Holidays in Romania, we did it again. This time we started with Bucharest, where we have spent the New Years Eve, and then travelled to Brasov to see C’s family. We visited and saw so many nice things to share with you.
Like last year, we ate very very well in Romania. I am a Vegetarian and C is a Pescetarian. The dishes you can see below are all without meat. 🙂 Now lets have a look at what we liked.
A3 is the former A1, a great place to start your day, have a snack or meet your friends for an afterwork drink. I am in love with their bucket fries, literally a bucket full of fries. Another dish that I have ordered several times in the last week was the Baby Spinach Salad with Apple. Mmmmhhmmm, absolutely delicious.
SHIFT PUB, Bucharest
A cozy, beautiful bistro on a quiet street in the heart of the city. Thats what they say about themselves on their website. And I can only agree with that. Indeed a very cozy place. So far I have only been in Romania in Winter so I never had the chance to eat outside in the beautiful garden. But fingers crossed to hopefully visit Bucharest in Summer too.
An elegant, rather posh place to eat with delicious starters and pasta dishes. Of course I can only speak for myself 🙂 but thats what I liked to eat there. The Avocado Tartar starter is definetely something to try. Unfortunately I didn’t take a photo but I can show you the Pasta and sides dishes we had.
DEI FRATI, Brasov
This place has opened quiet recently and is a real game changer for Brasov. Hands down, these were one of the best house made pasta I have ever had. The interior design of the rather small but cozy place is very simple, with a touch of shabby chic. The restaurant is a family run business and one can really feel that when eating there. There is an open kitchen which I personally love. Watching the chef prepare your food is a really nice thing.
BISTRO DE L’ARTE, Brasov
Like last year it was cold and snowing so we had some warming teas, hot chocolates and snacks at the Bistro de l’Arte. A rather dark and old interior which brings you back to the last centuries and lets you relax and enjoy your stay. I loved the sweet pea soup. Something I can honestly recommend to try.
so, that was it from my first blogpost about Romania and also my first post for 2017. I hope it was helpful and inspiring. Let me know which places are your favorites. X
yesterday at the preview day at VOLTA12 I met Anca and Cristina from Anca Poterasu gallery and I fell in love with Zoltan Bela’s work ADAM and EVE. I am fascinated by the faces that he cut out of an ordinary object and how young and old versus new and used is shown in this work. I really like the fact that they can not be seperated. the pieces are only sold together, Adam only comes with Eve and vice versa.
Zoltán Béla (b. 1977) is a widely-known contemporary artist, especially through his paintings. He graduated from the University of Arts and Design in Cluj, and he presently lives and works in Bucharest. Zoltán Béla is mid-through his career in painting, installations and object-making, which are imbued in historical and metaphysical references inspired by his personal biography and from the recent historical timeline of Eastern Europe.
Zoltán’s most recent work returns to his first love Antoni Tapies, in his latest experiments in object-making, with a focus on the materiality of details in painting, where the figurative taunts the abstract without ever fully giving in to it.
Selected Solo Shows: L’Espace Ventriloque (2016), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO); Participare în programul “Arta la fereastră” (2016), as guest artist at Simeza Gallery (RO); Installation (2014 – 2015), Anexa The National Museum of Contemporary Art (RO); Traces (2012), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO) ; In meditation: Feeling the Silence (2011), Anca Poterașu Gallery (RO), A certain time, a certain place, a certain state (2010), Little Yellow Studio (RO); Self Reflecting 30 (2009), Point Contemporary Gallery; Transition Icons(2009), Carini & Donatini Gallery (IT).
Selected group shows: Extension.RO (2016), Triumph Gallery, Moscow (RU); Vom Allmächtigen zum Leibhaftigen (2016), curator: Tom Beege, Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Apolda/Thuringia (DE); BB6 (Bienala Bucharest 6), 2014, (RO); Curators Network (2012), Muzeul Bruckenthal (RO); The New Figurative (2011), Victoria Art Centre (RO); Coloring the Grey (2011), The 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art (RU); I Am a Romanian: The Bucharest – Tel Aviv Route (2011), The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv (IL); Out Of Sacred (2010), Arezz (IT); Police the Police(2010), The fourth biennial for young artists (RO); The Berlin Wall (2010), Promenade Gallery, Vlore (AL).
I got my hands on these two bars of chocolate when I was in Bucharest during Christmas last year and I wanted to find out more about romanian chcolate. here is what I found out:
“the first romanian chocolate products with royal name were launched at Elisabeta Palace on April, 6, 2015. “Kandia Regal” is the name, including three sorts: milk chocolate named after Princess Margareta, dark chocolate with 55 pc cocoa named after Prince Radu and dark chocolate with 75 pc cocoa Peles Castle.”
“in Romania, for more than 120 years, the Royal House has encouraged the national chocolate production, each generation, starting with King Carol I and Queen Elisabeth attached their names to the Romanian chocolate. there was even a chocolate factory ‘Queen Mary’, set up in 1919.”
I only tried the 55pc and 75pc cocoa chocolate and they were super delicious, not too sweet and not too bitter. I personally liked the 55pc a bit better than the 75pc. not sure if I could tell the difference between this dark chocolate and the LINDT dark chocolate that I usually eat. so it def has some chance to be compared to swiss chocolate!
that was our beautiful view from the AIRBN place in BUCURESTI. we arrived on December, 27, and stayed until January, 1, 2016 and I saw so many nice things and I also saw many not so nice things. as you know me I rather focus on positive things and try to see the best in everything I do and live. hence the name of the blog. the situation in Romania is very special and difficult to judge from the outside and even after talking to local friends of Cristian I realized that this country has so much more to offer. It needs politicians who stand for their people and not for their own benefits. the country needs lots of reforms and transperancy when it comes to projects. Romania has great, smart and qualified people and is a country with precious resources, hopefully it will soon be a step closer to realize a change, I really wish for a country with less corruption and more trust.
as you read in my previous post I am currently in Romania where I have spent a lovely Craciun = Christmas in Brasov and am now enjoying some days in Bucharest.
in BRASOV you should definitely visit the old city center with the gorgeous old houses and the black church and stroll around the streets. BRASOV has the third narrowest street in Europe (told by our cab driver) STRADA SFORII (means rope street and is between 111 and 135 cm wide and about 80 meters long.)
I saw so many beautiful houses and when you go a bit outside of the old city center you will see houses that are abandoned or half done. I find Brasov a very picturesque city and I have to go back and take photos of all the beautiful gates and doors. we started the day with ZOOM SERIE which opened 5 days ago and is famous for their sweets. they have an awesome list of fresh teas and make fresh juice. I can totally recommend the juice with banana, apple and oranges, the SWEET NOVEMBER tea, I hope I remember that tea correctly : ) its the one with hibiscus and berries and their BROWNIES. mmmhhmm! we ate very well at BISTRO DEL ARTE and HOCKEY PUB, in general the food was very delicious. as a vegetarian I was warned that Romania is the country of meat and cheese, two things I don’t like at all. but as I said I could not complain there were vegetarian dishes on the menu. a local vegetarian dish is ZACUSCA 🙂 another place that I really liked is called BISTRO MA COCOTTE. here you can see my BRUSCHETTA and PASTA from the hockey club.
this year I am in Brasov for CHRISTMAS and I love exploring this beautiful city of Romania. there is a huge christmas tree in the center of the old city and fancy lights that are hanging above the streets. BRASOV is a very beautiful city with lots of amazing looking old houses. some of them need more care than the owners can spare but in general there is a movement in order to preserve the cultural heritage of Brasov. and now let me show you some photos. X
so let me tell you a bit more about what we have done so far. we have visited the new flat of C’s parents, strolled around the city, visited friends, decorated the christmas tree and took some photos for the blog. more to come, stay tuned. X