Fine cutlery for the foodie… by Christofle
Mar23

Fine cutlery for the foodie… by Christofle

I’ve been absent for quite some time. Working at a start up usually leaves little time for leisure, so I decided to give my blog a rest. However, since I am also taking quite a number of professional photographs for Boulesse.com I decided to share some, especially because they fit my blog in the foodie category ;-) We recently had a photoshoot with some exquisite tableware pieces from our shops. The most funny thing about it was the actual light situation (dark cloudy sky) and the outcome (sunny, well lit), apart from the fact that one of our software developers worshipped the silver plated Christofle MOOD cutlery set during the time with us… So let’s start with it, as I also think this is one of the most interesting pieces of tableware that we sell. It’s a silver plated egg shaped thing, holding a 24pc cutlery set for 6 persons. You get a fork, knife, table spoon and tea spoon, all silver-plated too of course! The design is really exquisite and the set is also portable thanks to the “egg”. The cutlery can be used for a casual picnic outside, but also a romantic dinner due to its clean and simple lines. You can order it easily online here on BOULESSE.COM, we ship for free right now to 50 countries all around the world. If you have any questions the Boulesse team is happy to receive your email at concierge@boulesse.com or +43 1 512 05 92 (Mo-Fr from 9 AM to 6 PM...

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The hot pink smoothie – my latest obsession
May16

The hot pink smoothie – my latest obsession

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen a few of my hot pink smoothies. While I love fruits in general there is something magical about blending several delicious ingredients and being able to gulp the result down faster than you can peel an apple. Usually though, my smoothies aren’t that photogenic. However, I got the idea to blend some left over red dragonfruit into a smoothie and have been hooked on that fruit eversince. While the taste is more on the mild side the color and nutrients are extraordinary. Red dragonfruit flesh isn’t simply red, it’s a deep magenta that adds a distinctive color to every smoothie. But dragonfruit isn’t only visually appealing, it also contains a powerful antioxidant called indicaxanthin. For these reasons I pimped my last few smoothies with a healthy dose of red dragonfruit and look at the results: An exquisite blend of strawberries, mango, watermelon, red dragonfruit, ground cherries and jackfruit. This concoction is actually a simple banana milk, with added red dragonfruit just for color. The taste wasn’t much different from regular banana milk. The third drink looks very much like the first, but apart from the watermelon and dragonfruit it is made up of different ingredients: red dragonfruit, papaya, banana, raspberries, muscat grapes and watermelon. Also very delish! It seems my favorite fruits also taste amazing blended together. What are your favorite smoothie...

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Macaroom – Review
May03

Macaroom – Review

Now I’m arriving at the most pleasant part of the Street Kitchen Food Market, Macaroom. Their macarons were a real positive surprise to me. After trying the Laakronen of Oberlaa, a fairly reputable bakery in Vienna I gave up on finding decent macaroons here. McDonalds Caramel ones being the best I had in this town… Macaroom manages to get the shell the way it’s supposed to. Slighty crunchy and gooey when necessary (salted caramel!). Packing great taste with the filling (hello vanilla and lemon poppyseed!). They really are able to compete with Ladurée and Pierre Hermé that I always eat when in France and any other country that has those two famed French maisons. Oh my, there were a few that lacked a bit in the flavor department, but most were excellent. So excellent that I deem Macaroom the best in town. Absolutely. To aid my own failing memory I will quickly type up each flavor I tried and a comment for future macaroon binges. – Pistacchio: I’m not usually a pistacchio flavor fan, but this one is really good, lots of great nutty flavor. Highly recommend – Salted Caramel: Oh my god. My very favorite. Chewy towards the center and full of caramel goodness, just as I like it. The only thing they could improve is to make a sticky caramel filling instead of the caramel cream. Just a suggestion, would still buy them without changes. McDonalds can go home with its sweeter version that lacks in the caramel flavor department by comparison. – Chestnut: One of the few “meh” ones. The flavor wasn’t intense enough and while I know that chestnuts aren’t as heavily flavored as e.g. caramel there is still room for improvement. Or simply a different flavor. Like rose, or Ispahan… my very very favorite dessert flavors lol. – Chocolate lemon ginger: Again, not usually a fan of such a combination (fruit with chocolate is a no no for me, I don’t like sour combined with chocolate at all). But if you do you will really like this one. Very well balanced flavors. – Peanut Butter: flavorful, yummy, everything a PB fan likes. Now please make one with grape jam inbetween ;-) – Raspberry: This one was a real let down. Compared to the jam filled versions this one lost because it was filled with a light raspberry cream and lacked the fruityness I would expect. I don’t now why, but have the feeling Macaroom is not a fan of putting jam or gelee fillings between their beautiful macaroon shells. – Whisky Walnut: I love this one, almost as much as the salted caramel. You...

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Street Kitchen Food Market Vienna
May03

Street Kitchen Food Market Vienna

The first Street Kitchen Food Market took place in Vienna last Thursday and Friday. As far as I know other cities have had their fair share of food festivals for many years, but Vienna is a bit slow with some things… Anyway, I was quite happy to have almost 50 booths to choose from. It was very crowded as I assumed as ticket prices were only EUR 2 per person. In addition lines formed in front of certain stalls and blocked the way and sight for many people. I would recommend pre-painted lines on the floor next time, or at least just tape to show people how to queue properly. Viennese aren’t exactly fond of waiting for food nor used to queuing for anything… prices were high, portions were small, and still I felt the urge to devour half the offerings of the market as two days weren’t much. In the end there were stalls I could have done without and stalls I should have queued for. But let’s see first what I have photographed with my iPhone (in my total laziness): So my first stop was the stall of Wiener Honig as I was interested in their coconut honey. Unfortunately it was sold out and will only come back in a couple of months :-( Ok, whatever… the next thing on my list was a burger by Fisch-art. Since the line was so long I decided to go with two instead… Triple Cheese Surf ‘n Turf as well as the Juicy one with scallop and bacon. I actually liked the one with scallop and bacon better than the regular with shrimp. The burgers were pretty delicious, but I wished they had fries… and the beef was too peppery for my liking. My favorite is still the Shake Shack Shackburger overall. During the long wait for Fisch-art I sneaked up to Macaroom‘s stall as my boyfriend held the place in the line. As it was pretty late (8PM?) only 3 flavors of 15 remained, but luckily all 3 were ones I wanted to try anyway. And since they were so good I came again on the next day. A lot earlier this time and took 1 of each flavor… more on that in the next blog post. Before we left on Thursday I also tried a beef heart skewer, a cunapé and chicha morada at Lima56, a stall with Peruvian dishes. The beef heart was a bit too tough, nothing like the tender one I had at Okra many months ago. But the drink was really yummy, too bad it was so small. And finally I tried a small...

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I am back… I hope
May02

I am back… I hope

It’s been a while since my last blog post. I’m usually too busy during the week for blogging, but I can never let go of Instagram where a post is only one picture and a couple of filters away. Follow me for daily food and style adventures @crackberrycream You will also get a peek behind-the-scenes at Boulesse every now and then. Other than that I’ll try to blog more often…...

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Playing hard to get and creating a hype – Mansur Gavriel
Jul05

Playing hard to get and creating a hype – Mansur Gavriel

I’m the biggest victim of hypes. If things are hard to come by I need to know why, first hand, even if it’s only to satisfy my curiosity. Okay, not all things, but food and bags get my attention pretty fast. I queue two hours for a cronut, I checked net-a-porter frequently just to see if any Mansur Gavriel bucket bag popped up by chance, but no… If you like bags you will have seen them pretty much everywhere on the internet, especially on bloggers. The clean design and leather stand out against other designer bags nowadays and I have a faible for leather that is capable of darkening with time and developing a patina, which means character to me and lots of scratches to other people… I didn’t think I would come across one of these babies this year as they are simply sold out everywhere. But alas, one night while I was browsing Facebook randomly the FB page of Mansur Gavriel announced the launch of their own e-Shop… as a pessimist I didn’t think they would ship to Austria. Buy boy I was wrong… for a mere 100$ (which is almost a fourth of the bag) they will ship with DHL Express! So I ordered, and waited and waited… later orders were shipped out first, which was quite irritating as I feared the bag that I ordered and paid for might have disappeared or what not (again, I’m a pessimist). But finally, after 4 days of waiting the bag was shipped and from then on it went really quick… picked up on Wednesday night it arrived at noon on Friday in Vienna. Nevermind me running around like a frantic in our Boulesse office as the DHL guy didn’t have change for the whopping import duties (another 108 Euros and 64 cents, but as a seasoned international eCommerce shopper I knew I had to pay a fourth of customs duties to the Republic of Austria to begin with *sigh*). Basically it took 3 additional people, my boss, Jen and my bf to get the exact 8 Euros and 64 cents (I briefly played with the thought of just giving the DHL guy 10 Euros for the heck of it, but then again there was no point giving him a “tip” just because he inconvenienced me, the customer by not having change…). Enough talk, here it is, my Cammello bucket bag with raw interior: Standing next to a Louis Vuitton Epi Petit Noe in Toledo Blue. Actually the base of the Petit Noe is a bit bigger than the one of the Mansur Gavriel. If you ever wondered: a...

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