Hard Work

Location:Maurachalm
Website:http://www.reitzentrum.at/maurachalm.html
Address:Weinetsberg 32, 5630 Bad Hofgastein
Status:Open (last checked on 31 August 2019)
Eaten:Brettljause, two beers (Stiegl), a Most

Eating two Brettljausen on the same day is never easy. When the second Brettljause comes just two hours after the first one, it’s nigh on impossible. I knew perfectly that the fault had been mine – I had hopelessly overestimated the distances – but just one glance at Maurachalm’s Jause made something inside me rebel. I did not want to touch it.

Having spent the first five minutes trying to think about any topic not involving food and at the same time secretly hoping that some hungry cat or dog would turn up to save me, I gave up and tried the Speck. It was good. Compared to the supermarket’s Speck of my earlier experience, there was a very good chance the bacon had at one point been part of a happy pig exploring the Alpine meadows of Gasteinertal oblivious of its thinly sliced future.

I tried the cheese next and was pleasantly surprised by its strong taste. It was quite certainly homemade. Knowing that cheese has the unfortunate quality of blocking one’s stomach, I left it for later, deciding to concentrate on the two remaining ingredients: a light-colored salami-type of sausage and the fatter-than-usual Schweinsbraten. It was then that the food control mechanism inside me started to sound the alarm again. The meats looked so unappetizing that had I even been hungry, I would not have enjoyed them. The Schweinsbraten in particular contained so much fat, – both as an outer layer and as white “channels” crisscrossing the meat – that the slices looked almost wet.

At the end, half of the salami and almost all of the Schweinsbraten remained untouched. The only reason this Brettljause get an average score is because the Speck and the cheese were so good that they successfully balanced the deficiencies. Maurachalm is a nice place to visit, and the horses’ pasture, which is located a bit higher up the slope and belongs to the hut’s owners, is absolutely lovely, but next time I would rather go for a Speck or a cheese sandwich than a Brettljause.

At the end, half of the salami and almost all of the Schweinsbraten remained untouched. The only reason this Brettljause get an average score is because the Speck and the cheese were so good that they successfully balanced the deficiencies. Maurachalm is a nice place to visit, and the horses’ pasture, which is located a bit higher up the slope and belongs to the hut’s owners, is absolutely lovely, but next time I would rather go for a Speck or a cheese sandwich than a Brettljause.

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