@_foodstories_: Gluten-Free and Vegan Treats for Every Season

For more exquisite recipes, follow @_foodstories_ on Instagram.

(This interview was conducted in German.)

Lavender cakes, pumpkin waffles and peach-gooseberry-thyme tarts — these are just some of the mouth-watering and gluten-free culinary delights that can be found on “Our Food Stories,” a food blog run by Berlin-based duo Nora Eisermann and Laura Muthesius (@_foodstories_). It all began accidentally when Nora and Laura first met on a small film project four years ago. “We often cooked together because I have so many [food] allergies,” Laura recalls. “Eventually we had the idea to photograph our food and to provide the recipes online.”

Nora bakes and styles the jointly conceived dishes, Laura makes the photographs — the delicious creations arise in perfect teamwork. By now the duo appreciates the challenge of cooking gluten-free and vegan. “We actually think it’s nice that Laura’s intolerances force us to always try new things and use ingredients creatively.”


5 Inexpensive restaurants in Berlin on a Travelers Budget 

Berlin is known for being one of the least expensive cities in Europe. Making it one of Europe’s largest travelers attraction as one can sleep, eat, and party for cheap. During my month in Berlin I was able to try a couple of great places that were all under 15 euros, which is pretty awesome compared to Paris or London. As I am quite the foodie, and love to try almost any delicacy, I gathered 5 delicious restaurants for a travelers budget (in some of Berlin’s coolest neighborhoods). 

  1. Döner: Cheapest and most delicious bite you can get in Neukölln.
    Price: 2 euros. 
    Location: Corner of Hermannstraße and Warthestraße.
  2. Burgermeister: Burger lovers, be prepared to eat your heart out.
    Price: under 10 euros.
    Location: Oberbaumstraße 8
  3. Green Rice: Perfect midday lunch break in Kreuzburg.
    Price: under 10 euros.
    Location: Adalbertstraße 11 
  4. Santa Maria: Mexican lovers get your tastebuds ready!
    Price: 5 - 15 euros.
    Location: Oranienstraße 170
  5. Cocolo Ramen: If you like ramen, this will be your new home.
    Price: 10 - 15 euros.
    Locations: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39, and Gipsstraße 3

Enjoy these delicious bites at a fraction of the rest of European prices and have fun exploring what I think is one of the most exciting cities right now.

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Typografische Schokolade by Christian Pannicke & Lisa-Marie Peters

Typographic Chocolate is a student project of the University of Applied Sciences Berlin - aim of the course was to create a product with typographic reference for the Museum of Letters Berlin. The Museum of Letters is devoted to preserving and documenting letterforms. Hundreds of signs have already been rescued from decay and the scarp heap. Typographic elements are selected independently of culture, region, language and script system. 

Lisa and Christian wanted to create a product that is directly related to the museum. It was important to create a keepsake that serves as a souvenir of Berlin and the museum and it should be saleable at a fairly low price and be reproducible – whether in small editions or series production. They designed their own chocolate mold, packaging and presentation in the museum shop. The product is aimed at design-oriented museum visitors, who appreciate handcraft products. 

Lisa-Marie Peters and Christian Pannicke

University of Applied Sciences Berlin: Department of Communication Design, under the direction of Prof. Jürgen Huber.

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Operation “Little Vittles”

On the 65th anniversary of the end of the Berlin Airlift on September 30, 1949, here’s a look back at the Airlift’s younger sibling, “Operation Little Vittles.”


In July 1948 Berlin Airlift pilot Gail Halvorsen began handing out and later dropping candy via handkerchief parachutes to the children who had gathered to watch at Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport.  With the approval of superiors and the support of confectionery companies, “Operation Little Vittles” was born and “Candy Bombers” and “Raisin Bombers” began dropping care packages to the children of Berlin.

Der Döner, as served in Berlin. There are many variations, but basically, it’s a Turkish fast food dish made of meat grilled on a vertical rotisserie - usually lamb, beef, or chicken, and served in fresh pita bread with fresh vegetables and sauce added. Turkish immigrants in Berlin developed this version that has become one of Germany’s most popular fast foods. Annual sales amount to €3.5 billion. Veal, chicken, and becoming increasingly more popular, turkey (“Truthahn”), are widely used instead of lamb, particularly by vendors with a large German customer base, for whom lamb is traditionally less preferred. Typically, along with the meat, a salad consisting of lettuce, cabbage, onions, cucumber, and tomatoes is added, as well as a choice of sauces such as hot & spicy sauce, herb sauce, garlic sauce, or yogurt sauce. The filling is served in a thick flatbread that’s usually toasted or warmed. In many places around Germany, Döners are at least as popular as Hamburgers or Currywurst, especially with the young crowd. In 2011 there were over 16,000 establishments selling Döner in Germany. Who invented it? Read this.