching to vegan food, what it’s like to be part of Blogfabrik in Berlin – and lots more!


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You can buy the “Sophia’s Vegane Welt” cookbook and Sophia’s aprons from her website here (German):

Pumpkin Spice Soda Bread

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I’m thinking of re-naming my blog: The Ill-equipped Kitchen, as a spice grinder I do not have, among other things. However, I did have an empty supermarket salt grinder, which I was able to use to grind up the allspice.

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I have never ordered a pumpkin spice whatnot from a coffee chain, but I was craving a seasonal fix of spicy carbohydrates and thought a pumpkin spice soda bread would hit the spot. Soda bread is one of the easiest breads to make, which is why I make it all the time! It’s easy to add extra ingredients depending on the seasons or your craving. Or just say feck it and keep it simple – you’ll still turn out a wonderful loaf.

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BRB: Gone fishin’ in Morocco

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Hello there,

Deep-fried crunchy thanks to everyone who has read, and listened to, Berlin Belly since we launched just a little over a month ago. OW!

Me myself, in the last month I also started an intensive German course, threw myself into full-time freelancing and launched this here website and podcast.

Tomorrow I’m heading to Morocco on a work mission: I’ll be updating the Travelettes instagram and twitter while I’m there, with everything from camel rides to henna tats, Berber villages, camping in the desert and lots more #tagine

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