Musings and Amusings

E is for Entree

E Letter (2)

When we travel, who doesn’t enjoy trying new restaurants, selecting unusual entrees from the menu, tasting locally-sourced flavors and smelling pungent aromas from kitchens where, many times, it’s foreign languages we hear echo through the doors – the staff in a mad dance to put out meals for hungry diners?

Hub and I have yet to come home from a trip and not rave about the food (ok, there was that one jinxed Vermont nightmare, but I’m over that now). Our most recent foreign trip was a bike tour in Austria, Slovenia and Italy in 2012, where we munched our way through Salzburg breakfasts, numerous small village lunches, countryside picnics and a final pizza and wine repast on our Venice terrace.

I enjoy the entrée presentations as much as the flavors, and cannot resist a photo when I can persuade hungry riders to pause for my click.

These two pictures were taken at an organic farm along the Drava River in the Drautal Valley, Austria where we stopped for lunch. The tomatoes were the most flavorful I’ve ever tasted!

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The next two pictures – a beef dish and a fish entrée – were taken at an outdoor café near our Hotel Schloss Velden, a luxurious restored castle on the shores of Worthersee Lake in Austria’s beautiful, bustling resort town of Velden. The meals were as tasty as the pictures suggest!

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And finally, a sampling of my favorite entrees on bike trips, the roadside picnic. These feasts of fresh fruit and nuts, local biscuits, cookies, chocolate and other sweets taste just as good “on the fly” as any of our sitdown meals.

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A world of tasty treats no matter how you slice it!

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Comments on: "E is for Entree" (34)

  1. Beautiful photos! And those dishes look simply divine.

  2. Wow a well travelled healthy lifestyle how lucky and id love to go to Austria I hear it’s beautiful x

  3. What a wonderful experience and great photos. I do love Italy, but might put Austria on my Bucket list now! 😉

    • I have a lot of European countries (like UK) on my Bucket List. It’s about time to plan another trip; not sure where we’ll decide to go – have a niece living in London and haven’t been there. I love Italy, too.

      • Europe has so much diversity, London is great but it tires me out after a bit! I’d love to go further up and see the Northern Lights 😉

      • That would be a sight to see. Used to get a hint of them living in Michigan, but don’t see them here in Colorado.

  4. This looks scrumptious. A bike tour seems like a great way to combine a love of eating with daily exercise. We are going to Europe in a couple of months and will probably have a day in Vienna – Yum 🙂

    • You got it. We’ve taken a couple bike tours, and both agreed we need that exercise if we’re going to eat! Plus we love our tour guides (always natives) and meeting other bikers. Will be interested to hear about your planning and travel as it approaches.

  5. You’re making me hungry 🙂 I did a similar trip through Austria (it is stunning isn’t it?) and we often took our holidays in Italy. Travel certainly enriches our lives – and our bellies 🙂 Oh, is that the gong for dinner that I hear? Ciao 🙂

    • You are lucky you are in Spain. One thing I realized on my first trip to Europe is how easily Europeans can “go to a foreign country”. A couple hours on a train and you’re hearing different languages and seeing varying culture. There are obviously vast differences traveling state-to-state hear, but it’s not anywhere near the same as crossing borders.

  6. Okay, so now I am hungry. I love the picnic ambiance. When I was a kid that was at least a weekly, sometimes more, activity with mother and sibs, and nana, an cousins, and aunt. Lots of family memories. I was taking care of my friends two little boys, almost three and almost five years old, and asked them if we should take lunch outside under the big tree and have a picnic. They had no idea what I was talking about. To make a long story short, we had a blast! I say, More Picnics on the bucket list! Thanks for the reminder.

  7. Hello there fellow A-Z blogger, I have nominated you for your great start off in your blog and travelling this path in the blosphere, for the Liebster award, I hope you will accept, the chatter is here:

    http://itisalonelyplace.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/liebster-award/

    hugs x

    • Wow, Congratulations to you on receiving the Liebster Award. Thank you so much for thinking of me with this award. I am touched by your kindness and appreciate so much how we have connected through our blogs. Unfortunately, I can’t accept. You see, I was awarded the Liebster a few weeks ago by another blogger, and I’m embarrassed to say I’m woefully behind in doing the work I need to for accepting. I did tell him that I couldn’t do the work until May because of A to Z (I have to pace myself or stress and ill health take over). I had to decline Lainey’s Liebster Award for the same reason, so now I am doubly embarrassed I haven’t completed my tasks.

      • Hey it’s ok don’t stress. It’s a pleasure to offer it and…you can have more than one…there’s no time limits…and some people get wise and bulk their nominations together hehe honestly don’t stress health comes first this is just to bring a smile xx

  8. Those Europeans sure know how to eat! Those scrumptious shots make me want to visit Austria again. 🙂

  9. Very nice trip indeed. I have to say though, I’m still laughing at your comment at Lindahl’s blog. I think “The Elderberries” would make a fine group! 🙂

  10. lexacain said:

    I’d love to go on an eating tour of Europe! But without the bikes. Does that make me an awful person?
    Lexa Cain’s Blog

  11. Eating and entrees in Europe – what a great contribution for E. And I love your alphabet drawings! Enjoy your rest day Sammy 🙂

  12. What an awesome trip that must have been…
    Paula at /Smidgen,Snippets,&Bits

  13. Victoria said:

    Why the heck was I not invited…lol

  14. Now that’s a colorful post. Great shots!

  15. cardamone5 said:

    Dear Sammy D:

    So glad you found me because I have enjoyed going through your A to Z posts. Did you bike your way through Austria? Looks like it from the pics, but, man, you’re brave! I love your L post. I love the fact that your dad built you an ice rink every year, and that it provided you with such pleasure. I am looking forward to getting to know you through our blogs.

    Fondly,
    Elizabeth

    • Thanks you, Elizabeth, I appreciate your visit and comments. It has been wonderful to meet so many caring bloggers. We biked mainly in a large valley that borders Austria, Slovenia and Italy so a little bit of riding in each country. None of it climbing the Alps 🙂 Although in my earlier riding days, rode many many times in the mountains here in Colorado. Biking is a lifelong passion. See you soon! I’m out of town most of this week without computer access, but will visit before A to Z ends to catch up on your posts. Take care!

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