Vienna Waits For Me
10:32 AM, Mar 18, 2012 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Cafe Hawelka, Vienna
But my assignment is also culinary in nature: I'm on a search for Tafelspitz—a boiled beef specialty that Emperor Franz Josef ate almost daily and one prime minister was in the middle of savoring when he was murdered in 1916.
My morning started with breakfast at Cafe Central, where Trotsky held forth (as well as Lenin, Theodore Herzl, and a certain failed Austrian artist). I'm currently getting a drink at Cafe Hawelka, Vienna's oldest operating cafe (the chairs and tables still date from 1906). It's quite charming, but don't go if you're parched. As I mentioned in this week's Casual and as proven by my photo, they just don't drink much in Europe.
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