A friend from home asked me for a favor while I’m traveling.

“Dude, I’m going to need you channel your inner Anthony Bourdain and take pictures of all the food from your trip and send me pictures and reviews.”

I haven’t been entirely consistent with his request, but I definitely have some things to share. Bon appétit!

I've eaten a lot of Döner and Dürüm because it's delicious and cheap. If you don't know it, it's the big spinning pile of meat that gets shaved off and put in bread or a wrap with vegetables.  My favorite was in Munich at a place called Oliva because they had great bread and instead of pepper flakes, they used a spicy sauce. I like it saucy.
I’ve eaten a lot of Döner and Dürüm because it’s delicious and cheap. If you don’t know it, it’s the big spinning pile of meat that gets shaved off and put in bread or a wrap with vegetables. My favorite was in Munich at a place called Oliva because they had great bread and instead of pepper flakes, they used a spicy sauce. I like it saucy.
Oktoberfest had lots of good food. These weisswurst sausages were pretty tasty, but this particular dish was notable for me because this is the best sauerkraut I've ever had. It had bacon in it.
Oktoberfest had lots of good food. These weisswurst sausages were pretty tasty, but this particular dish was notable for me because this is the best sauerkraut I’ve ever had. It had bacon in it.
Another Oktoberfest food called Stuckerfisch, which is a whole mackerel that they put on a stick and roast. It was great. It reminded me of my trip to the Philippines a few years ago because It was delicious but kind of hard to eat.
Another Oktoberfest food called Steckerlfisch, which is a whole mackerel that they put on a stick and roast. It was great. It reminded me of my trip to the Philippines a few years ago because It was delicious but kind of hard to eat.
I ate it with this tiny fork. Actually at some point I gave up and just used my hands. Messy, but it's so much easier.
I ate it with this tiny fork… Actually to be honest I gave up and just used my hands. Messy, but it’s so much easier. It was for a good cause.
Here's a sausage from a stand in Oktoberfest. I think it was good but I don't really remember? I wasn't in the best place to be reviewing food at this point in the day. Oktoberfest wooooooo!
Here’s a sausage from a stand in Oktoberfest. I think it was good but I don’t really remember? I wasn’t in the best place to be reviewing food at this point in the day. Oktoberfest wooooooo!
A lot of German food is a pile of meat next to a pile of some form of potatoes. Sometimes there's gravy. Oftentimes there's a tiny sliver of a vegetable in the corner to pretend it's a balanced meal.
A lot of German food is a pile of meat next to a pile of some form of potatoes. Sometimes there’s gravy. Sometimes there’s sauerkraut, or red cabbage in this case. Oftentimes there’s a tiny sliver of a vegetable in the corner so you can pretend it’s a balanced meal.
I can't talk about food and beverage from this trip without talking about beer. I'll say that the beers are less adventurous than some of the craft microbrews from back home in the Pacific Northwest, but the quality is just very high all across the board. Pictured is a Raschofer's Rossbräu zwickl from Salzburg. I don't know what kind of beer a zwickl is exactly, but it's one of my favorite Austrian beers for sure.
I can’t talk about food and beverage from this trip without talking about beer. I’ll say that the beers are less adventurous than some of the craft microbrews from back home in the Pacific Northwest, but the quality is just very high all across the board. Pictured is a Raschofer’s Rossbräu zwickl from Salzburg. I don’t know what kind of beer a zwickl is exactly, but it’s one of my favorite Austrian beers for sure.
Sometimes it's nice to treat yourself to a fancy dinner at a swanky restaurant. Hungary is super cheap compared to the other places I've been so far, so it's a good place to do it. At a beautiful dockside restaurant looking out over the Danube, I got this incredible swordfish with the most expensive single malt scotch on the menu and an espresso afterward for less than $20 U.S.
Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to a fancy dinner at a swanky restaurant. Hungary is super cheap compared to the other places I’ve been so far, so it’s a good place to do it. At a beautiful dockside restaurant looking out over the Danube, I got this incredible swordfish with the most expensive single malt scotch on the menu and an espresso afterward for less than $20 U.S.
Traditional Hungarian food has some strange combinations of things (pickles and sour cream?), but overall it's pretty good. The nearest comparison I have in my experience is Polish food. I really like Polish galompki, so I was pretty excited about this similar Hungarian cabbage roll. It's stuffed with rice, bits of meat, and spices and then (like a lot of Hungarian food) slathered in a paprika sauce.
Traditional Hungarian food has some strange combinations of things (pickles and sour cream?), but overall it’s pretty good. The nearest comparison I have in my experience is Polish food. I really like Polish galompki, so I was pretty excited about this similar Hungarian cabbage roll. It’s stuffed with rice, bits of meat, and spices and then (like a lot of Hungarian food) slathered in a paprika sauce.
In some places there's a trend of dressing up burgers into fancy gourmet meals. This was one of my favorite examples of that, a duck burger with bacon, goat cheese melted and crisped, and a delicious berry chutney. It had a great balance of sweet, smoky, fatty, and hearty. I was so excited during this meal.
In some places there’s a trend of dressing up burgers into fancy gourmet meals. This was one of my favorite examples of that, a duck burger with bacon, goat cheese melted and crisped, and a delicious berry chutney. It had a great balance of sweet, smoky, fatty, and hearty. I was so excited during this meal.
They also love pizza here, as well they should. Everyone loves pizza! I'm not so good at the metric system so I ordered a 60cm diameter pizza, which it turns out is fucking gigantic (tiny English girl shown for comparison).
They also love pizza here, as well they should. Everyone loves pizza! I’m not so good at the metric system so I ordered a 60cm diameter pizza, which it turns out is fucking gigantic (tiny English girl shown for comparison).
This was a street food I got in Budapest. It's a traditional Transylvanian pastry called a Kürtőskalács. I typed it but I don't know how to pronounce it. It's hollow in the middle and rolled in sugar of some sort. I got vanilla. :)
This was a street food I got in Budapest. It’s a traditional Transylvanian pastry called a Kürtőskalács. I typed it but I don’t know how to pronounce it. It’s hollow in the middle and rolled in sugar of some sort. I got vanilla. 🙂
One of the weirdest things for me was being in a ruin pub in Budapest (more on those later), where there was a woman just walking around selling carrots. In heavily accented English, she said it's a hangover cure. It was so random and hilarious to me that of course I had to get one.
One of the weirdest things for me was being in a ruin pub in Budapest (more on those in a future blog), where there was a woman just walking around selling carrots. In heavily accented English, she said it’s a hangover cure. It was so random and hilarious to me that of course I had to get one. I love carrots.

This is only part one. I intend to continue eating, so you can expect that from time to time I’ll do food-related posts for those of you that enjoy living vicariously through my gastronomic exploits.

But now I’m hungry in Hungary, so it’s time to go seek out another food adventure!