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Vienna is so much more than Schnitzel.
It's also more than opera, Mozart, Empress Sisi, and Edelweiss on a mountainside. Vienna, Austria is a world capital of good eating, a fact that doesn't get nearly enough play. We'd almost rank it above Paris in terms of excellent culinary adventures, and we simply cannot narrow down our favorite Viennese flavors to a list of 5 or 10 items; nope, we have 19 must-try Vienna food and drinks to share with you.
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Vienna, cultural home of fine music, fine art and absolutely fine dining. A menuexcuse us, a Speisekartehere goes far beyond the Wiener Schnitzel and Sacher Torte known around the world, but oftentimes the best dishes may be lost in translation.
To navigate the culinary scene in Vienna like a local (or at least, an educated beginner), take these terms to heart:
The furthest you’ll ever be from a Starbucks in the U.S. is a mere 190 miles. That means, within a three-hour drive, you can quickly find your orange mocha frappuccino and be on your way to enjoy a second frappuccino on your return journey.
Well, one man from Houston seems to be taking this caffeine quest to the extreme. He’s spent the last seventeen years, and over $100,000, visiting every Starbucks in the world.
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That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).
Don't hate, but we kinda used to have a thing for the cold apple cake with vanilla sauce found in every IKEA cafeteria, no matter the country. It's not a very original preference, especially considering we live in the land of all-American apple pie. Then we went to Amsterdam and everything changed.
Dutch Klassieke Appeltaart is something different; it's a deep-dish slice piled high with more cooked crisp apple slices and less sugary apple glop, encased in a generous crust of brown crumbliness yumminess.
Amsterdam is famous for its Appeltaart (reimagined in US cuisine as Dutch Apple Pie), and the small restaurant Winkel 43 renowned for its own recipe.
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Perhaps it's the imminent arrival of winter or maybe just the fact that Florida is fun, but we've had a good time rounding out what we're calling Florida Week. But all of this sun, sand and surf got us a little tired, so we popped into a Starbucks for a pick-me-up in between our gondola ride and some beach time in Fort Lauderdale.
While most Starbucks locations around the US are in full pumpkin scone mode, select shops in Florida are offering a menu with a little Latin flare. Nestled in the chilled case, next to yogurt parfaits and sandwiches, sat a sign that read 'Sabores Tradicionales' ("traditional flavors"). In South Florida, where the community is well over the 20% Hispanic makeup of the whole state, it makes perfect sense to offer a menu of Latin-American favorites.
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When it comes to grabbing a cup of coffee at the airport, there's typically okay options and then there are great options. Sometimes a craving goes beyond just caffeine; travelers are increasingly requesting specially sourced beans and freshly roasted offerings and, luckily, airports are listening.
Here’s some of our picks for the best coffee shops alternatives—independent and otherwise—at airports across the country:
Kofe by Intelligentsia: ORD Terminal 5
This spot from the Intelligentsia folks has regular roasts, monthly specials, and it’s all done in a European-style stand-up coffee shop. Find it past security in International Terminal 5 at Chicago-O’Hare.
Klatch Coffee: LAX Terminal 7
Thanks to a reader for mentioning this one. The newest location of this LAX option can be found within Terminal 7, and they have some great goodies to go along with their award winning beans and brews—think freshly baked scones, cookies, and cappuccino muffins.
Abica Coffee: ATL
Okay this place might not have the same pedigree as some of the other independent options, but it’s a nice alternative to Starbucks—grab a cup at Atlanta’s Airport over in Concourse A near Gate 27.
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It’s time to celebrate the season, and we only know way to best do things—with Starbucks and the autumnal delight known as the Pumpkin Spice Latte. The seasonal spiced latte concoction is back for year eleven, and there’s nowhere better to enjoy one than in a climate-controlled concourse. Here’s some of our favorite airport Starbucks across the nifty fifty where you can enjoy one too:
Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport
Go with the Starbucks in Concourse A near Gate 40 within the McNamara Terminal—that’s the one where all the Delta flights do their thing. It’s near the airport’s main fountain, and the big windows here give a good view of the 747s heading overseas. There are two lines, so you can score a drink even when in a hurry.
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
There’s a newer airport Starbucks at Atlanta’s Concourse F. Of course they have Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but they also offer up those new Fizzio Handcrafted Soda things. There’s decent seating here—and comfortable couches in the level below—and the concourse is a little quieter during the day before the international flights depart.
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Happy National Donut Day! Aside from giving everyone a reason to justify a visit to the sweeter end of the baked goods counter, National Donut Day allows us to reflect on the many other treats we turn to when a donut just won't do. Blasphemy, right? Well, travelers soon find that donuts are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to anytime indulgences.
Here, our 17 favorite donut alternatives from around the world:
Above: Hong Kong's Flagstaff Museum of Tea Ware
Both Hong Kong and South Korea love their tea, although they have quite different styles; the Chinese prefer black teas like oolong, while Koreans love green and flower teas and Hong Kongers are known for their obsession with milk tea.
Though we’re not going to take a side on which tea we like the best, we did visit tea museums in both cities, and we’re ready to advise you on which one’s more worth a trip:
In a new weekly Friday column, we'll explore street food and other culinary specialties and customs from around the world. Last week, it was smoked-meat sandwiches in Montreal. This week, we head to Sweden for a cup of coffee.
As anyone who has been out of the country understands, coffee is drank differently in other places than it is here in the States. Traditionally, if you asked for a coffee "to go" across the Atlantic, the Europeans would be confused. In America, coffee is a drug that wakes us up and keeps us going. In other countries, it's an experience, a timeout, never to be drank while driving. You "take" a coffee, you don't "drink" it. In Sweden, this concept is taken so seriously that they have an official name for it.
Cat Cafes are nothing new, but you'd think so with all the talk this week surrounding the rumors that Boston and San Francisco are locked in a race to open the USA's first such cafe full of felines. The Atlantic reported that while "Miaou Boston" and "KitTea San Francisco" have launched social media channels and filed approvals, neither has yet appeased authorities when it comes to allowing animals and food to peacefully coexist for commerce.
While we patiently wait for a resolution, Canada has however succeeded in making progress towards the debut of what will be the first cat cafe in North America: Café Chat l’Heureux in Montreal. The grand opening, which isn't excepted until this summer, will naturally be step one towards the cafe's goal to "facilitate the adoption of cats, promote the awareness of animal issues, and hopefully better the lives of customers with calming 'cat therapy.'"
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In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.
The Little Thing: Business Class passengers on Austrian Airlines experience a spectacular onboard coffee service, choosing from the 10 most popular Austrian specialties.
What do you think of when you think, "Austria?" Not Australia, but Austria, that magical and musical country of mountains, castles, 'Sound of Music' tours, and Viennese coffee. Hopefully that last one comes before all others for you, because flying there on Austrian Airlines means a taste of the best before you even land.