Kame – Japanese Bakery, Berlin

As I have already announced on my previous blog post, I decided to start a new format which should be dedicated to restaurants. I will review everything about it from location, interior, service, and of course the food itself.

I will start with one of the locations I visited during my short Berlin trip end of July  which was exactly two weeks ago now.

Without further ado, let’s start!

Kame – Japanese Bakery

Website: http://www.kame.berlin/

Address: Leibnizstraße 45, 10629 Berlin

Google Rating: 4,5

Location

Kame is located close to the U-Bahn Station Savignyplatz. It’s easy to navigate, only within less than 10 minutes walking distance from the U-Bahn stop. You won’t be bored walking to the bakery, since it leads you through one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods of Berlin. The buildings are all kept in a romantic style that makes you feel like you are rather in Paris than in Berlin. But don’t use up the storage of your camera too soon; save it for what is waiting for you in the café.

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Interior

Rustic, warm, and hip. These three words came into my mind when I entered the café and found myself immediately in front of the counter. Behind the counter was a small niche to sit down where you had to take off your shoes. The rest of the seating possibilities were made of wooden benches, and stools by the huge floor-to-ceiling windows.

 

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Food

Food Selection:

I was standing in front of the counter for around 10 minutes until I knew what I wanted to eat and drink. I ordered an Anpan (a bun filled with Anko past a.k.a. red bean paste) and a bowl of Matcha. They serve their Matcha in huge cereal bowls, so don’t be taken off by the price. Also, the tea is offered in a teapot and you can order endless hot water for free. Apart from Anpan, Melonpan and other pan, they also served western pastries like croissants, and all the cakes with Matcha flavour (Brownies, Cheesecake, Tiramisu). If you don’t want anything sweet, you can also order lunch food like soups and different kinds of Onigirazu.

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Food Presentation:

It’s pretty instagramable. I loved the plates they were served on. All of them were kept in the same colour scheme of blue, green, white.

Taste:

To be honest, I imagined the food to taste better. The dough of the Anpan was a bit dry and the Matcha tasted a bit watery. Maybe I was just unlucky with my selection, but I would expect the Matcha to taste better than the one you get at Starbucks.

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Service

Again, maybe I was unlucky, but the woman who served me seemed a bit annoyed. I got the feeling that she’d rather be somewhere else. I was most probably unlucky with that day’s service, but that was a bit of a let-down.

 

Final Rating: 3,5/5 Matcha bowls

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Weekly Wonders: Birthday Week

 

1. Monday started with a brunch out in town. We ordered the breakfast for two which included a basket full of bread, a plate with scrambled eggs, two different types of jam, butter, 3 different kinds of cheese and ham, different kinds of fruit, two cups of fruit oatmeal, and two glasses of orange juice. I also ordered an extra ginger tea since I was a bit sick. The breakfast was extremely yummy and filling. We couldn’t eat anything for the rest of the day.

2. The rest of the day was dedicated to shopping. I found a pair of sunglasses which were reduced from 120€ to 99€ and I spontaneously bought them as you can see on the picture. I did need a new pair though.
3. We were walking around a beautiful park, looking for a nice spot to take photos at and they had these colourful flowers planted.  We didn’t take too long, and went back home. We were completely shattered.

4. On Tuesday, July 4th, it was my birthday. We had planned to go to the thermal baths that day. My sister still had free tickets, so we used them. It was a day full of relaxation, swimming, sunshine and yummy food and drinks. Despite being sick, I enjoyed it a lot. Still miss the steam bath and the amazing fruit sugar peeling we got there for free.

5. At the weekend, I finally got to celebrate my birthday with all my friends. My sister did my make-up and I got to wear my new dress from Mango.

6. It was such an amazing evening, despite some reservation problems. I booked a table for 11 at the most popular sushi restaurant in town called Origami at 9pm (8pm was not possible), and when we arrived at 8.50pm, they told us that we’d have to wait for a while until the guests have finished eating. It was around 9.30pm until we were able to go inside for food finally. Until we had ordered and got our food, almost one hour passed. Some of us got starters as well. I got the gyoza, and it was friggin yummy!

7. Finally the food – and with it the sushi – came. I also ordered a huge sushi platter for everyone to try. I didn’t only eat sushi, but also a coconut udon soup with shrimps. I didn’t like that so much though, and my sister’s beef pak choi dish looked so much yummier. It was a great evening though, and by the time we left the restaurant, they were about to close :’D We were the last ones inside (11:45pm), but then again, it wasn’t our fault, since we did arrive on time.

8. Group picture with everyone :)

9. Me with the cute HappySocks I got from two of my friends :)

10. On sunday, I first had to unpack all my gifts and take photos of some of them. I loooveeeed all of my gifts I got and want to say thank you to everyone who came and got me presents. I am fortunate to have friends who know me so well :) The ‘One-Line-A-Day’ 5-year-journal is actually one of the things I have thought about buying, but never did.

11. And the Instagram-famous book is a book I just recently discovered at Urban Outfitters and had to think about my friend Giulia thinking about me if she ever got to see the book :’DD And then she actually got it for me :D

12. I just specifically fell in love with the Harry Potter pillow set <3 The trio and Hagrid look soooo cute! Hagrid is actually my favourite out of the four in this pillow collection :D Other than these gifts above, I got a Sailor Moon mug and a unicorn pocketmirror, an Amazon voucher and some bathing stuff, and I am gonna get a see-through umbrella :)

 

I hope you guys had an awesome first week of July. Mine was great as you can see. I was sick on my birthday, probably for the first time ever, but it was still a great birthday week with all the friends, food and swimming <3

Thanks for reading! See you next week!

Merveille

Lana del Rey and Frankfurt short trip: 20.04. – 21.04.2013

Sa, 20.04.2013: Arriving, city tour, lunch, concert:

Finally, the day of the long awaited concert had come last weekend. Our bus left at 5.50 am so we had to wake up at 5 am. Early enough, but we thought it would be a good idea to go partying at the semester opening party one night before the concert. We actually promised not to drink too much, but ended drunk as hell due to our russian friend who fuddled us. We only slept 3 hours. hungover and tired we had to wake up, go to the bus station and have a 4 hours-bus ride. In the bus we had our breakfast which consisted only of pretzels. For the first 1-2 hours the pretzels were fine. Both of us have slept the whole way to Frankfurt anyway, but after about 2 hours I really felt strange in the stomach. I really was afraid all the time that I will have to puke. But I, both of us survived the ride without puking. After we had finally arrived at the bus station in Frankfurt we went on a search for our hotel. At first we couldn’t find it. But after asking our smartphones, it wasn’t that hard anymore. Actually, as stupid as we are, we just passed our hotel without noticing. I think we really were still drunk and tired. We couldn’t check in yet since it was only about 11 am and the check-in was at 2 pm. But we were allowed to put our bags in a room so that we could walk calmly around the city. At first we went a little bit shopping. Then we went to the park next to the bank areal. Image

This really looks kind of beautiful: nature against skyscrapers. A natural oasis in the middle of high buildings.

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I don’t quite know what kind of tree and what kind of flowers these are, but somehow they look like cherry blossoms. I really liked this tree. It is so beautiful. And the friendship ribbon on the branch just looks so cute and beautiful. I wish we would have done this, too, but we didn’t have a ribbon.

After walking through the park quickly we got hungy and headed for the japanese restaurant we saw on the way. But before we even arrived greenpeace activists stopped us and asked if we wanted to join quickly on their I-love-arctis project. There were a few people forming a heart by helding up red cartons in the air. We had to fill the hear. We also got red cartons and had to place ourselves in the middle of the heart. This was in front of the opera house and on top of that very building the photographer and the instructor were standing. They told us what to do and then took photos. It really was fun, and I think this was the first time really that I have volunteered for something to protect our planet. I really think that was fun. Image

We are somewhere on the left upper part of the heart. Well, it didn’t only take 5 minutes in the end, it really took longer. But it was really interesting. Now we could finally go on our way to eat something at MoschMosch. Like mentioned before it is a japanese restaurant which also sells ramen (Japanese noodle soup). I have never tried ramen before, but always wanted to, because I love Japan, and I love watching anime, and in one of my favorite anime, ‘Naruto’ the main character’s favorite meal is ramen. So I really was curious about this dish. We sat down inside and ordered.

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This was a normal ramen, with normal noodles, carrots, soya sprouts, spinach, cress, and chicken. I actually don’t like any soup except for lentil soup, but I quite like this ramen. The spinach tasted a bit strange though, but I just left it out. For drinking, we had ordered housemade ice tea, my friend had ordered handmade lemonade. The drinks were tasty, too. After finishing our meal, we prepared to slowly head for our hotel. On the way we found Urban Outfitters and went there, too. We don’t have an Urban Outfitters in Stuttgart, but I have to say, it is fucking expensive :O I didn’t buy anything, but I am thinking about buying the leo-print vans I have seen. Furthermore, there were quite funny books, like this one

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When I will go to Frankfurt again soon (and I am sure that I will), I want to look at urban outfitters again. Not only for books, but also for the pair of Leo-print vans I have seen. They were about 75 €. Maybe I will also look in the internet if it is cheaper there.

After leaving the shop, we also found American Apparel, but it was quite a small shop and we went out quickly. It was already past 2pm so we went to our hotel to quickly take a shower and prepare to leave for the concert. Our room was really nice. A typical hotel room. It wasn’t that small I have to say. Everything was in white and red.

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This is how our room looked like. The view from the hotel room was not bad. We could see the terrasse of the breakfast area. The shower was quite nice, but it didn’t have a door. And the toilet was very clean. Everything was really nice. I felt comfortable :)

We were ready at about 4 pm and went out at about 4.20pm. At the train station we met a girl who also wanted to go to the concert. She asked us if we knew which train to take to the Jahrtausendhalle, but we weren’t quite sure. However she knew it and we just followed her. We found out that she also studies in Stuttgart. We took the 5.17 pm train and arrived there at about 5.45. There we met 3 other girls, too. With them we were also standing together during the concert. They let us in at 6.30 pm finally. We ran inside like maniacs. We were in the 8th row at the beginning. The hall was slowly beginning to get filled. It wasn’t that big though. I think the Schleyerhalle is bigger, but I am not sure if they have put the stage forward. The stage looked a bit creepy, and strange music was playing during the waiting time.

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I really was getting nervous minute after minute. At about 8 pm I think the supporting act performed. The name of the band was Kassidy. It was a scottish four-man band. They really were quite good. One of the best supporting acts this far, I have to admit. Nevertheless, I still have an allergy against supporting acts. They always seem to make me nervous right before the actual act finally appears. It’s such a pain in the ass. After the supporting act left, we still waited about 30 – 45 minutes until Lana was ready. The waiting music was becoming worse now. They had begun to play opera music and my nerves were lying blank. I just couldn’t wait anymore, I even forgot the pain in my legs and feet.

Finally, at 9.15 pm she arrived on stage. At first the lights went off, the music went on, then the drapery was pulled up and there was a setting on the stage. The orchestra (violinists, drum player, pianist) arrived, and then there was a dark shadow at the end of the stage and everyone was screaming like crazy. Me too, but I couldn’t see her. Then she came to the front of the stage from right and began her concert with ‘Cola”: “My pussy tastes like pepsi cola”, maybe the most epic concert start I have heard :D As I was finally able to see her through all the hands and cameras in the air, I began to cry and scream like a child. I didn’t know where I was anymore, and I also didn’t know where my friends were :’D I wouldn’t have expected to cry, but I was just overwhelmed to see her live in front of me.

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I can’t really express it in words, but it was so beautiful, awesome, sad, happy at the same time, and overwhelming, just amazing!! I would definitely go to another concert of hers again. Especially her engagement for her fans was remarkable. Several times she went off the stage and down in front of the barrier to give autographs. In the end I was even nearly in front of her but couldn’t manage to reach more forward. She also spoke to her fans while she was giving autographs. This was shortly before she has left the stage. It went quite long, about 10-15 minutes she was sharing autographs. She’s so wonderful! A wonderful, beautiful person. The whole time during the concert, she had this typical melancholic Lana look on her face: sad, wet eyes, with a big, bright smile appearing from time to time over her face. She also didn’t have a big performance. Most of the time she just stood there, walked around, turned around, or went low :D Once, her panties were also seen *o* But I couldn’t see them unfortunately. I have also recorded her a few times but I can’t upload them here because they are not upright, they are horizontal. However, she finished her concert with ‘National Anthem’. She didn’t give an encore, but that’s not all too bad. When we began walking out at about 10.45 pm, we couldn’t move our feet anymore, of course, after standing almost 5 hours without hardly moving. We slowly went out, walked to the train station and talked with our new found friends about the concert. It was a great night, and a great experience. Ariiving at the hotel, we instantly took off our clothes, and our pyjamas on. I was looking at the pictures and the videos again, and then we slept. The next morning we wanted to wake up earlier to have breakfast and then to check out at 11 am.