To cap a full day of spectacular eating, we chose the old world elegance of Vienna's Restaurant and Cafe. We came for German food and we got a show. Sitting by the bookcase and next to the fireplace, we surveyed the room. Wes, the pianist, came to our table, offering to play our anniversary song. We looked at each other, wondering what 'our song' was. Oh, of course: "I left my heart in San Francisco."
My dinner was kassler - smoked pork loin with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The potatoes were rich with cream and butter. The pork loin was good but not the German Mennonite pork products back home. The Professor had the sauerbrauten. He said it was okay, and that the red cabbage was nicely balanced sweet and sour. And "Spaetzle is spaetzle," he declared with authority.
We shared a sacher torte for dessert and nearly fought over the equal division of the frosting. But 43 years together teaches some survival skills. We ended our evening at Vienna's humming the love song of Maria and the Captain in Sound of Music's:
"For here you are, loving me, so, somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good."
Vienna's Restaurant and Cafe at the Parkview Point Plaza, 275 South US Highway 17-92 (Charles Richard Beall Blvd.), DeBary, FL 32713, 386-668-0620 Tu-Th 11 am - 10 pm; Fri. 11am to midnight; Sat 9am to midnight; Sunday 9am - 8pm www.viennasrestaurant.com