Welcome to Travel Notes & Beyond, a collection of travel stories, photos and personal opinions focusing on less known travel destinations. This is where you can also learn about culture, history, food and more, and hopefully get inspired, informed and engaged. I am an award-winning travel writer and passionate photographer living in Southern California. Growing up, Read More
We can rightly say that food has played an important role in the evolution of the European cultures, marking the differences between nations and classes. The type of food we eat, how we prepare it, consume and share it, is very revealing of who we are and where we are from, or as the renowned gastronome Jean Brillat-Savarin was saying: “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.”
The Hungarian cuisine is definitely not for people on a diet, but it is one of the reasons I go back there almost every year. It uses a lot of sour cream, lard, paprika, fried garlic and onion. Hungarian food may seem heavy, but it is very rich in flavor and aroma and extremely tasty. Because I married into a Hungarian family, Hungarian food was not a novelty for me when I first visited Budapest, but rather a reminder of my mother-in-law’s cooking. Here are some Hungarian signature dishes that I grew so accustomed to during my married life:
One thing is for sure, you can’t get bored in Budapest. There are so many things to do and see and if you are a food lover, you’ve come to the right place. From national to international, Budapest hosts some of the most acclaimed food and wine fairs and festivals. I used to travel to the Hungarian capital in fall, when the weather was cooler and the tourists were fewer. Lately though, things have changed. Budapest has become a big hub, attracting tourists at almost any time of year. Part of the reasons people go to Budapest in fall are the food and wine festivals. Here are some of the ones I mostly enjoyed there:
The Gray Cattle Festival (Szürkemarha) takes place every year in September, on the grounds of the Vajdahunyad castle, in the City Park. The purpose of the festival is to make people more familiar with the different ways of prepairing the grey cattle. This breed of cattle, tall and slender and of a very distinctive bright silver color, is one of the many symbols of the country. It grows on the Great Plains (puszta), especially around Hortobágy.
The festival was started only two years ago and is organized by the Association of the Hungarian grey cattle breeders. We stumbled upon it totally by accident, while showing my sister the City Park. Read More
Like with every place you visit, there are some you fall in love with instantly and others that you may find interesting, but not necessarily want to go back to. For me Budapest was love at first sight. Located in the Carpathian Basin, Budapest is in every way the centerpiece of Hungary, being not only the country’s political center, but also its most important center of commerce, culture, art and music. The city’s grandiose architecture and rich history, dating back to Roman times, make Budapest one of the 10 most beautiful cities in Europe.
Separated by the River Danube into the Buda and Pest, corresponding to the two major cities of which it is comprised, Budapest is administratively divided into 23 numbered districts written in Roman numerals.