The famous Magda, proprietor of Goulash Place, in Danbury, CT passed away Wednesday. She was 60.
Goulash Place is a small hungarian restaurant specializing in home cooking and Magda's surliness. It was made famous by Jane and Michael Stern, and Jim Leff who featured the restaurant prominently in their writings.
The last time I saw Magda was this winter, when I had such a bad sinus infection I couldn't breathe. I stopped by and picked up some chicken soup. It made me feel so much better. At that time, Magda said she was not feeling well either and had been bedridden for awhile.
Well now she's gone, and even though she had a unique attitude (she was in fine fettle on the grouchy meter at a Chowhound outing I arranged there) when I got to know her better, I saw that she was actually a very nice lady. I think some of her 'tude was from physical pain.
I don't know what's going to happen with Goulash Place. It's hard to imagine it without her. John, her husband, whom she called "the chef" in the third person, survives her.