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Oh my goodness gracious! Kelly took over 7 Quick Takes. Permanently. I’m not sure what sort of coup or other militaristic tomfoolery she put on to get here, but I for one welcome our new overlord with open arms and pyrotechnics. (Oh, andplusalso, SHE WROTE A BOOK. I mean, I’m not saying that you should run out and buy me her book. But I wouldn’t cry if you did.)

Anyways, I intended to have this post written and published for Black Friday — you know, so we could revel in our food comas with talk of more food. Unfortunately, my food coma was so great, I completely forgot to finish/post it.

So here’s 7 things we ate on our trip:

  • Spaetzle with Bacon and Cheese.

Friends, countrymen, random stalkers — this spaetzle was so good I didn’t even bother to take a picture of it before I started eating. (Actually, you’ll discover that this was a common theme for me on this trip.) Rest assured that bacon, cheese, onions and spaetzle is a combination made in Heaven.

Also, I did not try to find ranch dressing to put on this, although it occurred to me that ranch dressing would, in fact, go well with it.

Follow it up with the world's most recipe-adherent White Russian and then just roll yourself down the street.

Follow it up with the world’s most recipe-adherent White Russian and then just roll yourself down the street.

  • Pork Loin with Bacon, Dumplings and Sour Cabbage.
This iPhone picture really doesn't do it justice.

This iPhone picture really doesn’t do it justice.

I ordered this at a restaurant in Budapest. I assumed that I would get a slice of pork loin. No, no. They served me an entire pork tenderloin, braided and wrapped in bacon. It was awesome and I was sad when the limits of my stomach made me stop eating.

  • Pickled Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream.

I love pickles like a sorority sister loves Franzia, so I was truly, madly, deeply thrilled to discover that Hungary is all about the pickle.

It looked like this. It was awesome.

  • Pierogies.
This is not a picture of the pierogies we ate. You can't seem to keep them around long enough to photograph. Instead, here's a picture of our Poland's Top Water contestants.

This is not a picture of the pierogies we ate. You can’t seem to keep them around long enough to photograph. Instead, here’s a picture of our Poland’s Top Water contestants.

You know what a pieorgi is, right? Good.

  • Gray Cattle Stew.

Our first night in Budapest, we wandered around looking for a place to eat. We settled on the restaurant with an Elvis tribute artist because that’s how Americans abroad roll.

Elvis Tributer, plus the menu to prove that I'm not making the name up.

Elvis Tributer, plus the menu to prove that I’m not making the name up.

Grey cattle stew is, for the record, just like any beef stew — but the cows are gray.

  • Chicken Paprikash.
This is actually a picture of the last plate of paprikash I got to eat. I was sad to see it go.

This is actually a picture of the last plate of paprikash I got to eat. I was sad to see it go.

Chicken paprikash is sort of the thing to eat in Hungary, right? Let me tell you, I ate a ton of it. After all, it contains all my favorite food groups — sour cream, paprika and refined, fried carbohydrates.

  • Apple Pancake with Vanilla Sauce.

Get in my face.

For more quick takes, run (don’t walk) over to This Ain’t the Lyceum. (And buy me a copy of her book! I have stuff to plan, yo!)

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