Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Most people don't know much about Bulgaria, which is understandable - our country is small and not that important for the world economy. Our neighbors get a lot more attention than us - Greece is a well-known destination for tourists and Turkey has this exotic culture.
Well, imagine my surprise when I found out that there is a company in the US called Bulgar USA that sells traditional Bulgarian pottery and textiles. And what is more, it has been featured in magazines like VOGUE, ELLE Decor, Domino and many more. Apparently, the owner of the company is a Bulgarian who escaped in the US at the age of 17 and with his American wife years later they decided to support the Bulgarian culture by selling traditional items there. Their story is quite fascinating so I recommend reading it here. They also have a few traditional Bulgarian recipes on their website, including one for the famous Bulgarian yogurt: "Bulgarian yogurt contains Lactobacillus bulgaricus which lives only under the climatic conditions of this mountainous nation, thus the yogurt you'll eat in Bulgaria has its own very distinct flavor and nutritional properties."
p.s. This is not the first time I find Bulgarian items that get so much attention abroad. Going through my favourite company Plumo's website I found these Bulgarian Folk Chests.
(Photo: Bulgar USA)