My müesli has arrived on Vienna. It’s this cool little business where you can mix your own müesli (online) and pick it up here, or just come here and get some ingredients. All Bio!
This one is on Mariahilferstrasse. 🙂
This place. Finally! I’ve been wanting to try it for ages, and I decided to go there for my birthday. It was truly amazing.
This quirky circus slaughterhouse style restaurant is just a hop and a skip away from the opera house, on Opernring 11. They specialise in:
And cheese cake.
Yum! I was in heaven. I also had amazing company, of course. 🙂 The staff (all dressed in leather aprons) were super friendly, and the prices were absolutely tolerable.
They’ve even got a range(!) of veggie burgers, my friend here got the haloumi burger, but they also have corn burgers and black bean burgers.
The only downside: I ate so much that I just can’t move right now…. 😛
I can wholeheartedly recommend this place!
These things are close to the Austrian knödel, but still far enough removed that they would be foreign to Austrians. It’s essentially potato and flour, shaped into a ball with salty meat stuffed inside. Yummy 🙂 We eat it with boiled vegetables, and butter ot treacle if you’re from the north like me.
The next stop on the journey is Bamberg. It’s close-ish to Nürnberg, and is a very charming old city. Currently there is a festival on, a Kirtag of sorts.
There are several hills in the city, as well as a river that runs straight through it.
The old city hall is on an island in the middle of the river. Seems the place has a ridiculously rich history, but I’m here for only a few days so I doubt I’ll cover all of it.
This is the home of the famous smoked beer. I can’t quite describe the taste… it literally tastes like smoked beer!
And there are many cool door knockers in Bamberg. It’s my new obsession….
This restaurant is one of the most impressive looking ones in Vienna, in my opinion. It’s located out by Alte Donau.
There is so much detail put into it, all the way down to the roof tiles and interior decor. But really the most impressive sight is the garden. Which is where we spent yesterday evening.
The centrepiece of the garden is the mossy fountain in the middle of the fish pond. I really really like it!
There is also a quite impressive gazebo in the garden, which we didn’t inspect more closely as we were too busy eating, drinking and celebrating my friend’s birthday.
The food was also really great. I had sweet and sour pork, which was the best I’ve had in Vienna so far. Not quite as awesome as the one in NZ, but really I was satisfied and I enjoyed it immensely.
As the light drained out of the sky giving way to a very bright moon, we made our way back home, very full, content, and sleepy from the food. 🙂
I finally tried out this place, having cycled past it a lot of times. It is located on the Donaukanal, just next to Badeschiff. It’s an American style BBQ restaurant. Something I really enjoyed was their selection of IPAs!! Hello, and YUM!! Indian Pale Ale is hard to come by in Vienna in general, and they had a cool selection. Not that cheap though, with the Sierra Nevada on the bottom end of the price scale at 4,90€. But worth it. Unfortunately I didn’t whip up my phone to take a picture of the food.. But I can assure you it was yummy! I had the pulled pork sandwich with kimchi, and a side of rocket and tomato salad. To die for. Portions are not huge, but they fill you up. And I guess that’s the most important thing about eating. This is the view when you’re leaning back satisfied, sipping your beer after a nice meal. I can recommend this place, yes.
I saw this place a while ago, and always wanted to try it. Yesterday we finally had a chance to! It’s located right next to the Altes AKH, on Spitalgasse. And boy do they make good pies. And they’re cute too!
I quite like this place. It’s not overly expensive, and the interior is just awesome!
It is very steam-punk meets nature.
I love the old-looking factory lighting, I want to have some of those myself! I had something like a pizza, that wasn’t quite a pizza.. I can’t quite remember what it was called (oops). Well, it tasted nice, it was huge (albeit flat), and I didn’t get totally ripped off.
It even had something special for the memorable toilets-series! This bathroom sink is just too cool. Really.
On Donauinsel there are many areas where barbecuing is allowed (link with map). We got ourselves a disposable BBQ and made our way there this weekend. We normally go to the area that’s just by the wakeboard lift, just because of habit I suppose, but it’s also nice and chilled out. And has a public toilet.
Our trusty bbq:
This is the Mekka for foodies. I went there because I wanted to get some good IPA, and boy I found a good selection! They’ve got quite a good import selection, as well as stuff from other Austrian regions.
I was laughing at myself taking these photos, as all the tourists were looking at the Ankeruhr that’s right next to it. They were looking at me with a confused frown. 🙂
Ok…. so it might not be that easy to see, but this is the part of town that holds Chinatown. Basically it’s just because there is a high concentration of Asian supermarkets, restaurants and shops, and some of them have chinese letters on their signs. Just up ahead is Naschmarkt. So, not quite as happening as other Chinatowns around the world, but there you have it!
…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. 🙂
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’ve been around to some British/Irish/American foodstores lately, I thought I may as well chuck this one in there. Prosi is an awesome place, and fellow blogger on the blog Loisland posted this one yesterday. At Prosi you find the things that are harder to come by… especially from more exotic parts of the world. They have African foods… Rare and funny vegetables… a lot of frozen foods and a LOT of sauces, oils, pastes, you name it. If you are desperate for that one funny ingredient that seems impossible to find, THIS is your best bet. If not I’d recommend internet. 😉 Located just by Burggasse Ubahn station.
I often hear and read complaints from expats that they are not able to buy groceries in Vienna, which they need in order to feel comfortable. I do understand that a quest to find an everyday item can cause serious frustration. In my experience, however, the difficulty does not lie in the fact that things are not available, but rather in figuring out where to look. It can be part of the adventure of getting to know the country, of learning how a society is organized.
During my years abroad, I got used to some foods that I don’t want to do without, so I had to embark on the quest of finding these items in Vienna, very much like other new arrivals to the city. I am amazed at all the things that are, in fact, available (outside of Naschmarkt, which can be a rip-off). A fellow blogger recently…
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Snack shop is on Liechtensteinstrasse close to Schottentor in the 9th district. It carries mostly American foods, of all varieties (ingredients as well as snacks). We sometimes go there for the Doritoes. And the Fanta Zero / Dr. Pepper. Please pay no attention to the weird-looking people.. I used the panorama function on my phone, and so they got a bit split up.
Another store that is dear to me is Bobby’s foodstore on Schleifmuehlgasse, in the 4th district. They are a little bit bigger, and apart from American stuff, they also have a lot of British and Irish stuff. They have an awesome range of beers, and a fair bit of frozen food as well. I went there just this weekend to get some Allsorts… I love that liquorish stuff. yummmm.
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. 🙂
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… 🙂
according to wikipedia:
In Norway, Pinnekjøtt is a main course dinner dish of lamb or mutton. Pinnekjøtt is a festive dish typical to Western- and Northern Norway, and is rapidly gaining popularity in other regions as well. This dish is largely associated with the celebration of Christmas, served with puréed swede and potatoes, beer and akevitt. 37% of Norwegians say they eat pinnekjøtt for their family Christmas dinner.
So do we. 😀
Earlier I didn’t really consider the option of getting freshly made knödel for dinner. I’d only ever seen them in the freezer, and wasn’t really gonna go there. BUT. I made a visit to Merkur recently, and noticed that they had a whole little knödel-section, with fresh knödel of all kinds… YUM!! Since then we’ve been having knödel twice, which is twice more than ever before in my home. 🙂
Metro is a place to bulk-buy just about every item you could possibly think of. Also alcohol! These massive bottles were to great amusement to us when walking through. We’re cooking a Turducken tomorrow… So, it’s very likely that tomorrow’s shot will be a turducken. I’ll be cooking most of the day… 😛