Desbrosses Ritz Berlin

LOCAL DINING AT DESBROSSES

In the iconic Potsdamer Platz, the Ritz Carlton Berlin is every bit the glitz and glam its’ name suggests and the perfect place for a date night in the capital city at DesbrossesDesbrosses Ritz BerlinGreeted almost in the lobby, our host and waiter, Patrick took us through the evening with such a positive spirit and the best smile! Good service always makes even the best meals more enjoyable. Desbrosses Ritz Berlin Desbrosses Ritz Berlin Desbrosses Ritz BerlinA map of Germany on the wall shows the many local resources used in the Desbrosses kitchen–most importantly, their own organic field providing the vegetables and herbs! With all the local flare, the restaurant is still channeling its’ French characteristics with the subtle tunes in the background and the bistro decor focused around the open kitchen. I always love eating around an open kitchen–seeing all the hustle and bustle along with the focus and passion around preparing each and every dish. Desbrosses Ritz Berlin Desbrosses Ritz Berlin Desbrosses Ritz Berlin Desbrosses Ritz BerlinWe visited during Berlin Restaurant Week, which to our delight meant a featured menu with some drool-worthy options. But you know I can’t go anywhere with burrata on the menu and not order it. And it was the right choice. Desbrosses Ritz Berlin

Desbrosses Ritz Berlin

The Restaurant Week Special : Flank Steak, Smoked Jus, Couscous.

Desbrosses Ritz Berlin

Desbrosses Ritz Berlin

Roast suckling pig with draught beer jus.

Desbrosses Ritz Berlin

Creme brûlée.

Desbrosses Ritz Berlin

Maple Syrup Mousse.

Visit Desbrosses for lunch or dinner, or for their very popular Champagne Brunch, every Sunday with unlimited champs! They also have an amazing assortment of festive events in the next month if you’re celebrating in Berlin.Desbrosses Ritz Berlin

Secret Food Tour Berlin

EATING BERLIN WITH SECRET FOOD TOURS

Schnitzel? Currywurst? Beer? Pick your poison! Or have them all. The best way to peruse the historic streets of Berlin and eat your way across it as well, a food tour. We did a secret food tour exploring East Berlin with Secret Food Tours–a super trendy foodie company with tours popping up all over Europe…London, Paris, Rome, Barcelona, and more coming soon! Berlin TravelOur three hour tour was led by Karl, an expert on the foodie scene in Berlin and well, food in general…he’s had restaurants in NYC and NOLA! He also was quite the expert in the recent history of Berlin, where he spent summers crossing into East Berlin with his grandmother to visit his family inside the wall. The food was obviously spectacular but walking the streets of Berlin with a ‘insider’ and hearing the stories of his family’s experiences here, was the real highlight! Berlin Travel Secret Food Tour BerlinI can’t spoil the locations of the tour… I want you to go and taste, hear and feel this city and this experience yourself! So here’s some serious foodie photos…

Secret Food Tour Berlin

First stop, doners! A Berlin favorite, and a Bernthal favorite at that! One of the best we’ve ever had!

Secret Food Tour Berlin

A pub stop for beers and flamkuch–a delicious thin flatbread with quark!

Secret Food Tour Berlin

Secret Food Tour Berlin

The most tender pork knuckle. Ever.

Secret Food Tour Berlin

The infamous currywurst.

Secret Food Tour Berlin

Secret Food Tour Berlin

Schnitzel! Scrumptious.

Secret Food Tour Berlin

Incredible German cheesecake.

Secret Food Tour Berlin

Kiliçoglu : or the most delicious pistachio baklava!

Click here to explore the Secret Food Tours near you! 

Best Editing Apps for Instagram

BEST APPS FOR EDITING INSTAGRAM PHOTOS

It’s no secret that Instagram is my jam… if there was Instagrammers Anonymous, I’d be at the weekly meeting. It’s just that I love seeing people’s creative and artistic views of well, everything–your morning coffee, exotic travel destinations, the OOTD, whatever! I also LOVE curating my own little gallery of images that all compliment one another and flow together. But creating that perfect insta-worthy image can sometimes take some work….here’s my favorite editing apps for gramming!

TOUCH RETOUCH : the app of all removal apps! For less than $2, you can easily and quickly make those unwanted items disappear from your images! Those unsightly telephone wires, trash on the city sidewalks, skyscrapers, ugh….all gone with the swipe of the brush. It’s the must-have photo editing app. Now to prove it’s value, I thought of the thing I wanted to touch up the most on my travels, the place with the most cranes and construction, the one thing you actually can’t really get away with retouching and not getting caught…. La Sagrada Familia, Gaudi’s masterpiece that has been under construction for over 100 hundred years! The second photo also shows the image with a few tweaks in another favorite editing app…VSCO cam!

VSCO CAM : an all around photo editing app plus the bonus of some really nice filters! Also, you can save your edits making it easy to upload your pics and throw on the edits and keep your gallery cohesive. It’s also the perfect place to preview photos before posting–just load in your last six or so IG pics and then start testing out what fits best in the feed.  Bonus, it’s another free app with some really great free filters!Best Editing Apps for Instagram

A COLOR STORY : for the color lovers like me, this app is so good at making your photos pop! I also love in the “tools” section where you can really adjust the image’s qualities. The basic filters of this app are really good making this an incredible free app!Best Editing Apps for Instagram

And POP…

Best Editing Apps for Instagram

SNAPSEED : an all around photo editing app, meaning you can brighten, contrast, crop, and rotate….all in one app. The best feature on this app in my opinion, is the selective option. You can hold on a specific area and brighten, contrast, or saturate the area. It’s excellent for making certain colors really POP!

INSTAGRAM : of course, the Instagram app itself has some seriously good editing tools..can’t leave this out! Steer clear of the filters and head straight for the “edit” tab! Here is an example of Insta-editing with a really crappy iPhone photo I took the day I shattered my screen–not the best equipment– but this gorgeous wall was covered in beautiful leaves! The photo obviously didn’t do it justice so with a few tweaks, I almost had it looking real-life.

 

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Best Editing Apps for Instagram