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UPD: Life Ball & PIONEERS Festival

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Happy Summer, guys!

I am super excited for the upcoming season, despite currently struggling through finals and writing my thesis. It’s gonna be amazing, yes! As always, summers are always amazung, aren’t they?

I actually have been receiving a lot of positive surprises recently, and my life twisted around gradually 😉

But now – it’s just a short update to share that all is super cool, and I am just being too busy with uni stuff. Will soon write about our trip to Croatia; I got it as a present from my girls, it happened, and it was greater than great!

 

 

Another awesome event that recently took place and got us involved – Life Ball! Anyone who lives in Vienna knows its scale; it’s been getting more and more international attention, as well. More accurate info can be found on their web page, and I just want to share that it was absolutely great! It is so much more than just dressing up to go out and party all night long in one of the most beautiful sceneries ever. Spectacular way to raise aids awareness.

The coolest thing is not only the Ball itself, but the afterparty, which everyone in the city names the biggest party of the year. Yay!

 

And one more thing I wanna tell you about now – Pioneers Festival.

So, from the beginning, Pioneers is, as we were saying all the time, where tech startups meet investors. They do a lot of cool stuff in different cities, but as Vienna is trying to become a startup hub now, the huge event is held here annually. I feel honored that I got to work there, and my tasks were just a dream: I was part of backstage crew, helping out the main photographer and managing speakers before and after they go on stage to make sure that all media procedures are followed, and we get pictures and interviews with everyone we needed. One hell of stress it is, won’t deny! But the scale of the event was just breathtaking! And all of numerous afterparties that the organizers held were super cool, with a possibility to talk with the most creative and innovative people in a very chilled atmosphere. I even got to meet the president of Slovakia😱

Three days of excitement, responsibility pressure and fun fusion! Thank you, Pioneers, and I honestly hope to get a chance to join it again next year!

 


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UPD: Easter break highlights

92dvk6rqix8Happy Spring Break everyone!

I am not an Easter fan at all, the eggs-bird nests-and-bunnys market actually annoy me that much that last 3 years I carefully make sure I don’t pass by a single one of those. But spring break is something else for me because it’s traveling time, dislocating on to summer terraces time, and I am also a lucky one to always have my Birthday during these holidays.

This spring is already rich with events. A lot of new places either opened up or changed the concept, so every week we have something new to look forward to. Good news for those who are in Vienna – Tel Aviv Beach is already open and Motto am Fluss terrace is operating at its full capacity – probably my favorite places to sit outside in this town. Can’t wait for Pratersauna summer space to open up next!

A lot of people I know have their Birthdays at the end of March – April. Summertime must have some real love magic bringing so many kids being born these months! My whole April is usually just going to a Birthday party on almost daily bases. Three of those happened just last week only in Vienna, I congratulate at least 5 people who are away every day, and there are many more to go.

Btw, some lifehacks: if you need an amazing cake in Vienna that will be both delicious in exactly the way you want it and a masterpiece appearance wise – order one from eatandbake! I tried 4 of Mariya’s creations already and they are something I had never even dreamt of before! And if you need pretty neat and stylish bouquets – Vie de Flamme will provide you with the freshest and most beautiful flowers.

Going on with a minute for unsponsored marketing – new bars are in town! Josef just opened up recently and krypt is opening tomorrow. I have already been to both, too early to say anything, but they definitely look like very high potentials. Another art event, the opening of Julian Epok’s exhibition by Neni, took place last Saturday. It was very pink.

I am looking forward to a lot of different openings and events in Vienna which always brighten up spring. But honestly even more excited I am for leaving Vienna this Friday for my next trip, hehe. This year is the first time when I am not traveling far away for the whole Easter break because I am currently working on my thesis (and that’s exactly why I am writing this post now instead of doing my abstract) and can only leave for several days going within Europe. But I am still very very glad! It’s always nice to go somewhere warm, and, on top of that, it’s gonna be the two new countries for me where I had never been before. This will get me extremely close to completely scratching off whole Europe on my map, I will literally have couple more places to go to. Uiii!

Going back to my thesis now, have to finish last preparations for the trip tonight as well. Happy Easter, bunnies!


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Brunch in Vienna

vha5w24bxpcGood morning, dudes! I hope everyone had a very nourishing breakfast! I personally consider first meal of the day to be the most important, not only out of some kind of healthcare creeds but also because it simply rhythms the whole following day.

Breakfast, in my case mostly brunch as I try to avoid eating too early when my body is still asleep, is also the only meal for me that contains some sequences, they can even be called traditions. I can eat absolutely whatever from baked cheese with ice cream to pizza followed by a hummus plate for dinner, but my first meal of the day always has to include eggs and bakery. It can be a classic omelette with spinach/mushrooms/chili oil or banana pancakes with English cream and maple syrup – as long as there are 2-3 eggs and something bread-like, I’ll take it! I am not a fan of muesli or fresh fruits that many people love to have in the morning, though. Being lactose intolerant, cornflakes or yoghurts are not my thing either. Preferring something more substantial, my breakfasts usually include avocado (important: with wasabi salt on top! but that I unfortunately only get when I cook myself as no one in Europe has it), jamon or prosciutto, different kinds of cheeses (lucky me, I tolerate a lot of those), very often oriental vibes like fried eggplants, tahina or hummus; something crunchy and sweet, too. I don’t eat fresh vegetables, but really spinach or tomatoes with my scrambled eggs or in my morning quiche – whatever makes the meal more diverse and bright, as the serving is important as well.

I enjoy making quick breakfasts myself. What can make your mood better than waking up, taking a hot shower and preparing some french toasts or eggs with avocado on baguette from the oven while watching new episode of favorite series or having some energizing music on the background! Serving someone breakfast in bed is also a pleasure of a high extent, huh? 😉 But now it has become extremely mainstreaming all over the world to go out for brunch, too. It even seems to me of more of a social event than even getting together with friends/colleagues for dinners used to be. “Wanna go for brunch?”, “Let’s brunch next week!”, “What should we reserve for out weekly girls’ brunch this time?” – it’s everywhere, right? And look at instagram bloggers! Avocado has become more popular than eyebrows recently!

I have absolutely nothing agains that phenomena of looking fancy and socializing in the daylight rather than how it used to be earlier. And eating tons of food when starting a day seems to definitely be a better idea than stuffing yourself until you can’t breathe before going to bed, doesn’t it?

So, stopping my avocado-worshippong and getting to the main part: this is a very banal post about TOP20 brunch-places according to my insatiate point of view in the city where I brunch, Vienna.

The places are not put strictly in a satisfaction scale order, as some of them are simply too different to be compared. However, the top ones are my beloved breakfast spots, yes.

  1. Der Fuchs und die Trauben. They are the winners, solid! One of the new locations the emergence of which is natural following the recent brunch-trend. But they really ARE something. The way you can combine a lot of very small dishes to create your own set of tastes is even better than any of those breakfast-plates I’d day. And you can fins anything there, from amazing juicy burgers to little oriental things. BUT it’s only the weekend, and be sure to book a table 3-4 days in advance! Couple times I called on Thursday and there was already no seating possibility for any time available. Enjoy!
  2. Café Le Marcé/Café Français. I thought I can put those two together (but if you click on the names – it will take you to different links) as they are right next to each other, serve similar stuff and, in my opinion, have the same potential to become your new favorite breakfast spot. Cafe Français is in general a nice French restaurant that is beloved by Viennese people, so it’s worth visiting at any time. It is usually hard to get seated, though, which surprisingly is not the case during breakfast time (that is only 11.30, careful!). The neighbor, Café Le Marché is more concentrated on breakfasts which they serve until 16.00. It is more quiet there, the place is very small, so just sitting there with a coffee and laptop is something you will often see me doing there. They don’t take reservations, but once I texted them on Facebook to make sure I can bring my girls crew and have a table, and they kept one foe us with no problem. Order the breakfast tacos!!!
  3. Figar. There is a new one in 1040 now, but I have only had my loads of avocado and eggs in the one in 1070 so far. What they offer is classics, nothing that much experimental, but the quality is outstanding. Breads from Joseph Brot got my heart from the very first time I stopped there. Thy different combinations of their omelet in which you can put anything, I think even the dragon skin, and go for the simple but good avocado bread. During the week I find it easy to just come in and sit for as long as I want, even alone is very comfortable there. But if it’s a weekend brunch and you are a bunch of people – definitely requires a reservation couple days in advance, as they also have a lot going on there on Saturdays and Sundays, party-wise. Their summer branch, Figar macht Urlaub, is opening again at Danube Channel on the 15th of April, looking forward!
  4. Caffè latte. Be attentive, it seems like there are two places named like that in Vienna. I am talking about the one at Neubaugasse. They only offer brunches on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, 10.30 to 15.00, but it’s a buffet-brunch. And buffet doesn’t look like the one you think of when stay in the hotel with breakfast included, oh no! You can make your own little burgers, try several kinds of fish, meat and vegetarian main dishes with several choices of side dish; soups or pancakes – up to you; their croissants just never finish neither do endless bowls with salads, hummuses, raw salmon or beef and literally anything you can think of as food to eat not only in the morning, but throughout whole day. Make sure to reserve and come very hungry!
  5. Superfood Deli. Another trendy place that opened recently. Fresh juices and smoothies, couple healthy bagels and an interesting vivid choice of bowls. It’s a light breakfast opportunity, not exactly where you go with friends to take pics of different dishes together, socialize and get tipsy. But grabbing a bowl to-go or stopping by for a protein smoothie will brighten up your day. They are very tasty! I asked once to prepare a bowl for me a bit differently than was on the menu, and that was no problem. Limited seats and no reservation as it’s more of a to-go/to-deliver version, but that doesn’t matter, and I actually always manage to get a seat there. No credit cards, though.

    Those are my beloved places to go to now that I just discovered recently. The list is longer and some of the spots I might have mentioned already on my earlier posts under hashtags #Vienna and #food.

  6. Ulrich. Pancakes!
  7. Kussmaul. Rösti!
  8. Motto am Fluss. All Day Breakfast Sandwich; desserts are a must-try; drinking prosecco on their terrace is beyond enjoyable.
  9. Joseph Brot. All kinds of bakery is the best in Vienna. But the catering itself is at a decent level.
  10. Ströck Feierabend. Breakfasts sets are good; everything is very fresh; the bakery is also on point.
  11. Corns’n’Pops. A place for muesli lovers actually, but I found their bagels and pancakes ricotta with peanut butter to be a gift from heaven.
  12. Cafe 7stern. My usual place to study, a very cosy and chilled one. But it’s actually famous for brunch sets. A new menu there now, check it out!
  13. Naschmarkt: Neni/deli. I out those two on one position as well because they are interchangeable, which really helps when there are no tables available in one. Naschmarkt is in general a place to be in Vienna, and there are many spots you can pick for breakfast pr a morning glass of champagne. But those two to me are perfect oriental food. Go for breakfast for 2 and shakshuka at Neni and and some tender omelette and bagel at deli. Remember that Naschmarkt is closed on Sundays!
  14. Stadtcafe. Take the breakfast seat that contains little NY cheesecake 😉
  15. Hidden Kitchen. I like the “park” one better, but both are well-known for the freshest healthy food. Their almond croissant may not be as healthy as everything else you will be served there but don’t skip it!
  16. Hotel am Brillantengrund. A completely different kind of brunch: Philippine food. They only make it as buffet on the weekend but you can order same dishes a-la carte anytime. It is delicious! And something rare for Vienna as well. Vegan options are absolutely amazing, too! Say hi to beautiful Olivia who works there 🙂
  17. Bro’s Pizza. A perfect hangover option! One of the best pizzas in town, great location, cold beer and the owners who will understand your sufferings. Delivery is possible, too, if it’s too bad.
  18. Le mercerie. A little place that I favor because it’s next door from my Uni. Good quiche, crunchy baguettes prepared in front of you; nice atmosphere. Quiet and good for a secret talk or reading  book alone.
  19. Vollpension. You will die from tempting bakery smell inside, so sit on the swings outside if on a diet. Breakfast sets are very satisfying and the ambient is great.
  20. Marco Simonis. Last but not least! It’s not exactly a brunch place, people go there anytime to just sit with their laptops and catch some creativity. It’s on my list because of their roast beef baguette – I’d eat that for breakfast every day of my life.

There is also such a thing in Vienna as popup events called Brunch Club Vienna. They are held at different locations, I’ve been to two of them and absolutely loved what they make there. It would be 3-4 dishes only, but make sure you it will be the happiest morning meal of your week! The girls are very hospital, will make sure you get a seat even though it gets very crowded recently, pour you a mimosa and make sure you are having fun there. Food and party combined – what else? Follow them on instagram to be aware of the latest news and upcoming popups!

You might have always noticed that when a place doesn’t have its own website, I use articles from the blog diefruehstueckerinnen. If you are German-speaking, this is a great source of information about the coolest places in Vienna, I use a lot of their tips myself.

A little gallery from the places mentioned above to awaken your appetite!

Mahlzeit!

 

 


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ACUNS Annual Conference 2017

Implementing the 2030 Agenda

The 2017 ACUNS-UN Vienna Conference—hosted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)—is a major multi-stakeholder forum for Vienna-based organizations, civil society, the diplomatic community, and academics to discuss actions, potentials and challenges linked to the realization of the Agenda. The conference is an occasion to share best practices, explore potential future collaborations, and engage in inter-sectoral and inter-agency dialogues. (source: acuns.org/2017-vienna-un-conference/)

This main theme is sustainable human development. Participants learn about the contribution of UN-based organizations as well as about their future projects. Great ideas shared, outstanding people presenting.”No-one is left behind” was the motto of this annual meeting. 1

I was lucky to be a part of this major event being held at the United Nations Office in Vienna. Being a volunteer from ACUNS was a great experience which gave me not only the understanding of how such occasions are organized and the chance to listen to the greatest people from the UN-based organizations, but also realize myself as a part of hardworking team with its responsibilities, choices to be made rapidly and any stressful situation to be dealt with together.  0I was a member of ACUNS social media team doing mostly all the photography (the toughest part is not the technical one, actually, but knowing what and where to upload asap so that all the social media channels can operate their life broadcasting properly) but also helping out with posts whenever someone wasn’t there to do it right away – which is what matters the most for SMM.

I had “my” speakers as well which means that while running the social media channels each of us had to write transcripts of their presentations to later summarize it in one press release ACUNS coordinators will prepare. I consider myself lucky to have had one of the most interesting speakers: Ana Raffo-Caiado, director of technical cooperation department at IAEA and Alois Mhlanga, the UNIDO representative. Nuclear energy being one of the main cornerstones (and probably the most problematic and controversial one) of sustainable development is a very interesting topic to finally get deeper into. But I honestly found all five panels as well as scholar’s sessions (especially the one devoted to child marriage in Syria!) very informational and extremely exciting. Cuban representative in the UN, Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios, was the most appealing speaker to me, who also managed to run his session at the conference perfectly well organized.

Very surprisingly to myself, I found the “Cleaner Industrial Production and Energy for Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth” panel the most exciting one. Not having been aware of the topics much, I was so caught by the discussion that at some point even realized I was forgetting to do my job. Well-done! Such a pleasure indeed.

And the main reason why I am writing about this event is, of course, to thank my team. I find it quite hard to work in trams in general. It’s usually associated with stress for me, and I’d rather do everything myself or have some separate tasks. But this time we all were one mechanism that had to function properly without any breaks. And I believe we managed that quite successfully despite any technical problem we faced. Thank you guys for this first working experience that has become such a positive one for me. Thank you for sharing all stress, time-pressure, gallons of coffee, GBs of information, jokes and after-party cakes. You are the best ❤

I am really looking forward to staying a part of such great team and participating in the future events held by ACUNS. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter 😉


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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas, folks!%d1%81%d0%bd%d0%b8%d0%bc%d0%be%d0%ba-%d1%8d%d0%ba%d1%80%d0%b0%d0%bd%d0%b0-2016-12-24-%d0%b2-13-38-02Even being a total Grinch, I still am happy the vacation is finally here. Now I am passing Innsbruck on my way to Ischgl to meet my family for proper Xmas dinner. This has been tricky for me as yesterday night I suddenly found myself in the hospital which had never happened to me before. But thanks for those doctors who work in holidays time and to my friend who immediately picked me up when found out I was in crisis and drove me to the emergency room and then today in the morning to the train station – with your help I overcame little trouble and will make it to the Alps to meet the New Year there alongside with starting this snowboarding season.

Before everyone left for Christmas break, we had a little home party with my girls, champagne showers, presents and homemade dinner. This year it was at my place, so me and Jamila prepared all the food that came out amazing. The guests loved different kinds of homemade bakery with cheese, spinach, eggplants and much more, but the star of the evening was definitely traditional for any New Year celebration in my motherland Olivier salad (salad à la russe? whatever it’s called here).

Thank you all for amazing mood and the real celebration! I am really happy we have this annual tradition with any of my friends with who we happen to be in the same country before around New Year’s Eve.

Our good-bye-see-you-next-year dinner took place at Chuchu after we had finished all the Christmas party leftovers at my place. They have a new menu there now, check it out! 6705c134-5310-4f56-8295-d4064bd2ce00

The last day before leaving for vacation I spent in Budapest meeting my friend Vlad who I hadn’t seen since AC/DC concert in May. I love our endless talks about life and every time we meet, doesn’t matter if in Morocco, Hong Kong or around Europe – it’s always fun! And seeing friends around Christmas time is always nice!

Now I am about to approach Landeck where I have to get off, so let me again wish you all and your families amazing winter holidays, Merry Christmas  and a Happy New Year!


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Punsch Fests’16

Hey Folks!

We are dying here buried under book piles as the midterm exams are approaching but I still took a moment to organize Christmas dinner for my family and buy a ticket to the mountains to join them there soooo so soon! Meanwhile got an idea to share some events in Vienna now which those who are (going to be) here might enjoy!

Save a date for Punsch im Garten @Heuer organized by my amazing friends from the Whiskey Union; Motto’s annual punsch event and Rooftop Punsch @Bloom. I personally am a total Grinch and never even drink punsch or go to Christmas markets, but those events are really something more than that! We already attended another one by Motto – Charity Punschfest, and really enjoyed it especially having eaten all their endless free sweets. 

So, check the parties out! 😉

And wish us good luck at the exams and to make it through the hardest month of the year and start our winter holidays drinking marathon!

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