Our first afternoon in Venice just around the corner from our hotel near the Rialto on the nth side. Very glad we didn't come here in summer and also glad that the island wasn't flooded as it can in autumn/winter.
After a week of hard graft at the financial conference mr blue-eyes was allowed out to let his hair down. 6000 bankers cut loose at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna. Taking over 3 ballrooms with free booze, karaoke, bands and games. Be very afraid... This was one of the state rooms decorated with gilt bird cages. I thought should be spared the sight of bankers getting rowdy.
The weather for the last few days has been as the English would say pants. Would have stayed in watching CNN and blog feeding but hunger drove me out of the hotel. As my eating times are still off I was After something that served food at all hours. Cafe drechsler is the answer. Near the nacht market (which iwill visit again when it isn't pissing down) cafe drechsler is full of marble, dark wood chairs and cream banquettes. The menu is Viennese but lighter and more modern than the schnitzel fare of more touristy places. The above dish was guess to a point but I was able to figure out that it had pork and saurkraut which is alles klass by me. It also had some fine bits of some kind of fried bread, oh yes indeed. This and a fine Pinot have helped block out the weather.
I like to order without using a phrasebook from menus with no English. The offered me schnitzel but I said nein I want something I mispronounced. I think it was pan fried chicken with field mushrooms and some kind of Viennese gnocchi. Not bad.