Französische Kinder ersticken nicht

Französische Kinder ersticken nicht

Ein Hinweis, der mich beim Auspacken jeder Playmobil-Packung auf’s Neue erheitert: Französische Kinder wissen offenbar, was sie essen können und was nicht. Denn der Hinweis, dass in Playmobil verschluckbare Kleinteile enthalten sind „ne concerne que les USA“ – er betrifft nur die USA 🙂

Paradiesische Ruhe

Paradiso Graberde
Paradiso Graberde

Wem wohl dieser morbide Produktname eingefallen ist? Besonders locker, nährstoffreich und ideal für Würmer und anderes Getier…

¡Hola! – Hoja Santa

Ensenada style sea urchin toast

I love Barcelona since the city brings together tastes from all over the world. With the amazing produce available there it is the perfect stage for a fusion of local and interntional tastes. One of the most influential kitchens in the last years has been the Mexican.

One of the first to make Mexican food a trend in haute cuisine was Albert Adrià. Hoja Santa in Barcelona has been awarded with one Michelin star and serves highly interesting dishes.

I loved the excellent seafood, their use of corn in many forms and the very deep sauces (the different moles, sauce biscayina). It may not have been the most memorable meal I’ve ever had, but it was a very interesting gastronomic experience I would revommend.

Visit: October 2016
Michelin stars at time of visit: **
Budget: 150€/person (including wine)
Location: 8/10
Service: 7,5/10
Food: 8/10

Culinary timetravel: Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Meat Fruit (c.1500) | Mandarin, chicken liver parfait & grilled bread

Praised to be among the best restaurants in the world (at least according to an Italian mineral water company) Dinner by Heston Blumenthal was a fix starter on my list for London.

Dinner is inspired by Heston Blumenthal’s fascination with historic gastronomy. Thus the menu reflects centuries of British kitchen and brings to life old forgotten recipies with contemporary techniques.

The restaurant itself is located in the fancy Mandarin Oriental Hotel. As it was my experience with other British restaurants, the service was excellent – chatty, friendly but always correct. Before we had been to The Ledbury – and when the sommelier learned that we are from Austria and would go to Dinner, he told us that his friend over at Dinner was actually from Austria and that he would call to introduce as. We didn’t really believe it…but after welcoming us, we were told that the sommelier is not present but sends his regards with two glasses of champagne. What a great gesture from both restaurants! So the evening started very relaxed and nice 🙂

The dining room is huge and wonderfully decorated, the atmosphere very lifely but not too loud. We got aquainted with the menu – we liked that dinner offers a la carte, so we could – with the helpful explanation of our waiter – choose to our liking. Then we started into a wonderful dinner:

I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and the great food at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. It is a good example that you don’t need tasting menus with 30 courses to serve great food and high quality products (and to bear Michelin stars).

I particularly liked the signature dishes: The Meat Fruit was both easily accessible yet highly refined in preparation, taste – and just wonderful to look at. And the tipsy cake…just beyond words: This rich, creamy, flavor-saturated, alcoholic piece of joy that was kicked into other realms by the best grilled pineapple ever. But also with the other dishes: The meat quality and preparation, the vegetables – everything was just full of freshness and taste.

For me Dinner was a perfect culinary experience. Food that just makes you feel good – and all that for a very attractive price. A definitive recommendation!

Visit: October 2016
Michelin stars at time of visit: **
Budget: 150€/person (including wine)
Location: 8/10
Service: 7,5/10
Food: 8/10

Vortrag auf der ICLA 2016: Grimm 2.0

Ich bin mittlerweile ziemlich süchtig nach Graphic Novels und Fernsehserien. Schön, wenn man das Angenehme mit dem Nützlichen verbinden kann 🙂

Im Rahme der dritten Tagung des Netzwerkes zu Hoher/Niederer Literatur darf ich im Rahmen der ICLA in Wien einen Vortrag beisteuern. Das Thema ist im Rahmen der Group Section 17252 – Hybridisierung literarischer Sprachen und Ausdrucksformen als Innovationsmodus (Chair: Franz Hintereder-Emde) eingebunden. Da ich leider nicht persönlich anwesend sein kann, danke ich Martina Zerovnik für das Vortragen meines Beitrages!

Unter dem Titel „Grimm 2.0 – Die Brüder Grimm in der Postmoderne“ spreche ich über die Transformation klassischer Märchenfiguren und -geschichten in Bill Willinghams Fables sowie Kitsis/Horowitz Once Upon a time.