The Flower Lady at Hunyadi Tér

Outdoor markets. It’s one of the many reasons I love living in Europe. My favorite outdoor market in Budapest is at Hunyadi tér. A hidden gem just off Andrássy út, you won’t find any tour buses here. When I visit the … Continue reading

All Saint’s Day: The Statues of Kerepesi

In Hungary, November 1 is a national holiday. It is All Saint’s Day, or Mindenszentek Napja, a day to honor those who have passed away. The week before All Saint’s Day, many Hungarians visit the cemeteries to clean the graves of deceased family members, … Continue reading

How to Trick-or-Treat! :)

Hungarians in Hungary don’t do Halloween. Oh, you’ll see a few pumpkins at the florists and in an occasional restaurant, but for the most part, that’s about it. In Hungary, there are no Halloween aisles at the supermarkets. Hungarians don’t wear … Continue reading

Margaret Island: The Best of Budapest!

City guidebooks will often describe the best landmarks, restaurants, views, and food, but rarely will they tell you about the smaller bests – like the best park bench, balcony, or cobbled street. I wish they would. To me, bests you … Continue reading

Palacsinta Days!

When my friend Piroska’s kids were young, she noticed that they were arriving home from school late on Thursdays. After some investigating, she discovered why. On Thursdays, her  neighbor’s grandmother came to see her grandchildren, and when she visited, she’d … Continue reading

Chicken Paprikash: That Famous Hungarian Dish!

Growing up, my mom had the same small, square, Schilling can of paprika in her spice drawer for years. She sprinkled it on potato salad and deviled eggs. That was about it. Well, in Hungary ground paprika is rarely pinched or sprinkled; … Continue reading

Pörkölt: Don’t Make When Hungry!

Today, I decided to write a post about pörkölt - the popular Hungarian favorite in the goulash family. This slow-cooked stew-like dish is perfect fall fare. I chopped up the ingredients, sautéd the onion, added the paprika, and mixed everything in a … Continue reading

Freedom: The Flag with the Famous Hole

October 23 is a national holiday in Hungary. On this day, Hungarians commemorate the 1956 uprising against Soviet domination which was led by students who wanted to change the political system. When the Soviet Union occupied Hungary after WWII and … Continue reading

Töltött Káposzta: The Coat of Arms of Hungary!

In the 19th century, Róza Széppataki, Hungary’s first opera diva, waxed lyrical about the stuffed cabbage served at a banquet given in her honor. In fact, she was so delighted by the dish that she even published the recipe in her … Continue reading

Hungarian Stripes: Who Knew?!@#!

We’ve all heard of coats of arms and crests to identify one’s family, but years ago in this part of Europe, when setting off to the miller – Hungarians used something I’d never heard of before. Stripes! Yes, in the … Continue reading