Update on the 2005 Food Blog Awards (Best New Blog): Having been up there, nominated among so many great blogs has been a charming compliment, but actually receiving an award is the Amarena cherry on top! Thank you sincerely for your support – without your feedback and overwhelming interest, d:d wouldn’t be the same! All in all, the week couldn’t have started with better news. Congrats to all the other winners! And…oops how did this happen? In case you’re in a click happy mood, check out all the great entries for the bloggies 2006 – still can’t believe we’re nominated (best-designed weblog/best food blog) in the same category as Mr. blog-heavyweight Jason Kottke…off to making a screenshot ;)
It took us a little bit to figure these here out. Crunchy green, small marbles that look so beautiful you wouldn’t think of them as being such a taste bud teaser. Sorry, the title killed the punch line, but these yummy nibbles are indeed a surprise and on top highly addictive. If you’re oblivious to the taste of wasabi coated green peas, be prepared to embark on a quick journey from sweet to stingy, to salty and back… a snack with a kick (found them at an Asian food store).
We have had them just recently for the first time as a side to a tempura appetizer at the Volksgarten, a bar/lounge/restaurant mix serving pretty decent food, sometimes with an eccentric spin. Good news for early birds, their breakfast options are ample. Service is extraordinarily friendly, astonishingly friendly – not typical German ;) It is conveniently located close to the U-Bahn stop Stiglmaierplatz and right next to the Volkstheater – combining theater with gastro seems like a no-brainer, so it doesn’t surprise that this place is usually pretty packed. On a Friday or weekend night early reservation is recommended.
On first glance it’s style and ambience reminds of the 70ies and if you look closely it really is a mix of different centuries. Comfy couches in lounge corners including self-designed furniture as well as pieces made by the Austrian architect Oskar Reiner just beg to laze about. At night and with proper lighting the whole place gives a very warm and welcome impression. On warmer summer nights, the outside patio is outfitted with lots of comfortable over-sized XXL pillows – feast like the Romans and watch the stars.
Most important however, Volksgarten is also close to Cinema and thus has become part of our standard pre-sneak routine. This week will present a new challenge: how on earth will we be able to get 30 “sneakers” accommodated?
Brienner Straße 50
Phone (089) 57 87 78 59
Sunday – Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm to 1:00 am
UPDATE, October 2007: What a bummer. After having closed for weeks for renovation, they changed their menu and do not offer our very much treasured burgers anymore. The waiters admitted that they are getting a “Why is there no burger on the menu?” a lot, more than a dozen times on their first evening. We’re are certainly not the only ones missing it. Asking the person in charge, we got a puzzling answer: “We now only serve organic meat and couldn’t get the right quality for the burger patties.” But wait, they had organic Fleischpflanzerl on the menu… ?