Kitchener news, February 2021
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After a Sibirian-esc cold spell and the end of Bern Sport Holidays we are ready for Spring!  In the allotment the snowdrops are pushing through the last of the snow and even the daffodils are getting ready to bloom.
With another Week of look down now is the time a good old Spring Clean. So once we are allowed to meet again we don’t want to feel like we have to clean our house before having people round.

Those of you who’ve been following us for a while know that we are totally into sustainable household & cleaning.

The day before the first lockdown we met the people behind EM Kraft. And even though we knew that our stores were going to be closed for at leat 6 weeks we decided to start working together.

We had heard of EM (effective microorganisms) before from fellow cleaning enthusiasts and gardeners. But after visiting their garden and feeling their soil we knew that this was something we needed to learn more about. 

So what exactly do Effective Microorganisms do?
Effective Microorganisms (EM) are 100% natural cultures of yeasts, photosynthetic and lactic acid bacteria. Just a few sprays or splashes of EM products, the cultures get to work, they feed on dirt and then degrade naturally. However, until decomposition is completed, they ensure long-lasting indoor hygiene, because the active ingredients remain on the object for some time after the cleaning process and "eat" the dirt, which forms again over time.

And how is it supposed to get clean without disinfection?
Disinfection kills all bacteria on application, but bacteria can return within hours. This is different with EM kraft, the microorganisms remain active on the surface. So it stays clean longer, odours and rotting are prevented and a positive room climate is created.

All EM products are produced and packaged in manufacturing facilities in Wädenswil in the canton of Zürich. In our stores you can buy the whole EM cleaning range plus the refill for all your products.

Interested? Join their Zoom Live and learn more about EM. The team EM Kraft from Wädenswil will teach you the basics. 

Topic: Kitchener x EM Kraft - Einführung Effektive Mikroorganismen
Time: Feb 24, 2021 04:30 PM Zurich

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Meeting ID: 799 6182 7664
Passcode: myWW5m

Discover our EM and our range of sustainable cleaning products

Kitchener Daily - Your Little Independent Supermarket.

Kitchener Daily Essentials
Our  Kitchener Daily Essentials Shops in Bern and Zürich are still open. Come by and discover our Range of Food, Kitchen and Bath & Body products from small & Independent producers. 
We choose to work mainly with people who produce and work in a sustainable, local or organic way.
For the next two weeks when you make a purchase in our Kitchener Daily Essentials Stores we are offering a little sample from the wonderful Mürbels.
Mürbel is a unique-tasting milk fudge. It is handmade from natural, regional ingredients without artificial ingredients and additives. There are eight flavours in the standard range - Alpine salt, walnut, cocoa, chilli, ginger, coffee, vanilla and whisky.

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We are happy to announce we are working with Apfelgold. For non Bernese people,  Apflegold is a lovely coffee shop with delicious home made cakes in the Bern Längasse area.  They are famous for their single origin Apple juice ( single origin means using only one type of apple).
All Apples are locally harvested, they have up to a whopping 20 different Varieties.
Available in 0.33dl/1litre glass bottles or what we love; the 5 litre bag-in-box, so convenient, apple juice on tap!
So Zürich hurry up and discover this Original Bernese treat.

Buy online in our webshop.
The micro bakery - Copain is making the most delicious sourdough bread. We are super excited to offer you their bread every Saturday. We only order limited amount so if you want to be sure to get a loaf, reserve your bread, order early enough, at the beginning of the week, you’ll help us in ordering just the right amount. Email or DM us for reservations.

New In :

New Birkenstock have arrived

The first drop of the new Birkenstock colleticon is here and so are our favourite french Bonne Maison socks.
are you waiting for! Time to rock some Birkis with socks, the weather is looking good.

Covid Basics

Oh how we would love to smell the fresh spring air instead of our own breath under these masks and hw great would it be to stop drowning our dry hands in disinfectant, but unfortunately this pandemic is not over yet. So if you need to stock up on sustainable Covid Basics like Mints, soap, desinfectant, Lotions etc. head this way.

Two new members to the Kitchener Items familly:

Reusable Make Up Pads

Our reusable Make Up pads are also made in India GOTS certified family business in South India, according to recognised SA 8000 standards. 
As well as 5 cotton pads, you’ll get a mesh bag, that is not just ideal for storage but it’s also our favorite soap bar bag. Since we’re skipping plastic and only travel with soap bars; we always found it a challenge to transport our wet soap. Mesh bags are the answer, ideal because you can hang your soap and let it dry, keeping it away from germy serfaces or pop it in the bag and go. The makeup pads and the mesh bag are all wrapped up in a cotton pouch with our beloved Koi fish print on it. 

The set is also available with a 100ml glass bottle of you own Soeder* x kitchener soap, we think this would make a pretty awesome little gift for yourself or a lucky someone.

Organic and GOTS certified Masks

Let us introduce our reusable Organic cotton facemasks with replaceable filter inner bag (filter sold separately) . Our masks are produced in a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified family business in South India, according to recognised SA 8000 standards, which means under fair social conditions and according to Oekotex Standard 100. 
The mask are made of a comfortable soft knitted fabric and come with their own mesh bag so you have a place to store them after using. available in 3 colours.


Music to keep you sane

For us the best medicine when we are feeling low is to put on some music and turn up the volume. It eases the mind and can very easily make you forget this rather bleak lockdown & February moods.

We’ve recived 3 fantastic new Honest jons compilations. 
Three volumes surveying Savoy, surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all. 

Stomping, rollicking gospel music, intermingling with raw soul, searing blues, hard-rocking doo-wop and jazz, and storming r&b.
Infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement, here are twenty-four precious scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside devastating sides by less celebrated names like the Harmonising Five of Burlington, North Carolina, and teen-group the North Philadelphia Juniors, culminating triumphantly with slamming, sanctified versions of Hit The Road Jack and Wade In The Water. Drawn from nigh-impossible-to-find 78s, sevens and LPs, hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release. 

Presented in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering at Abbey Road; pressed at Pallas.

Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine Disco; with deep, extensive notes by Robert Marovich, author of "A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music" (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.
Buy in our Webshop

Jetzt müsst ihre selber kochen

After 22 year of cooking her legendary, simple and honest foods in the Restaurant Alpenrose in Zürich  Tine Giaccobo decided to quit. She knew she could not just leave us behind and gave us 536 of her recipes along the way. The (German) book is aptly named “Jetzt müsst ihre selber kochen” and is out in Echtzeitverlag
For 22 years at the "Alpenrose", she has demonstrated how to condense every dish, however simple, into a delicacy with a guarantee of origin. Nowhere has Swiss cuisine been loved, cultivated and reinvented with the same dedication as in the cult restaurant in Zurich's west. This book is the best memory of the "Alpenrose" and the most beautiful consolation. 
We guess while writing this book Tine Giaccobo didn’t expect all Restaurants would be closed for such a very time, so an even bigger thank you to her for putting together this gem.
Get the Book and Start Cooking

Smoky, savoury, umami rich plant ramen.

In our last newsletter we introduced you to Dark Horse from LA and their quest to make umami packed sauces and stocks.  On their website you can find plenty of interesting recipes, we tried the plant ramen and whoa super delicious. 
Also Clearspring organic ramen &  soba noodles are back in stock, along with their miso & umami products and delicious asian snacks. So you have no excuse not to cook something really delicious this weekend.
Discover Clearspring and Darkhorse Umami Booster

Kitchen Goods. Groceries & Houshold

Browse through our wide choice of groceries and stock up on organic spices and preserves. We also carry a large selection of sustainable household products like dish soap , linen dishcloths, brushes and laundry detergent.
Have everything delivered to your home or pass by our Kitchener Daily Essentials stores if you happen need some fresh air.

Bath & Body

Toothbrushes, Soap, Shampoo and many more organic bath and body products as well as a whole selection of sexual wellness products can be found in our bath and body section online.
All cosmetic products, bathroom goods and perfume are on the BAG list of goods of daily use and can still be bought in our stores in Bern & Zürich.


Home Sweet Home

Back in lockdown. Need some cosy blankets to snuggle up in or maybe some tools to deck out your home office? Stock up on some fun games or maybe an inspiring book for your next D.I.Y project?
The new Bocherouite carpets have arrived

Thanks to our friends in Marrakech we've managed to get in a brand new delivery of beautiful Boucherouite and Azilal carpets. Hurry up these works of art are selling fast.


Löschers Drive in

We’ve made it a lockdown habit to order take away dinner every other week.
Last week we finally get to check out Löschers awesome Drive through, sooo cool! Made with lot’s of love and humour.
We ordered the vegan version, fried veggies, fries & sauce ate them in the car. It was great. 
Open Thursday-Saturday  17:30-20:00, of course you can also walk in.
For thoses of you who missed the first screening of the Norient Film festival. There’s another opportunity to watch the on demand movies this weekend- Tomorrow till Sunday.

Dark City beneath the beat

Dark City beneath the beat was our absolute favourite so far. Tedra Wilson, aka TT the Artist, shines a light on Baltimore club music – an underrepresented, highly specific local scene of electronic music, primarily by Black artists – in her documentary Dark City Beneath the Beat. Seen mostly through the idealized lens of music video set pieces – complete with saturated colours, costume design, incredible dance routines, and even narrative flourishes – very little footage was shot inside an actual club. Instead, the key fly-on-the-wall scenes come from the city’s annual Queen and King of Baltimore dance battles, where contestants flex and contort to sometimes gymnastic levels to compete in front of large, enthusiastic audiences.

Currently reading:

Angesteckt - Zeitgemässes über Pandemie und Kultur. Echtzeitverlag.

"The virus is not a story. Nor does it reveal any truth. Rather, it reveals the limits of our knowledge. Yet we want to tell stories - not only to pass the time, but also the uncertainty we face."

A cultural studies journey with Elisabeth Bronfen to Giovanni Boccaccio, Mary Shelley, Albert Camus, Sigmund Freud, Donald Trump, Nosferatu and the world of zombies. It shows how necessary stories and metaphors are for grasping the present time. An inspiring contribution to the current debate on the fragility of human life against the stubborn belief in integrity.

Elisabeth Bronfen is Professor of English at the University of Zurich and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University.

In her new book, she analyses the pandemic culture with much relish for thinking across borders.

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