Clotho, Lachesis, and Atropos

This morning, I woke up to see a very interesting Tweet come across my feed: 何でキリル文字???ソヴィエト時代に戻ったみたい!裏見たらTiraspolПриднестровьеPridnestrovieつまり沿ドニエストル共和国と日本語で紹介されてる、ロシアしか認めてない未承認国家の名前が!(≧∇≦) pic.twitter.com/5HIUGlo441 — 小林貴虎 (@eternalhigh) July 9, 2018 As you can see, it’s from someone in Japan, in this case, a man named Takatra Kobayashi who is a city councilor in a city named Tsu in Mie Prefecture. Somehow, he…

Traditional Romanian Dishes Bucket List

Romanian cuisine is hearty, flavorful, and heavily influenced by the peoples that the area has come into contact with. Major influences have come by way of the Ottoman Empire as well as the Greeks. For example, the Turks brought meatballs and meat filled cabbage rolls (“sarmale”) with them; whereas the Greeks came with the moussaka (“musaca”)….

Wine Daze

Recently, a person whom I’ve known for many years asked me about why I haven’t included more entries in the “My Personal Life” category. What can I say? Sometimes, I honestly forget that anything I do might be of interest to anyone else. But since you asked, you shall receive! The Republic of Moldova is…

Brânză vs. Cașcaval

One of the great difficulties in learning any foreign language is when there are two words in the new language for something, but you only have one word in your own. Nearly 20 years ago now (my goodness, how the time has flown!), I remember asking the woman who taught me so much about Romanian…

Wal-Mart vs. the Chisinau Central Market

Some people *ahem* have been saying it’s been a while since I wrote a “fun” one for this site. Ahem. This is for you. I’m down to only three visits a week these days, but there was a time not too long ago when I was going to the piata in Chisinau five times a…

Let’s Eat Mamaliga!

Don’t have too much to add to this photo and brief post about mamaliga from one of my favorite new bloggers except that it’s interesting how each region of Romania (and RM and Ukraine) has their own different traditions about how to eat the stuff. In Cluj, it was often akin to a garlic and…

La Roumanie est vraiment un pays béni pour les eaux minérales

Wow! Easily one of the first things that ever impressed me about Romania was the supreme deliciousness and qualities of its water. It’s been an ingrained part of me for so long that I only wrote one article on the subject in the last five years but everyone who knows me knows how much I…

Romania’s Vegetable Gene Bank

Romanians are rightly proud of the savory taste of their locally-grown fruits, nuts, seeds, and vegetables. But few know that this important piece of Romanian heritage is being preserved by just one small institution. My translation: The delicious terroire of heritage tomatoes, which were grown 50-60 years ago in Romanian fields, are preserved with special…

Recas Winery

What happens when you send an Irishman to visit the Recas Winery? Why, he gets drunk of course… on the beautiful scenery! Well, that and the wine :P Tip: make sure you eat something before you go there, because they will literally make you taste their wine as soon as you arrive on their premises……