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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Bibliotheca Culinaria (Mitte): Cookbook paradise

As soon as I walked down the stairs into the cookbook-crammed basement, my eyes widened in awe. Suddenly I was surrounded by stacks and stacks of nothing but cookbooks, mostly from the 1950’s-1970’s.  I was greeted by the cheery owner, saying, “Bitte nehmen Sie Platz und lesen Sie so lange wie Sie wollen.” (Please take a seat and read as long as you want.)

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