These three words that seem unrelated (they translate to: crane, badger, foal) are part of the many that haunted my childhood and every Romanian’s school life. Why? Because these are examples of legacy, kept in our language for thousands of years from old Dacian and every student had to know them by heart.
Now they’ve given name to a traditional Romanian delicacies shop in Old City, owned by poet and journalist Mircea Dinescu. Who, by the way, has his own brand of wine named “Dinescu’s Wine” that comes with a poem on each label. Besides this quirky product you can find “Razvan” smoked zacusca, homemade pies, jams, syrups and pickles. If it seems like a very random selection you’re partially right. It’s basically Dinescu’s pantry, but they do have two things in common: they are the best of their kind and they follow old, traditional recipes. (Which is probably why Dinescu got creative with the name of the shop.)
And since it’s the man’s pantry it doesn’t always stick to the listed hours and sometimes he puts some tables and chairs in front of the store and serves some of his wine with some delicious snacks.
My advice to you is to replace souvenir shops with “Barza Viezure Minz” and the Dracula Castle magnet with some homemade zacusca.
You’re welcome, Auntie Betty.