July 17: A Sarajevo Food Adventure! Jean and I traveled to Sarajevo to explore the history and culture. We decided to hire a local guide, Džana, for a food tour. She introduced us to unique blend of Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian traditions that define Bosnian cuisine. Oh my…
As for the food tour… can you imagine an entire public building dedicated to cured meat and cheese? A dream come true! The Austrians so loved the local meats and cheeses that they purpose-built the Gradska Tržnice, an impressive neoclassical building that looks more like a government building than a market. And imagine burek, a local meat-pie made with a crust similar to phyllo-dough, baked under a dome with hot coals atop. Then turn to a local baklava, rolled and with a cream-filling instead of layered. And… and… so much more. Then Bosnian coffee.
Check out Jean’s Confident in the Kitchen: Sarajevo Food Tour post for all the details. It was a fantastic Sarajevo Food Adventure!
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The photo with Džana, Jean and me includes some unique history. The car in the background, and the street corner on which it rests, are where WW1 started. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian throne, and his wife Sophia were assassinated by 17-year-old Gavrilo Princip, a Serb. In what was called “the July Crisis“, Austria declared war on Serbia, alliances were called upon, and soon Europe was engulfed.