Austria, Hungary, Italy, Slovenia & Switzerland 2017 (4) – How to Gain 5 Pounds

When booking a hotel, I always choose one that offers a breakfast buffet.  To start off a day of exploration, the thing you don’t want to do is waste your morning time by roaming around the city looking for a place to have eat.   We would consume as much food at this time to keep us going until supper.   At the end of day, we would go to a nearby deli and grab something to take back to the hotel.  Most of the restaurant meals didn’t occur until we reached Ljubljana (our third destination city).  There was only so many deli sandwiches a person can eat.

You would think that walking approximately 20kms per day carrying  a 10lb backpack would make me burn off all those calories that I consumed.  Instead, I came home with added weight (the last two pounds have been a bummer to shed).

Here is just a sampling of what we enjoyed over our holidays in Central Europe.  I’m one of those sad individuals who like to take pictures of my food.



I give myself three courses:

  1.  Hot foods
  2. Yogurt and Granola
  3. Dessert and fruit

1st course at 25hours hotel langstrasse in Zurich

I got hooked on the “Cream Cheese and Granola Spread” (at the top) which went great with the Croissant.



1st course at Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana

Hot foods were made to order.  Eggs any way you want them with as many sides (sausage, bacon, pancakes,…) as you want.



2nd course at Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana



Last course at Hotel Cubo in Ljubljana

They had the best dessert selection and I took advantage of it.



All courses at the same time at Hotel Stadt Citta in Bolzano

It was always a busy morning here so I stocked my table up with everything.



Last course at Hotel Maximilian in Innsbruck

This was just a small sampling of the incredible fruit selection.



On the Train, “Henry”

Mushroom Goulash with fried sliced bread dumplings.  A late evening meal on the train as we make our way back to Vienna from Salzburg.



Linzer Schnitte

I couldn’t resist as we were passing through Linz (the city where the dessert was created) at the time.



Brownie Tarte

A long train trip from Vienna to Ljubljana, I needed the energy.



Coffee Break

Delicious crepe dessert and Cappuccino in Ljubljana.  The waitress did a great sell job convincing me that I should indulge




Sausage with Sauerkraut & Mustard and Goulash with Polenta at “Paninoteka” in Ljubljana



Fish and Potatoes at “Grajska Plaza Restaurant” in Lake Bled



Shrimp and Zucchini at “Grajska Plaza Restaurant” in Lake Bled



Spaghetti Carbonara at Piazza Walther in Bolzano




Spaghetti Carbonara in Venice

I was comparing Carbonaras with my bastardized version.  This one was the overall winner.




Meatlover’s special at the “Cammerlander” in Innsbruck




Salmon Pasta at the “Cammerlander” in Innsbruck.  Trust me, if they had Carbonara on the menu, I would have ordered it.




Classic Burger from “Magic Pizza” in Innsbruck.  It was a long day and late into the evening so we grabbed a couple of burgers to take back to our hotel.  It wasn’t until we pulled these things out of the bag that we discovered the humungous size.  Rod’s iPhone is dwarfed beside it.




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