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brot & butter

July 15, 2010

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when i was in berlin, i made sure to visit manufactum on tommy‘s recommendation. it’s a shop that carries a well-curated selection of household and garden goods made with traditional manufacturing methods and materials, as well as some clothing, shoes, and furniture. it’s pretty amazing and we spent lots of time browsing. i bought one of these beautiful knives for the kitchen (read the in-depth description of the manufacturing process on the website … crazy, right? manufactum is serious business).

but, my favorite part was the associated cafe/food shop called brot & butter. we ate brot mit schnittlauch-quark, or bread with quark and chives. very simple, i know … but i have been thinking about it regularly since then. first of all, german bread is amazing. the best bread i’ve had in a long time – and you can find it everywhere, not just at fancy bakeries and gourmet shops. it’s mostly whole-grain brown bread, which i prefer. it has a deep, nutty flavor and it’s nice and crusty. also, i became pretty obsessed with quark in germany.  so when you combine the two,  it’s a perfect match. 

above, some photos from brot & butter (including the cheesecake made with quark … we didn’t have a slice, but it looked pretty great).  they also bake everything in-house, so the cafe is filled with the best smell.  i highly recommend a stop if you find yourself in berlin.

  1. July 15, 2010 10:37 am

    The quark with chives and the cheesecake are just about the two most delicious-looking things I’ve ever seen. Really. And as always, wonderful photographs sir.

  2. July 15, 2010 10:49 am

    That sounds so delicious! I will definitely have to try when I visit Europe (a trip not officially planned, but which definitely IS happening.) And your photos are charming.

  3. July 15, 2010 11:27 am

    i know what you mean about german bread. i had one of the most amazing sandwiches in my entire life in munich (at the airport, no less). (ok. slight exaggeration. but it was damn good!)

  4. July 15, 2010 12:39 pm

    in austria, we call quark topfen :) and i love whole grain bread with topfen and fresh herbs! it’s something we really miss when we are abroad for a longer while.

  5. July 15, 2010 1:59 pm

    I’ll consider this post my marching orders. Thanks, Brian.

  6. July 15, 2010 3:53 pm

    I had no idea German bread was such a delicacy. Sounds like my kind of bread!!

  7. July 15, 2010 6:25 pm

    that looks so so good:)

  8. July 15, 2010 7:07 pm

    Manufactum is the single reason why I want to return to Germany, Berlin or Munich. Very much agree about German bread too.

  9. Nik permalink
    July 15, 2010 8:52 pm

    i like that you like berlin and manufactum. you should come back. and take more of your beautiful photographs. i really love them.

  10. July 15, 2010 10:05 pm

    this looks super fun and i really need to make it to berlin sometime soon. very inspiring.

  11. July 16, 2010 3:31 am

    gosh, that cheesecake looks divine!

  12. July 17, 2010 3:40 pm

    the only thing better than brot mit quark is…. liverwurst… i love liver in the wurst way! especially for breakfast – thanks Germany for the perfect meal. and thanks Brian, for these shots.

  13. July 17, 2010 4:08 pm

    In Poland quark is called twaróg and it’s easy to find in Polish stores in London. Danish bread is on my mind, rye bread- highly recommended:)

  14. July 19, 2010 1:33 pm

    growing up
    with a german mother
    i can relate…
    my mother was
    always on
    the search for
    “decent bread”
    and i didn’t understand
    til i went to germany.
    we also ate quark
    with just about everything.
    makes me


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