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You Are What You Eat

Attitudes about food are often irrational. Although insects carry a valuable source of protein, few would immerse themselves in insect cookery. Even though most Austrians will eat horsemeat, the recent scandal resulted in a widespread decline in consumer confidence. But there have been other scandals: Schummelschinken (modified ham that’s 40% something else), Analogkäse (imitation cheese) […]

An Austrian Mixologist Takes D.C.

An Austrian Mixologist Takes D.C.

The arts of Austrian gastronomy are unfamiliar to much of the wider world. Its cuisine and spirits are known mostly among connoisseurs, while its restaurants sprout gracefully from a wistful past that ignores faddish whims. But Austrian gastronomes – born with an epicurean fervor that courses through family veins – have flung this finesse to […]

Horsemeat Scandal

Horsemeat Scandal

            The Horse and a Dirty Trick, 15 Feb. 2013 by Andreas Schwarz The horse has fallen out of favour. Ever since the animal started galloping through the media as a horsemeat scandal, horsemeat has been regarded as yuck! […] This debate should be reined in before it bolts away. […]

Horsing Around

The fact that there are increasing numbers of reports on horsemeat in beef lasagne doesn’t bother me too much. But many felt disgusted that they may have unknowingly consumed horsemeat due to false labelling. A week ago, the local media was still reassuring consumers that the case poses no “danger” for Austrian consumers. But while […]

Mulling Over Glühwein

Mulling Over Glühwein

I have always thought Christmas time one of extremes. The stretching of emotions as families converge, the inevitable cash flow crisis that awaits as the January bills are pushed under the door by bonus-hungry bankers, and finally the seemingly unending roll-out of traditions forgotten in the previous 11 months. But surely, one tradition relegates all […]

Dining on the Wienfluss

Dining on the Wienfluss

For a restaurant, being number 11 in the world must be tough. For starters, you’re not in the top 10 club, and people are obsessed with top 10s. Top 10 songs, top 10 travel destinations, top 10 funny cat videos. Nobody cares about the 11th of anything. Except, perhaps, restaurants. Particularly when it’s an 11-place […]

Book Review: Tante Hertha’s Viennese Kitchen, by Monica Meehan and Maria von Baich

Book Review: Tante Hertha’s Viennese Kitchen, by Monica Meehan and Maria von Baich

The Savoury Secrets of True Viennese Serviettenknödel Before I had ever been to Europe, I was served a Viennese meal by a Viennese friend in California. It was Wiener Schnitzel with Austrian-style potato salad and sour white wine. Followed by Palatschinken with apricot jam. I was young, and geography and history were still fuzzy in […]

Old Times at Drei Hacken

As we headed for Zu den 3 Hacken at Singerstrasse 28 in Vienna’s 1st District, all we were looking for was the cosy atmosphere of an old Viennese Beisl, its traditional cuisine, and its low key comfort. No one had mentioned that it came with legends. Embarrassing to admit, as my literary dining companion Ms. […]

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