A word on the food in Bulgaria - those of you foreign to the idea of oil-induced salty foods, steer clear. Well-cooked meats, also known as kuftetas are always present at the dinner table as well. The food is not bad and I've grown quite a liking to the hot peppers here. My favorite preparation involves garlic and vinegar. The peppers are first roasted and then soaked in the sauce. Bread also accompanies every meal and though supplied in loaf form, resembles the French baguette. It is frequently used to soak up the sauces at the end of a meal, or it is fed to the animals, one way or another, the food ever goes to waste. Being a vegetarian is not difficult and because meats are generally more expensive, fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden in the back adorn the dinner table. While food is omnipresent, it is not necessarily true that Bulgarians eat a lot. They eat small portions frequently. Mezzes are also an absolute must during drinking sessions, they refuse to let a guest drink on an empty stomach - they think of everything!