Hello friend! Thanks for stopping by to visit.  Let’s get to know each other.

My name is Chrissy. Here is my story (so far…).

First I was a scientist. Then I was a lawyer. Now I’m a blogger. Well, I guess I’m still technically a lawyer since (singing) they can’t take that away from me*, and my degrees say I’m still a scientist so I guess I’m all of the above. I learned to appreciate food from my mom, learned how to cook food by watching Rachel Ray, and learned how to really eat and enjoy food from traveling with my equally hungry friends. I collect recipes from all over: books, in-flight magazines, newspapers, the internet and, if I can connive it out of them, my friends and their grandmas. Grandma food is the best!! IT IS!

After spending almost ten years in Chicago, I relocated to Ann Arbor, Michigan in the spring of 2017.  Having much more spare time than I had in my previous life, I’m still trying to decide what to do with it all (besides watching TOO MUCH NETFLIX – because it’s awesome but also, I hate it).  Anyway, stay tuned to the Instagram for my #adventuresinMichigan.  Until I again get to the point where I’m Jessie Spano screaming, “there’s no time! There’s never any time!” I’m sure life will include reading, tennis, volleyball, and dancing in the kitchen (to Frankie Valli! Because I’m secretly 70 years old inside).  Also, I also use every single hour of vacation time granted to me, and seize any opportunity to get on a plane (next up:  Vietnam), so I’ll have advice to offer on where to see the world and eat the world as I hop around the globe.  

*Despite my friends’ insistence that life is not one giant musical, I do regularly burst out into song in my head.

Want to know about the blog? Well, here’s the gist.

What Inspired the Hungary Buddha?

I like to eat.


I like to travel.


I like to cook.


I had recently returned from Ireland and sat at my desk listlessly eating my cottage cheese, yet dreaming of the delicious Irish Soda Bread I had eaten a few days before at The Blue Haven in Kinsale, Ireland.  Then it dawned on me. This happens EVERY time I return from vacation. I sit at home, craving the food from my adventures, only to fall into the same food rut I was in when I left.  It was at that point that I decided I was going to eat the world, all from the comfort of my Chicago apartment.

My project began in September 2012, and I finished the trek along my dotted red line on All Hallows’ Eve, 2015. Now that I’ve accomplished the original intent of the blog, the business now is to just have fun and  keep the global spirit of my kitchen alive as I keep on cooking.  It’s hard because sometimes all I want is Mom’s chili or avocado toast or breakfast sandwiches, but carry (or curry) on, I must.


Finally, why “The Hungary Buddha”?

Was that a typo? Can I spell?  No and yes. I was lucky enough to grow up in a very diverse household. My mom is Hungarian/Czech. My dad was Burmese/Indian.  Not only that, but I grew up in Miami surrounded by Latino friends, and celebrated holidays with my Italian cousins. In a way, they all showed me the world through food.  My childhood meals included everything from chicken paprikash, to daal bhat, black beans and rice and an “Italian grandma’s” spaghetti.  In short, I ate the world. And I still do.

Note:  All of my friends will be referred to throughout this blog with food-themed code names. This is done not only to protect their identity, but with the secret hope that the names will catch on, and I can refer to them as food names in real life.

Oh, and hey, I’m also working on a little side project with my best blogger friend. If you’re a Chicagoan and on the instagram, check us out!


Now your turn. Tell me about yourself!

Contact:  thehungarybuddha@gmail.com

21 thoughts on “About”

  • I LOVE the concept!! I just found your blog and I see you’re well into it already, but do you still have some “traveling” planned? I’m going to be pouring through these recipes to catch up on the world tour. What a fabulous fabulous idea, really!

    • Thanks! I am still plugging along in SE Asia and I’d love to have you follow along! I’m always up for recipe suggestions or tips from certain places if you have them. One more recipe going up today from my actual travels, but Singapore/Thailand starts tomorrow 🙂

  • This really is a fabulous idea, Chrissy, and sooooo glad to have found you! As you already know from my blog, I love the ‘international food’ thing, too, but I love the way you are focusing on each ‘region’ separately! You’ve definitely won me over and I haven’t even read any posts yet 🙂
    Plus, I love that you are a very international gal yourself. What an interesting mix!!

  • I’m glad to hear you made it out of India, alive, and didn’t loose your enthusiasm for eating what the world offers.

    Your version of a Greek salad looks damn yummy. I live in the desert and just like you avoid the grill. It was 107 yesterday. Will be that today. I love to hike in the heat, do so daily, but not to cook. I’ll have to rethink that. the grilled veggies have my mouth watering at 0500.



    • Thanks, Steven! I admit it was a weird sensation to not want to eat at all (since I love food so much), and I’m glad to have my appetite back. As for the heat, it makes me not want to eat anything but ice cream, so finding interesting “cold” food to eat is key. Grilling takes so little time that I can stomach the heat enough once a week to prep for a few days. I hope you give it a try- the cukes, which I don’t even normally like, are now my favorites!

    • You’re the sweetest and thank you so much! I love the Liebster idea and can’t wait to fill it out. And don’t worry- I definitely do the same lack of commenting. Can’t wait to catch up on what you’ve been up to!

  • Just found your blog, the title Hungary Buddha made me curious, I have Hungarian roots too, and yes, I love Hungarian food! Greetings to you. And keep up the great work!

    • Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by! No matter how much awesome food I eat from everywhere else, there’s just something about a good cabbage roll that soothes the soul, right?

  • Hello!

    I just saw a slideshow on MSN of chicken dinners. The only real tasty looking dish was the photo with the headline. There wasn’t a recipe attached, but the photo referenced you and this website. Can you tell me what the dish is and where I can get the recipe?


  • Hi Chrissy!

    I just stumbled upon your blog due to its name, the reference to Hungary piqued my interest (I’m Hungarian) and I wanted to check it out. Love reading about your dream project and I’m sure I’ll return often to read your posts. 🙂

    Love that you grew up in such a colourful and international setting and could taste many cuisines so young 🙂

    Have a great week,


  • I just stumbled onto your blog while looking for dessert congee recipes. This is so nice! I’m inspired. Keep up the great work!!

  • Hey Chrissy, great blog! You really put to shame the “Don’t quit your day job folks!” IItey to read an article a day, usually two or three. Keep on snackin’!

    • That’s so sweet and thanks for stopping by! I hope you’ll stick with me on my crazy kitchen (and worldly) journey!

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