Esterhazy Keller, Vienna – our Review

We have just returned from our pleasant stay at Esterhazy Keller, located inside the wealthy Esterhazy family’s Viennese pied-a-terre, to this day the largest privately owned palace in town. In the olden days the Esterhazys were famous for their lavish parties which took place in this building complex (not underground, but in the large first floor halls, of course). The dress code was very simple: come naked.     The emperor apparently was so pleased with these events that he rented a five-storey building just on the opposite side of the street, so that he would not have to go through the trouble of being driven to his main palace, ten minutes away, in his carriage. Being the boss of the second larges empire of earth at the time (after Russia) came with certain benefits.   Viennese have never been very big on beer. At some stage the emperor even […]

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Imlauer Sky Bar & Restaurant

In Salzburg, a town known for Mozart, marvellous mountains, medieval manors, and maybe mostly: amazing meals, it’s no small feat to stand out on the culinary scene, but Imlauer Sky Bar & Restaurant does.       My home town Burghausen (check out this post) is only 20 minutes away by car on the Bavarian side of the river Salzach (“salt river”), which also flows through Salzburg (“salt fortress”). I’ve spent a year with the German mountain troops in Berchtesgaden, a stone’s throw away. So I can’t count the times I’ve been to this beautiful town of just over 150,000 residents, which – you guessed it – made its fortune by charging exorbitant tolls on the salt from the nearby salt mines that was passing through it on the river.    My wife (Ms B) and I also visit the town regularly, when seeing my family. We usually prepare well, do […]

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V’uisine – Frankfurt’s Best Vietnamese Restaurant

For the past few months, while on a consultancy assignment in the beautiful city of Frankfurt, far away from London, I was kind of forced to use a laundromat once a week for a while, until my landlord got around to having the washing machine in my serviced apartment fixed. As it happened, this turned out to be a very lucky coincidence, because my laundromat turned out to be on the opposite side of the street to Frankfurt’s best Vietnamese street food tapas place: V’uisine. It ranks #38 of 2,068 Restaurants in Frankfurt. I enjoyed dinner there once a week every week. This time around, I had Khoai Dau Cari (sweet potato tofu cream curry), Bo Luc Lac (diced beef cubes with roasted pepper and onions), Heo Quay (roast pork belly marinaded in honey and soy sauce), and Saigon Ga Quien (battered marinaded chicken), each for €6.20, plus two portions […]

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Burghausen’s Burgfest, Medieval Festival in the Longest Castle of the World

We just returned from an extended weekend trip to my home town. I travelled by train from Essen, where I’m currently on an assignment for work, my wife, two couples we’re friends with, and a single friend joined us, one couple were flying in from Luxembourg, the rest from London (to Munich or Salzburg). I was born and grew up in Burghausen an der Salzach (‘…-on-Salt-River’), “Burghausen, Altötting [referring to the district whose largest town it is]”, “Burghausen, Oberbayern [Upper Bavaria, in the southeasternmost part of Germany]”, “Burghausen, Obb. [Obb. being the slightly doggerel local abbreviation for Upper Bavaria in German]”, or Burghausen, for short. ‘Burg’ means castle in German, ‘…hausen’ means village. My home town lies next to the beautiful Salzach river, on the other side of which the country of Austria stretches all the way to Italy (Venice is only 3.5 hours’ drive away, if you manage to […]

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