Softest Butter Pancakes

I admit, living with roommates has its own perks. I have lived with several amazing girls while being a student and I have learned different things from each and one of them. My last roommate was German with Russian origins and cooked amazing stuff. Every time we were both at home, there was an amazing smell of home-cooked meals and snacks. Of course, when people live together, they share a lot – the roof, the bathroom, the meals. M. made the most amazing pancakes that I have ever tried, so fluffy and light, almost like little clouds that melt on your tongue. We both had nothing in mind eating them for breakfast … and for lunch … and for dinner with everything we had in the fridge. The other day I remembered about those delicious ‘oladushki’ as she called them and decided to recreate them.

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Café Mozart

You know … when in Rome, well in our case Vienna … you cannot pass on those places which are just screaming “Come in! Get a cup of steaming coffee and some strudel!”. I have written a post about Viennese Coffee Culture where I talk a lot about why cafés are something special here and I mention some of the most iconic ones. Well, Café Mozart is in line with Café Central, Landtmann and Sacher and has been around for quite a while (it has been known as Café Mozart since 1929). Situated at the very heart of Vienna behind the Vienna State Opera and across from Albertina, it offers a cozy, luxurious atmosphere, which allures its guests to prolong their stay here for as long as possible.

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Café Imperial

You are searching for a royal experience over the weekend? Look no further – some coffee and some cake at Imperial will definitely make you feel like a Habsburger. I was here last week for the first time and I was completely taken aback by the grandeur hallway, the heavy chandeliers, and the cozy atmosphere. I think it is safe to say that I am in love with expensive hotels, but sleeping in these is not exactly on my student budget. Therefore, I always look for alternatives – in this case it is true that I had to pass on the Elisabeth Suite, but I was still able to explore downstairs.

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Ulrich

Vienna is not only famous for its coffee culture but also its “brunch” culture. The charm of ordering your breakfast at 3 in the afternoon and not feeling in any way guilty about it is one of the small perks you get when you live here. Shortly after I have returned to Vienna, I turned back to an old-time favorite and mainly “Ulrich” so today I decided to tell you a little bit more about this awesome hidden gem, hugged tight between the small streets of the 7th district.

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Kipferl (Rolls) With White Cheese

Okay honestly, I didn’t know how to translate this into English/ German in order to be as close as possible to the original meaning so I went for “Kipferl”. Basically, those tiny, white-dough yeast rolls, filled with cheese have been my favorite snack for as long as I can remember. I still go back to my memories when my granny used to bake them for me and my cousins for an afternoon snack to grab and go out to play. I am a big fan of baking, but until now it never occurred to me to make them myself. They turned out great so I decided to share the recipe with you.

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Gourmet/ Feinkost in Vienna: Part 2 Julius Meinl

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Who hasn’t heard of Julius Meinl, the great coffee brand that you can get almost everywhere in Vienna? Their name is a synonym for tradition, quality, and great taste but they offer even more than that. When I first came to Vienna, I was constantly seeing people walking around the city center with bright orange paper bags coming out of their brand store/ café. At first, I thought that tourists were stocking up on endless supplies of delicious Julius Meinl coffee, until the moment I saw old Viennese ladies coming out of the store, walking with small doggies on a leash and carrying bags full of purchases.  Read more

Gourmet/ Feinkost in Vienna Part 1: Merkur Hoher Markt

A friend of mine once complained of the lack of gourmet choices of food in Vienna. Since me and my friends live in the central districts and we do not own cars, most of the time we shop at the Billa around the corner. That is what probably explains the relatively narrow choices of cheese (apart from President) and the fact that there are not that many non-traditional items to be found. However, such a perfect city like Vienna cannot be left without foie gras and truffles, can it? So today I am going to share with you three places in Vienna where you can find the perfect addition to your fridge, suitable for even those with the finest tastes.

Merkur am Hoher Markt

 

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Hansen

I haven’t posted in a while, but you know how it is when the semester comes to an end – you have time for nothing! However, now, when almost all exams are behind me, I decided to take a morning off and explore a new place in town – Hansen. It is new to me, although it has been in business for a while now (and apparently is a favored place for the white-collar guys from the stock exchange. Let me take you on a journey to the rainforest of Vienna (and no, it’s not Palmenhaus)!

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7Stern Café

It was a month ago and it was raining cats and dogs. We were again on the hunt with my cousin to find a new place for some delicious brunch when we thought of trying the infamous 7Stern Café. Little did we know at the time that this is “the place to be” and there will be no free places. I don’t have to mention the fact that we were rather disappointed, but still, we decided to keep our options open and try again another time.

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Viennese Coffee Culture

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “Vienna”? Opera? Yes, that for sure is no surprise, but there is also one other thing that the Viennese are particularly proud of and that is their coffee culture. It is literally everywhere and every self-respecting citizen of Vienna takes their time for a cup of coffee at least once per week.

Even if I don’t have the time for this ritual every day, I do my best to indulge a cup of coffee over the weekend in one of those cozy cafés. As difficult as it may be to believe sometimes I enjoy a cup of coffee more than a rich breakfast/ brunch just because it is not that time consuming, plus, here they really know what a good coffee is.

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