ESSEN UND TRINKEN – CULTURAL NOTES

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Hotel Stein (Salzburg) – Stein Terasse

BEFORE THE MEAL OR WHEN TOASTING PEOPLE SAY:

Guten Appetit! Mahlzeit!
Enjoy your meal!
Prost!
Cheers!
Zum Wohl!
To your health!
Hau rein!
Go for it!

MAHLZEIT 

Mahlzeit is used at lunch time to wish someone a good meal in Germany and Austria. However, it’s widely used as kind of a greeting around lunchtime. When greeted with “Mahlzeit”, you would ordinarily reply with ‘Mahlzeit’ in return, or simply with ‘Danke’, the German term for ‘thank you.’

Traditionally lunch is the main meal of the day  – das Mittagessen, in German-speaking countries and hot food is eaten/served between 12:00 and 14:00, whilst dinner is traditionally a cold bread based supper, called – das Abendessen, not unlike the English lunch. However, Sandwiches in German- speaking countries are open sandwiches, slices of bread or bread rolls, topped with cold cuts and cheese.

The British prefer a quick bite at lunchtime. This could be a sandwich, salad or soup and a packet of crisps! By the way, crisps are called chips in German-speaking-countries and are not part of the cultural food dimension. If you want chips you have to ask for –‘Eine Portion Pommes Frites!’

FRÜHSTÜCK / BREAKFAST

Whilst it is cereal, toast and tea starting the day in England, it is Käse, Wurst und Marmelade’ (cheese, cold cut sausage and jam) accompanied by Kaffee in the German-speaking world. For the best breakfast in the world, I can recommend the full English breakfast. It’s perfect to go for longer without eating during the day.  A full breakfast is a breakfast meal, usually including fried bacon,sausages, eggs, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms, and fried bread with tea.

KAFFEE UND KUCHEN / AFTERNOON TEA

Kaffee und Kuchen, literally ″coffee and cake″, or Kaffeetrinken, is a custom comparable to the English  Afternoon Tea and Biscuit ritual. The best sweet delicacies I know of are to be found in the Konditorei Zauner in Bad Ischl near Salzburg, where a selection of irresistible pastries and cake specialities have been baked since the times of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy.

FRÜHSCHOPPEN

Frühschoppen: Is a tradition in rural areas of Germany and Austria, where mostly men meet up at the local pub in the late morning (usually on Sundays) and drink beer! In Bavaria  and Austria (Munich is about 1,5 hours drive on the Autobahn to Salzburg), Frühschoppen is understood to be a specific kind of brunch consisting of Weisswurst, sweet mustard, Pretzels, and Weissbier (an unfiltered wheat beer), which I can heartily recommend.

 

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