The 50th thing I love about living in Berlin…

The all-encompassing culinary celebration of seasonal foods.

 

Berliners (and Europeans in general) truly model the ideal of seasonal eating. When asparagus (Spargel) is in season, for instance, it’s all asparagus, all the time, both in the grocery stores and in restaurants.

We missed out on the Spargel this year but arrived right in the middle of Pfifferling (chanterelle) season, to my delight. We ate out a lot our first week in Berlin and you’d better believe that I ordered a Pfifferling special each and every time. My very first was Pfifferling in cream sauce, served alongside Schnitzel Wiener Art (breaded pork cutlet) and Kartoffeln (potatoes).

It was so very, very (very) good after a long day of jet-lagged exploration that just looking at this photo makes me want to head back to the restaurant for more. But alas, Pfifferling season is over so instead I wait to see what comes next while also dreaming about the heavenly items rhubarb season will surely bring next spring…

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The 46th thing I love about living in Berlin…

That the brand name of the new dish soap I just bought is Fairy (German translation = um, “fairy”) and that the soap itself smells deliciously like apples.

Both of these things make me so giddy with delight I can’t help smiling in a supremely dorky way each and every time I now do the dishes!

The 45th thing I love about living in Berlin…

Prepare yourself, because not only is this one of my favorite favorite things about living in Berlin, it might also make you a wee bit jealous. Or hungry. Possibly both.

Eis, or ice cream, is everywhere in Berlin. Here it’s more like a cross between ice cream and gelato, though, and the flavors are a bit more…European than those you’d find in the freezer section of a typical American grocery store. Continue reading