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”). Also, what you may not already know is that cuisines … Continue reading Traditional Romanian Dishes Bucket List
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 cheese “pie” while Sarah’s post talks about how people eat … Continue reading Let’s Eat Mamaliga!
Ahh… sometimes when I listen in on (or in this case, read) Romanians, I hear them use some pretty amazing words and that always reminds me to include them in one of my Word of the Day posts. Today I tip my hat to this fine post by a blogger, talking about how much she enjoys my scribblings here on the site. But what caught … Continue reading Word of the Day: Bălmăjeala
What’s this? There’s yet another minority people in Romania? Yes it’s true. And they’re called the Moti (motes). There’s a lot of confusion and uncertainty about who exactly these people are. I only started asking questions when I kept traveling on a very busy street in Cluj that is called Motilor (of the Moti) and wondered what it all meant. What is not disputed is … Continue reading Hey, Hey We’re the Moti