Oct 18, 2015

Austrian Cuisine


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In my view, one of the best things about travel is trying the different cuisines of foreign locations. I was delighted then, when I discovered one of the Scenic Freechoice options in Vienna included a market tour of the best flavours of the region, guided by none other than the chef from the ship himself!

When you arrive at Naschmarkt you’ll be dazzled by the array of foods, spices, cheeses, wines, chocolates and market stall characters on display.  Over 120 markets stalls are set up, boasting cuisines and ingredients from across the globe, and as our guide explains, if you can’t find it here, you won’t find it anywhere in Europe. Be it Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese or Viennese, you can find it and better yet, taste it here!

Today, our Scenic Chef from the Ship, Rodolfo is so excited to take us through the labrynth, explaining what some of the foreign ingredients are, and more interestingly, how to best prepare them. You can tell he loves what he does, and it’s just as fun watching him banter with the store owners for produce that he will eventually be taking back to the ship and preparing for us later today.

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But when in Austria, it would be a crime not to visit a traditional Viennese Coffee House and taste the famous Sacher Torte desert. Essentially a chocolate cake, but with a golden past.

Originally created as early as the 17th Century and heavily disputed for legal rights to the “real Sacher Torte Recipe” ever since, this is a cake worth taking! Don’t forget the dollop of crème to accompany, as well as your Viennese coffee and you could happily sit and daydream your afternoon away.

As with everything Scenic, you can have your cake and eat it too!

Written by Rose Jacobs