After visiting the Christmas Market last night, my mind was set to visit that venue before we left Budapest. Since we slept in late this morning, we got a late start on the day.
The Marriott is only a couple blocks away from the Christmas Market and visiting it was an easy choice for us. A huge noble fir with Christmas tree lights allowed us to find the market quickly.
Given the cold weather (upper 30 degrees Fahrenheit), Peggy and I both ordered a “mulled wine”. This is traditional warm Hungarian drink served during the holidays. After tasting it, I’d have to say that it resembled a hot Sangria with some additional spices like cloves and cinnamon.
I also ordered a “Hun Dog” and when I saw “pork knuckle”, I had to order that as well. Seeing me order food and share it this way probably caught Mikaela by surprise and my family has gotten used to my strange foodie ways.
The hot dog consisted of a Hungarian sausage. It was topped with chopped cabbage, ketchup, mayonnaise and dijon mustard and wrapped with a rustic artisan hotdog bun. Bite sized pork knuckle was combined with steamed white potatoes and caramelized onions.
On the outer portion of the Market, you’ll find a lot of craft vendors and food that hasn’t been immediately prepared (e.g., baked goods, cheese, jerky). An abundance of vendors that typically attend craft fairs are also available to sell winter hats, scarfs, socks and children’s toys.
After lunch, we took a long walk towards Central Market in search of interesting locally made products. Many of the restaurants had people with coupons trying to lure unsuspecting tourists. Some even tried to make Hungarian food comfort cuisine by stating that they have a “tourist menu”.
One of the more traditional things to eat at the Christmas Market is the “Chimney Cake” and Kari had to sample that. Dough is rolled around a cylinder and mounted to a long skewer. It is then rolled in white sugar and placed on a BBQ similar to the type that is used to make kebab. The cake is piping hot and smokes like a chimney once you receive it. It is similar to a stiff cinnamon roll.