Ever since publishing Pécs City Guide we receive questions via email but more commonly via our Facebook page about town on a weekly basis. These are usually quite simple or practical questions but sometimes we get interesting and even funny ones. This is only a little showcase of your questions with some of our not that typical and not very exact or practical answers.
1, Where can I get some authentic and good Hungarian food?
This is not a real option but we’d love to answer: at home with us. The hardest part about the question is to determine what Hungarian food is really like? The use of paprika powder is a real characteristic but there are a dozen others and a lot them do vary from household to household. To make it even more confusing there have been a lot of changes in the cooking style of Hungarians but especially the gastronomy business took a big leap. Still there are compromises to be made if you want to eat typical Hungarian dishes in a restaurant.
2, Where to get good fish or fish dishes?
Statistics say Hungarians aren’t a fish-eating nation: per capita per year we only consume about 2.5-3.1 kg. And this explains pretty much why you can’t find really good fish restaurants here. There are some venues that have fresh fish on their menu but usually you are better off by buying fresh fish yourself and cooking, grilling, roasting it at home. It’s that simple.
3, What is a must see if you have only a few hours in Pécs?
This is something that differs from person to person but typical recommandations include: downtown (2.5 hours), Early Christian Necropolis (2h), Zsolnay Cultural Quarter (see pic – 2h or much more if you want to visit any of the exhibitions), Tettye and Havihegy (1.5h) and of course the TV-tower (1h)
4, Why are there so many errors in the magazine?
We do know that there are usually a lot of mistakes, typos and weird phrases in the magazine and we are really sorry. But there are two circumstances that should be taken into consideration. We are not native English speakers and this is still a project on a very low budget. We only hope that we make some progress from issue to issue, and there will be less errors in the future.
5, Is there a lettuce shortage in Hungary?
Ok, this was asked only once, but we had to seriously think about it. A reader of pecscityguide.com before relocating to Pécs wanted to know as much as possible about the city and Hungary. A friend told her about a lettuce shortage when visiting the country some years ago and she wanted to know if this is still a problem. At first we didn’t know how to cope with that question. Was this some kind of joke? But finally we realized that this really happened in 1986. After the Chernobyl disaster in Ukraine all the lettuce in Hungary had to be destroyed to prevent radioactive contamination.