Friday, June 6, 2014

Winebox Portfolio Tasting 2014

This past March... I am a bit behind on my writing efforts... the Winebox Portfolio Tasting (WPT), which included an amazing collection of wines from around the world was held at the Radisson Blu in Sofia. The WPT was more than just an opportunity for wine enthusiast to sample over 130 different wines from 25 different wineries, throughout the day were an array of lectures and master classes from the novice level to the most experienced taster. I find myself somewhere in the middle, but after the Winebox event, I feel myself creeping ever so slowly towards the latter... ever so slowly.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

8PM

8pm or Осем Вечерта is a unique space, it seems to be a coffee boutique that also doubles as an office for the 8pm PR team. It opened this past winter and is very conveniently located on Sheinovo Street, near to other hip spots, like LOMO and Local in the Doctors' Garden neighborhood.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Multi Kulti: 3 Years

Art work by Bilyana Pancheva
I first joined Multi Kulti Kitchen in 2012. I found out about an event that they were organizing to showcase American cuisine and the traditional Thanksgiving experience. I had offered to make a New York-style cheesecake and cranberry sauce. The event was in February and the day of the event, we had a huge snow storm; I also happened to be 7 months pregnant and driving in a snow storm from Kyustendil to Sofia was not in the cards for me. The cheesecake however did not go to waste. The next time I went to Sofia, I met up with the founders of Multi Kulti Kitchen, Zvezda Vankova, Bistra Ivanova and Ivelina Metchkova and told them that I want to join. Our first coffee together in March 2012 on Vitosha Bulevard was the beginning of our partnership and all of the wonderful events and projects that have happen since then.

Friday, April 18, 2014

WiFo: Spring 2014

This was the second installment of the WiFo lecture series, it was comprised of a day filled with 12 inspirational, creative and mouth watering speakers, discussing my favorite topics wine and food. In partnership with Gourmet Publishing and ROI communication, they orgazinzed a delicious event, which helped to propel the topics of food and wine in Bulgaria to another level. Nearly 120 people gathered at the Sopharma Business Center last Saturday, April 12th to engage with other likeminded souls.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Asparagus 2014

I have not written a post about our asparagus project till now, I am calling it a "project" because I look at this experience as practical training. For the last 5 years, I have been reading any book I can get my hands on about organic/sustainable farming practices and building soil health, which evidently are one in the same topic. It has become my passion to understand the microbiological relationships that happen in the ground and how these interactions result in healthier plants and ultimately healthier people.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Veggic

I am not vegan, but I do tend to find myself drawn towards restaurants that focus on alternative diets. If you are vegan, you consume no animal products; no dairy, no gelatin… only nuts, fruits and vegetables, but it is more than a diet, it is a lifestyle choice. To some, it might seem extreme, but those that are vegan tend to be quite passionate about it. Veggic was an interesting surprise to find in Plovdiv, I am always eager to discover non conformist restaurants, regardless of the city

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Multi Kulti Map: Sofia

Three years ago Multi Kulti Kitchen (MKK) was launched, I have written about most of the events they have hosted around Sofia, including: Dominican Republic, Syria, Afghanistan and Peru to name a few. The organization originated to help promote social integration among refugee and small immigrant communities through the sharing of food, but further action was needed to truly make a difference in promoting these cultures, and so the Multi Kulti Map was born. It was to serve as a guide to finding restaurants, cafes and shops dedicated to each immigrant/ refugee communities' countries traditional cuisine. The road to find funding and researching map candidates was a long arduous task as Multi Kulti Kitchen, part of Multi Kulti Collective (MKC) that was undertaken to assemble this fantastic map.

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