| Welcome to Romania|
Apart from normal seasonal clothes, it is always advisable to pack a warm pullover, a raincoat and good walking shoes. Very warm clothing is recommended in winter. In any event clothing is good value in Romania so you can always purchase if necessary.
Although international cuisine is available in better quality restaurants, make sure that you savour the local Romanian dishes. Romanian cooking is rich, tasty and substantial, as befits a country where all food is still naturally grown, where fruits and vegetables follow their normal seasons.
Pork is a special favorite, but you will find good beef, veal, and chicken too. They are all delicious simply grilled. Typical Romanian specialities include a range of soup - "ciorba", a sour soup made from fermented bran, bacon, potatoes and beef or chicken. Hearty stews such as "Tochitura Moldoveneasca" are accompanied like many Romanian meat dishes by "Mamaliga", a maize polenta. "Sarmale" is a spicy dish of bitter cabbage leaves stuffed with meat, and 'Mititei" are small grill sausages perfumed with aromatic herbs. Among fish dishes sample carp on the spit, a local speciality in the Danube Delta.
A range of excellent white and red Romanian wines of the famous vineyards of Murfatlar, Cotnari, Jidvei, Dealu Mare, Odobesti, Valea Calugareasca, accompany local and international dishes to perfection, while "Tuica" the local plum brandy is often drunk as a digestive. But beware, it carries a sting in its tail! The local Romanian beers are excellent.
Interesting purchases to make in Romania are embroidered table cloths and table napkins, ceramics, pottery, carpets, folkloric clothes, sculpted wood, porcelain, silverware and icons. Recommended shopping areas are those in the center of the residential zones of major cities. Normal shopping hours are 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., but shops and department stores are open till 9.00 p.m, or later. Duty free shops are to be found in the international airports.