From Anik’s Kitchen: Brioches

If you pass through Vienna, do make a stop at Kaffeeküche down in the Jonasreindl, a small cornerspot in the middle of an underground traffic station (Schottentor). They sell what is likely the best coffee in town and they also sell Parisian Brioches: tiny perfect fluffy things of subtly sweet white bread. And to top it off, they offer them filled-on-the-spot with chocolate or Marillenkonfitüre (apricot jam). Take the latter. Heaven.

They are closed on the weekends, though, so I had to come come up with a second-best thing made from scratch. Verdict: The whole batch was gone within an hour of making it. Parigi, o cara, noi lasceremo – we will make these wherever we go.

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Sound and Clouds and Thunder (21)

[“Leçons de ténèbres”, third lesson for Holy Wednesday, by François Couperin, sung by Montserrat Figueras and Maria Cristina Kiehr – Clip with thanks to TheLeon Vitali].

You know what’s a horrible Easter meal (or Passover seder, or any meal)? – Missiles with chocolate cake.

Staggering incompetence and nepotism in a far-ranging office that someone is utterly unqualified for are not okay in week 21, either, but we have officially passed a 10th of this at least.

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Through Geschwitz’s Lorgnette: Cavalli cont’d

[‘Heteronormativity: you’re doing it wrong’, and some more elaborate thoughts on the performance of La Cappella Mediterranea’s Teatro dei Sensi, featuring Mariana Flores and Giuseppina Bridelli, Venice 2015 (in the Sala Superiore of the Scuola Grande di San Rocco – so it’s not quite a church, but it is a confraternity building and this hall has an altar (and Tintoretto works because Venice isn’t kidding around))]

No, I’m not over this concert anytime soon. And I’ve been trying to pinpoint why.

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Ariodante Remix: JDD => Coote

So it seems our White Shirt “Ariodante” cheering line for May needs some adjustments, since DiDonato just announced that she will not be doing the European part of the upcoming “Ariodante” tour (but the North-American part: yes).

Our stops in London, Vienna, Hamburg and Paris will, however, get the chance to hear Alice Coote instead, which can in no way be called bad news. So while I am sad I will not get to hear DiDonato with this, I am thrilled I will finally get to hear Coote’s live take, on the heels of her CAC run in the same role this past winter.

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