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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

What would Dracula eat?

Before Dracula was a vampire, maybe he was a human. So, what would he have eaten? Seems like an important historical study that we are about to undertake.

Moldova doesn't seem to have a rich food heritage, though I'm sure we'll get comments from some Moldovan telling me that I'm an idiot. In any case, they do have a popular chain called Andy's Pizza, which seemed like a good place to go for someone named Andy.
The pizza was actually decent and quite affordable. We found no other food in Moldova apart from a small supermarket and some ice cream in the park.
Romania doesn't have a ton of street food, but you often see things that look like this. Unfortunately, it turned out to be filled with melted cheese, which neither of us likes. And, really, even the fried wasn't so good. We suggest avoiding them even though locals seem to love them.
These apple cinnamon cookies were some of the stranger cookies that I've ever had. I felt as though I was eating an everlasting gob stopper from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory because it kept changing tastes. It started as a butter cookie, then artificial sweetener, then apple, then a Red Hot candy, then artificial sweetener again.
Tara had this walnut yogurt that I think was mediocre, but nothing spectacular. The container looks nice, though. I give the packaging an 8 out of 10.
In Bucharest, we went to a Romanian restaurant where we tried some traditional sausage and a white bean dip (which Tara was happy to find closely resembled a hummus). The sausage was pretty good, but won't make a list of the world's top ten sausages or anything.
I got a mix of grilled meats and some sauteed potatoes. It was so-so. Tara got the cabbage wrapped ground meat with polenta. Tara's dishes were really good.
In Brashov, we went to another traditional restaurant that was even better than the one in Bucharest. The appetizer platter has some cheeses that I didn't try (but that were apparently very salty), pork cracklings, sausage, and "bacon" (really just the fat from the bacon). We had to explain to the girl with whom we were eating exactly what a crackling is, and, surprisingly, she kept eating them even after the explanation.
Tara got some sausages with beans and polenta. The beans were a lot like baked beans. The sausages were sausages.
Romania loves bacon. We love bacon. Therefore, we love Romania. Or something like that. I got the bacon-wrapped sirloin tips in a honey sauce. They were excellent. Maybe we will try to make them. Or maybe we will just wrap everything in bacon.
Kraft makes this pineapple filled chocolate in Romania. It was pretty good and served as our dinner on a couple of train trips.
Lastly, we found these donuts on the street. They were pretty good. Not sure if these are common since we only found them in one small town, but they were fried, sweet, and cheap, which is sort of like the food trifecta. Had they only had ice cream...
Romania's love of pork, especially bacon, is one that fortunately continued for the next few countries. It raises the food rating for Romania significantly. We were a bit sad to leave without eating more, but that was often the case on our travels. The food is not light, but it is tasty.

1 comment:

  1. Welcome home from an Indiana WVES 5th grader-Jamie. I've been following your adventures, and have enjoyed them very much. Thanks for sharing!