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ENIT – Italian National Tourist Board Evening – focuses on the Mediterranean diet!  

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ENIT – Gala Dinner – Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall. The evening was arranged by personal invitation to illustrious V.I.P. and special guests, also dedicated to Italian and Hungarian tour operators with a dinner focusing on the Mediterranean Diet and the ENIT 2019 Activity Program.

Beside the mouth-watering flavors, the entertainment was throughout the whole evening.  The Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall with its interior architecture  “fesko”(a screen of the “so calling” landscape of Italy) on the stage’s back wall is simply beautiful with it as if we have had been just arriving to Italy.

The keystones of the evening was the promotion of the Italian tourist offers – Made in Italy – one of the richest artistic heritage in the world. Breathtaking landscapes, the warmth of the Mediterranean, extraordinary sounds-and sights of Italy. Also was to introduce the forthcoming ENIT 2019 program of activities. Beside the mouth-watering Italian gastronomy, was told that tourist enjoy their visits from Budapest to Italy back-and-forth exclusively to experience the world of so many things to enjoy Made in Italy. Was  pointed out by visiting, exploring of the places where culture, history, art and good kitchen and home-made real “mama”cuisines” …  real “à la carte”  made in Italy style are available and are not to be missed. Was introduced three Hungarian tourist office’s representatives who were invited to explore some Italian  cities, towns, vineyards and other venues which are not listed in their tour offers to Italy and known by the Hungarians. They spoke about the experiences and the wonderful hospitalities they gained during their study stay. Mr. Francesco Maria Mari  President – Italian Chamber of Commerce in Hungary outlined the tourism situation in Italy and that next year another opportunity will come forwards for tourist offices to explore the discoveries Italy.

After tasting through the Mediterranean Diet awesome food, cakes and top wines, fun time has not been left out.  András Hábetler and Beatrix Fodor, two grand opera singers performed a superb opera stand up featuring exceptional sounds and with fully packed of humor.

Coming close to the end to the grand gathering a Huge Cake was rolled into the Giuseppe Verdi Hall with the sign on top of it saying „Welcome to Italy”.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Made in Italy – Apericena and typical Puglia products

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On the Italian Gastronomy World Week, attending at one of the dining restaurant Ristorante Gustolato – Budapest. 

On a non virtual tasting tour of the best foods of Puglia, Italy to Ristorante Gustolato – Budapest.  On the evening it was possible to taste the typical Puglia products, which are the basis of the Mediterranean diet. Puglia cooking is all about local ingredients. A rich gastronomic offer was made for guests based on the Puglia traditions. Among the typical products of Puglia were some of the most famous Italian delicacies the decadent creamy Burrata di Andria and the well-known extra virgin olive oil.

At first, had to figure out if the name is Apulia or Puglia, and heard as to clear this up, Apulia is the ancient name of the region, coming from Greek meaning “those who live on the other side of the Adriatic Sea.” Puglia is the modern-Italian name of the region and is used today. 

Where is actually Puglia !?! … at the heel of Italy’s boot lies Puglia, a land so rich in flavors and local delicacies that it has become a favorite culinary destination for both Italians and tourists seeking real traditional Italian food.

At the restaurant can be purchased several Italian pasta, spice accessories, sweets, cakes and many other dedicates all made in Italy.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Food and Literature – Italian Culture Institute – Budapest

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In the series of  A Week of Italian Cuisine in the World at the Italian Culture Institute was held a theater show … Art of Cooking … with Maria Teresa Ruta –  Guenda Goria – Silvia Siravo entitled Food and Literature.

Food from ancient times has a long history especially when it comes to Italy flavors.

A culinary evening with sayings from famous people’s, movie worlds, traditional Italian dishes, wines, composers, desserts was on showcase. Began the show by going back in time to biblical age – Eve and forbidden fruit (apple) with several stops in historical lanes to the foodstuffs  and their role in history.

The meals damped not only our hunger, but also creating an opportunity to – based on the Convivio Latin phrase meaning = be in community, share with each other our joys, our sorrows.

Literary works refer to moments of sharing meals, recipes and dishes, because all that is about food, is also a question an important question of life for the Italians. Probably, not on my own, many know, that taking a pan of food over to the neighbor, friends is a kind act, but if the pan, pot is not given back it can become a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility between each other. The Italian of housewives cooking tools are the most important thing in life.

This evening we sat by the imaginary “tables” …  how decisive the food is for our lives. Of course, the words were spiced up with entertaining musical inserts.

For example, Rossini  “set of table” , in his words: Q.: “What is Love for the heart, is the stomach appetite. The stomach is the conductor that conducts the orchestra of emotions, empty stomach sounds like a bassoon or resentful longing flute, while a full rumble beating rhythm of pleasure, joy drumbeat. Love is nothing but hustle and bustle on stage primadonna whose passionate voice intoxicating our ears and our hearts to kidnap. Eat and Love, Sing and Digest are the four acts of the comonic opera that we call LIFE, which is quickly fleeting moment like drunkenness caused by champagne. A fool to let it go without enjoying it”

They talked about the Italian movies having  such an effect culinary  moments, such as:  “The Sweet Life” Ravioli with spelled spinach,  „An American in Rome” Tomato Spaghetti, ”For a Bunch of Dollars”Sausage Beans, „Panther”Flavored Macaroni„Swept away” – Seafood with spaghetti …just mentioning a few.

Almost certain by the end, after the imaginary “table” everybody became terribly hungry and in company asked one-an-other … Are you hungry? … Where shall we to head to eat?

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter

Third Italian Gastronomic World Week – Budapest

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ITALY!  –  EATALY!

November, 19. – 25 . 2018. 

Joining for the 3rd time to the Italian Cuisine world week in Budapest  with more than 130 countries to celebrate Italian Cuisine Week. the initiative will explore the popularity of Italian food, wine, groceries, restaurants all prepared as evidence of the “Made in Italy” brand’s which has been international successful.

At the Embassy of Italy Budapest hosted media representatives to announce the details to the forthcoming series of events regarding to the  A Week of Italian Cuisine in the World.  

Over the centuries, Italy’s universally beloved products have become ambassadors for Italian excellence. For each, all-natural ingredients are incorporated into age-old recipes still followed by generations of artisans across Italy’s 20 regions. Thanks to this passion for tradition and quality, Italy is known across the globe in over a 100 countries for its specialties.

This event includes more than 1000 initiatives and includes over 300 offices between diplomatic and consular offices. The Embassy of Italy Budapest together with Italian Cultural Institutes, also with the involvement of the Italian Institute for Trade Promotion (ICE Budapest), the Italian Tourism Office (ENIT) and the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Italian Academy of Kitchen to promote top quality Italian cuisine.  The rich program of the events includes thematic menus, gala dinners, seminars  (the story of Italian wine ), food and wine tastings as well as film screening illustrating how Italian food has become part of the history in cinema.

The Italian culinary is art and the Mediterranean diet is just one of the elements that make Italy the most healthiest country in the world.

The backbone of this third edition is promoting Mediterranean Diet and its ingredients …
discussion on healthy diet and/to preventive medicine, with
healthy recipes, quick and easy to make with products available on the local stores will be published on the Embassy website (www.ambbudapest.esteri.it).

The promotion with the “Pasta Pesto Day” initiative, which as a result of the Morandi Bridge tragedy promotes the most typical recipe in the restaurant all over the world, where a portion of the proceeds will go to the Municipality of Genoa .

In addition to enjoying food, the wine takes place on the table and with it the Italian life style comes alive.  There is an Italian saying “By the set table, one does not grow old”. At the event  jointly organized with the Budapest’s ICE Agency curated  Barbara Tamburini, the internationally renowned expert, qualitative growth of Italian vineyards will talk about the 20 regions of 10 vinyards in Italy. The wine-show will be represented by Erzsébet Sala.

November, 19. 2018 – 6.30 p.m. 

Life and Literature “Recitar Eating” – “Recitar mangiando” Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall. Theatrical  presentation about the Art of Cooking by three actresses Maria Teresa Ruta, Guenda Goria and Silvia Siravo tell through the various authors of the world in literature, the meaning of food in life, traveling through history, philosophy, psychology, music and poetry.

“An American in Rome” – director Vincenti Minelli –  Italian Culture Institution – Cinema Hall.  Alberto Sordi in the role of Nando Moricone – “Maccarone, you provoked me and I destroy you now, maccarone!

November, 21. 2018 – 7 p.m. ENIT – Gala Dinner – Italian Culture Institution – Giuseppe Verdi Hall. Evening dedicated to Italian and Hungarian tour operators with a dinner focusing on the Mediterranean Diet. ENIT 2019 Activity Program.

November, 22. 2018. – 11.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. “Tradition and Quality” – Hotel Marriott – Budapest

Conference … Traveling around 20 provinces with 10 vineyard regions, introducing the Italian wines.

November, 22. 2018 . 5.30 p.m. Apericena Tasting of typical products of Puglia . During the  evening you can taste a selection of local products from Puglia as the base of the Mediterranean Diet. 

November, 19th – 25th 2018.  Seven-day adventure to the Mediterranean Diet … The Participating Restaurants line-ups: “Da Nandi ” –  ” Gustolato Restaurant “  – ” I Fiori dell’Orto “  –  “Cantine Le Grotte” and  “Azienda Gino Turco”.

Closing the press conference the H.E. Massimo Rustico – Italy Ambassador to Hungary recalled Hippocrates …“Food is your medicine, and medicine is your food!”

At the end of the press conference, the guests enjoyed the hospitality of the Embassy –  Made in Italy snacks, cakes,  Italian coffee and wine tasting took place.

For further information insights to the program visit:

http://ambbudapest.esteri.it/ambasciata_budapest/it/ambasciata/terza-settmana-della-cucina-italiana.html

You don’t want to miss any part of these fabulous events!

Arrivederci!

Update  and snaps by Aggie Reiter

The winter season continues rolling along the wine-growing areas of Badacsony

Lake Balaton is the largest Sweetwater and shallowest lake in Central Europe.  Approximately two-hour drive from Budapest. Balaton wine region is one of the seven larger wine regions of Hungary.

Lake Balaton besides being an attractive holiday resort, also a wine region of ten thousand hectares.  Before wine became a tourist attraction in its own right, Lake Balaton … the Hungarian Sea was the holiday location in Hungary… it serves every possible recreational for the need, sailing, bathing, horse-riding, walking, cycling, sightseeing around castles and nature reserves. Highlights offering private Wine Day Tours and Balaton Wine and Sailing Tours.

As for the latest newsflash, starting on January, 20.

Hit the road … rolling along to the Wine Routing event organized by the Badacsony Céh Tourism Association that will resume by means of an exemplary combination of wine growing, restaurants and accommodation in the wine region, where, from January, 20.  – June, 15 wine tasting and dining opportunities will be offered by other wine-growers and/or restaurants from week-to-week.

Hit the road … rolling along to Wine Routing. The Badacsony Wine Exploring Tour A Good Adventure in the Valley of the Vulcans“, organized this year for the 12th occasion. From year-to-year became more popular since from the beginning participating 10 cellars, this year 21
cellars participation have joined the program and most guests arriving to the region connecting their stay with other adventures on the spot. Badacsony and its surroundings are an attractive destination for wintering and spring.

The Badacsony Guild Association has nearly 200 members, including wine-growers, wine cellars, restaurants, entrepreneurs and other tour operators, as well as the local governments of the destination as: Badacsonytomaj, Badacsonytördemic, Szigliget, Ábrahámhegy who have realized that they can be more efficient by joining forces. The “tangible”results of more than 10 years of contemplation and collaboration include the Badacsony’s exclusive wine tasting arriving to the New York Café – Budapest on April 14. The three main wine-growing regions of the wine region, hitting the routes on the „Bortriatlon” Wine Triatlon, the playful race  featuring: the „Szürkebarát” Tour on May, 12-13, the Blooming „Kéknyelű” on June, 2-3 and the Riesling Vacations on October, 13-14. On May, 20, Pentecost Sunday awaiting the love couples to the “Rózsakő” Rosewood again for the traditional Pentecost engagement, which is an unforgettable experience not only for couples. Wine prepared named from this region may sound for foreigners like the home planets of superheroes, but that is the unique of the Hungarian language.

The most brilliant example of co-reflection and co-operation is serving the comfy way to visit by the visitors  touring by the use of  the hop-on hop-off  Badacsony Regional Bus operated by the Association, will be running again from spring, with an expanding schedule to serve guests reaching the wine cellars and so forth. The Association has been working on providing guided tours for several years, this tour starts on the 1st of April this year with a „Moonlight Tour” and a special tour for almost every week-end until December, 1.2018.

The Balaton area produces mostly crisp and aromatic white wines, though the southern shore is producing an increasing amount of reds. Badacsony is just about the only place in the country that grows „Kéknyelű”… an indigenous grape which is difficult to grow and  slightly disappeared … which is being resurrected by a few dedicated wine makers. The  wine advantures shoots off with Istvády Workshop on 6 p.m. on January, 20. (well recomended to be on the spot).

Detailed info.: www.badacsony.com

Update Aggie Reiter

Visit Gyula for many reasons … Chapter3.

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Reason1. … would be to visit the Gyula Castle Spa, one of the third superb in every sence at the bath of mineral healing water.  The members of  press were taking on a spa tour by Vanda Dombovári – communications and marketing director and learned once you are at Gyula don’t be on a run to gain that special experience. Enjoy every minute healing your body and soul. The Gyula Castle Spa at 8.5 hectare park of the Almásy Mansion, that also stands as nature conservation area. Each year thousands of Hungarians, foreigners from Austria, Germany, U.K. and from the other side of the border reach a number of 10000 guests per day.  A mass visitors year-after-year again returning as guests, spending short and long stays during their holiday. The Castle Spa has also a therapeutic contingent operating full year around with assistance of supervision of rheumatologist, physiotherapist and sports specialist. More than thousands of words can be said of the awesome  power of natural mineral water coming from beneath 2005 meters in-depth chlorinated healing water of 72C reaching 10 pools. but to feel the healing heat of the spa must Visit Gyula to have that experience.  It also has a 3-5 meter in-depth diving pool for adrenaline lovers. Slides cannot be missed , where there is a family slide,  the very popular “light tunnel”, also body slide and  enjoying the one and only in Hungary the unique sliding going upwards inclining the dropping in line tube slide in a unique way. Playground in the pool for small children with their Mum and Dad where they can explore the water world. There is also a nursing room converted as a special place e.g. warming baby food  etc. To enhance with family, friends  with a separate ticket can visit the Aqua Park where throughout the year’s 4 season provides fun and entertainment for all age to relax and heal at the same time at this 5 stars  in-and-outfdoor baths.

In between the visiting  the marvelous Castle Spa, before heading to the Almásy Mansion our day’s plan organized by Dr. Ernő Görgényi – Major of Gyula and  Aliz Komoróczki – managing director – Gyula Tourism Office was invitation to ease our appetite at the another excellent gastronomy place, the Várkonyi Bistro and Bar. The food was just from the oven, yummy and top class.

Reason2.  to visit the Almásy Mansion … was a fine time to visit, because the temporary exhibition titled „Relics of the Martyrs of Arad in Gyula” is on view until March, 19. 2017. These martyrs played a huge role in the Hungary’s history, 10  out of 13 generals later executed in Arad for their part in the Hungarian Revolution, surrendered on the premises of the mansion at August, 23. 1849 and left for Arad to meet their fate.

Feel like going back in time and enjoying the atmosphere, relaxing as in the old days the residences of the nobility did. You will be certainly driven on the path of Hungary’s history lane by the power and emotion that the Almásy Mansion holds for the visitors. There are permanent and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

The Almásy Mansion has a long history … following the reduction of the territory occupied by the Ottoman Empire, Baron Johann Georg Harruckern of Upper Austria was allowed to purchase almost the entire territory of Békés County from the Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, the King of Hungary, in return for his services in the wars against the Ottomans. He set about intense repopulation in Békés County. A large number of Hungarians, Slovaks, Germans and Romanians arrived and settled in the county.

At the Mansion, there is a possibility to purchase, select some gifts from craftsmen of the Békés Country at the mansion’s souvenirs store. There are replicas of objects and items to take home as a piece of the Hungarian history. These items surely will hold memories of your stay at Gyula – Hungary. While exploring its exhibition it’s a fine time to have an exquisite coffee with their speciality of cream cake, beverages offered at the Mansion Café.

To reach both venues from Budapest drive on the M5 motorway and the M44 road and guests arriving from Szeged or Debrecen along the 47 road via Békéscsaba will arrive to  the City of Gyula.

Below a bit of background about the Almásy Mainson (source: Almásy Mansion). “The Almásy’s is an old noble family from Zsadány and Törökszentmiklós, were linked to the mansion through the marriage of Countess Stephanie Maria Wenckheim and Count Kálmán Almásy. Their son Dénes (Dennis) and his wife Ella Károlyi Almásy were very popular in Gyula due to their “infinite modesty”. The count’s wife donated large sums to support the building of the grammar school and the nearby József Sanatorium.

The Harruckern-Wenckheim-Almásy Mansion in Gyula also played an important role in Hungary’s cultural life. In 1746 it was the first mansion in Hungary to house a theater performance.The grandfather of Ferenc Erkel, the composer of Hungary’s national anthem lived in the mansion as a house musician and master of ceremonies. The great composer Ferenc Erkel himself was a frequent visitor. Members of more than one generation of the Erkel family gave piano concerts during soirées at the mansion. The famed artists Mihály Munkácsy started his career as a painter under the tutelage of Elek Szamosy, who was in charge of making copies of and restoring old family portraits and other paintings in the family’s collection.”

Reason3.  … Can heartily recommend to gain own experience, explore the real gem that determines the city by  Visiting Gyula!

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

Visit Gyula … Sights – Sounds – Gourmands … Just for You!

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 Chapter2. Connected update to the https://rollinginbudapest.com/2017/03/13/vii-gyulai-sausage-and-sodarmustra-2017/

Gyula is a relative small City, just about 30000 inhabitants. Yet, there are a lot of locals and tourist  visitors throughout the year and whether being a gobbler or just a modest gourmand, at Gyula will find the right place to  satisfy hunger and thirst.

Spending almost the whole day at the Sausage and Sódamustra press meeting, along with visiting the Gyula Pálinka Manufacture – tasting hall, went to the Patrióta Restaurant for supper.  It is a family business run by Katalin Nyári  and Árpád Csiszér since 2008. The professional service, is a real authentic Hungarian restaurant served real tasty good food. The chief obviously loves his profession, really nice flavours and creative compositions. His wife, being the service staff, has a diverse knowledge of wine and foodies. The interior of the restaurant is clear and simple, and very friendly, similar to the typical Hungarian small restaurants, but if you enter you feel more, because you will get a wonderful journey on enjoying the dishes. The restaurant is near of the center of Gyula, half way among the Castle and Gyula’s center. The couple pays a lot of attention to their suppliers, and to their quality, everything is made fresh. Was cared as royal feast, experienced the novelty of goulash jelly and those who prefer beef surely wish to recommend to taste the tender beef cheek with heavenly excellent homemade croquettes. Attention for the fish lovers …  the whole baked trout, fresh, tasty and juicy. Outside of Budapest’s restaurants, this restaurant is a small jewel’s of south-east Hungary. Also for the 3rd time ranked as the only restaurant in Békés county in TOP 100 of the National Dining Guide.

It would be difficult to put in words the wide range of delicacies surprised us by the restaurant, but the night was still ahead and János Kocsis – tour guide lead us through the quiet peaceful town. Closing the day turning into the night, entered the Guinness Pub – the only Irish pub in Gyula – where the welcoming happened hand-in-hand by Guinness on the tap and got loose with live blues music … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTNFgTroGSY

Last but not least, when thinking where to spend your week-end or holidays visit Gyula, where a handful of events, with sights and sounds to enjoy will be at your fingertips. A large number of hotels can choose by visiting the home page of  “Visit Gyula”

Chapter3  … The Castle Bath & Aqua Palace  and  the visit to Castle Almásy coming up.

Update  and snaps Aggie Reiter