Here’s my first post after a well relaxed Easter break in
It is a country with an enormous natural beauty, namely is mountains, famous for its Ski slopes and Nature Parks. The term “Balkan”, todays associated with all countries from
to Turkey comes from a Turkish expression for the highest mountain in central Italy, , its means “ Bulgaria ”. Green Mountain
It is for sure one of the oldest countries in Europe, its genesis dates back to 632 DC, the Bulgars are a tribe originally from Central Asia, that is why so many modern Bulgars have a strong Asian eye shape imprint.
fell under the rule of the Bulgaria Ottoman Empire and received a harsh occupation for 500 year that left scars, still visible today. The country was liberated in 1878 by the Tsar Alexander of . Russia
The Bulgars speak Bulgarian a Slav language, equal to Macedonian, very close to Serb and with similarities to Russian.
It was in
that the Cyrillic Alphabet was born, first as a code to deceive the Turks, enabling Christian Orthodox Monks to continue praying and then as a proper alphabet, used now-a-days by many eastern European countries. Bulgaria
Due to its geographical position
(main crossroad of Europe/Asia), left a genetic blueprint pretty much reflected in all its people (so many different looking people). Bulgaria
So now you have an idea of the melting pot that
was and it is. So many influences of many cultures throughout the years shaped modern Bulgaria to a country with a rich cultural background, extensive cuisine and wonderful wines. Bulgaria
As you know, yogurt was born in Bulgaria, thus many dishes are prepared with yogurt, one of my favourites is Tarator Soup (recipe already posted in the blog), Bulgarians drink also Ayran, (like in Turkey and in many Mediterranean countries) a Yogurt based drink.
They have many interesting Kebaps and Grilled meat in the Spit dishes. Bulgarians are mad about Salads and Feta Cheese (used in many pastries).
To give an idea, If you decide to visit
you will find a cuisine that is a mix of Greek, Turkish, Bulgaria Mediterranean, Arab blended with many local delicious dishes. All this, of course alongside a wonderful full bodied Bulgarian Red Wine. is a world Top Wine producer. Do not forget that Bulgaria was a Roman province (Tracia) thus wine has been produced there for a long long time. Bulgaria
Pay a well deserved visit to
and have fun. Bulgaria
Chef Gourmet Du Art
Curiosities: 1) The Bulgarians drink Firewater (Rakia) with the Salad (Starter); 2) In
a Yes with the head means No and a No means Yes; 3) In Bulgaria Restaurants are always serving throughout the day; 4) Bulgaria is the largest world producer of Rose Water; 5) Bulgaria main religion is Christian Orthodox. Bulgaria
Places where you can enjoy a wonderful meal: Restaurant Vodenitzata, Vitosha Mountain Sofia; Restaurant Lebed, Sofia; Restaurant Kasapinova Kashta, Bansko; Restaurant Molerite, Bansko.