Monday, November 29, 2010

Diplo-style: Spade on Sale

Ahh after the horrors of purported black Friday (which I've never actually participated in), come the deals of Cyber Monday.  Happy was I to see an additional 25% off (code: Cyber25) off on the sale section at Kate Spade (though there's plenty to covet in the non-sale section as well) Here are a few quick highlights tempting me, though I think I might hold off until the bod is back.  Happy shopping!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Thanksgiving Finale...

So after hemming and hawing on all the right dishes, and the final trips to the grocery store, and finally drumming up something for the table setting, here is how the final Thanksgiving menu turned out.  It was a wonderful evening full of wonderful friends, and to top things off, we made our guests perform a Thanskgiving pageant full of historically inappropriate simplifications ("Me Chief Squanto! You auslander!). 

With so much to be grateful this year, we're hoping that all of our friends, family and readers are celebrating with their families and counting their blessings.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Vienna 2010 Thanskgiving Menu

Hors d'oeuvres
Roasted Shallot and Blue Cheese Dip
Plain Kettle Chips and Crudites
Cranberry Gin and Tonics

Butternut Squash Soup with Cider Cream and Chives
Veuve Cliquot Brut Champagne

Main Course
Herb Roasted Turkey Breast - a whole turkey would have never fit in our efficient euro-oven
Blank Canvas Mashed Potatoes from Two Dudes and a Pan (no skimping on butter and cream, it's a holiday!)
Marshmallow Sweet Potatoes - who can resist something so distintly American? but I think I'll give the streusel topping a go next year for a little reminder of Austria
Ginger and Cashew Green Beans - something light and fresh to lighten the load
Port Cranberry Sauce with Figs- the cranberry sauce I've been making since graduate school

Panamera Cuvee, Napa Valley, California 1997
Gruner Veltliner, Ebner Ebenauer, Austria

Spiced Pumpkin Cheesecake
Walnut Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Taylor Fladgate, 10 Year Tawny Port

All photography by The New Diplomat's Wife's Husband - since the new diplomat's wife had to get dressed for the party!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

From the darling Mrs. Lillien...

It is with utter delight that Mr. & Mrs. Thanksgiving share thy bounty - with a feast fit for royalty and free flowing booze aplenty! They'll be gussied up in their holiday best - shimming around the kitchen while chatting up each special guest. The Mrs. will dress a fanciful [and don't you know it] festive table - while the Mr. will pull out his trusty pewter ladle - handed down to him by his Great Aunt Mabel. When the feast is ready and all laid out - 'twill be a glittering sight, swoon worthy no doubt! The dining room will be filled with the most ineffable clatter - as the happy company indulge themselves with decadent food and chit-chatter. There'll be plenty of good cheer and lots of chin-chinning - with so much to be grateful for on this Happy Thanksgiving!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A seat at the table...

One of the most fun parts of Thanskgiving is planning the actual table.  And as this is the time of celebrating gratitude and bounty, Thanksgiving is a holiday that really merits a bit of thought into how things could look - especially once you picture everyone around the table with you.  It doesn't have to be frilly, but there's something about wanting to cast a warm glow around which everyone feels welcome.

I haven't made a final decision around ours but the following settings from Martha Stewart, HGTV and Eddie Ross have given me some thoughts. Needless to say, I won't be making my own handmade pinecone turkeys as Martha suggests were just "so easy", but we're hoping to create something seasonal, organic and beautiful nonetheless.

Table Settings 1-4 from Martha Stewart.
Table Settings 5-8 from HGTV.
Table Settings 9-11 from Eddie Ross.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Autumn leaves in Vienna...

With colder winds blowing and Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I would share some shots of the last few leaves out and about town.  We were luckier this year than last, with a mild fall and lots of sunshine (relatively speaking of course) - just enough rain to make the colors bright, just enough mild days to make them stay for awhile!

All photography by The New Diplomat's Wife.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A little bit of Pablo...

Nothing better than a guest in town to get out and about and see some sights, and since Vienna is starting to get gray again, nowhere better than to hightail it to the museums.

I've been meaning to see the Picasso exhibit for some time, but have always been offput by the lines.  True, you can get your tickets in advance, but it still doesn't solve the problems of crowds on the interior of the exhibit.  The Albertina is hosting an exhibit specifically dedicated to the theme Peace and Freedom in Picasso's work.  While the narrative descriptions seem to turn a blind eye to the Communist Party's (of whom Picasso was an open and ardent supporter throughout his lifetime) real role in either peace or freedom, the exhibit is well-curated and designed, and full of works which you don't normally get to see.  It's on tap until about January 16th.

Also on display until January are Michelangelo's "Drawings of a Genius".  I did walk through it but can't really say too much about it as the literal mobs down there prevented me from seeing much of anything - Picasso was crowded but doable, especially for a Saturday, but Michelangelo unfortunately we'll have to go back for.  Diplo-baby hates crowds.

At the Albertina, make an afternoon of it and grab lunch at the restaurant.  With the weather turning colder, my recommendation would be to start with the beef broth and cheese pancake, and then the warm steak salad served on a "hot plate" (and yes, the plate is really hot).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Happily ever after...

So many of you asked what became of the happy couple who came to Vienna to get married...and I can report that accordingly to plan, they were happily married, and rode off into the Vienna sunset.  Yes! There was a sunset that day.  Everything turned out gorgeously, and it was even more gorgeously documented by the very talented Claire Morgan.  For more shots of the fairytale, check out the full posting on Claire's blog.

And for those those of you living in Vienna, I suggest you snap up Claire while you can.  Her star is rising and she books up fast.  In addition to weddings, she also does family portraits, specializing in capturing expats in front of fine Vienna landmarks, and has a variety of baby sesssions to chose from to document them from their tiniest.  Needless to say, diplo-baby is already booked pending arrival dates.  Ms. Morgan, we're ready for our close-up!

All photography by Claire Morgan. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Object of my affection: Holiday Necklaces by Elva Fields

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! After much eyeing, vying and trying, I have finally managed to purchase a one of a kind number by Elva Fields.  Despite signing up on several occassions for the mailing list, I managed to actually get a mailing last night informing me of the new holiday collection.  Since I happened to be toiling away at my day job, I hopped right on line.  Although my first couple of choices were snapped away before I could click "buy", I did manage to walk away with a fine green number (pictured above).  Great success!

The big chunky necklaces with attached vintage brooches attached are the perfect diplo-pregnancy accessory, distracting from the volume below with a bit of sparkle and color above.  If I could only spring for more than one (although hint, hint, the holidays are coming! mr. diplo - where are you?).  The necklace is a bit of a gift to myself since there's not much to buy by way of clothes these days, and certainly not shoes anymore either.  We've reached the bitter end everyone -it's flats and muus muus from here on out.  But I still have my vanity so necklaces it is, even if that and a hospital gown are the only things that still fit in these last days.

There are still a few left, so if these catch your eye, act fast.  Also, as a bonus, type in "EARLYBIRD" into the discount code box for $10 off the purchase and free shipping.  Thank you, Elva Fields!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Diplo-style: Hats off! Kate Middleton

In honor of her long-time-a-comin' engagement today, I thought I would do a little post as an ode to Kate Middleton's hats.  Kate - who's become a pro at attending royal weddings all by her lonesome - seems to always have a feathered concoction at the ready, and personally, one can never have too much plumage in the hair if you ask me.  I envy her extensive collection but I've got a few of my own that I've been building up (due to a weakness for anything Leah C creates). 

It's looking like the happy couple is taking to wedding planning with a bit more timely gusto than Wills took to actually proposing, given that this was 8 years in the making.  The wedding will be one to watch - three cheers for the Royal Family expansion today!

Diplo-style: The Baroness is Back!

Apparently, I'm not the only one with a weakness for the style and trials of Baroness Elsa von Schraeder, the jilted pseudo-villainess in the Sound of Music, who "packed up [her] little bags, and returned to Vienna where [she] belonged". Not only has this turned out to be my most read post to date, but there are also fellow style admirers.  I was delighted to most recently find a polyvore compilation dedicated to her best coutourier in Vienna.

And I thought I would throw in perhaps her best line of all for good measure, when she makes it clear that she will not be part of the budding Von Trapp family singers:

The Baroness: Why didn't you tell me?

Max: What?
The Baroness: To bring along my harmonica.

59 GBP -
High heels »

$70 -

Valentine's Chocolate Hearts, Rococo
7.95 GBP -


Sparkle Square, by lina bean.

baroness schrader

Dior Cruise 09

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