brot & butter
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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.