I love Anthony Bourdain! I love his gritty outlook on life, his use of expletives, and his love of real food.
On this trip, as we’re Riding the Rails of Eastern Europe, we are epitomizing this idea of no plans. As I’ve said before, we’re not big on planning, and looking at the map of the area we could cover with our Eurail pass was dizzying. We made a tentative route, then as soon as we started our journey, we changed it. Now, eight days in, we’ve changed our minds and our itinerary at least five times. We’re still changing it. There’s just so many choices, and so many things we want to do that it is difficult to plan too far ahead.
Forgetting about the itinerary, though, for Anthony and us it’s all about the food. Here we are sometimes spontaneous, especially when it comes to trying street food. However, as dinner time approaches, you’ll find Jim picking through restaurant reviews trying to find us the most authentic local food. It works sometimes, and sometimes it doesn’t. TripAdvisor is definitely the most common restaurant review app, and the problem we’ve had with it is that it’s used primarily by travelers. And most travelers, like myself, are new to the country. Do they really know what the food is supposed to look or taste? You just don’t know.
One reason we eat so much street food is that you know it’s authentic. How could it be otherwise? Yesterday I saw these round balls wrapped in aluminum foil on the grill. I asked what it was and the man told me it was called “Bulz”. Bulz is a traditional Romanian food, polenta with cheese. In this case, it was heated on the grill and the cheese was melted and yummy. So, without any apps and maybe just a little daring, we had true Romanian fare. Not only was it delicious and filling, it cost us 10 Lei or about $2.50. Yum!
What kind of traveler are you? Do you like to wing it? How about that street food? What has been your favorite?
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