Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


Sacher Torte: Vienna’s Famous Sweet Treat

Historical Cafe Sacher
Vienna is well known for a few different foods, but Sacher Torte takes the cake (literally). The “Original Sacher Torte” (or Sachertorte, as it is spelled locally) is still served at the five star Hotel Sacher and the adjacent Cafe Sacher. Stepping through the front doors of this opulent café feels like stepping back in time; the period decor is beautiful and the white tie service was really fun to experience–although I felt very under dressed in jeans and a long sleeved shirt!

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Lattes and Duner Kebaps

The sun finally decided to shine yesterday–although it was still bitter cold outside–and having been giant lazy-butts the past few days, Vince and I decided to walk to a nearby café to get a coffee and just generally be anywhere but the apartment.

We are trying to be good with our money so that we can take some trips when it warms up (Turkey and/or Greece), but sometimes you just have to “splurge” on a couple of {sickly} sweet drinks, right?!


I liked the drinks but I didn’t care for the cigarette smoke and bright sun burning out my retinas, so once we were finished we headed back out into frigid Mongolia (I am such a drama queen!).

I wasn’t ready to head home yet, so we decided to grab something to eat. Enter the duner kebap–known as the doner kebab in other European countries:


My very unattractive Nom Nom Nom face!

He told me not to take his pic... I don't listen very well!

I did a post about my love for the duner kebap awhile back, but I think I forgot just how delicious they really are. What’s even better is the cost–our two medium-sized kebaps only cost us 5 leva (about $3.50). They were more than enough to fill us up until dinner time.

The typical duner kebap contains thinly sliced chicken (off of a big rotating chunk, similar to gyro meat), pickles, shredded lettuce, and fries, all wrapped in pita-type bread. Most people also get it with some sort of sauce, usually garlic or yogurt. I was lame and didn’t get any sauce and I definitely felt something was missing. Next time I am saucing it up!

After chowing down we went to the grocery store to stock up on fruit for the apartment.

After days of doing a lot of nothing, it certainly was nice to get out–even if it was freezing outside!