Stollen is "fruit bread" that typically lurks in the darker corners of supermarket bakery departments until Christmas, when it emerges like a glorious butterfly to take its … [Read more...] about The Stollen tradition
Viennese food and drink
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Lebkuchen is another food closely associated with Christmas in Austria. Its main function is to mark the opening of the festive season - nothing announces the arrival of … [Read more...] about Lebkuchen (Gingerbread)
What is it? A large sausage filled with small chunks of cheese (German: Käse) to which the Käsekrainer owes its name. Commonly fried or grilled to serve hot and melt the … [Read more...] about The Käsekrainer sausage
Starbucks has taught us all that there is more than one type of coffee. But it's still a linguistic minefield out there. And the good news is that in Vienna, where coffee … [Read more...] about A coffee glossary for Vienna
This is a special form of flat, slightly-browned, rectangular biscuit or cookie that typically appears in Viennese shops in great numbers during the Christmas period. It's … [Read more...] about Spekulatius biscuits
It's hard to go far in Vienna around Christmas and not get offered a Weihnachtskekse: a homemade Christmas biscuit. In fact, studies show the city actually sinks 2mm in … [Read more...] about Christmas biscuits