Joey Passarella from Louis Pretty cooking at FvF


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I have known Joey for a long time, we worked together at Nosh in Prenzlauer berg over a decade ago.
We would argue on a daily basis and he would kick me out of his kitchen but our tempers at work did not influence our friendship and respect for each other.

After completing his cooking school in NYC, he moved to Berlin and worked in various restaurants such as Spindler&Klatt, Grill Royal as a sous-Chef and then moved on to the famous first Berlin Deli “Mogg&Melzer” on August Straße in the Jüdische Mädchenschule where he used his new york background to create the recipes which made this Deli the place to be in Berlin.

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As they went separate ways, Joey joined Oskar Melzer to set up Maxie Eisen in Frankfurt and Louis Pretty on Ritterstraße 2 in Kreuzberg, open since February 2016.
The signature dish remains the pastrami sandwich which made their Mitte location popular throughout the city.

On that wednesday, I was invited to photograph Joey and Julian from Louis Pretty while they were making lunch for the team from Freunde von Freunden (FvF) , to present their “Thursday Dinners” events starting at the end of August at Louis Pretty’s.
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Joey will design a 3-4 course menu, offering a different setting at the Deli’s in the evenings than during the day. The menu will be seasonal using local and organic products but will also highlight collaborations such as Fritz Blomeyer’s cheese or Sonnenreich Weine.

On today’s menu we had:

 

Sandwich: Broiled salmon salad with buttermilk pickled cucumber and dill
Main: Flank Steak, Jalapenos, chimichurri sauce and fried onions
Salad: Rucola salad, raspberries, parmesan chips, roasted peanuts and a
raspberries dressing
Dessert: Caramelized peaches with chocolate mousse

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Check out the recipes on the article at FvF. It was a great day, the food was delicious and I’ll make sure to be there on Thursdays as well as for their Sunday Brunch.

Joey Passarella from Louis Pretty cooking at FvF

Fabàtable meets Yummy Veggie Club @ Agora Café Berlin Neuköln on the 28th of May

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Yummy Veggie Club and Fabàtable are hosting a special evening, bringing together our passions for vegetarian food and desserts.

You will find a half/half menu, with an amuse-bouche, 2 savories and 2 desserts:

Coleslaw, peanuts & wasabi
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Leek-soy-ginger fresh ravioli, delicate veggie broth & crunchy vegetables
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Baba au rum asian style, yuzu-lemon grass-rum sirup & citrus cream
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Red fruits soup, caramelized almonds, fresh fruits & coriander granité

The price for the menu is 30 EUR (excluding drinks). We will serve selected wines from the Burgundy and Beaujolais regions selected by Nicolas Drouhin from Déjà Bu.

Seats are limited to 30 people, and they’ll be given out on a first come, first serve basis.
If you wish to partake, send us an email to fab@fabatable.com until the 20th of May. We will let you know if you are in and send you the payment details, asking you kindly to pay in advance by bank transfer.

Thank you for your support!

See you there.
Anne&Fabienne

Fabàtable meets Yummy Veggie Club @ Agora Café Berlin Neuköln on the 28th of May

Paris 9th – Dinner at Ito Chan, Japanese restaurant

Wandering the streets in Paris is one of my favorite passtimes. Walking around without goal and discovering places, meeting people.
We discovered the little japanese restaurant Ito Chan, in the Saint-George area down Pigalle.
We loved the interior, the small size of the place and the reduced menu which is very affordable. There are a few options, the plate with either meat/fish/vegetarian and 3 sides for 12€ or a delicious Ramen soup also with toppings for 11€.

The service is very friendly and Chef Take brings out the food himself, which he prepares in his tiny kitchen. The food, the dedication and the enthusiasm of Take and his team made me want to write about them.

Ito Chan exists since December 2014. After a great year Take and his partner bought the shop next door and turned it into a Japanese Tapas bar, only open in the evening.
Take was born in Paris from a Japanese mother and a mixed Asian father. His parents have a restaurant in the 9th where Take used to work. This was a great training since he is Chef of his place at only 27 and creates the recipes of the Tapas bar Ito Izakaya.

We had a wonderful time and I’ll make sure to pop in again on my next trip.

This is part of a series I am working on – portraits of people who move me through their initiative, their creativity and craftsmanship. I’d like to support their work by presenting some of them.

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Ito Chan
2, Rue Pierre Fontaine
75009 Paris
http://www.itoeats.fr/#!itochan/c161c
No reservation

Paris 9th – Dinner at Ito Chan, Japanese restaurant

Dinner at KOPPS in Berlin

KOPPS, in Berlin, is a vegetarian restaurant on Linienstrasse in Mitte. My friend David tried it a while ago already with a friend, a big meat fan, who liked it and as I don’t enjoy meat much, I gave it a shot.

Many Berlin’s restaurants offer at least one vegetarian dish on their menu. One could think it might be difficult to meet the wishes of the customers in search of vegetarian or vegan food only. Apparently, it is not. As a good example is Cookies Cream, it’s been around for years.

Anyways, KOPPS was packed on that evening. The service was friendly, the place was nice, cosy and comfortable.
The food was simple but good. I must say that the choice on the à la carte menu was somewhat a bit thin for my taste considering that I didn’t want the Easter Menu, as David was ordering it.
The 2 critics I could make about my food though, is that there was barely any dressing on my salad, which made it taste fade and no or not enough cheese on my risotto. That said, here are some impressions of the dinner..

As a starter, I had the apple salad with herbs from the area:

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David had the mushrooms terrine with salad:
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Beetroot risotto
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Beetroot medaillons
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Chocolate and strawberry cream

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For our dinner, including a bottle of red wine and a bottle of water, we paid 102€, which is fair, but if you consider that you only have vegetables on your plate and you could pay the same bill at das Lokal a bit further, we found it a bit pricy.
But hey! I did enjoy the place and I am glad I got to know it.
I can recommend this restaurant:

KOPPS Bar & Restaurant
Linienstraße 94
10115 Berlin

Tel 030 432 097 75
Fax 030 253 295 49
kontakt@kopps-berlin.de

Dinner at KOPPS in Berlin

Impressions from Le Chateaubriand – Paris

Le Chateaubriand is considered one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. Read here.
It is THE place to be and therefore, you should make sure to reserve a while in advance.

After a complicated reservation process from our part, being first 2 persons then 4, the friendly staff managed to find us a table by the kitchen at the last minute.

They might have regretted this later, considering that my lovely aunt, who introduced me to high gastronomie years ago, is addicted to her camera and doesn’t show any embarrassment when it comes to asking running waiters, submerged with orders, if they could take a picture of us. We had to apologize a couple of times and after another couple of funny situations this evening was a memorable great experience.

Chef Inaki Aizpitarte proposes a single menu for 60€ or 120€ with the drinks. We had a couple of them to try and they happened to be very interesting.

If you want to eat out in Paris I can only recommend this place.

Here some impressions of the evening

Address: 129 Avenue Parmentier, 75011
Tube station: Goncourt
Hours: Dinner only, closed Sunday&Monday
Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance
Telephone: +33 1 43 57 45 95

Impressions from Le Chateaubriand – Paris

Culinary Wednesday NeugrünsKöche – Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Wednesday evenings have never been as pleasant than since the restaurant NeugrünsKöche organises the culinary wednesday, a lively evening where a mixed crowd enjoys a 7 course meal, all that for 26€.  The price is of course an extra appeal to dine at this cosy place in Prenzlauer Berg, but I find the evenings to be fun and a smart opportunity to enjoy fine food.
You attend the evening not only to discover flavours, you are there to take part in the event, to taste a meal prepared by 2 cooks while the waiters make you feel at home.

Since the plates start coming at around 20h00, get there at 19h30.
The atmosphere is relaxed and playful, you engage a conversation with your table neighbors you have never met before…All of a sudden it gets quieter, the food is coming. Small plates are being handed over, the waiters announce the dish, the guests “hmmm” or discuss after each fork, you feel like a child waiting to discover what’s going to be on the next plate.

While having the last drop of wine left in your glass or sipping a hazelnut snaps, the kitchen team comes out in the room. This is a great moment, full of gratefulness – with a large smile on their faces, the guests applaud and cheer.
You leave content and looking forward to the next culinary wednesday.

Cheers!


Breaded scallop with a melon salad.


Tomatoe filled with eggplant on a couscous salad. Vegetarian broth.


Safran pancake with goat’s cheese & walnuts, raspberry sauce. Lime-avocado sorbet with a crustacea foam.


Filet of cod, celery mash, mussels with mangold.

Of course, having dinner with social networkers/freelancers is a whole program, if you have something to say, you’d better say it fast and chose the right moment.


Elderberries sorbet with a lemon coulis, hazelnut cake.

I don’t eat much meat myself, so far I’ve been lucky, there was mainly fish. But I would suggest you ask before you book a table. Also, the evening is often booked out, so book early….

Neugrüns Köche
Schönhauser Allee 135 A
D-10437 Berlin (Prenzlauer Berg)

Telefon: 030 44 01 20 92
E-mail: neugruens@t-online.de
Website: http://www.neugruenskoeche.de

Menue available online at 5pm
Opened: Tuesday to Saturday at 6pm
U2 – U-Bahnhof Eberswalder Straße

Culinary Wednesday NeugrünsKöche – Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

A Foodies dream – Part One: On the way to Food Camp, a stop in Bolzano.

There we are, all packed ready to go to Italy for 5 days of Food Camp, cooking, drinking, visiting local food and wine producers….(I’ll talk about that in a next post)
But before we drive all the way down to the Cilento area, we are stopping in Bolzano in South Tyrol first to visit friends and discover the area. It happened to be the perfect transition before going to Italy without speaking Italian. In Bolzano you can speak both German and Italian.


The amazing panorama view over Bolzano from the Gasthof Lipp.


Typical soup of the area, the Frittaten Suppe, a consomme with crepes / pancake.


Bolzano’s main productions are apples and wine. I’ve never seen so many apple fields in my life.

Specialty of the area and what has become my favorite summer drink, the “Hugo”: Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine), sparkling water, Elderflower syrup, a few mint leaves, a slice of lemon and ice cubes. It is delicious, refreshing and pretty addictive. We also had foccacia with roasted tomatoes, crunchy, juicy, lovely!

If you fancy ice-cream visit Paolo Coletto, the owner of the “Officina del Gelo Avalon“.
He is an institution in Bolzano and has been making ice-cream since 30 years. His talent and love for quality products, he inherited from his mother who gave him her 6 ice-cream recipes. Today he’s created hundreds of them, using mainly local as well as organic ingredients. Even the cups he uses are not made of plastic but out of corn starch. He is passionate and evolves all the time.
This is one of the best ice-creams I have ever had, the flavours are “real” and intense, the texture is very creamy. We stayed and chatted with him for quite a while, the guys were waiting outside, getting impatient.
Paolo IS a character, travels a lot to India and south east Asia, is inspired by his Guru and says that each time he comes back from one of his trip, he is different, he has changed and therefore has to change the recipe of his ice-cream.


Locals chilling while eating ice-cream. In the cup: chocolate and cream of milk


“I am Ice” fits pretty well to his philosophy inspired by his Guru.

The shop. The flavours lit are available.


All Photographs and content © Fabienne Dauplay

A Foodies dream – Part One: On the way to Food Camp, a stop in Bolzano.

Stops in Düsseldorf and Cologne, Germany

Düsseldorf and Cologne lie very close to each other in Western Germany, in the Rhine region. We happen to have friends in both cities, Doris and Malte from the Bionics Systems in Düsseldorf, Martina and Tilman from the Büro für Brauchbarkeit in Cologne, all involved in Design and new media. Check out their work.
Cologne is a great city although it is known in Germany for not being the prettiest, for it was badly bombed during WWII. Still, there are very nice areas and this mix of styles makes the charm of the place. The aesthetics of Cologne is somewhat balanced by its locals. The Rhinelanders’ friendliness and humor are legendary (I know a few of them and I can only agree), a characteristic which makes the stay there even more enjoyable.

I’ve discovered Düsseldorf a bit more this time and found its architectural development very interesting – some parts of the city are like in Cologne, some others like in Hamburg. The Medienhafen (media shore) was designed by Frank Gehry (of Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum fame) is worth seeing for the buildings and to enjoy a nice walk by the river.

For the food, our friends in Düsseldorf took us to their local cafe, “Bar Apartment“, in Fürstenplatz. If you like to have breakfast or lunch enjoying a local flair, this is the right spot. The place opened in August 2008 and is owned by Evelyn Wodniok (see picture below) and Mirko Gathge. The vintage designers’ furniture provides the cafe with a lounge-homy feeling. The food is simple, freshly-made and is perfect for a light lunch. We had Portuguese sandwiches with salami and salmon, the Greek, fennel-walnuts and potatoe salads. Artworks are hanging on the wall, they organize exhibitions approximately every 2-3 months.


Portuguese salami sandwich and the very popular rhubarb juice and sparkling water, a rhubarb-Schorle


They only accept cash

Fürstenplatz 5
40215 Düsseldorf, Germany
tel: 0211 38735366
Open
Weekdays 9am-2pm; Weekends 10am-2pm

Back in Cologne we met our friends for dinner at this “new” burger place “Freddy Schilling – Hamburger Manufaktur“. Burger places have bloomed during the last few years in Berlin. I’ve tried a few of them and I gotta say, this one here is really good. I’m no beef fan so I had a veggie burger, although the meaty burgers looked and tasted, so I hear, delicious. One of the specialty of the house are the “Rosi’s”, baby potatoes cooked in butter and rosemary.
They do not sell any alcohol so in case you need to use the loo, try somewhere else. No loo, no alcohol license.


Bruno’s Brenner, BBQ/hot burger  and the Freddy’s Favorit, classic burger


Tante Tatjana’s Burger here with the famous and unforgettable rosemary potatoes


Anna’s Alternative, veggie burger also with the rosemary potatoes. There isn’t actually a burger like you
would expect. It’s only vegetables.

Kyffhäuserstrasse 34
D-50674 Cologne
Tel: +49 (0)221 / 16 95 55 15
Fax:+49 (0)221 / 16 95 55 16
kontakt@freddyschilling.de
Open:
Monday to Thursday 12:00 – 22:00
Friday and Saturday 12:00 – 23:00
Sunday closed

 

Stops in Düsseldorf and Cologne, Germany

Tomoko from Okawari at Prinzessinnengärten

The Prinzessinnengärten exist since the summer 2009, a project initiated by the Nomadisch Grün. This empty space in the middle of an urban area, Moritz Platz in Kreuzberg, has been transformed into an organic community, an urban garden where education and food meet.

After working in Tokyo, Tomoko Yamane moved to Berlin in 2009. She created Okawari, a catering service where her creativity is applied at its best: the Japanese finesse takes its form in the taste as well as in the beautiful presentation of the plates.
I have been one of the lucky ones to savour her delicious Bento boxes, which she delivers herself once a week.
Her cooking can be enjoyed at vernissages and events in Berlin. For more infos look at her website or register on her Facebook page.

Tomoko is part of the Prinzessinnengärten initiative. She cultivates Japanese vegetables and uses them in her recipes.
That night (still in summer!) she prepared a wonderful dinner: Vegetable chips (sweet potatoe, purple potatoe and beetroot); dress carrot, mizuna with creamy tofu and edame; garden vegetables, seaweed, sesame miso soup; garden salad with a ginger-honey dressing;  Japanese herbs onigiri (ball sushi) with grilled bio salmon in a yuzu-kosyo marinade . See for yourself…

All Photographs and content © Fabienne Dauplay

Tomoko from Okawari at Prinzessinnengärten

The “Bäckerei” – Berlin Mitte

Hidden on Schröder strasse, a quiet street in the middle of a residential area of Mitte, we enjoyed the fresh spring breeze on the terrace of the “Bäckerei”. It belongs to the restaurant opposite “Alpenstück” which opened a few years ago. They both offer a variety of south German specialties such as Kässspätzle or Maultaschen, but whereas the restaurant only opens in the evening, the “Bäckerei” takes over the day shift.
Along with breakfast (Pretzel with butter, the selection of cheese and salamis plate), home-made baking goods and cakes, which are prepared on the premises one can also have lunch and choose from the weekly menu as well as the daily specials.
It is a very pleasant place to be, the locals come in to buy bread, cakes or a bottle of wine and if you can make it before 7pm enjoy a glass of Prosecco while reading the newspaper.

Address:

Schröderstraße 1, 10115 Berlin
Open Monday – Friday from 7am to 7pm
Saturdays and Sundays from 9am to 6pm
http://cgi.alpenstueck.de/user-cgi-bin/?file=kop2.php

The “Bäckerei” – Berlin Mitte