Spicing up Hamburg life with a few drops of habanero

When Alejandra Torres invited me to her place for dinner she brought several bottles with oils to the table. “Ale”, originally from Guadalajara, the second biggest city in Mexico, moved to Hamburg 5 years ago. She told me to put only a few drops of the habanero oil on my food – if I dared. “It’s very spicy,” she warned me. “I like spicy,” I replied. I spent the whole dinner using tissue after tissue to dry my tears and my runny nose. Ale was right. “I told you … you gotta be Mexican to handle that spiciness”.

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von Freude: Hamburg craft beer pioneers

Hoppy IPAs, refreshing Belgian wits and imperial porters: who doesn’t love a good craft beer? Until just a few years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find any at all in Hamburg. Thankfully, times have changed — and we partly owe it to the founders of von Freude. At a time when beer in Germany was…

Superfood for super powers: a breakfast lover’s life in Hamburg

I meet Tobias and Sascha, co-founders of Seedheart – a superfood mixture – at cafe Kopiba in Sternschanze for an afternoon coffee. Tobias drinks a cappuccino with regular milk: an unexpected habit for someone promoting superfood. “I have my vegan days, but I still enjoy a good coffee with cow milk”, he says. Sascha is…

Cooking from scratch: a chef’s life in Hamburg

Never talk to a chef when you’re hungry. I learned this lesson the hard way when I met Benjamin Heins, executive chef at WERFT Craft Food & Cocktails, located at the INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen hotel. When we shake hands, I notice a black glove on his right hand.

Too much cake is never enough

Ines Pfisterer From Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany 5 years in Hamburg http://www.schneewittchenhamburg.de Who is Schneewittchen, and what does she say to cake-traditionalists? Schneewittchen is my artist name. When I decided to bake vegan cakes, I looked for a symbol that best represents me and my sweet little treats. People always told me I have similarities with Schneewittchen…

The world in a glass

Stephanie Döring From Münster 7 years in Hamburg Sommelier tvino.de   What do you think about so-called “wine etiquette”? I have a very clear position on wine: there is no “right” and “wrong”. The key is your taste – beyond the story of the product. No other beverage has such a long cultural history as…

Focaccia, the grandmother of pizza

Koral Elci From Turkey 15 years in Hamburg   Tell us about Focacceria Bonassola: what kind of place is it? Focacceria Bonassola is the only place to be in Hamburg if you love Italian Focaccia and Aperitivo. We have a huge range of people from Genova who say that our focacccia tastes like at home…

Nourish yourself

Lars Bülhof From Halten Am See 6 years in Hamburg Food scientist and activist Ze Kitchen Hi Lars! What kind of activist are you? What are your ideals and how do you strive for them? I am a food activist, concentrating on science, health and the environment, all the while changing the world for the…

Real women brew beer

Kathy Gabel From Cadenberge, Germany 10 years in Hamburg Co-founder at Besserbrauer Hi Kathy, we heard you’re addicted to craft beer. But you’re a woman! Please explain. I’m addicted BECAUSE I am a woman! Back in the day, brewing beer was a traditional women’s job and craft beer is much tastier than your average supermarket…