Papa Pane // Berlin-Mitte

Boyfriend took me to dinner last night after i spent a whole day at home working on things for Floralpunk. I seriously have no problem with sitting in front of the laptop all day. Im an internet geek 8 )

We went to Papa Pene, which is supposed to be really good. And it was ! We went there pretty late, around 11pm,  and it was raining so we had no problem with getting a table. Otherwise, i heard, it's absolutely necessary to book in advance.

We had a small insalata mista (nothing for ppl who love dressing like my bf does lol), lasagna and a pizza piccante. The lasagna good. There was one layer of spinach which was a little to bland, but acceptable. The upper layer of cheese was crispy and i loved that. My pizza was nice as well. If you like thin pizza, which is crispy around the edges and gets softer towards the middle. I dont mind, even though i prefer thin pizza that's crispy through and through. A little heavy on cheese but that i don't mind either. All in all a very tasty and solid Pizza. Service was alright. Not the best, not the worst.

They have dishes on the menu which sounded so appealing to me that i do must return there. Like the grilled baby octopus on salad, a littly spicy. Or the thin spaghetti arrabiata with something else which sounded really yummy as well. I dont know, but i do recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere is nice. Wouldnt want to go there during peak hours though. We paid 25€ for one salad, two drinks and two main dishes. quite alright !

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District Mot / Berlin-Mitte

I had a pretty nice and sunny day in Berlin today. Had a look at a beautiful one-room appartment, which was a tad too pricey at 500€ for 40 square metres, went shopping and had great dinner. My boyfriend took me to "District Mot", which opened roughly a month ago, and it was fab ! District Mot wants to convince with Saigonese street food, and they even have grilled chicken feet on the menu. Big fuckin plus ! I love the fact that they have food and beverages on the menu that might not appeal to western ppl at first glace. Chicken feet salad anyone ? ; ) And the interior is top. Saigonese street flair in a cleaner and stylisher context. The chairs, some tables and other interior pieces are originally Vietnamese, imported all the way from there as well. Order some side dishes, a couple beers or fresh lime juice, grab a table outside or by the window and there you go. Enjoy a bit of the Vietnamese vibe in the middle of Berlin.
If i had to rate out of 5, i'd give 5/5 for interior and vibe. I dont know about the service because my bf knows some of the people working in there. The food... an ok 4/5 because it does really look fuckin pretty good. Its not the best Vietnamese food i have ever had, but i need to credit the autheticity mixed with how it looks. It looks and smells very yummy. We had the chicken feet salad (didnt like at all... the other ingredients didnt blend with the chicken feet. Have had better ones. Or maybe not my taste, cos boyfriend thought it to be ok.), grilled chicken feet (i was so happy. Solid taste. Not the best ones ever but not bad either !), Bun Moc (rice noodle soup with some beef nd shit. Dont know how to explain. Was huuuuge ! Bf says that the broth wasnt well seasoned though. Says all, my bf is actually pretty easy when it comes to food and taste lol.) aand Banh Trang Bun Thit Nuong (rice papers with rice noodles, grilled pork meat and various herbs. Loved how this dish looks. SO nice ! Absolutely fresh and beautiful. Solid dish, tasted well, fish sauce was good. Thumbs up). So as you can see, one dish was good, one was alright, two were... not that well seasoned. I have had plenty of really good Vietnamese food in my life. I would return to District Mot (which means district one btw, the centre of Saigon) for the atmosphere, for the very delicious drinks and variety of viet desserts, but not so much because of the food. Need to try other main dishes next time. And dont have their Aperol Sour. Unless you like it bitter. I also have had plenty of Aperol Sours in my life as well, and this one definitely lacks orange juice, syrup and citron juice. It wasnt sour at all. Tasted like Aperol mixed with something.... Thinking about it now... Maybe it wasnt Aperol Sour after all D: maybe it was a Spritz : / guess they got it wrong.

Anyway, i will still recommend this place. Actually iam still amazed by it haha. So if you're around in Berlin, check it out. Its the same owner as from "Chén Chè" by the way.  Which is just across the street. Here some impressions taken with my iPad:

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Beijing and Shanghai in VSCO

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Ok so here it comes. At last. My blogentry about my time in China. Beijing and Shanghai to be specific. I brought a DSLR but was too lazy to carry it around and ended up leaving it in my suitcase all the time. Thus all pictures were taken with my iPad and Samsung Galaxy S3. And i hate S3 photos, so i cant even be bothered to transfer them to my computer, edit and upload them. 

Im going to tell you some things about my time in China. Beijing didnt flash me at all. I find the city boring and the people not very friendly. My friends and me were surprised when someone was nice to us. People were generally distanced, rude or just ignorant. People dont seem to smile or shower. I wanted to puke several times when i was standing in the underground train. I have never experienced such a smell, neither have my friends. My chinese friend who had been to Shanghai said that she thought that Shanghai was bad, but that the smell in the Beijing metro is even more shocking. What can i say about Beijing. Hang around the Nanluogu Lane and Gulou area, its not bad. But not that cool either. Sanlitun is alright as well. If you have never been to Asia before, those might amaze you. If you have been to other major cities, like me, Beijing is just... boring. From shopping to nightlife. Peking duck is really good though. I would recommend a restaurant called Da An. So fucking good, So good i wanted to die in fact. Really good, believe me. 

Shanghai. Shanghai was much better. A very metropolitan city, great nightlife szene. Shopping wasnt very exciting. Go to Qipu Road for wholesale shopping, which isnt exactly wholesale shopping. Because if the quality is good the prices tend to be as high as in Europe. Or even higher. There is a Plaza focusing on Korean clothes. Better quality, higher prices. I didnt get to buy much. Maybe we went to the wrong plazes. I dont know. I was sick for three days, which sucked. We didnt have time to check out much of the French Concession or other sights because we tended to stay up late and thus wake up late. What really bothered me in Beijing and Shanghai are the opening times. Very very western. Or worse. Shops close from 6pm to 8pm. Depends. We had a friend there who took us to several clubs and bars. There was one bar which was fucking awsome. But i forgot its name. The music was so good. 

Facit. If you go to Beijing or Shanghai, make sure you have friends there. Otherwise its really bothersome to get around and to find good food. Or do your research really really really well. Because you dont find exciting things at every and each corner like in Taipei or Hong Kong. I wouldnt return to Beijing. Ok maybe for the duck. And if it was a sponsored trip. But not just like that. I could imagine myself living in Shanghai if i had more friends there. But id still prefer Hong Kong, Singapore or Saigon. 

Whoelse has been to those cities ? How did you like them ?