True Detective

True Detective Poster

I’ve mentioned this show here before but only now were we able to finish watching the whole first season.
It’s a crime drama series with a clear nod to Lovecraft’s Cthulhu myths and it explores certain moments in the lives of two detectives who are investigating the horrific murders of several young women.

It’s intimate, slow paced, intricate, and it has a beauty to it that convinces you that the people involved in it truly loved what they were doing.

Now I want to watch it again…

Disco Bike Birthday Party

Disco Bike 13

Disco Bike 07

Disco Bike 11

On Saturday we attended Takuya’s birthday party. He lit up his bike–and himself–and we all rode from Fshain to Xberg following his Disco Bike. It was a lot of fun, despite de cold.

Scott and Sílvia, my brother-in-law and sister, were in town for one last evening so it was also a sort of a see you soon party for us.

Happy Birthday dude!

All photos here.

Freaks and Geeks [TV Series 1999]

Freaks and Geeks We’ve been re-watching this amazing series in the last few weeks.
Funny how, even though it’s set in 1980 in some small town in the US, it’s really close to my experience as a teen in high school in Portugal around 1995.
It’s brilliantly written, and the actors do a great job in bringing the characters to life.
The series was canceled after only 12 of the original 18 episodes were aired. We still have one more episode to go and I’m already sad to know they will be gone soon. Maybe in 15 years I can watch it again and love it all over again.

If you don’t know the series, watch the (annoying) trailer:

Food in Berlin

Tuna sandwich
Tuna sandwich and cappuccino at Caffè e Gelato in Potsdamer Platz.
Weird combination, specially for a place with good ice cream, but it really hit the spot.

Ramen Soup
Ramen soup and sake cocktail at Cocolo Ramen in X-Berg.
This is as good as the hype makes it. Superb food.

Pulled pork and brisket
Pulled pork and brisket at Markt Halle Neun in X-berg.
Ana and Paulo took me there once and I love it. Every time I remember (and they are open, which is at very specific times) we give it another go. Meat done perfectly.

Sausage with mash and sauerkraut
Sausage with mash and sauerkraut at Maximilians in Mitte.
Default German food craving restaurant for lunch with Telmo. Delicious traditional food.

Knuckle of pork with Bavarian cabbage
Crisp knuckle of pork with Bavarian cabbage at Augustiner in Mitte.
Eating this two pound piece of meat was like playing “Operation” but in a delicious way. Another default German food restaurant. Delicious!

Designpanoptikum

Designpanoptikum
Designpanoptikum – Surreales Museum für industrielle Objekte.

This unusual Berlin museum is a private collection open to the public by a film photographer who stopped photographing after photography went digital, and now dedicates his time collecting industrial objects he finds, turning them into surreal and improbable sculptures.

I visited mid August with my friend G. and we both had a nice time trying to figure out what the objects had been used for originally, while pestering the guide for answers.

Designpanoptikum

Designpanoptikum

Designpanoptikum

American Hustle [2013]

American Hustle poster

Last evening we had the pleasure of watching American Hustle.
I loved it. It was fun, pretty to look at, had an amazing performance by all actors and was written beautifully.
If you didn’t watch it yet, go do it now. (Of course you probably watched it already because it came out last year so good job!)

Fantastic! Fantastic, I tell you.

Here’s the trailer: