Bosnia Herzegovina

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee

We only spent the day in Mostar, Bosnia but we were pleasantly surprised with everything we ate and drank. The first task when we reach a new destination is to figure out the caffeine situation. Coming from the coffee capital of Seattle, this morning ritual is important to starting the day off right. Ever since we entered the Balkan area we’ve been faced with these fine powdery grounds and beautiful copper pots in our rental apartments; not knowing where to start. Those who know what they are doing make it look easy but if one misstep occurs you are left with a heap of unpleasant sludge. In Bosnia we bellied up to a traditional looking cafe to give it a go. The coffee was delightfully smooth and sweet. What I may have savoured most was the process- carefully pouring the coffee into my cup, stirring, waiting, sipping. Not once did I end up with a mouthful of sludge as the line between delicious and disgusting was obvious at the bottom of the copper pot.

Cevapi

Cevapi

Another highlight in Bosnia was their traditional grilled mixed meat Cevapi (pronounced Chevapi). They are a mix meat kebab made from a combination of: lamb, pork or beef.  I first tried it in Montenegro but didn’t care for the mystery meat wonders at which everyone seemed to marvel. Shortly after my first negative experience with it I was reading a novel where the main character ate Cevapi and adored it.  I nearly abandoned my book as I seriously questioned her entire persona and judgement. It wasn’t even a book on food (and it was fiction)…

Knowing that Cevapi originates from Bosnia I felt obligated to try it again. We went to the National Restaurant Cevabdzinica Tima-Ira which was the highest rated restaurant on Trip Advisor. The homemade pita-like bread was warm as if it came out of a wood-fired oven. I stuffed the meat sticks in the pita with the tangy harissa and raw onions. It all came together! Simple and tasty! My mind ran wild thinking of the next big food truck opportunity in the Northwest.

Now we are off to spend the next two months in Croatia…

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