If your taste buds start tingling, locate the nearest establishment selling food and order one of these tasty dishes.
When it comes to starting your meal, you can't do much better than a well-prepared shopska salad. Bulgaria's legendary policy on using fresh vegetables comes to the forefront here - crisp cucumber slices, juicy tomatoes, crunchy onions and flavoursome peppers are all thrown in with a sprinkling of local cheese. While these are the most common ingredients, they are by no means the only ones you may find, and recipes might also contain parsley, jalapeños, olives and a vinegar-based dressing. Delicious.
As a starter, shopska salad is traditionally consumed with a small cold rakia, which is a popular alcoholic beverage throughout the country. You'll find it is drunk at lunchtime in very small quantities as a workman's pick-me-up. Rakia can be likened to a strong fruit brandy in taste.
If you've spent all day in the glorious hot Bulgarian sun working on your tan and feeling a bit dehydrated, there is nothing more refreshing than a serving of tarator. This popular meze (appetizer) is made using yoghurt, cucumber, sunflower or olive oil and walnuts before being seasoned with garlic and dill both of which can be omitted if so desired and is usually served chilled or even with ice. A salad version of tarator is known as Snejanka, also called Dry Tarator is available. Tarator is a popular dish in Bulgaria and can be served as an appetizer or as a side to the main meal.