If we’re honest, last year’s European adventure could’ve easily been dubbed the “No Carb Left Behind” tour.

After all, who has time for salad when there’s dumplings, Schnitzel, those cute little parsley potatoes and warm apple strudel with a veritable mountain of whipped cream?

Those were a few of our favorite things (couldn’t resist!) from Austria. What was also fun about eating out there was the restaurant décor. Instead of the sleek modern spaces that have become the new normal in the States, these eateries had a very home-y feel. One of our favorite places in Innsbruck felt like you were dining in your grandmother’s living room, right down to the vintage red-and-white checked tablecloths, lacy curtains and ceramic roosters.

While it’s hard to go wrong with chicken or pork that’s been breaded and fried to crispy perfection, my favorite course from our all-too-brief stay in Austria was the homemade potato soup that started the meal. It’s funny how the simplest of dishes can be the most comforting sometimes, and on a slightly chilly Austrian night, it totally made the meal. Although the apple strudel to end the meal was certainly no slouch either…see I did get some fruit in! 😉