REVIEW: PAINE SI VIN

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Pentru mine mancarea este una dinte micile placeri ale vietii si intotdeauna ma bucur atunci cand gasesc in Bucuresti un loc special, care ma face sa imi doresc sa revin din nou si din nou ca sa incerc gusturi speciale. E fix ceea ce mi s-a intamplat cu Paine si Vin. Food has always been one of life’s small pleasures for me, this is why I am always happy when I discover great places in Bucharest, making me want to go back again and again for a delicious bite. Here’s my recent experience at Paine si vin.

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REWIEW: TRATTORIA BUONGIORNO

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Incet-incet descopar ca imi place foarte mult sa va scriu despre … mancare. Asta si pentru ca sunt gurmanda de cand ma stiu. Cu greu ma convingea mama in copilarie sa nu mananc toata ciocolata intr-o singura zi si sa pastrez si pentru restul saptamanii. Principiul e simplu: “Traieste clipa”. Ma bucur pe moment de ce am si daca nu imi ramane si pentru mai tarziu … pai atunci asta e. Macar am fost fericita mai devreme.

Sa trecem deci, la fapte. Saptamana trecuta mi-am delectat papilele gustative la Trattoria Buongiorno (de pe Lascar Catargiu).

Am incercat Ravioli rosso con Buratta in traducere libera: Ravioli proaspete, muguri de pin, smântână dulce, parmezan. Buuunnnn rau de tot, iar sosul de smantana a fost perfect, nu a ingreunat deloc preparatul.

I’m just realizing that I love to write for you about … food. It’s because I’ve been a food lover since I can remember. In my childhood, my mom could barely get me to save a piece of chocolate for the next day. It’s really easy actually: I prefer to live in the moment and enjoy what I have now. If I don’t save some for later … it’s not a loss. At least I was happy while it lasted.

Let’s get down to business. Last week I’ve delighted myself with some delicious food at Trattoria Buongiorno (located on Lascar Catargiu Street).

We’ve tried Ravioli Rosso con Burrata: Fresh ravioli, pine nuts, cream, parmesan. Reallyyyyy tasty. The cream sauce was just right, not heavy at all, just a delight with the rest of the ingredients.

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REVIEW: DINING AT SAINT GEORGE, BUCHAREST

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Cand nu am timp sau bani sa calatoresc, imi place sa ma simt ca in vacanta in Bucurestiul meu. Asa ca la fiecare pas prin oras incerc sa gasesc frumusetea ascunsa a locurilor prin care trec. Ca sa nu ma plictisesc niciodata, imi place sa ies in locuri cat mai diverse, si sa incerc lucruri cat mai diferite. E valabil si atunci cand vine vorba de o cina in doi. Din cand in cand, mancarea gatita in casa nu e de ajuns, ai nevoie doar de un locusor linistit, unde sa bei ceva si sa mananci ceva bun. When I don’t have the time or money to travel, I like to take a moment and feel like I’m on vacation in my Bucharest. I try to find the hidden beauty of the city with every step I take. I don’t like to visit the same places every time, it would be boring, so I try to mix it up and try different things. This also counts when we’re planning a dinner out for two. From time to time homecooked meals are not enough, all you need is a quiet place to drink and eat something tasty.
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WINTER LANDSCAPE

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Cam asa se vede iarna de la fereasta mea. Magic … pana cand iesi afara, la serviciu, la cumparaturi sau la plimbare si devii alpinist de ocazie pe muntii abandonati pe trotuare de utilajele de deszapezire. Valul de frig extrem contribuie si el din plin la accentuarea acestei senzatii. Pana maine, cand incep o noua “expeditie”, prefer sa ma bucur de imagine. This is how winter looks from my window. Magical … until you have to go outside to work, shopping or for a simple walk. Then, you become an occasional climber on the snow mountains dumped by the snowplows on the sidewalk. The extreme cold wave is also contributing to this feeling. Until tomorrow when I start a new “expedition”, I choose to enjoy this picture.

THE CHRISTMAS FEELING

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Peisajul de iarna, cu zapada peste tot, turturi la fereste si ghetusuri, nu s-a instalat in Romania in zilele dinaintea Craciunului. Totul insa arata ca in povesti si asta pentru ca parca autoritatile s-au straduit mai mult decat in alte ocazii sa deocoreze orasele. Iata deci, o “vedere” din Bucuresti si Iasi. The perfect winter picture, with snow everywhere, icicles and glazed frost didn’t set in in Romania in the days before Christmas. Nevertheless, it all looks magical and that’s because the city authorities tried harder this time to decorate for winter. Here’s a detailed “postcard” from Bucharest and Iasi.

 

WINTER WONDERLAND

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“Sarbatorile vin …” dupa cum spune si o reclama celebra. Incet – incet, Romania se imbraca in straie de sarbatoare. De 1 Decembrie s-au aprins liminitele de sarbatori in majoritatea oraselor. Eu am apucat sa surprid pana acum cateva poze din Iasi si Bucuresti. Deja am intrat in atmosfera de Craciun … parca mai devreme ca niciodata. “The holidays are coming …” just like a famous commercial is announcing. Slowly, Romania is putting on holiday clothes. The Christmas lights were switched on in most cities on December 1st. I saw the decorations in Iasi and Bucharest. I’m already feeling the Christmas spirit, earlier than ever.

YUMMY PIES IN BUCHAREST

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Mereu merg cu placere sa mananc La Placinte; nu am incercat pana acum ceva din meniul lor care sa nu imi placa. Evident, preparatele de baza sunt … placintele, care vin in multe forme si cu arome diferite. Ultima data am incercat invartite cu cartofi si branza de oi, dar la fel de bune sunt cele cu branza de oi si verdeata, pe care le comand mereu cu incredere. Daca nu aveti chef de placinte, apoi, aveti de unde alege, iata ce bine arata puiul invelit in bacon, care vine impreuna cu salata de varza si un sos delicios. Sau un alt preparat nou care mie imi place mult – taitei de casa cu branza de oi. Deserturile sunt toate la fel de bune, fie ca vin sub forma de placinta sau alte bunataturi. Si pentru ca a venit frigul, puteti sa asezonati totul cu un pahar de vin fiert aromat. If I’m in the mood to eat something delicious, then La Placinte (Pie’s place) is a sure bet, you can’t leave disappointed. Obviously, the main dishes are the pies, which come in many shapes and flavors. Last time I tried one with potatoes and sheep cheese, but the ones with cow cheese and herbs are as tasty if not even more so. If you’re not in the mood for pie, you have many other dishes to choose from, the chicken wrapped in bacon is very tasty and it comes with cabbage salad and a delicious sauce. I also love the homemade noodles, that go great with sheep cheese. The desserts are even better, either in pie form or other tasty treats. And because the cold weather is here, you can also order a delicious mulled wine to go with all the goodies.