Monday, 29 May 2017

Cuisines


Simply Red

When asked how he can tell what tomatoes are good, Pizho – a 63-year-old chef in a small neighbourhood restaurant, always answers the same thing: by “the tasty red” colour. Full Story



Bulgaria
Slow Food Bulgaria Organises Balkan Culinary Forum

1 June 2010 | The first of its kind regional forum, Terra Madre Balkans, will take place between July 16 and 18, in Sofia, and bring together participants from all over the Balkans for a series of culinary events. Full Story


Bulgaria
Pumpkin head!

If you wish to insult somebody in Bulgarian, you could call him tikvenik – a word whose Full Story


Turkey
Turkey's Cuisine: The Tastes that Flew Away

A glance at old Turkish cookbooks reveals a staggering array of dishes made with poultry and game birds. Full Story


Bulgaria
Sofia Hosts Armenian Cuisine Festival

November 2009 | A festival of Armenian cuisine, hosted by the restaurant Vratata and the winery Villa Yustina Full Story


Serbia
Serbia's Testicle-Cooking Championship: Machos at Your Table

If there is a place where to refrain from spelling out the proverb You are what you eat, it is Sumadija, the home of first international testicle cooking (and eating) competition. Full Story


Bulgaria
Brown Fingers’ Season in Bulgaria

Every September, expats and attentive tourists in Bulgaria notice the coming of a kind of local fashion wave – Full Story


Macedonia
Italian Artists Makes Macedonia Salad as Performance in Skopje

2 September 2009 | The performance “Macedonia!” by Italian artist Silvio Palladino will be held at Skopje’s Stone Bridge on Wednesday evening, starting at 7:16 pm. Full Story


Balkans
Bulgaria’s Exclusive Ownership of Shopska Salad Challenged

11 August 2009 | The ownership of shopska salad – considered by Bulgarians as one of the few dishes that is truly their own, was challenged by a Serbian publication claiming that the salad is in fact a pan-Slavic one.
Full Story


Serbia
Take a Wok on the Wild Side in Belgrade, Serbia

With thousands of foreigners flooding the city for the Universiade Games and the Exit festival, the hot and crowded summer Belgrade nights were full of exotic sounds and scents Full Story




Curiosity Chest


Bulgaria
Dimitur, who visualisеd the Bulgarian expression “Pumpkin Head!”

26 February 2014 | He is 26 and he tried to enroll in the national Fine Arts academy. Academics, though, refused to recognize his talents, and this is how he searched for consolation in food carving. Full Story



Useful Reads


Greece
In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story




Music


Serbia
Serbia Surprises with Choice of Little-Known Singer for Eurovision

12 March 2009 | A little-known Serbian singer and composer, Marko Kon, has surprised many by emerging as his country's representative at the 54th Eurovision in Moscow.
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