This week at the local market: Mainufer Fest in Offenbach

The town of Offenbach has gained my respect. For the last week, I’ve been walking my 600 meters to work across the dreary chain-cheap store, chain-bakery, chain-mobile phone shop dotted pedestrian area of downtown Offenbach.  The coffee is lousy, the ambiance is grey.   The chain stores seem to have made a pact to suffocate and… Read More This week at the local market: Mainufer Fest in Offenbach

Potato sorrel soup

You don’t read much about sorrel.  But now that America has an arugula-loving president at its helm, some of these underdog greens might make it to the table. I first had sorrel soup in Dolores’ 57th street apartment a few decades ago.  Dolores’ kitchen was more of a walk-in closet with a window.  Almost European… Read More Potato sorrel soup

This week at the local market: the Turkish market, Maybachufer, Berlin

Like an undulating famished snake the Turkish market at the Maybachufer in Berlin swallows you whole; the peristaltic wave of female marketers young and old (but nearly all with baby carriages) gently pushing you forward through its one narrow aisle along the southern bank of the city canal.  Once you’re in, you’re in. You might… Read More This week at the local market: the Turkish market, Maybachufer, Berlin

This week at the local market – Wittenbergplatz Berlin

When I’m in Berlin on a Thursday, I go to the Brandenburg Farmers Market at the Wittenbergplatz, right across from the world-famous KaDeWe department store.  There are about 12-15 local organic farmers who participate in this market, all from the state of Brandenburg which borders the city perimeter.  In addition, there are organic cheese, meat,… Read More This week at the local market – Wittenbergplatz Berlin