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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Simon Ballam

English, studied in NY and worked in London, Düsseldorf, NY, Fankfurt, Prague and Vienna. This covered stints in market research and the film industry, international advertising coordination and strategic planning. Currently business school lecturer and journalist.
Fischrestaurant Kaj

Dining on Dragon’s Head: The Secrets of Fischrestaurant Kaj

The “golden” cook of Fischrestaurant Kaj transforms the fresh catch from the Adriatic.“Sometimes life just writes its own script,” Miro Sapič told us laconically. He and Zlata started their fish restaurant in the 2nd...
kirche am steinhof

Design for Chaos: Otto Wagner’s Steinhof – Controversial Then and now

Steinhof is a Wiener Melange of health and history and now the city adds housing to the mix.For centuries, to be considered mad was a life sentence of degradation and worse. As fairy tales tell...
Gasthaus zum Sieg

Tastes Like Victory – Gasthaus zum Sieg

For savory Gulasch, Gasthaus zum Sieg is the real dealGasthaus zum Sieg is a real-life Beisl (bistro), not an “Original Vienna Kitchen” (in six languages), nor cutely restyled for hipsters seeking an “authentic experience.”...
Biedermeier Glass exhibition

Everything you Wanted to Know About Biedermeier Glass but Were Afraid to ask

Glasses from the Empire and Biedermeier Period documents a rising middle class and its search for its own aestheticThere’s nothing new about conspicuous consumption - Imperial Vienna understood very well how to sweeten everyday...

On the Vine | Winter Work

Cellar, field and desk; March is a busy  time of year for winemakersThe cliché of cute country girls and boys, skirts and sleeves rolled up as they tread the grapes, may have finally been...
Austrian politics

Opinion | Austrian Idol?

Amid the erosion of the political center, little Austria may be the unlikely champion to stem the surge of the far rightIf there is anything worse than the deluge of daily disaster stories, it...
Film Stills

Film Stills: Magical Moments

Film stills as drama suspended, art as advertisement: Even if you’ve never seen the movie, chances are you know the imageThey are the indelible visuals of the 20th century; they overshadow even the horrific...
Kurz takes over the OSCE

Eyewitness: Kurz Takes Over the OSCE

As chairmanship revolves to Austria, we listened to what Foreign Minister Kurz sees as the biggest challengesI arrived unreasonably early on a crisp, sunny day mid-January at the Hofburg’s modest corner entrance for the...
The Third Man

A Spymaster’s Vienna – On the Trail of The Third Man

Graham Greene’s The Third Man: An iconic portrait of gloom and corruption in Austria’s postwar capitalGreat cities have their architectural icons, the Eiffel Tower presiding over the City of Light, Big Ben brooding beside...