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I also write on my own Taste Hungary blog.

Condé Nast Traveler (September 3, 2014)
The One Dish To Eat In Budapest
Gulyás (better known as goulash outside of Hungary). This might sound like the obvious choice, but gulyás is not only delicious and typifies many Hungarian flavors, but is also really misunderstood, so it’s worth trying the real thing while visiting Budapest. 

Saveur (May 2014)
Sweet Spot
The krémes, which is Hungary’s answer to the napoleon, is a confection of unsurpassed elegance.



Saveur (October 2013)
Rhapsody in Red
One writer explores the beauty of Hungarian cuisine one home cook at a time. (The October cover article!)



Culture Magazine: The Word on Cheese (Winter 2010)
Hungarian Homage
Crafting túró, the country’s favorite cheese, is a matter of time more than technique (includes my recipes for túró and Liptauer) Read the editor’s commentary on this recipe

My recipes for chicken paprikás, cucumber salad, and spaetzle

Saveur (February 2009)
Soup of Ages
To many people from outside of Hungary, real goulash comes as a revelation
(includes my goulash recipe)

Gourmet (January 29, 2009)
The Magic of Mangalitsa Pork
It tastes like beef and has more delicious fat than almost any other kind of pig. So why have so few American foodies tried Mangalitsa?

Saveur (January 2009)
No Ordinary Pig
Budapest welcomes the return of a particularly fat and flavorful hog known as the Mangalica. 

The Atlantic (September 30, 2009)
A Sweet Museum You’ll Never Find
Tibor Éliás amassed more than 10,000 antique Hungarian food- & drink-related objects. So why can’t you see them anymore?

Culture Magazine: The Word on Cheese (Fall 2010)
Hungarian Craft Revival
During Hungary’s Communist era, quality cheese was in short supply. A revival has now begun.

Gastronomica (Winter 2005)
Cooking for Kings: The Life of Antonin Carême
A review of the book by Ian Kelly, which is an account of the world’s first celebrity chef. 

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imgresWinerist (January 2015)
A Lesson in Terroir and Wine Love From Chateauneuf Du Pape
I didn’t yet know about the legendary terroir in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, its deep history, or even what grape varieties were actually inside that heavy bottle with the special insignia on it. But I did know that I loved this wine, and I wanted to learn more (I had just graduated from Journalism school, so research was something I knew). If you’re going to fall in love with wine, then it helps to do it with someone else—preferably someone you love.

Gastronomica (Fall 2006)
Unicum: A Drink With A Past
My first encounter with Unicum—a shot glass filled to the brim with dark, potent-smelling liquor—was not successful. Like other bitters, Unicum is an acquired taste. It’s also a national symbol with a long history that in many ways mirrors the history of modern Hungary itself. 

bthere! (Inflight Magazine of Brussels Airlines (May 2009)
Vines are-a-changing
In the face of a global recession, Hungary’s burgeoning wine industry faces a pressing need to regroup – and fast. But can the wineries turn it around? 

The Wine Report (October 2005)
Out With The Old Reds, In With The New
Hungary sheds the burdens of Communism to discover new life in its 2,000-year-old winemaking heritage. 
[/tab] [tab title=”Essays”] Hungarian Cookbook by Tamás Bereznay (2012)
When I moved to Hungary, there were many things that surprised me about life in my adopted country. Number one on the list was the food and wine.

Culinate (June 11, 2010)
Lunches with Kati: Learning to love Hungarian food
Under the tutelage of my mother-in-law, Kati — who is in the habit of waking at dawn to prepare multi-course lunches from scratch — it was easy to fall in love with this cuisine, which I am now convinced is one of Europe’s most under-appreciated. 

The Christian Science Monitor (March 16, 2010)
Bilingual from the first baby babblings
Life in our bilingual household must look unintelligible to outsiders, but to us it’s perfectly coherent.  
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Olive (June 2016)
Weekender Budapest
Explore the elegant supperclubs and ruin bars of Hungary’s capital and fill up on boar with stewed quince, curd cheese dumplings, and sweet Tokaji wines.




Oryx (April 2014)
My Favorite Street
Carolyn Bánfalvi loves Budapest’s seventh district for its mixture of old architecture and history combined with cool new cafés and shops.



CNN Travel (November 2013)
Insider Guide: Best of Budapest
Budapest usually comes as a sweet surprise to travelers, who don’t quite know what expect before visiting this city of 1.7 million. With the wide Danube winding through its center, one of Europe’s most stunning skylines and plenty of fabulous architecture lining the Buda and Pest sides of the river, Budapest can justly claim to be one of Europe’s prettiest cities. In many ways it’s still in transition. It has made so much progress over the past two and a half decades since the fall of the Iron Curtain, yet everywhere there are unmistakable signs that still better things are yet to come.

Four Seasons Magazine (Issue 2, 2013)
Modern Flavors
Gresham Restaurant in Budapest offers a new, lighter take on Hungarian cuisine.

Fathom (November 2012)
A Food Tour of Budapest
When in Hungary, come ready to eat your way through Budapest. Here are three days worth of eating and drinking tips. 

Afar (July/August 2011)
Wander: Budapest, Hungary
Today the Hungarian capital is coming into its own as a contemporary design center. The city’s newfound sense of style is visible everywhere, from the thriving art scene to the burgeoning bar culture.

Ling Airline Magazine (April 2010)
Back to Basics in Budapest
If you are looking for a truly authentic experience in the Hungarian capital, seek out one of the no-frills restaurants that only the locals know about.

Oryx (Inflight Magazine for Qatar Airlines) (December 2010)
On The Menu In Budapest
The Danube running through the centre of Budapest, connecting Buda and Pest, is the city’s defining physical feature. But, really, it is the food that connects Hungarians. Hungarians love to eat, and Budapest is a great – albeit little-known – city for food.

Oryx (Inflight Magazine for Qatar Airlines) (December 2010)
Budapest — In Hot Water
In the midst of a bitter cold Budapest winter, slipping on a bathing suit, stripping off your towel, and walking over the icy ground to an outdoor pool may be the last thing any sane person wants to do.

National Geographic Traveler: Intelligent Travel blog (September 4, 2009)
I Heart My City: Carolyn’s Budapest
The city that stole our heart today is Budapest, Hungary.

Olive (January 2008)
48 Hours in Budapest
With an all but indecipherable language and an abundance of restaurants, choosing the right destination in Budapest requires some local knowledge.

Chow (August 18, 2008)
Destination: Open-Air Bars in Budapest
Budapest gets a lot of play for its coffeehouses, but Hungary is a drinking country, and its capital offers bars ranging from swanky see-and-be-seen clubs to dives for the workingman. The best way to drink on a warm late-summer night in the city is at one of the many open-air bars.

Daily Candy (April 2, 2008)
Buda Best
Dollars don’t go far against Euros anymore, but in Budapest you can still dine for the price of a Parisian cab ride. We went to check out the land of wine and thermal spas.

bthere! (Inflight Magazine of Brussels Airlines)
I regularly write the Budapest city guide feature for this magazine. Here are a few of the venues from recent issues.

Four Seasons Magazine (Summer 2007)
Antiques’ Eastern Front
Budapest and Prague are no longer bargain basements, but they’re still chock-full of antique shops, some of which double as auction houses. Here’s what to buy and where to buy it.

Four Seasons Magazine (Spring 2006)
Budapest: Local Talent Fuels a Growing Boutique Scene
While luxury labels are rumored to be opening shops in Budapest, the city’s designers are attracting attention from retailers beyond Hungary’s borders for their collections of directional, often reasonably priced clothes, accessories, and fabrics.

Four Seasons Magazine (Spring 2006)
Street Talk: New Addresses to Know, Budapest’s Király utca
Király utca was a commercial thoroughfare that deteriorated after World War Two. Like many parts of the city, the street has been revitalized with trendy boutiques and luxury flats, while still retaining its historic character.

The Globe and Mail (April 9, 2005)
Wet and Steamy in Budapest’s Baths
In Hungary, they say you can drill into the ground almost anywhere and find thermal water. You can’t say you’ve properly experienced Budapest until you’ve descended into the hot waters of its bathhouses.

Project Foodie (April 2009)
24 Hours in Budapest
In celebration of my book being a finalist in the IACP Cookbook Awards, I shared my top choices from Budapest, given a mere 24 hours in the city.[/tab]

Daily Candy (August 19, 2009)
Winning Wien
Vienna may be one of Europe’s most elegant (read: stuffy) capitals of culture and music, but it also has plenty of edge — groovy designers, wine made within the city limits, stylish beds, and tasty restaurants. And nary a waltz in sight.

National Geographic Traveler: Intelligent Travel blog (October 26, 2009)
Transylvanian Flea Market
My husband wanted a black, wide-brimmed hat, the kind the Gábor Roma of Transylvania wear. So during the second week in October, the plan was clear: we would head to the sprawling annual open-air flea market in the western Transylvanian village of Negreni.

Traveller (easyJet Inflight Magazine) (June 2010)
Vienna’s Trendy Seventh District
Vienna’s creative hub, the Seventh District, is the place to go for one-of-a-kind, unusual fashion and more

check.btheremag.combthere! (Inflight Magazine of Brussels Airlines) (August 2008)
Hungary for More
From the countless monuments and plaques to the grand old buildings and austere museums, Budapest’s past screams out from every corner. 

My series of posts on Vienna (March 2009)

Washington Weekend (Washington Times) (March 18, 2004)
Embassies Showcase Their Countries’ Best
Washington’s 170 embassies are an often un-tapped source of international cultural events.

The Globe and Mail (July 14, 2004)
Bridge of dreams
The 16th century Stari Most, or Old Bridge was considered the greatest Ottoman-era architectural masterpiece in Eastern Europe, and remained the most famed sight in Bosnia even after its destruction during the 1992-95 war. It is hoped that its reconstruction will help span a long-standing ethnic divide.

The Globe and Mail (May 22, 2004)
The power of Gdansk
History has been drawn to Poland’s seaside city: It was where Solidarity was born, and where the first shots of the Second World War were fired. Experience its mellower side by sipping cool beer along the lively waterfront and strolling the cobblestone streets of a community rebuilt from the ashes

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Brody House
Part hotel, part salon for creative types, Brody House has a bohemian vibe and tons of creative energy, and it offers a special opportunity to experience Budapest as a local. 

Boscolo Budapest
In a capital known for its grand coffee houses, the gilded café inside the Boscolo Budapest is easily the most opulent. It served as a second home to many of Hungary’s most famous writers and has made numerous appearances in Hungarian literature.

Kempinski Hotel Corvinus
Budapest’s Kempinski Hotel was one of the city’s first true luxury hotels, and it remains ahead of the pack. Located across from Erzsebet Park, smack in the center of town, you won’t need to travel far to see the sights. 

Boscolo Luxury Residence
The Luxury Residence is a place for people who want to enjoy the atmosphere of a private, luxurious apartment, with the added benefit of a concierge and hotel amenities. It’s also perfect for those who want to be in the city but not quite in the thick of things.

Hertelendy Kastély
Two hours from buzzing Budapest, the Hertelendy Castle is a perfect place to get some countryside downtime — and feel like an early-20th-century aristocrat while you’re at it. One of the very few truly luxurious hotels in Hungary outside Budapest, the posh Hertelendy has thought of all the extras. 

Art’otel Budapest
Facing the Danube in a relaxed neighborhood in Buda, the art’otel was one of Budapest’s first truly hip hotels, with traces of featured-artist Donald Sultan’s creativity in every corner…

Hotel Chatter
My series of hotel reviews from Austria on Vienna (March 2009)
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