Dieting in Hungary is not recommended.
The country's cuisine is a rich blend of Europe, Middle-eastern and Asian food. The French lend their influence with goose liver pate, while the seven-layer Dobos cake can rival Austria's famed Sachertorte for sickly sweet extravagance.
Food here is abundant and affordable - a nightmare for weight-watchers, a dream for true foodies.
Goulash - is it a soup? Is it a stew?
Hungary's national dish (pronounced "gooyash," by the way) is a cross between the two, a steaming bowl of slow-cooked beef, carrots, onions and loads of Hungary's trademark paprika to give it a good kick.
It's hard to find a restaurant that doesn't serve it - from the humblest café to the grandest establishments.
Where to try it: In the sleek, modern surroundings of Budapest Bisztro (Vecsey utca 3, +36 1 783 0788).
Read - Guide to Hungary's signature dishes
Paprika: the spice of Hungarian life
I don't think my book case has room for another cookbook but I'm going to make room because I want to taste some this.
Get into my tummy.
Photo # 3 is making me hungry!
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