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

Basil?

As I have mentioned in other places, I have become a bit bored with the large-on-leaf and low-on-taste industrial basil that I find in America and Northern Europe.  Even the “bio”/”organic” plants are flat and one-dimensional.  That said, I found that my local “exotic herbs” supplier here in Berlin offers about 15 varieties of basil… Read More Basil?

Ruminations from Kolkata on the tribal Northeast

December 14, 2008 Back in Kolkata after 12 days of adventure in the Northeastern Territories of India.  After two days filled with wild one-horned rhinos, playful dolphins, wild boar, and bird—watching par excellance, we shift from Kaziranga National Park to Kohima, Nagaland to attend the much-awaited Hornbill festival. Morning breakfast conversation: 8 piece toast. 4… Read More Ruminations from Kolkata on the tribal Northeast