Do you like good food?Â Austrians are known to sing about their food, because it hasÂ lifted up their spirit: Wolfagang Ambros sings about the healing properties of a â€œgulasch and a glass ofÂ beerâ€. The famous â€œsalbzburger nockerlâ€, a divine sweet from Salzburg, received a wonderful song in aÂ musical that every Austrian knows, saying they are sweet as love and tender as a kiss. Udo JÃ¼rgensÂ won the European song contest in 1976 with a song that describes what happens to older ladies, whoÂ meet once a day in their favorite bakery to eat cakes and ice creams. In the German language, there are soÂ many words for cake, like eskimos have names for snow!
Austrians divide their seasons not by the trees growing leaves or turning colorful. They rather haveÂ culinary seasons. There is special treats for every time of the year. Now is the time of carnival, and the country offersÂ special â€œkrapfenâ€, a doughnut like bakery, filled with jam or cream. People go visit each other or theirÂ favorite restaurant to eat a â€œherringschmausâ€, an assortment of different fish salads, mostly made withÂ herring and offered only at this time of year.Â If you travel through the country in summertime, you are in for many kinds of asparagus orÂ strawberry treats. European vacations are the perfect chance to indulge in these seasonal treats.
Even regional Austria is talking about â€œenjoyment regionsâ€ like â€œgenuÃŸregion salzburgerlandâ€ whenÂ talking about their cultural and political districts. In the east, around Vienna, the schnitzel and gulasch,Â dishes inspired by Italy and Hungary in the times of the k&k monarchy, the times many Austrians thinkÂ back with a big sigh of greatness to remember. In the west, dishes are more heavy with cheese from theÂ alpine region, like â€œkÃ¤sspÃ¤tzleâ€ or tiroler grÃ¶stl. Nowadays a whole new come back is happening onÂ remembering dishes from the past, like grandma would cook it, good homemade dishes. They celebrateÂ a comeback to even fine restaurants. â€œKlachelsuppeâ€ and â€œHeidensterzâ€ are 2 examples, and if you canÂ order it then try theâ€Hoargneisnideiâ€ in Salzburg.
Also, all dishes are served with either Austrian local brewed beer or Austrian wines, which IÂ have to say in full honesty, are among the finest wines of the world. Why you donâ€™t hear much aboutÂ them? Well, our small wincers are producing just enough to supply our own country, so we donâ€™t botherÂ to sell them abroad, we simply enjoy them ourselves.Â As an Austrian living abroad, coming home for food is my ultimate happiness. And I have heard thatÂ from others in my position as well. Guiding Austrian tours, it is my pleasure to introduce you to ourÂ Austrian cuisine and to dine with you on our cycling tours in some of the fines places in the country. I am already looking forward to it. Mahlzeit!