My last post was about how much I enjoyed eating all the food in Budapest & Prague, but I always intended to actually talk about the cities themselves. My friend and I spent three days in Budapest and five days in Prague. It was really an amazing little trip.

St Vitus Cathedral in Prague was stunning

Budapest was such a nice change of pace after living in Dublin the last couple of months. It is technically supposed to be summer in Dublin, but of course, it's never really summer in Ireland. In Budapest, the weather was beautiful—definitely shorts and t-shirt weather. 

Churches and synagogues in Budapest

We did a lot of drinking, a lot of eating (as evidenced by the previous post), and a lot of relaxing and walking around. We went on a walking tour on first day in Budapest, and got to walk around on both the Pest and Buda sides of the Danube River. Budapest is a lovely, beautiful city, but it's a bit run down, and that's part of it's charm. There are half destroyed and decaying buildings spread fairly abundantly around the city, but it's still lively and enchanting. Another plus, is great food, cheap beer, and cheap everything, basically. I would say it's a bit cheaper than Kansas City, which is great for a European city.

Walking up to the Buda castle

We were also completely retarded when it came to paying in Forints. It was about 300 HUF to the Euro, which proved to be quite difficult for us (I wish I sucked less at math), and people would just take money out of our hands when we were trying to pay for things because we would often hand them the wrong amount.

Having some beers on the train to Prague and  beers in one of the ruin pubs.

We had heard a lot about the ruin pubs before our arrival in Hungary. The ruin pubs are basically old half-destroyed buildings (from various wars) that were turned into exciting divey bars. We went to Szimpla (one of the more famous ruin bars) one night, and it definitely a lovely experience. We met some fellow (somewhat fellow for me, since I do live there!) Irish and Scottish men and chatted with them while downing way, way too many shots of Palinka. Palinka (I mentioned this in my previous post) is very, very strong fruit liquor. It burns like 151 going down, but I thought it was definitely better than the Absinthe shots we took in Prague (though my friend disagreed). We asked our new friends what time the bars close here, and they said, "eh sometimes never sometimes whenever they feel like it."

The Széchenyi baths

One of my favorite things from Budapest was getting to go to the Széchenyi Baths. The Széchenyi baths are one of the largest baths in Europe and are fed by thermal springs. It was so relaxing, and was a needed break after walking around the city for a couple days.

The John Lennon wall in Budapest

Prague felt like a bigger city, and definitely was filled with more tourists. It definitely lives up to the description of being a fairytale city, as the architecture there is absolutely breathtaking. My friend kept joking that we would eventually find the shitty part of Prague, but it just never happened. Prague was a bit cooler then Budapest weather wise, but still so much nicer than Dublin. We also kept stumbling upon the coolest random things.

We found this neat little museum with fantastical works painted by Czech artist Reon Argondian. Then, we found a house of mirrors.

Our first day here, we stopped in Old Town Square and I was immediately enthralled when I saw a performer in a kilt blasting Die Antwoord and some other music that was definitely not family friendly in a square full of children and tourists. We watched his show, which was entertaining enough, but his personality and charm was what really made the show awesome. His name was Chicken Joe, and he was from Belfast (more fellow Irishmen) and he ended up taking us to a local bar that is definitely far off the beaten path for the average tourist. He was a character and had great stories to tell (he also grew up in a family of buskers and performers). His Danish friend was bat shit crazy, like he definitely did too many drugs in his past and most likely his present. Chicken Joe kept reminding that his friend was harmless enough and he proved to be alright.

A beer flight in the Prague Beer Musuem

Beer is better in Prague, though not quite as cheap. Prague is known for having great cheap beer, and our first night there we went to the Prague Beer Museum and tried a flight of local beers, which were mostly pretty good. Everything in Prague is a little more expensive then Budapest, but still much cheaper than Dublin. The money was also easier for our poor minds to comprehend, approximately 25 Czech to the Euro (after the conversion rate) was so much easier to deal with. Another interesting thing we found is that you are allowed to smoke cigarettes everywhere, in every bar and every restaurant. I found that my favorite beer was Krušovice, a dark stout that was surprisingly similar to Guinness, but not quite as heavy. 

Watching a barman prepare our absinthe drinks.

Absinthe is a fairly popular drink in Prague. We tried absinthe in the traditional Czech way, just a straight shot, which was horrible. I knew already that I wasn't a big fan of Absinthe, but I was determined to give it another shot (no pun intended, ha). I do not like licorice flavored things, especially licorice flavored things that burn like a mother going down. We also tried Absinthe in the more popular non-Czech way with the caramelized sugar and water, which was far more tolerable.

The outskirts of Kutna Hora.

We took a day trip to Kutna Hora, which turned into more of an afternoon trip, which means we didn't actually get to explore the city of Kutna Hora at all. Our main purpose of going to Kutna Hora was to see the Sedlec Ossuary or more famously known as the bone church. The bone church is a small Roman Catholic Church decorated with bones from approximately 40,000-70,000 human skeletons. I was expecting it to be creepier than it turned out to be, but it was definitely amazing.

The Sedlec Ossuary, look at all dem bones.

Our main nightlife excursion in Prague was to go to the Cross Club, an alternative industrial electronic club. It's decorated with all sorts of gadgetry giving it a very industrial feel and it even has moving pipes and parts. However, I wish I wasn't so exhausted when we got here though. We didn't arrive till 2 A.M. (It's open till 7 A.M.), but the music was still bumping and vibes were still good. I would definitely recommend going here, and I definitely want to go back there sometime.

Leaving the Cross club a bit after dawn, and the inside of the club.

Overall, the trip was amazing. We did find that the people of Budapest and the people of Prague do not know how to pour beers properly, or they simply do not care. Beers are always poured with a ton of head, and are never filled to the top. At least they are cheap! My friend found this to be way more irritating than I did, as I was just having a good time! I loved Budapest and Prague both. Budapest for the ruin pubs, amazing food, cheap beer, and the baths. Prague for the incredible architecture and beauty, good beer, and cool vibes.  I can't wait for my next adventure.

Walking the streets of Prague, you will see all sorts of interesting things


My job ended about two weeks ago. The only upside is that it allowed me to journey and wander to Eastern Europe and visit two very lovely cities: Budapest and Prague. I decided to document my food experiences first and then go back and document everything else, because obviously the food is almost the best part of traveling. So stay tuned to hear about the rest of the details of the trip.

Also, this trip was not cheap for having gone to such affordable cities. We indulged in way too much drinking, and way, way too much eating. Next trip, I will eat less like a king and more like a poor traveler, considering my funds are getting pretty low! Also, excuse my fatass while I show you in detail how much food I ate on my trip. I love to eat, and I love to eat good. Normally, good means mostly healthy, but hey, traveling is different. Anyway, I want to eat all the foods...


Day 1

We first went to Budapest for three days and four nights. The first two nights we were staying next to this huge market where the first floor was almost entirely made up of produce and butchers. On the second floor, there was a bunch of food stands and other various goods and souvenirs. We made it to the market twice while we were there, and ate stupid amounts of food.

The Central Market

Note to anyone traveling to Budapest, when you are ordering food, do not agree to any extra toppings. That price tag of 1200 forints (roughly 4 euro) goes up exponentially when you agree to add extra toppings and sides. I forgot to get a picture of the epic proportions of food we got on our first day at the market, but the 1200 forint price tag became 7800 forints (26 euro). We got stuffed cabbage, some rice casserole cabbage dish, fried cheese, fried zucchini, more cabbage sides, sauces, feta salad, and various chopped vegetables. Oh well, it was delicious, and we were splitting it between two people. However, we couldn’t finish the last few bites, because it was way too much food. That also may have been because we got a snack beforehand, of course. I remember distinctly saying that I wanted to try as much food as possible the first day. Our snack (which would be a meal for one person), was a delicious bread cone stuffed with sausages, cabbage, and sauces. It was sooo good.

Delicious bread sausage cone, and the counter we ordered the ridiculous amount of food from.

Our next food adventure was for dinner this same evening. We also took an almost daily gelato break. We wandered around Budapest and just found this cool restaurant. We were told that we needed to try Palinka, which is a strong fruit liquor. We ordered our shots of Palinka, chicken paprikash and a chicken rice dish. Palinka is not pleasant. That shit is strong, whew! One of our meals came with goulash soup (delicious, and after pondering it for a few days, we decided that goulash is exactly like Irish stew, but with the meat and veggies cut up smaller, and with much better flavoring). It also came with some sort of cake dessert. I have to say the chicken paprikash was incredible. I need more of this in my life. This may have been my favorite dish of the trip.

Day 2

We tried to find more traditional Hungarian food, (since the market was closed) but we ended up eating at a German restaurant. The appetizers were delightful. The main meals were pretty good, but not amazing. Also, for me, this was hilarious - my friend's pork dish was served with a cutlet circle of decorative fat (wish I would have gotten a better picture of that) and me being me, I made him try it. He said it was the absolute worst thing that he has ever eaten and immediately spit it out and lost his appetite for the rest of the meal (though he had eaten most of it before then, so I didn't feel too bad).

Bacon wrapped sausages with cole slaw, savory meat pancake, chicken tenders on potato wedges, and pork with fries.

We went to a small, mostly food market and wanted to try the traditional langos. Langos are a fried bread usually covered in sour cream and cheese, and are a popular street or drunken food in Hungary. It was pretty good, but very filling and very greasy. Same goes for the potato pancake. It was good, but way too greasy. For dinner, we got back a bit late and decided Mexican was the way to go (plus it was the only decent looking thing open).

Market food near the baths. Traditional langos and potato pancake. For dinner that evening we went to a Mexican restaurant and got mini quesadillas and fajitas.

Day 3

We of course went to the market again and tried some retes as a snack first. Mine was curd cheese and dill, and my friend’s was pumpkin something, and they were both weirdly sweet. Honestly, this was probably the worst thing I ate in Hungary. Not good. Not good at all. But then we got a bowl of goulash (forgot to get any pics of Hungarian goulash) to cleanse our palates before getting more food. After that we got "rustic" langos, otherwise known as savory pancakes, and a sausage kebab. The sign and the relayed prices did not match, but we didn't feel like complaining. Oh well, both were delicious. Of course, because we were being super fat, we got gelato afterwards and a chimney cake for later. Chimney cakes are a popular bread pastry usually covered in cinnamon and sugar generally. They are amazing.

For dinner, we went to a lovely restaurant in a hotel. We were apprehensive because we were the only guests there, but they had a lovely buffet and it was nearly all wonderful.

Chicken langos, sausage kebab and salad. For dinner, a delicious buffet style meal.

After market snack of gelato and chimney cakes.


Day 1

We woke up early to catch the train and got some 7 A.M. pizza slices. Mine was something Mexican and Hugh's had some sort of white sauce with hardboiled eggs. They were tasty enough. Later on, we decided to check on the dining cart and got our first "Czech" meals.

Chicken and mash, chicken curry and rice, and a chocolate cake for dessert.

For dinner, we tried to go to the Prague Beer Museum, but arrived too late to eat from their full menu. So we opted for a pretzel and sausages. Of course, since we wanted to eat everything, this was not enough food, so we got kebabs later as well.

Day 2

We basically went to the same pastry shop for breakfast most mornings. I forgot to take any pictures, but I really enjoyed this leek and blue cheese pastry. It was so yummy. After walking around a bit, we stopped at yet another bakery and got a mini quiche and some Thai chicken soup.

Thai chicken soup, and some sort of quiche.

For dinner, we went to some restaurant at a hotel. It was nice, and the menu was huge. The hotel also had a club, and we went in after dinner, not realizing part of it was a strip club. Haha. Also, weird thing, you can smoke everywhere in Prague. For dinner though, us being us, we decided we wanted to eat everything yet again. We split Czech goulash soup, which is very different from Hungarian goulash. It is much thicker and has a consistency more similar to chili, still super tasty though. I got some sort of combo meat, cabbage, and dumpling plate, and my friend got sirloin with cranberry and dumplings. We are both boggled by the idea that these "dumplings" are actually dumplings, ‘cause besides the potato dumplings on my plate, the rest of it was just sliced bread. Oh well. For dessert (of course) we got creme brulee and a Bailey’s sundae. Divine.

Bread, goulash soup, sirloin with cranberry and dumplings, various meats, dumplings, & cabbage, and finally dessert.

Day 3

We ate pastries for breakfast as usual. The pastries in this country are phenomenal. For dinner, we went to a highly recommended Mexican restaurant called Las Adelitas. It's probably the best Mexican food I have had overseas. Yum. They also had a Mariachi band playing which was pretty dope. And oh my god, the Mango Chile margaritas are by the far the best margaritas I have ever had in my life. I usually don't like sweet drinks either, but they were made with real Mango and were fucking amazing. We actually went back another day just to get more Mango margs.

We split al pastor nachos with a side of guac, and an al pastor burrito.

Day 4

Went to a lovely restaurant called Lokal for lunch. We ordered lentil soup and sausages (served with horseradish and mustard) as a starter, along with mead and mulled wine. Mmmm, so good. They served the mulled wine and mead with sugar cubes and honey (not really sure why, both were sweet enough) though the sugar cubes were adorable! They made up the suits of a deck of cards. For our main meals, we split some Beef shin goulash and Smažený sýr (fried cheese served with tartar sauce).

Mead, sausage with mustard and sauerkraut, lentil sausage soup, and goulash and Smažený sýr.

Of course we got a midday gelato snack. For dinner, we ate at a restaurant near where we were staying. We got a cabbage sausage soup and a chicken dumpling soup to start. I had chicken pesto pasta, and my friend had a burger. It was pretty good, though nothing to rave about.

Day 5

We went to another pastry shop for breakfast. We got a ham croissant, some fruit pastry, and another savory spinach cheese pastry. For lunch, we went to an awesome Asian build-your-own noodles shop which was super good (I love all things Asian). This was unfortunately our last day on our lovely little adventure. The last thing we ate was a banh mi sandwich at the airport.

Pastries and banh mihs.

Budapest and Prague were both wonderful cities that I would love to go back and visit again! The nightlife and the cities were amazing (which I will write about next). The food was delightful and scrumptious in both cities, however, I must say that I really loved the Hungarian food. It was just so much better, and dare I say, healthier. Also, my Grandmother was Hungarian, so I think the food reminded me of her and her cooking as well.

I will make chicken paprikash soon and reminisce on all of the tasty things I got to eat on my trip. Though if you couldn't tell, I ate like about 10 horses on my trip, so now it's back to going to the gym hardcore and trying to eat clean...until my next adventure!