Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of [...]

A Winter’s Tale: Our First Full Winter in Europe

2018-11-26T11:00:56+07:00By |

Having just spent our first full winter in Europe, we thought it was time for some reflections on the last four months of our grand tour. Having lived in Sydney for many years, it’s fair to say that winter was of little consequence. Sure it gets a little chilly, but you have to drive a [...]

A Vienna Shopping List

2018-11-26T11:00:55+07:00By |

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 places for only a week each, in Italy and in [...]

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

2018-05-28T11:14:10+07:00By |

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 long and rich and the Austrian capital produces some of [...]

Vienna’s Coffeehouse Culture: Going Local vs Playing Tourist

2018-11-26T11:00:54+07:00By |

There can be few activities more ‘local’ than spending time lingering over a book or leisurely drinking coffee in a café. Yet too few travellers seem to allow themselves that luxury – the luxury of spending time doing nothing or very little in a café. There are always too many ‘proper’ things to see and do, [...]

Vintage Vienna

2014-09-24T03:03:23+07:00By |

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 is retro heaven if you’re a lover of all things [...]

Seeing Vienna on Foot and by Tram

2015-08-25T14:46:33+07:00By |

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 by tram. Seeing Vienna BY FOOT The old centre was [...]

Hummus Or Just Crazy Flavoured Dips?

2018-05-09T14:27:38+07:00By |

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 ‘Lebanese food’. We love a great hummus and nobody does hummus [...]

Scrambled Eggs with Truffles Recipe

2019-08-25T15:13:03+07:00By |

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 to make was truffles with scrambled eggs. Eggs and risotto [...]

European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

2018-05-28T11:19:58+07:00By |

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 relationship with his girlfriend who was head chef for one [...]

Vienna Naschmarkt — A Mouthwatering Neighbourhood Market

2018-11-26T11:00:54+07:00By |

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 market five minutes away from us is our idea of [...]

Our Home Away from Home in Vienna

2014-09-24T03:08:10+07:00By |

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, and the Vienna Boy’s Choir, yet, if that’s what we [...]

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