In One Picture: Bulgarian Baked Goodness
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.