Author: Paula Maia


Fifth Week in Culinary School. Remember that 1 day-old rabbit?

March 26, 2010 0


Fourth Week in Culinary School. No, we don’t make only bread, but we sure eat a lot of it.

March 26, 2010 0


Third Week in Culinary School. If nothing else goes right, I can make bread!

March 21, 2010 0



March 14, 2010 0


First week in Culinary School! How’s that for a jump start?

March 7, 2010 0

You say goodbye and I say hello

Thank you for joining me in my wine journey. I have now documented every wine trip I have taken so far in this personal wine journal. It has been a tremendous experience and an invaluable growing opportunity to visit so many countries and meet with so many talented wine producers that I can’t help but…
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February 20, 2010 0

Germany: Munich

Stepping off the train from Vienna felt just like coming home. I love Munich for many reasons beyond my understanding. Maybe those deep roots do have an influence after all. My great grand-father was German and my great grand-mother was Austrian or Hungarian– or both. I, on the other hand, never had any interest in…
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February 3, 2010 0

Vienna: Grinzing

Heuriger is pretty much an Austrian wine tavern where wineries serve their latest vintage or their freshest wines along with traditional Austrian food. Heueriger means ‘this year’, which refers to this year’s harvest. The word comes from the Latin ‘hodie’, meaning ‘this day’, however it wasn’t until 1784 that emperor Joseph II allowed Viennese vintners…
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January 31, 2010 0

Vienna: Weingut Wieninger

Imagine you wake up in the morning and you head to your train station to catch your local train. A couple of stops later you get off at Weingut Wieninger. Wow, that’s something. Vienna is the only capital with vineyards within its city limits. Heuriger is a long tradition that started in 1784 when the…
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January 30, 2010 0

Austria: Vienna

The next day my friend Silvana and I took a train from Munich’s Hauptbahnhof to Vienna, capital of Austria and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Founded around 500BC, Vienna was once the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire that ended after the first World War in 1918. The city though, seems to have been preserved…
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January 29, 2010 0