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VIENNA: girls night at The Guest House

Last night, we had our annual “secret santa girls night”. It’s not really a secret santa thing, since everyone receives a present from everyone … but I am highly against celebrating things ahead of time, so I refuse to call it “Christmas” before the 24th. For the past few weeks we’ve been trying new places for our girls nights and yesterday we decided to give the “Brasserie & Bakery” in the 1st district a try. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the boutique hotel “The Guest House Vienna” and the whole look reminded me of something you might see in New York City. We had a great evening, lots of yummy food (I can absolutely recommend the goat cheese starter … sooo dreamy!), good talks, and of course presents! It was the last time we’ll see eachother before the new year, but we already decided on brunch at The Guest House for our first meet-up in 2014, because as we were ordering dessert we noticed that they actually serve breakfast until 11pm, which is kind of amazing if you ask me :) Do any of you guys celebrate Christmas with just your girlfriends? Here are some impressions from our night:
The Guest House Vienna - Brasserie & Bakery

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9 | Categories: Food & Drinks, Hotels, Personal, Restaurants, Vienna

VIENNA: Saturdays at the Prater

On Friday, we celebrated the birthday of my favorite guy. As birthdays tend to have a way of being lots of fun, they also come with a big portion of too little sleep. So, our Saturday was all the lazier. We ran a few errands, cleaned up the leftovers from the party and then headed to Vienna’s Prater (kind of like a mix of an amusement park & a fair) for an early dinner. Mike decided to introduce me to my first ever “Stelze” (roasted pork knuckle … definitely sounds a lot better in German) at Schweizerhaus. I usually don’t eat pork, but paired with a Radler (a mix of beer & lemonade) and a bit of a hangover it was a pretty awesome dinner. Sometimes playing tourist in your own city can be really fun!

Saturdays at Vienna's Prater

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13 | Categories: Food & Drinks, Personal, Restaurants, Vienna

VIENNA: breakfast at dots 21

Last Sunday, Mike and I decided to venture away from our regular bagel place for breakfast and try something new. I’ve been wanting to go to Dots21 to try their breakfast for a while, since the sushi there is always good (the asparagus-truffle roll is to die for!!) and the location is perfect for summer (last seen HERE). Even though the service was only mediocre (a bit slow, not too attentive but friendly) we still had a good time. They play great lounge musik and the outdoor space is also a nice bonus. The prices are totally ok (9€ for breakfast, including fresh orange-maracuja juice & cappucino) and I loved the bircher müsli!

Dots twentyone vienna breakfast

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13 | Categories: Food & Drinks, Restaurants, Summer, Vienna

TRAVELS: dinner at Nobu Dubai

Mike and I both have an insanely large appreciation for good food, and while we love cooking together on the weekends, we also love to experience really special and one-of-a-kind meals at restaurants. When I think about all the amazing dates we’ve been on, our dinner at Nobu in Dubai is definitely the #1! It was a super spontaneous decision but we loved every second (and course) of the experience. At all the Nobu restaurants they have something called “Omakase” which translates to “leave it to the chef”. Basically it is a tasting menu with some of the signature dishes and is made my the chef without you knowing what you’re getting. At the Dubai location they have 2 different Omakase options, one includes the typical Nobu dishes (like the amazing black cod miso), and the other includes a few Dubai specialities. We got both and shared everything, that way we got to taste typical Nobu AND the Dubai signature dishes. I lost track at one point, but I think we each had around 10 courses, one better than the other!

Nobu Dubai

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18 | Categories: Food & Drinks, Restaurants, Travels