Berlin Slow Food Movement


The Slow Food Movement isn’t particularly new, but it is constantly growing and spreading over the world.

The philosophy behind it is simple, and is based on the idea that food should be:

• GOOD: a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of the local culture.
• CLEAN: food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health.
• FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers.

 

BERLIN SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT
Although the movement started in Italy in 1986, Berlin is today one of the epicenters for the slow food movement. The old market halls have again come to life with creative people from all over the world moving in to trade organic goods and create and serve innovative food.

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What would Berlin would be without a great party? The world famous clubbing metropolis knows how to turn anything in to a fest – and have find a way to incorporate even the food movement. The Slow food Youth Germany organizes a yearly “Chopping Disco”(Schnippel disko), where hundreds of people get together to chop tons of vegetables, accompanied by live DJ’s and a culinary crew that later cooks all the chopped up goodies.


Chopping DiscoA giant bear(?) stirring the soup at the Schnippel Disco 2014

 

The local kitchen in Berlin has always been shaped by foreign influences and inspiration, mainly due to its history of immigration. Everyone from the Huguenots in 1600 to the Turkish and Vietnamese people during the 20th century has helped to characterize the Berliners culinary self-conception to what it is today.

Nowadays Berlin is not only the capitol of haute cuisine in Germany, but also a place of new and creative culinary ideas where young and creative people from all over the world come to gain self-fulfillment.

If you are interested in a first-hand experience of the culinary Berlin we suggest you take our Culinary Berlin Tour next time you’re in town. You will get to try the whole range of food culture in Berlin, from the famous Currywurst to the organic markets.

 

And, if you are interested in slow food, here are a few quick tips on how to get started:

1. Understand slow food philosophy. Slow food is about more than food, it also connects ethical, political environmental and spiritual elements. Take the time to cook good food and learn about the damages fast food has on our health, environment and cultural food traditions.

2. Start cooking – throw away the ready-made and processed food, dust of your grandmother’s old cookbook and get cooking.

3. Shop locally and seasonal- Buy vegetables and fruit form your local famers market. Not only will they taste better, they also have a lower impact on the environment since it has not been transported long ways. Plus you know where its coming from.

4. Avoid genetically modified food and buy as much organic food as possible.

5. Share your home cooked meals. Not everyone has the time and ability to cook. So share your meals and cooking knowledge with your friends and neighbours. And who know, you might also make some new great friends on the way.

Learn more on: http://www.slowfood.com

 

 

The Currywurst turns 65!

The Currywurst is to Berliners what fish and chips are to the British or hot dogs are to Americans. But more than just a tasty fast food treat, the currywurst has become an icon in modern german popular culture. Turning 65 years old this year, we decided that this simple but delicious street food deserves some attention.

Where does it come from, who invented it, how many sausages do the Germans eat per year and where do you find the best Currywurst in Berlin? Keep reading and we will fill you in on all you very needed to know about Berliner’s most beloved sausage.

 

What is a Currywurst?
It is a steamed and fried pork sausage, served cut up in pieces and drenched in curry ketchup. Usually served alone or with french fries or bread rolls on the side.

Over 800 000 million portions are sold per year in Germany, and 70 000 million of them are just in Berlin. That means that Berliners enjoy a striking number of 191 780 portions per day!

 

The story of the Currywurst
The Currywurst was invented in Berlin in 1949 by Herta Heuwer, a former seamstress turned street food vendor. The story has it that on a quiet September day she started experimenting with ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and curry powder, which she had gotten from British soldiers in Germany, mixed it together with other spices and poured it over the grilled sausages and, voilà – a legend was created!

Herta Heuwer inventor of Currywurst

Her food stand in Charlottenburg soon boomed with visitors, selling up to 10 000 servings per week, and as the cleaver businesswoman she was, she decided to file a patent for her sauce in 1951. The sausage quickly spread over the country and in 1960 it crossed the boarder to East Berlin where it became just as big a success.

The sausage is now sold all over the country and is Germany’s favourite fast food. The curry recipes vary, and the fact is that the Heuwer’s original curry sauce is no longer to be found. When Heuwer died in 1999 she took her recipe with her to the grave, allegedly not having shared it with anyone.

 

Currywurst in pop culture
The popularity of the sausage stretches well beyond the dish. The Currywurst has in fact become an icon in German popular culture. It has its own museum and songs, a novel written about it and there is a long-standing tradition that each candidate for mayor in Berlin is photographed standing next to a Currywurst stand. Even Google acknowledged its icon status by turning it in to a Google Doodle on the German search engine on the 30 June 2013, celebrating Heuwer’s 100th birthday!

Currywurst Google doodle

 

 

Where can you get the best Currywurst in Berlin?
And in order to celebrate this iconic street food we asked one our local Berlin experts, Peter, to point out the best Currywurst spots in Berlin:

peter “I would recommend the “Curry 36” in Kreuzberg. By the way the “36” stands for the  former West-Berlin postcode for this district. “Kreuzberg 36” became a popular      synonym for this area.  Another place I would  recommend is the “Ziervogel’s Kult-  Curry” in the area of East-Berlins Prenzlauer Berg.”

Best Currywurst in Berlin

 

So there you have it, now you know where to head for your next visit in Berlin. Guten Appetit!

 

While Berlin might be the home to German’s favorite fast food it is also the Mecca for the Slow Food Movement. Click here to read our post about it.

Romantic Cities

It may not be the typical time of year to think about a romantic break with your better half but think about it…the changing seasons present one of the best opportunities to see a city in transition. Forget the Summer rush and hoards of tourists flocking to see the guidebook sights, Autumn and early Winter take a city back to its best. The streets are quieter and yet seem to be more colourful, if you have chosen to visit a city like Riga then you will be in for a surprise. The parks become awash with the colours of fallen leaves and a deep breath fills the lungs with crisp Autumn air, the temperature is cool but not yet cold, the days are shorter but not too short and the city is quieter but not silent…never silent.

So why is this time of year perfect for a Romantic get-away..? Well, first of all Hotels have just reverted back to their “Winter” rates, meaning that you have the chance to make your budget stretch a bit further, now you can think about staying in a 4 or 5* hotel or maybe  even a boutique hotel that would otherwise be out of the average price range. The budget airlines release some great offers and even launch new destinations in a bid to stimulate spending in the “Quieter Autumn Period”.

In a recent list of Romantic Cities created by TripAdvisor, Prague, Berlin and Budapest all featured in the top 10…these destinations maybe better known for Bachelor parties and sightseeing rather than a romantic break but don’t be put off because all three present different options.

Prague Since the late eighties and the opening up of Eastern Europe, Prague quickly became one of the trendy (and original, at first) places to visit and rapidly evolved to offer all kind of tourist amenities. It is a lively Destination with plenty of beautiful things to see starting with its grand castle and the famously romantic Charles bridge.

 

 

Berlin Like adventure? Love to live off the beaten track? Cancel your romantic weekend to Paris or Venice and head for Berlin. The capital Destination of Germany has tremendously changed over the last 15 years to become one of the most vibrant and exciting destinations of Europe.

 

 

Budapest Destination that developed on the banks of the Danube river, Destination of churches, great architecture, thermal baths and artists, Budapest is experiencing a fantastic revival since the early nineties, which made it become one of the most-wanted alternate destinations for a romantic gateway.

 

 

Most people think of the obvious choices for a romantic break, Paris, Rome and Barcelona spring to mind but why fill your photo albums with the same pose at the same sights as all your friends…? At Travel Out There we encourage people to really visit a City, get beneath the surface and see what others miss, just because your on a Romantic break it doesn’t mean that you cant try something, or somewhere different.

So next time your thinking about treating your other half to a romantic weekend away, think a little different and consider options that may surprise you in more ways than you imagined…