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The Cakes of Vienna Part 7 – High ceilings and tiny cake at Cafe Central Vienna, plus finding the Danube (eventually)

Here it is – the much-delayed new installment of The Cakes of Vienna series. Some measure of willing suspension of disbelief will be required on your part. It is the last but one day of my stay in Vienna, and I have an embarrassing secret – namely, I still haven’t found the Danube. Haven’t even […]

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The Cakes of Vienna part 6 – Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s food-glorifying masterpiece and a mediocre apple strudel

The next stage of my Viennese “seek and eat cake” mission is the Kunsthistorisches (Art History) Museum, where I come face-to-face with some very fine art and an underwhelming apple strudel. As soon as I set foot into the museum, I am impressed – Klimt’s murals near the entrance are particularly fetching. But that turns […]

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The cakes of Vienna part 5: A shocking yet wonderful waste of egg yolks – the Esterhazy torte

We’re back in Vienna and I have decided to stick around in Cafe Bellaria for another round of cake. As this is a very traditional cafe, my subconscious mind is subliminally urged to make traditional choices, and when the same waitress comes to my table again, no doubt prompted by the urgent “More cake!” expression […]

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Medieval cooking at Medvedgrad Festival, Zagreb – Fried apples coated in batter

According to certain schools of thought, there is no such thing as a coincidence. I recently had an opportunity to experience this idea in action – I was in Zagreb on the weekend of 28-29th September, which turned out to be the exact same time when a medieval festival was taking place at Medvedgrad, a […]

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The Cakes of Vienna Part 4 – An elemental discovery: the Kardinalschnitte at Cafe Bellaria

Today my business is with Café Bellaria, a traditional Viennese café with a great reputation. As I walk down the scenic Burgring street on this increasingly hot morning, past many museums and authoritative-looking statues, little do I know that I am about to make my biggest Viennese cake discovery so far – the Kardinalschnitte. Part […]

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The Cakes of Vienna part 3 – Mozart torte at Mozart Cafe Vienna

Do you remember how in my last Cakes of Vienna article I said that the next post would be about the Kardinalschnitte? Well, I was lying. Or, at least, I was being unintentionally deceptive. Having just gone through my Vienna notes again, this time with a noticeably improved attention to detail, I realised that I’d […]

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Visions of the universe and cake’s place in it

Yesterday I went to see the Visions of the Universe exhibition on its Very Last Day. And what a day it was – especially if you have a thing for persistent rain that is too insubstantial to be a legitimate reason for opening an umbrella yet heavy enough to get you wet, overcrowded cafés full […]

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The Cakes of Vienna part 2 – the original Sacher torte found

The previous installment of the Cakes of Vienna ended with a cliffhanger, which undoubtedly left you agonizing over what the original Sacher torte would turn out to be like. Well, you needn’t fret much longer, because the moment of truth is nigh. Part 2 – the Sacher torte itself We’re back at Café Sacher and it’s […]

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The Cakes of Vienna part 1 – the quest for the original Sacher torte

Last month I went on an epic cake pilgrimage to Vienna, with the aim of sampling as many traditional Viennese cakes as humanly possible within the given time frame (four days). Now, several weeks and many cakes later, I am finally able to reflect on my experiences and to examine all of the acquired cake […]

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The last kremšnita with Grandad

Early last week I was visiting my grandparents in Zagreb and before you know it we were having a slice or two of the inevitable “kremšnita”, a Zagreb staple and a thing that I should really write more about in the future. I didn’t think much of it at the time and even took the […]

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