Vienna: Those pastries tempt

pics of Gerstner Bakery Vienna Austria by Arun Shanbhag

Gerstner Bakery, Vienna, Austria
The year has been crazy: traveled seven countries and ran two marathons (Boston and Chicago). This week I tended sore legs. In the gym, I simply stretched aching muscles and tendons, worked on the upper-body (M thinks I have the attractive physique of a starving ethiopian refuge) and caught up on gossip. For the rest of the year, I refuse to venture far from home. A self-imposed grounding.

But I can still travel through photographs. Let me introduce you to this beautiful bakery in the center of Vienna. Our host and friend, Mr Eichler gave us the insider's tour of Vienna and brought us to this fixture in Wiener culture. While many other bakeries in town served pastries, this one was head and shoulders above. The place had an old-world charm, and their melange was simply the best. These pastries would go well with that filter kaapi, no?

I'll stop the words now and let your eyes take in the masterpieces. And stop drooling on the keyboard.

The Complete Austria Travelogue:

Good Bread is Good for You

pics of fresh breads in a bakery in Vienna Austria by Arun Shanbhag
Display of breads in a tiny bakery in Vienna – steps from our friend's house. The bakery carried a large variety of multi-grain breads and everything was “organic.” The front counter displayed an assortment of dessert rolls, croissants, tarts, pastries and other savories. We'd nibble on an almond- or walnut-filled croissant and sip their superlative melange (espresso with hot milk!). Soon this became a routine. What’s not to love! Continue reading “Good Bread is Good for You”

Start the day right

A few days back, I was in New York City for a day. Dashing from Penn Station to my meeting on 50th St., I passed a coffee shop with these delicious rolls in the window. Couldn't go in, so decided to shoot through the window and savor it later. Grab one! Sharmao Nahin!

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