Monday, November 21, 2016

Food in Salzburg

I know it has been a while but here is another honeymoon food post.  This time we are in Salzburg, Austria.

We arrived in Salzburg around lunch time so after checking into our hotel we headed to an Italian restaurant near by for some lunch. Even though we were eating Italian it didn't stop us from having our first glass of Austrian beer.

My husband decided to go for something a little lighter and went for a tuna salad while I didn't pass up the opportunity for a big bowl of pasta.  I had a nice pasta with a gorgonzola sauce. A great first meal in the second city of our trip.

For dinner our first night we went to a restaurant right near our hotel. We didn't pick it based on its logo but it didn't hurt that it was a monkey with a beer and pretzels.

We started with a salad of arugula (rocket) and radicchio with avocado and a wonderful lemon dressing and a red pesto.  We have tried to recreate this salad a home but haven't been able to get it just right.

After staring out with a light first course we made up for it with our main course. I had a risotto and my husband had a steak.

Our first morning we headed out and grabbed some pastries at a local festival on our way to our adventures of the day.

Lunch our second day was another meat and potato dish for my husband and a goulash soup with a dumpling and "pumpkin" foam.

After lunch we saved room for a dessert I had heard about that was specific to Salzburg. This Salzburger Nockerl is a type of soufflé with a raspberry jam in the bottom. It was good but I can't say it was the best dessert we ate on the trip.

Our second night was another delicious meal with another delicious beer.  I think this beer was my favorite that we tasted in Austria.

These spinach dumplings with a brown butter sauce were to die for.  I ate every last scrap of food on my plate and enjoyed every bite. I don't remember what exactly my husband's dish was but I am sure he had amazing breath after eating those raw red onions.

Despite eating every single bite of my dumplings our dinner was at a leisurely pace so we had room for desert. My husband had an apple strudel of sorts and I had a delicious fried ice cream with a side of jam. 

As many other meals on this trip did our last lunch in Salzburg started out with beers. My cousin and my sister both rave about Stiegl beer so of course we had to try it.

I enjoyed my spinach dumplings the night before that I ordered spinach dumplings again at lunch the next day. These were good but not quite as good as the ones the previous day. My husband couldn't leave Austria without having wiernerschnitzel so that is what he had. 

Later that afternoon we took a little ice cream break and had pistachio sundaes. I love a good ice cream sundae and this one did not disappoint.
We were at the Salzburg fortress this last day so we also took a beer break to enjoy the view. Beer and a view are a good combination.

After two snacks that afternoon I didn't feel the need for a heavy dinner. I had a nice bowl of dumpling soup while my husband had another serving of schnitzel with a side of german potato salad.

We finished off our trip to Salzburg with two delicious desserts. I don't turn down a delicious ice cream sundae and this one didn't disappoint. We never did figure out what those little red berries on top of both of our desserts were but they were good.

It took me a while to get my second post of my honeymoon up but come back soon for more food. There won't be such a big gap between posts this time. Promise! Up next is Prague!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

My First Wedding Anniversary

Last Monday was my first wedding anniversary of our church wedding. Yay! My husband and I talked about going away overnight to celebrate and we decided to take Monday off of work so we could Sunday and come home on Monday.

Last year after our wedding we stayed at the Monterey Plaza Hotel so we decided to stay there again since we had such a nice time there last year.  Monterey is only a little over an hour away from where we live so it was a perfect location for a quick overnight trip.
We drove down late Sunday morning so we got there right around lunchtime. We were too early to check in so we dropped off our luggage at the hotel and headed out to find food. The hotel is right on Cannery Row so we had no shortage of places to eat.

At the Fish Hopper we started our trip with drinks. I had a watermelon cucumber margarita and it was delicious. Nice and refreshing. Everything we ordered was delicious and we left full.

After lunch we wondered around Cannery Row stopping in all the little tourist shops along the way. I grew up near Monterey so it was kind of weird to be there as a tourist. We stumbled upon a store that had about 50 olive oils and vinegars for tasting so we spend a while taking advantage of that. We ended up taking home a bottle of mushroom sage olive oil and a pomegranate balsamic vinegar.

We headed to the hotel coffee shop and got hot chocolates/mochas.  We took our drinks and sat in some comfy chairs by the fire pit. 

Sitting by the fire pit, drinking hot chocolate, listening to the sound of the waves while snuggling with my husband was the perfect way to finish our afternoon.

We checked into our hotel and had a few hours to enjoy the view before it was time for our dinner reservation. It was just so nice to relax and listen to the sounds of the ocean.  My husband laughed at me because as soon as we got to the room I put on the hotel robe and curled up.  I can't help it if I like to be comfy!

Before we went to dinner I tried to take a picture of the view of the lights but this picture doesn't even close to do it justice.

We headed to the Chart House for dinner and got a table right next to the window. They had lights on the building shining right on the rocks so you can see the waves crashing even when it is dark. Cheers!

We started off with an amazing trio of hummus along with plantain chips and pita and a crab shrimp avocado stack.

Since we right next to the ocean we took advantage of everything being so fresh and we both had fish.  I had a macadamia crusted fish and my husband had a fish with tandoori sauce.

I promise the desert was amazing evidenced by the fact that we dug in so fast the I didn't take a picture. I had a mud pie and my husband had ice cream and we cleaned our plates.

On our wedding night we had chocolate covered strawberries and champaign in our room so we decided to order it again this year. We sipped champaign listening to the sounds of the ocean and it was just perfect.

We slept in the next morning and then had lunch on the water before heading home. 

It was a short trip but it was wonderful to get away with my husband to celebrate.  One year down and oh so many more wonderful years of marriage in my future.