Sweet street food in Budapest #traveltuesday

There's no better way to connect with the heart of a culture than through food. It's our universal language, tangible and immediate. Street/market food is particularly insightful.

Christmas Market, Vorosmarty Square, Budapest

I recently spent time in eastern Europe and was pleasantly surprised by the authenticity of the Christmas markets. To be honest, I sort of anticipated a proverbial tourist trap (and there certainly was a bit of that). I found the trick is to hit public markets right at dinner time and you're surrounded by locals {tweet this travel tip}. As they leave work and head home, they meet friends for a mug of mulled wine and enjoy dinner at large communal tables with neighbors and total strangers. If you time it right, you're easily lost in a completely local experience. I visited countless markets in five different countries. It was fascinating to watch the food, crafts, and languages change along the way. What never changed was the festive, communal feeling at the market. My favorite sweet treat also followed me from country to country.

I fell head over heels in love with trdelník. Sweet dough is wrapped around a long wooden/metal pole and rotated over an open flame, buttered along the way. When it's crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, it's torn off the pole in segments and rolled in cinnamon, sugar, and crushed almonds. Pure heaven. Oh my. I still crave it.

May your food always be an adventure,

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