If you didn’t already know, last week I was in Berlin. And, if you didn’t know already, Berlin is my favourite city in the world. One of the reasons I love it so much is the abundance of amazing, ethnic, diverse, and fresh food options that I just can’t get in my corner of Scotland. Don’t get me wrong, I love live in farm country Aberdeenshire, nestled between the North Sea and the Grampians, but there’s just a major lack of different food options where I live.
With that, let’s dive into my Berlin trip food allstars for this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday 🙂
I arrived late in the afternoon Wednesday: this gave me enough time to eat dinner prepared by my friend Alicia, before we headed out to Kaiser’s, the grocery store close to her apartment. It has incredible fresh food options, as shown below.
Top row, L to R: coconut milk, almonds, coconut water, Quark (a soft cheese), coconut oil, almond butter, eggs.
Middle row, L to R: dates, 85% cocoa chocolate bar, crayfish, prawns in olive oil with peppers, butter.
Bottom row, from left: prosciutto, hot smoked salmon, kefir (fermented milk – kinda like yogurt), and coconut milk.
I also bought lots of fruit and vegetables, (including an overflowing punnet of strawberries for €2.99), but I’m fairly certain you know what those look like…. I used those fresh ingredients to make a delicious breakfast for myself my first morning.
Red pepper, spring onion (green onion), mushrooms, garlic and crayfish, all fried together.
I also had a bowl of strawberries, apricot, and kiwi, with kefir, coconut milk, and a deconstructed Nutter Bomb: almonds, almond butter and dried coconut.
That night, we went to Markthalle Neun (Market Hall Nine) in Kreuzberg – a.k.a. hipster central – to partake in the weekly feast of food stands, all set up in this hall. It was packed!
And also packed full of delicious food and drink options, sure to satisfy anyone’s palate and dietary choice. We started our meal with a shared bottle of fizzy Riesling. I held the bottle and drank from my glass as we walked passed all the food vendors, making our meal decisions for the night.
My first course was a pulled pork sandwich with salad, sliced apples and spicy BBQ sauce on top. I threw away the top of the roll, and took a few bites of the bottom of the roll before throwing it out as well.
My second course was the most incredible Asian dish: a filled rice roll with ground (minced) pork, mushrooms, salad, leeks and coriander (cilantro), served with a sweet and spicy sauce. I know this option was definitely gluten-free, because it was made with rice flour instead, but I’m not sure what else went into it. This is where exercising 80/20 when primal comes into play.
I LOVED this rice roll, and could easily devour another one right now.
Once I’d eaten my protein fill, I went on to vegetables. Turkish ones to be precise. I shared this plate of 5 salads from a Turkish vendor – I only ate the beet salad and the aubergine (eggplant) salad.
It was then on to dessert! There were some tempting options – the gluten-free ice cream sandwiches and the raw vegan bars (which were also paleo) – but I wanted something more decadent. Alicia, her friend and I split a gluten-free lemon meringue-ish, cheesecake-ish tart. It looked like cheesecake, but had the consistency of a soft meringue.
Whatever it was, it hit the spot.
Another food highlight this week was this dish of spiralised courgette (zucchini), with fried vegetables and prawns, all flavoured with pesto.
This was my first time eating spiralised courgette – I loved it! Now, I just need to buy a spiraliser…
My last day in Berlin was also a memorable food day. It included some shared fresh cut watermelon at the flea market at Mauerpark:
From this pretty wonderful fruit vendor.
Then, on our way home, we cycled to Hokey Pokey, Alicia’s favourite ice cream place. It’s so popular in Prenzlauer Berg, the area in which Alicia lives, that people queue outside the door for a taste of their delicious ice cream options.
I had a small scoop of Cafe Noir (chocolate and coffee), and Alicia enjoyed her favourite: peanut butter-banana, which I also loved.
My final meal in Berlin was had at none other than the Sauvage Paleothek, a smaller tapas-style paleo restaurant in Berlin. This past January, we had gone to Sauvage‘s fine dining restaurant (the Big Paleo Restaurant in Prenzlauer Berg), which I loved, so I was eager to try their Small Paleo restaurant in Neukoelln to also see what it was like. This smaller location was also the first Sauvage in Berlin.
Alicia is also paleo, so she was happy to oblige with my request. We started our meal with fresh squeezed lemonade for her and homemade rhubarb jus + sparkling water for me. I loved my drink!
Altogether, we ordered four dishes, and they all came out at the same time. We had:
White asparagus gratin made with fermented coconut milk, which was like a crumbly soft cheese, (seen on top of the salad).
A paleo style beef bourgignon, with cassava root flour dough balls, which were more like dough triangles.
A purple potato salad with olives, capers and sundried tomatoes on the left, and an Asian-style ceviche made with Arctic Cod.
It was quite the grand paleo feast! I plan to write a more thorough review on Sauvage soon.
With all this food at your fingertips, can you now understand one of the many reasons I love Berlin so much????
What’s your favourite city in the world?
What memorable foods and meals have you enjoyed abroad?