13 Foods You Must Try In Budapest This Winter

13 Foods You Must Try In Budapest This Winter

Hungry in Hungary? Classic.
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Although Budapest, Hungary is a city that is nothing less than amazing all year round, the city only gets more and more wonderful as the year transitions from summer to autumn. The leaves of each tree morph from a variety of greens to different shades of oranges, reds, and yellows. The temperature begins to feel cool and crispy, and without a doubt begins to excite you for the holidays to come. Not only is the vibe of the city one of a kind, but the food is to die for. Here are some Hungarian favorites for everyone to try during Hungary's colder months.

1. Forralt Bor - (Mulled Wine).

Warm Wine? AMAZING. The added spices to the warmed up wine gives this festive drink a whole new make over.

2. Lángos.

Hungarian street food = the best street food. This traditional food can be personalized to taste, however, the basic sour cream and cheese is almost always the way to go.

3. Gulyas Leves - (Goulash Soup).

Although this soup is a year-round fave, the cold weather is just another excuse to order it for dinner night after night.

4. Kürtőskalács - (Chimney Cake).

THIS. This will WIN your heart. You can pick one up in a variety of flavors like vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon and more. If you're feeling bold enough during the winter months, you can choose to line the inside with Nutella, and continue to fill it up with soft serve ice cream.

5. Csirke Paprikas - (Chicken Paprikas).

A true Hungarian dish. Filled with yummy flavors and a promising satisfaction.

6. Húsleves - (Meat Soup).

Need a break from the goulash soup? Try the Hungarian meat soup, a soup that'll definitely kick your favorite soup out of top rank.

7. Bableves - (Bean Soup).

I'm sorry... I'm really not trying to make your soup decision more difficult. C'mon, this may look good, but it tastes even better.

8. Töltött Káposzta - (Stuffed Cabbage).


Hungarians LOVE their cabbage. This dish consists of cabbage stuffed with meat, a heart-warming combo.

9. Rakott Káposzta.

This dish is a true spin on one's idea of lasagna. In fact, there is absolutely no pasta in this dish. It simply consists of layered cabbage, meat, sour cream, rice and the optional sausage. DELICIOUS.

10. Bejgli.

A Hungarian pastry traditionally made as the months get closer to Christmas. This festive pastry comes in a variety of flavors like poppyseed, walnut and more. Literally, so good.

11. Gesztenye - (Roasted Chestnuts).

Roasted chestnuts definitely make a great snack during the fall/winter months. The texture of the roasted chestnut and it's subtle yet delicious flavor is truly amazing.

12. Sült Kolbász - Roasted Sausage.

Another fan favorite that can be found at any winter festival. If not, you can always find it at the fresh market!

13. Hortobágyi Palacsinta.

Crepes filled with Hungarian spiced chicken. Ah-Ma-Zing.

If you are planning on visiting Hungary during the cooler months, you certainly cannot leave without trying these dishes. Not planning a trip to Hungary? I hope these pictures just told you to do so. Enjoy!

Cover Image Credit: Andrea Guevara-Gresch

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I Visited The "Shameless" Houses And Here's Why You Shouldn't

Glamorizing a less-than-ideal way to live.
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After five hours of driving, hearing the GPS say, "Turn right onto South Homan Avenue" was a blessing.

My eyes peeled to the side of the road, viciously looking for what I have been driving so long for, when finally, I see it: the house from "Shameless."

"Shameless" is a hit TV show produced by Showtime. It takes place in modern-day Southside, Chicago. The plot, while straying at times, largely revolves around the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. While a majority of the show is filmed offsite in a studio in Los Angeles, many outside scenes are filmed in Southside and the houses of the Gallagher's and side-characters are very much based on real houses.

We walked down the street, stopped in front of the two houses, took pictures and admired seeing the house in real life. It was a surreal experience and I felt out of place like I didn't belong there. As we prepared to leave (and see other spots from the show), a man came strolling down on his bicycle and asked how we were doing.

"Great! How are you?"

It fell silent as the man stopped in front of the Gallagher house, opened the gate, parked his bike and entered his home. We left a donation on his front porch, got back to the car and took off.

As we took the drive to downtown Chicago, something didn't sit right with me. While it was exciting to have this experience, I began to feel a sense of guilt or wrongdoing. After discussing it with my friends, I came to a sudden realization: No one should visit the "Gallagher" house.

The plot largely revolves the Gallagher family and their continual struggle with (extreme) poverty. It represents what Southside is like for so many residents. While TV shows always dramatize reality, I realized coming to this house was an exploitation of their conditions. It's entertaining to see Frank's shenanigans on TV, the emotional roller coasters characters endure and the outlandish things they have to do to survive. I didn't come here to help better their conditions, immerse myself in what their reality is or even for the donation I left: I came here for my entertainment.

Southside Chicago is notoriously dangerous. The thefts, murders and other crimes committed on the show are not a far-fetched fantasy for many of the residents, it's a brutal reality. It's a scary way to live. Besides the Milkovich home, all the houses typically seen by tourists are occupied by homeowners. It's not a corporation or a small museum, it's their actual property. I don't know how many visitors these homes get per day, week, month or year. Still, these homeowners have to see frequent visitors at any hour of the day, interfering with their lives. In my view, coming to their homes and taking pictures of them is a silent way of glamorizing the cycle of poverty. It's a silent way of saying we find joy in their almost unlivable conditions.

The conceit of the show is not the issue. TV shows have a way of romanticizing very negative things all the time. The issue at hand is that several visitors are privileged enough to live in a higher quality of life.

I myself experienced the desire and excitement to see the houses. I came for the experience but left with a lesson. I understand that tourism will continue to the homes of these individuals and I am aware that my grievances may not be shared with everyone, however, I think it's important to take a step back and think about if this were your life. Would you want hundreds, potentially thousands, of people coming to your house? Would you want people to find entertainment in your lifestyle, good and bad?

I understand the experience, excitement, and fun the trip can be. While I recommend skipping the houses altogether and just head downtown, it's most important to remember to be respectful to those very individuals whose lives have been affected so deeply by "Shameless."

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Day Four In Italy: Florence

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Waking up bright and early we first took the tour bus to the country side of Florence where we visited a medieval town full of shops that lined a beautiful countryside.


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We spent about three hours here just looking around, buying things, and taking pictures. Once the three hours were up, we went to a winery where they explained how they made wine with the grapes in their vineyard.


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After the tour, they fed us lunch with some of their wine. Then, after we ate, we passed through their wine shop and took the bus back to the Piazza della Signoria. On the way back, our tour guide was telling us about Michelangelo and his time creating the Statue of David. We had to stand in a line for about thirty minutes but when our time came, we were thrilled. We entered and saw artwork from many different artists. However, Michelangelo had a hallway of his own that was mostly filled with unfinished sculptures of statues with David being at the very end.


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After the tour of the art museum, our tour guide took us to the square where the churches were and gave us a history lesson on them. He gave us a background on the pictures that were painted on the doors and what they represent.


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After this tour, we went back to our hotel where we were able to go eat dinner. My friends and I went back to the small square we first went to and ate in a small pizza joint.


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If you ever go to Europe, keep in mind that they have a hard time splitting orders. As we were sitting at this table, we asked for separate checks but they made us pay separately on a single check, which was kind of funny watching three American girls pick through their euros.

After dinner, we went back to our hotel to pack for the next day. To the train station, then Pompeii!

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