Sunday, September 13, 2009

Nostalgic Consumerism

I made mish-mash last night. It was alright but it wasn't GREAT. If it's fat-free, it ain't feta. That's all I've got to say about this.

Today I've got shopska salad on my mind. And I'm back to square one, because we don't have good Bulgarian feta. Kyle and I talked about this and agreed that if we don't have good feta, there's no point in even trying. It just won't be the same.

Someone told me that my best bet is to look for a Middle Eastern store in Memphis because they are very likely to have at least some Bulgarian stuff there.

In the meantime, I have a question for you... where do you guys shop for Bulgarian stuff? Any websites you would recommend? And, just out of curiosity, do you share my tendencies of shopping/cooking Bulgarian food when you are missing Bulgaria?


  1. Как, Малинчо спасява души и събира светове :-)

  2. Zdrasti Petya,
    My friend told me about this web-site:

  3. The other thing is to find Greek feta, which is actually really easy to get your hands on. Unlike Bulgaria, Greek cuisine is fairly popular in a lot of places in the States, and we were always able to find Greek stores no matter where we went.

    Last time we went to Seattle we found a Russian store who imported some things from Bulgaria, but to be honest, when we lived in Colorado there wasn't anywhere remotely close that had anyone who even knew what Bulgarian food was/is, so we just settled for Greek supplies, which are "close enough", at least to us :)

    Good luck in your search.

  4. I saw your mish-mash recipe and noticed they use feta cheese. And I've always known that you use izvara in a mish-mash. In case you are like me and never suspected one can find izvara in the US, check out Ricotta cheese!!! I recently found out that Ricotta would be the equivalent to izvara. And the mish-mash tastes great with it!!!

  5. In San Diego, we have a grocery store called North Park Produce that sells primarily Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods. It has excellent syrine as well as kashkaval, as well as lutenitsa. They also sell BBB juices and nectars.
    I am lucky.
    They also have some turkish soujouk that was pretty good.
    I also found a liquor store in town that sells rakia, maztika, and used to sell Kamenitza (although they've stopped for some reason).

  6. there's such a thing as fat free feta?? eek. move to california. tons of cheese here!! and i don't mean from the "happy cows", i mean the best imported BG cheese, i don't know how i'd make it without it. it's enough that i have to live a lukanka-less life. yeah, is your best bet.

  7. After visiting Sophia for your wedding, I continually dream of chopska salad! There was a place down the road from my apartment in Bloomington that had occasionally offered Bulgarian feta in addition to its Greek fetas. The salads I made got pretty close, but they were never quite the same as in Sophia. Maybe it's because you, Kyle, Ashley and Cristi weren't there to share it with me...?

  8. Thanks for the links. I will post them separately, so we can be helpful to others.

    As far as mish-mash and shopska recipes are concerned, we should do video lessons how to make them :D

  9. Hi! I randomly stumbled onto your site, and my friend Andriana makes this salad all the time! She shops at the asian stores for her feta...she buys it in a block for about 10-12 dollars...and its delicious! She says its pretty much the same.