I once had an exciting lunch that involved brains. You were along for the ride, do you remember? If not, read Would You Like Brains With That?. .
My parents are visiting, so I decided to take them to the most expensive restaurant I know of. I like to eat tasty food, and they don't understand exchange rates. Everyone wins. Or I do.
Selfish? No, it's a great restaurant.
Békéscsaba was, at one time, populated with many Slovak people. The language and culture are now rare, but this particular restaurant specializes in the cuisine.
My dad read about the brain dish on here, and he was sold. Before his main course, he ordered a bowl of bone marrow and kidney soup. However, he wasn't sure why he received a plate on the side that contained chopped onions, sour cream, and croutons. The waitress tipped him off that he should add these extra ingredients to the bowl of soup.
It was a physical impossibility for it all to fit, but maybe that's a Slovakian trait. I won't even start exploring that path, I still have too many unknowns in Hungary...
Finally, our main course arrived. His brains, however, looked different than the last time I saw them. In fact, they looked strangely like fried cheese. To make things more confusing, they even tasted like cheese.
Wait, was this fried cheese?
Yes. Yes it was.
He was very disappointed, so I traded with him. I have a weakness for anything involving cheese, so everyone won. Even the waitress. She may have had some difficulties with the order, but my father may have had some difficulties with the exchange rate when calculating a tip. If she writes a blog, she's probably telling everyone about the generous American who can't tell the difference between brains and cheese.
Hungarian word of the day:
Pronounced Shoy-T. It means "cheese". I can't tell you how to order brains, but at least you know what to say when you get cheese.