the vienna experience. LOCATION CHECK #1

while i´ve been here, my girls took me out to various places over vienna and i´ve discovered some real gems. most of those who live in vienna are familiar with these bars and restaurants, but for me, everything is new and i love how creative and unique the interior design and also the food in these restaurants was.
over the next time, i want to present to you some of my favorite places that i discover while being here and which stuff of the menu you should definitely try!
image via dasheinz.at


i want to start with “das heinz”. it was the first place that i went to in vienna, because it is located just next to a hotel i stayed when i didn´t have an apartment yet. i had a great evening there the night before my first day of work in vienna with one of my best friends, and somehow the living-room-atmosphere calmed me down and i felt like vienna was welcoming me already.
FACTS

what i loved about heinz is definitely the interior – everything is white, cosy, girly, chic, stylish, warm, welcoming, glittery but not kitschy at all. when it´s warm outside, they open the huge windows to the front and it feels like sitting at a veranda. they also have a few tables outside and a smoking area (thank god that´s not relevant for me anymore). you can go there for dinner but it´s also perfect for a few after-work-drinks as well.
TO TRY

image via dasheinz.at

like nowadays almost every bar/restaurant in austria, they offer some drinks containing prosecco/wine, sparkling water, lime, elder extract and some mint leaves. some call it “hugo”, some call it “summer aperitif” – i don´t really care how it´s called anyways, as long as it´s bubbly and yummy.
concerning food – if you are more on the vegetarian side of life, give the “grilled halloumi” a try. that´s a greek dish consisting of grilled goat-/cowmilkcheese with tsatsiki and salad – simply delicious!
SPECIAL – THE EXTRA ROOM

there is something really special at the heinz called “das extrazimmer” which is a beautiful room at the back of the restaurant. it´s perfect for having a private event like birthday celebration or company meeting back there, they even have a beamer and screen where they show the football games during EM.
i´m really thinking of having my birthday in the extra room this year – well, we´ll see!

XOXO

maier´s.

yesterday i went out to a belated birthday celebration to the restaurant of our choice – maier´s in salzburg. it belongs to the parents of my good friend who is living in new york right now (see blog post here). sporting a high ponytail and leo blouse yesterday, feeling like a cheerleader from the 80s or something. 
had lots of fun, drank lots of red wine. 
outch.

trousers: guess
blouse/blazer/shoes: zara
necklace/bag: h&m
XOXO

best day of the year.

yesterday was my favorite day of the year by far – for me, 1st of may is better than christmas, easter or my birthday.
all the people who gather in traditional, colorful costumes (dirndl and lederhose) for one day to celebrate, drink lots of beer and eat pretzels make me so happy that i get all nervous and sqirrely and prepare for that day like it´s prom.
reminds me of a countryside version of coachella, actually.
for those who don´t know this austrian tradition – 1st of may is national holiday in austria and the whole country celebrates in different ways, but mainly it´s about erecting “maibäume” (and that´s nothing else than a huge wooden pole with a little decoration on it) and they have pretzels and sausages hanging on them. the main part of the celebration is about raising the pole and then some really courageous young men try to climb up and get the pretzels and sausages.

a local newspaper took a picture of me and my girlfriends (i´m the only one who didn´t manage to look normal and my face looks like i´m hurting or something. that figures.):

ok, while writing down what´s that party all about, i realize it must sound really stupid to people who aren´t familiar with this tradition – but trust me, it´s worth going.

btw – that´s not my traditional “dirndl”, this is only the one i have for partying when it doesn´t matter if it gets spilled on or something. also, normally people wear a white blouse underneath a dirndl. well yeah, i´m different.

XOXO


sushi DIY

yesterday we decided to try and make sushi on our own because we really love sushi and wanted to be creative. 
 i have to say it´s not hard to make at all and i´m really proud of the outcome:

but there are a few things you have to know when you want to do it yourself:
1. buy real sushi rice (you get that in almost every bigger supermarket, i got mine in an asian shop)
2. cook the rice – but not too long, it will get very paste-like if you do. 
general rule for rice cooking: for every cup of rice (1 per person) two cups of water, cook it until all soaks in.
3. flavor the cooked rice with salt, sugar and rice wine vinegar – try out how much you would like.
4. then don´t be impatient – wait until the rice has cooled out.
5. wet your hands entirely so that it won´t stick as much on your fingers.
6. start filling the nori (black sea stuff) with rice (not too much) and start putting your ingredients on one side – then start rolling!
7. be creative – you can fill or top sushi with almost everything as you can see on the picture above (classics are tuna, salmon, avocado, butterfish, spinage etc.)
over all, we had a really nice dinner with fresh strawberry cream and sushi and of course we couldn´t miss out on the spring rolls, which we didn´t diy btw 🙂

table setting with fortune cookie.
ingredients: strawberry, kiwi, avocado, salmon

filling the nori with rice.

spring rolls – delish.
hopefully?
babe cutting.
looking tired and creepy at its best – doesn´t matter, this post is about food anyways.
i loooooove roasted corn with salt, so yummy!

XOXO

emil meets madison.

OK, this is going to be the last budapest post for now!
a very nice colleague of mine showed me two amazing places yesterday where i also got myself some goodies to take home.
GERBEAUD
first i want to show you the gerbeaud house, an amazing confectionary at vörösmarty tér with a really nice café (i had the best caramel-chocolate cake there), with viennese styled interior!
and (tam tam tam) i got my first macarons there!!! they look so sweet, taste like a sugar cloud and the gerbeaud packages will be recycled into jewellery boxes!

image via gerbeaud

MADISON


and next i want to present to you “madison“, a very special place. it is definitely the most beautiful perfume shop i have ever been to. located at the famous “andrássy út” they redesigned an old pharmacy into this impressing store. i also got myself a candle there that smells delicious! if you are ever in budapest, you should make a small detour to madison for sure.

AND A LITTLE EXTRA:
2 trousers i got at west end, a jeans (super super skinny) from pull&bear and silky trousers from mango with a white and black leo print.
xoxo