Two weeks ago I was happy to be invited to the tasting of Jamie’s Italian new menu and I must tell you, you are in for a treat. If you didn’t know, they have just celebrated their first birthday in Vienna and it has been quite a successful year so far and they just keep surprising us with new delicious dishes.Read more
I honestly thought that after finishing my BA degree I would have some time off and I would be able to venture into more new and exciting things but, honestly, I did not have the time for that at all lately. Never mind! In the fall I continued with an MA degree and now I have even less time on my hands. Yet, I managed to steal two hours in order to see the new Bodyguard musical that is currently playing at the Ronacher.Read more
If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you should know by now that I am always on the hunt for new cool places to share with you, whether it would be a new restaurant, a cool event, or just something interesting to do during the weekend. My latest find is a small piece of Italy in the middle of Vienna. As everyone else, I’m a die-hard pizza fan and I can never say no to a gooey, melting deliciousness. Yet, with such a great variety of choices in Vienna, it is sometimes challenging to find ‘the place’.
With a fancy name and tasty burgers, ‘… said the butcher to the cow’ became my newest discovery on the horizon for restaurants around Vienna. I have to admit that I have been missing out on eating out recently with my schedule being flooded with exams and assignments, but I finally managed to clear my program and sit down to write this post about a great burger place in town, which if you still haven’t checked out, you need to change that!
After the long Easter holidays, I am back in our beautiful Vienna and what better way to spend my free time than to go exploring. Once again I tagged along for an amazing tour around our beloved Vienna with Secret Vienna. Those of you who have been following my blog, already know that I have been on several tours with Secret Vienna, all of which have shown me an unknown side of the city and have blown my mind to how much is hidden around Vienna that I am still not aware of.
Recently, a friend was visiting me and since she has been living in Vienna previously for a long time, it was not our goal to go sightseeing and dine at all the touristy places. However, one recently opened restaurant grabbed our attention. It has been some time since Jamie Oliver opened a place in Vienna, but I have never got to trying it out, so this was the perfect opportunity to go and see what this is all about.
It is already March and the semester break is over. However, in between traveling, having guests and writing my BA thesis, my blog had to stay silent for a while. After I am officially tired of doing research and quoting linguists 24/7, I am back with a story about my trip to Upper Austria and Hallstatt.
If you already read the post from last week, you know what I think about buying tickets and finding a suitable accommodation. Well, today I present to you the follow-up article about packing, sightseeing and basically all the fun things you do on a trip.
If you are like me, you are someone who likes to see as much as possible when on a holiday. For me it is actually not a real holiday, but more or less a trip of running, hiking and doing everything suggested by any tour guide, forum or blog I have read. Needless to say, this is not always manageable due to weather conditions and my companions, but most of the time I go back home quite content and if there is something that I missed doing I tell myself: “Next time! You have to have a reason to come back here”.
First thing I do when I figure out where I am going is checking TripAdvisor. It has become an instinct of mine to go online and look the top destinations and sights to see. Of course since TripAdvisor has this huge audience of people submitting reviews and scores online daily, you are kept up to date with everything that is worth doing when you are somewhere.
I also have this old-fashioned side of mine that involves buying a tour guide. This is one of the most thrilling things to do when going on a holiday apart from the holiday itself. I particularly love the tour guides by DK Eyewitnes and I have used them for many destinations. As any other travel guide they include information on different districts and interesting places to visit within this area. However, some of the features that I love about these travel guides are unique. To start off, they offer a sliced view of the most famous buildings in the city/ country and in that way you can see how the building is arranged with all of its corridors, floors, and entrances. I particularly love this detailed view, since most tour guides will give you a picture from the outside (so that you orientate yourself better) and if you are lucky you will get a shot from the inside as well. Although, this common practice can be helpful, it can barely give you a realistic idea what to expect when you go inside and although it is always nice to be surprised, I like to know what to look for when I go somewhere.
Another cool part that is included in these travel guides is the ‘Survival Guide’ section. Here you are being guided through the means of transport, you are provided with visuals of the tickets for the subway and tram, and also you get to see pictures of the local currency. And wait – that is not all of it! You get a few pages on local cuisine as well as the specific foods and drinks, typical for your destination. I always appreciate the country’s culture and I try to ‘dine like the locals’ as much as I can when I am somewhere new, so this information is extremely important to me.
Of course, there are so many more cool things inside these guides, but I will let it to you to find them out for yourself. I am sure you can get the brand in most of the bigger bookstores and they are offered in several languages but for sure English and German are available here in Austria.
Huh? How come Instagram has anything to do with planning my trip? Very simple – it helps you to get to know where you are going. I love small bakeries, cute streets off the beaten track and cozy cafés where the locals go and have a chit-chat on the weekends. Well, unfortunately this information is neither on TripAdvisor nor in my travel guide, but I have realized that some of the most successful instagrammers that post regularly pictures from their basis-locations are actually giving away all the hints about the cool places that are definitely ‘in’. Therefore, whenever I see something that looks really cool (say a street, fountain or a corner) on my feed, I just add it to my collection so I can revisit it and plan on going to that very same place, without having to look it up again.
If you have been with me for a while, you know I am the ultimate rambler. That’s more than obvious by my photo-walks in Vienna and I love exploring cities by walking around. There is one downfall to that – I am a bit of a sloth. I am definitely not a sporty type and after walking for three or four hours straight, I already feel the need to sit down and have a break. Another problem with walks is that you are depending on the mercy of the weather and if it is a rainy afternoon, public transport is definitely unavoidable. Yet, if I can give you one advise that would be: walk as much as possible. Your feet will hurt, you will feel tired and you may even get wet if the weather is not on your side, but what you will remember from a trip like this, would be the spirit of the city, the streets and the atmosphere. You definitely cannot experience the same thing in the underground and hiking from one museum to another, so having said that, give yourself time to explore the place you are and fully submerge yourself within its own magic.
I hope you found this article helpful and I wish you safe travels wherever you are going, Enjoy!
My experience with Mexican food goes as far as nachos with some chicken fillet that I once had at Santos ages ago and as you can imagine I really lack experience or expertise. A few weeks ago, one of my very best friends called me up for lunch and she was going on and on, on the phone about this ‘great Mexican place’. I was a bit skeptical (typical me), but I really wanted to try their food out and since I and my friend have similar tastes, I was not worried about the food at all.
We decided to meet at Schottentor since she said that the restaurant was located somewhere on Mariahilfer and, well, I was more than surprised to see this place that used to sell jeans, turned into a cozy, hip and trendy looking restaurant. It was again raining cats and dogs outside – quite usual for January in Vienna, and we quickly went inside. It was only half past eleven so there were not that many people inside. Here you can choose between tacos, nachos, burritos and that is exactly what I call food for the soul, it tastes homemade and it is prepared on the spot for you. I opted for Benito’s best burrito with chipotle grilled chicken minus the beans (I am not very much into beans). Only by the look of all of the ingredients that went on my tortilla, I knew it was definitely going to taste divine.
I took my funny-looking metal plate and headed for the seats across us when my friend pulled me to the stairs, and yes, you guessed it, I haven’t realized that there was a second floor! And my oh my, it has the coolest view towards Mariahilfer! So not only does this place offer you a great meal to enjoy, but a nice view to go with it. Another thing to add to the equation is that the prices are fair, everything is made fresh and the place looks very clean and inviting. I will for sure come back again, until then you may also pay a visit – Enjoy!
Address: MARIAHILFERSTRAßE 4, 1070 WIEN
Back in the day when I was still in high school I heard about the book by R. J. Palacio ‘Wonder’. Since I was (and still am) I huge book worm I immediately bought the book and read it over the course of a few days. I remember how emotional I got, while reading page after page and not because it was a sad book, but because it was so heartfelt and represented in such a genuine way the feelings of that little boy.