I had an amazing vacation in this amazing and beautiful country last year – amazing people, breath-taking landscapes, beautiful beaches with crystal clear water and such delicious food that would make you lick your fingers.
Some typical dishes we felt in love with:
These are little bites of pure heaven.
It’s an authentic Greek dish often served as part of a meze platter and are the ultimate appetizer you could ask for.
Dolmades refers to Greek dished made with either cabbage or vine/grapes leaves, stuffed with herb-y rice mix, shaped into little rolls and boiled until amazingly tender.
My favorites are the one with meat and rice – delicious!
A very popular Greek dish consisting of small pieces of meat and sometimes vegetables grilled on a skewer (it’s eaten straight off the skewer while still hot).
Mine were made with chicken meat and served with onion pieces, French fries and the famous and delicious Tzatziki which I’m obsessed with.
Our next stop is the Romanian Cuisine and I’ll show you 2 of my favorite plates which, if you ever go to visit Romania, you have to try them!
* Mici (or Mititei)
In English means ‘’the little ones’’ – a typical dish from my country which consists of grilled ground meat rolls made from a mixture of beef and pork with many spices such as garlic, black pepper, thyme, coriander and sometimes a little touch of paprika.
If you’ll try these, you absolutely have to eat the with mustard.
These babies are often called ‘’National dish of Romania’’ – they are eaten everywhere: in homes, restaurants and pubs, but mostly outdoors for barbecues and picnics.
* Ardei Umpluti
Stuffed peppers – these amazing little flavor bombs are packed full with delicious pork meat and white rice.
They are cooked in a tomato sauce that, if you’ll you take a sip of it, you will be surprised once you realized you finished it all.
Red Bell peppers (or any color you like) are used to make this dish;
The traditional Ardei Umpluti are served with sour cream on top.
Our next entry will be a dish from The Land of the rising Sun – Japan.
You love noodles as much as I do? Then try this one!
* Zaru-Soba Noodles
I’m a big fan of noodles and this light and refreshing dish has become one of my favorites.
A chilled noodle dish made from buckwheat flour and served with soy sauce based dipping sauce called tsuyu – for a hot summer, this is the perfect dish in Japan to cool you down.
The dipping sauce is very salty so don’t soak the noodles for a long time.
It is believed that eating Soba will cut misfortune of the previous year and bring good luck in the next year (for the special soba eaten on New Year’s Eve called Toshikoshi Soba).
After all these amazing dishes, it’s time to cool everything with a delicious Italian dessert.
* Panna cotta alla menta
Ideal for those hot summer Italian days, the panna cotta with mints, thanks to it’s fresh and irresistible taste is the perfect end for a lunch/dinner meal or an amazing start for a conversation with your friends.
Ever since I moved to Italy, this dessert has become one of my favorites – it brings me a lot of joy every time I have the opportunity to eat it.
That was a rollercoaster full of amazing dishes and aromas and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to share it with you guys, hoping you will be driven to try some of these plates for yourself.
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