Happy Birthday To Me // My kind-of-perfect Berlin day

I had a birthday recently. And while I’m not a fan of making a big deal out of the day, I do have two simple rules for the occasion: to do something nice for myself, however small, and to buy myself a present — however small. As luck would have it, this year my birthday […]

New York State of Mind // Bagels & Lox at Two Planets Café

As an expat, speaking poorly of German bread is practically sacrilegious. Lest I want the Ausländerbehörde to hunt me down and boot me from this fair land, I’ll hold my tongue on the topic of the German loaf, except to say that in living here, certain carb cravings are left unrequited. I’ve got one word […]

In Excelsis // Mexican eats at La Gloria, Neukölln

*Update: Sadly, La Gloria has since closed. But happily, it’s been replaced by the very nice Roamers Cafe.* Once upon a time, I was but a naive young grasshopper, living in that other part of Neukölln up on top of the hill, nearby an overgrown airport tarmac fenced off with barbed wire. Tempelhof wasn’t yet […]