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Damianitza No Man's Land Gold

Damianitza No Man's Land GoldDamianitza Winery sets a high standard in wine production incorporating age old Bulgarian wine making traditions and techniques, while preserving the environment. It is among the top players in the domestic market and works with local grape varieties to create unique wines that appeal to the adventurous and cosmopolitan. The winery, located in the picturesque Struma River Valley was founded in 1940 and now has a bottling capacity of 2,000,000 bottles.One of its leading brands, No Man’s Land was aptly named after the five mile strip of borderland, which previously separated the worlds of Socialism and Capitalism. Filip Harmandjiev, Damianitza’s owner, decided on the brand name after showing the area to some British journalists.

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Baked Creamed Spinach

Baked Spinach PureeBaked creamed spinach is a traditional starter and is rich in nutrients despite its simple ingredients; combining protein, calcium and lots of vitamins! Fresh spinach can be bought on most Bulgarian markets for around 1 leva per carrier bag full!

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Blueridge Chardonnay

cheers!This wine displays an intense golden-green colour with the living freshness of exotic fruits – grapefruit, pineapple and kiwi combined with a touch of delicate and noble oak. This is a wine with an elegant start, pleasing, gentle freshness and a soft finish. Its aftertaste leaves a refined and memorable impression.

Blueridge Chardonnay is best served at between 9 and 13 degrees, depending on the food and the season. Its crisp, refreshing taste blends well with buttery soft cheeses, pasta, fish, foie gras, white meats and light game dishes. It also holds its own as a party drink particularly on a summer’s evening. This is truly a white wine which will not disappoint and at about 14 lv. a bottle you will not be disappointed.

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Pumpkin Soup

Bulgarian Pumpkin SoupAs autumn descends and the weather gets colder in Bulgaria why not visit a local market, which are full to bursting with pumpkins of all shapes and sizes ... and make this delicious and warming soup.

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Bulgarian Beer and its History

bulgarianbeerBulgarian beer has a history dating back to the 19th century, when it was introduced by foreigner's before the liberation of Bulgaria. Until then Bulgaria was mainly a rakia and wine country, and beer was unknown.

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Bulgarian Soups - Traditionally Delightful

bulgarian soupsBulgarian soups have been consumed for thousands of years and even today they are still enjoyed by Bulgarian people young and old.

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Rakia - Bourbon of Bulgaria


Rakia has been the most popular alcoholic drink of Bulgaria since as far back as the 14th century. Taken from the Turkish name raki, rakia is basically a fruit brandy which is most commonly made from grapes, however it is also made from using most of Bulgaria’s home grown native fruits such as pears, apricots, plumbs, figs, and quince.

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Mastika: a Bulgarian Aphrodisiac

perfect for celebrationsWhilst in Bulgaria you may have seen people, ok mostly men, drinking an icy aniseed liquid called Mastika. Whilst Greek in its origin, Mastika is one of Bulgaria’s most popular spirits with local versions produced here. It is usually mixed as a cocktail with a mint liqueur called Menta; this combination is called Oblak or Cloud in English.

Many Bulgarians prefer to accompany their glass of Mastika with a glass of the Bulgarian yoghurt drink Ayran, but one thing everyone insists on is that Mastika must be served cold and for this reason most people store their bottles in the freezer compartment and when Mastika is frozen the liquid forms small ice crystals.

Mastika is often drunk as a celebratory tipple at various feasts and celebrations particularly as a toast. It is also a perfect accompaniment to traditional Bulgarian chicken dishes. Perhaps the greatest story associated with Mastikais that it is an aphrodisiac, so ladies beware of men sipping innocently on a frozen aniseed liquid!

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Pulneni Chushki

Pulneni Chushki - Stuffed PeppersStuffed Peppers are a very popular dish in Bulgaria and as the summer months fade into Autumn the Bulgarian markets are teeming with peppers. This version uses rice and minced beef - however, replacing the beef with finely grated carrots makes a really delicious vegetarian option.

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Bulgarian Biscuit Cake

biscuitcakeThere are many varieties of the Bulgarian biscuit cake both on menus in restaurants and made from home. But some of the original recipes can take time to make. Thanks to a friend's birthday recently, Quest Bulgaria has found a quick and simple version of the popular dessert, which requires no cooking.

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