Vienna was full of memorable meal experiences. Because I was being hosted I had the good fortune to be treated to a special seasonal meal and many fabulous recommendations! I did find the city to be the most expensive place I have ever been – maybe this is because many of the meals revolve around a huge chunk of meat.
This iconic dish is simple, yet delicious. It is made from a thin cut of veal that is breaded and cooked in butter/oil. YUM. Topped with lemon, I chose the most healthy option as my side dish: fries. Ugh, treat yoself. I spent SO long researching this dish because since it is so well-known I wanted to make sure I went to a good place. My host, Zana, recommended me a place near the Leopold museum, where I was going to be in the morning. The place was fabulous, it was communal seating so a woman was snacking across from me. When I went to pay I hadn’t realize they didn’t take cards. After anxiously emptying my whole bag and telling the employee I would leave my phone as collateral as I went to the ATM, they were super nice and let me leave without paying the two euros I was missing! Glory beeee.
A very popular desert, the name actually comes from the hotel that created the dish, Sacher Hotel. They of course have the original but the line there is OUTRAGEOUS, so I just went instead to a little cafe near the Opera. The cake itself is quite dense and rich. It is chocolate with layers of apricot jam. Not much to complain about there…
Europe’s version of the apple pie (ok, this came first) but a lot lighter and not as sweet. The layers are thin and flaky, with a delicious apple filling seasoned with cinnamon, raisins, and cloves. I sat and enjoyed a strudel before going to the ballet at the Opera house.
Since I was there in the fall, I was invited to a traditional goose dinner in honor of Martinstag, or, St. Martin’s Day. From what I understood, this comes from the celebration of the harvest. The goose became a symbol because of a legend that Saint Martin, who the day is named after, was hiding in a goose pen to avoid becoming a bishop but was betrayed by the geese cackling. I wasn’t there on the exact day of St. Martin’s so I am not sure about other traditions they may have, but the goose was delish!
This is a pork knuckle. Literally. It is a huge slab of pork with some sauerkraut and potatoes. Typically shared by two people, I had one to myself (solo traveler lyfe). I tried as hard as I could to finish it all and was helped by the spicy beer I ordered. After I finished I had to sit and digest, as I was so full I was practically in a delirious state!
As you can see, my week was spent eating meat and sweets. Winning!