Dokmai, Steglitz

We were in need of a change of culinary pace. More specifically, we needed a Thai restaurant. Now you may see in my archives that we have a neighborhood Thai place, but no more. Sadly, Sarod’s changed management and isn’t up to what it used to be.

And that’s why we had to go to Steglitz. I can’t tell you much else about Steglitz, since my experiences there are limited to walking from the S-Bahn to my new favorite Thai restaurant. I can’t take credit for the find, however, that was entirely Jon. It was his idea to look up the nearest Thai restaurant to the Thai embassy and voila! There’s was Dokmai.

The restaurant is small and the service is friendly. We’ve been twice and both times I ordered the basic – but telling! – Pad Thai. Its perfect; its tasty, and what’s more, it was exactly the same on both visits!


This spicy, basil chicken was delicious, too. Can you see the peppercorns? So good.


Don’t mind the schlep? Find Dokmai Muthesiusstraße 38 by taking the S1 or U9 to Rathaus Steglitz.





We went to Staaken!


Staaken was a border crossing between the former East and West Germany. To make matter confusing, the western part of Staaken (bordering Brandenburg) was in the DDR while the eastern part (bordering Berlin) was in the British-controlled west. Today Staaken is a suburb of Spandau, which itself is a suburb of Berlin. That is, unless you ask a Spandauer.




Boxhagener Platz and the International Beer Festival

The theme for Saturday was “Give and Take.” I got the farmer’s market on Boxhagener Platz, he got the Internationales Bier Festival.
Boxi also has a great playground, so there was giving and taking all around. Knowing that we had a long day ahead of us – especially in this unusual heat – I didn’t buy anything we would have to schlep home (that would come later). I did, however, buy a very excellent Milchkaffee from the Passenger Espresso cart.
They have a coffee cart at the market every Saturday. Lucky for me, they also have a cafe much, much closer to my home.
Then it was time to wander over to Karl-Marx-Allee for the Beer Festival.
We bought tiny beer mugs with teddy bears on them and then had to explain why there was a mug for beer, a grown-ups only drink, with a teddy bear on it, because teddy bears are for kids, mama.
The mugs were meant to build your own tasting of sorts among the many, many stalls. Not everyone was participating, but there was more than enough for me. The first beer I tried was something amber-colored. A bee selflessly sacrificed himself by drowning in mine, forcing me to pour him out. S found this very interesting to watch. Next up was a kirsch or cherr-flavored bier It was a pretty ruby-color and tasted less like beer. Win!
J tried more than I did and actually enjoyed them. Give and take.


There are only – remember ONLY – two new parts of our move abroad. The easier of the two is preparing my “non-commercial live animal” for import into the EU. I say “easier,” but its really only easier in relation to finding a school to enroll S in this late in the year. We’re this close, just enough that I can turn my attention to this:


In order to move a dog to Germany you need two forms, one from each government, and an ISO microchip. Typically, dogs in the US have a 10-digit chip, which is only standard within the US. For travel to many EU countries as well as Canada and Japan, dogs require a 15-digit ISO chip. Germany offers the option to forgo the international chip, but only if you bring your own pet scanner. These usually run around $300. The chip we ordered was only $17.95 plus office visit. You’ll also need to get a rabies booster for the animal two-weeks after, and it must be after, insertion, because why not?

Of course, our dog already had her yearly rabies booster and of course, she’ll just have to get another one. Because Welcome to Germany. There is always an extra step.

In addition to the new chip, you’ll need your vet to fill out two forms along with a check-up at least ten days prior to your flight. One is for the US and gets sent to your local USDA-APHIS office. If you’re in the VA-DC-MD area like us, you’re in District 1 and should send your forms to the office in Richmond overnight. They’ll approve it and send it right back. That’s it…I think.