Friday, October 28, 2011

Itinerar albanez 7. Mancarea / Albanian Itinerary 7. The Food

I have not much to add about the Albanian food versus what I wrote about Montenegro (http://travelinghawk.blogspot.com/2011/09/vacanta-in-muntenegru-7-mancarea.html). it has the same Balkanic characteristics.

May be the menu has not such a large offer. The apetizres and the salads are well represented, followed by meat (beef, veal, chicken) especially grilled and, of course, fish. Pastas and pizzas are to be found everywhere.

I noted for you some prices, for orientation. You may think at them in terms of 100 lek for 1 euro, that's what you will be cashed if you have no lek.


ciorba  (kind of soup)          250 lek
fish soup                              300 lek
different pastas               300-600 lek
fish                                 400-1200 lek
an espresso  coffee              50 lek
Cola can                            70 lek
byrek (cheese or  meat pie) 50 lek
Cornetto icecream           100-150 lek
1 l unleaded petrol          162-164 lek
one internet  hour                 60 lek

 The sweets are well represented. The Balkanic sweets are of Oriental origins and are delicious.

Despre mancarea albaneza nu as avea prea multe de adaugat fata de ceea ce am scris deja despre cea din Muntenegru (http://travelinghawk.blogspot.com/2011/09/vacanta-in-muntenegru-7-mancarea.html), ea pastrand aceleasi caracteristici balcanice.

Meniul este poate mai sarac in oferta. Predomina aperitivele (mai ales pe baza de branza si masline) si salatele asortate, precum si carnea de vita sau pui, in special grill. Fiind o tara cu deschidere la mare, amatorii de peste sunt favorizati. Exista multe pizerii si paste se pot manca cam peste tot.
Restaurante gasesti destule in toate localitatile, la fel si pizzerii. La malul marii si de-a lungul drumurilor sunt destule locuri unde se poate manca. Asa a fost si restaurantul Castello, unde am poposit si noi in drum spre sud, inainte de Vlore. Doua fripturi de vitel, cu cartofi prajiti si salata si apa minerala au costat 1800 lek, cam 18 euro. A fost cel mai scump pranz, din cauza carnii care e mai scumpa, dar am pranzit si cu 450 lek.
Pentru orientare, iata cateva preturi (socotiti cam 100 lek/euro, fiindca daca nu aveti lek, atat va vor incasa):

o ciorba                      250 lek
ciorba de peste           300 lek
paste diverse              300-600 lek
peste                           400-1200 lek
o cafea espresso         50 lek
o doza de Cola            70 lek
o merdenea (byrek)     50 lek
o inghetata la cornet   100-150 lek
1 l benzina fara plumb 162-164 lek
o ora internet               60 lek

Sa nu va asteptati sa gasiti la alimentarele obisnuite salamuri sau cascavaluri - stau ceva mai prost la capitolul acesta . Pentru asa ceva, cautati in orasele mai mari magazinele mici, eventual tinute de greci, cum a fost cel gasit de noi la Saranda. Legume si fructe de sezon veti gasi insa suficiente si in sortiment bogat.

Au, in schimb, bine reprezentata categoria dulciurilor orientale. Fructe zaharisite, baclava,  cataif si alte bunatati te imbie in cofetarii ca cea de la Ksamil.

24 comments:

Liliana said...

Baclavaua e innebunitoare!!! Maine ma duc sa-mi cumpar una! :)

Traveling Hawk said...

a fost si foarte buna:)

Liliana said...

Nu mai zi...

Victor said...

documentarea şi meticulozitatea ta sunt extraordinare...
şi-mi faci o poftă de mâncare... yam yam :)
mulţumec, şoimule
să ai un weekend frumos

Randy said...

The food looks heavenly!

Traveling Hawk said...

Liliana, localnicii veneau si isi luau la pachet, cu kilogramul :)

Traveling Hawk said...

multumesc, Victor! weekend frumos!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Randy! It doesn't only look but it tastes heavenly too!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

What an inviting post!!

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, it's tasty:), Phivos. Thanks for the visit!

Duncan D. Horne - the Kuantan blogger said...

It's always interesting to see different countries food. I'll go with the pizza!

Duncan In Kuantan

Traveling Hawk said...

It was very good, and the beer too, Duncan :)

VP said...

Now I can spell Margherita, Prosciutto and Capricciosa in Albanian. 4 formaggi was slightly more difficult and Speciale is exactly the same...

Traveling Hawk said...

You see how useful is a visit in Albania, VP?! :)

Ioana said...

Au si pe aici niste baclavale de moare porcul! Ma feresc sa mananc prea des, totusi, nu e indicat pe caldurile astea :-(

Traveling Hawk said...

Nu e prea indicat nici cand e frig, Ioana :)

- Yvonaut -
Das sind Raphael und Yvonne
said...

Looks really tasty!
I think I am hungry now :)

Have a nice weekend
Yvonne and Raphael

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, the same to you!

Claudia Mihaila said...

Vaaaai ce mi-ai facut....maine trebuie sa imi iau baclava. :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Pofta buna, Claudia! :)

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Some wonderful locations to eat. Impressive photos. I may like to try the local food once .... then revert to pasta ... ha ha.

magda said...

Very nice foods!!!
And your photos are so delicious!!!
In Serbia 1 euro 1OO dinar, too.
Many greetings

Traveling Hawk said...

Do you like pasta, J_on_tour? Me too.

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, I know, Magda. Very easy to count.