vegan ice cream.

I had been hearing nothing but good things about a new(ish) ice cream store that opened up on Rottenturmstrasse called Eis Greissler.  They use bio, all natural ingredients without any artificial colors, ingredients, etc.  As an added bonus, I heard that they have lactose free ice cream, so of course I wanted to try it!  Every time I passed by there was a long line and I am not a fan of waiting in lines…but lucky for me, I was walking by with the bf the other afternoon and there were only two people in the store.  Score!  We jumped at the chance and headed right in.  

I discovered that while they do not have strictly lactose free varieties, they offer several vegan options, which are also just fine for me and my milk-hating tummy.  I ordered a scoop of strawberry and a scoop of pistachio.  The strawberry was great but nothing to write home about…it was more of a sorbet but with real strawberry bits.  However, the pistachio was TO DIE FOR.  This is coming from a girl who has never even been a big fan of the flavor.  It was so creamy and delicious and even the bf had to agree that you absolutely could not tell that it wasnt ”real” ice cream.  

Speaking of the bf, he is a lucky duck with no dietary restrictions, so he was able to try Caramel, Muffin and Goatcheese flavors.  That’s right, I said goatcheese.  I took a teeny bite and wow- it was so interesting but so good.  I also couldnt resist trying a bit of the muffin and it was my fave.  It made me curse my intolerance but then I took another bite of my pistachio and my sadness magically melted away 🙂

hello kitty, meet red velvet.

(image by jetsetbarbie)

Aren’t these cute?!  I made  Red Velvet cupcakes (my fave!)  for my birthday party on Saturday.  I decided to dress them up a bit with some Hello Kitty marshmallows that I picked up on a whim while shopping at Merkur a couple weeks ago.  I always use this recipe* for the base and the Magnolia Bakery cream cheese frosting.  Super indulgent and sinfully delicious.  Yum!

* I usually change the yield to 15 cupcakes and with that amount, I get about 18 nice sized cupcakes.  Also, I only need to bake mine for about 17-18 minutes but of course, the time depends on your oven.


 (me on my 5th bday)

It’s my birthday today and I’ve been nothing but spoiled.  I will share more later but I couldnt resist uploading the following little tease…my boyfriend is verrrrrry good to me 😉

topshop FAIL.

I am SO disappointed and frustrated.  I was very much looking forward to the arrival of this dress that I’d had to order and then re-order for my upcoming birthday party (because the first one sent to me had a broken zipper)…unfortunately, the dress arrived in horrible  condition.  The cups on the top/bustier are completely mishapen with no possibility of smoothing them out.  To top it off, the side seam is completely sewn improperly.  For $140 (85 GBP )I am shocked that the quality is so poor.  So, now I have to send the dress back, again, and now I have to scramble to find something else to wear by Saturday.  That’s not so easy to do in Vienna where it seems like the only options are Zara and H&M 😦

     (take a look at the bust…not sexy!)

birthday dress.

I ordered this dress from Topshop and am anxiously awaiting its arrival (my birthday party is on Saturday).  I actually received it last week but it had a broken zipper, so I’m hoping the 2nd time is a charm 🙂

forever 21- 2nd store is open!

The 2nd store is now open, hooray! Print this coupon for 10% off purchases over 35 EUR through Saturday.  Happy shopping!

oreo cake.

An after-work treat made by the bf.  You can get the mix at Meinl on Graben or at Metro (it’s cheaper at Metro, just fyi).  Perfect for a warm, summer day!
PS: It’s lactose free! 🙂

sunshine in a vase.

The bf surprised me at work yesterday with these lovely yellow flowers.  He knew I’d been having a long day and came all the way up the mountain just to surprise me.  He’s definitely a keeper 🙂