Thursday, 29 November 2012

Caraitiello Italian Cafe

This super child friendly pizza and ice cream place opposite The Center on Hufelandstrasse is a great place to stop off for a slice of pizza, ice cream or thick hot waffle. At €2.50 a slice of thin crust fresh pizza it is a bargain.

Many of the tables and chairs are low so really suitable for little children to enjoy their pizza. There is also a little play area. It gets busy but as it is a quick food place the turnaround is pretty quick.

Just make sure you put your used board etc at the rubbish area by the counter,

Address: Hufelandstrasse 14, 10407 Berlin 

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Tous les Jours cafe

We recently attended a Phoenix Theatre performance at The Center and decided to have brunch afterwards at the cafe next door. I have noticed this cafe everytime we go to The Center for my son's music class so I was pleased to try out their brunch.

It was very busy on the Sunday we went and we were lucky to get a table for two. I ordered the Italian brunch plate for myself, knowing I would end up sharing it and my son had the croissants and jam. For 6€ I was amazed at the huge and delicious plate I was given plus a very generous bread basket. We will definitely be back here again.

The cafe also looks to be a good spot of coffee and cake in the afternoon.

Address: Hufelandstrasse 16, 10407 Berlin

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Monday, 26 November 2012

Hashi Japanese Kitchen

An American friend of mine recommended this great Japanese restaurant close to Rosenthaler Platz and we finally made it. It was well worth it and a great choice for families as the lunchtime menu consists mainly of bento boxes so small helpings of a variety of things.

The ceiling caught my son's attention and you can see why - there are hundreds of chopsticks hanging down.

This was my bento box - teriyaki chicken, which was perfectly cooked with a lovely crispy skin, roasted aubergines, Japanese pickles, sticky rice and a little side salad. My son had the veggie sushi box and ate almost all of it.

The food is relatively inexpensive, freshly cooked and delicious. I also noticed they have a number of high chairs for younger diners.


Address: Rosenthaler Strasse 63, 10119 Berlin

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Friday, 23 November 2012

Fog in Berlin

We get a lot of foggy weather here in Berlin - I couldn't quite believe this though! The left hand photos were taken at around 9.45am and the right hand ones at 1pm - bit of a difference?

Monday, 19 November 2012

Wummelkiste Review

I was delighted to be offered the chance to review one of the Wummelkiste craft boxes aimed at children from the age of three to seven. The boxes cost around 20€ depending on your level of sign up with them (one month, three months or a year subscription with each getting slightly cheaper on the monthly cost).

The box arrived and my son with excited by the packaging and I was also pleased to see it was addressed directly to him both on the box and in the welcome letter inside. There were three projects, of varying difficulty, with all the materials required plus a great pair of safety scissors.

The box is themed and the month we had to review the theme was musical instruments. As well as the three projects there is also a sheet with other ideas of things to make out of every day materials to match the theme.

The first project below was the easiest one and involved making shakers. There were some different materials included in the kit but the instructions encouraged other ideas as well. Once the construction is over there is a sheet to help you use the shakers as a game.

The second project (and the next one up in difficulty) was making a drum. I had to help my three year old a bit more with this one but he enjoyed the outcome a little more.

Finally the third project was making a hanging instrument with different size metal bars and a wooden beater. This was not possible for my son to construct but would be easier for the older age group the kit is aimed at. Again there is a suggestion as to how to use the finished item to encourage musical learning.

My son enjoyed the construction of the projects even when I was doing the bulk of the work and certainly has continued to use the musical instruments as toys afterwards. The box means that they can be tidied away easily afterwards.

I would observe that the actual creation of the projects is quite quick but fun nonetheless. I liked that there was a clear theme to the box and the associated activities. As a basic German speaker the instructions were very visual and easy to understand without the use of a dictionary so don't be put off if your German isn't great.

I would definitely try another month before signing up for longer but on the whole we enjoyed the activities. 

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Milchmann's, Pankow

This gorgeous little cafe is just around the corner from the S and U Bahn station in Pankow and is well worth the visit. It is a bit more expensive than the other cafes in this street and area but the food is delicious.

The decor is also wonderful and very Nordic in its influence. There are a couple of high chairs and the toilets are immaculate.

We had the brunch to share and it was superb. I recently ate a similarly billed brunch in a very popular cafe in Prenzlauer Berg, which was a huge disappointment but the selection in Milchmann's was well put together, tasty and very fresh. We both enjoyed it very much. It also came with fresh pressed orange juice which as the perfect touch. Definitely worth the visit out to Pankow and why not check out some of the nearby playgrounds - click here for all my Pankow reviews.

Address: Berliner Strasse 119, 13187 Berlin

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Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Vanilla and Cinnamon Biscuits

As I think is obvious from previous posts, we love baking in our house and Halloween was the perfect chance to bake some Vanilla Biscuits as gifts at a little get together we went to.

The recipe is from The Christmas Book by Sheherazade Goldsmith and is always a reliable recipe.

Preheat oven to 190c/375f/ Gas 5

Ingredients to make around 12 biscuits.

100g butter
275g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 eggs
525g plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp ground cinnamon
A little milk
  1. Place buttered greaseproof paper over two large baking sheets. Cream together the sugar and butter. Add the vanilla extract and stir in the eggs.
  2. Sift the remaining dry ingredients in a separate bowl and add the egg mixture and then the milk a little at a time and mix into a dough. Chill for 30 minutes.
  3. Roll out the dough on a floured surface until 5mm thick and cut shapes with your cutters. We used these ones from Ikea - woodland animals.
All packaged up for the party.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Buchlokal, Pankow

If you live in Pankow and can enjoy books in German, this little bookshop is a complete delight. The atmosphere is lovely, they have a small seating area and a coffee machine and staff are really helpful and friendly.

The children's section at the back is beautifully set out with book shelves spelling Lesen (read) in German.

Their window display is always seasonal or topical and they have regular author readings both for adults and children. A lovely place.


Address: Ossietzkystra├če 10, 13187 Berlin

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Monday, 5 November 2012

Playground at Hornstrasse, Kreuzberg

This is a great little playground in the central square on Hornstrasse. It is right across the road from Cafe Kreuzzwerg so perfect for a bit of a run about before enjoy their waffles.

It has swings, slide, climbing tower and a zip line so is suitable for various ages.

Address: Hornstrasse, 10963 Berlin

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