Saturday, July 17, 2010

Austria and red walnuts

After Slovenia we entered Austria, and the first place we visited was Graz.

And then we moved on to Vienna (Wien), to stay with my husband's cousins, Imogen and Günther. What a beautiful city is Vienna, so ...musical!

Of course I had to go to the Hotel Sacher to try the famous Sachertorte, which was delicious.

Also we ate apple strudel, and watched the demo in the bakery at Schönbrunn Palace.

We spent a whole day just in the Palace and its gardens, and it is worth it!

Imogen and Günther live outside Vienna and have a walnut plantation. One tree produces red walnuts, I have never seen them before: the shell is brown like for normal walnuts, and the taste is the same, but the colour of the kernels is incredible, like a bright red radicchio. We took some home with us.

We ate most of the walnuts by themselves, but I also put them in salad (here with rocket, dressed with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and salt). I will use the rest to decorate biscuits, since they are ever so pretty! Thank you Imogen and Günther ;-)!

Photos by Alessandra Zecchini ©


  1. Isn't Schoenbrunn just lovely? We had cake at the Glorietta and the peach and poppyseed cheesecake and view made me very happy, glad you had a safe trip.

  2. Vienna, che bellezza!Ricordo di un we lungo tarscorso tra la città e Schonbrun...una favola!
    Le noci rosse non le ho mai sentite, sarebbero da assaggiare!
    Bacione e buon tour!

  3. The Sacher chocolate cake is so nice!

  4. Wow, I have never seen red walnuts, Alessandra, and to think you could pick them off your in-laws' trees! What lovely photographs of your incredible trip. I love that little pink dress. :)

  5. Red walnute! So neat. :) Mmm Sacher torte.

  6. 連接生與死這兩塊陸地的橋樑是愛…….......................................................

  7. Barbara, I love the little pink dress too :-) but it was too small for me, and not exactly my daughter's Style!

  8. What a fabulous holiday you are having. I love your photos and am really curious how the walnuts came to be red. Curious, no? Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  9. That cake looks wonderful, and your trip is getting more and more interesting by the post!


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