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The Trouble with Coconut Worms

My mother always said: “If other people can eat it, you can too.” And in full honesty, pig stomach doesn’t look that appetizing at first either.

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Gardens in the Sky

Buildings would take on the feel of hills, knolls, skyscrapers become mountains, the city itself breathe and produce the food and energy that currently is resigned to the faraway nowhere of the non-city…

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As American as Apple Pie, Apparently

On occasion of the first Trumpian Thanksgiving we are asking: Just how American is apple pie?

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Stichelton:
A Glitchelton in the Systelton

When I first saw Stichelton cheese I was weary of being punked. It was like seeing a bottle of sparkling wine labelled ‘Shampayne’. Quite the opposite. Not only is Stichelton Stilton, it’s the best Stilton I’ve ever tasted.

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A Small Greek Village in a Big Chestnut Forest

Kastanitsa, built at an altitude of 850 metres, is a traditional village of unique architectural beauty. The women of Kastanista know many secrets, make exceptional dishes and share these with tourists and travelers. A dream.

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Hospital Food

It’s so fucking weird that people are still allowed to smoke at hospitals. What people don’t seem to look at with the same irony, though, is hospital food.

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Terra do Bacalhau:
Part 2 (Portugal)

The Portuguese love cod. They also love to eat out in restaurants and cafes and do so with a waited-upon, daily-menu élan that frankly eludes their counterparts in many other countries.

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Mega Bites – on Food in Video Games

In a world where the difference between virtual and physical space is increasingly hard to pin down it makes sense that our food will soon be coming served in binary.

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THE FREEZING FRONTIERS OF FERTILITY

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is often mystified as the Noah’s Ark of a doomed world agriculture. But do we really need a new Ark already? Or should we rather invest in the practices that have fed the world for millennia?

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Terra do Bacalhau:
Part 1 (Iceland)

There is a fish that connects a large part of the world, an acquired taste for some, a delicacy and national cuisine to others – salted codfish connects two seemingly unrelated trips to Iceland and Portugal.

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Dimly Lit Meals For One:
The Vegan Fish

All that remained were pictures of Clint’s dinner. A vegan fish, bought to impress the nice young woman with the nose ring who worked in the health food shop and who sometimes smiled absently at Clint.

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Aromat, the Taste of Switzerland

It’s everywhere, in the high mountains and in the green valleys. It’s a powdered condiment with a strange mix of vegetarian flavours, a little bit too flat and aggressively salty to be called umami.

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“SISTER ACT” FOR THE GOOD

A group of Catholic nuns in Uganda are growing grapes and making their own wine, a forte they have perfected since missionaries first planted the vines at their compound in the 1970s.

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Cambodia’s Lost Gold Grows on Pepper Plantations

Germans season with salt and pepper. This seems rather boring at first, unless we’re talking about the best pepper in the world: Kampot pepper from Cambodia.

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Lunchables:
A Love Story

If you were born after the mid-eighties in the archetypical American suburb and your parents were less than tyrannical, chances are you’ve tried at least one glorious yellow box of Lunchables.

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Mr. Wu Conjures Up Noodles

The process of hand-pulled noodles is easy, as long as you listen carefully and watch closely – but just because an illusionist explains his tricks doesn’t mean you’re able to perform them.

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Dimly Lit Meals For One:
The Swing

The lifetime ban from his local takeaway was hitting Philip hard. He hadn’t been allowed back since he had drunkenly taken a swing at his best friend Gary while queuing for a post pub kebab.

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Ama, the Women of the Sea

The time underwater is called “the 50 minute battle” during which they perform a persistent search for their catch; sea urchin, octopus, spiny lobster… In an ideal world their methods would be one of the only permitted forms of fishing.

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WASTEFUL ENERGY

What plastics are recyclable and which aren’t? Is it ok to collect my food waste in a plastic bag and then put the plastic bag into the bio bin? But also, Germany. My choice to live here: did it have to do with recycling?

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Heavenly Waves / Song to the Cephalopod

Octopuses have three hearts and eight arms. We accompanied an octopus through his last hours of life.

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Mundraub or the Story of the Forbidden Fruit

Is stealing food wrong when you’re hungry? This is one of the oldest questions of moral relativism, which in turn is one of the oldest critiques of the law.

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Thirteen ways of looking at a Potato

Thirteen things you didn’t know about potatoes. For sure.

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Eat Insects to Save the Planet?

Insects are in vogue lately. As the ‘food of the future’ they appear in numerous publications and summits. Having a closer look, the narrative of insects as our saviors is more complex and problematic than what it seems.

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Dimly Lit Meals for One:
The Brexit

Lasagne. Would they end up taking that away too? No, no need to worry. Keith knew it was only a protest vote. Nothing ever came of voting, no real harm done.

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The Potential of Food Envy

Eating alone, meals to-go, take-out, all of these make one thing impossible: food envy, something we need in order to be nice to one another.

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Holiday Hangovers

If you plan to travel this summer – be aware of holiday hangovers.

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Yes, We Have Bananas

Expensive Bananas in East Berlin after the Berlin Wall came down ‘Hold our hands and take us to Banana Land!’…

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When Food Falls from the Sky – On Miracles

Inspired by the Berlin Airlift of 1948, a group of engineers from Standford University started the Syria Airlift Project in 2015. The mobility of food, it seems, is much higher than the mobility of people.

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This Is Not A Travel Article

This article is about hospitality and getting lost. Or rather, it’s about these things but also about forgetting where you’ve been and where you want to go.

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Dimly Lit Meals for One:
The Attic

Jermaine hadn’t been able to face real cooking for weeks. He had been too busy using Spotify to make playlists for imaginary women. It felt safer and happier than falling for a real person only to discover they did not share his fondness for Dire Straits.

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Does Nature Have a Moral Compass?

The disease of Kuru is transmitted from human to human, by the practice of cannibalism. Might there be a connection to BSE, the “mad cow disease”?

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INTERGENERATIONAL CHOCOLATE

We can love the ever present choice of chocolate bars, bunnies, ice cream and cake all we want – the industrialisation process took more than it gave us in the last 100 years of chocolate. Will we suffer from a chocolate bottleneck soon?

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The Fatty Seven

The sun is shining through the window and in our beaming faces: the Fatty Seven. For a moment I stare at my plate of spreadable fat and try to reconstruct what in God’s name brought me here.

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Dimly Lit Meals for One:
The Prawn

An ex-lover once cruelly compared Kevin’s sex organ to a prawn. He ate them now only to feel a sense of superiority over the damnable crustacean.

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The Cereal Killer Café and its Unlucky Charms

Tony the Tiger would be eligible for a state pension if he lived in UK and was real. There aren’t many famous pensioners left in circulation that parents would trust alone with their kids nowadays. Tony, however, is a safe pair of paws.

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PLANT PRACTICE

Plants and humans are having some major relationship issues: neglect, avoidance behaviour, violence, general misunderstanding and miscommunication, all tell-tale signs of crisis.

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Outsourcing the Homemade 

Long before the age of the internets, there were “Aunty’s” we’d find through a friend, or a friend of a friend. We’d call Aunty and negotiate a lunch or dinner deal. Not a thing amiss. An everyday home-cooked meal, business as usual. The tiffin service.

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Thilo Bode:
A Conversation about Democracy and TTIP

We met up with Thilo Bode, founder of Food Watch and former Executive Director of Greenpeace, to discuss his main criticism: endangering democratic processes.

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New Orleans:
The After Taste of Hurricane

If you look it up at a map it would appear to be one of the most southern cities of the US. In fact, it is the most northern Caribbean city. Its aura and its colours match more an exotic central-American temperament.

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Significant Orange-Mint Jelly

The love we impose on dogs is unending. And the list of what dogs are to us is long, gathering a lot of attributes – of us. Following certain theories dogs didn’t even exist without us. Like ghosts. Or poetry.

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Refugee Street Food

Refugee Street Food is homegrown – the effort of ordinary, hard working volunteers all with their own daytime jobs and full time lives. They will have their fourth event soon!

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A Conversation of Conservation

Adopting western agribusiness practices in India harmed much more than just income. Since 1995 to the current day more than 38,000 farmers have committed suicide due to crop failure and bankruptcy.

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Eating Earth:
Geophagia

There is a phenomena that highlights the immense work still left to be done to eradicate hunger: Geophagia refers to the practice of eating earth, soil, or clay based substances.

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Life To Go

When did it all begin? When did we humans first have the strange idea that you can eat and drink while walking?

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Finding the Erotic at LIDL:
Georges Bataille and the Natural World

When author John Holten waits with his groceries in the checkout queue of Lidl it happens that he contemplates about his fellow shoppers’ sex lives.

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Kivalina Crumbling Away

I went to Kivalina with the intent of making a climate change film. But it ended up all being about food.

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Banana Stalk Hair Extension

A start up company in Kenya is making human hair extensions from banana stalks, sating growing local demand and giving banana farmers an avenue to dispose their stalks.

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The Story of Timbaktu and its 19.000 Women

It started with nothing really. They began meeting for tea. Several friends of the same village, talking, and sharing life’s difficulties.

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Notes on Pop Pastoral

Does the pastoral still have a pulse? As the rise of celebrity shepherds, high-end rustic-natural food cultures and Cabin Porn suggest the pastoral mode is alive and kicking.

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The Real Hot Dog Kings

As of this week they’re not only a must at the baseball game or Ikea, nope, Burger King has the best hot dogs! But their story is much more exciting than anything Snoop Dogg dressed as a Burger King employee says in the commercial.

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Berlinale – The Grand Finale

Take a look behind the scenes of Berlinale in this last entry of our festival diary.

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My Culinary Berlinale III

When suddenly some pigs appeared on screen I was attentive. Was this an instinctive connection to these animals, or perhaps a desire to eat them?

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My Culinary Berlinale II

I hadn’t realised just how central to the action the food stalls were until I heard the screams. George Clooney had arrived.

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My Culinary Berlinale

Under the banner of its idealistic motto, ‘Make Food Not War,’ Berlinale’s Culinary Cinema celebrates its 10th anniversary! David McKenzie guides us through the festival.

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“You’ve Got to Meet Hammoud”

Who are these people, Germany’s newcomers? I went to the LaGeSo to find some answers. Since then, I’ve found myself sharing stories and breaking bread in three different newcomer kitchens all over Berlin.

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Hieronymus Bosch’s Endless Fire and the discovery of LSD

The extremely psychedelic paintings of Hieronymus Bosch reveal a lot about the suffering of the medieval ergotism, which became an important factor for the invention of LSD.

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Hypnotherapy:
The Brain Food Diet

Hypnosis is culturally known as a form of entertainment. Its lesser-known, more serious sister is hypnotherapy and this has much bigger ambitions than making an audience laugh.

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What Does Snow Mean to You?

Take five and imagine you are an Eskimo. When you look out the window of your wooden house on stilts you see a seemingly endless white landscape, permafrost.

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The Art of Take-Out

There are many online food websites in every city, but usually one beats the rest and becomes an eponym for the action. In New York, one doesn’t order food out, one gets seamless.

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From Conquer to Conquest – The Story of Vietnamese Coffee

It was all a bit surreal – as every first time should be. Later, an iced coffee with two teaspoons of this white sticky stuff, that I had never before took pleasure in consuming, became my summer addiction.

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Piggy in the Middle

Essentially, the fact that pork is not allowed in orthodox lives of Muslims and Jews, is clear. However, both the Jewish and the Islamic explanations for why exactly the pig is not allowed are a bit unsatisfying.

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Eating in India

At the International Conference on Ayurveda in India people have many questions: Why do people skip meals? Why? Do people over in Europe earn so little?

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To Eat and Live Together – A Greek Tale

“Social Kitchen – The Other Human” is an initiative for collective cooking in the street. Homeless, immigrants, and the “new poor” accept with mixed feelings of timidity and gratitude.

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Water Wars

Crop production and feed conversion efficiency are the keys to understanding water usage in meat production.

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Understanding Fish

Things usually aren’t about fish but about the system. The thought of being able to take the fishes’ side for once was thrilling, libertarian.

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The Fast

Just before I left for NYC this September I was visiting some Berlin friends as they were preparing to go on a fast together, a deep cleanse is what they called it.

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The King of the Mediterranean


Something about the sturdiness of its form, the nobility of its ways, always remind me of an old fashioned gentleman, one that gracefully hides all his pain in times of distress.

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Sex and Food – Friends or Foes?

You really want to sleep but you can’t. Something is missing. You think a piece of chocolate would hit the spot. Or cheese. Or watching some porn?

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Private :
Piraeus Port

“So many tons of food circulating close to you and you spend entire days without any food at all.”

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(How) Can We Hack Food Waste?

Gadgets may sound sexy, but behavioral changes have to come first.

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Full of Love – Out for Blood

“You humans don’t have to care about where your next blood comes from.” Photographer Sima Ebrahimi met Lilith Bernstein, a vampire in Berlin.

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Ghee, Liquid Love

Alchemy. From butter we have made gold. From spreadable fat a medicinal product in the Ayurvedic way. Medicating ghee.

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You’re a Gastro-What?

At the University of Gastronomic Sciences, learning about food involves much more than just, well, food.

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Heno Heno, a Dream of Japan

Yesterday we ate at Heno Heno, a small Japanese diner in Charlottenburg that reopened after e few years of break as a restaurant.

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White is the Warmest Colour:
Our Complicated Love Affair with Flour

It is no secret that we have fallen out of love with white flour. But a divorce now, after a century and a half together, would be a very messy affair.

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My Bagel Tastes Funny

While things are largely improving for a lot of us food and its shortage becomes the enduring, everyday consequence for general populations afflicted by conflict.

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White is the Warmest Color:
A History of Refined Flour

More often than not, we polish rice to make it white but nutritionally deficient, and we strip the goodness out of wheat to produce white flour. What is it about whiteness?

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Culinary Time Travel in Retirement Homes

Google knows everything? You won’t find your grandmother’s favorite recipe there!

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Before MSG, There Was Garum

Fermented fish sauce is “in,” right? But MSG is bad for you, right? Read on to learn what the Romans have to do with Chinese takeout.

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Oh Sauerkraut, Fellow Psychedelic German

Sauerkraut doesn’t really evoke an image you could call sexy: potatoes, slippers, punctuality, sausage. But there is something quite hot about it we tend to ignore.

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The Marrow of Life:
Bone Broth

Similar to Portuguese donkey penis soup, super food bone broth is enjoyed in the hope that what one eats will find its way to the right spot. We had a closer look.

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Before Bulletproof Coffee, There Was Yak Butter Tea

Butter makes everything better, right? On this front, one Silicon Valley entrepreneur and some nomadic Tibetans tend to agree. The end goal, however, is quite different.

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Iridescent Edible Summer Cocktails

These mineral-shaped edible sculptures by Enea Palmeto are made of solid cocktail liquors.

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Feed the Artist and Get Your Portrait Made.

Sergey Balovin lives from exchanging his artworks, in particular portraits in black and white watercolour, of food.

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Raya, The Feast of Breaking the Fast of Ramadan

During Raya time stands still for one week and life circles around the kitchen and the dining table.

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Manuka Honey and its Side Effects

I’m standing in front of a shelf. The price per kg for the manuka honey a friend is raving about is EUR 150. Is this worth it?

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Before Beer, There Was Gruit

Brews without hops once reigned supreme over the bitter IPAs of today.

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The Smelly King

Eating durian is like eating delicious baby feces. To many the fruit delicacy from southeast Asia smells like old tennis socks or bad breath.

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Qualia or the Inconceivability of Tasting

The attempt to explain the taste of a tomato is just as destined to fail as trying to explain the color “red” to a born blind person.

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Spargel International

With a wild Asparagus feast, we were celebrating cultural diversity and immigration under Berlin’s sky. It was delicious.

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You Are Not Alone

Summer is here! The first guests are approaching: fruit-flies, grain moths and mites. When I tell friends in Berlin about this, they nod knowingly, somewhat embarrassed.

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I love you as much as I love salt

I love you as much as I love salt, said the Princess. Not knowing better, the king then expelled her.

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Kombucha, the Living Elixir

To some, the idea of sipping a fizzy, fermented drink with bits of yeast straggling at the bottom of the jar just seems downright weird.

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Lisboa, City of old Fish

Whoever thought fish could only be good fresh, has something to learn at “Loja das Conservas”.

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Cooked Art

As usual, what seems like a new supertrend already has a definite history – a history linked to questions regarding the relationship of art and food, aesthetic and sensual pleasure, exclusivity and the attempt at a convergence of art and life.

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Very Hip:
Neukölln’s Industry Standard

On Sonnenalle, Berlin’s own Las Vegas Strip, casinos are lined up one after the other, and as of recently, the Industry Standard. We tried pork tongue, grey mullet and balsamic strawberries with mascarpone – and were partially persuaded.

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Taina Guedes:
The Woman Behind Berlin Food Art Week

The original plan was to create an intimate week of exchange and exhibitions. Currently the program of the Berlin Food Art Week includes over 60 events at 30 sites.

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Hooked on a Feeling

Studies in recent years have shown that some of our favorite treats contain substances that create dependencies similar to cocaine and other drugs.

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To Milk or not to Milk 

Milk. Yay? Nay? On the fence? A few thoughts about our milk consumption on the occasion of World Milk Day.

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Agroecology and Party Politics

What can a sustainable food supply look like in the Berlin of the future? We joined the professional discussion in the Berlin House of Representatives. After hearing many positions and we learned that it’s on us to set change in motion.

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Expo? No Expo! The World’s Fair Mirrors a Bizarre Reality

When we talk about the 2015 Expo “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” it would appear we don’t actually need to discuss the issues of global food supply and sustainability. Nevertheless there is still a lot to discover.

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Zen to the People:
The Macha Macha Tea Parlor in Berlin

Green tea is a magic potion for the health conscious. It’s no surprise that it’s a current food trend. The first tea parlor in Berlin has officially opened!

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The Love of Pain

Spicy food hurts. Spicy food is addictive. In fact, it works like a drug… watch out!

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republica 2015:
Foodblogs 2.0

How big is the influence of food bloggers on the food industry? We were at the re:publica 15 to discuss this and other topics.

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Chilling — Thoughts on Refrigerators

The refrigerator has changed us and our eating habits. It’s time that we approach it more consciously, with more love.

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Forget Everything you know about Chocolate

At the last Kakao Akademy event, we understood that we need to wean our taste buds for cacao to reveal its true flavour to us.

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Street Food – Poor or Sexy?

While bánh mì in Vietnam fills the tummies of those who can’t afford more, its Western version is more on par with pricey gourmet burgers promising good taste and a clean conscience.

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Climate Change and Chocolate Bunnies

Temperatures rose by almost 4% in recent years. This is not only a danger for chocolate bunnies.

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Eating, Not Eating, Downing Pills — On the Need for Ecstasy

Neurotransmitter serotonin brings us into the state of ecstasy. Its release is triggered by intoxicants such as LSD or MDMA – or by fasting.

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Permaculture:
Real Food, Real Farming and Real Life

If you love watching stars in your sleeping bag while listening to croaking frogs, there is just one place to go to: the Narköy farm in Kandıra. We spoke with founder Nardane Kuscu.

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Dietary Supplements:
Vitamins and Colored Pills for Your Anxiety

We should more often come to the realisation that in many cases, less is more – even when it comes to vitamins.

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Wonder-full Miraculous Mushrooms

It is reported that a poisonous mushroom has killed the Buddha. Nonetheless, scientists believe that mushrooms can save the world.

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Virtual Food or The Future is Now

Instead of likes, we will soon be able to send New York cheesecakes with strawberry topping through the web: Scientists are currently working on digitalizing taste.

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Country Life Reloaded – On the Trail of August Strindberg

In 1886 the novelist went to the countryside to live amongst french farmers. Today the romantic dream of the countryside is bigger than ever before. Is the motivation still the same?

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Berlinale:
The Story of the Sturgeon Queens

Julie Cohen tells the story of the fish store Russ & Daughters in Manhattan. A magical place, loaded with stories, history and carried on by tradition. Nowadays visited by the hippest New Yorkers in town. An Interview.

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Berlinale:
Good Things Await

The opening film of the Culinary Cinema at this year’s Berlinale Good Things Await, takes the audience on a journey to the Thor Højgård farm north of Copenhagen. An interview with director Phie Ambo.

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The Robotical Farm

The modern farmer has less and less dirt under his finger nails. As part of the technological evolution of agriculture, en route to the fully automatized farm, his fields are being tilled by swarms of little autonomous robots.

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Eating like Jazzy #4:
Parson’s Chicken and Fish

I’d never had a Po’boy, but visions of New Orleans and the sounds of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess danced in my head.

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Our daily excrement

In China, guests stay at the host’s for as long as it takes to relieve himself – a gesture of giving and receiving. It is also time for us to take a deep look at shit.

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Sour Power

The alkaline diet sounds like a simple solution. But perhaps it is too simple for our complex human system.

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Charles Darwin:
The Mistaken Vegetarian Hero

Darwin was not only a lifelong meat-eater, but his early eating habits would make him more villain than hero for animal conservationists today.

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The Art of the Meat

Interestingly, a good 500 years ago, meat and its representation were strongly linked in a moral debate – and it still is.

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Food Loop — Smartphones Take on Food Waste

Food Loop is an app that informs consumers of the availability of groceries with a short remaining shelf-life.

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The Electronic Nose

The human nose, without which we wouldn’t taste anything, has a synthetic counterpart: the electronic nose.

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Mussolini, Oppressor of Pasta

Benito Mussolini is not known as a food-lover. But if he did not want food to be a big deal, perhaps he should have picked a different country of which to be a dictator than pasta-loving Italy.

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Power to the Bauer!

We were at the Wir Haben es Satt Demo. A Report.

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The Foods of Loss

It is often through the foods we choose to eat (or not) that our pain of loss manifests itself.

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Marco Polo, Bringer of Pasta

Marco Polo is known for having introduced pasta to Italy. Myth or truth?

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Taste rarely comes alone

Think about crème brûlée. Now. What happened first? Did you see the flambéed crème or rather taste it on your tongue? The question of separating taste from its visual representation is almost as tricky as the question of the chicken and the egg.

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The Electronic Tongue

When a king in the Middle Ages feared falling prey to a competing heir to the throne he would have a taster taste his food before eating to be sure it wasn’t poisoned. Nowadays an electrical tongue can take care of such dirty work.

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Of the sea of endless possibilities and the yearning for meaning

We are a generation on a quest for true significance; true encounters; inner peace and inspiration. Permaculture seems to be one answer.

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Eating like Jazzy #3:
For the love of lamb

I have been a lover of lamb ever since my father roasted one on a spit for my 12th birthday. Reading about food before my trip to Morocco, I learned that there is a Marrakech alley where lamb is slow-roasted daily. I couldn’t wait to try it.

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Coffee To Go, Coffee To Stay

Potentially, our caffeine dependence could help feed a growing world population.

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HUNGRY MIND:
Julian Lechner

What becomes of all those coffee grounds is a question beginning to concern more and more people. Julian Lechner’s idea is simple, well-meaning and tasteful: coffee cups made of coffee grounds and sugar.

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Top 5:
Christmas presents for foodies!

Still no christmas presents? CFL recommends: Top 5 Foodie Christmas presents

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More Condoms! But sustainable please.

More nature, less humans. Sustainable Condoms could safe the world in several ways.

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More transparency for peanut butter & co:
Food Scores.

With the new app “Food Scores” you can scan your groceries and be informed before getting to the till.

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Hungry Mind:
Dr. Jan Wurm

Nature is the highest form of technology – and Jan Wurms partner. 6 CFL questions for him.

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How we Helped a Head of Lettuce to Fulfill its Destiny

Saving food welds us together: During the European Week of Waste Reduction, we show solidarity with a lettuce leaf.

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Bite me! When the bugs are missing…

During the dry season we were working on the weed problem. As the wet season starts raining on our cacao parade, we have ‘a bug to bear’. Bugs are literally everywhere. We love them!

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Fancy some Fat?

Whenever possible, we avoid fat. Fat makes us fat. And yet, we need fats! Manuela Heider de Jahnsen fills us in.

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Eating like Jazzy #2:
Balikci Ergün

I had heard that it was a bit of a hole-in-the-wall place, but was still surprised to see that it was actually more of a hole-under-the-S-Bahn-tracks.

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Allergic Dating

The advice is often “be yourself” when going on a first date. For food-allergic singles “being yourself” isn’t always the easiest option.

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On Biscuits, Cookies and Crackers

20 years, 7 relocations. Cookie stuck to his guns, and he did just the right thing.

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Grüne Köpfe on food as a status symbol

Being ‘chained’ to the kitchen was a duty for our grandmothers and something to rebel against for our mothers. For us, it has become more like an honour, a way to celebrate our free time.

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Orthorexia Nervosa

The one thing that should not be forgotten is that nutrition trends only make sense if they can live up to their names and actually provide nutrition.

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Hungry Minds:
Hendrik Haase

The food world of today is colourful. Hendrick Haase is even more colourful. He is a designer, an activist and a guerrilla chef. Online he is simply called “Wurstsack”. His message: “Food is wicked.”

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Adventures in Indoor Farming

In the near future, fresh food could come straight from the living room to your plate.

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Eating like Jazzy #1:
4 Leoni

On this most charming of Florentine squares, South of the Arno, awaits a meal to be remembered.

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Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

In many parts of Asia, humanoid robots serve you, converse with you and even cook for you in restaurants

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Charged Vacancy

Nikou’s work with cutlery and tableware often suggests the indigestible or the impossible with regard to function and purpose. The occasion of her exhibition Vacancy signals Contemporary Food Lab’s first publication.

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The Future of Food Waste

How does our food get to our plate, and to plates around the world? About the relation between a growing middle class, booming cities and a lack of research funds.

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From Nose to Tale

The fewest meat lovers will see the pig in its original form before their mind’s eye whilst enjoying their meal. At the Berlin Food Week, spectators are told a true story.

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Food Court

From Syria to Tibet, from Iraq to Sudan: Our Food Court event allowed guests to get a taste of those cultures, which are often overshadowed by conflict.

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The Cornelian Cherry

Hungry for discovery, Berliners blindly walk past wild delicacies on a daily basis.

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Taste of Data

Contemporary Food Lab at the Stadt Land Food Festival: The Urban Farming carrot turned out as the star of the show.

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Zeitgeist:
Quality of Life. A Supper Club.

Indulgence and Responsibility. A Contradiction?

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Apple Meditation

It is the Time of the Apples: Apple pie, Apple sauce – and Awareness

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Video:
Little Wood, our Pop-up Garden in Berlin

In August, we turned an empty lot in Berlin Mitte into a Garden. An experiment in the sensory experience of urban nature. Get some impressions from the video.

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Space Farming

For decades humans have dreamed of settling other planets. Now that it’s approaching ever more palpably, the focus has turned to the basics, such as how Mars inhabitants are to eat.

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Opening Michelle Nikou:
Vacancy

It is with great pleasure that the Contemporary Food Lab presents the exhibition Vacancy by Michelle Nikou until the end of October.

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Milk:
White Gold or White Poison?

There are so many reasons not to drink milk.But viewed from the perspective of holistic medicine, there are also reasons to enjoy it.

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Grapefruit and Pomelo

Are grapefruit and pomelo the same? Let’s shed some light on how they’re related right off the bat.

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A Conversation With Star Chef Joachim Wissler

From the age of 10 he had to help his parents every Sunday in the kitchen instead of going to play soccer. What luck!

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Curry and Paprika:
A German Obsession

Salad, scrambled eggs, pasta — there’s nothing these spices haven’t been tried on in Germany. How comes?

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Cooking. And what it means to us.

This just in from Siemens: A great kitchen is more important than a nice car.

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Quinoa, das Pseudogetreide

Grain or no grain, quinoa is power-packed.

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Detox oder Retox?

The wakening truth about some organic chocolate bars.

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Portulak, das perfekte Unkraut

Purslane is delicious and an effective remedy for insect and snake bites.

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Die Roof Water Farm bei Little Wood

How can one close water circulation systems in buildings? And how can urban water infrastructure be more flexibly designed?

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When the Zeitgeist gets hungry:
Drinkable Meals

Drinking instead of eating – a notion ever increasing in popularity

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Wild and Root, Wild und Wurzelig, ein Supper Club.

Glamorous Summer Herbs: The main stars of the evening proved to be peppergrass, starflower, fennel, parsley, and lavender.

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Christiane Löhr Vernissage – Impressionen

Christiane Löhr on show at the CFL Exhibition Space until September

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Monday, 4 August:
News from the Holy Land – A War Time Chef’s Diary

The world is witnessing a seemingly never-ending cycle of violence. Still, Chef Tomer Niv continues with his everyday life in his Restaurant.

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Solarkiosk

The Solarkiosk was developed for people in rural, off-grid regions. GRAFT has provided us with one kiosk for our Little Wood Project.

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Die 9 Geheimnisse großartiger Schokolade

Lyss shares some irrefutable truths about what makes a chocolate truly great.

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Vernissage Christiane Löhr Contemporary Food Lab

We are delighted to show the exhibition “Verdrängen” of Christiane Löhr until September in the Contemporary Food Lab Exhibition Space.

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Tuesday, 22. July:
News from the Holy Land – A War Time Chef’s Diary

The guests in Rama’s Kitchen near Jerusalem see the explosions above the hills from the terrace of the restaurant. Still, Chef Tomer Niv and his crew have to continue with their work. In his kitchen, Muslim, Christian and Jewish cooks work together. They try to make the best out of the changes in the everyday life.

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Stone Brewing Co.:
an American-German Beer Affair

Steve Wagner and Greg Koch must be crazy. They are about to open a brewery in Berlin and introduce the American brewing arts to Germany.

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Aloe Vera, Blood of the Gods

The plant is popular, though sometimes people are not fully aware of its versatility.

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3D Food Printer

Lately, 3D printers are capable of printing not only plastic artworks, organs and replacement parts for quasi-automatic weapons, but real, edible food as well.

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Part I – V:
News from the Holy Land – A War Time Chef’s Diary

While a new wave of violence has taken over Israel, Tomer Niv, head chef at the distinguished Restaurant Rama’s Kitchen in the Jerusalem hills, has to continue with his daily business. In his kitchen, Muslim, Christian and Jewish cooks work together, trying their best, not to let the craziness around them impact the spirit among them.

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The Taste of Data, a Love Story

What is essential is invisible to the eye, that is why Vesela and Veronika developed a new kind of data visualization, which works through the stomach.

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A Conversation with Tomer Niv

Tomer Niv is musician, chef and synesthete. He sees dishes in music and tastes in chords.

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The Princess and the Pea or How to store Chocolate

Chocolate is more sensitive than your most moody of friends. She doesn’t like light, humidity or heat.

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WILD & ROOT AT CFL – A SUPPER CLUB.

CFL and Wild & Root invite you for a Supper Club!

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On Detox, Smoothie and Gorilla Tales

Detox under the Microscope: Are Green Smoothies good for us or rather for Gorillas?

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Music & Food:
Tomer Niv @ CFL

First Supper Club at CFL! Tomer Niv combines music and food on the highest level.

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Wanna Grab a Bite? A Scientific Study of Lunch

Scientists discover the ins and outs of lunch: who what when where?

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Meat Tasting or The Fox That Stole Hearts

It was supposed to be a wine tasting but it turned to out to be a meat tasting.

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Travelogue II – Two Gardens

We all were in a small village in the south of Italy, all asking ourselves one question: How do we want to live?

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Sunday Brunch @ CFL

Dinner Exchange Berlin is hosting a Sunday brunch at the Contemporary Food Lab on Sunday, June 8.

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Asparagus Zeit

Asparagus “transforms my chamber pot into a flask of perfume,” said Proust.

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Travelogue I – A Park

A friend had invited me to take part in a program for artists. A program where artists would work in fields.

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Conversation with Michael Kempf

Star chef Micheal Kempf is head chef in Berlin’s Facil. He spoke with us about his most important ingredient.

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Powering our Future with Algae

Biomimicry draws inspiration from biological organisms.

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The Night of the Unagi

You can eat eel, or you can celebrate eating eel – a truly Japanese experience

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What Workers ate in America. A Review.

Turner stitches together records of cramped urban kitchens, rural vegetable gardens, and bustling local delicatessens.

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Baumkuchen, the ‘King of Cakes’

One of Germany’s most revered pastries is Baumkuchen, or tree cake.

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Impressions:
Alicja Kwade Opening

We are delighted to show two works of Alicja Kwade in our Contemporary Food Lab Exhibition Space until June. The opening was on Wednesday.

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Pleasure – Epicure, Tiger Nuts and Experiments when eating

Can one learn to enjoy? Nutritionist Eva Derndorfer thinks yes.

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Rohvolution – Nutrition vs. Pleasure

The whole is more than the sum of its parts – a few thoughts after attending a serious food fair.

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Lupine – a discovery of the Beautiful Unknown

It is difficult not to become a fan of lupine once you get to know her. But not so many people do. I met her recently in Italy.

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German Food-Related Words in the English Language

These food-related German words secured their way in the English language.

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Fusion in Berlin’s Nothaft and Seidel Café

Art meets music meets food. Vernissage meets tasting meets book release meets party.

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Sauerkraut v. Kimchi:
A Tale of Two Cabbages

Kimchi and sauerkraut are two of the world’s best known fermented cabbages.

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Book Review:
Edible Insects

Most people would rather eat low doses of poison than low doses of bugs.

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Hydroponics – What on earth is going on

As the world’s population grows, scientists and farmers are faced with the question of how to produce as much as possible in small spaces on little time.

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Contemporary Food Market meets WineVibes at Berlin’s Ostbahnhof.

The creators of WineVibes proved once again that sometimes boundaries have to be crossed. They revealed that excellent quality does not always occur conventionally.

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Oh Maple syrup, we praise thee!

Maples produce more and sweeter sap than any other tree, thanks to an intricate mechanism.

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In the Land of Milk and Honey with Sonja Alhäuser

What could be a better vehicle than food to create, celebrate, and make moments into something special?

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Lemons and Limes

The relationship between limes and lemons is more complex than meets the eye.

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The Forgotten Skills of Cooking

Darina Allen, Ireland’s most famous TV chef and proponent of local and seasonal products, has created a comprehensive book called…

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Cheese and Chocolate, Good and Evil, a Tasting

At Vom Einfachen das Gute (From the Simple the Good) an extraordinary tasting took place. It was a chocolate tasting, which emerged to be less sweet than expected.

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Going MAD – a Danish Initiative for Food Discussion

What is Cooking?“ will be the simple motto of this year’s MAD Symposium.

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Berlin Film Festival:
Le Semeur

The message of the movie goes far beyond marking the importance and the beauty of protecting nature’s diversity in times of wide spread mono-cultures.

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Until the last Crumb

In her cookbook, author Camille Antoine treats the subject of food waste from a culinary perspective.

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The Mangalica Pig and its Savior

Cousin to the black-footed Iberian, the mangalica pig was once nearly extinct until Hungarian animal geneticist Peter Toth came to the rescue. Since then, mangalica is enjoying a renaissance.

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Berlin Film Festival:
The Knights of the Lagoon

“Fishing means to bring to the people a product and at the same time to tell them the story behind the product.”

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Berlin Film Festival:
El Somni

The three of us left the cinema in three different, almost dreamlike, states of mind, which made it difficult to speak.

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The Art of Fermentation

Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation. Due to its energy saving aspect, this ancient technique is now coming back into our modern society.

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Review:
The Secret Financial Life of Food by Kara Newman

Kara Newman’s book paints the first strokes of a broader portrait of food. It portrays commodities in their most abstract form.

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Contemporary Food Lab @ Fruit Logistica 2014

(Deutsch) Kaum hatten wir die riesigen Messehallen betreten, waren wir in einer anderen Welt. Alles was hier eine Rolle spielte, war Obst und Gemüse.

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Culinary Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival

Food lovers: Berlin Film Festival has a very special menu for you on offer.

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German Food Additives Museum

Flavor enhancers, stabilizers, emulsifier, dyestuffs – any questions about these substances will be answered

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The Kinfolk Table:
Recipes for Small Gatherings

The Kinfolk Table is a book that will inspire to gather good friends around a table filled with kimchi couscous,…

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FoodXchange

foodXchange is a Berlin based initiative for the barter exchange of homemade culinary creations.

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Art and Appetite:
American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine

The Exhibition is at the Art Institute of Chicago until January 27, 2014. An exhibition review by Jasmina Knezovic.

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Chido’s:
Growing Mushrooms Below Berlin

A new food start-up in Berlin, Chido’s, found a way to culture mushrooms in a cellar in Schöneberg. The particularity:…

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Conversation with the founders of Markthalle Neun

Markthalle Neun demonstrates that “Different-Eating” and “Different-Shopping” is possible in a city like Berlin. We talked with the three initiators.

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Review:
Season to Taste

It was fresh-baked cake or freshly brewed coffee yielding a mouth-watering aroma – especially for Molly Birnbaum, passionate about food. It was!

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Conversation with artist Thomas Rentmeister

At first I didn’t find Thomas Rentmeister at all, as I entered the old industrial space that the artist uses as a studio in Berlin-Weißensee on a warm summer day

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Impressions from the workshop with Sonja Alhäuser I Transvolut

Photos: © Sarah Golbaz

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Bonaverde

Coffee: Bonaverde brings an all-in-one innovation to the market

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Sironi

Standing in front of Sironi’s vitreous manufacture at Markthalle Neun in Berlin-Kreuzeberg will instantly leave your eyes and mouth wide-open

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Sourdough

Sourdough is assumed to originate in ancient Egypt, roughly 6000 years ago.

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A conversation with Malin Elmlid from Bread Exchange

Malin Elmlid discovered her passion for baking and started the bread exchange. We met Malin and had her tell us her story.

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Food Pairing

Did you know that tomato and green tea pair well? Food pairing as a molecular analysis of similarities is a…

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Taste the Waste

A film about the reality behind waste, expiration dates and imperfect food.

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Flavour Thesaurus

Birds of a feather flock together. Flavour Thesaurus is a book about couples of a different kind.

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Impressions from the Biomimicry workshop

 

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Slow Food

“Who sews utopia, shall reap reality.“ This is the motto according to which the Italian sociologist Carlo Petrini founded the Slow Food movement in 1986.

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Impressions from Food Lab No°1 – Exhibition with Thomas Rentmeister

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Conversation with the founders of Vom Einfachen das Gute

“Eat nothing of which you don’t know the story”: Manuela Dehn and Jörg Reuter of an eco strategy consultancy are making a dream come true.

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Followfish

Followfish is a network founded by fishermen standing for transparent and sustainable fish products.

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Review:
Food Rules

Food Rules“ by bestselling author Michael Pollan, is a manual that teaches us easy to follow guidelines regarding daily eating habits.

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A conversation with Chef Michael Hoffmann

The star chef, who became famous for his vegetable and herb cuisine. He recently surprised the public with the announcement to close his restaurant and give back all awards. We spoke to him about the reasons.

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Goldhahn & Sampson

This shop in Prenzlauer Berg is a little paradise for lovers of good food…

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Olive

Did you know the word oil comes from olive? For an enlightening history of olives and their oil, read this…

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BioBoy

Von der Frage inspiriert, wie die Zukunft unserer Lebensmittelerzeugung aussehen könnte, hat die Produkt Designerin Suzanne van Beest ein innovatives Spielzeug für Kinder entwickelt, …

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OLTU

Von natürlichen Organismen inspiriert, nutzt OLTU Wasserverdunstung und Wärmeabstrahlung des Kühlschranks für die Aufbewahrung von Obst und Gemüse.

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Food Storage

Valentina Raffaelli und Luca Boscardin rufen mit ihrer Modulküche “Food Storage” die Lebensmittelpyramide zurück ins Gedächtnis und regen dazu an, sich wieder ausgewogen zu ernähren.

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Glut und Späne

Von Montags bis Samstags werden bei Glut und Späne in der Markthalle Neun Lachs und Forelle und je nach Saison auch Makrele und Hering geräuchert.

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Home Made

Althergebrachte Küchentechniken sind die Themen im Kochbuch Home Made. Auf gelungene Art und Weise verbindet die Autorin Tradition mit Innovation und macht Lust sich in die Küche zu stellen und zu experimentieren.

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Thomas Rentmeister:
E-Mail-Austausch mit besorgter Schülerin

In einer vergangenen Ausstellung des Wilhelm Hack Museums „I Love ALDI“ 2011 verwirklichte der Künstler Thomas Rentmeister die Installation „Aufschnitt“. Die Aufhäufung von Wurstpackungen hat eine besorgte Schülerin zum Anlass genommen, eine kritische E-Mail an den Künstler zu adressieren…

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The Farmery:
Supermarkt im Gewächshaus

The Farmery in North Carolina, USA, ist Supermarkt und Gewächshaus in Einem.

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Green Kitchen Stories

Der erfolgreiche Food Blog Green Kitchen Stories hat ein vegetarisches Kochbuch herausgebracht. Wir haben es ausprobiert und sind begeistert.