Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Nervous meatballs & chicken tinsel stuffed with processed cheese


    More than any other in Western Europe, Britain remains a country where a traveller has to think twice before indulging in the ordinary food of ordinary people. 
    Joseph Lelyveld

We visted Sofia as part of our inter-rail journey and found it to be quite a fascinating city. The history of Bulgaria is complex with neutrality from 1939-1941, an axis force from 1941-1944 and then a commnuist regime from 1945 onwards. This level of contrast is seen in the city; with street sellers selling off old war
memorablia, Nazi medals sitting next to Cossack hats. The majority of the city has a old Soviet feel to it, with that common Russian feeling you get as a traveller of 'we shouldn't be here'.
However we ran into no trouble in Sofia and enjoyed the delights the city had to offer.

To give you an idea of the selction of foods that Sofia has to offer we wrote down a few for you to puruse....
Take your pick from a selection of these culinary delights:
# Nervous meatballs,
# Chicken tinsel stuffed with processed cheese,
# Potato on aubergine sofa
# Pork mouthfuls,
# Chicken with by-products
# Bangkok-style trout served in a gondola

Judging by the Chicken tinsel stuffed with processed cheese and the chicken with by-products I came to the conclusion that these dishes were not going to be filled with organic produce. Which is a shame really, because I believe that authentic Bulgaria cuiine may have a lot to offer. Sadly when we were there we only got to experience the meat heavy dishes of the capital.

We saw alot of weird and wonderful sights in Bulgaria. Our accomodation for starters was a picturesque sight. It looked like an attic conversion but they had failed to do the most important bit and forgotten to convert it. The room consisted of four beds and a very wobbly cupboard that was literally on its last leg. The beams still stuck out of the ceiling and at best you could constantly bend at the waist and manage to not crack your head. In the city we had many random exchanges with the locals. The majority of them were in very broken English and were mainly conversations of 'why are you here?' and 'there's nothing to see here'. One very bizarre scene we saw was outside the parliament building. Armoured guards were patrolling the structure whilst doing a Monty Python style march. They then went round the corner and burst into hysterics. Incidents like these were common place in Bulgaria and generally we spent the majority of time having no clue what was going on. A very nice city though, and I do hope that we can go back their again; even if it is just to have another helping of 'Bangkok-style trout served in a Gondala'.

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