Culinary ups and downs

Traveling with a fully vegetarian person presents a few challenges.  For one thing, you do end up doing a lot of menu looking, in the cold, while you’re hungry, searching for that holy grail of a restaurant who’s only vegetarian option isn’t risotto.  (I love risotto but really, how much can one person consume?)   Vienna was EXTREMELY veggie friendly though, so we didn’t have to go through the madness too often.

Which led to cockiness.

While in Bad Gastein, we decided to take a gondola up to the top of a mountain and sit down to a warm hearty (vegetarian) lunch in the restaurant.  M was fully confident that they’d be able to take care of us so up we went with cold noses and rumbling tummies.

Nope.  It was a total sausage fest.  Meat with meat.  Meat in salad.  Meat in meat soup.  I kept waiting for vikings to waltz into the place singing the Monty Python ‘Spam Song’ because of the amount of meat on that menu.  And we were sad:

But then we noticed a small sign pointing us to a DIFFERENT restaurant and not only did they have veggie options, they had the two things that we’d been waiting to savor:  Kaserspetzler and Kaisersmaren.  I know that’s not the correct spelling because when I typed it into Google, it brought up links to neurological disease research but no matter, it was delicious.  And there was much rejoicing:

Pictures of deliciousness:

Pasta with cheesy goodness and herbs, served in a hot cast iron pan.

Light, fluffy egg custard dumplings, served with plum sauce and powdered sugar.

Our view from the top.

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~ by fluvial on January 12, 2010.

One Response to “Culinary ups and downs”

  1. Best happy/sad pictures ever. 🙂 This is a great entry.

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