We did a lot of fun things that I will talk about in my next post, but for this post, I will talk about how awesome the food was on this trip. I'm not sure what you think of when you hear the words, "Hungarian food", but you probably thought of paprika. Yes, there are delicious paprikash dishes, but there is something even better about the food than the traditional dishes.
When I lived in Scotland, on the weekends I ate ramen noodles, and bread and cheese. Not just any cheese, I ate Camembert. It is my favorite, and in Europe, it is generally less than $3 a wheel. In the US, it is around $7. Ridiculous. European bakeries are my favorite. When I was in Germany, I discovered these rolls that had seeds all over them. Here, you can find poppy seeds or maybe sunflower seeds, but the rolls there were covered in all manner of seeds. We called them bird rolls, and I loved them. We didn't find them in Hungary, but we did eat an awesome amount of croissant based bakery items. There was a pizza like item that was on a crust, with some sort of ricotta type cheese (minimal amount), melty type cheese on top with onions. It was delicious but messy. I personally loved the cranberry stuffed croissant things.
The most important things to mention are: gomolya and tomatoes.
Gomolya is sheep's milk cheese. There are lots of different kinds of sheep cheese that I'm sure you've eaten: feta, ricotta, Roquefort, etc. The cheese is melty and delicious. There was one time when I ordered grilled cheese and I was served two pieces of cheese that had been grilled, no bread. It was delicious.
Tomatoes are a fruit. You've had them. Even if you're allergic, you've had them... I mean, you had to find out somehow. The tomatoes there are what tomatoes are supposed to taste like. They were flavorful and red. I will never eat another tomato here unless I grow it myself. They tasted like tomatoes are supposed to taste. One night, we had tomatoes and cucumbers for dinner, and it was most excellent.