Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunday is for Mozart

Enroute to Toronto from Ukraine, I stopped in Vienna to re-group. It has been awhile since I stayed at Pension Sacher am Stephansplatz, one of my favourite little hotels. The pension and I go back to 1994 on my first visit to Vienna. I couldn't be more appreciative of the welcome one gets, and the very comfortable and well appointed suites.

Since it was Lent, I thought it was fitting to attend mass at St. Stephen's Cathedral (Stefansdom) and enjoy a kick back weekend. The Pension happens to be kitty corner from the cathedral, in the centre of Vienna. One need not go far to get to anywhere.

Many thanks to Ingo, for waiting and I wish his mom, Dr. Sacher, well. Now for a little Mozart, just click on the video.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

My Apple Strudel

At the Hotel Aurora in Krivoy Rog, where was I working for 2 weeks in Feb this year, the food was surprisingly well prepared. To my surprise, an order of apple strudel with vanilla ice cream came out beyond my expectation.

The pastry is baked at the hotel, served with creme anglaise, strawberry sauce and the vanilla ice cream. It was warm, moist and flaky. The apple filling with a bit of raisins had the right combination of tartness and sweetness. The creme anglaise and the strawberry sauce added something extra to the pastry.

It was as yummy as it looked.