Austria

A Look at the Austrian Cuisine

A Look at the Austrian Cuisine

Over the years of visiting Austria, I've had a chance to savour a variety of home-style Austria food usually prepared with lots of fresh produce from the vegetable garden. There is a fair amount of meat, but equally, there's an abundance of delicious non-meat dishes and recipes. Here's a look at a few personal favourites: 

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Summer in Austria, 2016

Saw rows and rows of tiny huts at this lake (Lake Worthersee) in Austria. People rent these for the entire season to keep their belongings. I've never seen this anywhere else before.

Saw rows and rows of tiny huts at this lake (Lake Worthersee) in Austria. People rent these for the entire season to keep their belongings. I've never seen this anywhere else before.

Resident moos overlooking gentle hills. So kitschy, so alpine.

Resident moos overlooking gentle hills. So kitschy, so alpine.

Playing in the sandbox. Life is good in the garden.

Playing in the sandbox. Life is good in the garden.

A taste of some very delicately handmade  Kärntner Kasnudeln (Carinthia "Noodles") , filled with topfen (cottage cheese) and herbs. To be served with a generous dose of melted butter.

A taste of some very delicately handmade Kärntner Kasnudeln (Carinthia "Noodles"), filled with topfen (cottage cheese) and herbs. To be served with a generous dose of melted butter.

Till next summer Austria!

On the Austrian airwaves

One of the most popular radio station in Austria is OE3 Hit Radio, an English radio station playing mostly contemporary pop-rock tunes. We listened to this a lot, while we were on the roads. Songs are like soundtracks for my life at a certain point, and so, 30 years later, I will fondly associate these top 5 (“TOMA”) songs to this lovely Austrian ‘home-stay’ in Sep-Nov 2012 :)

  • Green Day - Oh Love
  • Alanis Morrisette - Guardian
  • Lykke Li - I Follow River (FANTASTIC song)
  • Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
  • Fun - We Are Young (2012 theme song)

First German Words

German is not the easiest language to pick up, but a 2-month stay is more than enough to pick up a few essential vocabulary. 

  • Jause (yau-zer) - Snack. Can also refer to a lunch snack (e.g. a schnitzel roll). You don’t wanna forget this word…
     
  • Bitte (bee-teh) - Please. The loveliest sounding word in German that I know (so far). 
     
  • Morgen (mor-gen) - Morning
     
  • Danke schon! (Dan-ke-shoon!) - Thank you!
     
  • Sehr gut (seeeeeeeer goot) - Very good.
     
  • Wie geht’s (vee-getz) - How are you? / How’s it going?
     
  • Strasse (strass-ser) - Street
     
  • Hohn (hoon?) - Chicken
     
  • Kuh (coo) - Cow. Learnt this word from EB while hiking…after I stepped on the kuhfladen (cow dung) 
     
  • Foehn (foon?) - a (windy) weather symptom that causes headaches
     
  • Billa (bi-la) - my favourite supermarket :) they have nice jause!
     
  • Spar (shh-par) - Save. 2nd favourite supermarket! Close tie with Billa, but Billa has better veggie selection, so….
     
  • Eingang: Entrance
     
  • Ausgang (aus-gang): Exit
     
  • Damen: Ladies. VERY important to avoid going to the men’s restroom…it was quite useful that the spelling somewhat resembles “door” in Chinese which helped in remembering this…
     
  • Herren: Men/Male
     
  • Tschus (choos): Informal bye bye. Sounded like “cheers”, for a long time I thought it was!
     
  • Gruss gott (grus got): Hello. Used a lot when meeting fellow hikers while hiking or at the shops
     
  • Servus (sehr-voos): Hello. For friends?
     
  • Genau (geh-nau): Exactly. I hear this everywhere.

and of course, made famous by Heidi Klum on Project Runway,

  • Auf Wiedersehen (owf-vee-der-se-hen): Goodbye