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Old Town Mostar and a Bosnian Feast

The sun was blazing hot as we emerged from the gorgeous Bosnian mountains and wended our way through the battle-scarred valley to the city of Mostar.

Wanting to explore the old town and see the bridge we’d read so much about, we stopped a man by the side of the road to ask directions. Not only did he give us directions, he offered his services as our guide and historian. An offer we gladly accepted.

He led us from the sun-baked asphalt onto the stone streets of Old Town Mostar, my sandal clad feet slipping precariously on the stones worn smooth as glass.

Captivated by the beauty of our drive through the Bosnian countryside that day, we had completely forgotten to stop for meals and were positively ravenous and utterly parched! Our guide immediately took us to a restaurant featuring traditional Bosnian fare. I knew I wanted to eat there as soon as I saw we’d be eating under a flowered arbor, next to a gurgling fountain, and that we got to cross this exquisite carpet to gain entrance.

We had scarcely taken our seats when we were visited by the restaurant cat.

Too hot and thirsty to even think of food, we hastily ordered mineral water and flat water and guzzled to our heart’s content.

My brother Ryan went for a massive platter of grilled cevapi, sausages, and other meats, grilled eggplant and mushrooms, cabbage salad, tomato salad, French fries, and ajvar, that wonderful roasted vegetable condiment beloved from Germany down through the Balkans.

I tucked into a cool and refreshing tomato onion salad followed by wonderfully greasy sausages dipped in mustard, and savory roasted potatoes.

Although we had no room left for dessert, I’ve since learned that Bosnians prefer fresh fruit or simple plain cake for their after dinner treat. In their honor I dined on fresh cherries this week.

What is your favorite dessert?

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Old Town Mostar and Bosanska Kafa – Bosnian Coffee » Rambling Tart - […] sun was still shining after we finished our delectable Bosnian feast in old town Mostar, Bosnia. Our whistles wet and tummies filled we joined the lovely man we’d […]

RamblingTart - I would absolutely LOVE to take photos for you, Marie!! πŸ™‚ Tea and visits and photo shoots sound like pure bliss. πŸ™‚ Yes indeedy, it is none other than our beloved Bob! πŸ™‚

Marie - Oh! It’s Bob! πŸ™‚ Someday when I get my charming little scone cookbook written, you shall have to take all the photos. And we’ll have your mum over and eat them and drink tea and have a lovely time together.

RamblingTart - Oh Sharon, strawberries are fantastic!!! I love them too. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - It was delicious, Barbara. πŸ™‚ I love that carpet too – so richly colored and beautifully detailed. πŸ™‚

barbara - The food looks great. I love the carpet – such a welcoming colour.

RamblingTart - I’m delighted to hear that, Duchess. πŸ™‚ It’s a wondrous, amazing place. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Me too, Paradis!! It would be so fun to travel with you, eating lavishly and taking pictures like mad. πŸ™‚

Oh, that recipe sounds fantastic!! Yes, please share it if you track it down. πŸ™‚

RamblingTart - Oh, thank you so much, Rae! That means a lot to me. πŸ™‚

Sharon Secor - Favorite dessert? Strawberries with ANYTHING!!! πŸ™‚

Duchess - Nothing I thought I would ever say… but… I want to go to Bosnia!

mlle paradis - i am SO SORRY i couldn’t be available to join you on that trip and dig in myself, to a massive plate of cevapi and fixings. i’m thinking you are making me a little cevapi-obsessed!

i have a really delicious rich recipe for provencal style swisschard and egg “pancakes” i will try to dig it up for you krista! hope you get a little more sunshine!

Rae Kamstra - Hey Krista, I just love your photos and your stories. Thanks for doing such a great job! :o)

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