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Kaiserschmarrn with berries, Austrian dish
Austria
Breads and Pastry
Main Course
Northern Europe
Recipes

Kaiserschmarrn, a traditional Austrian dish

While strolling through the cobblestone streets of Vienna, Austria, we stopped for lunch at Café Central (est. 1876) for some original Austrian food. The waiter highly recommended this Austrian dish Kaiserschmarrn is an original Austrian sweet dish, made from Palatschinken (pancake) dough. It was created for Kaiser Franz Joseph and Elisabeth (Sissi) in 1854. He […]

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Salzburg Residenzplatz
Austria
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

Three days in Salzburg, Austria

On the way to Austria, we stopped for a couple days in the in the Salzburg area. Salzburg is located on the border with Germany at the foot of the Eastern Alps. A river name Salzach flows through the middle of the city. On the left bank is the old town, designated as a pedestrian […]

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Austrian Cheese Spaetzle, Käsespätzle,
Austria
Germany
Main Course
Recipes
Side dish

Käsespätzle, or Cheese Spaetzle

While on vacation in Sankt Gilgen, Austria I had this typical Austrian dish called “Käsespatzen”. It consists of Spaetzle noodles and grated hard cheese that is alternately stacked and garnished with fried onions. The Cheese Spaetzle are pushed into the hot oven after they have been layered, so that the Spaetzle does not cool down and the […]

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Steckerlfish. Spanish Makrele, Fish on a stick
Austria
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes
Seafood

The Steckerlfish, a Mackerel on a Stick

A delicacy is the “Steckerlfisch” or Fish on a Stick is a Spanish Mackerel that is grilled over a dug out pit with a grey layer of amber. This type of fish is one of my favorites visiting German or Austrian folk festivals.
The Steckerlfisch originates from the “kitchen” of the former Danube fishermen, and has been written about in books of the early 1900’s.

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Gugelhupf, Bundt cake, Guglhupf
Austria
Cake and Torte
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

A Kaiser, his mistress and a Gugelhupf

One wonders if you have a genuine “Kaisergugelhupf” (Emperor bundt cake) on your plate at the Café. Only bakers and baking enthusiasts, who do a little research would be familiar with the true consistency of the dough. After all, we know there are many different variations on the internet, and there is very large collections […]

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Faschingskrapfen, German Mardi Gras donut
Austria
Breads and Pastry
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Faschingskrapfen – German Carnival Donuts

Faschingskrapfen or German Donuts are baked customarily at Fasching which is end of February. It’s the time of Carnival, and similar like Mardi Gras. The fist-sized pastries are not only found all year round in Franconia, but also in South-west Germany, where they are called “Fastnachtsküchle”, and in Germany’s capital Berlin, the “Berliner”. Other names […]

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Sacher Torte, Hotel Sacher
Austria
Cake and Torte
Desserts
Northern Europe
Recipes

A teenager named Sacher created a famous Torte

A couple years back I had this Torte at the original Sacher Hotel Cafe while in Vienna An interesting history: Prince Metternich of Austria asked his court kitchen to create a special dessert for a reception in 1832. The chef was sick that day, so the 16-year-old apprentice Franz Sacher (1816-1907) dreamed something up: and […]

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Topfenknoedel, Austrian Dish
Austria
Desserts
Germany
Northern Europe
Recipes

Topfenknödel, a sweet Austrian dish

A typical Austrian or Bavarian dish I ate in Mittenwald, South Bavaria. These are called “Topfenknödel“. Topfen means Quark, and can be substituted with Greek Yoghurt. The dumplings could be be filled with Plum or Apricot pieces, and covered with puppy seed instead of bread crumps. While preparing the Topfenknoedel, you can make the Vanilla […]

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Ellmau, der Bergdoktor
Austria
Germany
Northern Europe
Travel Destinations

A visit to the “Bergdoktor” in Ellmau

On my drive to Mittenwald I planned a stop at the town of “Going at the Wilden Kaiser” in Austria. Wilder Kaiser is the name of the mountain. Here, and in Ellmau was my all time favorite show “Der Bergdoktor” or Mountain Doctor filmed. If you ever seen the show or movie, you will recognize where I am standing.

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Trachten, Lederhhosen, Bavarian
Allgemein
Austria
Germany
Southern Europe
Travel Destinations

Bavarian and Austrian Traditions, the Dirndl and Lederhosen

Born and raised in North Bavaria, it was natural for us to wear the traditional costumes or “Tracht” at least once a year to a festival. Sometimes I wore my Dirndl to the “Kiliani” Festival in Würzburg. Wearing the Tracht to the Town Festival or Biergarten is becoming popular in other parts in Germany, not […]

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