Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bratislava is Never Boring

Our plan to tour Schloss Niederweiden today, a little known former royal hunting palace (with an exceptional "wild kitchen" and the real reason for the visit) went Kaputt. Since we were just a few kilometers from Bratislava, we kept on driving. 

In some ways Bratislava feels like a weekend home, like the way the Czech Republic feels. The city has a few scruffy edges; and we know our way around to favorite stores and galleries. And the food, wherever we enjoy a meal, will be fabs.

 I recalled reading that Bratislava was hosting its Easter Market this weekend, so Tony and I wandered to the two known places in Stare Mesto for such events. Lo and behold, we found the tiny market along the boulevard near the National Theater.  Why even ask. Of course I fed my Easter egg addiction collection.

 This is one of the prettiest doors in Bratislava, at the Church of the Holy Savior. Usually there are people sitting on the stairs to muss up the photo.
Speaking of doors, I have been in search of this guide to the "new and cool" places in Bratislava, and finally found it!
"La Putika" was suggested as a place for a good selection of beers and whimsical French food. Not that we don't love Slovak cuisine. Alas, the restaurant was closed. 
 No worries. We made do quite well with piping pans of Halušky, soft potato noodles baked with sheep cheese and topped with bacon in a small wine keller.  Lunch was fabs, and, Bratislava is never boring.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Anatomy of our Favorite Heuriger

Just a two-minute walk from our house is our favorite heuriger. Family owned and operated since 1787, completely unpretentious, and serving what I have declared is the best Backhendl in Nest.

The friendly courtyard entrance, where crates of wine bottles sit alongside the toys of the family that live above the tavern. There is a beautiful garden, too, though the weather is a bit cool for al fresco dining.
A small and scrumptious selection.
I think we have tried just about every ham and sausage and smoked meat offered.

Table for two. Liptauer, the almost American-spicy spread and the heuriger wine to start.

No need to look at the menu. Backhendl in Nest mit Salat it always is. The potato salad is especially good, rich with a garlic flavor that pairs perfectly with the crispy chicken.
It is a good thing that from the new house our perfect evening will be only a 22 minute walk away.