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A Global Recipe for Food on the Go

A Global Recipe for Food on the Go

In Vienna, goulash, dumplings and strudel reveal a lot about the Viennese. As famed 19th-century French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin might have said: Now as ever, what you eat says a lot about who you are. It’s a gastronomic history deeply rooted in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many of the city’s restaurant owners have passed their […]

The Journey is the Destination

The Journey is the Destination

I love old maps. I love old maps of Vienna. And thank goodness I also love psychogeography: the situationist’s deliberate art of getting lost as a way of opening your creative intuition – because in just one month, I have been lost in Vienna more times than I can count. Well, actually, four or seven […]

Inviting Secret Conversation

Inviting Secret Conversation

I am pretty good at being an outsider. If my life were a movie, I’d be pigeonholed into roles of perpetual foreigners begging those “Where are you from?” questions, answered with just a slight hint of a (fill in the blank) accent. Come to think of it, maybe my life is a movie. There is […]

The Rescuers: Heroism in Hard Times

The Rescuers: Heroism in Hard Times

The Rescuers is the latest film from Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael King, which poignantly uncovers the largely unknown stories of 13 courageous diplomats, who, at tremendous personal cost, sacrificed their careers, families and livelihoods, working desperately to save people they didn’t know – ultimately saving tens of thousands of Jews during World War II. The […]

The King of the Instruments

The King of the Instruments

I recently realised that the piano is my favourite instrument. The sound of its struck strings is simply gorgeous. And due to its inherent ability to house music that provides its own harmony, it probably has the richest musical literature of any instrument, barring the human voice. It is also the only instrument that can […]

Book Review: John Leake’s Cold a Long Time

Book Review: John Leake’s Cold a Long Time

A Cover-Up in the Alps Three years ago, Vienna writer John Leake took a call from Bob and Lynda MacPherson. They told of the disappearance of their son, Duncan, and their frustrating, 20-year search to find out what happened to him. It was a Kafkaesque tale of bureaucratic obfuscation and obstruction that cost two more […]

City Limits – Vienna’s Vineyards

City Limits – Vienna’s Vineyards

Boundaries can be a blessing in an all-encompassing wine industry. Knowing that you have a finite set of variables with which to do your best can often lead to creativity, resilience, and a personal connection with your environment. The 600-plus hectares of vineyard that lie in Vienna’s geographical confines have, since the middle ages, slowly […]

A Tuscan Pilgrimage

A Tuscan Pilgrimage

Is Florence a real city? There are some who write it off as a living museum, trodden with tourists and impossible to appreciate. Don’t believe them! Whether a maiden visit or an annual pilgrimage, to me, three days in Florence are always memorable and invigorating. This high altar of Renaissance art and architecture, as well […]

Jazz Fest Wien 2012

Jazz Fest Wien 2012

Readers of this column will recognise that its very existence is a tribute to the vibrant Vienna jazz scene. While a national capital and historical metropole, Vienna is a comparatively small city of 1.8 million and far from what one could call trendy. All the same, a good case can be made that this is […]

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