Even though I didn’t really have time to try a lot of new cool places on my “Berlin To-Do List”, I got lucky on the 4th day, which was spent with Marc Cain. They took us to Neni Berlin in the new 25h Hotel Bikini for lunch. Neni and Tel Aviv Beach are two of my favorite places here in Vienna, so naturally I couldn’t wait to see what their counterpart in Berlin had in store. One word: AMAZING! We had a bit of everything, and it was all super delicious. A few of my favorites include the homemade “Limonana” lemonade (which I already knew from the locations here in Vienna), the couscous paddies, beetroot hummus and yummy mango sorbet for dessert. If you guys are ever in Berlin, definitely stop by Neni for lunch, or have drinks at the Monkey Bar with a stunning view over the zoo.
If you love summertime, a good BBQ and a great location, then I have THE place for you: Big Smoke! Mike and I always love to try new restaurants and places around town, and last Sunday we finally made it to the new BBQ place down by the danube canal. Personally, I have a weakness for any restaurant that creates an image around the food they serve, I love it when it becomes an experience! Big Smoke has an amazing outdoor location, doesn’t take reservations (waiting times can be up to an hour to get a table) and is seriously cool in terms of the look and feel. Don’t even get me started on the food … Probably not the best place if your vegetarian, but for everyone else it is a dream come true – just make sure you’re not currently on a diet. You can order super tender ribs (which Mike did) or the juciest and most delicious pulled pork ever (my choice), and of course a bunch of other things. The side-dishes are just as good as the main dishes, and I can warmly recommend the corn, cole slaw and bbq-beans (see the whole menu HERE). Next time you’re craving a good BBQ, head on over to the guys at Big Smoke, because they most definitely know what they’re doing!
Last night, we had our annual “secret santa girls night”. It’s not really a secret santa thing, since everyone receives a present from everyone … but I am highly against celebrating things ahead of time, so I refuse to call it “Christmas” before the 24th. For the past few weeks we’ve been trying new places for our girls nights and yesterday we decided to give the “Brasserie & Bakery” in the 1st district a try. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the boutique hotel “The Guest House Vienna” and the whole look reminded me of something you might see in New York City. We had a great evening, lots of yummy food (I can absolutely recommend the goat cheese starter … sooo dreamy!), good talks, and of course presents! It was the last time we’ll see eachother before the new year, but we already decided on brunch at The Guest House for our first meet-up in 2014, because as we were ordering dessert we noticed that they actually serve breakfast until 11pm, which is kind of amazing if you ask me :) Do any of you guys celebrate Christmas with just your girlfriends? Here are some impressions from our night:
On Friday, we celebrated the birthday of my favorite guy. As birthdays tend to have a way of being lots of fun, they also come with a big portion of too little sleep. So, our Saturday was all the lazier. We ran a few errands, cleaned up the leftovers from the party and then headed to Vienna’s Prater (kind of like a mix of an amusement park & a fair) for an early dinner. Mike decided to introduce me to my first ever “Stelze” (roasted pork knuckle … definitely sounds a lot better in German) at Schweizerhaus. I usually don’t eat pork, but paired with a Radler (a mix of beer & lemonade) and a bit of a hangover it was a pretty awesome dinner. Sometimes playing tourist in your own city can be really fun!