Joseph Brot (Website, Facebook) – the great organic bakery from the 1st District in Vienna (Naglergasse) – is expanding and opens a second store in the Landstraßer Hauptstraße 4, 1030 Vienna, Austria. Before the official opening, 40 people (fans and food bloggers) were invited for a pre-opening dinner. I had the opportunity to be part of it and enjoyed a fabulous evening with gorgeous food in very nice company.
September once more. Once more Chocolate Party at the “Confiserie zum süßen Eck” right across the Volksoper. It’s been the third year of the party and since we’ve been there each time before we already knew what we could expect. And we weren’t disappointed.
After having “designed” truffles with orange peel from the own tiny orange tree and hibiscus flower as a decoration on top, we decided to try a new combination: coffee-cardamom-truffles with a hint of Tasmanian pepper – since we didn’t have an idea about the dosage we’d improvise.
The first difficulty was to grind the cardamom seeds which were tougher than they looked like (see picture 1). But the aroma was fantastic! We also ground some coffee beans and the Tasmanian pepper (the last one being another tough candidate).
Orlando di Castello (http://www.orlandodicastello.com/) produces its goodies in a bakery and patisserie in the 19th district of Vienna but runs a nice “Caféhaus” at the Freyung in the inner city. On our way to the Xocolat shop, we passed this nice café and could not resist. And as there are several baked goods and cakes made of chocolate, Orlando di Castello is a clear candidate for our blog
This time, the wonderful chocolate store “Xocolat” in connection with its CLC (Chocolate Lovers Club) hosted the first chocolate degustation of this autumn. The topic was dedicated to fair, organic chocolate and was called “products with values” (Ware mit Werten).
Nearly 35 chocolate lovers found their way to the Palais Ferstl to taste different varieties of chocolate brands. Six brands were presented, and before getting the degustation bites, we got a very interesting introduction into each single brand and the way it contributes to sustainable, organic and fair projects by for example protecting the rainforest, applying rigorous ecological standards etc.
Today I was at a chocolate party organised by a nice little chocolate and sweets shop at the Währinger Straße. It started at 11 a.m., and when I arrived there were already quite some people tasting themselves through a wide range of different sweets (admission fee: 3 Euros).
Although the topic of this entry is not chocolate in Vienna I decided to add it since Zotter has become such a well known synonym for organic, fair chocolate that it’d be wasted if it wasn’t part of a choco blog. And you can get the Zotter chocolate everywhere around the city so it’s still somehow connected to Vienna.
In August we travelled to Riegersburg (southern part of Styria, Austria) to once more visit Zotter’s chocolate factory and to see (and taste!) the so-called “Chocolate theatre” for the first time in its new appearance. We’ve been there before several times but never since it’s been expanded so much.
Here’s my blog devoted to all the sweet stuff in Vienna, be it chocolate, cakes, truffles, macaroons,… There are so many nice shops and stores which dedicate themselves to sweeten up the life – and I’ve made it my private mission to find them all and share them with anyone interested. Go ahead and have fun exploring a colourful sweetness of Vienna – and remember: Life’s short – eat dessert first!
Anything I’ve missed so far? Tell me – and I’ll be there!
Your Chocolate Queen
Check out the first post: CupCakes
Others to come: Xocolat, Fruth, Schokov, Bobby’s