Our Food Stories in Berlin
Berlin is fast becoming a food-lovers city, a place for foodies from all over the country and beyond to gather with drinks, eats and stories in the many biergartens, trendy cafes and edgy-urban outdoor spaces. Along with this big wave of food, you also have a rising up of food trucks, markets and bloggers - all of which are quite impressive with their culinary passion shining through. In fact, I predict that the food culture in Germany will only grow, and leading the scene is definitely the great city of multicultural, forward-moving Berlin (with Hamburg in second place). Between the low rents in Berlin (compared to other German cities), innovative youngsters and middle-agers who want to bring fresh ideas to life, and the abundance of food that is available sourced locally at affordable prices, it's definitely fertile ground to make your culinary dreams come true in Berlin.
I was recently reading the Michelin Star Report 2015 and found that their are now 15 Berlin restaurants (I want to try Pauly Saal, Horvath and VAU) that hold the high honor of receiving Michelin stars and an additional 5 have received their newest award, Bib Gourmand, one of which I'm dying to try called Kochu Karu. This brings the total up to 20 eateries in Berlin alone that are included in the new Michelin report. Not bad.
As mentioned already, there is a great number of food bloggers in Germany and many are exceptional - as good as my fellow American food bloggers which is saying a lot because food bloggers in America are a large and extraordinary crowd of gifted people. In Berlin, there are a few food bloggers that I follow but today I'll highlight one that you may enjoy because it's written in English and it's called Our Food Stories.
Our Food Stories is a collaboration of two Berliners,Nora Eisermann and Laura Muthesius, who also spend time living in the countryside cultivating their gardens. Nora studied fashion design but works currently as a food stylist and Laura is a professional photographer. Their recipes are vegetarian, organic, sourced locally, gluten-free and some are low on histamines. Whether you eat gluten-free or not, their blog and recipes are definitely worth checking out.
Aside from their gorgeous styling, yummy recipes and beautiful photography I'm in love with their props and surfaces. They seem to have a real affection, like me, for Scandinavian tableware and vintage accessories, and they love to work in flowers! Flowers bring so much life to their work and incorporating them makes total sense given how they split time between Berlin and the countryside where you can find so many wildflowers, especially at the many local "cut your own" flower fields.I've fallen in love with the concept of picking your own blooms and go as often as I can.
It's hard to believe that these photos are from a blog - I mean, they're clearly so professional and definitely book-worthy. I also like when I catch glimpses of their apartment, I'm always waiting to see if they've posted other views. I find Nora's photography so moody and cozy, I really like her aesthetic.
Are you fans of this blog too? Psst: I also follow both Nora and Laura on Instagram along with their 270,000 (!) other Instafans.
How's that for Monday morning inspiration?!
(Photography with permission: © ourfoodstories // © Laura Muthesius & Nora Eisermann)