Károlyi Étterem, tucked away in a courtyard of the Károlyi Palace, is one of Budapest’s finest restaurants. My lunch there was superb.
How did I miss this? Looking back, I honestly can’t remember eating a dish that mated shrimp with bleu cheese before this meal, but I’ve since found dozens of recipes that combine them. So two of my favourite tastes turn out to be complementary.
I suppose it would be pushing things to add raspberries to the mix.
The side of dill vegetables tasted as fresh as if they’d been picked minutes before I ordered them.
Wild Boar Stew
The stew in the center was made with wild boar, and it’s one of the reasons I was so eager to return to Budapest. It was served with quince and potato croquettes.
Dessert was an elegant chestnut mousse with chili cherry.
I’ve become charmed—enchanted, actually—by the SyFy channel’s adaptation of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians books, a series that has been described as “Harry Potter for grown-ups”. You might even say that I’m under its spell. [Enough with the “magic” allusions already!]
The writing’s quite good, mixing subtle relationship drama with genuinely shocking moments and occasional outbursts of absolute hilarity, usually involving Hale Appleman’s character “Eliot”, who steals the show. The rest of the cast play flawed but charismatic, multiple-layered characters, except for Arjun Gupta in the thankless role as the always angry “Penny”. He’s just irritating.
Some of the effects are quite beautiful.
By the end of the show’s second season, the world’s magic had been powered down. Literally.* In the new series, our flawed heroes will try to reboot it.
Here’s the trailer for Season Three:
And, since it’s been a year since Season Two ended, here’s a refresher on what brought us to our current sorry state:
The Magicians returns to TV on 10 January 2018.