==== ====Special Austrian Food you will find here :http://snurl.com/21o5z7p==== ====Ahhhh.... Wine Food Pairing....my adventures continue through Austria!A picture perfect autumn day, bright blue sky with the sun shining and the snow toppedSchneeberg mountain in the background. My husband and I decide to hop on our bicycles andtravel the local bike path to see where it takes us. Our Maltese, Houdini, will of course be ridingwith me in my front basket! We picked up the trail in Breitenau, a little village south of Vienna andwind our way along the Schwarza River through the tiny towns of Loipersbach and Natschbach.Wonderful little villages with loads of European charm!The Austrians take their bike paths quite seriously....there are several rest areas along the waywith benches, drinking fountains and trash barrels. Most of the locals are very friendly and offer acheery Guten Morgan (good morning) as we pass by.We pedal about 18 kilometers and enter the slightly larger city of Neunkirchen where we comeacross an open cafe greeting us with their chalkboard specials. Sturm, the special Austrian "juice"is available now. Sturm is the early wine that is just at its "beginning" fermenting stage......fizzy,whitish and deceptively high in alcohol content, it is a terrific "thirst" quencher! Of course, we hadto go in! I may be bicycling on a beautiful fall day, but I do take my wine food pairing quiteseriously.... work, work, work!My husband secures the bikes and we enter the garden area of the gasthaus (cafe). The tablesare placed throughout a lovely patio area that is filled with flowers and trees.....every table haspotted ivy, checked tablecloth and a candle on it....SUPER! The Europeans always welcome bothhuman and canine diners to their establishments and Houdini was quickly served a fresh bowl ofwater! Hey, what about us, we were the ones doing all the pedaling! Our waitress takes our orderfor Sturm, gives us menus and comments on what a good boy Houdini is to sit on a chair at thetable minding his manners.Fall is the season for wild mushrooms in Austria, in fact, many of the Gasthaus have them asspecial items on the menu....we decide to go with the Mushroom Special, a Szegediner goulaschand a pumpkin soup.....YIKES....I think are eyes are bigger than our stomaches!The creamy pumpkin soup arrives first....garnished with chopped fresh chives, toasted pumpkinseeds and a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil, it is simply delish! Our first mug of sturm seems to havedisappeared and we order another round....Houdini is still happy with his bowl of water! Severalpatrons stop by our table to chat and pet Houdini...he is quite the show stopper....my husband isAustrian, so of course he speaks German, but my german is poor at best and while he converseseasily, I try to explain that Houdini and I only "sprechen English"!
Our main meal arrives and my mushrooms (Steinpilze) are piping hot......they have been dredgedwith bread crumbs and fried to a crisp golden brown.....inside the mushrooms are meaty andmoist....this is served with a tangy sour cream chive dipping sauce.......YUM! I also have atraditional Austrian potato salad that is mouth watering. My husbands goulasch is a tender beefconcoction with saurkraut, potatoes and paprika....kind of Austrian does Hungarian goulasch!Houdini and my husband both think it is wonderful! Of course we need another Sturm to wash allthis down! Now this is Wine Food Pairing at its absolute BEST! The sparkling Sturm pairswonderfully with these tradtional Austrian dishes.It is time to leave, we are offered a schnapps "digestive aid", but decline as we must ride ourbicycles all the way back home! It has been a great afternoon and another wonderful adventure inWine Food Pairing! CHEERS!Denise Clarke has been passionate about wine food pairing for many years... follow her blog at:http://www.winefoodpairing.blogspot.com Be sure to visit Denise Clarke for more fun stuff!Article Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Denise_Clarke==== ====Special Austrian Food you will find here :http://snurl.com/21o5z7p==== ====