I presume a palinka is another food I do not know about. Can anyone help
Pálinka is strong brandy, made from fruit: apricot, plum, and cherry are common. Drinking a shot of it before or after a meal is a pretty typical thing.
Actually I am pretty sure it is here in kecskemet but I have not tried it yet.
Also try pear! If you buy it in a store, make sure "pálinka" is written on the bottle.