Liquid Market

The liquid market took place on the 29th of July for the very first time and was the perfect place to try out the best cocktail bars in Vienna: Sign Lounge, Halbestadt, Miranda, Botanical Garden, and many many more.

We already bought our tickets, that included all the beverages we could drink beforehand and paid only 28€ while the normal ticket were 36€. The price wasn’t that bad considering how much you normally have to pay for a high quality cocktail.

The weather was perfect, the atmosphere was a chill Friday evening and everybody had a great time discovering new bars and tasting a lot of cocktails.
My favourite from the ten cocktails I had was the basil martini (it had a way cooler name but I sadly can’t recall it anymore). It was super refreshing and just the perfect combination thought of by the Sign Lounge.

I really hope that the liquid market will take place again next year and in case it does, you definitely should drop by and test the cocktails for yourself! I will be sure to post about it beforehand and therefore remind you of this lovely event :)

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Japanese Garden and Autumn festival

The leaves on the trees are slowly changing colours already and I can’t wait to visit Setagaya Park in full Autumn gear!

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I actually never visited this park in Summer and was surprised by how green and relaxing it was, compared to the hot and sticky public transport.

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Lots of turtles were chilling in the water, in Autumn you mostly spot only a few. I wonder if those are being taken care of in Winter.

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In the 15th of September, a Japanese Autumn festival will take place at the Japanese Garden in Schönbrunn from 2pm till 5 pm.
Maybe we will see each other there! :)

PDF Version of the Invitation

Mariahilferstraße Opening

Mariahilferstraße is a very popular shopping street in Vienna, starting at Westbahnhof going all the way down to Museumsquartier.
They started to turn the shopping street into a pedestrian and bike zone after a referendum and I really love how it turned out!

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Tomorrow there will be an opening party from 10am till 7pm with lots of sporty activities and musical entertainment.
Of course I am more interested about the culinary aspect ;)
Apparently Gerngroß will offer some grass and chairs to sit to have picknick.

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Street Kitchen Food Market

Street food is getting more and more popular in Austria with the first Street Kitchen Food Market being held until today 10pm.

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I am so happy how many different sellers appeared and that I got to know many different vendors I did not know before.
A picture heavy post again, since the pictures speak more words than I can tell ;)

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Our favourite cupcake seller, Brass Monkey was there too and we snacked on some choco brownies for around 3,2€. :)

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I got to know Hildegard Wurst about 2 years ago and am happy that they recently opened their first shop at Operngasse this year.

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The Mister and me had this delicious cooked meat with kraut and polenta, topped with amaranth. Super yummy but expensive for 6€.

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A vendor selling goodies from Styria, where the Mister and me have been not too long ago.

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That cute trailer in pastel sold frozen yoghurt but I did not get to try it out. Next time!

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From Gourmet Nomaden I got this chipotle crockpot beef served with sour cream and fresh toppings. I paid 5,9€ and got a real bargain for my money. After that huge portion I was stuffed for good. The flavours were spot on!

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The Mister had the Chinese sandwich. The flavours were also nice but the duck was a bit dry and sauce was missing.

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He was very pleased with this fish sandwich though. The salmon was super soft and succulent, perfect with the guacamole, tomato and rocket salad.
Not very cheap, he paid around 7€ for this one but he said it was worth it.

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Even the ORF, Austrian broadcasting corporation was presented here.

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The sellers from Moniseur Yong were present as well, selling their hashi maki and jia bing.

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Some South American vendors were here which I also have to try next time.

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I did not try the snails since I was stuffed already but snail gulasch does sound tasty ;)
They also sold fried grasshoppers but since I ate one, which wasn’t prepared that well, I am not that keen on trying any for some time.

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I did hear from a lot of people (my parents included) that it was way too packed and that the queues were just too long (today).
Luckily when we got there yesterday at 4pm it was still reasonably empty but we did not enjoy the bad acoustics for the music boxes and there really could have been more tables or toilets for that matter. One toilet is not enough!
All in all I am glad that such an event got organised and held in Vienna but I hope the organisers learn from their mistakes and that the next one will be a lot better :)

Rachel Khoo in Vienna

Rachel Khoo is a successful TV cook and cookbook author, getting more and more popular.
I really enjoy watching her show “The Little Paris Kitchen”and I just had to go to this book presentation in Thalia.

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There were quite a lot of other fans present and Thalia announced that this book event is the most popular one they ever had.
Since Rachel is half Austrian (and half Malaysian) she spoke a cute mix of German and English, having grown up in Great Britain.
She looked so pretty in a flattering light green Dirndl, made by Lena Hoschek.

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She seems so nice and funny. After the presentation of her newest book “Kitchen Notebook” we got to ask her some questions before it the book signing. Some of the most funniest answers: Soem one asked if she ever cried in the kitchen because of a failed recipe. “No, I don’t cry I get into Gordon Ramsay mode.” Her favourite Austrian dish is from her grandma, Voralberger Kässpätzle. Her mum would send her some stinky cheese from Voralberg, so that the postman would not steal it. ;)

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It was a great opportunity to meet her in person and I wish her all the best and hope to see more of her in the future :)
She is very active on social media, so you can follow her blog and instagram for example.

Have you heard of Rachel Khoo? Do you have a favourite recipe from her?
I must confess that I haven’t cooked nearly half the recipes I wanted but I am still very fond of this salad.

Eurovision in the making

I was quite excited that Conchita Wurst won for Austria last year the Eurovision Songcontest and soon it is taking place here in Vienna.
A reminder of the Song contest and when it is due can be found in front of the Rathaus.

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The tickets for the finale are sold out already but there will be live broadcasts for public viewing.

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A new participant this year is Australia. It still puzzles me why but the more the merrier I guess.

Are you going to watch the finale or do you even have tickets for the show?

CareerFair 2015

Do you have time tomorrow from 10am till 5pm to be at the Austria Center?

People who are looking for jobs, want to check out their options for further education or just people who would like to network, have their opportunity tomorrow. Careerfair is Austria-wide the only exhibition for young people with international goals.

You can have a look at the workshops they offer here.

The whole event is for free, you just need to register for it and the workshops you would like to attend :)

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Mondscheinbazar

Not your typical flea market, the Mondscheinbazar starts at 5pm till 11pm, with musicians giving live performances while you roam around. There will even be Burlesque performances, which I have never seen live before! Drinks and food will be available as well, so the entrance fee of 3€ is decent.

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It takes place in the tenth district in the ex-Anker Expedithalle, Puchsbaumgasse 1c. Directions how to get there can be found here on their website.
There is a facebook event page in case you want to read up more details.

Raritätenbörse in the Botanical Gardens of Vienna 2014

From today 11.4. till Sunday 13.4. you can buy rare plants from various stalls in the botanical garden of Vienna from 9:30 till 6pm.
Definitely worth a visit to check out those plants, the botanical garden itself and some of the food stalls selling marmalade, wine, etc.

I myself had to bring two chili plants home again and am planing to go back and maybe buy a bonsai with the approval of the mister so we can share costs.

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You can find more details here.

 

Thailand Fest(ival) Vienna 2-7.7.13

Yesterday the first day of the Thai Festival in Vienna took place and the weather could not have been more perfect.
The festival is located right in front of the Riesenrad, on the Kaiserwiese.
Not just food but also interesting and complicated looking traditional dance performances lure in the curious crowds.

Let’s start with the most important. Food of course.

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It seems to me that the most important ingredients in Thai cooking are chilis and fish sauce.

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This delicious dish was pork in sour and tangy sauce with coriander. Great combo!
The dishes cost mostly from 4-7€ but the portions are quite generous.

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The boyfriend could not decide so he got half of two dishes together.
The chicken on the left was alright in a sweet and sour sauce and peanuts.
The chicken curry on the right was perfection. The sauce was so good I could have licked the plate.
Perfect seasoning and balance of all those ingredients, this was my favourite dish!

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Thai beauties, they really know how to smile!

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Posing, posing posing ;)

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These costumes were amazing! I don’t know what the girls symbolize but their dance was really interesting.

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The girls smiles never faltered on stage.

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Beautiful fruit carving!

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My sister on the far right enjoyed a massage, 10€ for 15 min.

If you have time I would recommend you to come by and check out the Thai festival.
It is open from 10 am till 10p.

(I recommend you to come at around 11am though since most of the food is still being prepared).