Although we only had 5 days, we squeezed in a wine tour and a food tour! The wine tour brought us out the the countryside to tour family cellars and vineyards. Great trip, good wines and tasty snacks. The countryside is so charming. I started to consider how I could get myself in the wine business so I could be a part of these adorable little villages.
This old machine is used for crushing grapes. It is one of two left in Hungary. Apparently it still works, but is not used regularly.
On our food tour we walked through some beautiful parts of town and heard history about food and Budapest. One of my favorite parts of the city is the little statues and monuments around the city. I have no idea what they were for, but they were everyone. Budapest also has quite a hip scene. One section of town has been adding art murals to older buildings. They also have been turning ruined buildings into bars. The crumbling building and mismatched furniture gives a fun ambiance.
We had coffee across from one of the train stations seen below. The architect? Mr. Gustave Eiffel!
On our own accord, we hit up some great spots that served up potato pancakes, chimney cakes, a delicious breakfast place with my favorite eggs benny, and, of course, mucho pork. Although it may be a bit taboo to say, I could have done with more vegetables in my life:)
But guys, guess what…we went to a MICHELIN STAR restaurant! This is extremely exciting news for us! Since Budapest is more affordable that much of Western Europe, so is their food. So, we could actually afford and meal at Onyx…for lunch:) Our food tour guide told us that the chef at Onyx is the best in Hungary. He apparently won a big award in Europe. We had a delicious three course meal with wine pairings. Bites included local Hungarian boar (mangalica), goulash, fresh water fish, quail eggs and two delicious desserts. We couldn’t decide which was better.
Another, more humorous, part of our meal was that we were sat right next to a solo food blogger, I’ve guessed. I have now sworn that, although blogging is fun, I shall never become a food blogger because I was so judgmental about him taking pictures and notes about his food. It’s getting cold already!