The Gastro Rallye East Food Tour was a way to get introduced to a neighborhood and the hip restaurants of the area. I was really curious to see how this tour delivered the ‘off the tourist track’ elements it promised. The tour description states:
“We have introduced a new kind of experience for sophisticated world travelers, international companies and individuals interested in food and urban lifestyle. All our tours grant our guests a look behind the scenes of each destination and offer a great deal of surprises and secrets, both on and off the cliched, well-beaten tourist track.”
Since I was supposed to be a ‘sophisticated world traveler’ – I put on my best unwrinkled hip clothes out of my backpack and Lisa, Karina, and me went to meet Lollie to have a night out on the town eating at the local hot spots. The tour promised 4 stops at restaurants each lasting about an hour each – this was a full evening commitment! At each restaurant we would have another course – similar to progressive dinner parties I used to throw with friends in the past – but I liked the idea of having a progressive restaurant reservation! Each course also included a glass of wine or other beverage.
Lollie, our guide, was fun and social – we all bonded quickly. Lollie was an expat in Berlin for 10 years – after 10 years in a place a person can wear the ‘local patch’ in my opinion. Lollie was also a writer and freelancer so we had lively conversations about freelancing, art, living in Berlin and of course girl talk. In addition to leading us to the restaurants and keeping us on time for our reservations, Lollie also showed us a few secret bars in the area we started our progressive dinner.
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