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A Vienna Shopping List

A Vienna Shopping List

The duration of most of our stays this year has been two weeks. Apart from our pre-departure preparations for Grantourismo and soiree in Dubai and the days leading up to our launch party in London, only on two occasions on the trip have we stayed in...
Best Vienna Chocolate Shops for Edible Souvenirs from Austria’s Capital

Best Vienna Chocolate Shops for Edible Souvenirs from Austria’s Capital

The best Vienna chocolate shops range from Demel, the former royal court confectioner, loved by Viennese for its decadent chocolates as much as its Sachertorte to Austria’s more innovative, smaller, boutique chocolatiers, such as Tiroler Edl, available at enormous gourmet emporium of Julius Meinl. Vienna’s chocolate history is...
Vintage Vienna

Vintage Vienna

In the streets surrounding our apartment in the Fifth District in Vienna, and across the Linke Wienzeile, the street that runs parallel to the Naschmarkt, in the neighbouring Sixth District, there are literally dozens of vintage clothes, design, and furniture shops. This part of Vienna...
Seeing Vienna on Foot and by Tram

Seeing Vienna on Foot and by Tram

Vienna, like Budapest, is a grand city of wide boulevards lined with majestic buildings, decorated with splendid statuary, and plenty of public spaces that allow you to step back and admire them. So what’s the best way to explore the city? Seeing Vienna on foot and...
Hummus Or Just Crazy Flavoured Dips?

Hummus Or Just Crazy Flavoured Dips?

Having lived in the Middle East for so long and traveled widely and written about the food, we have to admit that we consider ourselves to be something of connoisseurs of the cuisines of the region – often very mistakenly reduced to just being called...
Scrambled Eggs with Truffles Recipe

Scrambled Eggs with Truffles Recipe

Winter in Europe… heavy overcoats, crunchy snow, rosy cheeks, cute kids being pulled along on sleds by their parents, snowboarding, piping hot glühwein… and truffles. Yes, truffles. Having bought a fresh truffle at the Naschmarkt in Vienna, one of the dishes I knew I had...
European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

Ever since I first tried truffles in a restaurant in Zurich, I get excited when the Northern Hemisphere winter comes around and I can look forward to fresh black winter truffles. Many years ago, when I worked in publishing in Sydney, my right-hand-man had a tempestuous...
Vienna Naschmarkt — A Mouthwatering Neighbourhood Market

Vienna Naschmarkt — A Mouthwatering Neighbourhood Market

When we realised that the Vienna Naschmarkt, a mouthwatering neighbourhood market in Austria‘s capital, was just down the road from our apartment rental we knew that it would be perfect for what we’re doing on our our grand tour: going slow and local. Having a fresh food...
Our Home Away from Home in Vienna

Our Home Away from Home in Vienna

Asian supermarkets, a mouth-watering gourmet market, vintage clothes shops, retro furniture stores, smoky bars, and pool halls… the 5th district location of our latest ‘home away from home’ in Vienna is about as far removed as you can get from Sacher tortes, Spanish dancing horses,...