At the Schwarze Rabe in the 17th District, not far away from the Ottakring station, they have really awesome toilet boards where you can write what you have to say on a piece of paper and put it up on the board. I think this prevents people from writing what they have to say everywhere else all over the loo. Nice design! 😀
I had a little accident in my fridge, and managed to break one of the glass shelves there. After two days of searching the web for a place that would just do SIMPLE fixes, I finally found this place, Rigo Glas, that does all kinds of repairs as well as the fancy stuff. Very happy. They were extremely affordable, I ended up paying 12 Euro for a new plate, and they managed to have it finished in just two days. I was amazed. And impressed! The finished result is pretty good. So, if you’re in the market for repairing some glass component of some sort, I can strongly recommend these guys. Now there’s a piece of very ordinary life for ya…..
Walked past here on Saturday – boy this thing looks flash! And ready to open, to be honest… But it’s not scheduled to open until the end of the year. Already this autumn the shopping mall will open, which means I don’t have to go that far to go to a supermarket that’s open on Sundays. Sweet! Can’t wait. 🙂
Ok, this is a snow machine that’s preparing a slope for the kids in Prater. We were out walking today before the snow started falling, and then the city of Vienna were the ones in charge of the snow. The temperature has dropped over the weekend, so I guess they grabbed the opportunity to prepare the slope. 🙂
I’ve had help from Wikipedia to write this following info: Manner is a line of confectionery from the Austrian conglomerate, Josef Manner & Comp AG. The corporationwhich was founded in 1890 produces a wide assortment of confectionery products. These include wafers, long-life confectionery, chocolate-based confectionery, sweets, cocoa and a variety of seasonal products. SCHOKOBANANEEE…. aaargh (damn my new year’s resolution!!).
The company logo is a picture of St Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, which makes them very much the property of Viennese (who love them, mostly). This dates back to the 1890s, when Josef Manner opened his first shop right next to the Cathedral. I’ll bet that it’s in fact this very shop in the photo, although I wouldn’t bet ALL my money on it. There is an agreement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the Manner Company whereby the latter is allowed the use of the logo in return for paying the wages of one stonemason doing repair work on the Cathedral. So, if you eat sweets, you’re protecting the cathedral…. well, there’s a good cause I’d be happy to support! 😀
I think I’ve posted before that I’m not embarassed to pick up a heute and flip through this on my way to work. Today though, I’m testing out a free 4-week subscription to Der Standard, one of the more serious newspapers. I am quite happy. It’s got something as rare as SUBSTANCE. big word. 🙂
Seems that every morning, someone is feeding the pigeons between the tramlines at Schwarzenbergerplatz. Every time I’ve been past here in the morning they are having a feast. Good I suppose, that someone is taking care of these creatures… I know though that birds are not supposed to be eating processed food in the same way that we are. Eating bread for example is part of the reason why their poop is runny; their bodies have not adapted to this type of diet. Feeding them raw grains would therefore be much kinder, I always feel. But then, better bread than nothing!
Ok, so today is totally dedicated to offline activities, namely cleaning out the new flat. The previous tenants must have been some real pigs… but here is a shot of my new street – my hood! ya! Just an average street, looking towards the Belvedere garden. I’ll miss having trees on my street. That I will.
He’s always looked somewhat ok, I reckon. Definitely mayoral. But one thing that is common for all the shots of him that end up on billboards, is that he looks like he’s been made to smile for hours, and he’s always wearing a lot of foundation. Well, that’s what it looks like. Herr Dr. Häupl has been the mayor pretty much since I moved to Vienna.
Recipes similar to that of the Sachertorte appeared as early as the eighteenth century, one instance being in the 1718 cookbook of Conrad Hagger, another individual represented in Gartler-Hickmann’s 1749 Tried and True Viennese Cookbook (Wienerisches bewährtes Kochbuch).
In 1832, Prince Wenzel von Metternich charged his personal chef with creating a special dessert for several important guests. The head chef, having taken ill, let the task fall to his sixteen-year-old apprentice, Franz Sacher, then in his second year of training in Metternich’s kitchen. The Prince is reported to have declared, “Let there be no shame on me tonight!” While the torte created by Sacher on this occasion is said to have delighted Metternich’s guests, the dessert received no immediate further attention. Sacher completed his training as a chef and afterward spent time in Pressburg and Budapest, ultimately settling in his hometown of Vienna where he opened a specialty delicatessen and wine shop.
Sacher’s eldest son Eduard carried on his father’s culinary legacy, completing his own training in Vienna with the Royal and Imperial Pastry Chef at the Demel bakery and chocolatier, during which time he perfected his father’s recipe and developed the torte into its current form. The cake was first served at the Demel and later at the Hotel Sacher, established by Eduard in 1876. Since then, the cake remains among the most famous of Vienna’s culinary specialties.
In the early decades of the twentieth century, a legal battle over the use of the label “The Original Sacher Torte” developed between the Hotel Sacher and the Demel bakery. Eduard Sacher completed his recipe for Sacher Torte while working at Demel, which was the first establishment to offer the “Original Sachertorte ” cake. Following the death of Eduard’s widow Anna in 1930 and the bankruptcy of the Hotel Sacher in 1934, Eduard Sacher’s son (also named Eduard Sacher) found employment at Demel and brought to the bakery the sole distribution right for an Eduard-Sacher-Torte. In 1963 (ages later, basically) both parties agreed on an out of court settlement that gave the Hotel Sacher the rights to the phrase “The Original Sachertorte” and gave the Demel the rights to decorate its tortes with a triangular seal that reads Eduard-Sacher-Torte.
So there you have it. Straight from Wikipedia 🙂
One of the cool things about Austria is topfen. I love this stuff, it’s amazing in cakes, and not unhealthy. Topfen is essentially the same as quark, and can be bought here in tubs at the supermarket. They also have a variety of topfen desserts, which I went for at lunch today. As a replacement for chocolate… I’m going a little bit nuts trying to stick to my resolution of no chocolate this year, so I’m trying to find healthier alternatives. Topfen and I are becoming good friends. 🙂
I made a visit to the museum of natural history last weekend, and they have this exhibition on that shows how animals around the globe are threatened by extinction. It was really nice… Seeing as they have a lot of stuffed animals there (as you do..) it was cool to see them used in such a way, to educate and tell a story, rather than to just document how they look. Worth a visit! You might want to go see a funny movie after that though..
The beer from 7Stern Bräu is amongst the most amazing that can be found in Vienna. Located close to Mariahilferstrasse, about one block into the 7th district. Their IPA is really awesome, and among the few IPAs that can be found in Vienna. I’d higly recommend it. They brew other varieties as well, such as chili beer (crazy spicy), Rauchbeer (inspired by the Bamberger Rauchbeer) and a traditional Märzen.. just to mention some. The food is good too, by the way… 🙂
How many times haven’t I walked down my beloved Landstrasse, towards Wien Mitte, feeling like I really belong here? I can’t even count the times.. I’ve loved living in the 3rd. I’ve been here for 3 years now. I immediately felt at home when I moved into my little flat in January 2011, and now this is coming to an end. I’m moving to the 4th. A new chapter of my life is starting, being close to Belvedere, and afternoon walks in the gardens surrounding Prinz Eugene’s summer residence will be an everyday occurrence. I’m happy about the new neighbourhood, it’ll be nice to be able to take the D line all the way to 38A, perhaps a bit quieter then in the morning. It adds another 10 minutes to my commute, but I’ll be taken through the centre of town every morning. I won’t complain. 🙂
The 3rd will always be a favourite though! I’m happy about the years that I’ve spent here, and I’ll look back at this with fond memories. Now a new chapter of my life is starting..!