Cauliflower What?

There is nothing remotely Austrian about fettuccine alfredo. Come to think of it, I’m not sure if there is anything truly Italian about fettuccine alfredo either – but Americans certainly enjoy it! and it is featured in many Italian-American restaurants. Typically the dish consists of pasta that has been tossed in cheese, butter, and cream […]

Breakfast Time

One of my favorite luxuries in life is going out for breakfast. Breakfast is a deceivingly simple meal and a typical American breakfast is far removed from a typical Austrian one. While I used to miss some of my staples (pancakes, omelettes, homefries), I’ve grown to enjoy the Austrian variety greatly – and at the […]

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

Those of us hankering for turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, mash, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie have a surprisingly wide selection when it comes to celebrating Thanksgiving in Vienna. The following restaurants in Vienna put out all the stops: Marriott am Parkring has two options: a Candlelight Thanksgiving Dinner for 53 Euro per person on […]


The Ottakringer Brewery in the 16th district hosts a variety of different festivals, concerts, and events throughout the year. The Feschmarkt, an event that takes place at least twice a year in June and November, brings definitively indie/alternative Viennese artists together in a space with its very own style and flare – the artists set […]

A Fall Day on the Weinstrasse

Austria wears the seasons very well. Whether she be resplendent with blue skies, golden with falling leaves, sparkling with ice and snow, or flush with budding greenery, Austria is beautiful country. One need only travel the Weinstrasse through southern Styria to be reminded of this lest one forget amidst the bustle and rush of urban […]

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 […]

Mushroom Country

The season of mushrooms is upon us! In fact, the season of mushrooms has been¬†upon us – from approximately July to September.¬†Walk past any restaurant or cafe in Vienna and you will see menus boasting various cuts of meat doused in mushroom cream sauces, the more robust mushrooms fried like schnitzel and served with tartar […]

Ode to Vienna

This blog will be my ode to Vienna; to living in a city that is equal parts concert and coffin, city and sanctuary.