Here at Taste Hungary our days revolve around food and wine. Whether we are talking about it, writing about it, researching it, dreaming about it, traveling for it, or eating it or drinking it … it is always at the forefront of what we do! It is long overdue that we have a place where we compile our thoughts, experiences, and recommendations about food and wine. On our Tasting Notes blog we will bring our experiences from the field to you. Here you will find recipes, essays, reviews, food issues, travelogues, and informative writing on all manner of food and drink in Hungary (and occasionally beyond).

Our mission here is to highlight the food and drink culture in Hungary and the region, and the experiences that are vital in order to understand these foods and drinks. We will focus on the people and businesses who are dedicated to producing great food and drinks. We hope our Tasting Notes will be a useful and inspiring resource for you, whether you are a first-time visitor to Budapest or you live here.

Tasting Notes is primarily written by Carolyn Bánfalvi and Anna J. Kutor, journalists who have been writing from Central Europe for many years. Independent writing is in our blood, so rest assured that whatever we write is based on our own opinions and has been tried and tested by us. We don’t take advertisements here, and if a post is based on the rare free or discounted meal we will let you know.

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Carolyn CAROLYN BÁNFALVI is an author and journalist specializing in food and travel. She is the author of Food Wine Budapest (Little Bookroom) and The Food and Wine Lover’s Guide to Hungary (Park Kiado). Based in Budapest for more than a decade, she writes frequently about food, wine, and travel in the region. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Saveur, CNN, Afar, Olive, Frommer’s, Four Seasons, Gastronomica, Wall Street Journal Europe, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Washington Post, and Globe & Mail. Carolyn is currently honing her wine knowledge in the WSET Diploma program. She is the co-founder of Taste Hungary.
Anna ANNA J. KUTOR is a Budapest-born journalist and photographer with a passion for travel and a taste for good food. Reporting on adventures along the highways  and byways of Central and Eastern Europe for over a decade,  her work has been published  in-flight magazines such as Brussels Airlines,Qatar Airwaves, WizzAir and Air Baltic, alongside  a variety of online publications. When not on an assignment, Anna hones her Hungarian cooking  skills and turns her lens towards urban street life and human journeys.