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How could you visitVienna and not try the Wiener schnitzel?

Quite easily actually seeing as we live near Milan and the Wiener Schnitzel and the ‘cotoletta alla Milanese’ are the same thing.

But for objectivity’s sake I decided to check it out and chose the very best (and largest-sigh!) in Vienna: the famous Figlmueller family Wiener schnitzel (below)

 

I leant a valuable (if subjective) lesson from this bit of thin crumbed veal: do not try to eat something larger and wider than your own face, particularly when fried.

But back to the point – where does this hail from?

Italians claim that the dish was served at a banquet given in 1134 for the canon of St Ambrose Cathedral and support this claim with a letter by Viennese General Radetzky (stationed in Milan for a long period) presumably attributing the invention of this dish to the Italians.

Other sources claim that it was brought to Vienna by German and Polish troops in 1683.
So the jury’s still out, either way you know you can enjoy the veal and pork meat variants of this dish with a dash  of lemon in both countries and that’s a start.

Biggest and most renowned Wiener Schnitzel in Vienna- http://www.figlmueller.at/index.php

Figlmueller

Atmosphere: Valuted ceilings and exposed brick

Food: a must-try

Price: Dinner for two with beer c.a.40 EUR

Would we go back? With Vienna first-timers

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Amazingly a quick scour of the internet turns up few or no results for this delicious cake by confectioners Oberlaa.

Historians have Sacher torte down as the cake created in honour of the congress of Vienna so perhaps there is a misnomer here, either way the cake is yummy.

Outside covered in moist buttery shortbread which cuts evenly revealing a walnut and honey mincemeat like interior that tastes more like Halva than mince-pies.

Clearly beyond my culinary abilities, we brought home a stash.

Check them out here

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In spite of the unpronounceable name this is a cute, traditional restaurant serving delicious Tafelspitz (boiled beef) with potatoes and veg.

Mr Towers and I also tried the Rindsuppe with Leberknödel (Liver dumpling) which although not unpleasant had a crumbly consistency which was not so appealing although we’re both agreed that the extensive use of chives is delish!

Remarkable was the horseradish and apple sauce ( a delightful combo, much better than the English creamy horseradish) which, however, as to be tasted a bit at a time on pain of total nose numbing!

http://www.gasthauspfudl.com/

 

Gasthaus Pfudl

Atmosphere: Very teutonic…not too keen

Food: Not bad but not a light meal by any standards

Price: Dinner for two with wine c.a.50 EUR

Would we go back? Well, It was ok but we like to experiment!

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Back from Vienna and connected enough to blog at last.

Mr Towers and I had decided to take it easy this time as our style of tourism tends to be exhausting but sadly we are incapable of following our own dicatatum.

One of the highlights of a few days spent in a tropically hot Vienna was the lovely Basil Pink Lemonade which isn’t just great cos it’s pink and refreshing but because it has basil in it.

As Italians you would expect the Towers to be familiar with good old basil and unable to serve our favourite tomato pasta without it as a topping- quite wrong.

We barely ever use the thing although the few plants we’ve had were defoliated through eating very quickly.

Anyway my point is that this lemonade is absolutely delightful and refreshing because of the basil which gives it an extra aromatic zing.

Will be making this in months to come – yum!

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