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Finger licking in Romania: Ep.7 The trusty Lebanese place

In this part of the world, if you are living in a major city and consider yourself a citizen, you most probably already have that Lebanese restaurant as a backup plan when the main restaurant you are heading to doesn’t have free seats that one night you forgot to book. It’s our way of “being …

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’tis the season to measure the harvest

Sunday morning.  I hear those tiny footsteps coming down from the bedroom area, tumbling everything in their way, while the heel is pressing down hard with each step as in a punishment she is looking to give to the ground. With one hand beneath the pillow, looking for the cool spot underneath, I’m trying hard …

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Construction site style sheep pastrami

… around this time of year, sheep should be frightened!  The imminent, mass consumption of the new production of wine, drives almost the whole of Romania to a lust for meat. In centuries over centuries of nomadic life on the pastures, the average Romanian shepherd discovered that the salty, sheep meat he has been keeping outside …

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Finger licking in Romania: Ep.6 The fish did not die in vain

There’s a lot of debate about whether we, Romanians, have some real, unique, traditional food or rather we have taken some recipes from around our borders and we added or subtracted one or more ingredients only to present a new interpretation of that dish. I personally consider that we didn’t really invent a lot but for …

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When a traditional snack becomes amuse bouche

I’m not the biggest meat fan when it comes to choosing. Lots of times I prefer to choose lighter things, or at least I don’t go into pork or other heavy stuff. It’s usually my last choice because of its fat. Though I’m a skinny person and still I don’t seem to get that “half-life metabolism …

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Finger licking in Romania: Ep.5 The wolf’s den

You know those places you go and pay a ton of money when compared to the service and the food but you come back because you loved the atmosphere and the decorations? You don’t?! Me neither but “Bocca Lupo” in the centre of the top beach resort in Romania, Mamaia, has set the goal to …

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Finger licking in Romania: Ep.4 “Here fishy, fishy, fishy…”

Do you like fish? I know I do. When I’ve been some years ago in Croatia, I remember like it was yesterday the damn “day cruise” we’ve taken in order to check out the islands around the beautiful Dubrovnik. I’ll never forget the expression of the guy in the tourist shop, selling us his trip, …

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Finger licking in Romania: Ep.3 Breakfast in Primăverii

  The communist-elitist neighbourhood In Bucharest, “Primăverii Neighbourhood” is known also as the place where all the fancy bullshit of the city is going on. When you say “Primăverii” (which, by the way, in Romanian means “Neighbourhood of Spring”) you say anything from Porsche Cayenne upwards. If you drive a car older than 5 years …

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