I know it must look bizarre to you, but this image shows us having a short walk after eating too much food (i refer to my entry from yesterday…). we are on 850 m above sea height close from my parents house, it’s 16h30 in the afternoon and it has 7,5 degrees minus. Louise is sleeping in the buggy, doesn’t mind anything anymore, after all this christmas excitement. Rosa mosa is looking back to this year with less melancholy than this photo might give the impression: rosa mosa has grown once more despite the (too) much talked about economical crysis (THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING IN ROSA MOSA- YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE AND BUYERS WORLDWIDE); rosa mosa has new staff in it’s team being extremely enthusiastic and helpful, rosa mosa has a new web-face, a new catalogue, etc.; We are now walking into 2009 quite confident and directional, knowing we are on the right path. For april we are planning a show in tokyo- how exciting!
mhmm- look at what we were eating for christmas: noodles in home-made beef soup with steamed carrots and loads of chives. Not to forget fresh graded nutmeg of course (so sorry you can’t see it, it’s a powder). The sausages, which are called ’ungebrüht’, are bought ‘unboilt’, meaning they are filled fresh into the tubes without any further treatment. They are as pure as a sausage can be. When looking at them in a raw state, they look a bit revolutionary, i agree…not to forget about our beautiful desert: ‘brandteigkrapfen’, ping-pong ball sized and deepfried austrian doughnuts filled with sweet cream, decorated with sugared strawberries and warm dark chocolate. It’s quite strange to imagine that the population of a whole county (in this case salzburg county) is eating the same food- no variaton! Würstelsuppe in neverending christmas-food-fashion!
why he has a towel instead of the big bag with omiyage?anyway, we are off to salzburg’s mountains today, making sure to do what the major percentage of this world’s population (at least on our hemisphere) will do during the following days: eating until the bitter end. each region has a particular meal to be served on dec 24th. and in salzburg county it’s ‘würstelsuppe’. i will get back to you with a precise report very shortly!—–
Quite a common thing to see here the last days before the 24th: christmas-trees markets are spread all over the city, causing absurd sites of artificial (but real tree) forest in an urban ambience like vienna’s 5th district, rosa mosa’s base. When walking back to our studio after eating delicious falafel at naschmarkt, we passed a car, loaded with a christmas tree on top of the roof, professionally fixed, mummy like in shape. Around the corner a couple, carrying a tree together, to heavy for one person to manage all this weight. Isn’t it absurd? 70% of austria’s surface is forest, each year around 1 million trees are cut for the only purpuse of being decorated in austrian livingrooms. Obviously there is christmas-tree plantations to resupply this massive demand every year. austria even imports trees from our european neighbours, since they might be a little cheaper. It’s really embarassing! The trend is now to go for a living tree with roots. With an average age of over 70 years i wonder what the average viennese inhabitant (having no garden, rarely a balcony) is supposed to do with all these trees (there would be around 50 trees in total during a lifetime then). For instance, we could export them to our neighbouring countries, so in about 100 years they can resell them to us and we start the entire circle right from the beginning. I guess that is what we call free-market economy…
Louise, yuji and i were invited for advent (the 4weeks before christmas) brunch last sunday at a friends apartment: she is a textile artist, he is a programmer. He is always surprising us by serving the most amazing meals with the best selection of austrian wines (surely he knows every ‘heuriger’ (local viennese vinyard) in and around vienna). This time there were a lot of little cold dishes as well as matured prosciutto and salami from different regions of italy and hungary, delicious local goat cheese, a special rye bred and scrambled eggs with fresh graded truffles (my insensitive tongue thought to be tasting garlic at first, not being used to eat high class…). later we had what you see on this photo: to the left homemade christmas cookies (kekse), suprisingly not sweet but with cheese crust and very light and tasty. To the right the famous kletzenbrot, which reminds me on my childhood. Kletzenbrot was baked by my grandmother only during advent time. It was dark and so hard i almost couldn’t bite it (but it became softer after keeping it for a few days in a closed container). It is done with so called kletzen (dried bears), nuts, raisins, sometimes figs. I guess in former times it was replacing the popular pre-christmas pralines in households where safing money was an issue. Kletzenbrot’s taste is mild and sweet. It tastes simply divine with a thin layer of yoghurt-butter spread on top, at the side a glass of grüner veltliner (actually i don’t know why i had coffee this time ?)
on my way to the rosa mosa studio by bicycle everyday i am passing this council flat building. During the last couple of days this balcony has gone through a wild trasnformation as you can see. Rendeer, santa, snow man, all are living there. No space anymore on this balcony for giving air to smelly coats that still stink from last night’s bar visit, for temporarily cooling beef stews and for the guest’s ashtrays. It has been occupied for another 2 weeks at least by this strange crowd, that’s even glowing in the darkness. Why do some people develop a christmas fetish whilst others are going for red high heels? What kind of genetical information is responsible for excrescences of such a kind? Possibly an additional X-mas chromosome …
the child is with the grandparents and it’s time to party for rosa mosa. after enjoying a delicious meal at ‘flein’ in the 9th district, we had a few drinks at ‘die rote bar’. as you can see this bar is particularly beautifully done in old vienna style (not fake, yes, it’s original !!!) ! It belongs to one of vienna’s most important theatres, the ‘volkstheater’ on ringstrasse (ring road), and it opens every day when the stage-performances are finished (otherwise too noicy of course). Everything glooms in red light: the walls, the bar itself, the chandellier, people’s faces. also our cheeks after enjoying one or the order glass of ‘zweigelt’ (delicious austrian type of red wine). Theatre audience is mixing with the regular vienna crowd you meet in bars.Once you are caught by the athmosphere, this ‘don’t think about tomorrow feeling’ comes up automatically if you know what i mean…It’s a seductively dangerous spot- and we are loving it! p.s: and here you find also a proper chandellier of course !
one of our rare visits to mac donalds, desperately looking for a toilet (yuji of course). i had an espresso meanwhile and i was wondering why for heavens ache a) this place needs this postmodern design, even though it’s just one branch in a long long chain and also postmodernity is so pastpastpast and furthermore why b) lampshades are housed by acrylic glass cylinders. it must bet he obsession of ronald mc donald to press everything into the shape of a burger: round and flat and compact. … we are not loving it !
a bank holiday here in austria- a long weekend. we have crossed the border for 2 days to get in the right mood. the last shoes for upcoming autumn/winter have to be done urgently…
and yes, it was exotic, fresh, exciting, and bloody cold. we went to the very south, totally off any tourist’s track, and look what we have found: an incredible local fleemarket with people like this madame you see on the photo promoting her things to sell: traditional bandanas, belts, fabrics, jewellery; there was a roll of antique kashmere fabric in pink with dark red and green roses i really liked. i think i can say that i am normally quite a blessed bargainer, but this lady was incredibly tough! she went down with the price only a little at the very end. i needed to get it anyway, otherwise no photo for you! look at her outfit! back home i have researched a little and found some images of ladies in the same costume from 1922- 100% time sleep!
p.s.: what i have also never ever seen at a european market before: two ladies selling living chicken !!
Und 1 und 2 und 3 und 4 – dann steht das christkind vor der tür… (and 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 – then the christkind waits in front of the door)you must know the following: in austria not the santa claus or similar leaves presents fort he kids, the christkind does. Imagine it an angel like creature, genderless, barefoot.Wings and white curly hair of course. It flies through the window (yes, it does stunts, too) and delivers the tree and the presents secretly. Childen are usually waiting fort he whole day (december 24) in front of the locked door, to get a little glimpse of this creature- very frustrating because always without success.So being in this mood and passing these four doors of temptation i of course wonder what exactly is hidden behind. It won’t be an angel, that’s for sure
no chance to escape the crazyness of christmas for this winter. We will face the pressure of shopping bravely. We will we will we will. i have to start i have to start. I can’t leave it to the last day, i can’t. me and louise have packed the first present today. and that’s what our wrapping design looks like this season. She was selecting different pieces of paper and carton from the paper-rubbish box, and i was quickly patching and taping them before she changed her mind. As is slow fashion, also slow packaging is very trendy now, you know? p.s.: i don’t need to tell you that the content of the present is top secret. who knows whether the future owner is reading the blog. In this case the whole one hour wrapping job would have been for the wind.