Foodies eat into Berlin’s impoverished image

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After reveling in its self-styled party image, Berlin is now cultivating a more mature, gourmet persona. The eat! Berlin food festival is key to efforts, but as DW’s Tamsin Walker finds out, it’s all a matter of taste.

Let’s get one thing straight: I am not a foodie. My grandmother used to argue that a carefully crafted pill would be the easiest way to give the body the nutrients it needs, and I sometimes think I might have inherited a mild dose of that attitude. It’s not that I have no appreciation for good grub, more perhaps that I’m generally unmoved by the ebb and flow of dining trends.

For the longest time, that lack of discernment stood me in perfectly good stead in Berlin. What separated a good venue from the bad was whether it served breakfast until late afternoon. But the times, as they say, are changing – and already have.

It is driven home to me every time I arrange to meet anyone for dinner. When the inevitable question of venue is raised, I might cast a couple of haunts I used to frequent circa 2005 into the pot. Yeah, right… When those suggestions are met with an almost inevitably raised eyebrow, my only other offering is impartiality. Read more…

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