Posts tagged ‘Swiss Army’
The Moospinte used to be run by Chrueter Oski and is now under new management. Reaching it on foot is about a 15 minute march from the train station. A good friend and corporal of the swiss army joined me for lunch. Both dressed in full camouflage uniform and shiny, well polished, black combat boots, we stood out against the people coming from the golf course for lunch after an exhausting nine holes or so. Today was our official last day in the Swiss Army. Your favourite food critic was a seargent and after a tough time as a recruit, corporal in the infantry, finally made his peace with the organisation in his elder years. After a swinging “Kompanieabend” (troop party) organized by the real picky gourmet, too many drinks and one last march through the dark woods – it was one last night in a bunker. Now if you’re not accustomed to a “Zivilschutz anlage” -civil defense bunker – let me tell you something. Sleeping on a foam mattress (5 cm) on a hard wooden bed (about 75 cm wide), in a sleeping bag, which is worse than anything you buy at an outdoor store for 50 bucks, while the air filter is rattling and the air is damp & reeks of unshowered male – is not something I’ll be missing. But days like this or enduring an all night march (beating the troop led by your lieutenant), a quick rest in a cattle barn, followed by a march in NBC-gear to finish off with an orienteering exercise make a lot of good stories for sharing. But back to the food. The restaurant has a very nice garden und some old trees, really a treat to sit down with the weather permits. The lunch was splendid and of high quality, intricate little tidbits served with love. Very notable was the oxtail “chocolate”. Filled with luscious oxtail and sauce in a potatoey, crunchy outside – who needs real chocolate ? Also quite splendid was the potato based risotto. Yes it was expensive, but on a day like this – who cares ? I blew more than my army wage on a lunch for two – and then it hit me – I’m too old for Ueli Maurer’s best army in the world, and am no longer needed.
An optimisation in the personal schedule of the Real Picky Gourmet led to the Chateaux Schadau for lunch. Sitting on the shores of the lake of Thun under a nice porch with the Moench, Eiger and Jungfrau mountains in the back, this seemed like the proper way to kick off an army repetition course. The good looking, bikini clad female sun bather on the lawn added to the cheerful mood. The first dish was a tatare made from Piemontese beef topped with an espuma hollandaise. Asides from the salad, the taste was there and the slightly moussier hollandaise gave it a more interesting texture. Main course was a char (Saibling) from the lake of thun. No complaints, really lovely where the noisette potatoes, which had an almost Gnocchi like texture. Together with the confit tomatoes this was a well executed dish. A bit quirky was the chefs inclination to put chervil (Kerbel) on to every plate including the amouse bouche. Musing over the next couple of weeks ahead of me, looking out the beautiful lake of Thun, I’ve really come to agree with the Secretary of Defense Ueli Maurer – the Swiss Army really is the best army in the world. If you ever wonder what you have to do to start your army service off like this, volunteer for guarding everyone’s personel belonging, while they run over to the armory and leverage the Gepäckaufbewahrung from the local train station.
Being the good citizen that I am, I decided to visit the COMM 08 a military display of communications support and integrated leadership capabilities of the FU BR 41. All this was decorated by assorted tanks, artillery pieces and a whole lot of other fantasic devices. It was great fun looking at all the cool gizmos and seeing the rapid transition from wired switchboards to high-tech quanto crypto communication devices. Attendance was, very suprisingly, a bit low, so we had ample space in the large kitchen tent. The food didn’t look very good, but I chose a bratwurst with french fries and onion sauce. Surprisingly, the food tasted great. I can understand that if looking at the picture on the left, you find it hard to believe, but even the french fries were tasty. Not your 5 star meal, but a pretty decent two star one and at a price which makes sense for CHF 12.50. Unfortunately I’m unsure if a COMM 09 is planned, so this seems like a one time event. Just in case there ever is one, try to remember where you parked your car, as soon as you get out of it, not when you come back to the parking lot. The real highlight of the day, was the One Star General Siegenthaler which shook my hand and thanked me for “die gueti Büez”.