I e-mailed the school and asked if we could do both chocolate and Hungarian cooking on the same day. They said yes. They had a taxi pick us up at our hotel and deliver us to the grand central market in Budapest. Beata met us there and took us on a tour of the market. It's very beautiful but not as lively as some other markets we've been to in Europe, (Minsk and Yalta for example.) Beata picked out bread and meats and veggies and fruits. Then we went to her store to begin the chocolate making process. She was wonderful and we had fun learning to make incredible filled chocolates. She even had molds for our daughter to make hard chocolates. In between chocolate hardenings they served us a Hungarian breakfast of the items we got at the market. A second hardening we saw two brief videos on the making of chocolate. At the end of our wonderful morning with Beata Andrew came to the shop. He took us on a brief info filled tour of the Jewish quarter of Budapest and we stopped for a drink at a very eclectic bar/club. We then taxied to the main Chef Parade cooking school where we learned to cook Hungarian food. Two marvelous woman from the United States joined us for the class. Andrew is really laid back and incredibly knowledgeable about food. We did chicken paprika and goulash soup and sour cherry torts. After the cooking we had a wonderful meal where we sampled the results. If you want a break from looking at castles and cathedrals while you're in Europe consider a day of cooking and if you're in Budapest look no further than Chef Parade. The day of cooking was the highlight of my two weeks in Budapest and the Czech Republic.
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