Finally! It’s Friday. I swear it was the longest week
EVAH! I don’t think I’ve been happier it was a Friday in a while.
Usually it’s just another day to me. But today! MAN was I
happy! I seriously needed some weekend rest.
We found issues. More issues than we had with the other items we
reviewed. Thankfully, it’s an easy fix. Just redo the inventory and
dispose of the excess. And is there some interesting excess.
It was interesting trying to get UP the mountain in this little stick
shift car we were in. Parking was easy,
throw it in neutral and back into the space.
Once we parked, we still had to climb a considerable incline to get to
It’s not a good one, either. It’s
one of those if I don’t stay on top of it it can be a migraine type
headache. Yeah. Not good.
So, I’m a bit quieter today. I’m
a bit introverted today. I’m a bit
anti-social today. And H is getting on
my nerves a bit today with her defensiveness.
I don’t know about you, but if I’m responsible for program vehicles,
then I would want to make sure they’re inventoried correctly. Just sayin.
After work, we all piled into D’s little car and headed to
the Bašèaršija, which is the main market place on the
old part of Sarajevo. There’s Turkish
coffee sets a plenty. There’s pashminas
and souvenirs. There’s anything and
pretty much everything you could want at this market. Well, all but an authentic doll and a tea
the market for quite a while. I
purchased some coffee for me and S, and Dad and R. I bought some magnets for the CWs. I think that’s about it. I was looking at the artwork, but didn’t find
anything I really wanted.
little store that was JAM PACKED full of people. Must have been a good place to be! She picked up some Turkish delight type
candies that were fabulous! The desserts
here are sweet but not tooth painfully sweet like in the States. I don’t know how many times I can say that,
but it’s really true.
pictures in this place. It smelled
A-mazing! I mean, A-MAZING! The spices and nuts mixed with the sweets. It was a treasure trove of nibbles to
enjoy. I probably could have spent quite
a while in that shop and spent quite a bit in that ship if it weren’t for the
limitations on what can be brought back into the States by the FDA. *pout*
I think those are
some baby okra? That’s what they looked
like, anyway. There were bags and bags
of spices and herbs ready to be picked up.
I couldn’t make out all the ingredients.
They were in Bosnian. We didn’t
have much time at that, or else I would have latched onto D and asked her what
everything was. And again, it was JAM
PACKED with people.
Next thing we
know, it’s 6:30 and we need to high tail it to Kibe. This is the type of place that you NEED to
make a reservation. They only cook a set
amount of meat every day and you could easily miss out if you don’t request meat
for your table. I’m not sure how that
works, but we had ressies with meat.
Kibe, but made a small pit stop at the larger wine and cheese shop, that are
friends with D. I was supposed to attend
a wine tasting there next week. More on
that later. L and N bought more
Rakja. I looked at the wine, tasted an
apple rakja, and then went to look at all the salts and herb mixes they
had. I was interested in the Persian
blue salt. I’ll have to see if I can
find that here. Maybe myspicesage.com
has it? Dunno. It looked really interesting and for some
reason I’m enamored of sea salt lately.
Kibe. We climb the hill to the
restaurant. It’s a rather steep
incline. I have no idea how these women
walk up such things in heels. That just
blows my mind. BUT they do, including
D. I was thrilled to have my flats
the section we were in had about 12 – 15 tables in it? I can see immediately why it’s a MUST to eat
here. The view. OMG the view is AMAZING! Holy!
And it was a nice, clear night.
We could easily see the lights of the city below us. It looked fabulous!
|View, steep hill, roasting lamb, roasting lamb, view|
Out on the same
patio you can see them roasting a leg. A
whole leg. Like, almost hoof and
all. This is the meat that’s on the menu
and you DO NOT want to miss out on the meat.
It smelled fabulous and my mouth was drooling. Which is interesting, because I’m not a huge
fan of lamb. I’ve had it a few times,
but only enjoyed it once. We’ll see how
it goes tonight.
|Klepe, appetizers (veal in cream sauce, meatball, veal stuffed
dumplings, sauteed lambs liver), shopska salad, Kljukuša
We sit down and are served Kljukuša, which is a traditional dish served in most Balkan
households. It’s a hearty, easy, and
cheap dish to prepare, but it tasted fabulous! It’s potatoes, flour, and spices. That’s it. How easy is that? Being a potato person I know I’ll be making that at some point and probably soon. We nibbled on this and shopska salad, which is fabulous! Then they brought 4 appetizer dishes for us to share:
- Restovana teletina – This was similar to a veal stroganoff without the tangy sour cream taste. it had that creamy goodness with a delicious wine cream sauce that was as thick as stroganoff. It also had some paprika which made it a little tinted in color.
- Mesni kolačići – meatballs. These were crispy goodness topped with their version of sour cream. It’s not like our sour cream. It’s not as sour but it’s more creamy.
- Klepe – These were delicious pillows of dumplings filled with ground veal. They were very tasty, and soft. I’ll be looking into making these maybe this winter.
- Restovana džigerica – Liver and onions. Yes, I tried it. No. I still don’t like liver. L and N loved it.
- Pita od jabuka – Their version of apple pie. It was really tasty with a nice apple flavor. I initially thought it was a baklava, but there wasn’t phyllo crispiness to be baklava.
- Slatka – Now, this is something that I cannot for the life of me find on the Internet. It’s a simple syrup or honey braised pumpkin that is cubed. It’s simply served by itself, that’s all. I’ve seen it with sweet potato, but this was pumpkin. I’m thinking a new Thanksgiving dish? *shrugs*
- Kadaif – Now, this was interesting. It has a very finely shredded dough that is the crust and topping. It almost had a rice noodle texture to it? It didn’t have much flavor. It was more of a texture thing.