Throughout the Balkans, one dish gives you a fantastic start to the day: burek. Call it what you want: börek, bureg, or in Bulgaria, byurek. Many in the Balkans just call it breakfast. The rich pastry, filled with cheese, squash, roasted pumpkin, eggs, meat, or a combination of the above, starts the day off on a decadent note. It is similar to the classic Bulgarian dish banitsa, only that Bulgarian byurek has egg in the pastry. However it is prepared, or spelled, burek is just one reason why the food in the Balkans, much of it organic, is a highlight of travel in this gorgeous corner of the world.

It has been a year since my trip to southeastern Europe, a great month where I met many fantastic people. Many of them I met over a fine meal, rustic and sophisticated all at once. During my last day in Sofia, I wandered through the neighborhood surrounding the Central Sofia Market Hall. The byurek plunked into my hand made for a perfect last meal.

Bulgarian byurek

Bulgarian byurek, the perfect morning start!

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Leon Kaye

Leon Kaye is the founder and editor of Based in California, he specializes in social media consulting and strategic communications. A journalist and writer since 2009, his work has appeared on Triple Pundit , The Guardian's Sustainable Business site and has appeared on Inhabitat and Earth911. His focus is making the business case for sustainability and corporate social responsibility. Areas of interest include the <a Middle East, sustainable development in The Balkans, Brazil and Korea. He was a new media journalism fellow at the International Reporting Project, for which he covered child survival in India during February 2013. Contact him at You can also reach out via Twitter (Leon Kaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). Since 2013, he has spent much of his time in Abu Dhabi, UAE, working with Masdar, the emirate's renewable energy company. He lives in Fresno, California.