Monthly Archives: May 2015

Three Berlin Brunch Pop Ups Later – A Small Update

Oh wow. Time flies. Apologies for the radio silence – it’s been quite manic over the past few weeks.

I am now in the South of France enjoying some down time while working on new exciting ideas for brünch. What better place to get a creative and hatch plans.

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Since my last post, I have hosted three pop up events – in Battersea at The Doodle Bar, in my beloved Brixton at Brixton East 1871 and finally in Hackney at Stage 3. How did I manage that?!?!

I can tell you it was a proper roller coaster! Haha Not all went according to plan but what does anyway? But then seeing it all come together on the day and my guests having a great time is such an amazing reward and reminds me why I have decided to do this.

As you know, I want to introduce you to new quirky places that remind a bit of Berlin – hidden gems in buzzing communities that tell their own story. The Doodle Bar is definitely one of those. I love the half warehouse half bar style, the outside ‘Beach area’, ping pong tables in the ‘Yard’ and the massive Doodle chalk wall, which became a piece of brünch art by the end of my pop up there on 29th March.

The Doodle Bar and my friends who helped me out that day were amazing and made this a special one to remember. People kept on dropping in until we ended up being about 50 people in total. Amazing. Guests included Spooncereals, the GrubClub, The Brick BoxSnactThe Social PantryCulinary Canvas and more fabulous people.

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A week later – Easter was around the corner and I decided to host a Berlin Easter Brunch. I am a big fan of Easter. It is a beautiful time of the year and the Easter Brunch in Berlin is kind of a big deal. So I returned to my beloved Brixton to take over Brixton East 1871, one of my favourite venues in the area – chunky wooden beams, exposed brick work, large glazed windows, a massive and old clock on the side of the loft-like space, staircases up to a little cute terrace, wooden floors and above all, a story to tell.

Both events at The Doodle Bar and Brixton East sold out completely and were lots of fun. But I tell you, it was a lot of preparation in the run up. There was not much time in between the two events, neither did the venues have a kitchen nor crockery nor cutlery.

So I borrowed knives, forks and spoons from the Impact Hub Brixton, where I am a member. For my Berlin Easter Brunch in Brixton I ran the bar for the first time myself, well my lovely friends Jo and Ash did. I bought cocktail glasses, I borrowed wine and water glasses from the South London Women Artists and Volcano Coffee Works, a small batch local coffee roaster in West Norwood, supplied the coffee and helped me out with all the coffee gear including cups and saucers. What would I have done without them?

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One of the things I love most about what I do is the people I meet along the way and what I learn from the pros. I went to Volcano Coffee Works a few times before the event and I learnt heaps about coffee. They introduced me to art of coffee making and roasting, brewing and cupping. It is super interesting and oh that smell of fresh ground coffee in their roastery is just the best.

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Last but not least – two days before I left to France, brünch ventured north of the River for the very first time to take centre stage at Stage 3 in Hackney, at the ground floor of the Hackney Empire. The roller coaster started right there. My housemate’s car, which I usually use to transport my pop up from A to B was not available, my friend’s van, who offered to help me instead, broke down the day before my event and I realised two days prior that it was the Virgin London Marathon that Sunday, which meant I could not drive from South to North between 9am and 7pm. Surprisingly I kept my calm. Lol Since I left my corporate job I have become quite relaxed about stuff – I think I have gotten the hang of this entrepreneurism (is this a word?). Things simply don’t always go according to plan and you know what…that’s ok!

So I called around starting with friends via FB, I even called my plumber for help. In the end, the boyfriend of my friend drove me across town, the car filled up to the top, at 7pm on a Saturday evening to offload my gear for the next morning. What a trooper. All worked out well and we had a Happy Ending 🙂

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For my next event on 4th of June I have teamed up with the Streatham Food Festival to bring you a German-inspired Summer Feast in the heart of Streatham @BoyceDaRocca. Get your ticket here.

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