Rolling in the Sweet: Strudelmaking at Schönbrunn Palace

    Art, architecture, history, music, tempting cuisine and coffee houses galore –all aspects of Vienna that make it a cornucopia of delights in any kind of weather.  Take, for instance, a bleak and blustery November day, the kind ideal for touring Schönbrunn Palace, former summer home of emperors, now a museum and site for …

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‘Tis the Season

Once again, 'tis the season. For going overboard, that is. Unofficially it began a few  months ago. Outside temperatures in our nation's steamy capital still had us sweating.  In some stores however, shopping meant going on polar expeditions within frigid and fanciful winter wonderlands while dressed ready to traipse through the tropics.   Frosty the Snow Man, determined to "... be back again someday" could not have …

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Kaiserschmarren and Kaffeeklatsch: A Sunday afternoon delight

A long-held tradition in Germany has been the afternoon Kaffee und Kuchen, or Coffee and Cake, aka Kaffeeklatsch.  Inserted between the late afternoon and early evening hours it gives a breather to the busyness of the day, a time to get together with friends or family to relax, socialize and nosh on cake, pastries and coffee.  In …

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Too Good to Resist

“There is a charm about the forbiddenthat makes it unspeakably desirable.”― Mark Twain On the summer-warmed, gray-black asphalt this thing had mutated into a living organism; like an alien life form it oozed, crept and slid towards the sidewalk.  It tantalized and mocked; the smell: sun-baked tar and dust mingled with the sweet-sour aroma of yeast, …

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