The best Indian curry in Berlin?

What I would give for a good curry…

My father’s proudest moment was feeding me curry when I was just two weeks old. Yup, you read that correctly. Once you have met the Abel Family, you probably won’t even be surprised at this. Another fun story was my dad cooking curry for his father a long time ago. Apparently the curry he made was too delicious to share, so instead, my dad went around the corner to get a takeaway curry for his father and saved his masterpiece for the next day.

Curry is and always has been my absolutely most favourite food in the world and I miss it like crazy when I’m living abroad. I remember being in heaven in India. I was excited to go to sleep each night, as I knew at least three times the next day I would be able to eat curry. The opposite was true in other countries I have visited. Japanese curry sucks (sorry, but it’s just true) and Germany’s take on this delicious dish is just poor. The only place here in Berlin that people rave about is called Amrit. After almost two years in Berlin, we thought it’s high-time to at least try this restaurant. If this is the best Germany can offer, then I am sorry for your Germans.  Get on a plane to England immediately.

Here is what we ate:

Started with this most enormous Onion Bhaji which was amazing!

Started with this most enormous Onion Bhaji which was amazing!

Chicken Korma is one of my favourites. It was disappointing - the sauce was watery and flavourless.

Chicken Korma is one of my favourites. It was disappointing – the sauce was watery and flavourless.

We got a Saag (spinach) dish, as they didn't have Chicken Tikka Masala. I have to say I was surprised at the lack of the most eaten dish in the UK.... This was pretty good, absolutely stuffed with spinach leaves, but lacked the 'home' taste.

We got a Saag (spinach) dish, as they didn’t even have Chicken Tikka Masala on the menu. I have to say I was surprised at the lack of the most eaten dish in the UK…. However, this was pretty good – it was absolutely stuffed with spinach leaves, but lacked the ‘home’ taste.

So if you need a curry fix, you can try Amrit. Or go to one of the bigger supermarkets or the Asian Supermarkets and grab the ready-made sauce in a pot. Add chicken and heavenly-food-induced-nommy-coma will begin shortly.

Amrit Restaurant: Winterfeldtstraße 40, 10781 Berlin (it’s a chain, so check the website for closest one to you).

Can you Exit the Room in the allocated time?

Get me outta here…

My brother and his fiancée visited a few weeks ago and we found a super cheap deal (€40) on Groupon for Exit the Room. The moment I heard about being locked into a room with an hour to figure out a load of complex hints I wanted to try it out. It’s like a treasure hunt with a theme and you have to work as a team in order to figure out the clues to get to the next stage.

We were basically inside a Russian spy’s living room and we had to diffuse a hidden atomic bomb that was going to explode in 60 minutes. Here is the room we walked into:

photo 1 (2)I don’t want to give anything away, especially if you are thinking of trying this out. It was hilarious and nerve-wracking at the same time. You can see that there is a padlock on the wardrobe – so basically the whole time is spent looking over, under, around and near objects, whilst desperately looking for a key. There are hidden messages all over the place and as a team you need to work together to figure out what the clues are trying to tell you. In the event that you literally get stuck, there is no need to worry! You get a walkie-talkie with the man at reception and a few bonus questions if needed.

It was great! Each of us found something no one else had seen and we made it with lots of time to spare – even the guy at the front desk was surprised we finished so quickly! At the end you can draw things on the ‘wall of fame’ and take some silly photos. Exit the Room is all over Berlin (and Germany/ the world), so look up your nearest one, grab a bunch of friends and try and solve a mystery! I can’t wait to try another one :)

The door that leads into an awesome adventure :)

The door that leads into an awesome adventure :)

We made it :)

We made it :)

Address: Exit the Room: Glatzer Str. 7, Berlin, 10247 .

Ice Cream for breakfast?!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day…

So, I’m just going to say here that this wasn’t my idea. A lovely friend of ours is on a diet where you can eat absolutely anything and any amount of it in the mornings only. Then she has to be careful and eat keto-friendly food 6 hours later and again 6 hours after that. No snacking and no alcohol etc. For a while now I have wanted to invite her over for dinner, but we like treating our guests to all kinds of food, so breakfast it was…

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We had two massive tubs of ice cream alongside vienetta and sprinkles, colourful nuts, waffles, mini doughnuts on biscuits with more sprinkles… it was a treat and a half! For dessert we ate scones… haha… sometimes I do think it’s a hard life! Anyone else enjoy a sweet breakfast out there?

Friday Links

A load of very weird museums in Germany – lots more on my to-do list now!!

What should we think about death?

Funny food hats!!

15 Least Visited Countries Tourists Should Visit More Often.

Underneath the ‘Orientalist’ kimono.

We just got back from Barcelona and this is some great advice! How to sleep in the Spanish heat!

Why You Should Never Ask a Pregnant Woman if She’s Going Back to Work.

Most fascinating thing I’ve read all year!

Let’s make Britain wild again.

The true story behind the scandalous 5.5 billion Euro Schoenefeld Airport in Berlin!

And just because I love you all… Amazing Images of Classic Japanese Fart Battles.

Croatia – Plitvice Lakes

Me at the Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Maybe it’s the chemistry, the sparks that fly…

I won’t be surprised if you haven’t heard of the Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. They’ve not been used as a set for Game of Thrones (yet?) and they are a bit out of the way to get to. But this UNESCO site needs to be seen to be believed (my favourite photo is at the bottom of the post).

Me at the Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Me at the Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

It all started with Tufa. And a bit of chemistry. I shall try and make this simple – basically Tufa is a fragile kind of stone that needs special conditions for creation: clean water and warm summer temperatures. I will leave out the super complicated bit and just say that in the 19th century the elements that are important for creating Tufa were presented and thus the Plitvice Lakes became a UNESCO site as it is a unique process – it only occurs here. We filmed in this area in order to show how important it is that we look after the environment. If temperatures continue to rise and the atmosphere becomes more polluted, creating Tufa becomes more difficult and the area’s environment will change. The area could even lose their UNESCO status.

We stayed on site at the Hotel Jezero. I’m just going to say it is extremely old-fashioned and reminded me of my grandparents’ home. There were 6 tour buses out front and hundreds of Japanese and Korean tourists inside the hotel. The room was fine, the breakfast buffet enormous and the dinner actually very delicious. Plus you can hear the waterfalls from your room and the balcony looks out onto billions of stars. It was magical!

Room with a view at Hotel Jezero

Room with a view at Hotel Jezero

Dinner was delicious - esp with some local wine

Dinner was delicious – esp with some local wine

We were lucky to have a wonderful guide Kathi. She was fun, friendly and always giggling. In the mornings the guides are allocated a group and her office had shamed her as she had picked our crazy Japanese TV group. By mid-day, all the male tour guides and the boat drivers had telephones her as they were jealous – we were filming with two beautiful ladies and they wanted to join us – haha. On the way Kathi picked at flowers and plants and picked some ‘bear’s onion’ leaves, saying we should try them as they are what bears eat after they come out of hibernation. After one small bite I could taste onion in my mouth for the entire day, even after lots of chewing gum and lunch. It’s a good thing I like onions!

The Lakes are divided into ‘Upper’ and ‘Lower’. Kathi preferred the ‘Upper’ Lakes, but it’s easier to film and get around the ‘Lower’ Lakes, so we did that. First we jumped on a mini boat ride from P1 over to P2 to see small waterfalls and stunning walkways along the lakes.

Clear waters

Clear waters

Love these wooden walkways

Love these wooden walkways

'Mini' waterfalls

‘Mini’ waterfalls

Views from the boat

Views from the boat

Next was the 15 minute boat ride to P3, where there is a restaurant (mostly junk food) and then you walk up the hill and the views are just amazing. If you walk alongside the ledge there are various viewpoints that must have been carved out for photographers. If you go all the way around you get the famous view of the massive waterfalls, but I would to recommend sturdy walking shoes. It’s a hike and we met a viper on the path literally less than a meter in front of us. Kathi said it was a pregnant female which was why she had moved so slowly. One bite and you have 20 minutes to live…

VIPER ALERT!

VIPER ALERT!

I loved it! We were here in the middle of April and tourist season starts in May – I can only imagine how awful it would be with mass-loads of tourists. We didn’t see the Lakes in full bloom, but it was peaceful and the boats were empty. I love how you can walk around at your own pace and see the lakes from above as well from a boat and walking through the woods is stunning. To sum up, in the words of our cameraman: ‘This is too beautiful! I need a whole week here to capture it all’! I have to agree – the water is so crystal-clear and the colour such deep shades of blue it makes you want to protect the environment so that everyone gets a chance to see this natural beauty.

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My favourite photo!

My favourite photo!