Thursday, January 22, 2015

A holiday memory

I keep toothpicks in my wallet, usually collected from air flights or commercial eating places and they are in some kind of sealed packet. I don't just keep them in my wallet. They are used for what they were intended. I have finished up my Singapore Airline toothpicks and popped one of these colourful packets into my wallet. Then I wondered where they came from. The .hu in the web address is a good clue, but I could not remember.


Before I had a chance to enter the web address, R remembered that it was where we with our two travelling companions and Jane and Lance bought lunch on the day JayLa took us out and about in Budapest. The lunch was memorable for the wrong reasons but we had such a laugh about it all. There was nothing wrong with the food, just a communication problem, shall we say. For a small place, it has a decent sized website. It is one of a chain. Here is a link to the website, if you care to look. Hungary is very strict about selling alcohol to minors, so you may have to click that you are over 18. Don't worry, it won't ask you how much you are over 18.

22 comments:

  1. I didn't know toothpicks were supplied in little packages like that. It used to be matchbooks that people collected. (and the wife would find one in her husband's coat pocket and hire a private investigator....)

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    1. River, now I think about it, I d don't think I have seen them packets like that before either. They do things a bit differently in Hungary.

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  2. I am with River here. Obviously we have been going to the wrong places. Or perhaps not going out enough.

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    1. EC, apart from in Budapest we have never seen them, even in the best places, which we don't frequent.

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  3. I didn't know about tooth picks in small packages either.
    You are a collector of them because they come in handy.

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  4. Bill collects the ones we get here wrapped individually in cellophane. He puts them in his pocket and forgets to take them out and then I find them in the washing machine.

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    1. Diane, probably with bits of cellophane through the washing. Diligent checking of pockets can save the washer person much bother.

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  5. Hello Andrew,

    Now, that was an occasion to remember. Did any one of us get what we wanted to order, we wonder? Quite probably not!

    Still, it was the company not the food which was important.

    We often think that Budapest is a parallel universe to the rest of the world.....or, is it just us?!

    How wonderful that you now carry round this little reminder of your all too short visit to Budapest.we never go into that particular branch of Culinaris but we have a small shop of the same franchise in our own street. That is the only place to buy Marmalade in the whole city......

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    1. JayLa, we probably did not get what we wanted, but no matter. It was the small kitchen, you know. It was fun and a memorable hour in a memorable day.

      Yes, after I wrote the post, I did realise the other two stores were essentially shops. So yourselves and Paddington Bear can both be found visiting Culinaris.

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  6. It is great to collect small objects that are made in every country you visit. You won't make a fortune in the antiques market, but you will have a reminder of each city or country.

    I suppose photos are better, but they have to be mounted in frames or in an album. Hotel matchbooks, book marks, pens or toothpicks can simply be dropped in a bowl.

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    1. Hels, I do collect up to a limit. They usually go in the appropriate bag of travel details for that trip and into a crate in my wardrobe. Occasionally the crate gets open to check something.

      Although I have hinted without a result, I rather like those USB photo frames that rotate photos of whatever is on the memory stick.

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  7. Now that you mention it P also keeps toothpicks in his wallet.. For that very same reason :)

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    1. And so Grace, you know who to ask if you need one.

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  8. My grandparents bought small dolls in countries they visited and brought them home to me. My grandpa lost part of a thumb trying to make a cabinet to display them. But the dolls were blown away when my window was ripped open in the Columbus Day storm of 1964. I found a few body parts but that was it. I've never collected anything else. Toothpicks do come in handy to have....

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    1. That's lovely Strayer but what a shame they were lost.

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  9. Andrew, I love collecting, too but later my suitcase is full of ads. Personnaly I think it is lovely..

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    1. Gosia, yes, you do have to be very selective with what you save. There is less now because of the internet.

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  10. I have never seen these little packets of toothpicks in restaurants. I'd end up with a tin can filled with them... like matchbooks (which are less common now anyway).

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    1. Mitchell, perhaps they are not widely used at all. Goulash and packets of toothpicks are Hungarian specialities.

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  11. It's quite hard to find toothpicks in restaurants these days - trust Jayne & Lance to have all the mod-cons!!

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    1. Red, you should have seen JayLa's tea service, and their maid wasn't there so Jane prepared and poured herself. I think their maid did lie out the plated nibbles in advance though.

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