Okay. The chicken stuff in interesting. It’s like ham salad? But with chicken. It’s a paste so I think they’re calling it like a pate? it’s by a company named Argeta which is a European company, I think. They have a ton of other flavors form their website. I initially thought the one with the duck on the package was duck, but it’s not. Apparently, is an effort to rope the kids into this interesting chicken pate world.
Explore locations that played an important role in the defense and resistance of Sarajevo during the 1992-95 war, and learn what life was like without food, water, electricity, and gas, as well as what happened to culture and sport in the city.
- See the White Fortress for one of the best panoramas of Sarajevo
- Go to the Markale market place
- Admire buildings from the Winter Olympics
- Discover where Sniper Alley is
- Visit the Sarajevo War Tunnel Museum
- See The Siege 1992-1995 War Exhibition
This is the group of people on the tour that day. It was us 4, 2 guys from Germany and 1 dude from France. Apparently, those last three were together. It was quite the multi-lingual tour.
Ever since Bosnia passed a law several years ago, the stray dog population has grown. Apparently, neighboring areas simply deliver their unwanted animals to this city for safe haven and protection. There are an estimated 11K stray dogs in the Sarajevo area. Most are rounded up, vaccinated, and sterilized. Once they pass examinations, they receive an ear tag with the date of the most recent vaccinations. As with this cute little guy on the right? Well, that one’s still a puppy, but he’s with a pack of dogs that for the most part are tagged.
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I don’t remember much about the siege. I was in my own little world of college and life. I try to live in ignorant bliss of these things as I cannot deal with mass death and destruction very well. I simply just break down and usually begin to cry uncontrollably. So, I’m trying to remain calm as I type this. I do, however, remember the Holiday Inn. Those images haunt me now. I remember seeing the destructed building and the reports from the reporters holed up in side that building. But, today, it stands repaired. It’s a yellow and brown symbol of how this war torn city is now anew and trying to repair it’s damaged outside. Damaged outside, but the inside remains in tact and whole.
All that touring makes a person HONGRY! Since the Marine Ball was that night, C and H had to prepare to attend that. This left me and N to fend for ourselves for dinner. Neither of us are very social creatures and we have been VERY social the previous week. So, we departed to our respectful rooms and I proceeded to order my recent favorite of shopska salad and French onion soup.
This salad is so tasty! I can’t get over how simple yet delicious it truly is. I just hope I can do it justice as I try to recreate it. The soup is simple and light with the chicken or even vegetable based broth. The sweet onions swim in their subtle broth. It’s interesting to see how the bread or croutons vary. Sometimes they’re cubed, sometimes it’s a slice. Sometimes it’s s slice on the side of the bowl and not IN the broth. Now, that one was interesting.
What else was interesting was this dessert, tufajia. It was a stewed apple stuffed with walnuts and topped with whipped cream and a cherry.
Wow. The simplicity and elegance of this dessert was amazing. A simple braised apple with a cinnamon flavored syrup stuffed with tasty walnuts is all it is. Yet, still delicious. The apple is just tender enough yet still a bit crisp. It was easily a golden delicious apple; my favorite kind! This is definitely something I will be making at home. It’s so easy and all the ingredients are at my local grocery store! I love finding dishes like this.
Finally, some snacks. I did not recognize ANY chips in Bosnia. So, I figured I’d try a few new ones.
Ketchup. Not so much. The first few were okay. The rest, well, I just wanted to snack on something. The corn chips were pretty good. They tasted way different than the corn chips we have here. They had more corn flavor than Doritos or Tostitos. It’s not easy to explain unless you’ve had corn chips elsewhere.
While this is usually a food blog, I couldn’t help but elaborate on the city of Sarajevo, it’s past and it’s present. If you do venture to Bosnia, please do take the Times of Misfortune Tour. It is well worth the money!! I saw a lot and learned a lot about the city under siege in the early 90s’.