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

Hello Etsy Berlin

“A Summit on Small Business and Sustainability: Hello Etsy” was taking place in major cities in the USA, in London, Paris, Brussels, Helsinki but also in Berlin.

This was a great event this week end at ewerk in Berlin: a gathering to get tips and tricks on how to grow a small business in sustainable ways.

I am certain that many of the ones who attended the event will agree that this has been a wonderful source of inspiration as well as motivation to see the number of people who want to get out there and be in charge of their lives, to hear the various stories of entrepreneurs and the challenges they faced but succeeded. We had the chance to listen to (among many others) Chad Dickerson CEO of Etsy.com, the hilarious and so British founder of the Idler Tom Hodgkinson, Emma Jones from Enterprisenation.com based in the UK supporting small businesses, Rachel Bremer on good PR and Eleanor Mayrhofer on project management.

There was such a positive energy that I’m sad it is already over!

But I’ll stop writing and will post some pictures so that you get an idea of the event. If you are interested, you can also watch the sessions on Live streaming videos on their website.

The Food, here the Lunch box was organized by Johannes Emken from Organiced Kitchen in Berlin

Organizer of the event – Matt Stinchcomb. Tom Hodgkinson, author of the books How to Be Free
and How
to Be Idle

Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy.com

Emma Jones, founder and CEO of Enterprise Nation

The Control Room

Amina Moreau on Photography

Eleanor Mayrhofer on Project Management

Chilling out on the roof

All the images above © Fabienne Dauplay

Hello Etsy Berlin

Pret à diner, Alte Münze Berlin

Berlin is busy, Berlinale is going on. We are lucky to have some great places in the city to create a culinary event such as “pret a diner”, a temporary restaurant at the “Alte Münze” where coins used to be minted. Every week for 35 days, a starred chef cooks. Last night we got the chance of getting a reservation. We enjoyed a beautiful 3-meal course and very good wine. The place, food, service, the whole event was a hit. Looking forward to the next one.

I had roasted vegetable, artichoke filled with goats cheese, followed by an amazing white onion, lime leaves curry and Moroccan spices soup served in a glass with a milk and salt froth. My main was a couscous with almonds, raisins and a few vegetables. The meat eaters had the ox shoulder with potato mash and vegetables tower.
Dessert was also a feast.  The chocolate-chili fondant was quite spicy, the mango parfait and the mango ice cream refreshed the taste buds from the spiciness of the chocolate. A very interesting combination.

The space in which it was organized was an experience for itself. It took us a little while before finding the entrance, hidden in the back of an alley. The dark and cold corridors, the curtains and candle light gave a mysterious touch to it.

Alte Münze
Am Krögel 2 (back entrance -> Neue Jüdenstraße/Am Krögel 2)
10179 Berlin
http://www.pretadiner.com

Pret à diner, Alte Münze Berlin