Aliciouslife: My Balcony Garden – First Steps

When Mr A and I had been searching for a new apartment in 2012, we specifically looked for a place with a balcony, because we wanted to be able to sit outside and I also had this romantic idea of trying my luck with a tomato or basil plant.

Fruit and veg you’ve tended to and grown yourself always taste so much better than what you can buy at the supermarket…or the farmers market…or anywhere. There’s nothing better than sitting in the late afternoon sun, picking a tomato straight from the plant and biting into its warm, juicy flesh. This, if nothing else, is luxury. Continue reading Aliciouslife: My Balcony Garden – First Steps

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Aliciouslife: My Balcony Garden – Plans for 2015

As the days are getting longer (3 more minutes of sunshine each day during February!), brighter and finally (!) slightly warmer, my gardener’s hands are itching to start planting things (anything really) again.

Therefore, next weekend I will start the outdoor season by sawing tomato, capsicum and chili seeds – derived from last year’s yield – as well as some spinach into little containers and put these behind the glass wall separating kitchen from balcony. This will guarantee them getting maximum sun (the balcony faces south) while being sheltered from the elements (i.e. inside). Continue reading Aliciouslife: My Balcony Garden – Plans for 2015

Alicioustravels: Australia

Before I decided to move to Australia for a year in 2007, I travelled the country quite extensively. I wanted to know the place and its people and get a feeling for it before committing to spending what initially looked like an indefinite amount of time there. Over the course of 3 months I travelled from coast to coast, up and down and right through the centre. I also visited my relatives in Tasmania for the first time (hi there, Mel!).

My route was as follows: Continue reading Alicioustravels: Australia

Aliciouslyvegan: Vegan Ball

Coinciding with Valentine’s Day, the 3rd Viennese Vegan Ball was celebrated at Arcotel Kaiserwasser last night, hosted by the Vegan Society of Austria. It had actually been Mr A’s idea to attend, since I wouldn’t have brought it to his attention, and he invited me to go as a gift to my first vegan birthday.

Neither of us knew what to expect (since we don’t know any other vegans, nor people potentially interested in vegan balls) so we just dressed up and took the U-Bahn out to Kaisermühlen/ VIC. Continue reading Aliciouslyvegan: Vegan Ball

Aliciouslyvegan: Raspberry chia pudding

While my Instagram feed was full of bloggers posting their latest chia-creation, raving about how delicious they were, I would hesitantly make chia gel to stir into my muesli or put in my smoothie. It didn’t at all excite me though. Only recently did I come across a recipe that caught my attention because it sounded a little different and like it might actually work for me. After a few minor adjustments, it did and I’m very much in love. Continue reading Aliciouslyvegan: Raspberry chia pudding

Aliciouslyvegan: Schillinger’s Swing Kitchen

A couple of months ago there was a rumour that Schillinger, probably the most well-known vegan restaurant in the eastern part of Austria, was going to open a restaurant in Vienna. This rumour stuck around pretty persistently. Then the ads on Facebook started. More rumours that there it going to be an all-vegan burger joint. Finally a tentative opening date appeared: early January 2015.

And a name: Swing Kitchen. Continue reading Aliciouslyvegan: Schillinger’s Swing Kitchen