Factory: Daytime Cocktails & Gourmet Diner Classics

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Factory: Daytime Cocktails & Gourmet Diner Classics

A mix of smooth jazz, street-level bustle, and the poignant aroma of freshly roasted coffee embraces you like an old friend once you enter. Not just any friend, but one who has maintained a penchant for the finer things in life while looking like he just woke up this way. That's Corfu's The Factory in a nutshell.

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A Taste of America: Beaver Brewing Company Brings Craft to Vienna

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A Taste of America: Beaver Brewing Company Brings Craft to Vienna

We had a craving for burgers and beer and found what may just be Vienna's finest examples of both, at a burgeoning American crafter brew house in the city's outskirts. Here's why you'll want to make the trek up Lichtenstein Straße, bypass the US Embassy, and treat yourself to some American style suds and diner classics.

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Simply Raw & Made with Love: The Heart of Vienna's Vegan Scene

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Simply Raw & Made with Love: The Heart of Vienna's Vegan Scene

Drahtgasse 2, Vienna 1010, Austria simplyrawbakery.at +43 677 624 691 24 $$-$$$ Monday to Saturday 9:00 - 18:00, Sunday Closed

Sweet. Savory. Indulgent. Vegan. All in one.

cake stand on the counter top of Vienna's vegan bakery, simply raw

In the west, sweet treats are highly sought after and perhaps none more so than the ever-trendy cupcake. But as good as they may taste, it's hard to deny their sugar-and-saturated-fat based consequences. Not to mention, the dairy and heavily processed ingredients that often make their way into the recipes of mainstream bake shops. Wouldn't it be nice to indulge without the guilt for once?

That's the mission at Simply Raw Bakery in Vienna. Sweet and savoury delights are offered guilt-free thanks to the innovative bakers, mother-and-daughter-duo Gabriele & Shana who are reinterpreting what it means to go vegan

And, although lighter-fare is making a name for itself in a city more known for Schnitzel than soyulent, they've got a long way to go until they convince the Viennese about the versatility of vegan.

At Simply Raw, Gabriele teaches her team to rethink traditional Austrian ingredients and tastes. To keep the momentum and meet growing demands from both travelers and locals alike, she hires inspired youthful-bakers and hones their skills though testing and tasting new cooking concepts.

This passion to redefine vegan in Vienna is the pulse that flows through Simply Raw.

Just around the corner from the hustle and bustle that is this city's main square, you’ll find the premier vegan bakery artfully designed down to the last cake stand. Imagine the charming general store of yesteryear with its oversized wooden-planking, sparkling glass cabinets, and curious confections that leave you licking your lips in satisfaction. 

Though the decor may take you back in time with its picture-perfect Instagrammable elements, it’s as on-point as they come.

cook book authored by the owner of vegan bakery, simply raw

Here, where coffee is coveted as much as good conversation, Gabriele and Shana are presenting health-forward options that are as beneficial for the disposition as they are the waistline. Hard to digest dairy, refined sugar, and animal products aren’t found here. The coffee? That’ll come with homemade cashew milk, naturally. And it’s richer in taste for it. 

Despite its honest, simple, raw ingredient construct that’s borderline paleo - Simply Raw is undeniably flavour-first. Meals are big and bold, both in size and taste. Going hungry here simply isn’t a possibility.

We recommend the Sissi-and-Franzi breakfast, affectionately named after one of Vienna’s most famed historical Habsburg couples. Sissi, Queen of Austria was often referred to as the most beautiful woman in Europe during her reign. We’d like to think that this healthy breakfast will leave you feeling just as good - inside and out.

Served on a three-tiered platter, akin to high-tea presentation of delectables, it’s best to begin with the middle tray. Here, a freshly-cubed apple based müseli tantalises tastebuds with a powerful dash of cinnamon and the complimentary crunch of baked-oats.

After this, the freshly chopped vegetables and zucchini hummus on the top plate are sure to leave you wanting more. The brekkie has a show-stopper ending with a mocha-chocolate mousse and slice of orange to cut the natural sweetness of its agave. The main ingredient? Avacado. Go figure!

such at Vienna's simply raw bakery

This clever reinterpretation of delicious-meets-healthy breakfasts has earned full bragging rights in our opinion. But why stop there? The bakery's take on the classic lunch BLT sandwich is pure bliss. Drizzled with a dose of avocado 'cream' it's sure to satiate diners in search of savoury-over-sweet-bites.

Can't get enough? Gabriele has authored a vegan baking book based on Simply Raw's most acclaimed creations. We can't wait to return to Vienna to get our copy.

Take a look at the image gallery below for a sneak-peek at this quaint bakeshop and let us know what you would like to try most at Simply Raw in the comments below.

 

 

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Vabali: Serenity Meets the German Spa

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Vabali: Serenity Meets the German Spa

Every day, hundreds of Düsseldorfers head for a small oasis anchored to an unassuming nature setting, just beyond the industrial hub’s south-eastern most town line. Click 'view post' (bottom right of above photo) to find out why.

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WIECK: A Charcoal Grill with Integrity

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WIECK: A Charcoal Grill with Integrity

In a world where bland food stripped of nutrition is more common than not, an integral and straight forward food philosophy becomes increasingly important. See how chef and restauranteur Wiek Oosterbaan is serving up his foodie mantra with each and every WIECK burger patty.

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Sti Sesoula: Street Food for the Gourmand

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Sti Sesoula: Street Food for the Gourmand

We caught up with Greek celebrity chef, Christos Ioannidis to try out his latest menu where gourmet meets the every day (Greek) staple: souvlaki. Because, even the most refined palates want for juicy, grilled-to-perfection street food, especially when it's from this flame grill.

Here's why Στη Σέσουλα (Sti Sesoula) Souvlaki Bar is worthy of becoming your regular foodie haunt while in Corfu...

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Paxos Travel Tip: Hire a Boat & a Skipper When You're Island Bound

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Paxos Travel Tip: Hire a Boat & a Skipper When You're Island Bound

Long lines, crowded seating, pushing and shoving to get a glimpse of something - anything, it's all so passé. Greece is the land of affordable luxury.  So forget the hop-on-hop-off style tours and take a private boat charter. It'll be the best splurge in a while, and, well, it is your holiday. You're worth it - aren't you? Of course you are...

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