Eating flowers at Demel, Vienna

Ah Vienna. A modern city that still manages to continue time-honored traditions in culture, from opera, ballet, and cuisine. So much so, that even Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) continues in the same places with the same recipes for hundreds of years. Though many think of Sachertorte and Apfelstrudel when they think of Vienna, I strongly suggest my new favorite cake: the Demeltorte (Demel cake), a walnut chocolate cake strewn with candied violets (see above), which carries the name of one of the most famous pastry shops in town.

The interior is gorgeous, see for yourself:

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Naschkatze (Prenzlauer Berg): Organic ice cream for your sweet tooth

Today I wasn’t feeling so great, so I decided to get some fresh air and ride my bike around. I ended up at Helmholtzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg and figured that if my throat was hurting, a Kugel (scoop) or two of ice cream might take the edge off. Or at least that’s how I convinced myself. And I stumbled upon Naschkatze, which had so many “Bio”-signs I figured I might as well see what the fuss was about:

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