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My Vienna: Schnitzel love at Meissl & Schadn

“Schnitzel: das ist nicht nur nach den Umfragen das Lieblingsessen der Österreicherinnen und Österreicher. Das ist fast schon ein Religion, oder zumindest ein Kultobjekt, der Mittelpunkt eines heliozentrisch-kulinarischen Systems.”

Not only is schnitzel Austria’s favourite food, it’s almost religion, or at the very least, a ‘cult object’ (at) the centre of a heliocentric culinary system.

“Genussland Österreich: vom Wiener Schnitzel”, by Gert Baldauf (ORF 2011).

The short wood mallet strikes with a thud.

Then, a second; followed by another.

The targeted slab becomes flatter, the fleshy disk gets thinner, growing outward with every thump. The shape is closer to circular, its size as large as a dinner plate.

The prep staff in kitchen-whites, in full concentration with their labour.

And that piece of freshly cut veal pounded thin will soon be breaded, and deep-fried to a crispy golden-brown.

The Wiener Schnitzel will soon be mine.


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3 fave images, 30 days in Vienna (LAPC)

Featured: Karlsplatz (4.) – 15 May 2022.

I recently spent 30 days in Vienna, examining her history of art, architecture, music, and science. A nation’s capital city is also worthy of photographic examination, and there are many opportunities throughout the city to absorb Vienna’s unique urban charm and style. I snapped over 10-thousand images which will keep me busy “in the archive” for some time. The following three images stand out, at least for now. Perhaps, I’ll feel differently about them in 3 weeks, 3 months, or 3 years’ time.

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Schleusenbrücke Wehr 1, Neue Donau, 22. Bezirk, Donaustadt, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

My Vienna: 7 city views for free from modest heights

At the eastern limit of the Alps, the city of Vienna is built at the “low end” where the hills meet the Danube river, at a minimum altitude of about 150 metres (500 feet) above sea-level. Visitors to the Austrian capital city who don’t have much time but want a broad overview of the city will make their way to one or all of the Donauturm (Danube Tower), Riesenrad (Ferris Wheel), and Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral). Each of these landmarks requires the price of admission to get up high in the sky.

For other views at more modest heights, you’ll see there are options, especially because I’ve set foot in all 23 of the city’s districts. Below I highlight seven locations; all are free (zero charge) to access. All but one are well outside the inner city for the opportunity to explore other city districts and to gain a better sense of the physical size of the city.


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Eisfuchs, Eis, ice cream, Neubau, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

My Vienna: Eisfuchs specialty ice-cream in the 7.

Above/featured: Eisfuchs, at Neubaugasse 31 – 1 Jun 2022 (X70).

I’m on a 4-week stint in Vienna in late-spring/early-summer. Days are getting warmer, and I’m search of “Eis”. There are no shortage of ice cream shops in Vienna; trick is finding a really good one.

Out of their many recommendations, my host has pointed out Eis-Fuchs (“ice fox”), a small ice cream shop in the 7th district, known to residents local and across the city, but little recognized outside of Vienna.

That’s my kinda place.

All of their ice cream is made “in house,” and while they’ve got a list of favourites, they have a selection of “seasonal” varieties, which are made in small batches which last from a few days to a week or two. My favourite flavours are “Cheesecake Marille” (apricot cheesecake) and “Tarte au Citron” (lemon tart). The dessert is rich and creamy, and the fruit provides a refreshing tart edge.

With the 2nd visit, I promise the woman behind the counter I’ll visit more regularly. At the next visit, she nods at me in recognition and we chat a little about the ice cream: the variety of flavours and their production. With my final visit, I announce with some regret that my time in Vienna is ending, and I must return to Canada; I leave the shop with a double scoop of deliciousness.


Eisfuchs, Eis, ice cream, Neubau, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Price list, and two of my favourite words: “Nur Bargeld” (cash only) – 11 Jun 2022 (iPT6).

Eisfuchs, Eis, ice cream, Neubau, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

“Eis aus eigener Erzeugung” (ice cream, made in-house) – 1 Jun 2022 (X70).

Eisfuchs, Eis, ice cream, Neubau, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

So many flavours, so little time; but children go first – 11 Jun 2022 (iPT6).

Eisfuchs, Eis, ice cream, Neubau, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Karamel mit Salz (caramel with salt), Cheesecake Marille (apricot cheesecake), Tarte au Citron (lemon tart) – 1 Jun 2022 (X70).

Eisfuchs, Eis, ice cream, Neubau, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

2. Kugeln in einer Waffeltüte (double scoop of Cheesecake Marille and Tarte au Citron, in a waffle cone); approved by blue “Eisfuchs” and shop staff – 11 Jun 2022 (iPT6).


Directions

From the apartment in the 6., it’s a short 10-minute walk, or if I’m truly lazy, it’s a couple of stops with the bus. In the warm/summer season, they’re open Mondays to Saturdays from 1/130pm to 8/830pm, and closed Sundays and holidays.

Public transport with Wiener Linien:

•   U-Bahn U3, to Neubaugasse station.
•   Bus 13A, to stop “Neubaugasse, Westbahnstrasse”.
•   Tram 49, to stop “Westbahnstrasse, Neubaugasse”.

My visits to Eisfuchs were neither requested nor sponsored. I made all images above with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime (X70) on 1 Jun 2022 and with an iPod Touch 6 (iPT6) on 11 Jun 2022. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-mYH.

Abu Elabed, Hühnerschwarma, Hannovermarkt, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

My Vienna: a taste of Damascus in the 20.

Abu Elabed : an Austrian-Syrian co-production 🇦🇹🇸🇾

I’m on a 4-week stint in Vienna in late-spring/early-summer. On a bright and early weekday morning, I go out of my way to Hannovermarkt (Hanover market) in the city’s 20th district. I only have one destination in mind: to try shawarma (Döner), done Syrian style.

Abu Elabed is a market stand known for its grilled meats; you can even buy ‘em by the kilogram. Established by a lawyer and English-language teacher, both from Damascus, Syria, the stand is well-known for producing authentic food to the Syrian- and middle-East community in Vienna.

They’re open for business when I arrive at about 1030am. Through the large open windows, two vertical rotisseries accommodate rotating spits of beef and chicken. They’re already nicely browned on the outside with small pools of fat drippings in the drip pans below.

One of the staff whips out the long electric blade, slowly shaving off slices of grilled chicken. Stainless steel tongs pick up the mass of meat, slowly shaking off excess drops, so the sandwich doesn’t become drenched in fat. On the counter is laid flat a large circular piece of thin wheat-flour flatbread, onto which first is a light spread of tahine sauce, on top of which the chicken is placed. The staff looks at me expectantly: “mit allem?” (everything?)

“Mit allem; und scharf.” (Everything; and spicy.)

In goes some lettuce, diced tomatoes, red cabbage, onions, chopped gherkins, parsley, another generous dab of cool creamy yogurt Tahini sauce, and a healthy sprinkle of dried red chili powder. It all fits in nicely into a wrap, and I think that’s it. But there’s one last flourish.

The wrap is dipped into the pool at the bottom of the drip pan and is pressed against the hot rotisserie, momentarily lighting the fat on fire. Then, the wrap is placed onto a grill for a couple of minutes, lightly pressed from above with a hard plastic lid. This spreads the browning and caramelization of the dipped fat on the outside, and heats the fat and meat on the inside. The short grill time is done, the shawarma wrap is delivered in a paper envelope and napkins to a hungry customer. For less than 5 Euros, I purchased 1 (beef/chicken) shawarma wrap and 1 Ayran yogurt drink.

The grilled marinated-chicken shawarma wrap is crunchy, chewy, juicy; light yet substantive. The rich fatty flavour and crispy texture on the outside combines with the fresh crunch of the vegetables, cool tahine sauce, and the tender marinated slightly-chewy pieces of grilled chicken. The ingredients and construction of this shawarma wrap are simple, but there’s a beautiful complexity of flavour and texture in the final product.

I want more, but I have other eating to do later. I tell the staff I’ve come from (Vancouver) Canada for this shawarma. That was definitely worth the time and a wander to the 20th district. In the future, I’m going to have to return with a few Arabic words.

(The entire encounter and exchange was entirely in German.)


•   German: Abu Elabed: Döner – Falafel – Tandoori Brot – Pizza – Gebäck
•   Engish: Abu Elabed: Shawarma – falafel – Tandoori bread – pizza – pastries
•   Arabic: abw aleabd: shawirma – falafil – khubz tinduri – bitza – mueajinat

Abu Elabed, Hühnerschwarma, Hannovermarkt, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Abu Elabed, in Hannovermarkt: Döner, falafel, tandoori bread, pizza, pastries.

Abu Elabed, Hühnerschwarma, Hannovermarkt, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Abw aleabd. Shawirma / falafil / khubz tinduri / bitza / mueajinat (below, right to left).
ابو العبد
شاورما / فلافل / خبز تندوري / بيتزا / معجنات

Abu Elabed, Hühnerschwarma, Hannovermarkt, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Lunch for under 5€: Chicken schwarma 3.50€, Ayran yogurt drink 1€

Abu Elabed, Hühnerschwarma, Hannovermarkt, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Schwarma choices: lamb or chicken, each on a rotating spit in a vertical rotisserie with a drip pan underneath.

Abu Elabed, Hühnerschwarma, Hannovermarkt, Wien, Vienna, Austria, Österreich, fotoeins.com

Pocket sandwich wrap, filled with deliciousness.


Directions

Public transport with Wiener Linien:

•   U-Bahn U4 to Friedrichsbrücke station, then tram 5 or 33 to stop “Wallensteinplatz.”
•   U-Bahn U6 to Jägerstrasse station, then bus 5B or tram 33 to stop “Brigittaplatz” or stop “Wallensteinplatz.”

Thanks to Lukas Galgenmüller for his “food in Vienna” videos. My visit to Abu Elabed was neither requested nor sponsored. I made all images above with an iPod Touch 6 on 31 May 2022. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-mX4.

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