Sunday, 23 November 2014

Coffee, Anyone?
Espresso with Cream at Café Prückel

Your Choice
Single red Zinnia
to the left

or single red Zinnia
to the right
of your reading lamp

Having a hard time
deciding which side your zinnia should lean to?
No problem, simply sit down
and enjoy the view of an orchestra's
worth of flowers on top of the
glass vetrine with the sweet
t e m p t a t i o n s

and order your
espresso with cream
on the side

Select a newspaper
or three or a magazine,
but feel also free to read
your own book
from cover to cover

Your waiter will let you get lost
on your island
between the lines,
as lost as you allow yourself to become,
because everything stands still while you read
or contemplate or create in the far corners
of your mind.
Time does not exist here,
no waiter will nudge you to consume more,
and if it takes you a hundred years
to finish your thought or your book,
he will still be there -
he has been already for 106 years -
he will be there to serve you
as soon as you lift your hand
for more coffee or call out
"Herr Ober, zahlen bitte!"


Photographed in the late afternoon
of Wednesday, 12 May 2010,
at one of the famous Viennese Ringstrassen Cafés,
Café Prückel, founded in 1904
Corner of Wollzeile and Stubenring

Images and Text © by Merisi

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Thanksgiving in a Viennese Kitchen
Sometimes She Cooks

It began innocently enough.
A cup of tea, watching a cooking show,

cutting six loaves of bread into cubes
for Thanksgiving's turkey stuffing,

when a sudden draft
sent a Japanese maple leaf

sailing through the air,
landing on my cup of tea!

The "Before" Picture:
I had picked up the leaf a couple of days ago
on my way to the grocery store,
and given it a place of honor
on my laptop

Photographed during last year's Thanksgiving preparations
This year, you can follow me here -> Merisi @ Facebook
I am cooking Thanksgiving dinner as I type -
Thanksgiving in Austria is celebrated in September,
hence no holiday this coming Thursday
Images and Text © by Merisi

Links to a few of my favorite cooks:
-> Sam Hoffer's "Carolina Kitchen"
-> Mary's "One Perfect Bite
-> Ilva Beretta's "Lucullian Delights"
-> Giuliano Hazan's "Educated Palate"

Friday, 21 November 2014

In the Quiet of the Evening
Café Schwarzenberg

In the Quiet
of the evening

flowery herbal tea
steeping in the pot

my eyes rest on a painting
of a Venetian canal scene

then on Vienna beyond the tall windows,
the city dressed in blue hour finery

I slowly fall in love,
all over again, with this city,
which offers sanctuaries like this
when you need a break from
the weariness of the world

My tea is ready,
I take a sip.
Outside, night is falling,
inside, sweet languor fills my soul

Photographed at Café Schwarzenberg
on the evening of 22 September 2011

Café Schwarzenberg
is a smokefree Kaffeehaus
The coffee is very good,
and tea lovers enjoy a large selection
of premium loose leaf and herbal teas.
The butter marble Guglhupf
was excellent.

I read about unfriendly waiters
in a few of the online reviews.
Not my experience, quite the opposite!
I particularly love one gentleman waiter
who has the art of subtle Viennese humour
down pat, and a lot of charm to boot.

here -> Café Schwarzenberg
leads you to the "History" page - in English -
of Schwarzenberg's website!

Images and Text © by Merisi
R e p o s t

Liechtenstein Gardens
Vienna in Autumn Light

Nereid with Child
Cast of a 1795 bronze sculpture
with dark lead zinc patination by Franz Anton Zauner

Garden View
Windows on the palace's back façade
reflecting the autumn light

November Rose
Late autumn rose
against golden autumn light

Photographed 11 November 2014
Liechtenstein Garden Palais
in Vienna's 9th District, Alsergrund
© by Merisi

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Liechtenstein Palais in Alsergrund
Viennese Gardens in Autumn

Autumn's Last Call
Collecting or holding on
to autumn's bountiful harvest?

Along the walls of
the Liechtenstein Garden Palais
in Vienna's 9th District, Alsergrund
Photographed 11 November 2014
© by Merisi

The morns are meeker than they were,
The nuts are getting brown;
The berry's cheek is plumper,
The rose is out of town.
The maple wears a gayer scarf,
The field a scarlet gown.
Lest I should be old-fashioned,
I'll put a trinket on.

Emily Dickinson

-> Black and White Wednesday
-> Wednesday around the World