Those who are fond of nature and healthy traditional Romanian cuisine can follow the cultural itinerary connecting Brasov to the European Capital, Sibiu. Starting from Sercaia, Mandra, Fagaras, Beclean, Voila, Vistea and then continuing along the foot of the Mountains Fagaras towards Sambata, Dragus, Lisa and Recea, visitors can stop over guest houses or locals` houses where they can taste traditional meals, which reflect the nature of the people and life here. Being close to the mountains represents another attraction for nature lovers who can wander through the forest by taking short trips or climbing up to the edge of Mountains Fagaras through four marked tracks. Tourists will be feeling fully rewarded with incredible landscapes.
The traditional cuisine is robust and its purpose is to feed with less refinement than in other regions. It is in harmony with nature and meals are generally consistent and simple in their refinement. Specific dishes such as: polenta with cheese and milk, scrambled eggs or ham, minced-meat balls wrapped in cabbage leaves, soups, chicken or pork courses, are simple but satiable dishes, slightly borrowing influences from the Transylvanian Saxon and Hungarian gastronomies.
As in any shepherds` region there is a wide variety of cheese in this region as well: cas, urda, telemea and milk with the taste of herbal flavours from the alpine pastures.
A remarkable variety exists among the fasting dishes and let us admit that rare are the places where one can eat for example mashed beans with pickled shallot, cumin soup or dried prune stew. All these can be also eaten in other regions of the country, but every dish has something specific to the region in its taste.
Indulging the gormandizers` appetite
Taking this traditional and cultural route, gormandizers can also indulge in oven-baked or roasted stuffed lamb, sheep pastrami, venison dishes or trout. For those who want dessert they can try homemade cozonac (sweet bread) and pies. Cozonac is always present on the occasion of various holidays and meals.