Then And Now



In 1990, Germany united. For the first time, a Russian astronaut flew into space on an American space shuttle.  Phil Collins was at the top of the charts and in Vietnam, there was a shortage of meat. This dire situation (not the musical one, mind you, we mean the food) is important because vegan nutrition alternatives grew from it. The vegan Vietnamese Restaurant 1990 at Boxhagener Platz has dedicated itself to this time and modernised tasty vegan dishes from fresh vegetables and exotic spices. The secret has been out for a while now that the vegan Vietnamese Restaurant Cat Tuong on Kastanienallee is the place to go to convince carnivores of the tastiness of vegan cuisine. So it’s absolutely right that exactly that team has now opened the second restaurant a little further to the East. The demand for good, agreeable ingredients – let’s spell it out: no glutamate of the devil is ever used here – is met all the way up to and including the tap water, which is spring water from a Leogant filter. So this time travel into the past is, at the same time, into the absolute present: tasty, agreeable, environmentally friendly and purely vegan cuisine, cooked in Berlin, inspired by Vietnamese tradition. The best advent cuisine, before the turkey and fondue get you.
Restaurant 1990 | Krossener Straße 19, 10245 Berlin |

Kategorien: Places | Autor: | Datum: 21. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Enjoy The Silence

What makes a holiday perfect? When we get the chance to take some time for ourselves. When we can enjoy rest and activity without having to comply with appointments and schedules. When we feel truly welcome and are given space for inspiration and relaxation. Well, we have something for you. The quaint village of Lech am Arlberg (in Austria) has only 100 inhabitants and, for the past 24 years, the matchless 4-star hotel ‚Stäfeli‘. Right on the hillside, imbedded in spectacular scenery, run with a lot of love and care and just recently elaborately remodelled and renovated, the Stäfeli (you just want to say that again and again, don’t you?) offers time and space in abundance to just let your thoughts, ideas and dreams fly. The sophisticated and stylish rooms are equipped with furniture and accessories from Gervasoni, Designers Guild or Varaschin and Rausch. There’s a spa with an indoor pool with counter current, water spouts, a sauna and a gym that offers Chimosa workshops and courses such as boxing yoga. If, that is, you have any energy left after a day on skis or snowshoes. Those who prefer to relax can resort to one of the many havens of peace and quiet. In co-operation with Stephanie Wissmann from the blog Stepanini, a literary concept was developed for each room that let’s you dive into innumerable topically matched books and texts to your heart’s content. Our highlight, however, is the ‚ZeitRaum’ (meaning time-room) which is all about spending time together, literally. Together with local decorators, game tables were designed for young and old to enjoy themselves together in Summer or Winter and turn their backs on modern technology. Delicious food is served in the restaurant ‚s’Achtele’, amongst others. People, this is the perfect holiday. The Stäfeli is re-opening tomorrow. Inquire about booking on their website.
Stäfeli – Relais du Silence Hotel | Zug 525, 6764 Lech am Arlberg | Double rooms start at 95 Euros per person / per night incl. breakfast and afternoon snack |


Kategorien: Places | Autor: | Datum: 14. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , , , Keine Kommentare


If the thought of sweet potato pineapple curry, spicy fried noodles with cabbage peanut salad and chop suey vegetables or a seitan-patty burger with Fritz Cola sauce, cheese dip, tomatoes and roasted onions not only makes your mouth water but your heart beat faster, too – then you’re in vegan-love. Just like Cathy, owner of the vegan living kitchen Happenpappen in Hamburg-Eimsbüttel. Homemade vegan specialties are served here daily, plus gluten-free options that even make convinced carnivores gush! Monday to Sundays from 6pm is burger night with no less than 5 different vegan burger variations. No evangelism going on here, just cooking with a lot of enthusiasm for alternatives, a vast knowledge about the world of culinary diversity and the patience and wisdom needed to give the guests an understanding of vegan cuisine, if they so wish. The recipe here is 100 % vegan = 200% yummy! Deal!
Happenpappen | Lappenbergallee 41, 20257 Hamburg | Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-5pm | | Facebook


Kategorien: Hamburg | Autor: | Datum: 14. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

… Except if You Do It.

… Except if You Do It.

Only 4% of the 500 most profitable companies worldwide are led by women. Only 3% of technology start-ups are founded by women. And women receive less than 10% of all venture capital investments. How do we know that? From watching the insightful documentation „She started it“. For two years, the French journalist Nora Poggi and her team accompanied successful, young women in the start-up universe. Now, the feature length documentation is touring the world and presents five female founders under 30 that have the right stuff to be inspiring idols: 28 year-old Vietnamese Thuy Truong, for example, who develops mobile apps in the name of her own company in silicone valley. Or Brienne Ghafourifar, who collected over a million dollars in investments when she was 18 and founded her own tech start-up with it. The are so many stories out there about women who develop products, set up teams, gather capital, who fail and get back up again, who establish, negotiate and pitch. This exciting documentation is dedicated to them. It does open the old wound of discrimination but also shows what is possible. Be it as a man or as a woman. Or especially as a woman. We’re giving away two pairs of free tickets to the festival to the particularly busy amongst you. Send us an email headlining „PUSSY GALORE“ to
Filmpremiere ‚She Started It‘ | December 20th, 2016, 6-9pm | Factory Berlin, Rheinsberger Straße 76-77, 10115 Berlin | Free entry | Registration | Facebook | Trailer


Kategorien: Events | Autor: | Datum: 14. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Jan Zühlke

The 2 Minute-Interview

Jan Zühlke is a pretty tough fella. Too! Because like all real heroes in leather, from Brando to McQueen to James Dean, he’s a really good and nice guy as well. Perfect conditions for pulling off a romantic thing like founding your own motorbike and heritage print magazine. Craftrad is such a brazenly handsome publication that you’re going to want it lying on your coffee table – even if you’re a car-sharer without a drivers’ license. Stories told with lots of love, beautiful photography, good paper. Period. Speaking of stories, when you’ve spent 15 years as a boy scout, you grow up with a love of adventure and a natural wanderlust. You just can’t get that out of your system. Not even if you study “Communication in Social and Economic Contexts” at the Universität der Künste in Berlin. So, dear Jan, let’s have a word and a smoke, then.

Name: Jan Zühlke
Age: 25
Home: Berlin
Profession: Publisher
Shoe size: 43
Favourite bike: Honda XLV 750 R

You’re travelling at 30 km/h on a country road and have to brake. Your reaction time is 1 second. How long is the braking distance?
I hate maths. Christoph does all the numbers for us. But: If you brake later, you can drive fast longer.

Tell us about a magical place, anywhere in the world!
Last Summer, I was riding my motorcycle from Biarritz back to Berlin and passed through the Ardèche. Somewhere in the mountain scenery, there was an old, shabby viaduct. When I stopped there to smoke a cigarette, it seemed like a very magical place to me.

Which celebrity would you like to go on a joyride with?
Steve McQueen. Coolest guy ever.

Why is riding a motorbike more sexy than driving a car?
Do you know Steve McQueen? Or Marlon Brando? Or James Dean?

Can words change the world?
If those words are followed by actions, yes.

When was the last time you did something good for someone else and what was it?
I recently gave away warm winter clothing to refugees.

Your house is burning, which three objects do you save from the flames?
Very materialistic: My favourite helmet, laptop and phone.

Give us your Christmas present pointer, please!
The CRAFTRAD subscription, of course!

What do you spend too much money on?
I founded a print magazine. So there’s not much money to spend (yet). But probably for cigarettes.

What do you need to relax?
A special cigarette and a good record.

What would you cook for us if we came to visit you at home?
Strammer Max! (fried eggs with ham on bread)

What are you afraid of?
The shift to the right in Europe, Germany, the world.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
My girlfriend tattooed me with a needle and some ink while drunk. Not the prettiest but certainly the most personal tattoo I have.

What would you change if you had the power to?
If world peace is too utopian, then I’d start with our education system. Education is the key.

What should no one know about you?
Which podcasts I listen to to go to sleep.

Which question should we have asked?
What my favourite book is.

Last words: Vrooom

Fotocredit: Nadine Kunath


Kategorien: People | Autor: | Datum: 14. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

The Gift of Giving

Bam, another week gone. Well okay, there is still some time left to muse which presents to place under the tree for your nearest and dearest.  We are happy to continue our round dance of inspiration and are dishing out some more fabulous ideas. Muschi Kreuzberg has created the perfect floor covering for all lovers of the big city and hackers of gentrification: Carpet Diem, a play and matchbox carpet in 200×150 cm that gives the Kottbusser Tor a new, softer side – a tad costly, but love has no price, right? Cork and Piñatex, a material made of pineapple leaves from the Philippines, is what the wallets, backpacks and make-up bags from henties are made of. Turning a by-product of the pineapple harvest into fashion that meets high standards. Sustainable, natural and new. Because leather is so yesterday. If you fancy such a make-up bag, send us an email titled ‚CORKY!‘ to And since we’re in a generous mood anyway: those of you yearning for a night for two in a historic train wagon should send us an email with the subject ‚RAIL REPLACEMENT TRANSPORT‘, also to Because there are five wagons waiting at the Alter Verladeturm in Groß Neuendorf an der Oder, their floor-to-ceiling panorama windows facing the river. That’s what we call functional accommodation at the summerly bosom of nature. And now: bottoms up people – but with style, please. Our lovely Judith swears by the following recipe: Selosoda, the fabulous caffeinated drink made from coffee berries, home-made cascara-white-tea-syrup, Hennessy VS Cognac, white port wine and lemon juice. Oh boy, it’s called Sleepless Panama and if you’ve ever tried it, you know why. Take that, Red Bull whatever! This and five other cocktails can be mixed up in a jiffy with the Whisky, Cognac & Cascara – Sleepless Panama & Elk’s Cordial Cocktail Set by the fabulous Drink Syndikat. Everything included, even the how-to. Cheers my dears!
Carpet Diem |, 299 € | henties |, bags from 90 €, Geldbörse ab 25 € | Verladeturm Bahnwaggons |,  50€ per night for two, 80€ per night for four | Drink Syndikat |, 39,90 €


Kategorien: Products | Autor: | Datum: 14. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , , Keine Kommentare

Heroes of Light


On a total of six dance floors between the two locations you can dance yourself into distant worlds to the sounds of 15 magnificent DJs, surrounded by fantastic creatures and light installations. Ten rooms will be setting the scene for light and stage artists, who usually remain more in the background at clubs and concerts. There will be live visuals accompanying night-filling DJ sets, analogue illumination and light installations will be on exhibit, as well as Dark Cabaret and mappings of architectural structures. The offer is vast, the common denominator being light and space. You can look forward to performances by the awesome Human Flashboy – half human, half Flashboy – Turkish or Prismode. The union of these space-forming artists creates a kaleidoscopic experience world on the Kreuzberger Lohmühleninsel. Euphoria is guaranteed from 11pm – handmade and fantastic. We’re giving away one pair of tickets for the festival to the particularly enlightened amongst you. Send us an email headlining „LET THERE BE LIGHT!“ to
Performance & Visual Artists Festival | December 10th, 2016 | Birgit & Bier, Schleusenufer 3, 10997 Berlin | Tickets from 10 € | Facebook

We <3 books

Tell me what you’re reading and I’ll tell you who you are. Books have caused friendships to break up. Because of reading the wrong one, not returning the lent one or mistakenly leaving the one with that certain dedication in it lying around. On the other hand, books are there to make friendships, to strengthen and celebrate them. The right book at the right time – to cheer you up, to rejoice, to fall in love again – belongs to the most valuable things there are. So there was never any doubt we could be anything but fans of „Friends with Books“. Behind this name is an association that has been giving art and artist’s books a public platform since 2014. This year, 160 artists and publishers will be presenting their books again at the Hamburger Bahnhof. A colourful bouquet is waiting to be discovered: self-published magazines, elaborately designed artist’s books and works produced in private publishing all show how closely knit the relationship between art and publication can be. For one weekend, the fair will be enhanced with lecture performances, talks and individual presentations. Art for touching, for flicking through, for making friends.
Friends With Books | December 10th to 11th, 11am to 7pm | Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin | Free entrance | | Facebook


Kategorien: Projects | Autor: | Datum: 07. Dezember 2016 | Tags: , , , Keine Kommentare

Over The Treetops


Ever heard of “winter tree-topping”? Neither have we. But the word does have a certain ring to it that won’t let us go. Something comfortable and at the same time, exciting. And that’s what it is actually is. “Breathe deeply and winter tree-top it” is the motto of the bonfire Christmas in Beelitz-Heilstätten. A tree crown path was built over the ruins of the former lung sanatorium in Fläming last year. In almost dizzy heights, you can roam across the eerie remains of the institute, make up some spooky stories or enjoy the forest and marvel how nature is reclaiming the area in and around the buildings. Exactly this ambience is where you can experience a truly atmospheric advent. It’s the festive alternative to the hustle and bustle of the commercial Christmas markets with their fun rides and Wham!-loops – the club Baum & Zeit invites you to enjoy homey bread-on-a-stick, children’s theatre and punch from the fire pot under the giant Old Berlin Christmas Pyramid. And in between that, the view and insights from the tree crown path are the perfect preparation for slowly stepping away from the past year and turning your perspective to all that’s coming. On the advent weekends, the tree crown path is open from 10am to 4pm on Fridays and Sundays and 8pm on Saturdays – and from 10am to 4pm every day during the Christmas holidays, including January 3rd.
Baum & Zeit Baumkronenpfad Beelitz-Heilstätten | Straße nach Fichtenwalde 13, 14547 Beelitz-Heilstätten | Entry 9,50 € |

Bettina Schuler

The 2 Minute-Interview

Bettina Schuler is yoga teacher, author, activist and founder of the charitable organisation citizen2be. For three years, she has been giving yoga classes for fled women and has written a book about it: „Norahib Bikom heißt Willkommen“, published by Eden Books. Recently, she started a crowdfunding campaign at startnext. The goal: to collect 20.000 Euros to open a yoga-trauma-therapy centre in Berlin. Because only those who have arrived in themselves can truly arrive in a new society. We think that’s so cool that we have to ask a few question about the status quo – of the world, of pasta and of head stands. Because, just between us, she told us that even after 10 yogi-years, she still tumbles. We consulted her fortune-teller and asked her about the result of her funding quest. The clear answer was: Successful, you’re your help!

Name: Bettina Schuler
Age: 41
Home: Berlin
Profession: Author, yoga teacher, activist and founder of the charitable organisation citizen2be
Shoe size: 38
Favourite assana: pigeon
Contact: und,

Photo credit: Tina Linster

The whole world is listening, what do you say?
Stop talking about changing the world and do something, damn it!

What do you need to feel good in a strange place?
My family. And good coffee.

What gives you energy?
My family, my friends and yoga, of course. And I love sleeping a lot. And Sauna is always a go-to.

Where is humanity going? Are we on a good path?
The world seems to be going crazy at the moment, things like Trump’s election or Brexit are happening, things we never deemed possible. That is really scary and on the other hand, and this is my big hope, every time of upheaval is also a chance to turn things to the better. That’s why I struggle with the term refugee crisis, because the word crisis alone causes a feeling of diffused fear in many people. I see the influx of fleeing people as a chance, because we are being forced to change our social structures that we haven’t been happy with for a long time anyway. That’s why I call it a refugee chance, not crisis.

Close your eyes and think of something nice. What is it?
My warm bed.

How do you find your balance?
When everything threatens to get too much for me, I lock myself in at home, stare into the air and just don’t do anything.

A good deed everyone can do before the year is over:
That’s easy: join our startnext campaign and support us in raising enough money to rent a space in which we can offer refugees a yoga-trauma-therapy.

What’s better: giving or getting?
The way my daughter’s eyes light up when I give her a present just can’t be topped.

Please complete: For just one day, I would like to be…
David Bowie in the 70s

How does the “keep off the grass!” sign get onto the grass?
Where? Didn’t see it…

Do you believe in fate?
Sure. And my fortune-teller. No joke.

If we came to visit you at home, what would you cook for us?
Since I can only cook pizza and pancakes, it would have to be one of those two dishes. Or pasta. With presto, of course. I can manage that. At least if someone tells me when to take them out of the water. But I’m excellent at making coffee.

What are you afraid of?
The elections next year.

When was the last time you tried something new and what was it?
I’m constantly trying new things. I always need a project. This year, it was founding my charitable organisation citizen2be that campaigns for the integration of refugees.  An incredibly bureaucratic act. But it was worth it.

What should no one know about you?
That I bought a Modern Talking tape when I was eight. And that thing about the headstand. But I already told you that.

What question should we have asked?
What are the bank details of your donations account?

Last words:
I love having them.