In many ways, I left a little of my heart in Berlin. It is a big city, full of diverse neighborhoods and lots of history. Despite not really understanding the language I felt right at home. I went in May and the weather was amazing. We had a few days of rain but it always cleared up in time for a walk around. One of my favorite things about Berlin is that everyone walks around with a beer in hand. Here in California, you really won’t see that often. It is definitely frowned upon to walk about with an open container. Not so in Berlin, everyone you pass walking down the street, whether it’s parents watching their kids at the park, coworkers/ friends walking to dinner they all have a beer in hand and I LOVE that vibe, so laid back, so me.
I was staying in the cutest neighborhood and the best hostel, Minimal Hostel. I chose to stay in a hostel since I was traveling alone and wanted the opportunity to meet people and hang out with them. In the neighborhood of my hostel was a cute craft beer bar, Lager Lager. I hit this spot up a few times. Always bustling with many people and a great spot to pick up an interesting beer for later.
Another spot close to where I was staying, O.T. Bar Und Projekt Raum was another spot with good wine and beer! Very cool interior also.
Another fun spot for cocktails is Geist Im Glas, this is a super cool place where you can tell the bartender what flavor alcohol combo you like and she will create a drink for you! They have a great outdoor area but after a certain time, they ask that you head inside as to not disturb the neighbors.
Another great place for green juices, coffee, tea and various food is the Marheineke Markthalle on Bergmannstraße. I like going to markets cause I can point to things I want if I am not sure how to say it in German.
I loved the Brlo Brwhouse – so much so that I went to it twice while I was in Berlin. It is in Victoria Park which was a really cool spot to people watch, bike, walk and relax!
In Summary, a few places I really enjoyed for a drink are :
O.T. Bar Und Projekt Raum
Geist Im Glas
With so many places to eat in San Francisco, I felt that the fact I had been to West of Pecos twice in the last month was reason enough to do a little post up here of it for others to become aware of ( if you weren’t already ) and enjoy!
First time we went was on a Friday night where we sat at the bar and ordered food. Quick friendly service and fast.
We ordered the vegetarian puffy tacos and the artichoke – both amazing!
The cocktail options are plentiful … I love a nice mezcal drink but their marg/sangria slushy is a must try… they run out often so ask about it.
The food is fresh and feels light and healthy while still being authenticly tex-mex… does that even make sense?
Bottom line its DELISH. and bonus if you go on Tuesday they have yummy tacos for 2.50, talk about a deal!
The shishito peppers were a great app for the table to share!
Side Note : This is a great spot for dinner if you are going to a show at the Chapel.
I plan to go back many times and often for their amazing combo of cocktails and great food.
You may not believe this but until this trip I hadn’t been to Vegas… it just isn’t my steeze and after going to Vegas I can safely say I don’t need to go back. The drive from LA to Vegas is rather beautiful. Lots of snow capped mountains and even some cool art instillations.
We all love Food Network and thought it would be fun to check out Giada’s restaurant. Her menu looks great with lots of smaller dishes to try and share. My favorite was probably the side of broccolini… delish! I also enjoyed the Tangerine / Tequila drink.
Really amazing parmesan crackers. Can I get those to go?
I have been to NYC twice and still haven’t made it to Serendipity so when in Vegas we finally had a frozen hot chocolate! I reccomend sharing with friends as it is extremely rich and sweet.
I was beside myself when I saw this Dolly slot machine. If I was a gambling lady I think this machine would have brought me luck!
The Bellagio botanical garden was decked out for Christmas and while it was extremely crowded it was also really beautiful.
This Joker was a little creepsville.
We then hit the Chandelier Bar in The Cosmo. Ironically, my friend, Chelsea, had been telling me about a drink she tried with a flower that made her mouth numb…say what? Then, our waitress told us about a drink they have with this same flower. It was a really crazy feeling. I did a little research and the flower is called, Acmella oleracea. Super fascinating and I highly reccomend trying this flower if you get a chance.
Not your typical Christmas Day but it was fun to see the strip lit up (more than usual) and the fun Christmas decor.
Off to the outdoors bright and early.
Since we are coming up on the weekend now I thought I would give you some recommendations for great places to go in the Mission.
Crafty Fox on Mission Street in SF close to Zeitgeist is a great place to go for a plethora of different beers. We didn’t try any food hear but tried a delicious Almanac Sour and a Mexican Hot Chocolate Stout from Fieldwork in Berkeley.
We headed down the road to Picaro Tapas Restaurant in the mission and had mouthwateringly amazing Spanish food that made me miss Spain and fall in love with it all over again.
Elixir is so I hear one of the oldest bars in the city. Lively crowd here on a Friday.
Another place I will go back to is ABV. We didn’t order any food here although it sounded amazing but we did get cocktails that were outta this world good and thats coming from someone who doesn’t drink cocktails. They were so delicious.
Last but certainly not least ( and no picture taken) is a great place to go at the end of your night when you need to eat one more thing, Panchitas. Delicious Papusas for around $2 a pop which will surely help you wake up feeling better in the morning.
There are a ton more places to hit up in the mission but these are some of my recent tries that I would recommend.