UNDERSTANDING HUNGARY THROUGH ITS FOOD
ARE YOU A FOODIE TOO?
Do you love eating? Tasting, exploring new flavours, spices? Me too. Did you know that discovering a nation through its food is the best way to get to know its people?
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT DURING MY CULINARY TOUR?
I’LL TAKE YOU TO MY LOCAL FARMER’S MARKET
Depending on where your hotel is situated and which day it is (the best day for a culinary tour is Saturday) we might start at one of the tucked away local farmer’s markets where we can buy the best-known spice for Hungarian dishes: PAPRIKA. And this is the real deal used by old, Hungarian grannies wrapped in shawls to the hottest young, Hungarian chefs – this is not the imported stuff.
By the way, did you know that vitamin C was synthesised from our world famous paprika? You didn’t, did you? I’ll also show you what paprika means for us Hungarians in the first place.
CONNECTING WITH REAL PEOPLE
One of my favourite moments of the week is going to my local farmer’s market and meeting these extremely knowledgeable, warm-hearted elderly people. You know, they may not have any diplomas, yet they know so much about life, nature, fruit and vegetables and about how to make a home a place of love.
So, if you’re after something authentic, local and real, one of the local farmer’s markets is the place. This’ll be the appetizer 🙂
THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL MARKET: THE GREAT MARKET HALL
Then we’ll head to the Budapest’s best-known covered market, the Great Market Hall that was named the most beautiful market in the world a couple of years ago by CNN – so it’s either the undisputed truth or fake news to you, depending on your political leaning. But it’s undeniably a great place if you want to discover Hungarian ingredients and learn about our food habits.
I’ll show you all the things we eat, and you can taste as many as you want! I’ll even tell you how to prepare it if you’re looking to take some Hungarian flavour back home with you.
We’ll cover everything from foie gras – unless you have an objection to that- to the types of meat that only exist here.
WE ARE SOUP PEOPLE
Thanks to the continental climate, we grow very tasty fruits and vegetables. We use vegetables more for soups than for side-dishes. Hungarians are very much soup people, so instead of a salad as a starter, we begin with a nice, hot soup.
Soup is usually followed by a stew with rice or potatoes or the Hungarian noodles usually. And we like big portions, so you won’t ever leave the table hungry.
After the mains comes the best part: the dessert. You can choose from a fancy chocolate shop to places where the locals go when they crave an authentic Hungarian pastry.
We LOVE our sweets, and you can find delicious pastries all over the city.
Personally, I don’t feel like I’ve finished a meal until I’ve had some cake or a little pastry filled with jam or chocolate, sweet cottage cheese, poppy seeds or walnuts. There is so much to choose from, so leave room for dessert!
Whipped cream is also big here and not only in coffees.
‘RED, RED WINE, STAY CLOSE TO ME’
For a typical Hungarian meal, wine simply can not be left out.
It’s as much a part of a lunch or especially dinner as salt. You may know that we have amazing wines, but most tourists don’t know and are very happily suprised to find such wonderful wines in Hungary. The best known one is Tokaji coming from the world’s first designated wine region.
Although I don’t drink alcohol personally, you’ll be amazed when I tell you about the connection between Hungarian wine and the US. All will be revealed at a nice wine bar where you can relax and taste several wines. After enjoying the wine, you’ll be even more relaxed.
During our culinary tour I’ll tailor everything to your needs. This is why I can’t give you an itinerary. I’ll only take you to places that’ll spark joy in you, quite literally!
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