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 is the founder and editor of GreenGoPost.com. Based in California, he is a business writer and consultant. His work is has also 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. He's pictured here in Qatar, one of the Middle East countries in which he takes a keen interest because of its transformation into a post-oil economy. Other areas of interest include 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 leon@greengopost.com. You can also reach out via Twitter (@LeonKaye) and Instagram (GreenGoPost). As of October 2013, he now lives and works in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.