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Daryl Ehrman

International Nutritionist

Bosnia | History, Scenic Wonders & Delicious Food


Last October, our journey led us from Croatia to the breathtaking landscapes of Bosnia. The countryside, graced by majestic mosques, orthodox, and Catholic churches, truly left me in awe. Each architectural marvel stood as a testament to the diverse tapestry of cultures woven into the very fabric of this region.

And oh, the food! It reflected this cultural richness—a blend that captures the very essence of this beautiful country. Come along as we explore Bosnia’s picturesque vistas. I found myself completely immersed in a varied culinary experience shaped by the intricate influences of Ottoman, Turkish, and Balkan traditions.

Mysterious Visoko: Exploring the Pyramid of the Sun

First, we drove to a small town called Visoko to camp in our van, which is home to the controversial Pyramid of the Sun. This mysterious structure is a bit of an enigma. It is debated that it was built by an ancient civilization, while others contend that it’s a natural formation. Either way, the place had many unexplained anomalies and the place had an interesting and peaceful feel to it. We toured the inside of one of the structures and it felt relaxing entering the earth.

Sarajevo: The Market and Memories

A 45-minute train from Visoko is Sarajevo. First, the downtown center in Sarajevo. It is here that fresh flowers, gorgeous produce, fresh meat and seafood, cheeses and much more are sold. Next, we made our way to the Eternal Flame in Sarajevo, a memorial that honors victims that died in the second World War. Then, a visit to Gallery 11/07/95, an art exhibit honoring the victims of the Srebrenica Genocide, where over 8,000 Bosniak boys and men were brutally murdered. Thousands were forceably transferred. Unsurprisingly, we left this gallery in tears, deeply moved by its powerful depiction of the impact of war on civilian life. It was a challenging experience but one of utmost importance to witness. As if offering an awful preview of what was to come, we find ourselves witnessing a tragic genocide in Palestine, further reinforcing my commitment to being an outspoken voice against this devastating war and occupation.

Food in Bosnia

  1. Pljeskavica. Pljeskavica, the Balkan burger, features slices of white onion and is served on thick, puffy pita bread pockets that are grilled in meat juices. The prime-quality meat in Bosnia offers a variety of succulent options, including beef, lamb, chicken, homemade sausages, and pork, all perfectly charred. Various family restaurants in Bosnia present this treat, reflecting the popularity of such dishes across the Balkans, as witnessed in Serbia and Croatia. For the committed carnivore, Bosnian food, with its masterful preparation of high-quality meat, very much hits the spot.

Soups: Bey’s (Chicken and Okra) Soup and More

2.)Transitioning into a focus on soup, I suggest managing food costs while traveling by seeking out homemade soups. Usually, soup houses provide affordable, satisfying options that efficiently deliver vegetables, protein, and water. Among the array of soups, the delightful chicken and okra (Bey’s) soup stands out. We enjoyed Bey’s Soup multiple times during our stay in Bosnia, and it impressed with its slightly thickened and creamy texture, brimming with the golden essence of chicken flavor. Though I lack a grandmother who crafts such delectable soups, I envision Bey’s Soup being a favorite in many households.

Assorted Turkish sweets

3.) Turkish Baklava and Sweets: After lunch, I need a sweet. This sweettooth led us to a Turkish grocer in the old city center of Sarajevo, where a delightful array of spices, nuts, sweets, and other Turkish items awaited. Delighted, we left with half a kilo of assorted baklava, a perfect companion for the train ride back to Visoko. This little joy is the ideal pick-me-up when paired with a steaming cup of coffee or tea in the heart of Sarajevo’s old city.

Bosnian coffee

4.) A note to the Bosnian coffee experience, in it’s strong and thick brew, surpassing even the intensity of espresso, accompanied by a delightful sweet treat. Served in stunning, copper-plated carafes and cups, the presentation is truly lovely. While savoring the richness, you might find it challenging to distinguish between Bosnian-style coffee and its Turkish counterpart. This article, however, outlines some of the subtle differences between the two, offering insights into these distinct coffee traditions.

Klepe

5.)Next, we have Klepe. These Bosnian dumplings are filled with meat, served with a bit of sour cream and a sprinkle of paprika. Truthfully, I love dumplings and haven’t met one I didn’t like. These melt in your mouth! They are cooked perfectly and had the most savory meat filling. In fact, this is so good that I plan to make these at home because I have been craving it ever since.

Campsite Delights


To fuel our exploration, we actively prepare breakfast every day at the campsite. Adding to the fantastic experience, our gracious camp host generously provides us with fresh organic bread daily. The bread, puffy, soft, and akin to a thick fluffy pita, is fresh and delicious. What’s more, one of our campsite staples is an egg dish inspired by the Turkish menemen. In this creation, we scramble eggs with tomatoes, onions, chilies, and spices in olive oil. This dish is easy to prepare, and becomes a go-to breakfast option as we always have the necessary ingredients on hand in the van.