One of the many things I love about living in Vienna is the food. One of the many things I love about the food is its seasonality. When we first arrived, it was Spargl (asparagus) season. You could hardly order food in a restaurant without somehow getting asparagus involved: it was on the pizza, in the soups, in the risotto, in the bread, on the side. It was everywhere. The same has been true for the other seasons we’ve gone through: strawberry, chanterelle, blueberry, apple. It’s great — for a few weeks, every restaurant incorporates whatever is in season, and then, just as you’re getting tired of having asparagus for every meal, the dishes change and you won’t be able to get them again until the next time that season comes around. I’m really enjoying it — not only is the food fantastic, fresh and flavorful, but it’s making me more aware of the season.
We’re in the best food season so far right now. It’s fall and harvest time, and several great things are in season at the same time: pumpkins, chestnuts and game. We went out to dinner tonight and shared a dinner that included venison, wild boar, glazed chestnuts and baked sweet potato (the first time I’ve even seen that particular vegetable on any menu here). This particular restaurant gets extra points for advertising their “wild game” specials by erecting actual “deer crossing” road signs on the sidewalk by the front door.
Our dinner was excellent. But, beyond that, I am quite enjoying the celebration of the autumn and the feel of the season. I love this time of year, and there is so much to appreciate about it. All I have to do is find a place that sells hot cider and I’ll be all set.