First Performance as Guest Chef

Last Thursday I had my first performance as guest chef in a restaurant. The picture shows me with my daughter and her friends.

The occasion was the 17th birthday of Matilde, which she celebrated together with the 17th birthday of a friend Claudio (on the right) in the Restaurant "La Formica e la Cicala" in Via Urbana in Monti. Andrea, the owner of the restaurant is our friend and so I could join the colleagues from Bangla Desh in the kitchen that night. The menu was:


In Germany High School Students and University students are on strike. Well, some of them. At the moment it really does not look like a mass movement :-).
Reasons: what I got from the radio stations, the university students are protesting against the introduction of university fees and against the "Bologna Reforms" which introduced the split of German University curricula into Bachelor and Master Courses. The High School Students are protesting against too big classes and the shortening of the secondary schooling from 9 years to 8 years.

Der Goldene Hahn

I don't like it, if in a Restaurant they deliver me the invoice before I did ask for it. I feel like being thrown out. And so I felt when the waitress brought me the invoice when I just had taken the last sip from my wine. Presumably they were irritated seeing me dining with note block and camera.

Carots and Leek

That sounds banal, but it is not if... If you get very young leek. Saturday my veggie-monger at Piazza Vittorio had this fabulous leek, only twice as thick as spring onions and with an incredible fragrance. Also the carots were tasty and not as the many pinky water concentrates you get often.

A nearly perfect Fisch"Curry"

You cannot do this often. You need some friend, who comes back from the tropics and brings you a fresh coconut. Cheers to Modesta, our Phillipine cleaning lady, who brought a fresh coconut from her own tree at home.
OK, I called it Curry, but there is not an ounce of Curry Pulver in it, instead:
- a good amount of ginger
- not too much garlic
- a bunch of spring onions
- a tomatoe
- some thai chilli
- fresh coriander
if you are adventurous enough also capers and peppers (not too much, but so it gets really fusion)

Vin d'Alsace

Das ist eine kleine Weinbar an der Koertestrasse 18. Biologische Weine, um die 2 Euro/Glas (0.1). Einige Tapas zwischen 1.50 € und 3€, Ich bestellte Ziegenkaese im Speckmantel, und was ich bekam, waren nicht tapas, sondern eine Portion, 3 Stuecke, das haette auch reichen koennen wir ein kleines Dinner. Als Wein wurde mir ausserhalb der Karte ein Weissburgunder aus Rheinhessen angeboten. Da ich gerade auf der Jagd nach Weissburgundern bin, habe ich akzeptiert. Wundervoll gegessen und gut getrunken.

Mittmann's Restaurant

An eine Stelle, wo man nicht gerade ein gutes Restaurant erwartet und wo man vielleichts nachts nicht einmal gerne allein herumlaeuft liegt Mittmann's Restaurant. Ich war da so haeufig mit dem Fahrad vorbeigefahren und irgenwie hatte mich das Menu gereizt, Kalbsnieren, mit Zwiebeln. Z.B. Ich kam an gegen 22 Uhr nach einem wundervollen aperitivo bei. Und zunaechst wollte mich ein grummeliger glatykoepfiger Kellner gleich wieder herauswerfen. Er wurde dann aber von einer netten blonden Kollegen des Besseren belehrt und ja, ich koennte noch etwas zu essen haben.

Are Economics science?

Hey, Economics Geniuses! What Happened? - BusinessWeek
magazine cover
The business week articles treats how the world economists failed to predict the finance crisis of the last year.  One of the reader commented: " so what? economics is not science, but philosophy and you cannot get any relevant guidance out of that". 
This is widespread opinion,  linguistically well expressed in English, where "science" is only applied for physics, chemistry, biology and the likes, whereas all the other stuff is labeled as "humanities". 



I have been to the Zander first time in February 2007 and had kept it in my memory as an expensive but worthwhile place.  I came back in November 2008 with a party of 6 ( the same party that had dinner the night before in ; Sol y Sombra for a mere 110 €.) This time I wante to show my friends from Boston that there is also "fine dining".

Kirk Royal

Kirk Royal

Kirk Royal
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 45 / Ecke Mariannenstr.
10999 Berlin

Ich bin jetzt zwei mal in diesem Restaurant gewesen,  das sowohl fuer die Qualitaet als fuer die Preise ins obere Drittel der Berliner "Esstaetten" eingruppiert werden muss.