Girl Meets Bulgaria

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


Eating Our Way Across Bulgaria

On our recent road trip, my husband and I made it a point to experience {devour} some of the culinary delights Bulgaria has to offer.

Trying new foods is one of the best parts of traveling; and while I love Smolyan, it certainly isn’t the gourmet capital of Bulgaria. So I was eagerly anticipating the foods we would eat while we were away.

Luckily, we were not disappointed!

A few of the highlights:

• Fig ice cream in Hisarya. Probably the best ice cream I have ever had.

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Road Trip Round Up: Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo, to put it mildly, is pure magic. It has that medieval, old-world European vibe that I adore, with a historic old town and vibrant new town.

This one-time capital of Bulgaria is situated on three hills: Tsarevets, Trapezitsa and Sveta Gora. The Yantra River sleepily winds its way through the city on its way to the Danube.

We arrived in the city late in the afternoon and decided to head straight to Tsarevets–the most commanding and symbolic spot in the city. On top of the hill sits an ancient fortress by the same name, as well as the ruins of over 400 structures, and a modern day church built on the site of an early Christian church.

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Calling All Sofia Friends!

I need a little help from any of my readers living in or around Sofia. You fantastic city-dwellers, you!

Vince and I are headed to Sofia next Friday (Feb. 3rd) for a weekend getaway–we’re going to see Cirque du Soleil, eat lots of food, and possibly overnight in Veliko Tarnovo.

I want to maximize my time in the city, which is why I am hoping I can get some advice from you lovelies:

  • Any recommendations for must-visit restaurants? I love Thai, Chinese, Pizza, everything really! Not looking for Bulgarian cuisine; we want something not available in Smolyan. What are your favorite eats?
  • I am dying to let out my creative juices. Does anyone know of a good arts and crafts store? On that note, anybody know of a good yarn shop?
  • Any favorite bakeries/cupcake shops?

I am also hoping to figure out a time to work in a lunch or coffee date with anyone who wants to meet up! I’d LOVE to get to know some of you better, so let me know if you’d like to get together (possibly in the afternoon on Friday or Sunday?). I thought we could do a group thing if enough people are available, then we can all grow our circle of friends!

Please leave a comment or email me at whitney(at)girlmeetsbulgaria(dot)com.

Thanks so much!