Austrians love good food and have a large variety of recipes derived from the various cultures that exist in Austria. Some favorite foods are Wienerschnitzel (breaded veal), Sachertorte (chocolate cake with apricot jam), Knodel (potato dumplings), and goulash.
Often the day begins with a light breakfast. Later in the morning, some eat a second, heartier breakfast, including goulash or hat sausages. The main meal can be at midday or in the evening. It usually includes pasta, soup, or meat with potatoes. Afternoon tea may include sandwiches, pastries, and coffee. Austrians enjoy beer, wine, herbal teas, apple juice with sparkling mineral water, fruit juices, and soft drinks.
One should keep hands above the table while eating and elbows should not be on the table. The main meal is served in the evening.