It’s been quite a while since I actually posted something about cooking on the blog, but it’s not because I don’t cook anymore, it’s mainly because what I cook is so delicious that I don’t get to take photos in time 😀 But this salad I have been cooking all summer long and every one who hears about it wants to know the recipe. It’s quite famous and traditional in Romania, but I haven’t seen it being cooked anywhere else I went outside the country. IMAG0250

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26 Km from Sibiu, in a magical village where time seems to have stayed still for centuries, is located the Dacian Fortress of Cățânaș Tilişca.

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On the Cățânaș Hill at a height of 716 meters, the fortress had a strategic value for ensuring a good view of the two neighboring valleys.

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Yes, we did it, the second highest mountain peak in Romania. We went up to 2535 meters high! On a Saturday, in July.

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The latest album by the irrepressible Dutchman.

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The ‘2080’ part of the album title is taken from the Roland JV2080, a legendary digital synthesizer from the nineties that was used a lot in the making of the album.

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La Grande Bellezza is a perfectly produced tragicomedy of the high class society of Rome. But the high class society over 50 years old.

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To the Cozia National Park we’ve been before, two years ago in July more exactly, so it’s not the first time we wonder around these beautiful mountains. But, as we still had some more to discover up on the cliffs and as some of our friends have never been here before, we planned another trip over one not so warm and sunny weekend in July.

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Stockholm won this year’s Transilvania Film Festival Competition so I saw it in the cinema a couple of months ago. Rodrigo Sorogoyen seems to have mainly directed TV Series so far and one movie in 2008 (8 Dates), but which seems to have remained known only in Spain (winning some national prizes there).

Stockholm on the other hand, won quite a lot of prizes since it was launched and participated in some of the important film festivals around the globe this year, but it seems that only the jury in Romania discovered the ‘something special’ in it and gave it the competition grand prize.

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If ever you find yourself on the road that takes you from Râmnicu Vâlcea to Târgu Jiu or vice-versa, make a quick stop near Costești to the Trovanți Museum Natural Reserve.

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Going to the Suru Chalet for a nice one day hiking trip is a good option if you have a free day and some good weather. Especially if you do it somewhere in June when the mountain peony is fully bloomed and everywhere you look you see purple spots.

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