Spice Shredder

I wanted to motorize a cheap IKEA spice grinder, which was a silly idea for a project.

But it got me back into mechanical modeling and 3D printing, so here are the results (video).

The full write-up is part of the GitHub repo that has all the design files (https://github.com/nuket/SpiceShredder) and the STL files you could use to print this yourself.

If it’s helpful for you, or you have modifications that could improve the design, feel free to drop me a line!

Oddly Good Chinese Food In Madrid

After a few days of eating local in Madrid, the diet of mostly meat, cheese, rice, seafood, olives, and bread can start to get a bit exhausting. One begins to crave vegetables of the leafy green variety, especially when one has Asian parents. Somehow in searching these out, my father and I managed to stumble into two fantastic Chinese restaurants on the same street: Calle de Isabel ‘La Catolica’ by the Plaza de España. It may be a bit cheesy going to Spain to eat Chinese food, but sometimes your intestines just demand it.

Here’s the Google Street View of the places.

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In the first restaurant, we ordered fresh steamed fish in soy sauce with green onions, fried salt and pepper prawns, and some bamboo with shiitake mushrooms (by mistake). In the second restaurant, we ordered pork blood with pig intestines (a rarity almost everywhere outside of Thailand or Taiwan), ma poa tofu, and fried water spinach (also a rarity). I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Repke Spaetzlerei: A Great Lunch Place

Stopped by one of my favorite spots for lunch today: Repke Spätzlerei, a cozy, cafeteria-style restaurant by Savignyplatz in Berlin.

It’s pretty busy at lunch time, as they have good deals for comfort foods like Spätzle, Schnitzel, meatloaf (Hacksteak), and Königsburger Klopse (€6,90!). The portions are a good size, but aren’t so large that they’ll put you to sleep at your next meeting. There’s always a good selection of freshly made salad sides such as: mixed bean salad, fennel and cabbage salad, or potato salad. Additionally, each of the lunch menu items usually comes with a mixed salad of some sort, with your choice of vinaigrette or yogurt dressing.

p.s. Don’t mind the crappy photos, that’s what I get for using a Motorola Milestone to take them.


Repke Spätzlerei
Bleibtreustrasse 46
10623 Berlin

Opening Hours

Daily from 11:30h