My lunch yesterday was at a Beisl—a traditional Viennese restaurant (the name comes from Yiddish)—serving inexpensive but local food, wine, and beer. The one I went to is Beim Czaak, which is full of locals eating, drinking, and smoking (yes, Austria is one of the few countries in Europe where you can smoke in cafés and restaurants). But the food is good and filling, and the beer came in large mugs.
I had the Austrian equivalent of fried chicken, the very traditional dish of Backhendl. It came with a salad, and, unaccountably, the chicken sat on a bed of popcorn. With a couple of mugs of cold Bier from the keg, it was a tasty and filling Mittagessen (click all photos to enlarge):
Some other gastronomic treats I saw on the way to lunch. First, a display of cakes in a local coffee house:
Some sweets at a Confiserie:
And a teaser from a cafe I went to: the Neko Cafe, the only cat café in Vienna. Modelled on the Japanese neko (cat) cafés, it’s a place where one can loll about, drink coffee, eat pastries or Japanese sweets, and play with the five cats who roam freely. I’ll have moar photos and videos later:
And not to neglect biology, here’s a lovely Hooded crow (Corvus cornix) that I photographed in the gardens of the Schloss Belvedere, home of many great paintings by Klimt and Schiele. The crow is the subject of a famous evolutionary tale, in which two species form a hybrid zone running from north to south in eastern Europe.
More on the Beleveder later.