Monika’s Musings

miscellaneous tidbits on marketing, advertising, and life in general

Gotta try it once

November26

I am a firm believer in fully exploring the culture of the countries which you visit/live in. And in my book, food is a big part of a nation’s culture.

There is a wonderful Christmas market right in front of my office building. While shopping for hand-made beauties, you can also grab a quick bite.

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Today my colleague Vera, fully aware of my eagerness to try everything that is typically Hungarian, suggested we have our lunch out in the market. She also told me what she had in mind which produced quite a laugh in the hall to the dismay of colleagues who passed by.

So at 12, we went down and here you can appreciate the looks of incredulity on Vika and Masha’s faces while Vera is telling them what we are about to eat.

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And this is me. About to try – for the first time in my life – rooster balls in tomato sauce. I kid you not.

Now, frankly, I am having second thoughts about placing this post under the Tasty Treats category. But what the hell.

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And I keep smiling about it…

November18

Vesko and I really like Thai food. Unfortunately, we do not have Thai restaurants in Bulgaria, so every time we are abroad we look for one. Needless to say, one of the first Google searches we did when I learned I would be living in Hungary for half a year was “Thai restaurants in Budapest”. Luckily, there are a couple.

If you are in the city, I would recommend the Bangkok Thai Etterem which has excellent Pad Thai (do not be tempted by the spring rolls, though).

This weekend we tried another one (unfortunately it has no web site). It is situated right next to the Intercontinental hotel on the bank on the Pest side, with a splendid view of Buda. We were the only ones in the whole restaurant (with the short-lasting exception of an elderly American couple who came in, made a big fuss about there being smoke where you dine, and left – all in all in about a minute and a half).

The food was nothing to rave about (though decent, and with better spring rolls), however the waitress did the cutest thing ever. She was really quick to serve us and take our empty dishes away and one of the times she passed by our table, she casually dropped this note in front of us:
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It was so spontaneous and – for lack of a better word – cute – that I saved the note. And every time I look at it, I cannot help smiling.

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Park – My new favorite bar

May28

I have a new favorite cafe/bar in Sofia!

If you haven’t heard about it already (though it seems the whole city hangs out there now) – Park opened on May 13 this year, conveniently located 20 meters from where I live – at the corner of Shipka blvd and San-Stephano str.

It is the perfect place for:

- breakfast (they open at 8:30 am and their freshly baked croissants are to die for)
- quick snack during the day
- after-work drink (excellent strawberry daiquiri and Mojitos)
- meeting up with friends, talking business or sitting by yourself (free wireless).

The interior is fantastic, the staff is super friendly and the atmosphere is great. See for yourself:

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