Posts Tagged ‘America’

The Harvard Krokodikloes Concert in Budapest

Thursday, August, 10. 2017.
7 p.m.  –  CEU – Auditorium,

District, V., 15. Nádor Street

The concert is co-hosted by CEU and Harvard Club – Hungary

Now-a-days the summertime in the City Budapest ain’t easy, the temperatures  becoming to rise higher-and-higher, but to forget for a short while the heatwaves, entertainment and relaxation is a fine opt.  to hang out with friends to enjoy the choir’s emotional performance.

From Cambridge to Cape Town to Carnegie Hall, the Harvard Krokodiloes have delighted audiences worldwide with their unique blend of a cappella harmony and humor. Founded in 1946, the Kroks are Harvard University’s oldest and finest a cappella singing group. Having derived their name from the ancient Greek word for crocodile, the group of 12 tuxedo-clad male undergraduates sing music from the Great American Songbook and beyond.

The Kroks, who perform over 200 concerts every year, are in Budapest as part of an annual 10-week, 6-continent world tour.

The Kroks have recorded over 30 albums and performed at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and the Sydney Opera House.

 

Update Aggie Reiter

Indonesian Days – Wandering in the world of Indonesia flavors – Budapest

indonesia gastronomy 2016

Indonesian Days – Grand Market Hall – „Vásárcsanok – Nagycsarnok”

 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

May, 17-19. – 2016.

District, IX., 1-3. Vámház Blvd. – Budapest

The award-winning market also regularly plays a role in hosting country-themed food days, celebrating food, culture from countries all over the world.

There are many events taking place in the biggest and most beautiful market hall of Budapest, at the Grand Market Hall – “Vásárcsarnok – Nagycsarnok”

The Indonesia Days  coming up at the Grand Market Hall which is jointly organized with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center in Budapest.

Indonesia is kinda “starlight”, faraway for many people, but for many Indonesia is known for its rich in culture, gastronomy, silver and pearl jewellery, handicrafts, clothes and accessories, home decoration, special batiste clothes.

Unfortunately, the amazing spots for sea diving, cannot be brought over to the Grand Market Hall to the visitors, but their special gastronomy, the wide variety of exotic spices will be present at the Indonesian Days.

Yet, a fine time to learn about another country’s culture. The Indonesia coffee is one of the highest quality in the world … and learn how rich  the coconut plays a part in the Indonesia gastronomy. Also learn about the numerous strengths of Indonesian chili pepper used to-day in their gastronomy, that once the Spaniards and Portuguese brought from America to Indonesia.

The Indonesia products will also be present for sale.

During the event a special stage will be set where those who are intrested can hear and see traditional Indonesian music and dance performances. The show is held by the musicians and dancers of the Indonesian Embassy daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.

A real attraction not to be missed for locals and tourist!

Update by Aggie Reiter

Tamás Széll won the European final at the Bocuse d’Or chef Olympics in the European final – Budapest – 2016

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

This year was the first time the capital of Hungary hosted twenty top chefs to participate in the Bocuse d’Or contest on the continent of Europe.

The title of the competition came from Paul Bocuse, one of the world’s famous chefs. He was dedicated in using the high-quality of fresh ingredients. He was the father – founder of the International Bocuse d’Or cooking competition  in 1985. Since then, the Bocuse d’Or competition is considered as the world’s most prestigious culinary tournaments. It is organized every two years at the Sirha International Hotel, Catering and Food Trade Exhibition in Lyon – France.

For the past three days, the world of gastronomy most probably kept their eye on watching the superb chefs preparing their dishes at their very  best in Budapest.

The last day was having the most prestigious chef competition as part of the BOCUSE D’OR European Selection took place at the Hungexpo – Budapest Fair Center and Sirha Budapest trade show. “Sirha” – worldwide event for the food service and hotel sectors and in gastronomy particularly the Bocuse d’Or Europe and highlighted its presence in Budapest.

Representing Hungary –  chef Tamás Széll and his team … Kevin Szabo – Commis, Frigyes Vomberg – Coach  and  Szabina Szulló –  Team Captain coined the Hungarian team … won the world’s most prestigious cooking championship in the Bocuse d’Or European final – Budapest. The photo is taken by the “index.hu”. The main prize involves 12 thousand euros, and this will be divided between the team members. 

The runner-up was the Norway team, while the third was Swedish chefs.

The Bocuse d’Or world final will be held in Lyon next year with the best chefs from America, Europe and Asia.

Update and snaps:  Aggie Reiter

 

Visit Gyöngyös – The Capital of Mátra!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Rolling in the culinary of Mátra –  The Year of Gastronomic Experiences.

On a rainy day headed on the road to the north-east mountainous attractive natural environment that led to the city of Gyöngyös. The city is around 80 kms. from Budapest. It is the second largest city which in the Heves province. The residents of Gyöngyös call their City “Gate to the Mátra” (Mátra is the name collective of the Northern mountains in Hungary).

Gyöngyös is truly a peaceful townscape, a.k.a. the city of grapes and wine. The first cellars already were based in the eighteenth Century these wine cellars could speak the  stories of great revelries would come alive. The memory of the usual entertainments are not forgotten and even today from year to year are held „A Day Visiting – Drinking at Cellars” visits where wine minstrels also entertain the visitors.

The city has more than a handful of attractions to look around, taste the locals wines and visit restaurants, fill their bellies with Á la Palots style of local meals. So definitely worthwhile to stop over, look around before heading to their original destination to the highest mountain in Hungary, the Kékestető.

The notes have shown the history of the city was destroyed repeatedly by fire, but always reborn,  and  luckily from almost every historical era confirm significant and beautiful memories. The inhabitants of the city ruthless flames, as a reminder placed a statue “Red Rooster” in the center on the main street.

Throwing a glance at the city center is a prominent building of the baroque parish church – St. Bartholomew. Inside representing significant value, the treasury of the Renaissance liturgical objects are kept. The valuable monuments include the Franciscan church and monastery, which was founded in the 1370. In the crypt rests the legendary general – War of Independence Rákóczi and János Vak Bottyán. The Franciscan library is the country’s only medieval monastery library monument. Here at Gyöngyös is Hungary’s book creation, copy the code and writing the first workshop, therefore the role of the national cultural history unrivaled. The diploma dated 1475 show the Franciscans already lived in Gyöngyös. The monastery library, which is constantly working and can be found between 14 and 200 thousand volumes piece of incunabula back from the Middle Ages.

At the city’s main square former Market Place for centuries now-a-days four Fountains can be seen. In each  Fountain features the city … the golden Sun, the human faced Moon and the white wolf – decorate the corners of the square. The significant motif of the fourth fountain in the south-east corner is grape referring to the Town of Grapes and Wine. These are also coat of arms motifs of Gyöngyös.

Throughout the course of the history of Jewish-Christian times they have lived peacefully side by side. What’s more, as greater evidence of the Synagogue at Gyöngyös, which is a third of the country’s largest house of worship. The large, distinctive building was built-in 1930 on the basis of Leopold Baumhorn and György Somogyi. In the center of the building is located the large dome. For a long time it has been used as a furniture store, but now going through the period of reconstruction. Upon plans it will serve as Coexistence House and will organize events of the Christian-Jewish dialogue converted into a center. Will be housing also exhibitions and will be a center for cultural programs, and as for to-day heard already it has been completed renderings of the project. At Gyöngyös the Jews decades after the Compromise (1867) settled in a large numbers in 1910, the number exceeded to the population of 2000 that was one-fifth of the population Jewish. From the Gyöngyös ghetto in the summer of 1944, more than 1800 people were driven by the authorities, most were transported to the Auschwitz death camp, a few survivors after the war returned for a short time, and many of them left abroad to Israel or America. The war and the Holocaust abolished their memories in the surroundings. It is planned that the environment Coexistence House is rebuilt, and they try to give back to the building ’30s-edge features. At the Coexistence House, Judaism will be presented in the results of their activities of the past  centuries at Gyöngyös – Hungary. To be introduced the industry installers, architects, cultural patron, pharmacistsGideon Richter who studied in the city. Also lived in the county Lajos Hatvany and Sándor Bródy. Hopefully, can be mention the rooted girls, former citizens of Gyöngyös the Chess champion Polgár Girls.

After the short sightseeing headed to the Kékes… Restaurant where Anita Molnár – Hungarian National Tourist Office – Regional Director of Marketing and Robert Nagy – President of Mátra Beaded TDM, Mayor György Hiesz and Tamás Kévés –Vice-President, Gábor Törőcsik – regional marketing manager welcomed the group. Also each one of the emphasised how worthwhile to stop and look, taste, enjoy the what Gyöngyös is all about, which is kinda skipped by drivers on the Highway to Kékes.

The group was ensured by entertainment during the supper, tasting local wines and enjoying the event of the Mátra gastronomic – Year of Gastronomic Experiences. Excellent food was served by Zoltán Nagy – master chef and Veronika Szabó – kitchener. Krisztián Kovácsik presented the wines – winemaker from Bardos and Son Winery. The background music was by Attila Szőke plays acoustic guitar and Gusztáv Mátra and last but not least an awesome Borostyán Palots Folk Dancers show highlighted the night.

Surely was a fine time even dispite the pouring rain and short stay, but  major attractions were shown and definitely a must stop for all before heading to the Kékes mountain to stop by at Gyöngyös to visit in the future … of course not only for the Hungarians, but to visit Gyöngyös for the tourist, foreigners working staying in Hungary would be a pitty to miss.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter