Friday, 6 December 2013

....AND MORE OF BERLIN CHRONICLES


What's a trip without that post that features how you unleashed gluttony culinary and sartorially speaking?

This post had been shelved as the previous month was riddled with a spate of unhappy news--both at home and work fronts--I didn't have the appetite for indulgence. My mood was only lifted with the birth of my nephew in late November; I was back to thinking again about that beautiful Paulaner Munich beer and the apricot tart from Reinhard's along Kurfürstendamm.

Berlin wasn't short of great eats, I've been looking for a proper German deli and bakery since coming back to London to have a taste of what I thought I'd miss. The search always comes back to Lidl where I used to ignore the sausages. I think I'll give good old Lidl a chance.


The sumptuous apricot tart from Reinhard's. I have a preference for this over sacher torte.


The facade of Reinhard's in Kempinski along Kurfürstendamm, the Champs-Élysées of Berlin.


This restaurant seemed to have single punters in mind with this al fresco seating arrangement. That, or it's for those pretending to be waiting for someone. That, or the customer just prefers a seat too big for one but too close for comfort for two. That, or the restaurant didn't have a table big enough for the seat, so two small round ones are placed together. That, or the customers just want to sit with their backs facing each other. What do you think?



From Kempinski to Dunkin' Donuts. Wish we have this in the UK. It was a childhood treat.


Dunkin' Donuts captured me. Had three (it was a deal!) and some munchkins.I never know when I can have them again....



I must say this tomato soup from Berlin Fernsehturm was one of the best  I've ever had. The melted cheese clinched it.


It's not the dish, but the porcelain. Loved the architectural pattern.


Beer for breakfast, anyone? I did, to complement my Bavarian breakfast. A trip to Germany is not a trip to Germany if you don't have beer. It was so delicious (yes, I'm describing beer as such), it was almost peachy.



The Reichstag coffee cup served at the roof terrace restaurant. Did you just ask if I had coffee and beer at the same time for breakfast? 


My Bavarian breakfast. The veal sausage was a runaway winner.


All the odd combinations here: apfelstrudel and beer


Just cappuccino at Reinhard's this time


Hearty omelette breakfast at Reinhard's



Newspapers neatly clipped and hung on hooks at Reinhard's. I don't remember the last time I've seen dailies presented this way in a restaurant or hotel. Found it quite creatively traditional and appealed to my predilection for order and logic.



In Berlin, along that stretch of Kurfürstendamm where all the top luxury brands sit cheek by jowl with each other, the fashion houses use the wide footpath to display the season's favourites placed in glass display cases. In London, where robbers have the audacity to smash jewellery displays inside busy shopping centres, or drive cars straight through to the Gucci boutique in Sloane St, this form of publicity is in invite to the likes of motorbike-riding thieves to have a larceny spree. Besides, the swanky shopping streets of London don't have footpaths as wide as Berlin's.



Hermès Chasse En Inde AW2013

Hermès Guépards AW2013


Hermès Chasse En Inde AW2013


Hermès Guépards AW2013


Hermès Chasse En Inde AW2013


Hermès Guépards AW2013


I have bought far too many boots I have to justify the need for, so this one will remain inside that glass case.


And this one, too




I know my calves are bigger than the average woman's, but I'm sure I don't need bear's boots yet.


A friend said KaDeWe is Berlin's answer to London's Harrods. I'm not a fan of department stores and shopping centres, but I paid a visit to the capital's retail mecca. While Mr Tattler was scouring the perfume department for his customary aftershave travel purchase, I managed to have my watch strap changed at Hermès. I realised life back in London is so hectic I couldn't even manage to have it done there!

KaDeWe at night. That's more like it.


Thank you for coming along with me on this trip to Berlin. If you missed the previous posts, click on Part I, Part II, and Part III.

Have a lovely weekend everyone! 

xxx

16 comments:

  1. OMG! Was that a white sausage in clear soup???? funny you say that you loved it? and a pretzel. that is soo funny for some reason. Congrats on the new addition to family!!

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    1. Yes! Veal sausage. It was cooked like that. I didn't think I'd like it, but I did. The sauces were great, maybe that's why. I liked the pretzel too. Must be the break from the usual English breakfast (I prefer American over that). Perfect with Munich beer :)

      Thank you, little nephew's doing well :)

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  2. Whoop love it: fashion and food. I don't know what I like best. I guess the food because I know I can buy that over and over again without feeling too guilty about the credit card spend.

    I love omelette with loads of cheese, in fact anything with loads of cheese so that soup and egg dish has my mouth watering, the Bavarian breakfast, not so much!

    What a strange restaurant with that seating and table arrangement. I guess if you have a minor dispute with your other half it would be easier to move further away from them.......

    Buy the boots!!!! The tan ones i think would work perfectly in your wardrobe!! xx

    Have a fab weekend babes x

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    1. Hhahaha...the Bavarian breakfast was a big surprise. I really did enjoy it. Or it was just really a welcome break from English breakfast. Love omelette too with lots of mature cheddar!

      The seating arrangement must be for a lone traveller like Anouka who also left a comment :)

      No more boots for me. I do like the tan ones but I haven't even worn my most recent purchases. I'm being good :)

      Have a lovely week xx

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  3. Germans and their sausages… two of my favourite indulgences!

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    1. I'm sure Walter. Have some more German sausages :)

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  4. Berlin looks like all kinds of fabulousness (and deliciousness!)
    I really want to visit Berlin someday but whenever we plan holidays we end up going to hot and tropical places...Ok, I guess I'm not really complaining, but it'd be nice to go on a more cultural holiday, ya know?

    Hayfa
    www.londonloafers.com

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    1. I try to have a mix of cultural and beach holidays, but I tend to go for more cultural coz I grew up by the beach, so good to have a change :)

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  5. I enjoyed this post; the food looks scrumptious and that restaurant for singles (as I mostly travel alone) would be perfect for me.

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out Anouka; it completely escaped me that there are lone travellers like yourself. Haven't done it as much so it still feels strange to be sitting in a restaurant on my own. I think I'd rather go for room service :) I'll have coffee on my own though coz it means I won't be sitting on my own for long.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing these! We are going to Berlin in February and I love reading about other people's adventures when planning a trip. Any absolute must-sees?

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    1. Hi Philippa, thanks for visiting. Replied via your blog. Enjoy Berlin!

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  7. I have thoroughly enjoyed following along on your tour and you will know from my travel posts that I can never resist sweet treats! I'm sure we shall visit Berlin some time and I must make a note of these places. I would most certainly choose the apricot tart. The terrace at Reinhard's reminds me of the Champs Elysées with the café chairs all facing out ready for people watching!
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Thanks for following the trip miss b! Reinhard's felt very French indeed in its setting, decor, and interior design. Even the chairs! You must try their cakes. I think they do 7 different types everyday. The apricot tart was recommended to me by one of the staff. Enjoy Berlin when you get the chance!

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  8. Interesting city.... amazing pics!!!!
    Kisses from Italy my dear!

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