Once at school I wrote “LOVE” in giant letters on a couple of pieces of large white paper. It was the week before Valentine’s Day. “OK boys and girls,” I said to the class. “Today we’re going to decorate the … Continue reading

Mozart Golyó!

Every school year, I hand out “Done Dollars” to my third graders for following directions, completing their homework, and being thoughtful to their classmates. At the end of the year, I bring in a bunch of stuff from home that … Continue reading

Rántott Sertés Borda: Hungarians and Their Breadcrumbs!

“Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudel. Doorbells and sleighbells and schnitzel with noodle…” Such go the lyrics of “My Favorite Things,” one of my favorite songs from The Sound of Music. To be honest, I can do without the … Continue reading

Did Hungarians Invent Instant Soup?

Hungarians are great inventors and they’re proud of their inventions. Some of the most famous Hungarian inventions, to name just a few, include the ballpoint pen, the dynamo, holography, the transformer, and of course the Rubik’s cube. But did you … Continue reading

Konyakmeggy: My Kind of Candy!

A couple of years ago, one of my Hungarian students handed me a box of chocolate covered cherries. How nice, I thought. I passed them out to the class, and the kids plopped them into their mouths. Soon, they were … Continue reading

At the Hungarian Dentist!

Every summer when I’m back in the States, I have my teeth cleaned. And every year when my dentist is finished with the cleaning, he asks if I’m flossing everyday. I lie and say that I am. He pulls an … Continue reading

Krémes: The Classic Hungarian Pastry

One of my favorite things to do in Budapest is to go to a cukrászda (confectionery), put my nose near the glass display case, and admire all the pastries sitting deliciously on their metal trays. I usually end up selecting a … Continue reading

Budapest Medallions: Your Taste Buds Will Love You!

There are two types of cities in the world – those that are linked with food and those that are not: Boston baked beans, New York cheesecake, Chicago pizza. If I were a town, I’d definitely want to be in … Continue reading

Esterházy torta: The Hungarian Showstopper!

Finom! It means yummy in Hungarian. And one of the country’s “finomiest” treats is the popular Esterházy torta, a Hungarian cake named after Prince Paul Anton Esterházy, a member of the Esterházy dynasty and diplomat of the Austrian Empire. The delectable … Continue reading

Ruszwurm Cukrászda: The Little Place with the Big Sweets!

Tucked away on a side street on Castle Hill stands an old confectionery (cukrászda) mamed Ruszwurm. Opened in 1827, this tiny establishment devoted entirely to the enjoyment of pastries and cakes is one of the oldest confectionaries in the capital. Inside, … Continue reading