Word of the Day: Bălmăjeala

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…

Hey, Hey We’re the Moti

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…

Mamaliga!

Ah yes, time to talk about the single most important Romanian food of all time – mămăligă (pronounced mama-league-ah). Any time I ever mention this food, ever, anywhere, within hearing range of an English-speaking person born anywhere on the planet, they immediately go “oh yeah it’s just like polenta“. No! No, no, no and no….