Visa to India

Third in our new “recipes” series: the Visa to India

  • Original Passport (must have at least 2 blank visa pages).
  • One original signed visa application.
  • One copy of Austrian ´Meldezettel’.
  • 1 recently taken passport photo (51mm x 51mm against a light background, maximum head size 3.5cm).
  • 2 Letters of Invitation.
  • Conference Organiser Clearance letter.
  • Conference Organiser Clarification letter.
  • Endorsement Letter from US employer on company letterhead.
  • Copy of 3 months of bank statements.
  • Copy of CV or resume.
  • Flight and Hotel confirmations.
  • Visa fee of 101.20 Euros in cash – no credit cards. Please bring extra cash.

Print all the above on 36 pages in A4 format, mourn the loss of a tree, then get psychologically ready to spend some time in a waiting room, at least twice.

Interesting that obtaining a visa to attend a conference is way more complex than a tourist visa.

Enjoy!

Wiener Schnitzel

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(Photo credits: tripb)

  • A pair of pants
  • A shirt or t-shirt
  • A pair of shoes
  • Optionally, a plane ticket to Vienna
  • A bit of money, but not that much
  • A map of Vienna

Stop working for a bit, put some pants on, and get out of your house. Once in the street, depending on where you are, you may have to go to the airport and fly to Vienna, or if like me you already are in Vienna, walk five minutes to Gasthaus Rebhuhn.

Once there, take a seat, order a drink, then a Schnitzel, either the Veal or the Pork one. I personally prefer the pork one that is tastier, cheaper, and comes with those amazing parsley potatoes. The veal one comes with a potato salad that contains way too much sauce.

Wait a little bit for your Schnitzel to be cooked, then eat it when it is served. Trust me, that’s the best way, cooking it at home is quite messy. 🙂

Enjoy!

PS: In case you wonder why I didn’t take the photo myself: I wanted to go there today at lunch, but someone preferred a pizza…

Caesar Salad

  • Some Romana salad
  • Two table spoons of mayo
  • One garlic clove, crushed
  • One tea spoon of anchovy paste
  • One tea spoon of lemon juice
  • One table spoon of Worcester sauce
  • A bit of milk
  • A chunk of Parmigiano

Mix all the ingredients together by hand with a tea spoon excepted milk and cheese.

Dilute with a bit of milk, then add the cheese, grated, and keep mixing with the spoon. If the sauce is too thick, use a little more milk. The sauce should remain tick, though, it’s not supposed to be liquid.

Add salt and pepper to your taste, toss the salad and sauce in a bowl, let it rest half an hour so that the salad becomes tender.

Depending on your taste you can add grilled chicken breast, or croutons, or a few grilled prawns, or some extra cheese, all the above, or none, it’s your salad, you get to decide…

Enjoy!