Sunday, July 13, 2014

JUST BACK FROM ... AUSTRIA



 The stunningly verdant countryside in Austria 

Followed by the snow capped Austrian Alps



A sky high view of Klagenfurt from 17th century Stadtpfarrturm (parish church tower)


The coat of arms of the Rosenberg family, and Fromiller’s painting of Justitia, the goddess of justice, with the coat of arms of Klagenfurt and Carinthia on the old town hall (Rosenberg palace)

The arcade courtyard at the old town hall in Klagenfurt


Taking a ride on the Nostalgia Tour bus to see more of Klagenfurt.  More than a few tourists whipped their heads around in delight to see this bus!

A relaxing Sunday at Hotel Moser Verdino in Klagenfurt

One of the red rooms inside Klagenfurt's Moser Verdino hotel



The turquoise water on Lake Worthersee is unreal.  Luxury hotels, and lakehouses line the periphery


Maria Worth on Lake Worthersee


A beautiful and classic lakehouse on Lake Worthersee


The blue Danube lit up at nighttime is a sight to behold


A group of  children take in the breathtaking views of Linz.  So how did we get this view?  Pöstlingbergbahn, constructed in 1898, is Europe's steepest mountain railway and takes around 16 minutes to get to the top


At the top, we had a beautifully classic Austrian meal with city views of Linz at Pöstlingberg Schlossl restaurant


 Ars Electronica in Linz - where art and the future intersect.
We enjoyed a fabulous meal at Restaurant Cubus (pictured)


The Italian courtyard in Linz, hidden in through a narrow pathway




Fresh berries at the market in Salzburg



A lakeside view of Salzburg, with the rolling hills in the background



Yet another landscape typifying Austria- the hills really are alive here





Walking to the Hohensalzburg Castle and fortress led us through a forest lined with shady trees



 The view from the top of Hohensalzburg Castle in Salzburg


Historic hotel Goldener Hirsch  is in the 'centre of the action' on Getreidegasse in Salzburg's old town, dating to the 15th century.  The truly unique Austrian decor inside this hotel is quaint, with an emphasis on the deer.  We loved the turn down chocolates left by our bedside- every corner we turned we discovered something new.



Do you recognize this house?  Yes it was the Von Trapp's abode in the movie, The Sound of Music

St. Peter Sfitskeller is Europes oldest restaurant (803 A.D) , and a UNESCO heritage site

 A musician plays at the Mozart concert dinner at Europe's oldest restaurant, St. Peter Sfitskeller


 Hotel Castellani is just a jaunt away from the bustle of central Salzburg, with a quiet park nearby




After an exhausting journey, we relaxed with a massage at The Grand hotel in Vienna and then enjoyed a libation at The Ring before dinner At Eight restaurant


Sipping a beer at Plachutta before nibbling on the requisite Austrian specialty, wiener schnitzel.  We were also delighted to try the eierschwammerl (chanterelle mushrooms) in a cream sauce with herbs.  At sister property Plachuttas Gasthaus zur Oper, we loved the Styrian pumpkin butter and fall apart slow cooked lamb and delicious fresh fish.


The newly renovated lobby at Hotel Bristol in Vienna. The hotel was originally opened in 1892.


The stunning interior is typically Austrian Viennese. Our deluxe rooms with balcony opened out to views of the Vienna Opera House- jaw dropping.

 A pastry chef creates an apple strudel in front of our eyes with skill and masterful technique

 
We met with head pastry chef Dietmar Muthenthaler for a tour of Demel bakery-
Vienna's Imperial and Royal Court bakery to sample more than a few delicious cakes, including the famous Sacher torte.


The restaurant at hotel Sans Souci in Vienna.  This luxury boutique hotel is warm, inviting and charming.  Our master suite was an oasis- complete with separate living and sleeping spaces, large bathroom with circular soaking tub, two basins and separate shower.  Each morning we were greeted with a lavish breakfast spread including: couscous and grilled vegetables, a selection or vegetarian and vegan options, freshly baked air light croissants (to die for - watch out Paris!), cheese selection, silky creamy yogurt and granola, fresh honeycomb and much more. The details of this hotel are truly impeccable- pillow menu anyone?




The mirrored effect of the swimming pool at the spa club of Hotel Sans Souci is a little hidden gem.


One of CSL's teams is just back from Austria.  Look out for the editorial in the Fall 214 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

THE LAKE HOUSE OPENING IN CALGARY: A PHOTOSTORY


A typical day at The Lake House, overlooking a woodland scene


The busy bar serves up glasses of wine and prosecco. A refurbished 21 foot bar was formerly housed in a mercantile shop in Montana.

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 Head Chef Thomas Neukom
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 Fresh shucked oyster with mignonette

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 Game meatballs with bison and elk

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 Waiter Jason serves up Parmesan crisps filled with boursin cheese
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Dessert platter

CRMR's The Lake House opened in Calgary yesterday with a bang.  The rustic chic interior is enhanced by spectacular Lake Bonavista.

With Head Chef Thomas Neukom at the helm, dishes like 'the fish plank' with house smoked fish, marinated olives, pickled red onions dill bread and citrus crackers and game meats raised by CRMR take centre stage on the menu. 

Sunday brunch is also available.

Monday, March 3, 2014

PASTRY CHEF SHOWCASE 2014: A PHOTOSTORY


Clark Adams from The Pastry Chef Guild of Alberta

 

A bartender pours a selection of port and wine for guests


 The stunning cookbook from Sait Polytechnic, "Seasons" is a collectors piece


 Chefs from Buffalo Metis Catering


 Chocolate Marquise and berry compote, cream cheese
flambe crepes with lavender mango sorbet from Buffalo Metis Catering

 

The Chocolate Marquise from above


Another look at the plated Chocolate Marquise


A jaw dropping display of fruit and sugarwork from the
pastry chefs at Buffalo Metis Catering


CTV's Cynthia Roebuck mc'ed the event



Pastry chefs from The Delta Calgary South


 "Gold Rush" from The Delta Calgary South

The plated  "Gold Rush": Valrhona dulcey blond chocolate mousse,
passion fruit creme, coconut dacquoise


 The chefs from Divino


The Plated deguisement sale from Divino: sweet balsamic goat cheese cheese cake, red velvet beet brownie, roasted red pepper white chocolate anglaise chocolate dipped dehydrated asparagus


The Pastry chefs from The Fairmont Banff Springs


A display of desserts from The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff Alberta


The plated dessert from The Fairmont Banff Springs, dark chocolate and passion fruit


The pastry chefs from The Hyatt Regency Calgary, wearing their Mozart wigs- as the artist inspired their dessert creation


Plates of the Mozart composition


The plated Mozart composition from The Hyatt Regency Calgary: taste of almond chocolate, pistachio and raspberry


Pastry chefs from The Lake House 

 

A collection of Roasted strawberry mousee

The plated roasted strawberry mousse, coconut financier with lime cream and thai basil pearls


Pastry Chef Sebastian from Ohh la la Patisserie


Chef Sebastian was inspired by Spanish painter, Salvador Dali for his creation.  White chocolate mousse, hidden raspberry macaron, pistachio cheesecake, red velvet glaze


The eyecatching red, reminiscent of Dali's famous Mae West lips sofa art piece


The pastry chefs from The Ranchmen's Club


The sea of desserts from The Ranchmen's Club


The plated dessert from The Ranchmen's Club candied ginger and passion fruit mousse, chocolate sphere, cream cheese marshmallow, coconut brittle and trio of coulis


CFO Ribstone creek brewery, Alvin Gordon


Chef from Rise Bakery (left), and Chef Andrew Keen from Rush (right)


The sea of plated desserts from Rise Bakery


The plated passion fruit white chocolate cheesecake from Rise Bakery

 

 Pastry students from Sait Polytechnic


 Very Spring-like flavours from the pastry students at Sait


Curd revisited: vanilla bean chiffon, yuzu curd, blueberry glass, blueberry basil coulis and coca bean meringue


Eye popping cinema themed chocolate display from
Chef Biswath and team from The Sheraton Eau Claire


Chef Bishwa and team from The Sheraton Eau Claire "team 1"
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"Space the final frontier", The Sheraton Eau Claire "team 1"


A closeup of the plated "Space the final frontier"


Chef Amit Sharma and Carly Koebel, from The Sheraton Eau Claire "team 2"
 
 

 Dulcey carrot cake, panna cotta

 

A closeup of the plated Dulcey carrot cake, panna cotta


 President Andreas Schwarzer (second from right) shakes the hands of the winners,
Chefs at The Sheraton Eau Claire "team 1"

 The 2014 Pastry Chef Showcase held at The Ranchmen's Club drew a large group of sweet tooths and pastry fanatics on a chilly Calgary afternoon.  As always, The Pastry Chef Showcase tickets go toward supporting L'Arche Calgary.


 L'Arche Calgary's mission is to create homes and faith communities where people with developmental disabilities and those who share life with them find a place of belonging and reveal their gifts.

The display of talented pastry students and Chefs was remarkableEach participant showed an attention to detail and thoughtfulness to presentation that made guests gasp with joy, and with one bite, soon turned to sighs of delight.

Each year, the organizers (The Pastry Chef Guild), volunteers and sponsors bring an outstanding level of quality, organization and professionalism to this magnificent event.

Sweet success.

Here's to 2016 Chefs!

 www.pastrychefguild.net
 www.larchecalgary.org

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