Food Friday: L’Osteria

Normally I’m not a huge fan of Italian food but the second day I was in Salzburg I discovered this Italian restaurant down the road named L’Osteria and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I’ve already been four times and I haven’t even been here a month. It’s just too good. So far I’ve had their pasta, pizza, and salad and the pizza is hands down my favorite. Probably because it’s the best deal. For a giant (see picture below) Margherita pizza it’s only 6.50 Euros! One pizza is easily big enough for two people to share. I almost forgot to mention that they give you bread and tap water FOR FREE. If you’ve ever been to Europe you know this is pretty much unheard of. They don’t give you bread plates or butter so you just have to eat your bread dry with your hands, but it’s free so you can’t be picky.

Tonight I decided to treat myself for making through the second week of real classes (my German professor Eva is the hardest and most particular professor I’ve ever had. We have to write our essays every other line and leave a 5 cm column next to the right margin so she can butcher our papers with corrections.) so I ordered a Mojito and a Margherita pizza. It was the first Mojito I’d ever had and it was delicious! I barely made a dent in my pizza but that just means more for tomorrow!

Oh and as if L’Osteria couldn’t get any better, they have the hottest waiters.

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Forget about those tiny European Cafes you pretend to enjoy.

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 Mmmmmmmojito

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Texas-sized pizza heaven.

Food Friday: Nusstraum Eis

Yesterday I went to Bad Gastein for the day (which is why this post is late). It’s a small ski town about an hour and a half by train from Salzburg. Ann, Michelle and I didn’t want to ski so instead we went to the Felsentherme (hot baths) and relaxed. After spending three hours in the water we decided to go to the restaurant/cafe to give our pruned skin a break. At first I ordered Goulash soup, one of my favorites, but then I saw the ice cream menu and changed my mind. I flagged down the reluctant waitress and ordered the Nusstraum Eis, or nut dream ice cream in English. And I’m sure glad I did. It was three types of nut ice cream: Walnut, Pistachio, and Coconut with whole walnuts, a mountain of whipped cream, and a lady finger. The name could not have been more fitting; except for Ann, who is allergic to most nuts and would easily consider it her nightmare. 

The three flavors complimented each other perfectly: the coconut balanced out the nutty sweetness of pistachio and walnut in a refreshing and clean way. Unlike in America, whipped cream in Europe is unsweetened, which prevented the dessert from being a sugar overload. The compilation of various nut-flavored ice creams was a nice change from traditional chocolate or vanilla ice cream. I highly suggest mixing two or more nut flavors the next time you are at an ice cream shop!

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The dreamy nut dream.

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Gorgeous Bad Gastein! 

Food Friday: Mexican!

At my internship at Social Factor last semester my supervisor/mentor, Elizabeth Hardy, suggested I have themed days to keep things interesting on my blog. So here it is, my first themed blog post: Food Friday! With all the delicious noms here I decided I needed to set aside a day to highlight the best dishes of each week. 

As you can imagine, there isn’t much Mexican food in Austria. What you manage to find most likely won’t be good/even identifiable as Mexican. Wednesday was my friend Kristen’s 22nd birthday so we decided to end our withdrawals by cooking a Mexican food feast. We wanted it to be a surprise, so we distracted Kristen as we hid out in the kitchen and prepared everything. We made ground beef tacos, rice with corn and bell peppers, guacamole, and brownies with Milka s’mores chocolate pieces. We also made Sangria with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries (yum). The guacamole was really hard to make because we couldn’t find avocados that were ripe enough so we took turns mashing the avocados with a potato masher for an hour. It was a work out, but it was worth it because it was delicious! Our bellies were finally reunited with Mexican food and we were content. 

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The feast in all its glory.

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The most painstakingly delicious guac ever.

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Milka brownie heaven. 

Until next food friday!