Tonight I joined a group of friends at Zum Martin Sepp in the idyllic Grinzing in the 19th district of Vienna to celebrate St. Martin’s Day. I think of this holiday like the Austrian Thanksgiving, an autumn feast. It’s typical on St. Martin’s Day to eat Martinigansl (roasted goose), red cabbage, knödel (dumpling), chestnut sauce and garnished with orange slices…Mmmm😋
Why goose, you ask? I just found out: St. Martin is known as a patron to children and to the poor. When St. Martin was trying to avoid becoming bishop, he hid in a goose pen…hence geese have become a symbol of St. Martin.
What does goose taste like? To me it tastes like the dark meat of turkey.