Hey Jamie Oliver, go fuck yourself

I’ve never met Jamie Oliver. Prior to today, reading the transcript of his 2010 TED Talk on Medium, all I knew about him was that he was a celebrity chef. I’ve seen a couple of his television programs before. He seemed to me like an affable guy who enjoys cooking. Well guess what? I’m an…

Puddle Chickens

The tourist season is heating up (as usual, things kick off with a bang starting on May 1) and you may soon find yourself in an upscale restaurant in this country, salivating as you pore over the choices on the menu. If you see an entry called pui de balta, don’t be alarmed if you…

Taietura Porcului

As someone who writes about Romania in (almost entirely) English, there’s always a risk that I will be badly misunderstood. Over the last 24 hours, I’ve actually had people read my post (on The Economist) and think I was the one saying Romania was racist. If you can’t understand I was saying the complete opposite,…

Walking 1.609 Kilometers In My Shoes

Since I realize not everyone reading this blog has been to Romania, or perhaps not America, or even neither, I thought I’d be kind of fun to pull back from the great, wider perspective a little and focus on the more tangible. It’s easy to talk about “Romania” as a giant , singular entity but…

Eating On a Budget In Romania: Part 2

Part one is here. I see today the newspaper Adevarul has a new new article for their “Living on a minimum wage salary” series. Unsurprisingly, the four boys are almost completely out of food. After literally wasting money right and left at the grocery store, they’re down to eating bread and butter, which is apparently…

Eating Well in Romania On a Budget

I have to give credit where credit is due. The Romanian-language newspaper Adevǎrul has been running an interesting series – can 4 university students live on the legal minimum wage, which here is 461 lei (after taxes)? At today’s rate that’s 107 euros or 147 USDollars. Interesting concept but today I see the boys went…