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Posts by Sohini

My (brief) life as a restaurant cook

Originally published in OPEN magazine, http://www.openthemagazine.com/article/true-life/kitchen-confidential On the second day of my third week in Hamburg, 3 pm on a Tuesday afternoon, my hands trembled, my lunch dried up into cruel, hard balls of sandpaper, the inside of my head came unstuck and tingled. The formidably competent staff of the Bullerei, a roaringly-popular restaurant in Hamburg, Germany, were sitting down to a cheerful potatoes-and-beef sort of lunch, while I was struggling to keep my food down, the laughs and companiable chatter looping and curling around me. Something about the loneliness of crowds, the madding crowd, the voice of the lonely crowd, some book or song tried repeatedly to make its way to my mind and broke into an unformed, staccato fragment. I was stuck, my belt tight around my middle, my food rising up my throat, my breath stopping, staccato, stuck. More …

Fast Food Professional

I spent this week working at a restaurant in the strikingly succesful German fast food chain Curry Queen. The chain sells currywurst, an outrageously popular German snack, which is essentially sausage seasoned by curry powder. I was supervised by the assistant manager, a quiet, portly and entirely lovely young man called Romulo Schmidt. More …

The Indefinable Charm of Kitchen Gardens

Less than an hour’s drive from Hamburg, the red-brick apartment houses give way to American style suburbia: sloping roofed houses with a patch of green in front, and sometimes even a picket fence. A supermarket every few houses completed the image. Pinneberg is the classic American dream landscape. But a couple of sharp turns, and we were in another century, in the England of the Pride and Prejudice films. At least, that’s how it looked to my big city-bred eyes. Green, green land till as far as the eye could see on either side of the narrow motorway, a fresh, cool silence, a humming breeze and a couple of people riding by on tall, stately horses. More …

The Wisdom of a Cheerful Wine Expert

Hendrik Thoma, I was asked to note, was no ordinary wine expert. He is the only one of two people in Germany to get the coveted Master Sommelier distinction.  So I expected a serious man in an elegant suit (and a silk scarf) with a formidable gaze. That gaze I associate with experts, the don’t-mess-with-me because-I-know-everything look. But Thoma turned up in a cheerful red and black rugby shirt and baggy corduroy jacket, full of laughs and a warm, firm handshake. More …