Bel Étage Dinners 2015: A Feast for Taste Buds and Eyes

Japanese restaurateur and head chef Shinji Kobayashi has some down-to-earth advice for any amateur cook keen on trying something special this Christmas: “My personal tip would be to always use fresh seasonal ingredients. Use your mind as well as your intuition when cooking!”

In November, Kobayashi was one of three chefs who demonstrated their cooking skills at three “Bel Étage Dinners” at the Bel Étage Suite, Central Berlin’s showcase apartment at Strausberger Platz.

Image courtesy of Andreas Alexander Bohlender

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In the footsteps of the GDR: Ostalgie in Berlin

You don’t have to go too far in Berlin to discover the traces and scars of the city’s history. For Ostalgie fans, nostalgic for aspects of life in East Germany, the city has a great deal to offer. For those who want to take a stroll in the footsteps of the GDR, here are a number of sights and attractions that should definitely not be missed.



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Be an author and live rent free at Strausberger Platz in Berlin for a whole year!


Have you always wanted to move to Berlin – the colorful, trend-setting capital that is home to the most start-ups and the liveliest cultural scenes? Then grab your pen (or hit your keyboard) and tell us exactly why you would like to live at Strausberger Platz , and what you would like to report on there as a blogger.

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