Belgrade is slowly becoming one of our favorite cities to visit when we’re in search of a laid back attitude and cool urban experiences. We’ve been already 3 times there and every time we go, we discover new places that convince us even more that this city has everything it needs in terms of urban lifestyle: cultural events of all kinds, cool places to go out for food, drinks and dancing, lots of outdoor places for the sunny days, interesting architecture, local and small designers stores, old industrial places reinvented into modern hangout areas and, a very big plus for this one, not that many tourists around and very decent prices for what it has to offer.
Now that the wonderful 2019 European Region of Gastronomy year has begun in Sibiu, let me explain some words that we frequently use in our relationship with food. I will firstly answer the following questions: What exactly does gastronomy mean? What does Slow Food stand for? Why should we eat locally? On the other hand, what is the New Transylvanian Cuisine? Let us take it gradually and see how all of these matters provide value to us here in Sibiu, in 2019 the Year of the European Gastronomic Region.
As winter in Romania is not very friendly and having outdoor events is a bit out of the question, main cities of the country were conquered, during the weekends from October to February (2018 and 2019), by a series of events aiming to help the locals discover and taste what their area has to offer in terms of gastronomy and not only. It happened in cities like Bucharest, Brașov, Cluj Napoca, Iași or Târgu Mureș. With dinner, brunch and a gastro tour in search of local producers, old and forgotten recipes and hidden places, but strongly related to the city’s community. Here’s how these weekends were organized and the story behind them.
Since I wrote about our 2018 travels outside of Romania, it seemed legit to offer Romania its 15 minutes of fame and have a summary of the places we checked out in the country last year. We’re mostly traveling around the country during the weekend, except for a more extended seaside trip and a 4 – 5 days hiking trip.
-21°C today, a very cold January day that keeps me from wanting to go out too much and got me thinking about summer and warm days again. A perfect opportunity to have a look at what new places we discovered last year. So for all of you out there in search of some vacation plans, here’s a list of our 2018 destinations in Europe.
It’s been a while since I wrote about the books that got in my hands, and although I don’t have that much time to read as much as I would like to, I still manage to keep up with the “2 books per month” challenge. Here’s an overview of the books I read this year (I excluded the parenting books I focus a lot nowadays).