European way of life

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Cuisson d'un Kürtőskalács hongrois à la broche, au feu de bois, photo de Zlerman  (CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

The chimney-cake: kürtőskalács or trdelník

Winter is the best season to taste this typical Central European pastry. A lot of ephemeral food stands will sell you these cakes in the streets of Czech or Hungarian cities. You can warm up near the wood-fire, above which they are slowly glazed, you can divide them and share them with friends. And if you don’t know any better,…

Sachertorte du Café Sacher, Vienne, Autriche © Eurofluence

The Sachertorte: a sweet story about a Viennese legend

« Don’t make me feel ashamed, it’s the only thing I ask you… ». The story of the most emblematic Viennese pastry begins with these words. And it’s often the same story. Exactly like the Madeleine of Commercy in France or the Trdelník of Skalika in Slovakia: one day, an earl, a duke or a prince orders to his pâtissier a special…

Café Central by night, Vienne, Autriche © Eurofluence

Impressions: the Café Central, a Viennese institution

I said so: Vienna has more than a thousand coffeehouses. But this one is like no other. The Café Central is a living museum, a swarming institution that makes us familiar with an old way of life. « To understand this, we must understand that the Viennese coffeehouses are an institution with no equivalent anywhere else in the world. It is actually…

Hugos classiques, photo de http://www.ristoramagazine.ch/2014/07/quali-cocktail-beviamo-destate-eccone-5-da-non-perdere/ (en italien)

The Hugo : a trendy cocktail from the Alps

Fed up with the eternal mojitos or caïpirinhas? Good news: Latin America is not the only place where people know how to make sunny cocktails. Goodbye Cuba or Brazil: welcome to the South Tyrol! It was there, in the Trentino-Alto Adige, that the Hugo was born in 2005; a summer cocktail that quenches your Central Europe thirst, from Austria to Bavaria,…

Apfelstrudel traditionnel, photo de Justine Duppong (http://justineduppong.com/2012/09/12/wiaw-europe-tour-vienna-and-a-visit-with-the-dalai-lama/)

The Apfelstrudel, a traditional Austrian pastry

From Austria to the United States, through Israel or Argentina, its reputation is worldwide. The Apfelstrudel is emblematic of Central European cuisine and has traveled along historic migrations, specifically of Jewish Ashkenazi communities. Austria, Germany, Switzerland, North-Eastern Italy, Hungary, Alsace, Slovakia, Czech Republic, even the Balkans, every country has its recipe and keeps it as a memory of the Habsburg…

Einspänner, photo de Kaffee Magazin (http://www.kaffeemagazin.com/rezepte/der-einspanner)

Impressions: Viennese cafés

On November 10th, 2011 the UNESCO classified Viennese cafés as masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. These Wiener Kaffeehäuser, the true temple of delightfully outdated lifestyle, have been described as places “where time and space are consumed, but where the only item on the check is the coffee”. A spacio-temporal rift there lets us contemplate the ordinary and…

Affichage en gaélique irlandais, quartier de Temple Bar, Dublin, Irlande © Eurofluence

10 things that may surprise a traveler in Dublin

« (…), travel is in my opinion a very profitable exercise; the soul is there continually employed in observing new and unknown things, and I do not know, as I have often said, a better school wherein to model life than by incessantly exposing to it the diversity of so many other lives, fancies, and usances… ». These are Montaigne’s words in…

Mirabelles de Nancy sur l'arbre, photo de Stanislas Perrin  (CC BY-SA 2.5, 2.0, 1.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

The Lorraine mirabelle

It’s been three days of intense media coverage. Everyone is talking about it, even in the national press: war? the financial crisis? No (at least, not only): it’s the Lorraine mirabelle! Let’s zoom in on this little fruit, rich in vitamin C and fiber that exists almost nowhere else. A species of plum This delicate fruit is found almost only…

Saucisse - purée © Eurofluence

Is France still the country of good food?

I asked myself the question, one winter night in 2013, when I walked by a small joint in the old city center in Nancy. The oldest “brasserie” in town had just taken its trash out. Its contents, and the fraud they gave out, were neatly displayed on the pavement. I didn’t even have to bend over to familiarize myself with…

En terrasse du Nemours, Paris, France, photo de Flickr’s (Regis Frasseto), licence Creative Commons.

Impressions: Le Nemours, real Parisian café

A coffee at the Nemours is like a timeless moment in the Parisian life. On the place Colette, an institution of the French theatre : the Comédie française. A little break, after the Louvre made us happily washed-up. The Nemours is at the crossroads between important centers of French politics: the Constitutional Council, the Council of State, the Ministry of…

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