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The Snail Prevails

The Snail Prevails

Farmers hate snails. The plague of flower and fruit growers, invaders of  kitchen gardens, for many, snails are a bad dream come true.  Not Andreas Gugumuck, who has turned his neighbours’ nightmare into a profitable business: His fields in the outer reaches of Vienna’s 10th District are populated with 200,000 Roman snails. And he is […]

Mafia Sandwiches

Mafia Sandwiches

Through the dirty windows of an abandoned storefront at Seidengasse 31, you can just make out the dark shiny floor tiles and newly painted yellow walls. Only a couple of white boxes piled inside provide some clue of the former eatery Don Panino. Neighbors tell how the eatery used to sell pasta, olive oil and […]

Simple Soul Food On Wiedner Hauptstraße

Simple Soul Food On Wiedner Hauptstraße

A nearby church bell is just chiming 6 p.m. as the last outside tables fill up at Zur Herknerin, Stefanie Herkner’s Wirtshaus in Vienna’s 4th District. As usual, all of them are reserved, but Herkner, who fulfils every cliché of a Wirtin with her red cheeks and her outgoing and genial attitude, manages to find […]

Book Briefs: May 2013

SMART CITY What is a Smart City? At heart, the concept concerns sustainable quality of life for urban dwellers. A total of 67 Viennese scholars show Vienna’s potential for the coming decades. Chapters include City & Planning, Energy & Buildings, Mobility & Networks and Environment & Climate, with introductory chapters written by journalists Astrid Kuffner and Jürgen Hatzenbichler.   Smart City: Viennese Expertise […]

Sweet Seduction

Sweet Seduction

I’m not much of a sweet tooth. When I call my husband to pick up a must for tonight’s dinner, it is more likely a request for lamb’s lettuce or pumpkinseed oil or pecorino than for the stuff of other people’s cravings – chocolates, Sachertorte, candies. But Vienna is changing me for the sweeter. Edible and innovative art To spread the […]

Die Burgermacher: Gourmet Enough for a Knife and Fork

Die Burgermacher: Gourmet Enough for a Knife and Fork

One problem facing newcomers to any city is finding a set of restaurants you enjoy. You may have to try four or more Chinese places before you settle on one that merits your becoming a regular. The same goes for pizza, sushi and the local Beisl. In the case of hamburgers, the search is a […]

Styrian oil made in Russia?

Styrian oil made in Russia?

Austria’s southern province Styria, well known for its apples and pumpkins, is up against cheap imported “Steirisches Kürbiskernöl”– the dark-green and viscous pumpkin seed oil with its characteristic nutlike flavour – on sale in supermarkets and misleadingly labelled as being of local origin. These were the conclusions of an investigation by the consumer organisation Verein für […]

Gourmet Goes Bohemian At Holy-Moly on the Canal

Many know that the Schwedenplatz neighbourhood is scattered full of cafés, bistros and restaurants – it’s a hub of sorts of the city’s dining scene – but you won’t find a place that makes your taste-buds dance as much for auch a moderate price, as when you’re dining at Holy-Moly. Anchored on the bank of […]

Mélange Exported: Austrian Cuisine in London

Mélange Exported: Austrian Cuisine in London

Living in London, the Viennese Kaffeehaus is one of the things I miss the most. There’s nothing quite like it, with its perfect balance of cosiness and space that creates a bubble of privacy in a public setting. Unfortunately quiet moments like that simply don’t exist in this vast and busy metropolis. Or so I […]

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