Sunday, April 18, 2010

Local Food Haul

In case you don't know I live in Austria. I am orginally from San Francisco. Truth be told, I would rather live in California, but there are lots of great things about living in Europe.

I live in a village. Not a city, not a town, a true village. There is a major city 1/2 an hour away, but when you are in the country you would never know it. Think Sound of Music.

There lots of reasons we live here, but I won't get into those. I do appreciate and love that we have so much healthy food right from out neighbors.

Today I went "grocery shopping." First stop:

1) The Bakery. They make absolutely the most divine bread called bauernbrot or farmer's bread. It is similar to my San Fran fav, sourdough. Yum! The baker is a student of mine and she always smells of sugar and dough. She is also the size of a minute and has 3 kids, one of whom is a 5 month old baby.

2) Frau Hirsch- She is lovingly known as the "Egg Lady." She has the most spoiled chickens I have had the pleasure of meeting. She cooks 2 hot meals a day for them and they are some happy campers.

3) Frau Fuchs- She is the "Cheese Lady." She makes cheese, butter and bread. We also buy apples and potatoes from her organic farm.

4) Frau Pichler- The Milk Lady. She's got milk. We go by anytime after 5pm and pick up the milk. It is still warm and it is not pasturized. I am not a milk drinker, in fact it grosses me out that it is warm. but it is the way to do it if you are a milk drinker.

No Golden Gate Bridge, killer restaurants, shops, and clubs. But I know my food.


  1. OMG i'm so jealous too!! What an amazing place you live in! I live in the Bay Area, where you used to live. We could trade for a

  2. Hi Shantel,
    YES, let's switch. I do love this place and it is otherwordly, but I miss me some CA. It is mostly my friends and family and being able to have adult conversations. My German is on par with a 5 year old. But I am warding off dementia with the challenge of learning something new and HARD.

  3. ahhh i have been there but i must say, being a native san franciscan, nothing beats a long saturday of shopping. i lived in mainz and went crazy on long saturdays, just made me want to shop!