Budapest, Berlin and Vienna

It seems to have become a tradition like going to your beach house every summer (for those lucky enough to have a beach house) that I go to Berlin every year.  Besides loving Berlin, it’s vibrancy, bars, markets and culture I love my friends who live there and always anticipate with great excitement seeing them and hanging out.  And there is no city in Europe that I would rather hang out in than Berlin.

This year when my nephew Natan did his after school back packing around Europe tour it struck me that this 22-year-old had seen more of Europe than I had!  Not that I haven’t seen my fair share or spent more time in each place I have visited, but still, it made me aware that I am not getting any younger and that I needed to shake things up a bit!  So now I have made a commitment to myself to see new places every time I visit.  In truth I did this the last time I visited with my 4 day jaunt to Prague.  I’m trying to keep it to places that are easy and cheap to get to so this trip it will be Budapest and Vienna each for 3 days.   I Fly to Vienna, take the train to Budapest then fly back to Berlin.

I love taking the train in Europe, it’s so old world  😉

So, why, you might ask, am I telling you this?

I want your suggestions!  If you have recently been to one of these places please let me know what I should be doing, which market I have to see and where is the best tucked away cafe that has the most transcendent food for a great price.

The only thing I know I am going to do stroll through the Naschmarkt in Vienna and eat at Onyx restaurant in Budapest – a Michelin starred restaurant that offers a prix fix lunch for only $30! And from what I can tell that includes gratuity.  The movie clip above looks very elaborate – I can’t wait

Please, let me know any tips you have.  Of course I will be blogging throughout the trip. Leave Wednesday so please if you have any ideas leave them in the comments!


About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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  1. Pingback: Michelin Star Lunch at Onyx | Urbanfoodguy

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