“All we ever see you travel writers do is leaving on your next trip!” – If you listen to clichés being voiced, we should really have the best life. Do we? Well, it might or might not be the case as I described recently (even if you still do not believe me 😉 ). But here, in beautiful South Burgenland, a truly special place on Earth, I have really been able to relax and let myself be surprised. A restaurant with an unpronounceably good name (and cuisine), led by three “hippies” called An-Alapanka-Ma. The Hacienda del Piero, run by charming Vorarlberg migrants Alexander & Larissa, complete with Burgenland horses in a Mexican way of life. Loving it. Just a little further north, in the small town of Bernstein (which literally translates to “amber”), we learn to how to carve a special local semi-precious stone called “Edelserpentin”, polish beautiful old furniture with carpenter Franz Potzmann and sleep at the Wohnothek vineyard homes right among the ripening grapes ..
… oh, and my splash painting from Künstlerdorf Neumarkt an der Raab is hopefully already being sent to me by now. Hang on there. Amber town? Wohnothek vineyard home? Splash paintings??
Well. Do dare and follow me on my happy trip through the creative culinary destination of Southern Burgenland. It is really quite something. 😀
First (creative) work, then (culinary) pleasures … Or was it the other way round? Things are really more relaxed out here in South Burgenland …
If you like us enter the so-called “SpeiseAtelier” kitchen studio of the happy threesome Friedrich Gutscher and Peter & Sylvia Mies, then you enter a whole new world of food & living. A cook, a doctor and an artist must have once stood in front of the famous words uttered by Martin Luther King, “I have a dream …” when first arriving at the dilapidated building in the “middle of nowhere” here in South Burgenland. It took them a whole two years to revitalize the buildings into what today is an art space, a restaurant, a lounge terrace and some guest rooms that are all very creative and yet extremely cosy and beckoning: I fight the urge of wanting to take my shoes off and cannot take enough (food and) pictures of the place! Wow. By the way, you can only come here if you have registered your culinary wishes beforehand: The “restaurant” cooks fresh every day and only after prior announcement. “An-Alapanka-Ma: If you guess what it means, you win a dinner, a night in our guest rooms as well as breakfast for two people“, both our hosts Peter Mies & Friedrich Gutscher tell us with a wink. We cannot really figure it out though … or would you know what An-Alapanka-Ma means ?!
Carpentry Potzmann, Kantine48 & creative artists in the small town of precious stones Bernstein. All of us were looking for adventure …
… surprise and excitement. Well, our trip might not have been that exciting after all. Or has it? “Dear Elena Paschinger, I really look forward to meeting you next Tuesday. How many people are you going to be? I need to know because I want to cook the right amount of coffee for you. If you are more than five people, I need to go buy a third espresso machine. … If you however could bring a cake for our coffee time, I would be really happy.” People from Burgenland are sooo sweet! We just love them. 😀 Here at the unique carpentry farm house run by Franzrenovating old furniture: Creative visitors that come here usually bring their favourite pieces they have at home with them in order to restore them back to perfection and shine.
(PS: Of course we brought a cake to share. Thank you so much once more, dear Franz, for receiving us to your carpentry estate!)
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Burgenland Tourismus to travel & experience the creative destination of Southern Burgenland and enjoy its culinary attractions. All opinions are my own.