Sachertorte

Today after my delicious kebap wrap Jodi and I headed to the Hotel Sacher to try the world-famous Sachertorte, which you can only get at the Sacher Hotel in Vienna and Salzburg.

You may not be surprised to learn that it took us three tries to find the right door. The second door we went through may have taken us into the back of a private party…I really don’t know. We sat down cautiously in the hotel’s cafe, which was classy and beautiful and definitely made me feel underdressed. It made me feel like I wanted to come and stay at the Sacher Hotel in the future. Maybe when I’m a famous, traveling concert pianist? Ha.

The menus, which featured blurbs about the Sachertorte’s 175-year history, were hung on a little stand. I was really excited to try the Sachertorte (it was on my Austria bucket list) especially as I’d missed my chance in Vienna.

Funny story: when the waiter came, he asked “What would you like to order?” in German. The problem was he didn’t use any vocabulary we’d learned in German so far so for a few awkward seconds we just stared blankly at him. Good thing he spoke excellent English and was very patient with us!
Anyway, the Sachertorte was delicious. I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate cake as it’s usually heavy and wet and overly chocolatey but this thing was none of the above. It was served with unsweetened whipped cream which went perfectly with the cake, balancing out the dryness and sweetness. The layers of marmalade in the cake also added a lovely dimension of fruity sweetness. The covering—I hesitate to call it “frosting”—was chocolatey but not overly so. I realize I’m doing a stupidly bad job of describing it so I’ll just say it was good. If you ever, ever find yourself in Vienna or Salzburg, do not miss out on this!
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The best cheap meal I’ve had so far

Okay, I’m doing a really horrible job of keeping posts in order. I also haven’t been doing a good job journaling, so I’m probably going to kick myself when I look back on this trip and can’t remember what happened when…

Oh well! Today I had a great day of mall-browsing (I hesitate to call it “shopping” as I looked more than I bought), Ikea-visiting (for the record, the Ikea here was exactly the same as the Ikeas in the US), EATING, and…well…eating.

For dinner my saxophone friend Jodi and I went to a highly recommended kebap place in Salzburg. It was a hole-in-the-wall type place but oh, was the food delicious!

I am embarrassed to admit that I always thought “kebab” was just food stuck on a stick, but Wikipedia and the plethora of kebap places in Austria tell me otherwise. I think kebap is a big thing over here? We went to “Popeye Kebap” which was a few yards (I’m sorry, meters) down from “Sinbad Kebap.” I thought that was hilarious.
I had no idea what to order, so the friendly guys who worked there, as well as a free-spirited-looking customer, helped us out. (“The beef is the best! Get the beef!”)
I ordered by pointing to an empty plate and answering “Yes” to every single question I was asked. Miraculously that actually resulted in me receiving delicious food.

This is beef kebap in a tortilla-looking thing, with lettuce, cabbage, tomatoes, onions, chilis, and some kind of sauce. It was delicious. My stomach is twisting with anticipation just looking at these photos, which I know aren’t the best.

I’m sorry for the disgusting mid-bite photo, but can I say that THIS WAS DELICIOUS? Oh gosh. I want to go back and stuff myself.

To top it all off, the meal, drink included, was €5. Considering that a cup of coffee here can run you from €3.50 to €8, I’d say that was one fantastic deal.
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Another food post from Salzburg

Well I am back from my Vienna trip, tired and with a German quiz fast on the horizon. Since I have a lot of pre-Vienna photos, I might cover those and do a post-Vienna recap later. Or maybe I’ll just let things get out of chronological order. Who knows?

Wienerschnitzel, perhaps the consummate Austrian food? I didn’t find out what wienerschnitzel was until I got here; it’s breaded fried veal. Delicious drenched in lemon juice; then again everything is delicious drenched in lemon juice.

My host mom’s cooking: chicken, potatoes, and a vegetable medley. I love how fresh and flavorful all the veggies are here!
A mystery dessert I had from my host mom. It’s like a coconut macaroon on top of some kind of chocolate cream on top of some crunchy thin wafer thing and held together with chocolate. In any case, it was delicious. Does anyone know what this thing is?
Gnocci in cheese sauce!
I think this was chicken stuffed with cheese and ham. Made by my host mom and accompanied by potatoes (and curry ketchup, of course!!)
Some kind of pastry stuffed with feta, spinach, and what I think is ham. My host mom made this, it was ridiculously tasty.
I forget what kind of meat this was—pork? Chicken? Oh well. What looks like salsa is some kind of stew-y tomato sauce.
I have so many more food photos that I don’t know when I’ll ever finish blogging them all. I’m not even showing all of the food I’m eating; I try only to show the most memorable meals and desserts, and all of these are from weeks ago…
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