Me

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My name is Suzy. I was born in Kuwait and up until my teenage years I spent my time between Bucharest and Athens. I went to University in Paris and like many before me, discovered food.  I spent my 20’s in London where I completed a year-long Food and Wine diploma at Leiths. Afterwards I worked a short while at Food & Travel magazine before settling in at Melrose and Morgan for 4 years.

Then came my first child, I moved to Berlin started the blog Foodie in Berlin to fill in the thousands of food questions I had (which no one seemed to be able to answer).

Now it’s Barcelona.  I have started as I did in Berlin in 2009, one place at a time, mapping out the city until I am fluent in where to eat, where to get a coffee and where to find that elusive ingredient.

The name of the blog has changed to Foodie in Barcelona but the URL (confusingly, I am sorry- I have no idea how to fix this without losing all my subscribers) remains; http://www.foodieinberlin.com

About this blog…

I will eat anywhere I think the food might be good whether it has a Michelin star or it’s a bowl of Pho for €4.  This blog is an exploration of  Berlin Barcelona through its eateries.  I try to take a lot of pictures so that you can see what I am seeing and so that if you decide to visit someplace I’ve been to, you instantly recognise it.

Remember, this is my blog and illustrates my likes and dislikes – it is an entirely subjective thing so you may find your taste is entirely different to mine.  I pay for my own meals and try to be discrete about taking pictures.  I don’t want places to know I am reviewing them so as to not skew the experience in any way.

By the way, the tone I am going for most of the time is funny, ironic, light-hearted.  I hope it comes across.

All the pictures posted belong to me.

If you would like to get in touch with me, write to me at foodieinberlinATgooglemailDOTcom (Yes, I know wrong city in the email address but I am still transitioning into Barcelona mode)

59 Responses to Me

  1. Wendy says:

    Very nice blog. I enjoy your writing, your stories and the accompanying pictures. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Ilanit says:

    Suzy GREAT BLOG you at your very best food and words!!!
    I will be here JO

  3. Giulia says:

    Loving this Suzy…love the food, the pictures and the stories. Still wonder how you manage to cook such intricate meals, and further wonder how you get your toddler to eat it!
    Desi pretty much only eats meat and Maelle will eat pasta…we can stick with basics such as bread, cheese and yogurt and if I’m really lucky they’ll devour peppers, string beans, strawberries and broccoli heads!
    I still cook and serve them different things (mussels last night did not go over well), but it has to be fresh, fast and easy and for that reason I have reverted mostly to the Jamie Oliver recipes and sometimes some Martha Stewart ones. And then I get tired and really bad and revert to some convenience food :(

    Keep it up and looking forward to your Berlin stories.

    Giulia

  4. Hi, I like what you’re doing here. I was just wondering, what’s up with your Blogroll? If you ever have questions about this wonderful WordPress stuff, I’d love the chance to help if I can.

    Reading about you in a foreign supermarket reminds me of the way I am with book stores. I try to avoid them because time flies by so fast when I go in.

    Whatever you do, just keep the stories coming:-)

  5. laurelpaula says:

    This is fastastic! Welcome to Berlin, and I very much look forward to following your blog! Cheers, Paula

  6. Hello

    I’ve just started a supper club in Berlin and I wondered if you might be interested in coming along to one of our events and blogging about it? (Or just coming along?)

    I would really like to have some honest reviews online from independent food-bloggers like yourself – even if they’re unfavourable reviews. Though honest and favourable would be my preference, of course!

    If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Hope to see you soon.

    Best wishes

    Caroline of Thyme Supper Club (www.thyme-supperclub.com)

  7. gutkirschenessen says:

    hi, I just stumbled upon your lovely blog – we have a lot in common! layout and theme of the blog! thank god we blog in different languages haha :)
    I would have some questions because my blog is making me crazy, layout-wise…and of course I’d love to stay in touch with you, foodiesoulmate! :)

    • Hello! Hmmm, probably not the best person to give advice on word press, it’s a mystery to me! My Mac died so i am reduced to using my iPad but the minute I am back in action I will drop you an email.

      • gutkirschenessen says:

        yes, indeed, a mystery…but a beautiful one :). good luck with you mac and talk to you soon!

  8. Sasa says:

    I really relate – I worked for a few years in kitchens but realised though I love food and want to work with it, the life of a cook is not for me. I’m a Kiwi but I live in Austria and look forward to perhaps visiting some of the places you describe when I visit Berlin.

  9. Hi, nice to meet you !

  10. Hi, found you through David’s site. Great blog you have here. I used to work in Berlin. Looking forward to visiting more often. Greetings form Colorado. Kirsten

  11. KT says:

    Hi Suzy, as a fellow foodie who has also recently moved over to Berlin from London and whose other half is also a Soho House member, there seem to be many parallels! I just came back from the SIAL in Paris and would love to speak to you about a herbal sweetener you might want to try for your baking and also to speak generally about life in Berlin. Am really enjoying the blog and can really relate to all your experiences! Hope to hear from you soon.

  12. jif says:

    Hi Suzy, I just found your blog through the Wednesday Chef. I know you are Berlin based but if you ever get to Hamburg, we would love it if you would check out our little supper club. You can find more info on us at http://www.popupkitchen.blogspot.com. Our next dinner will be in mid January and monthly thereafter.

    Excellent blog – I am so glad I found it!

    Best,

    Jif

  13. Giulia Pines says:

    I just stumbled across your blog looking for a review of the CoCo Bahn Mi deli, and I was astonished to find how many places you’ve been to that I love here in Berlin. I’ve spent the twp and a half years since I moved here trying to become an expert in eating out and in, so I guess I’m somewhat of a Berlin foodie myself. I have been to most of the markets, I know where to get a lot of the hard to find ingredients, and I have a list of favorite restaurants you must try, which I would be happy to share with you! I love your recipes and photos. Please do get in touch if you ever want a companion to go to far flung corners of Berlin and try unusual foods with!

    • Hi Giulia, Would love to grab lunch one day. I am still trying to negotiate the snowy streets of Berlin at the moment. But when we have a break in the cold snap (is it insane to believe that will be before Spring?) we should meet.

  14. Chia says:

    Hi, I’m new in Berlin, I just finished writing the review of CôCô on my Blog, and then I found your amazing blog. I love visiting good restaurant as well. Your lovely blog will be my foodie map here <3 Would you mind if I links to your blog? XXX Chia

  15. Hello,

    We just wanted to stop by and let you know that we love what you’re doing with Foodie In Berlin — especially your engaging tone and perspective on the nicest little spots of Berlin (and a special thanks for the Chicken In Lemon Syrup recipe – something for the weekend methinks). We also wanted to offer up a way for us to work together.

    Who are we? We’re two London based editors with deceptively French sounding names. We travel a lot and we know how difficult it can be to find the best blogs in the cities we visit and the crucial information you want to really understand a place beneath the surface and make some real connections. So we’re doing something about it by starting ChorusandEcho.com. A way to give our readers informed access to ideas and cities across the World, while at the same time giving our family of contributors a far larger audience and an opportunity for them to make a little bit (but hopefully a lot!) more money from their content.

    We have spent months pouring over thousands upon thousands of blogs and sites and have decided to launch in 20 cities with a handful of blogs in each. We would love to work with you there in Berlin and beyond. We would use the content you post up on your blog, so there’s no extra work for you at all. At the same time you would be credited for any content, which means extra traffic for foodieinberlin.com.

    We wanted to attach the one-pager for you to have a look at, but couldn’t find your email address but if you want any details on how to be involved, or have any thoughts or questions just email me at the address above and either myself or Luc will get right back to you!

    Best,

    Luc Le Corre and Jean-Robert.

  16. Linda says:

    Luisa- I am coming to Berlin at the beginning of April. Is there anything you think I shouldn’t miss of the “new Berlin”? I love art, architecture, history and FOOD. Your blog says a lot about food, so I am curious about your other personal delights. And #2 any spectacular vegetarian spots (worth the detour)? I am coming early but joining a tour from my synagogue. Our Rabbi gave a class on Jewish German history, hence the vegetarian 4 star question.

    And I love your writing.

    • Axel Podehl says:

      Hi Luisa,

      just read your question and immediately ‘cookies cream’ comes to my mind. It’s vegetarian, a bit ‘artsy’ and difficult to find, but very well worth the search.

      Suzy, congrats to your judgements.

      Axel

  17. Deborah says:

    Hi Suzy

    Do you have a private mail where I could email you please?
    I would like to ask u smth that might interest you ;-)

    Best Regards,
    Déborah

  18. Your blog’s definitely gonna be on my blogroll!
    Welcome to Berlin.

  19. fleur says:

    Great blog!
    I don’t know if you also fancy drinks, but i just checked the Helmut Kohl in Emserstr. and they have the best Whisky Sour in this part of the city. Keep on with the great work!

  20. Lea aus dem Kochhaus says:

    Dear Suzy,

    I would like to make you a nice little offer from http://www.kochhaus.de but have difficulties to get in touch with you. Would you drop me a line with your address so I can tell you a little be more about Kochhaus and my idea.

    Thanks & looking forward!
    Lea

  21. arynfine says:

    Hi, I just found your blog and am really excited to read through it! It looks like a great resource!
    -Aryn

  22. Melissa says:

    Hi Suzy,

    Awesome blog. Love yr writing. I’m a fellow foodie like you and intrigue about all things food. Will be heading to Berlin this July, searching for secret supper clubs when I chanced upon this blog. Keep up the good work!

  23. Danielle says:

    Hi Suzy,

    Great blog! I enjoyed reading it :) I am writing the content of an online city guide. I love the picture you have of Cocolo Ramen and was wondering if I could use it for my own review if I mention it is your picture?

    Thanks and take care,

    Danielle
    gototown.eu

  24. Frank says:

    Hello. In case you haven’t tried it yet, what I can recommend is: Si An, Pasta Divina and Horvath.
    – Frank

  25. Hi Suzi, nice blog. I’m Giuseppe, I work in Berlin at Ploonge (www.ploonge.com), the social network to meet people dining. We’re launching now in Berlin. Would be nice to have a chat wiht you. Cheers.

  26. Thanks! I’m Giuseppe Colucci, you can find me on Facebook if you wanna have a chat! tchuss!

  27. Julius says:

    Hi Suzy,
    thanks for all the useful information. I’m really looking forward to visit some of the places you’ve recommended. At the same time I want to recommend a great little patisserie to you called “Les Patisseries de Sebastien”. They make unbelievably good cakes and croissants there. Be sure to drop by there some time (it’s on the Invalidenstr. 157, 10115 Berlin).

  28. tuktukberlin says:

    Hi Suzy,
    I would like to invite you to us, http://www.tuk-tuk.de and let me know about your feedback about us.
    I would really appreciate of your visit. thanks

  29. Jon says:

    Hi Suzy,

    I only stumbled across your blog a few days ago, but already I love it! Your knowledge of Berlin restaurants is amazing. I love your detailed description of not only the food, but also the ambience of the restaurants, the waiting staff, the decor, of the whole experience. I particularly like when you share your husband’s point of view, it’s as if the reader is there in the restaurant with you!

    I know this is somewhat unorthodox, but I was wondering could you possibly recommend a romantic restaurant for myself and, hopefully, my fiance for this Sunday, 3rd March I am visiting Berlin this weekend and hope to propose to my girlfriend. After I propose, and hoping that she accepts (!), I would like to take her out to a nice restaurant. I have researched 100s of restaurants in Berlin (ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration) but I’m finding it difficult to find the perfect one. My girlfriend is not a big meat eater, she prefers fish or vegetarian options, yet it seems that a lot of the restaurants in Berlin offer mostly meat dishes. Also a lot of the restaurants’ website are only in German (unfortunately I don’t speak German). I’m also quite surprised by the number of restaurants that do not open on a Sunday. Considering your vast knowledge of all things culinary in Berlin I’d be extremely grateful if you could possibly recommend a few restaurants that might be suitable. We are staying in the Mitte district so a restaurant not too far from that area would be ideal. I’d really appreciate any advise that you could give.

    Kind Regards,
    Jon

    • Hi Jon,

      Thank you. Berlin’s food scene is not that big and honestly I am about 6 months behind since having the twins.

      Just in case have a look at Uberlin’s site, they often have good looking places to eat at http://www.uberlin.co.uk/category/food-and-drink/

      There is also a new site that has opened up called Berlin Food Stories http://berlinfoodstories.com/

      How do you feel about modern food? Because if you are happy to eat frozen foie gras on a stick then I would recommend Reinstoff, it has 2 Michelin Stars (http://www.reinstoff.eu/willkommen.html)

      Tim Raue is a one Michelin star, they have gorgeous upholstered banquettes, you could ask for one of those…and downstairs they have a small bar. The staff is well trained so you could speak to them beforehand to give you special attention and make sure you get good service. The last thing you want is to have your evening ruined by some long faced waiter (very common in Berlin).

      I don’t love the food there and it’s over priced but it has a nice view of the river and good lighting. The interior decoration is a bit “Wallstreet” as in from that era but charming nevertheless. (http://grillroyal.com/en/restaurant)

      Nine Gold which used to be called HBC has a great view of Alexander Platz. The food is creative hit and miss but the whole package is very unique / Berlin. (http://foodieinberlin.com/2012/05/18/hbc-mitte/, http://www.goldneun.de/)

      Whatever you decide, call ahead and tell them your plans.

      Good luck!

  30. ottomandandy says:

    great sutff Suzy…I am also starting tonight posting foodie stuff…Keep up the good work :)

  31. Hi Suzy, I’ve been reading you for quite a while and now added you to this list, I hope that okay with you: http://www.berlinjewish.com/other-websites

  32. Ella James says:

    Hi!
    Hope you’re keeping well!

    I’m Ella an avid reader and a blogger.

    Your blog Foodie In Berlin is the most interesting one I have come across in the recent times, Kudos!

    Your blog awakened the writer in me I thought an article from a reader like me could be an interesting addition to your site.

    Awaiting your reply.

    Regards,
    Ella James

  33. Rafal says:

    Hello Suzy,
    I am owner of 2 websites: http://www.visitberlin.pl and http://www.visitcity24.com – and I offer accommodation in my apartments and in apartments which belong to my partners. Now I am expanding my activity and I am looking for bloggers who would like to insert links to my websites.
    More info on request.
    Best regards,
    Rafal Kiecko
    http://www.visitberlin.pl
    http://www.visitcity24.com
    tel.: 0048 602-446-440

  34. Giuseppe says:

    Hi
    We run a small italian restaurant and we wiuld be very happy to be mentioned in your Blog. Would you please consider our invitation to try Mami Camilla, ambiente and quality?
    I hope to hear from you,
    Sincerly Giuseppe

  35. Dear Suzy I need to contact with you for cooperation? where I can contact you? my e-mail is info@byzebrabooks.com I hope to hera from you soon. Best Yuly

  36. aliyajade says:

    Hi Suzy,
    your blog is beautiful!

    I am travelling to Barcelona in May and would like some recommendations of one really nice, high end place and other more traditional Spanish places-not too heavy on fish or seafood as my other half is allergic!
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    MAny thanks
    Aliya

    • Hi Aliya, Thank you for your message. Fish features quite high on menus here although high end places take allergies and dislikes very seriously. Pakta and I exchanged about 6 emails before I ate there. Will have a think and get back to you.

  37. Hi Suzy

    First of all I would like to thank you for your recommendations and posts, its been very helpful!

    On our stroll today in poble nou district we found two coffee places that i think you should visit & perhaps review. The first one is called onna coffee that are roasting their beans ( costa rica ) and giving cupping and tastings workshops. Amazing coffee and latte art . Its in the valkiri hub building. The other place is called sky coffee

    Maybe you already reviewd the places i just thought its worth tipping you

    Have a great day :)
    Nir

    • Hi Nir –
      Thanks for your comment. I know Onna, it’s fantastic and they do great one off events too. I am waiting to go back and get better pictures because when I first went they didn’t have their full menu up and running.
      And I love Skye. I wrote about it. And also about the great pop up brunch they did a while back with the guys from CloudStreet bakery who I understand used to have the Federal coffee shop in Barcelona before they sold it off.

  38. Brian says:

    Hi there!

    Stumbled upon your blog as I was doing research for my eating agenda when I am in Barcelona. I have to say that my head is spinning with all the different reviews that one can read online. I was wondering if you have any suggestions for restaurants/food related activities that I might be able to do myself. I have never been to Barcelona and I will be landing on the 31st and will be by myself until the afternoon on the 1st. I am staying at the Melia Serra and will be doing some sight seeing the day I land. I have written down a few places like La Pepita, Quimet & Quimet, El Quim, La Taberna del Clinic, Tapeo, anem de tapas… And the list goes on and on. If you only had one day in Barcelona… and love to eat a lot (6 times a day) and everything… how would you spend it? I have a tour from 11-1:30 to familiarize myself a little… but free that afternoon/night and the following morning.

    Any advice you would have for me would be awesome. Maybe I can get about the business I should be tending too rather then writing restaurants down like a crazy person.

    Much thanks!

    Brian

    • Hi Brian –
      Well, you don’t have any of the Albert Adria places. Of which the best experience (imo) is Tickets but I don’t suppose they will have a space. You could always try on the off chance that they have a spare place. http://es.bcn50.org/
      I also like Tapas 24 from Carles Abellan (a lot more than his michelin place in fact) http://www.carlesabellan.es/restaurantes-tapas-24/ it is off the Passeo de Gracia. Go at slightly off peak times (like early for lunch e.g. 12:30) so you don’t have to waste your time waiting in line and try to get a seat at the bar. http://www.carlesabellan.es/restaurantes-tapas-24/
      I would also suggest you group your restaurants by area because getting from one of the end of Barcelona to the other takes some time.
      There are also some food tours around but I haven’t tried them yet so I can really recommend one.
      Hope that helps you somewhat.

  39. Brian says:

    Thanks for the suggestions… I just put my restaurants and activities in an excel spreadsheet and will be plotting them on a map. I have Tickets on my dream list.. and I was told if I just show up they may put me at the bar. Unfortunately, they are completely booked online :(. I do have a foodie walking tour printed out.. just need to get info about the specific places on the tour. What are your thoughts on La Bocqueria?

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