Tuesday, July 26, 2011

GLUTEN FREE WAFFLES

Big Star Bakehouse is in the midst of renovations at their new location and hopefully they will continue to carry the Waffle mix that Victoria sold at GFP.
She made some at home today, really a quick and tasty dinner. I should have gone to the store for some bacon though. It's always better with bacon.

Who wants to come over for dinner?



THE BEST


BETTER CALL BIG STAR BAKEHOUSE


GREASE THE MACHINE



POUR SOME BATTER



BROWN AND CRISPY



WHIPPED CREAM & STRAWBERRIES ON TOP



PLENTY OF THIS



HOW ABOUT CHOCOLATE CHIPS?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

DAS KAFFEEHAUS



What's a trip to Austria without at least visiting a couple of coffee shops. Austria's coffee culture goes way back, when the Turks sieged Vienna in 1683 for the second time and after another capital fail, they left bags of coffee beans behind. So, there is some history on Austria's side.

Every town has one or more places that serve not only coffee, cakes, gelato and snacks, but are a meeting spot for people. All people.
As with any country, there is a varying degree of coffee quality. From top notch to cheap, watery coffee.

In Kirchdorf, a town 15 minutes from my parents' village, we went to a shop that came highly recommended by my nephew. Cafe Sturmberger has been around in various forms since 1920, it started as a bakery and with the recent family members that took over the business, it really got a face lift to become what it is today.

Going for a cup of coffee is a package deal experience really. Besides the excellent coffee and cakes, in Europe you actually go to enjoy the place as a whole. 
Instead of me waxing on and on how the focus on a perfectly pulled shot from a Fair Trade supplier is but one facet of the total experience, I suggest that on your next trip to Central Europe, you sit down in one of those small town Cafes and experience it for yourself.






CREMESCHNITTE WITH DOPPIO CON PANNA

CAFE KONDITOREI STURMBERGER


LINEUP FOR GELATO


LATE BREAKFAST ON THE PATIO


CARAMEL MACCHIATO


ISABELLA HAD CHOCOLATE MILK AFFOGATO


SECOND PATIO OUT BACK


APPRENTICE


CAKES AND TORTEN


INHOUSE MADE CHOCOLATE


NICE MACHINE


ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES EVERYWHERE IN THIS PLACE

Friday, July 22, 2011

RUNGIS MARKET


Rungis market covers 232 hectares.
13 000 people work there.
26 000 vehicles enter every day.
1 698 000 tonnes of product are brought in annually.
1380 companies sell products

Just saying.

One of my goals for our trip to Europe was to visit Rungis while in Paris. If you have been to Paris, you have seen the street markets around that city. This is where they buy their goods.

Let me tell you, contrary to what you read on the net, it is NOT necessary to book a tour or request an official permit. Two Euros buys you a plastic coat ( a must to enter fish and meat halls) from a vending machine at the back of the giant fish hall and then you walk in like you are one of them. Vendors and buyers are too busy to even take notice of you and your camera.
Just don't ask for samples, or " How much is 100 grams of this cheese?" That might give you away as a tourist ... In less busy Halls (mostly with ready made products) when asked if we need help, I told them about this being my first visit and they all were very nice.

We stayed at a hotel right across the market for our first night, we found a hidden passage way over the busy freeway and Lauren came along at midnight to do some recon at A La Maree, where a friendly lady told us where to buy those full body condoms and that indeed no tour is necessary.

5am next morning we were off to see it all. First stop, a Boulangerie at the entrance to buy some Croissants and and Espresso at a Cafe next door. Gotta start right.
Let me tell you, after having looked at some of Lauren's images that she took with her NIKON, my images suck. So I have added a couple of links below from other Bloggers, who not only have excellent images on their posts, but you can also read two different opinions about Rungis.

Personally, I loved it. The cheese hall was my favorite by far, the selection is out of this world. Same for any other hall, but indeed it is wholesale. Do not expect pretty displays similar to those street markets around . Crates and crates and more crates.
The buzz of this place is amazing, the action is endless. Trucks of all sizes coming and going, loads of people buying pallets of fruits (to sell them at the markets around Paris to you...).
Rungis is not on the average tourist's agenda normally, but it if you like food, it's a must to visit.
If you are staying inside Paris, Bus line 68 from Denfer Rocherau Metro station takes you directly to the market in about 20 minutes.

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http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/10/a-visit-to-rungis-market-france-marche/













IT'S A LARGE MARKET


THE PLACE TO GET SOME INFORMATION


VERY FRESH BAKED GOODS


250 METER BY 70 METER OF FISH.


FRUITS AND VEGETABLES



CHANTERELLES FROM POLAND


HEIRLOOM


DELIVERY


CHEESE HALL EASY TO FIND, IT SMELLS....


INCREDIBLE SELECTION


ANYTHING YOU NEED TO RUN A FOOD BUSINESS, AVAILABLE HERE


VEAL STOCK


FLOWER HALL

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

ROAD FOOD


If you plan to visit Austria and do some driving, look for a rest stop along the major highways, called LANDZEIT.


Seriously good, fresh cooked food along the road. Not Tim Horton's, or stale Hot Dogs, but freshly prepared dishes, carving stations, desserts such as apple strudel, a large selection of fresh fruits and Gelato, great coffee and much much more.
I wanted to take more pictures, but unfortunately a busy body Chef, who clearly learned how to goose step from his father, kept yelling at me:
 " NEIN, NEIN, NEIN. DASS IST VERBOTEN! AUS. WEG.. NIX DA." Inglorious Basterds came to mind. What a schmuck.

Anyway. Besides that Chef Nazi, it was a great pit stop during our drives across Austria. For Celiacs, I recommend to ask for the manager to ensure what is available for you. Don't ask for ze Chef, he is really unfriendly and does not care....

And if you ate too much and don't feel like driving anymore, they also rent rooms for a good night sleep at very reasonable rates.


GREAT FOOD ALONG THE HIGHWAY


PREPARED FRESH, BUFFET STYLE





PLENTY OF CAKES; PLENTY


GELATO. GREAT SELECTION,  EXCELLENT FLAVOURS


TAKE AWAY SHOP. LOADS OF CHOCOLATE

 OYSTER BAR.


EXCELLENT COFFEE, A MUST FOR DRIVERS TO STAY AWAKE