What I really need is an Eiskaffee!!

These last few weeks have been so busy with a packed schedule and work travel that I stopped myself a few days ago and thought, “What I really need is an Eiskaffee!!”

Never heard of it?? It was new to me too until I went to Vienna, Austria two years ago. My sister and I were walking down one of the most famous streets in Vienna, Graben Street, when right in front of us was this cute, little, unassuming cafe called Julius Meinl. We noticed the waitresses carefully delivering delicious drinks to anxious customers and knew we had to immediately find out what they were.

We found out the delicious drink was called a Eiskaffee – “Expresso poured over vanilla ice-cream with whipped cream.” There was also another drink that my sister decided to try called the Melange – “Expresso, equal parts steamed milk and foam, dusting of meinl eruropean cocoa.”

So next time you’re in Vienna, try and make a stop in Julius Meinl for a flavor-packed coffee! Luckily for me, there are a few Julius Meinl’s located in Chicago so whenever work gets crazy again, I’m heading straight there!

 

 

Five things I love about Toronto!

Last year my sister and I celebrated our 5th annual Sisters Trip in Toronto, Canada! To celebrate our 5th anniversary, I’m sharing five unique spots that I would definitely recommend to any traveler. Next time you head over to Toronto, make sure to check these off your list!

 

1. The Distillery District

The site that was once the Gooderham and Worts Distillery is now home to  a brick lined pedestrian area filled with unique boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Make sure to stop by Mill Street Brewery for a beer flight and the Soma Chocolatemaker for a chocolate snack! Don’t forget to check out the events calendar to increase your chances of seeing an art show, festival or concert!

 

2. St. Lawrence Market

I don’t think you can find a better spot to buy all your local fruits, vegetables, spices, meats and bakery items in Toronto! This was a perfect place to stop for lunch, do a little shopping and most importantly….people watch! We even managed to buy one of my favorite travel souvenirs… maple leaf mittens!! On Saturday’s, visit the outdoor farmers market and make a point to grab some fresh flowers!

 

3. Open Air Books & Maps

Calling all fellow travelers!! If you’re in Toronto, you MUST visit this hidden bookstore. It’s FILLED, floor to ceiling, with travel books and maps. You could spend hours trying to find the perfect selection and you’ll leave feeling inspired to start your next journey! Can’t find a book? Ask the attendant (if you can find them buried under the pile)! The books are definitely overpriced, but it’s worth it to have a fun experience.

 

4. Fika Cafe on Kensingon Street

I’m not sure what makes Kensington Street so special, but it was in every travel book and article I read while preparing for this trip. I normally would say to skip it, but I know most of you won’t if it’s your first time to Toronto. So…carry on to Kensington street if you must, but promise me that you will stop in Fika Cafe! It’s. So. Yummy.

 

5. Dark Horse Expresso Bar

Queen Street was a “must visit” street according to just about every travel book, so we made sure to walk and shop during our weekend trip.  After walking…and walking…and walking, we needed a coffee…BAD! Dark Horse came to the rescue and it was the perfect spot to enjoy a nice iced coffee and organic chocolate brownie!

Have you been to Toronto? What are some of your favorite spots?