Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


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A Dinner Date at Pizza Lachoni

Pizza Lachoni

Last Friday night Vince and I decided to ditch our plans to eat at home and head out to a restaurant for the evening.

There is a pizza restaurant in our complex, Pizza Lachoni, that we’ve been wanting to try since I got here.

Before I even mention the food, I should say that this place has a few things going for it.

Number 1: it’s literally a 5-minute walk from our apartment.
Number 2: Did I mention it’s really close?!

OK. So it’s nearby, but what about the food?

It was…good.

Not fantastic. Not horrible. Definitely a solid B.

I should interject here that I am incredibly hard to please when it comes to pizza. I love the stuff. So I can be quite judgmental on things like toppings and the type of cheese a place uses. Pizza in Bulgaria is never going to be like it is back in the states. I have come to accept that fact. But my quest to find a decent slice continues!

Alrighty, back to the subject…

The restaurant itself is fairly modern and is probably the largest I have been in in Sofia. There are long wooden tables and benches for seating. They aren’t the most comfortable option, especially for couples, but they’d probably be great for larger parties.

There is a large bar and all of the servers are smartly dressed in bright green uniforms.

V. at Pizza Lachoni
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Randomly Me Monday: Volume Eleven | 10 Day You Challenge

Up today: five foods

Thought I’d do a bit of a love/hate combo for this one…

–Loves–

1) Pizza–Yum! I’m not into the pies with a huge number of toppings or gourmet ingredients, I am a plain ol’ pepperoni and cheese kind of girl. When I visited Chicago last fall, I made sure to hit up some of the city’s most famous pizzerias. My opinion? Chicago deep dish doesn’t hold a candle to New York thin crust.

2) Seafood–Crab legs are a particular favorite. When I sit and think about it, crabs and lobsters are a bit gross, but they sure do taste delicious!

3) Veggies–There really isn’t a vegetable that I don’t like. I am much more a veggie person than a fruit person. Thankfully, the salad bars offered in Princess employee dining are well stocked. This will come in handy next month when I attempt to become vegetarian for 30 days (one of my 30 before 30 goals).

–Hates–

4) Cheese–OK, not all cheese, but most. I like real cheddar and mozzarella. That’s about it. Anything that smells like feet, comes from a goat, or  has visible mold? NO THANKS!

5) Veal–I am not a big red meat eater in general, but I will eat steak and hamburger. I have never eaten veal and I don’t think I ever will. I know it’s hypocritical not to eat it because of the way the calfs (or is it calves?) are treated when the adults are treated poorly as well, but mentally I just can’t do it.

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There you have it. A bit of a boring blurb on my eating habits.

I think four books will be a bit more interesting!

W.

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Want to see previous posts in this series?

Randomly Me: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

10 Day You Challenge: ten secrets, nine loves, eight fears, seven wants, six places

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Pizza in Bulgaria

If I had to name my favorite food and I wasn’t allowed to say crab legs, I would have to say pizza.

I don’t know when my love for it started, but over the past few years my appreciation for a good quality slice has definitely grown, just look at how I spent my time in Chicago!

My mom gave Vince and I a pizza stone that she had never used and I lugged it all the way across the Atlantic. Pizza stones are heavy, ya’ll, that’s how committed I am to being able to make the perfect pizza, even in Bulgaria.

Which brings me to why I am not a huge fan of Bulgarian pizza. Things you would never imagine as suitable pizza toppings somehow end up on just about every type of pie here in BG: cut up hot dogs, corn, fried eggs (although, Vince and I recently went out for pizza and he had an egg on his, it wasn’t bad, actually), pickles, cucumbers, and cream cheese–just to name a few.

I also have a big problem with the cheese (which is not unusual for me). Bulgarian pizza restaurants usually use a type of cheese called kashkaval on their pizzas, not the mozzarella I am used to. Kashkaval (or yellow cheese, as it’s sometimes called) is mild in flavor and is an ok substitute for mozzarella, but I am not looking for a substitute, I want the real deal!

Now, that being said, I have only eaten pizza in a few cities in BG. I am sure big cities like Plovdiv and Sofia have many more options when it comes to toppings and such.

While I will probably always want to try out new pizza restaurants, I feel that making my own at home is much more rewarding. It also helps that I can customize it any way I want and not have to have Vince translate my special requests to a server.

On New Years Eve, Vince and I went shopping for a few things for the night and decided to also grab the ingredients to make homemade pizza on New Years day. The sauce was easy enough to find, but we could only find fresh mozzarella (packaged in water, no less). I wasn’t having it, so we grabbed some kashkaval and I said goodbye to my dream of recreating an (in my mind) authentic pizza pie.

As with most things I do for the first time, I  watched a few tutorial videos on YouTube to figure out exactly how to use the pizza stone. Then we got down to business.

Flouring the pizza stone (corn mean works too, but we didn't have any)

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