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About Luisaviaroma and some thoughts on consumption

07.11.2018
by Ivana
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In collaboratoion with Luisaviaroma. My dears, today I’d like to introduce to you the online-shop Luisaviaroma and to share with you some personal thoughts on consumption. As you know there are many vlogs about minimalism and zero waste out there and I have to say that I really enjoy watching them and I do support […]
A Serbian Orthodox Baptism
28.02.2018
by Ivana
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My dears, today I´d like to tell you a little bit more about the Serbian orthodox baptism and this religion in general. Fabienne and Iwan got baptised on Fabienne´s first birthday and so all three of us are now Serbian orthodox. I was very positively surprised how welcoming and openminded the Serbian Church has been and also how uncomplicated.  I was worrying about the name Fabienne, because it´s not an orthodox one and about Iwan, because he has a total different cultural background. But there were no obstacles. If anything the church was very happy to hear that Iwan is interesting to get baptised and they knew so much about his home country and the history, this was fascinating. I was very relieved that they accepted the name Fabienne, only the spelling has to be done the Serbian way, you write down the words the way they are pronounced, so in this case Fabijen. SerbianbaptismII In Vienna you can not choose the church for the baptism, it depends on the district where you live. That was totally okay with us and so Iwan and Fabienne got baptised in the Serbian orthodox Church in the 16. Viennese district. This is by the way the newest Serbian orthodox Church in Vienna and it was a present from the Viennese archbishop Schönborn few years ago. This means a former catholic church became an orthodox one. Both religious belong to Christianity, there are just few differences. For example there are no church taxes for the orthodox people, the church is financed by donations. For godparents you choose a person who is not blood-related but very special to you. The catholics do choose usually their siblings as godparents. I´ve decided to continue this special relationship with the family of my own godmother, who unfortunately already passed away. As a general rule no one would say no to you when you asked them to become a godparent to your child. It´s kind of unpolite and it is not good to refuse the honor. Iwan´s and Fabienne´s godmothers were completely giddy with excitement and also cried for joy when we asked them. Our choice was right and we are very very very blessed to have such good-hearted persons in our lives. Serbian Baptism We are also very grateful for the bilingual baptism. Iwan und Fabienne got baptised at the same time but in different languages. For Iwan the church has chosen German and for Fabienne Serbian. Since our guests from Vienna all do have Austrian or multi-cultural background and their common language is German and the guests from Serbia for the baptism did not speak a word German this was the perfect solution provided by the church and we were very overwhelmed by that. We´ve learned from our Catholic guests that the serbian orthodox baptism ceremony is more detailed and very informative. They all were fascinating especially by the casting out of devils part. Althought the baptism is officially for free it is usual to donate 100 EUR per person. The candle and the linen are usually bought by the godparents. SerbianbaptismI Thanks to the baptism we got stronger as family. In every possible way the baptims was a great experience and gain.
How to host a Serbian Dinner Party
24.10.2016
by Ivana
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From time to time my lovely friends Sabine and Yvonne and I meet as a trio for a delicious dinner and enjoy hanging out together. First Sabine organised a yummy grill dinner and then Yvonne cooked Romanian dishes (she ain't from Romania, she's from Switzerland but has a special bond with Romania since she lived and worked there for some time) and last weekend we met at my place so it was my turn to serve a delicious dinner. As some of you may know I do have Serbian backround so I decided to introduce to them some of my favorite Serbian delicacies. Therefor I ordered some culinary specialities at my favorite Serbian restaurant in Vienna "Sokace" that is luckily located at the end of my residential street. I did not cook myself because Serbian food is very time-consuming in preparation. That's why Iwan and I always order Serbian food instead of spending a whole day at the kitchen.

Here's what I served:

Sarma: Sour cabbage leaves filled with ground meat and rice.

Mixed Grill: Including Cevapcici, Raznjici etc. Serbs eat a lot of in a wood stove grilled meat.

Kajmak: A yummy cheese with extreme creaminess made from the skimmed fat of caws´ milk and salt.

Ajvar: A side dish made of roasted peppers. It can be sweet or very hot.

Sopska Salad: Chopped salad with cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions and crumbled white cheese (made of cow's milk).

Serbian Boan Soup: Made of white beans and smoked meat.

Homemade Bun: Serbs eat a lot of white selfmade bread.

I served crepes with white Eurocrem and Lane Biscuits as dessert. A Jaffa Orange Cake would be another perfect option.

Have you ever been to Serbia or ever tasted the Serbian cuisine?

Kussmaul

06.05.2019
by Ivana
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In collaboration with Kussmaul. My dears, today I want to introduce to you the restaurant Kussmaul, that is located in the Bakerstreet 5 in the first district of Vienna. As you may know I do celebrate everything multicultural, so it was clear that I would like Kussmaul. Its´ owners are from former Yugoslavia and the […]
Brass Monkey: A Greek Cupcake Story
18.10.2014
by Ivana
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In this section "Viennese" I want to write about migration and integration and I would like to start the series with the nice Greek Athina and her cupcake shop Brass Monkey, located in the Street Gumpendorfer 71. Athina comes, as her first name suggests, from Athens. The first time she came to Vienna was when she was a student.  She felt so hard in love with that beautiful city that she decided to move to Vienna one day. She always had a passion for baking so that she realized her dream of having a small bakery & coffee shop. In addition to cupcakes she offers there also other delicious cakes, coffee and other beverages. According to Athina the demand for vegan sweets is growing so that she is offering at least two vegan cupcake varieties per day. On Mondays there are even up to six vegan varieties. The preparation of cupcakes is based on the American principle, so they are made with cream cheese and not with quark. In this context, it is important to note that all cakes are baked fresh daily. Athina's assortment also includes some exclusive products, imported from Greece like various types of Greek honey and Greek olive oils. The coffee at Brass Monkey is made from 100% Arabica beans. What are the differences between Vienna and Athens? According to Athina is Vienna  much more organized and less hectic than Athens. And how often does Athina visit Athens? Every summer the Brass Monkey closes for one month for deserved summer holidays in Greece.