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Welcome to Magyar Living ~ where we celebrate Hungarian heritage in a variety of ways!

Isten Hozott! Welcome!

We are a family owned small business celebrating Hungarian heritage and have been in operation since 1988.

Please explore the many areas of our website to discover the many resources we have gathered in hopes of making it easier to share your Hungarian heritage!

If you are looking for our online store it also has a new and improved look. On this page, look for Magyar Marketing Store (towards the top right hand side of this page) and click on the box. It will take you to the website where you can shop. Be patient as we are still adding products so if there is something you are looking for but you can’t find, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-786-7851 or send an email to 

Our family appreciates your support of our business. It is our hope that we can learn from one another how to better discover, celebrate, and share our Hungarian heritage with those we love!

Our sweet family! From l to r: Lauren, Don, Landon, Grace, Liz, Elizabeth, and Hannah
The Vos Family Summer 2014! From L to R: Lauren, Don, Landon, Grace, Liz, Elizabeth, and Hannah

Magyar Marketing Newsletter #107


Welcome! Isten Hozott!
July 2015

If you have recently contacted us via email but you have not seen our response, feel free to call us at 1-800-786-7851. As a business, our email sometimes gets caught up in junk folders. Please add us to your safe sender list and also include your phone number in all email correspondence to us so we have alternate ways of connecting with you. Thank you!


Tours to Hungary

Interested in visiting Hungary with Magyar Marketing?

We have a few seats available for our small tour to Hungary this fall. The dates are September 19 – October 4th and the itinerary is wonderful. If you have an up-to-date passport and are available to accompany our group, we would love to have you join us. Please call me right away at 1-800-786-7851 if you think this might be an opportunity you would like to take advantage of and I will share the details with you.

We are also looking towards a two week tour to Hungary in mid-May 2016 and have been busy working on an itinerary. If you are interested in joining us for that trip or future trips, please email me at this address: with TOURS in the subject line and kindly supply the following information:

Full name
Mailing address
Email address
Telephone number
Potential number of travelers
Best airport to travel from
Physical or dietary considerations

Even if you have sent an email about your interest before please send it again as situations and addresses frequently change and we would like to keep things as up-to-date as possible. As soon as additional information is available, we will keep you informed. We are looking towards mid-May 2016 and have been busy working on an itinerary. In the meantime, familiarize yourself with some international travel information from The U.S. Department of State.

I have had the opportunity to travel to Hungary three different times as an adult and each time I try to pace myself so I can soak it all in. What a beautiful country! Many of you know we had an opportunity to meet with our family in Hungary in May 2012 when we took a family trip with our children. We had actually hoped to take my mom along several years earlier (when our kids were finally old enough) but she felt uncomfortable traveling with her medical issues. I think we were all disappointed with the reality of the situation as she recognized her overseas traveling days had come to an end. That is how life goes, you know. We often wait for the perfect moment and pass up some other imperfect but wonderful moments. Don’t wait for the perfect moments – you will let too many important moments pass you by while you wait! If you have not read about our family trip, you can check it out here


Lauren and Josh are serious book lovers so they had some sweet engagement photos taken at the library.
Lauren and Josh are serious book lovers so they had some sweet engagement photos taken at the library.

Wedding Celebration!

We are in countdown mode – less than 45 days until the next wedding in the family! It will be a very small event (less than 30 people altogether) but we have plans to incorporate a number of Hungarian touches into the celebration of Lauren and Josh:

* Raspberry syrup and mineral water, samplings of pálinka, and a small selection of Hungarian wines throughout the long weekend – complete with pronunciation practice for “Egészségedre!”

* A pre-party szalonnasütés (bacon fry) on Thursday evening with a dobos torta for dessert and some “Jó étvágyat” pronunciation lessons.

* Körözött (a cheese spread) and cserkész kolbász for an easy appetizer before the ceremony.

* Diós beigli (not roll) for dessert at the reception and an opportunity to wish “Gratulálok” to the new couple.

There are many ways to add a Hungarian touch to a family gathering and we encourage you to find ways to share delicious and fun Hungarian traditions with those you love even if it was not a regular part of your younger years!


left to right : Hannah, Liz, Elizabeth
left to right : Hannah, Liz, Elizabeth

Summer Fancy Food Show

[Thank you, Elizabeth, for providing your thoughts on this event]

Even among the thousands of vendors showcasing their products at the Summer Fancy Food Show, we were able to find a few connections to Hungary. My parents ventured down to Manhattan on the opening day of the annual show and managed to connect with an importer (originally from Hungary) who brings in a wonderful product we are excited to introduce you to in the upcoming months. On the final day of the annual convention my mom, my sister, and I returned and found a couple of more people who had a connection to Hungary. One unique vendor was offering complimentary professional headshots to the attendees, complete with a mini-makeover. While we waited in line for our photos to be taken, we met a woman from Georgia who plans to visit Budapest this fall. We also found another vendor whose family was Hungarian. Between our business discussions, various Hungarian accessories, and ears always listening for people speaking Hungarian, we’re able to find fellow Hungarians in many of the situations we find ourselves.

Upcoming Events

Hungarian Happy Hour in Houston!
Friday, July 10th (anytime after 6pm)
Byzantio Café Bar
403 West Gray St
Houston TX 77019

Hungarian American Cultural Association

Zoltán Mága, Hungary’s foremost violin virtuoso, will be in concert in the U.S.! Concerts in Chicago, Allentown, and St. Paul have an early bird discount of 10% with the promo code “HEGEDU”. Otherwise, there is a 15% discount with a group of 10. Check this website for all performance cities.


For other events upcoming see the Hungarian Events page at the Magyar Marketing website. If your organization is hosting an event, we would love to help promote it. Please contact for details.


A few participants of the ReConnect Hungary program meeting with former Governor George Pataki in preparation for their trip.
A few participants of the ReConnect Hungary program meeting with former Governor George Pataki in preparation for their trip.

ReConnect Hungary

The Patakis are generous patrons of ReConnect Hungary, a birthright program for 18-26 year olds of Hungarian ancestry. If you know of someone in this age range who would be interested in a trip to Hungary, please share the information as it will soon be time to apply for 2016. It is a wonderful opportunity and made possible by a variety of sponsors, partners, and supporters. To learn more about the program and see who is on the trips this year, please see the ReConnect Hungary website.



Have you heard about the Memory Project? It is a Hungarian American Visual History Archive documenting the story of Hungarian immigrants in the US. Andrea Lauer Rice explains, “The primary focus for the first round of this project is DPs (Hungarians who emigrated after WWII) and ’56ers. We are documenting the stories of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, which resulted in a huge exodus of freedom fighters and talented young people to the U.S. and around the world. Next year we will commemorate the 60th anniversary of that event.” Thank you Andrea and Réka Pigniczky and all the many hearts and hands working to make this project possible. Click here to see a preview.

Also, 1500 turn-of-the-century photographs from Hungary have recently been made public. Please check out Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter.


Thank you!

Liz and Don Vos
Lauren, Landon and Grace, Elizabeth and Hannah


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