Vandalism or Art?

When I think of graffiti I envision neon bubble letters spray painted on underpasses or parading across public trains but in truth it takes many forms and as a result graffiti has enjoyed a long and controversial history. What started out as a scandalous, covert operation has escalated to a world-renowned, contemporary form of expression […]

Celebrations at the Palais Liechtenstein

I recently had cause to attend a celebration at the Palais Liechtenstein in honor of the National Day of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Assuming that I would never have this chance again, I accepted. My invitation fluttering in my hand, I walked down that red carpet with my mouth a little agape at the […]

Etiquette: A Universal Question?

Is etiquette – and by this I mean the trappings of polite behavior as well as demonstrations of mutual respect – universal or does it change from country to country? culture to culture? family to family? In considering this question, I naturally turn to my experiences between the United States and Austria and there are […]

Steak with Peppercorn Cream Sauce and Potato Croquettes

Though we are only days into October, temperatures are on a steady decline and the thought that this is only the start of a long winter has sent me running into the kitchen for some old-fashioned, home-cooked warmth. I fired up all four burners for this meal! It looks deceivingly complicated but in actuality, the […]