pahar_de_vinRomania is one of the world’s top-ranking producers of numerous delicious wines, some of which never leave its borders. Wherever you are in Romania, you’re in wine

Romania’s climate and soil are hospitable to the production of many different types of wines, from dry, sparkling whites to rich, aromatic, purplish reds. And, since traditional Romanian fermentation methods do not employ chemicals, drinking these richly tasting wines seldom results in a hangover.

A large scale of local sorts is produced:vin murfatlar

– Feteasca
– Grasa
– Tamaioasa

However, universal wines are also produced:

– Riesling
– Merlot
– Sauvignon Blanc
– Cabernet Sauvignon
– Chardonnay
– Muscat Ottonel

bereThe beer is also consumed at a large scale; under German influences.
Romania is the second large producer in the world of plums and almost the entire production of plums is used in order to produce “tuica”, a brandy of plums obtained through distillation.


Romanian food is a simple food still delicious. It is based in general on pork but we use chicken, fish, beef and mutton, too. But we love pork! And we use ingredients that can be found everywhere in the world.

tocanitaCabbage rolls, sausages, and stews (like tocanita) are the most popular dishes. carnati-5

Another tasty dish is Muschi poiana that is made of mushroom- and bacon-stuffed beef in a puree of vegetables and tomato sauce. You can also sample traditional Romanian fish dishes, like the salty, grilled carp called saramura.

Some of the recipes are strictly related with the season or the holidays. Usually, on Christmas, each family used to sacrifice a pig and they used to fix a variety of dishes made from the meat and organs: (this might sound strange, or even barbarianm but it’s really delicious :))

– Sausages, blood pudding, black pudding, wrapped in pork intestines.
– Meat jelly, a jelly made of difficult to use pork parts such as ears, legs, and head, arranged in aspic jelly.
– Meat balls in cabbage, a delicious mixture of meat wrapped in cabbage leafs, garden sorrel.
– Tochitura, some sort of stew served along with hominy and wine;
– And as something sweet, they have the traditional pound cake, sweet bread with nuts, cocoa or Turkish delight.

On Easter, Romanians eat lamb, and the specific dishes are:miel_04050127_10261359

– Grilled lamb
– Shiver, a backed mixture of organs, meat and fresh vegetables, especially green onion;
– And as a dessert matzos, a specific pie, with cheese and sultanas

alexandru-ioan-cuzaIn 1848, like the majority of the European countries, Moldova, Tara Romaneasca and Transylvaniaregele-carol went through a revolution. The goals of the revolutionaries were to obtain the independence of Moldova and Tara Romaneasca and the national emancipation of Transylvania. These goals remained unaccomplished. All the same, the year 1859 is an important reference for Romanians, because it marked the unification of Moldova and Tara Romaneasca under the rule of Alexandru Ioan Cuza. During the war that took place between 1877 and 1878, under the rule of Carol de Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, Romania conquested its independence that meant this state had equal rights as every other suveran state.

ceausescuThe conquest of the independence in 1877 had also a moral semnification because it rised the free conscience of the Romanian nation, and anticipated the Big Union on the 1st of December 1918, after the first world war in which Romania took part. The 1st of December is also Romania’s national day. Romania also took part in the Second World War, but some of its territories like the northern Bucovina, Basarabia, Hateg and the south of Dobrogea were lost. In 1947 the Russian troupes occupied Romania, and three years later the communist regime was installed. The communist regime was removed in December 1989, during the revolution when Nicolae Ceausescu was shot. Since then, Romania is a democratic state that gained on the 1st of January 2007 its status as a European state by entering in the European Union.

burebistaThe territory of Romania that we all know today was occupied in the year 200burebista-2 before Christ by a tribe called “the Dacians” that belonged to the big Thracian family. Under the rule of Burebista (82 – 44 b. Cr.), the first centralized state of the Dacians was formed. It was called Dacia. After the death of Burebista, who was killed by one of his servants, the state was divided, but it was reunited by the year 87 under the rule of Decebal. During Decebal’s rule, Dacia went through two wars with the Romans, and its territory was conquest by emperor Traian in 106. Years later, because of the successive invasions of the German tribes, the Roman administration had retired from Dacia. Many other barbarian invasions followed.

mihai-viteazuIn the 13th Century some little pre-state formations were created, and anticipated the birth of the Principals of Moldova, Tara Romaneasca and Transylvania. These three Principals had many battles with the Ottoman Empire. In an attempt to protect these Principals, and to create a strong state that clouds withstand the ottoman fury, ruler Mihai Viteazul united the three Principals into one state by the year 1600. This union was undone a year later, after Mihai Viteazul was killed by general Basta. At the end of the 17th Century, Hungary and Transylvania become part of the Hapsburg Empire, after they defeated the Turks. In 1718 an important part of Tara Romaneasca called Oltenia was incorporated in the Austrian Empire. A few years later the Austrian Empire also occupied the north-east of Moldova, called Bucovina, while Basarabia was occupied by Russia in 1812.

Giant_Burger_freishaormaThe ”traditional” student dishes in Romania are : (not necessary in this order) burgers (all kinds), shaorma (which is actually turkish), boiled and fried eggs, and french fries. Of course this is not the primary ranking, you can eat these without combining them. The evaluation and appreciation is subjective and it depends on your creativity in mixing these elements and making a delicious meal.
Not to forget that the meat can be replaced with soy, it has almost the same taste and flavour, in plus is more healthy and less expensive (in some periods of the year).

SuperStock_1598R-71967If you live in a student campus you will always find an eating hall where you can eat at a low price traditional romanian foods and if you are out of time you can always visit McDonald’s, the shaormeries which are opened 24 hours a day.
In Bucharest the most convenient price quality eating halls for students are : Moxa situated in Moxa, str, nr 11, here is not the best food but with 5-6 lei (1,4 €) you can eat a whole menu. The next eating hall is on Rosetti square wich is opened 24 hours and last but not least is R4, situated in the Regie Campus, there with 10 lei you can eat two types of meals: first and second.

Enjoy romanian student food!!!
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21-sarmaleThe most famous traditional food in Romania is Stuffed cabbage Rolls, or Sarmale as Romanians call it. You can find it in almost any restaurant, it’s not expensive and you can choose between a large variety of types of cabbage by different geographical areas:
Here is the most common culinary recipe of stuffed cabbage rolls :

large head cabbage
1 pound ground chuck
1/3 cup rice, raw, can use instant or regular
1 small onion, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 large onion, sliced
1 large can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes
3 to 4 teaspoons lemon juice (1 large lemon)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

If you intend to feel a little bit more of the Romanian life style you can prepare it yourself and this is how real Romanians do it: 🙂
Remove about 50 large leaves from the cabbage; cut off very thick part of each leaf. Pour boiling water over the cabbage to wilt the leaves.
Combine ground chuck with the rice, grated onion, eggs, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place a mound of meat mixture in cupped part of each softened cabbage leaf. Fold over sides of cabbage leaf; roll up. In bottom of Dutch oven, place a few of the remaining leaves. Arrange layers of cabbage rolls, seam side down, and sliced onions in a Dutch oven or large casserole. Pour on tomato sauce, tomatoes, and 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil on stove top. Bake, covered, for 1 hour. Uncover and bake 2 hours longer.

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  • Do start with the left cheek if you’re kissing someone! Otherwise, you won’t get a second one
  • Do leave your shoes outside when you enter the house if everyone else does that, otherwise you won’t get any drinks
  • Do get used to the idea of walking more and driving less when in countryside, roads are deadly! Plus, this way you won’t miss a lot.
  • Do wear something conservative when you’re going to church unless you want your dress to be on everybody’s lips.
  • Don’t choose an even number when you bring flowers, unless you’re going to a funeral!
  • Don’t get shy with soaking up the bread in sauces! Everybody does it here. Do say “pofta buna” first (that is good appetite)
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