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.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Grape Central

My first visit to Grape Central was over a year ago, there was no sign outside, so I walked back and forth a few time and eventually found the right spot. At that time last February, it was still a work in progress, but I was oozing with anticipation. I really like the owners and what is more fitting than having wine specialists (writers, educators, tasters, distributors) opening a wine bar and restaurant? I couldn't help but be excited for this new spot in Sofia. You might ask why did it take me so long to write about Grape Central, well I wasn't ready to share it, getting a table now is hard enough as is!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Livadi "The Meadow"

While organic and sustainably grown vegetables are abound in Bulgaria, you have an incredibly tough time finding the same for eggs and meat, without knowing the producer personally. This is mostly because of the rules and regulations created by the government, which are intended to keep us safe, in actuality they deny us the right to choose clean and sustainably raised food over the questionable offerings readily available at the grocery shops.

Through my website, I frequently get questions on where to find meat, poultry and eggs and unfortunately I have nothing to offer, but my research lead me to find Philip Haramandjiev from Chiflik Livadi (meadow), and also owner of the Damianitza winery. I first read about him in an article for Light and then in the same week a friend of mine made an introduction; we got to meet and chat about food, agriculture and Joel Salatin.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hot Spot Books & Art

If I received an unlimited gift card to whatever store I wanted, it would be a book store or Amazon! I love reading and I love books, the feel of them, the smell of them, freshly printed or a bit musty, regardless, there is something that I am intrinsically drawn to. Living in Bulgaria, it is hard to satisfy my need to read in English, yes, I know I can order them from the UK or US, which is expensive or download them to a reading device, but as I stated earlier, I like books. My latest discovery is the Hot Spot Book & Art library of English language books in Sofia.

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