Sunday, April 23, 2017

Things to Eat & Drink in Budapest


Another great way to get a better understanding of a nation is through its cuisine. Being geographically close, certain dishes have become popular throughout the Balkans, so in my country we also make goulash and chicken paprikash which are traditional Hungarian dishes, and we found out that we have in common several types of bread and sweets.
Hungarian cuisine has deep roots into Hungarian history. The importance of livestock and the nomadic lifestyle of the Hungarian people is reflected in the prominent use of meat in their dishes. In the period of the Renaissance spices and vegetables such as garlic, onion, ginger, saffron and nutmeg enter their cuisine. During the Ottoman rule, certain Turkish dishes are added, while during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, their cuisine is enriched with dishes and cooking methods borrowed from the Austrian one. In a word, Hungarian cuisine is a synthesis of ancient Asiatic components, mixed with German, Italian and Slavic elements. As such, it is a divine experience for every palate.
Goulash, the most popular comfort food, is attractively served in a bun and it contains chunks of beef, potatoes, and vegetables, plus plenty of paprika and spices.
Chicken paprikash, is chicken in a creamy paprika sauce and pasta.
Below you can see pork and chicken Hungarian fast food, as we were told, served in a bread  that resembles a tortilla. Hubs had the pork one, I opted for the chicken and they were mouth watering tasty! Note that one serving includes both pieces which is quite enough/even more than enough.


It is funny that they press it with an old-fashioned iron before serving it!
Langos, deep-fried flat bread with varieties of delicious toppings.

They have many delectable sweets and cakes, so you won't be disappointed whatever you choose. There was a spring festival taking place at the main square and in front of a sweets selling shop we saw a miles long line waiting to buy what Hungarians call a Kürtőskalács (also called a chimney cake - see the images above), and they come in two sizes, big and small. We couldn't wait for the big one which was actually sold there and bought such (small) cakes elsewhere where they filled them with ice cream and various toppings. Don't buy such - they were extremely expensive - 4 times more than 1 big one.

Hungary has a variety of alcoholic beverages that are made exclusively in the country. For a small country, they sure love their alcohol with plenty of wines, beers, liqueurs and brandies that are unique to the country.

Their national pride is Palinka which is a fruit brandy and they have many good varieties of wines. We tried Dreher beer and Lovassy wine.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Things to See in Budapest


Phew! Writing a post while actual travelling is taking place is hard beyond words. Wherever we are, we usually start the day at about 9 in the morning - meaning we are already out and about, and we return in the early evening, exhausted and thoroughly worn out. However, I tend to let go of sharing stories from our travels once we return home, because we get back to normal life, right into the hub and the freshness of impressions and the feeling of fulfillment and adventure is not as intense as right then and there, hence I'll do my best to share the highlights of this trip.

Accidentally while browsing the net for the city's most popular places I found out about the Budapest card which is amazing to have because you've got tons of free things to visit and discounts for tons more. The best of all - free transport in the municipal boundaries of Budapest which includes buses, trams, the metro (the underground) and the boats. We are talking national (public) transport, not the privately owned, though with the card you get discounts for many of those too. We chose the 72 hours card and we used it to the fullest. Highly recommend it.
We love learning more about the countries we visit, so paying a visit to the National Museum is a must for us. The Budapest National Museum is a fantastic one, with head spinning collections, relics and artifacts. We also added the History Museum on the list, which is  in the Buda Castle and while there, you can see the hospital in the cave,  Matthias Church and the Fisherman's Bastion as well. A bit further south, on the Buda side, you can go up the Gellert Hill and see the cave church, go up to the citadel and see their controversial Statute of Liberty.
On the Pest side is the St. Stephen Basilica, a basilica dedicated to the first king of Hungary, whose right hand is mummified and kept in the reliquary. The interior is quite impressive and noteworthy as it is decorated by famous artists and sculptors. An interesting fact is that it is 96 m tall and current building regulations stipulate that no other structure in Budapest can be taller than that.
In this picture you can see how the Basilica towers over the other buildings (look behind the Ferris Wheel)

Only the Parliament has the same height, which symbolizes the balance between the church and the state. The building of the Parliament is as if taken from a fairy tale  (as many of the buildings actually) with its decorative façade and we recommend visiting it at night too because it is illuminated and presents a fantastic view (as well as the whole promenade with the bridges). Then there is the Jewish Quarter and the famous (shopping) Vaci street, the Memento Park, Magrit Island, the spas.
We went to St. Lukacs Spa yesterday because the last two days there was a severe temperature drop and we even had sprinklings of snow, so we decided to spend the day somewhere inside and after museum visits we ended the day soaking in the bath for hours on end. It was divine. One important thing though - the entrance to this bath was free with the card, but do take your own towels and flip flops because they are going to charge you royally for them!
I hope I made this short and sweet. I have another post about what to never miss eating in Budapest coming soon!
Also you can see more pictures on my instagram account.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

We Are in Budapest, Hungary!


We are waving to you from Budapest guys!

This is our fourth day and we have already seen lots of things. We have four days more to further explore the city and feel its heartbeat.  You know I love to share our travelling adventures here, but I promise this travelogue is not going to be overwhelming and tedious.
I'll try to make it short and sweet. Bye, bye for now!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Insta love: Mirdinara

Dinara Mirtalipova is a self-taught folklorist illustrator originating from Tashkent, Uzbekistan who now works and resides in snowy Ohio. Raised in Soviet Uzbek culture, Dinara inhabited folklore that is the solid foundation onto which she builds her charming illustrations and powerful folk images and patterns. All of them  being nurtured by folk tales and old-world charm.
Let her spells work on you on instagram and her site.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter!

Celebrate love, be hopeful and treasure new beginnings!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Wall Hanging

I planned to make an Easter wreath using the smallest embroidery loop, but I couldn't find it, so I used wooden rings instead to make this wall hanging decoration.
This was made for my daughter and though I would have added more flowers, she decided on the amount and the look of it.
For the birds I used this lovely pattern.
Wishing you a lovely Easter weekend!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Crochet Easter Throwback Thursdays



During the years, Easter related projects have piled up, but still the ones most attractive are my Easter egg cozies.
You can find a combined and discounted listing for these three here, where there is also a separate information on their respective individual listings.
This year I also wrote a free pattern for Easter eggs and a nest, and an egg basket, in case you missed them.

Good Friday and Easter Monday are national holidays in my country so we have 4 days to be our families and celebrate together. However, I have posts lined up for these days so we hope you drop us a visit!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rustic Easter Decorating Ideas

Easter coming closer by the day, I am sure all who celebrate it, search for new, fresh decorating ideas. Myself being one of them, I also love to search the internet and compile ideas and (even better) tutorials for Easter decorating. This year I am all set on rustic décor. Plunge in please!

I am speechlessly amazed by people who manage to make their homes look like ready for a glossy and posh magazine photo shoot ... I really am and dear people - hats off to you.

I also love this idea of using egg shells used as centerpieces
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Trays, pots and cans and wooden (tool box) to round up the farm house rustic décor!
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Hope these inspire you!