Pörkölt and Hungarian Side Dishes

Similar to a goulash, pörkölt is another Hungarian dish that is great to have on a cold day. The two dishes have similar ingredients, but pörkölt is more like a stew so the consistency is thicker. The one I had contained beef, spices, and (of course) sweet paprika. It is super savory and can be…

Tripas à Moda do Porto

The Easter holiday recently passed. Many children get to do Easter egg hunts during this time and as fun as it is to find chocolates and treats, I’d like to think the adult equivalent is travelling around the world. I travel, I hunt down restaurants that serve the dishes I’m looking for, and then I…

Gulyàs – Hungarian Goulash

No trip to Hungary is complete without trying a nice big bowl of gulyàs, the Hungarian style goulash. I’ve heard countless stories about people disliking the taste of goulash, but there’s something special about the Hungarian kind that even those with a strong aversion have a change of heart. The secret to the deliciousness of…

Pàlinka – A Hungarian Spirit

On a wintery day, there are some things that can warm you up within seconds – hot chocolate, a nice big bowl of soup, and pàlinka. Pàlinka is a Hungarian brandy that is 50-60% alcohol. It is made with fruits like apricot, cherry, raspberry, peach, plum, pear…you name it! It was created as a way…

Lángos – A Deep Fried Hungarian Snack

When I was in Hungary, I waited over 30 minutes to try a lángos [pronounced “lang-o-shh”] and it was worth the wait. It’s a flatbread that is made from a flour or potato-based dough and can be mixed with milk, yogurt, or sour cream as a substitute to water. I’d say it’s similar to a…

Bosna and Käsekraner – Austrian Meat on the Street

There’s the saying “do as the locals do”, but I like to take this further and “eat like the locals eat”. What better way to know a country than through it’s cuisine, right? When I was in Austria, I tried some unique sweets, tasted some shockingly good cakes, and stumbled upon some local specialty dishes….

A Viennese Café – Luxurious Til’ the Last Bite

If there’s one thing I learned from my tour guide, it’s that there are a lot of coffee houses in Austria. Apparently, the Ottoman’s introduced coffee to Austria but the locals didn’t know what it was at first. They experimented and even thought it was soup at one point. Eventually, they realized it was great…

Farmers Markets and Apple Strudel in Austria

I love farmers markets. Europe has plenty of them, so it was no shock that I stumbled upon some while I was in Austria. They have your typical stands with cheese, fruits, veggies, fish, deli, and baked goods, but there were also a few things that stood out to me as being different. Other than…

Kürtőskalács – Chimney Cakes in Hungary

Remember when I had that Hungarian chimney cone a few summers ago? Since they originated in Hungary, how could I not have one while there? There were some being sold at the Christmas markets in Budapest for 1700 HUF, but they were outrageously huge. Clearly, they were meant for sharing, which was difficult for me at the…