Last year in November I went back home with a couple of dutch friends. It was the most incredible trip in my own country I’ve ever experienced. It’s great to be a tourist in Romania! It has so many wonderful things to offer from spectacular views to good food and wine.
It was a very intense week-end. Thanks God we weren’t there by car…or at least we weren’t driving! you will see why….
It all started with the dinner at “Caru cu bere” in the historical centre of Bucharest. The right place to be if you like the beer and want to try the traditional romanian dishes..lot of meat and much more beer!!!! Very typical and crowdy where if you are lucky may see how romanian party …lot of fun, music and dance. Yes people we dance…a little music and we stad up an move (http://www.carucubere.ro/)
Next day we went to visit Aurelia Visinescu’s winery near Dealul Mare, Buzau. Not such a nice day to travel, but a great view and a wonderful host. She told us a lot about how they opened the firm and she showed us around. She is the winemaker and you can see a part of her reflected in the products.
Her wines are intense, rich, full bodied yet elegant and feminin. We had the best tasting ever of romanian native grapes…for me it was a first! Of course I must’ve drunk before some local wines, but never with this new awaness.
We stayed 4 hours tasting, talking and learnig a lot about Romania. I was so proud of our country thanks to her. She is such a worker and never gives up. (http://aureliavisinescu.com/en/).
We continued our trip to Brasov to Dracula’s Castel. It was inevitabil since we were near by.
then we went to see the Peles Castel on the same Prahova Valley and the center of Brasov. We’ve made 400 km in less than 16 hours!
We had lunch at Cabana Vanatorilor in Predeal with delicate game meat (wild boar, deer, bear, pheasant) and great wine…. (http://www.cabana-vanatorilor.ro/).
In the end we arrived in Bucharest…tired, but sooo happy. We continued the experience in one the most fashionable restaurants. It’s run by a Michellin Star Dutch Chef and it was wonderful surprise. All the food was great, a interesting presentation, he is he soul of the restaurant …cooks and has the time to come and talk with the clients. The very best in the center of the town. We had another great tasting, each plate was served with the matched wine. (http://theartist.ro/).
It was the perfect end for the perfect trip. I need to thank everybody for this incredible advventure, for giving me the chance to see my country with diffrent eyes. It’s true what they say that the wine brings people togheter! Cheers!
ps Visit Romania! It’s a nice place to be….and of course Drink wine! Discover the people and let them tell you their stories.