Vollpension

One of my newest additions of places I frequently visit is Vollpension.

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This cute coffee and cake place opened about 3 months ago at Schleifmühlgasse 16 and from the interior it not only just feels like you are visiting your grandma, there are actual grandmas working in this shop and baking delicious cakes.

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I love this idea because the grandmas are not only able to earn money to their low pension but they know they are needed and are not socially isolted. Which is sadly most often the case with elderly people.

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On the positive side, they always have new cakes and I never saw the same cakes whenever I had one but then the negative side is that you will seldom have the opportunity to have your favourite cake again and will forever mourn it until you find a new favourite, and then mourn this one and so on. ;)

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They also have a daily lunch menu and brunch on the week-ends, so if you are not a cake person you can also find something else there!
But seriously, who does not like cake?

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Vidoni

Vidoni is a recently opened ice-cream shop with lots of vegan options near Landstraße (next to Joseph Brot) with interesting flavour combinations and a medium offer of outdoor seats.

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I love the look of their logo especially their font!
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Texture wise vegan ice-cream is of course not comparable to normal ice-cream but what I also like about them is that they don’t use soy milk.
I am not a huge fan of soy milk since it has a very strong taste of its own and distracts the pureness of taste.
The milk they are using is made from organic oats, coconuts and rice which are more flavour neutral in my opinion.

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The flavour I had was matcha with lemon, which was really sour and refreshing, while the Mister enjoyed tropic and vanilla.
They even offer delivery from the first to the third district by bike so you won’t have to get out into the heat yourself and enjoy it from home :)

Gelateria la Romana

A new gelateria has opened in Vienna and since discovering it last week, I have visited the place already three times.
Gelateria la Romana was founded in 1947 in Italy but came as a franchise to Vienna. Lucky us!
The shop is held in white with cute decorations while the staff is very friendly and seem to be mostly from Italy as well.
Since all the flavours are only written in Italian and the menu with a translation is still in the making you have to ask the staff who will kindly give you lots of samples.

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My two favourites at the moment is the one with hazelnut which totally tastes like nutella and amarena, which contains chocolate and nut brittle.
Not only that their ice-cream is very different, they are the first I know of that offer FREE chocolate to fill your cone. There are two chocolate streams, one with milk and the other one with white chocolate. I even got freshly made plain whipped cream and another time with coffee taste.

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Yesterday I showed Coco the gelateria and she was just as delighted as I was.
She enjoyed a crepe filled with vanilla cream and lots of berries for 5€ while I had three scoops for 3€.

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The only flavours that did not convince me where the fruity flavours that were too sweet for my taste but the milky and nutty flavours are really great!
I am curious if all the free options, like the chocolate and the whipped cream will remain free or if it is just for the new opening.

Macaroom

I wanted to try Macaroom ages ago and finally had the chance!
They are only open at Saturdays so plan in advance! For more information you can check their German website.
Macaroom is said to produce the best macarons in Vienna and after trying their wide flavour-pallet, I can agree!

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The texture of the macarons are lovely and crunchy on the outside while being moist and flavourful on the inside.
They are uniform in size and baked with expertise.

The flavours I went with were: pistachio, lemon poppy seed, mojito, chestnut, chocolate orange, raspberry and vanilla.
My favourites were the pistachio, lemon poppy seed and chocolate orange.shooting_vienna_macaroom
I was really surprised by the strong alcohol taste of the mojito macaron and like it more subtle, but again great flavours!The raspberry and vanilla flavour were a bit too artificial for my taste but I really liked the others!

Do you like macarons? The Mister is not too fond of macarons so I can have them all for myself ;)

 

Ströck Feierabend – Mille-feuille

Another dessert I love to order whenever I see it available somewhere is mille-feuille.

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Unmistakably French it means “a thousand leaves”.
The pastry is very buttery and flaky, in combination with the vanilla cream just heavenly.

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Just the vanilla cream on top was too heavy with a strong buttery taste, but it did not distract from the deliciousness that much.
I just saw the mille-feuille recently at Ströck Feierabend but I hope it will be taken into the standard product line. It is too yummy otherwise! :)

Matcha Eton Mess with Vanilla Cream and Frozen Rapsberries

One of my favourite desserts is Pavlova. Sweet baiser  that is topped with a vanilla cream and fresh fruit.

I actually just took a very basic meringue recipe and added a tablespoon of matcha and tried out the vanilla sauce I bought at the supermarket, which was made by Johanna Maier. She is a very famous Austrian chef and owns the award-winning restaurant Hubertus.

She is very active with the supermarket Spar and even writes recipes for the Spar magazine. Mostly they are a bit too fussy for my taste, I prefer simple recipes at home and gladly pay more in a restaurant than to have to clean up all the mess ;)

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I had some leftovers of the matcha Pavolva I made and turned it into a revamped Eton Mess.

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The matcha is not very strong but noticeable and I love the combination of vanilla with raspberries.
Generally I prefer raspberries to strawberries :)

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On a side note, I love fresh cut flowers in the house and the tulips help to make spring arrive even though it is mostly rainy at the moment.

What is your favourite dessert? :)

Zotter

Sepp Zotter who is the founder of the Zotter chocolate company is a pioneer in the chocolate industry.

In Feldbach, the company is a bean-to-bar production, which means that they do every task themselves to produce their bars of chocolate. They also have a main goal to use organic produce and to pay the workers a fair loan, focusing on fair trade during the production.

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Visiting a chocolate factory is magical and nearly as good as the one from Willy Wonkas since you could try so many different products and different stages of the chocolate to-be.

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The chocolate tour starts with a movie that explains the company’s work ethic,  how the chocolate is made and makes you realize how special chocolate is.

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Please enjoy the show while you place your bum on these comfortable chocolate bags.

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Not all chocolate beans taste and smell the same,and it was great to get to know the different chocolate beans from all over the world.

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There is even a chocolate fountain from 100% chocolate without any sugar added. It tastes super bitter and I wonder how if that is tasty to anyone.

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I by far preferred the very sweet nougat fountains below, with the almond and hazelnut flavours being my favourites.

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I loved that tasting station!

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Chocolate with soy content in the shape of light bulbs, the tour is even great for vegans since a lot of chocolates are vegan-friendly.

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Lots of different Labooka Bars can be tasted here while you watch the workers down below, going after their work ;)

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Finally you get into the hot chocolate room with a splendid view over the animal park. Little gondolas are filled with different kinds of flavoured chocolate to help you decide to pick one. I went with Mango Lassi, one of my favourite drinks and enjoyed the view.

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We passed filled shower caps with breakfast flakes, of which I just had to buy the matcha flavour.

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In the next room we could try their bolleros, which are mainly fruit covered in chocolate. I loved their caramel bolleros and the raisins in chocolate which was melting in my mouth.

In the last room we tasted the handmade chocolate but those were my least favourite because the flavour combination can get really weird and most of the bars contain alcohol. If you are very adventurous and like alcohol you should try those out though!

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At the end of the tour you find yourself in the Zotter shop to buy all the things you loved during the tour.
The Mister and me spend a whooping 52€ on chocolate and happy left to wander off those calories in the animal park below after getting a Leberkäse because we were over sugared.

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You should visit the toilet, the walls are filled in cacao beans and there is an aquarium filled with piranhas!

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For lunch we went to the restaurant located in the animal park which offers biological and region sourced foods, manly from the garden itself.
I had a Beuscherl (and Austrian dish that contains innards, most common of a calf, in a cream sauce and dumplings) and the Mister went with a burger. The food was tasty and definitely worth a visit if you are craving something savoury.

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A very nice gesture, fresh bread is offered for free!

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Our yummy drinks made from the herbs that grow in the garden.

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Now off to the animal park!
You can take a framed picture of the Rieger’s castle, which is such a beautiful motive.

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They even have a small cemetery for the chocolate bars that “died” and did not make it in the long run. Most of these bars sound super weird and I can understand why it did not work out but a few did not seem that bad.

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Most of the animals enjoyed the sunshine like us and happily munched on the grass or hey.

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Who doesn’t enjoy a good pun? ;)

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Nata Lisboa

Having watched plenty of video footage and read lots of travel articles about Lisbon, the Pastel De Nata would always be mentioned. Having tasted it for the first time in London at Borough Market, I was sad that there was no shop in Vienna. Until now!

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A Nata Shop in Vienna opened recently at Landstraße Hauptstraße 65 – 6 B and besides selling yummy and crisp natas and little portugese pie-looking empadas, they offer a delicious hot chocolate which reminds me of liquid chocolate pudding goodness. So good!

Some cinnamon and sugar can be dusted on the natas which I only found out after I ate mine. Oops~

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The shop is quite small with only few tables so I recommend you to try it out during a weekday.shooting_vienna_nata

You can check out their Facebook page for more information here.

Have a great weekend :)

Apple Crumble – Gordon Ramsay

Apple crumble is one of my favourite comfort foods. It is sweet, fruity, crunchy and amazing with a scoop of ice-cream.
The picture is not the best since I was in a hurry to serve it to my friends, since a crumble should be served after it has been straight out of the oven but I guess that most people know how a crumble looks like.

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I liked his recipe for the most part but thought that the crumble would have been better with less lemon juice.
The addition of cranberries is great since I don’t like raisins but you can of course swap those out if you want to!

Apple Crumble from Gordon Ramsay – Ultimate Cookery Course (makes 4 Portions)

  • 6tbsp caster sugar
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla pod, seeds scraped out
  • 6 apples, cored and not peeled (3 grated – 3 cut into chunks)
  • 3 tbsp dried cranberries
  • Zest of 1 lemon, juice of 1/2

For the crumble topping

  • 100g plain flour
  • 2 tbsp demerara sugar
  • 50g butter, chilled and cubed
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp nutty granola or müsli

Preheat the oven to 200°C.

The heat a small baking dish, to caramelize the sugar. After caramelizing, add the cinnamon, vanilla seeds and grated apples, cook for 1-2min.
Add the apple chunks, cranberries lemon zest and juice for about an extra minute. Remove from heat and set aside. Now it is topping time!
Rub the flour, sugar, butter and cinnamon together until the mixture comes together and resemble breadcrumbs. Add the granola/müsli or whatever you like and mix until fully incorporated. Scatter the crumble topping over the fruit and heat the dish again on the stove until the apple mixture is bubbling from underneath. Transfer to the heated oven and bake for 12-14min, when the topping has turned golden brown. Serve with a big scoop of ice-cream and enjoy!

You can watch him do this recipe on youtube to help you with the recipe :)

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I bought my vanilla pod at Babettes, one of my favourite shops in Vienna. They sell cookbooks and even offer a lunch menu and lots of spices. Can you recommend me some other places for good vanilla pods? I am in a baking mood and would like to test different vanilla pods.

 

 

Ströck Feierabend

Ströck Feierabend is one of my go-to places on Saturdays. They offer delicious and regional food, they grow their own vegetables in Vienna and most important, they have awesome dessert ;)
As you may remember, I already blogged about their sinful crème brûlée Krapfen here.

In summer I tried out their steak sandwich which tasted pretty good but I wished there was more meat under that huge heap of arugula salad and parmesan cheese.
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Somehow I am not a huge fan of black forest cake, probably because my sister was obsessed with it when we were small and I got fed up after numerous of black forest cakes.
This pretty little cake was not bad, it was surprisingly light and fluffy and not heavy at all.

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Another time I went there with Coco after being back from London and we enjoyed those little treats of fruit cake.

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I sadly haven’t been there for a while as you can tell from my summery pictures but I do plan on dropping by soon.

One of my favourite seasons is Autumn and mainly because of all the great dishes you get at the moment. Nothing better than a hot stew or soup on cold and windy November days :)