Traditionally, we Viennese may start thinking about Lent at this time of year. When it comes to Austrian dishes for the 40 days of fasting, forget cakes! Many local top restaurants are now serving snails again, which is a very traditional Lent dish. When I was small, I went with my family to collect snails in the Vienna Woods at this time of year so I have particularly fond memories of both the delicious food and the mid-winter adventure.
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