If you are not in Sarajevo (Bosnia) for the first time, you know that you have entered the culinary heaven for meat eaters and you are already salivating thinking about ćevapi (meat), pljeskavica (meat), ćufte (meat), dolme (meat), burek (meat), …
If you don’t know the best restaurants, you will go to TripAdvisor, list “Sarajevo Lunch Restaurants” by ranking and get this (on August 5th, 2017) descriptions:
- “Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options”
- “Italian Mediterranean European Vegetarian Friendly Vegan Options”
- “Italian, American, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options”
- “Mediterranean, European, Central European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options”
and yes, finally, on the fifth place is ćevabdzinica providing real Sarajevo food and not turist fodder.
I started browsing the most popular Balkan restaurants on the TripAdvisor and you go to the Greek island for the Italian food, Albanian Riviera to eat vegan, or stay in Skopje (Macedonia) for vegan and healthy (yes, exactly this word!).
We think of holidays as escape from the prison of every day, including habits of food. If our need for mathematics is spent to calculate calories and we use our reason to obsess about the stuff we eat, obviously we take our neurosis on the road, expecting the same food and obsessions everywhere.
We can take ourselves anywhere but not away from ourselves.
In history, the rich were the first to do it – caviar and champagne everywhere. After the second World War and rising prosperity of the working class, McDonalds became international food. Now it’s hipster time to sit in the places all over the world eating gluten free spaghetti with tomato sauce admiring themselves to travel so far, congratulating themselves for the courage to mingle with locals and eat their food and despise those who stayed home with their boring meals.