Death by Martini was on vacation, and this is what it brought, part 1:
Cheesy Spaetzle. Now, you may not be familiar with this specialty from Germany, Austria and, I think, Switzerland, but it’s something you might want to try. These eggy things, sometimes in the form of miniature dumplings or strings, are not only used as a side-dish, but also, mostly in combination with mature kinds of cheese, enjoyed as a main course.
When we climbed the mountains of eastern Tyrol to have a look at the Umbalfälle (a collection of watery falls making their way down from one of the numerous glaciers there) we of course had to replace all the calories we lost in the steep climb with plenty of goodness (and by steep climb I actually mean a leisurely stroll up a gravelly road).
At a place called the Pebell Alm, we sat down, had a beer and I enjoyed Spaetzle with cheese. They came with roasted onions and chives on top. Needless to say, lost calories were replenished and then some. I would have liked to lay down for a nap, but I wanted to spare my girlfriend the embarrassment. And also, I didn’t want to be a pebell without a cause. Get it? Pebell? Ah, well, whatever.
Next time: Pizza in Bozen, the town of the Iceman.