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El Gaucho – Raising the Steaks

El Gaucho – Raising the Steaks

In an LED-lit glass case, six cuts of beef take the stage. The waiter explains how differences in thickness and fat content influences the taste, or how long to grill it. The cooled presentation box was a conscious service choice. “Austrians like to eat steak but they don’t really know what they’re eating,” explained Peter […]

Virtual First Impressions

Virtual First Impressions

Any recruiter will tell you, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. But in today’s world of Twitter and Facebook, that simply is no longer the case. Social media have made a virtual presence just as important as how you look in that ill-fitting suit from Zara. Navigating the world of […]

Sunday Shopping

Sunday Shopping

It’s 17:45 on a Saturday afternoon, and the fridge is empty. Frantic, you dash to your neighbourhood supermarket. Damn! The doors are locked. Don’t despair! Contrary to popular belief, not all Vienna shuts down on Sundays. Besides supermarkets at most major train stations and the airport (where check-out lines can be punishingly long) most bakery […]

The Kreisky Forum

The Kreisky Forum

At the podium of the Kreisky Forum, British economist Lord Robert Skidelsky leans in as he addresses the audience; his explanations are patient, his words clear. More than eighty years ago, he tells us, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that we’d now be earning more, playing more, and working only three hours a day. […]

Cosmopolitan Chez François

Cosmopolitan Chez François

People who say “the journey is the reward” have clearly never been to François im Vierzehnten (François in the 14th). While the trek through this part of the 14th District – characterised by discount supermarkets and cheap cell phone stores – is charmless, the destination is the real deal. Still few would expect Franco-Canadian chef […]

The Art of Building Relationships

The Art of Building Relationships

An event devoted to networking can be daunting – particularly initiating conversation with strangers, which I dread. But about to enter the work force, I knew I needed the practice. At the Hilton Stadtpark on a recent Monday evening, the meeting room bubbled with the lively conversation of some 100 women, all here for one […]

Regional Branding, Austrian Style

Regional Branding, Austrian Style

A recent tasting of the newly released Single Vineyard (Erste Lagen) wines from the Austrian Traditional Vintners (Österreichische Traditionsweingüter) shows how far the industry has come in profiling and branding Austria’s top sites. The Association, which was formed in 1992 by several wineries from the Kremstal, Kamptal, Wagram and Traisental regions along the Donau and […]

Disco Volante Marinara on the Dancefloor

Disco Volante Marinara on the Dancefloor

Parli Italiano? Even before entering Disco Volante in the 6th District, it feels like Italy – apart from the rain and the greyness of Gumpendorfer Straße. Instead of “Ziehen” (Pull), the small sign on the door says “Tirare” – which I of course push instead of pull. Disco Volante’s interior quickly fulfils expectations. A giant […]

The Actor’s Deli

The Actor’s Deli

Vulnerable glory An actor in a long coat hauls a table onto the stage. She puts a champagne bucket on the table, pours a drink, and then turns and walks out of the room. When she returns, coatless, she’s no longer an actor; this is Martha, from Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, in all […]

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