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
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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

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Remembrance of Things Past
The Mocca Club at Wienzeile

Once upon a time

there was this beautiful place
where they brewed really good coffee -

a favorite hang-out
not only of students from
the nearby Vienna Technical University

Turkish coffee and other delights, now only a memory -
this happens even in Vienna where time's supposed to stand still

“Remembrance of things past
is not necessarily the remembrance
of things as they were.”
Marcel Proust

Photographed 8 August 2009
Images and Text © by Merisi
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