Oh how I love this season. I just had to take this photo 🙂
Vienna is famous for coffee, so today I have a very special report for you guys, which is all about coffee.
More specifically, this post is about a quite amazing little place all the way out at the very end of the U4 line, which does some very amazing coffee. It’s called Baristarie, and is a little walk away from the subway stop on Linzerstrasse. As you can see from the picture, it’s open on Fridays and on Saturdays.
So yesterday, we made our way to Linzerstrasse 403 and through the little corridor here, to have some syphon coffee which is the cat’s pajamas these days, as it were. Syphon Coffee, according to Wikipedia, is described as such: A vacuum coffee maker brews coffee using two chambers where vapor pressure and vacuum produce coffee. The type of coffee maker that they use out there is also known as vac pot, siphon or syphon coffee maker, and was invented by Loeff of Berlin in the 1830s. These devices have since been used for more than a century in many parts of the world.
In this video you can see some of part one, where the hot water is being pushed out of the bottom pot because of the temperature. A vacuum coffee maker operates as a siphon, where heating and cooling the lower vessel changes the vapor pressure of water in the lower, first pushing the water up into the upper vessel, then allowing the water to fall back down into the lower vessel.
Heating up, adding coffee, and then letting the water filter back down.Watching the whole process was like watching a science experiment. You sense that something great is about to happen, but you don’t fully understand what it is. Just that the result will surely be awesome, just because of the way that it looks.
While waiting, we had a look at the extensive list of coffees that they have to offer. I’m not sure that this is the complete list, but in any case it’s a good read. All the places in the world where they make coffee… A fair few of these produce BIO coffee, and you can buy beans from Baristarie as well as come here to drink it! Check out their website to find out what they are about in terms of beans.
To highten the sensation of having coffees from all around the world at your fingertips, the decor is quite… appropriate. There are old and interesting maps all over the place, in the form of lanterns, table coverage, and other travel artifacts are also around the place. It makes you want to be an explorer in the 1920s, somehow…
Just look at all those sacks of coffee coming in from exciting places around the globe!!
After looking around, we (or rather, my friends) could settle down and sip a delicious cup of coffee, which tastes quite differently from ‘normal’ coffee. The flavour is taken care of, and you can taste the uniqueness of the beans. Each coffee has it’s distinct aroma and flavour, and this does not get lost when made in a vacuum pot.
Hope you all had a good weekend!!
I finally got to editing this one. Shot on my way to an appointment. A bit different than a picture, but still a little snapshot of Vienna. Where things happen to be moving. It’s like Harry Potter 😀
Can be found on Kahlenbergerstrasse. About nr 140 I think. I find it hilarious, but then what do I know. I heard it belonged to a sheikh. And someone I met at a bar who owns a house further up told me that it used to belong to an African king. In any case it seems totally excessive in the quiet vineyards of Grinzing, to have cameras, light columns and several fences with barbed wire to keep out the occasional jogger or mountain biker that comes up here.
This weekend, we finally managed to stop by our local cafe for lunch. And it’s just as cute looking on the inside as from the outside. 🙂 It reminds me of the more famous restaurants like cafe Sperl, but it’s much more hidden away, and quiet. The food was pretty ok, servings are not huge but still they taste pretty nice. I might return here to work, it seems like a great atmosphere for working and people-watching. Well, during busier hours. 🙂
It’s cafe Goldegg, by the way.
As someone who aspires to live sustainably (though failing because of my addiction to travel), I was fascinated when someone told me that there was a bicycle transport company in Vienna. Heavy Pedals is a company which specialises in transporting goods around the city, up to 250kgs. 250kgs! These guys are not afraid of some serious work. I almost want to apply for a summer job there… lol. 😀 They’re also located across the street from Caritas, which means you can get your furniture pre-loved, and then have them cycled to your home, completely carbon-free!
It’s getting greener and slowly, but surely, it’s going towards the opening of this place again. I’ve never been there, but some say it’s nice. MOST I know however say it’s where the rich kids and wannabe celebs go to be seen, and seeing as I am on the bus all summer observing the people who get on the bus after being here, I can say that it seems to be true. But then that’s extremely subjective! 🙂
Something strange met me yesterday on the way home from town. This stuff was plastered all over Schwedenplatz subway. Poems, excerpts, slogans etc.. all kinds of pieces of text was there. At first I thought it was something religious, but then I found out that actually it wasn’t.
It was put on by a Viennese poet/writer/philosopher called Helmut Seethaler, who is apparently known for this kind of events around the city. His vision was to make art public, something that also transcends into people’s everyday lives and spheres. So, he is putting up poems and musings on subway stations, light poles, and in other public spaces. And yesterday, he was putting them up here. Great!! 😀
Thanks to fellow Viennese blogger Jedib on http://louisland.wordpress.com/about/ for clearing that up! 🙂
…is the German and Austrian tradition to meet up at a pub or inn in the late morning (usually on Sundays). The specific customs vary from region to region. Frühschoppen is often a kind of brunch, i.e. a combined breakfast and lunch, but does not necessarily involve food (Wikipedia). I can’t say I do it often, but at Fischerbräu they have Jazz-Frühshoppen, which goes through to April. They often have other bands as well. In this gorgeous weather that we’ve been having, it’s really a great thing to do. Go out, go for a walk, go Frühshoppen. 🙂
Today has been an absolutely gorgeous day here in Vienna. It’s been sunny, almost no wind, and a nice 13 degrees. So we decided to go exploring a bit, and the choice fell on Stadtwanderweg 3.
It starts off in a park after you get off the 43 tram and walk up a steep hill to the left of the road. In the beginning we were walking straight along this alleyway for a good while, until we got tired of it and decided to head off on a side track up into the trees.It felt good to get out of the city for a while, and to see all the nice signs of spring in the forest. We saw a lot of cute little blue flowers, as well as green buds on the trees, and so on.. so forth. The forest is also full of birds now trying hard to hook up in time for summer hatchings. just magical. 😀
After a pretty steep uphill we reached the top, where there was a nice resting place with a field and an empty house. We looked at the map inside to decide where to go next. And decided to head down to Neustift am Walde and hop on the bus there. So many options…
Can definitely recommed this walk if you are keen to walk in HILLS. It is after all a luxury that is fairly rare here in Vienna. Our total elevation gain was only 210 metres, so I’d still call this a fairly easy walk. 🙂
Yesterday I was told that a Danish man opened a candy store in the 19th district called Candymeister, where he sells a lot of Scandinavian candy in loose weight. About half an hour later I was on my way there. It was awesome – some 300 different sweets to choose between. I was also surprised not to get ripped off, seeing as all the stuff (or most of it) is imported from Denmark and Sweden. The store is easy to find right on Döblinger Hauptstrasse where the 37 tram goes past, there is a stop right outside his door, actually.
Seeing as I had seen this in my hood, and it was also recommended by a reader, I decided that I needed to check this place out. I went there to make sure I got some awesome Krapfen for my other half, seeing as I ate most of those that I got at Spar this morning… ahem. Super cute bakery, very funky, and even though they didn’t have a huge selection, those things that they did have looked to die for. yum.
So today is Fashingsdienstag. Or, fat tuesday as the English speakers may relate to. I’ve celebrated it thoroughly with many Krapfen today.. this is a vanilla-filled one. No need for lunch, I guess… 🙂
Later on today, many people will dress up and go out partying, as is common here. I’ve always found it very – eh, risking sounding very old here, but – inconvenient, to have a celebration in the middle of the week when I have to get up early also on Wednesday to go to work. Yah…