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Quick cheese shopping in Amsterdam - near the Central Station or the Stedelijk

I had the pleasure of visiting De Kaaskamer yesterday - a remarkable cheese shop in the Little Nine Streets neighborhood... They had a fantastic array of traditional Dutch cheeses, but also had many many quality offerings of cheeses from around Europe - and gorgeous accompaniments (giant Medjool dates, fig cakes, quality salamis, nuts...). Lots of Slow Food signs here. It didn't seem particularly touristy, though no doubt tourists DO visit this neighborhood. All the products were obviously hand-picked and the staff was friendly and knowledgable. I would highly recommend it!

Their website is here: http://www.kaaskamer.nl/

(I would add that they are about 15 minutes walking from the Stedelijk or can be reached by the tram easily.)

Mar 20, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Modern German Food in Berlin

Oh I'm jealous of your Charlie Trotters experience! I had hoped to make it before they closed.
I can identify with occasionally feeling frustrated with a tasting format as well. Sometimes you just wanna pick what you're going to be eating, and not be subject to a chef who had poor judgment about the line up for the evening! (Some establishments are much more consistent with tasting menus, of course.) And, whenever I go back to Horvath I'll try to post some kind of follow-up here!

Mar 04, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin: Rogacki Redux

Well, clearly there are lots of people who like to contend about their baguettes being as good or better than baguettes in France, but I heartily agree with you on this matter and don't find it snobby at all. For me, French baguettes are the best, others are very good, and still others are middling or inedible. I don't refuse to eat baguettes outside of France either, hoping (so far in vain) that I'll strike gold somewhere near my house!

Mar 03, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin: Rogacki Redux

Yeah, I try to keep tunnel-visioned on the yogurt and baguettes! It is so hard to resist the chocolate, the tea, the little French morsels everywhere...

Mar 03, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin: Rogacki Redux

Agreed on KaDeWe (of course)! I would also recommend the pastries and baguettes on the bottom floor of the Galeries Lafayette. They fly the baguettes in from Paris (for whatever that's worth), they're still really reasonably priced and have always been superbly fresh.

In addition to a nice array of pates and mousses, GF also stocks La Fermiere yogurt (not carried at KaDeWe, shockingly!). La Fermiere produces the most heavenly vanilla yogurt I have ever tried, sold in little ceramic crocks. Those could easily pass for a dream picnic dessert. So so so well-done!

Mar 02, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin: Rogacki Redux

Wow, I love that story! Not the first time I've heard of a very hungover transatlantic flight from Berlin! Farewell parties are always tempting. :)
I didn't realize Henne had so much to offer as far as liqueur goes... Sounds like fun!

Feb 21, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin Birthday Dinner - Katz Orange vs. Noto

Higher price tag but comparable food? As a side note, who do you think does the best steak and frites in Berlin?

Finally, I have to admit I feel a little crazy... I totally forgot that Noto is basically Italian (which, as I mentioned, we've had a lot of lately). I just checked their menu online and saw - risotto, ricotta, ravioli, etc. I think it'll be Katz Orange for now - will report back on how it goes!

Feb 21, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin Birthday Dinner - Katz Orange vs. Noto

We don't really need romantic I don't think... Since he's a little shy about celebrating, it's better to keep it casual and all about the food. We have been making a lot of trips to Italy lately so I think we will wait of Noi Quattro, but definitely make a note for a future visit.

What is 3 Minutes? I've never heard of that one. I have been curious about Les Valseuses too, but kind of thought we might make it for lunch sometime soon. We are in Neukolln, close to Kreuzberg, and are pretty flexible to travel wherever.

Thanks for the assurance about the pig and fries - that certainly is good motivation!

Feb 21, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin: Rogacki Redux

Ha, yes, I totally agree - the potatoes weren't a salad. I don't know how my brain sublimated that dish into something remotely healthy (beyond good mood food...)!

The bar had the usual great German pils and an interesting array of schnapps, if one cares to partake in that kind of thing. I liked the apricot!

Feb 20, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin Birthday Dinner - Katz Orange vs. Noto

Hi all,
My sweetie pie is having his birthday this weekend... He wanted to keep it really mellow so it's just the two of us, and we aren't going full-tilt on a luxe dining experience this time. Katz Orange and Noto came to mind as places we've been wanting to try that might fit the bill. We've been curious about both restaurants for a while, but I'm a little concerned that Katz Orange has gotten too hyped and will be disappointing...
Any opinions and input would be greatly appreciated on the current vibe of these restaurants! I have read a few posts on both spots which have piqued my interest, I am just looking to make a decision - or be conclusively convinced of a third option!

Feb 20, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin: Rogacki Redux

Wow, lingua, you're totally inspiring me to expand my tastes in smoked fish! I just wanted to chime in and recommend the green pepper salami and the cherry-water salami. We brought home a bunch of each, which made for very happy snacking the next few days.

My first visit to Rogacki brought out the real inner nerd and I ended up taking a bunch of pictures of the things we ate and took home - so you can see below! It was an impressively good standing lunch - and maybe the best smoked salmon on toast I've ever had. (I think I ate the salmon too fast to photograph it though...)

I was wondering if it was possible to take away any of the hot food they make? The hot potato salad that is pictured below (served at the same kiosk as the fish soup and smoked salmon and toast) was incredible too. There was just something perfectly balanced about the saltiness of the speck meeting the occasional green crunch of the chives, and the crisped edges of those potatoes - something I'd love to get for take away (though I doubt that's possible).

The next time I go back I am hoping to try some of the pates and mousses they have, and grab a couple of those little meatballs.

BTW, after we ate there, we went a couple doors down to an old bar on the same side of the street (Wilhelm Hoeck since 1892, Wilmersdorfer Strasse 149) for some beer and schnapps. The adorably brassy woman who had commandeered the griddle at our kiosk (and prepared those heavenly potatoes) showed up at the bar a half hour later and was treated like a queen. She literally went over to every table, cheers-ing and cheek-kissing the other bar patrons, who clearly knew and loved her. Her beau had claimed the center table beforehand, and she took her rightful place in the middle of the whole crowd. Rogacki is truly beloved.

Feb 20, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Modern German Food in Berlin

It sounds like you had a pretty decent weekend trip in Berlin! I am curious to try Noto, especially! I'm sorry to hear that Horvath didn't come through all the way though. I had the 8 course tasting menu with wine pairing last fall and everything was spot on. That evening I had one of those moments that made me think I got lucky and was eating at one of the best places in the world to be eating at that moment. (Hyperbolic, I know - but the food was inspiring.) Their blood sausage biscuit with rich pumpkin seed oil and butter made an excellent start to a knockout meal. Previously I had really enjoyed smaller meals there - a very fine cream of Jerusalem artichoke soup, for example - but the 8 course was unforgettable. In any case, I hope it's not a sign they are going downhill. It would be a bummer, as it's one of my fave neighborhood establishments.

Feb 17, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe

Berlin itinerary review & help filling gaps

Agreed that the Maybachufer market takes a bit of gusto, but I would recommend it as a nice excursion for a group of visitors. It can get really crazy in the summer and when the weather is especially nice, but with all the grey we've been experiencing I've found that lately it's been a little easier to get around. Plus the vendors on either end of the market tend to have the better offerings, so you don't have to make a big commitment slogging through the whole thing. The Kotbusser side has a really nice cheese vendor also. It's pretty pleasant to buy some cheese and bread and watch the ducks and swans...

Feb 17, 2013
breakfastsandwich in Europe