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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Week in Review

A view of the castle and Parliament, Budapest
I didn't post my Week in Review yesterday like I normally do because I am on vacation.  And not just any vacation, but in Europe!  We spent a few days in Budapest and took a train to Vienna yesterday.  So my Week in Review will not focus on what I've read (because I've been too busy to spend much time on the internet), but on my time in Budapest.

A night view of the castle from the Chain Bridge, Budapest
A night view of Matthias Church, Budapest
Central Market, Budapest

I don't know if you've been to Budapest, but it's a lovely city.  There is a great Central Market that sells all sorts of meats, cheeses, produce and spices.  It's also a great place to buy souvenirs.  I've been to quite a few indoor markets, and I usually feel a little claustrophobic, but this market is light and airy.  As you can see in the picture above, there's plenty of room to walk...even when the tour groups enter!

Central Market, Budapest
Peppers at the Central Market, Budapest
Sausages at the Central Market, Budapest
We had lunch at an eclectic Hungarian/Jewish restaurant, Kőleves, on our last day there.  It's located near the largest Synagogue in Europe, and it was the perfect stopping point that day for a rest. I ordered the cold cucumber soup, which has been the highlight of the culinary part of my travels.  I asked what the ingredients were, and the waitress said, "Cucumbers, pickles, an herb--I don't know the name, and yogurt."  The herb was definitely dill, but when I asked if they watered down the yogurt, she shrugged and said, "I don't know.  I'm not the cook."  :-)  I'll be testing this out at home soon, though!

Cold Cucumber Soup at Kőleves, Budapest
Dalfina at Kőleves, Budapest

Grilled Trout at Kőleves, Budapest
Our main meals consisted of a lamb stew with pearl onions, quail eggs, a variety of nuts and cilantro yogurt, called "Dalfina," over bulghur (me) and grilled trout (my husband).  Both of us really enjoyed our dishes.  I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone traveling to Budapest!

I'll try to post some next week, but I'm not sure I can come up with any recipes.  I have eaten some great things here in Vienna, though, so I'll try to post about my adventures here, at least!

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Lori June 27, 2011 at 8:57 AM  

Loved the review and that night photo from the Chain Bridge is so gorgeous! We enjoyed the Central Market including the cherry pastries and lángos. Since being there I learned of another market that's off the beaten path. It looked amazing, but the travel bloggers I know who went there knew some people living in Budapest so they had the inside scoop. Enjoy every second of Vienna!

Peggy June 30, 2011 at 6:34 PM  

Sounds like you've been having a great European vacation. And you're right, from your pictures, I can tell that Budapest is a gorgeous city!

Have a safe trip back =)

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