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Spring in Vienna

Spring in Vienna

Every winter I can’t hide my happiness, when my favorite flowers pop up in the flower stores and there is no way that I would come home without a basket of Snow-roses.

Spring in Vienna

After years of collecting and cherishing them in my garden, I have quite a few different beauties now. This is what really makes me happy: First thing in the morning, even before my first coffee, strolling through the garden and marvel at the first signs of Spring.

Spring in Vienna

In german we call them Schneerose = Snow rose. I like the term, but Christmas rose is fine too, even if I never so a bloom in my garden during Christmastime. Enjoy the upcoming spring and go for a Short Walk. We are blessed to have so many parks in Vienna. This is the right weekend for a Spring walk, I promise!

Spring in Vienna

Find 3 my favorites for a walk in the park by clicking here:

spring walk

 

Spring in Vienna

Spring in Vienna

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Spring in Vienna

 

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Shiki Vienna

Shiki Vienna

Shiki Vienna

It was on Valentines Day. A romantic surprise with lots of Umeshu Spritz with Crémant, Lime and fresh mint.

Shiki Vienna

Shiki Vienna

So happy to be able to announce: Japanese fine dining ist back in town, and not just back, but better than ever. When I started to visit restaurants 20 years ago in Vienna, it was not that easy to find a stylish place with good food back then. But we were lucky to have two fine Japanese restaurants in the Inner City. Both closed. Many other nice places opened, but never a Japanese restaurant, where you could have a high quality dinner at a stylish place, yet quiet enough to be able to talk to each other. Maybe the reason, why we bought a Teppanyaki grill for our kitchen at home, but even if it is fun to cook on it, it never is the same like from a Japanese chef.

Shiki Vienna

That fortunatley changed last week. Shiki Vienna opened on February 12th, 2015 at the same place of a former Japanese favorite of ours: Krugerstrasse 3. The restaurant is the result of a big wish came true for Mr. Joji Hattori, an artist whose engaging personality and deeply committed performances have made him one of the leading Japanese musicians as violinist and conductor (more: here).

Shiki Vienna

Watching Takumi Murase preparing the dishes with great thoroughness and calmness, through the window in the kitchen from our table in the Brasserie, was pure joy and I literally giggled, when my beautiful Sushi plate arrived. Every piece a little artwork.

Shiki Vienna

My choice for the main course: The wild cod. Because I wanted to know, if the restaurant could be compared to international quality. And it really was very close to a meal I enjoyed in Copenhagen last Spring at Kodbyens Fiskebar, where I had the best fish of my lifetime!

Shiki Vienna

All over satisfied and happy with the Valentine Dinner we had a brief look in the menu, which desserts are being offered. I was truly eager to see what will be served, but didn’t expect a highlight. I was so wrong! Again a taste explosion .

Shiki Vienna

I can’t wait to try one of the 5-course tasting menus next time in the fine dining room. Then maybe with a smaller handbag, because there won’t be so much space to put my red monster next to me. And I can already say that I like the chilled athmosphere in the Brassiere a little bit more, but would still wish for some nice tablecloth, which is the only (and really only) thing I would chance here.

My red Birkin

Coming back, very soon, not just because I like my satisfied face after a great dinner.

Shiki Vienna*disclaimer: This is my private opinon and my own photographs, like always on WoV. My husband invited me for dinner, nobody else.

Where to shop for Valentinesday in Vienna

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

Valentines day 2015 is around the corner, and I can’t say how happy I am that everything is set for next weekend.

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

  • gifts bought
  • cookies baked
  • flowers ordered
  • table booked
  • cards written

Well, the last point goes for private ones, as I have to write a few more for customers and maybe some more at the Loveletters Event on Friday (here).

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

Why does that come so easy? It took me more than ten years to find trusted stores and locations for such yearly events. Every now and then one is exchanged by a new fav, but I try to have a backup-address for everything. To be honest two or three, otherwise I wouldn’t write a blogpost at the moment, but going nuts.

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

So here comes my small ‘give a little Love with small thoughtful gifts’ list:

As for chocolate I recommend Xocolat in the 1st district or their brand-new dependance in Hietzing (corner Lainzerstrasse/Altgasse) and their handmade chocolate bars made in Vienna. I had one with Maldon Sea Salt for Christmas. Heavenly!

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

My trusted high-end pastry maker since 20 years: Gerstner, who has a new store too: the Gerstner Beletage. You can enjoy a wonderful afternoon there with coffee, cake and gift-shopping under one roof. (previous buys: here)

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

If you like it more homemade style, then you should visit Karin Mayers little Cake Store ‘Die Süsse‘ (Phorusgasse 8). She offers some cute little gifts aside the amazing, fluffy Orange-Cupcakes, just to mention one sweet highlight.

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

For flowers: I am a ‘just pure roses – that’s all junkie’, and for that matter I am lucky to get them as a present. You won’t regret to visit ‘Wilde Rose’ (13, St.Veitgasse – U4 station: Unter St.Veit).

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

And don’t forget: Write more Love Letters, or even a little love note. It will be very much appreciated! And who knows maybe we are gifted with a romantic sunset too … Have a wonderful Valentines Weekend!

Valentinesgifts in Vienna

 

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