|Erin posted many beautiful pictures of our Budapest|
trip on American Barbaric- about 1/3 architecture,
1/6 food, and 1/2 miscellaneous craziness.
Well, I promised a flurry of chip reviews when I returned from my vacation in Hungary, but instead I was overtaken with a fit of laziness and sucked into another major project, developing and releasing a tabletop fantasy wargame tentatively titled ‘Tide of Battle’ (I'll put a link up once I have a site ready).
|Lajos Kossuth was the internationally renowned dissident|
journalist and president of a doomed Hungarian revolutionary
republic. Kossuth is also the powerful Fire God of the
Forgotten Realms. Coincidence? I think not.
|Hungary is where Rohan learned to charge |
down the castle ramparts sweeping their foes
before them (see 1:58). The glow on the
painting is not an illicit camera flash, but
Gandalf arriving in the distance.
Fortunately for me, I arrived before the tax was in place, and I also got to revel in Hungary’s wonderful history of doomed badassery. Kind of like Poland, the Magyar people of Hungary spent the first half of the last millennium taking names, and the second half rebelling against foreign occupiers (Ottomon Turks, Austrians, Russians), while hybridizing their background as wild horse archers from the steppes with a reputation for romantic intellectualism, courtesy of their Austrian occupiers-cum-reluctant-partners-in-empire.
|We didn't try jumping off the|
balcony but the idea definitely
occurred to us.
So besides the Hungarian reputation for doomed-bad-assery, Budapest is a beautiful city with so many gorgeous buildings and monuments you’ll want to shake a stick at it, without being half as crowded or polluted as Paris. Furthermore, they have two excellent things going for them: delicious cooking at utterly affordable prices, and hot-spring baths.
|Asparagus, wrapped in ham,|
wrapped in fried chicken breast,
in crispy fried gnocchi cooked
in a gorgonzola cream suace,
with a sweet balsamic sauce
on the side. For 6 Euros.
|Navajo fry bread was a concept so brilliant|
it was also spontaneously created in Hungary
as is known as Langos. We did not take
advantage of the version covered in meet
cheese and cream. Not kidding.
So let’s just say Hungary was culinary happy times for me, and I recommend it on that basis alone, but the Hungarians stores were also diversely stocked compared to those in Paris. Now these chips tended to come from two sources: domestically produced by the Chios chips company (which has a very wide range of offerings), or as one would expect, various offerings from Lay’s tailored for the Central European market. (As Hungary is too small at 10 million people to have an entire market segment, they are instead marketed to a common region that includes the Baltic states, the Czech and Slovak Republics, and Poland.)
|Courtesy of the National Musuem,|
we can see the dreaded Hungarian
Chio’s offerings proved to be extensive and varied, but surprisingly, Lay’s Central European products also sported a number of brilliantly tasty and well-conceived items that I have yet to see in France or America. (Perhaps some are derived from American releases that I have not yet been exposed to.) So read on for the first of my Hungarian chip reviews, and hear the tale of my fried-potato slice discoveries in the Kingdom of the Magyars…