Archive for November, 2008
Many think that business-wise, the relocation of Germany’s music industry to Berlin a couple of years ago was a mistake, and one of those businesses, Sony, already moved back to Munich. But for us, the party-loving Berlin crowd, it was a blessing. Particularly MTV comes up trump when party organization is on. 2 months ago, we got quite royally drunkat MTV Designerama, the opening event of the Popkomm music fair. Yesterday, it was MTV Games Award at E-Werk on Wilhelmstraße. And again, MTV had managed to convince some leading brands of alcoholic beverages to do the drink sponsoring.
As a result, an Alcoholic’s Paradise opened its gates in front of us party slackers as we trundled in at around 8 last night. SKYY vodka offered “anything that goes” with the Russian favorite – tonic, cherry, orange, cranberry and even passion fruit. Who on earth drinks vodka with passion fruit juice, I ask? That is wrong!
A brand of energy drinks – no, not THAT one – offered their venom at another corner of the hall, again with – vodka. Warsteiner handed out the entire range of their beer products, and at yet another bar, MTV themselves poured any drink that can be made from Rum, Gin, Tequila, MORE VODKA, and Coke. Speaking of Coke – they had a booth, too, but no alcohol. Instead, they sported the hottest barmaids.
However, before the thirsty crowd could descend on all that good stuff, the filming of the Game Awards ceremony had to be endured in an adjacent hall. It was hot, it was boring, there were no seats, and it took one and a half hours. As the crowd got restless in the heat and thirst, the ceremony hosts reminded us repeatedly that in just a short while we could pour down the drinks like there was no tomorrow! So we hung in there. The low point was definitely a German rap musician named Sido performing one of the worst songs in German recording history, an embarrassingly cheesy tune by the name of “Carmen”. People who hadn’t heard that howler before turned incredulously: “This guy can’t be serious, can he??” Yes, it’s that bad.
Finally the TV filming was over, and boy, did the crowd hit the bars! The whole shindig was invitation only, meaning that only seasoned drinkers were present. Plus a whole lot of scantily clad starlets hoping to make contact with guys from the music & TV industry. Me, I went in my incarnation as Rock Music Video producer, which isn’t even a lie, at least not entirely. Accordingly, the birds swarmed around me like it was early spring. And the liquor ran like the river Nile.
Today, I’ve got the phone numbers of three aspiring “actresses” and a royal hangover. Ah music industry – we need more of you!
Here in Berlin, Sundays are about leisure, relaxation, and fun. If you’re not still tripping the light fantastic at Panorama Bar or nursing a hangover over Sunday brunch, chances are you’re probably headed to the flea market. With dozens of markets scattered throughout the city, you probably won’t have to go far to partake in this Berlin Sunday tradition.
Flohmarkt am Mauerpark is a busy, sprawling market located next to the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark in Prenzlauer Berg. Bargain hunters and fashionistas alike gather here each week to peruse the seemingly endless rows of tents, kiosks, and tables. Though the variety of things for sale is impressive, it’s the huge numbers of items that can be really striking: Hundreds of rubber office stamps, boxes upon boxes of Japanese slippers, rows of tacky landscape paintings, dozens of chandeliers, towers of old reading glasses, and zippers in every size, shape and color imaginable.
Looking for some GDR-era furniture to give your flat a touch of East German chic? There are enough white plastic chairs, glass coffee tables, and geometric light fixtures to decorate every trendy dive bar in Friedrichahin. In need of that perfect one-of-a-kind t-shirt to show the world how impossibly cool yet casual you are? There is no shortage of colorful silk screened delights at the Flohmarkt. Even if you don’t know what you’re looking for… you’ll probably find three of them at the flea market.
You can find more information about the Flohmarkt am Mauerpark at www.mauerparkmarkt.de
It`s pretty tiny. It seems very small. It seems like your neigbors are listening to your conversations. You will be disappointed if you expect pizza! But it is soooo cosy and yummie! And its italien! Calculate 50 Euros for a starter, 2 main dishes and a good bottle of italian vine + a bottle of water (there is free tab water served if you don`t need the San Pellegrino). Make sure to bring somebody that you care about and make it a nice dinner! You might want to call ahead to reserve a table since it is rarely empty (I think there are 7 tables in there): 030/ 484 95 655.
This is Kanu she recently did an internship at the Fluffy White Pink on Rosenthaler Straße its the first store that ever sold our BERLIN LOVES YOU Shirts. You will find tons of Hello Kitty equipment as well as Monsters! And the right side of the store is girls with nice clothing brought to you by Fizzen. Check it out!
Fluffy White Pink
Tel: 030 847 12 914
Monday – Friday 12:00 – 20:00
Saturday 12:00 – 19:00
You may not find yourself in Wedding often. Few people outside the local community visit this remarkably unglamorous, working class district in the West. Though certainly not the most stylish part of town, Wedding posesses a certain grit which gives it its charm. Like Kreuzberg without the hipsters, Wedding is the kind of place where Muslim-run corner stores will sell no alcohol, yet items of questionable legality are easily purchased in the back rooms of sketchy shopfronts. Not exactly a tourist hotspot.
High above Wedding’s busy streets and bustling markets, is an unexpected island of tranquility. The Flakturm is one of three anti-aircraft towers erected in Berlin during World War II. The massive, partially demolished concrete structure stands at the top of a man-made hill near the Gesundbrunnen Ubahn station, overlooking Wedding and Volkspark Humboldthain. A climb up a spiraling path brings you to a small park amidst the remains of the tower, where you’ll find some of the best sunset views in this remarkably flat city.
This saturday something interesting seems to be going on in Berlin. From what I heard/ saw quite a few people will be there. An “event” organised by ImproEverywhere. Be at Alexanderplatz at 2:30 pm oder 14:30 Uhr – and make sure to read the instructions on this webpage and download the mp3 here.
Maybe this is kind of what people can excpect tomorrow:
Considering what they did in Grand Central Station in NYC this could be really cool:
Fresh, organic, ridiculously delicious and highly unconventional, Pasta Presti, a small cafe and restaurant tucked away in Friedrichshain, is one of Berlin’s little culinary secrets. Fresh, house-made pastas are served with an assortment of sauces which change daily; ranging from the classic pomodoro, to more modern coconut-lemon-curry-fig concoctions. The flavor combinations may at times seem a little off the wall, experimental even, but they do not disappoint.
Pasta Presti’s cosy, unpretentious atmosphere, friendly staff, and comfy seating make it the perfect place to curl up with a plate of linguini and a cappuccino on a cold day.
You can find Pasta Presti at Wühlischstraße 39a in F’hain, not far from Boxhagener Platz. More info and reviews can be found here.