Tea Monday – An Ji Bai Cha

An Ji Bai Cha is needle-like a green tea and the name actually means white tea but it refers to the unprocessed white tea leave colour.
Apparently there was a legend in a 900 year old Chinese book about a a tea plant with white leaves and only in the 1980s did they discovered this legendary white tea bush.

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It is not just a really cool story, the taste is nothing compared to a “regular” green tea.
For me it has a fruity taste with a hint of lychee. The second brew is sweeter with no hint of tartness and very smooth.

You can infuse the tea for 1-2 minutes with 70-75°C. I prefer 2 minutes steeping time because the taste is a lot stronger.

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Since my parents brought me a pack of An Ji Bai Cha from Paper&Tea, I was sold on it and searched for it in Vienna after finishing it. I wasn’t that lucky because I discovered that it is quite a rare tea. The harvesting season is very short, only about 30 days in spring since the leaves eventually turn green when temperatures rise. Probably a factor on why they did not discover this tea sooner ;)

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I bought mine at this lovely tea shop in Bratislava and can only recommend you (if you have the time) to visit the shop. It has lots of great rare quality teas for a fair price because the owner is in personal contact with the tea farmers in Asia.

Have a nice week ahead of you!

 

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Bratislava Summer Vacation

Due to the new flat I now share with the Mister and our little Percy we do not have a huge budget for vacation but we did have a blast and enjoyed our little trip to Bratislava.
Bratislava is not very big, especially when you come from Vienna but it does have its own little charm if you look closely!

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Soon after that a very good friend of Germany came to visit me and we explored Bratislava together to find her an apartment! She aced the entrance exam and will study in Bratislava! I am not only super proud but I am glad that we can now spend more time together (if she won’t be too busy studying ;))

Tea Shop in Bratislava

There is a special tea shop in Bratislava at Radlinského 24C that is specialised in high grade tea, with a lovely tea house joined to the tea shop.

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After aimlessly looking around for 5 minutes (since we did not have accurate directions) we stumbled over it and thankfully rested our feet in their garden while browsing their extensive menu card which is only written in Slovak but there are helpful pictures and the friendly waitress can speak English.

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We both instantly decided on the matcha and aloe vera drink to refresh ourselves and fruity cheesecakes.

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Luckily for us, the owner was in the house and had time for us to browse the tea shop.
The shop is closed on Fridays and always during the week-end so coming by to buy some tea must be done during the week, which is not possible for most Viennese. You could call him in advance though and ask him if he has the time to sell tea for you which he offered us.

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I was so excited in this tea shop and darted from one corner to the next, eyeing all those beautiful tea pots.
We do already have quite a collection and we settled on two teacups which you will be seeing soon :)

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Beautiful and handmade tea pots in all kinds of sizes and colours.

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The owner was very friendly and could explain and recommend lots of Chinese teas to us in English. I was so happy when he opened a fresh bag of An Ji Bai Cha for me to smell. It is really such a huge difference how you store your tea and how fresh and intense the scent can be compared to old samples.

We spend more than 100€ and got a rare first flush rohini exotic 50g bag for free, which I was a very nice gesture and is really appreciated!

Sadly I can’t think of a tea shop here in Vienna that can compare with this jewel but I am glad that we found it and we have enough tea for at least end of this year if not longer. I can’t wait to try them out and since the temperatures in Vienna are normal again there will be some tea posts coming up soon.

Bratislava Trip

The Mister and me have been in Bratislava last weekend, which is the perfect get-away from Vienna for two reasons.

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Number 1) It is just an hour away from Vienna Hauptbahnhof to Bratislava Hl. and number 2) it is a lot cheaper compared to Austria.
Just get a EUregio Ticket at an ÖBB counter for one person it is just 15€ for going there and back again, trains leaving every hour!

I actually was surprised about the price difference because I thought it wouldn’t be that noticeable. Another positive surprise was that the shops  in Slovakia are open on Sunday!
We didn’t know about that but a lot of Austrians come here to get some shopping done since Austria is mostly dead and boring on a Sunday.

I can be a bit stingy but I would always think; Why should I pay the full price if I can get the same service/product for less?
We stayed at the Austrian Trend Hotel, for 2 nights with a great breakfast buffet (a guy makes you fresh omelettes) and it was only 44€ per Person!
If you are interested swing over to this site and buy your voucher, it is valid for 3 years and a really great offer!

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The location was perfect, just 1km away from the train station, near the city centre and the room was really spacious and comfortable.

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After inspecting our neat room we dropped our bags and went to discover the city streets of Bratislava. Huge picture spam below!

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Chestnuts, 200g for only 2,4€! In Vienna you pay around 2€ for just 6-7 pieces. The Mister and me were in chestnut heaven and very very happy.

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It is our tradition to check out supermarkets when we are in another country to see what they have to offer and we stumbled over a shelf stuffed with different kinds of Marlenka! Marlenka is one of the Mister’s most favourite cakes and it is a delicious walnut and honey cake, especially great for autumn and winter.

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For dinner we went to the Slovak pub near our hotel which was lovely and very cheap. They had traditional Slovak food which we curiously tried out.

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garlic soup served in a bread bowl 3,5€ for the Mister.

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and a tasty cabbage soup with sausages for me for 1,9€.

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and this traditional dish which was some kind of potato spaetzle with bryndza, a salted cheese from sheep milk topped with crispy bacon fat.
I didn’t like the pieces of pure fried fat but the rest was yummy for only 3,9€.

After dinner we walked till the shopping centre Eurovea and found Bubbleology there after storming to Marks & Spencers food section.

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Sadly the matcha latte did not taste like matcha at all and they didn’t have my favourite topping namely tapioca left but I still love the interior and concept of the store.

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We really enjoyed our trip to Bratislava and plan on coming back spontaneous again, probably just for a day since it is really not that far away.

Have you been to Bratislava and have recommendations for my next visit? Please let me know :)