Eat Like a Local – Serbia

Eat Like a Local- Belgrade

Belgrade Food Guide

By Marica Jelisavcic

 

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Are you excited about planning your next trip?

Do you want an edible experience?

Would you like some culinary guidance from a local?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then
this Eat Like a Local book is for you. Eat Like a Local -
Belgrade by Marica Jelisavcic offers the inside scoop
on food in Belgrade. Culinary tourism is an import
aspect of any travel experience. Food has the ability to
tell you a story of a destination, its landscapes, and
culture on a single plate. Most food guides tell you
how to eat like a tourist. Although there is nothing
wrong with that, as part of the Eat Like a Local series,
this book will give you a food guide from someone
who has lived at your next culinary destination.

In these pages, you will discover advice on having a
unique edible experience. This book will not tell you
exact addresses or hours but instead will give you
excitement and knowledge of food and drinks from a
local that you may not find in other travel food guides.

Eat like a local. Slow down, stay in one place, and
get to know the food, people, and culture. By the time
you finish this book, you will be eager and prepared to
travel to your next culinary destination.

INTRODUCTION

’’Everyone has to travel from time
to time, as often as you can. Never
stop longer than necessary. A man is
not a tree and binding him in one
place makes him unhappy,
discouraged, and uncertain. Binding
for just one place, a man accepts all
conditions, even unfavorable, and he
scares himself with uncertainty that
awaits him. Change looks to him like
abandoning, a loss of investment,
someone else could take his
conquered space and he will have to
start all over again. Being buried in
one place is the beginning of aging
because a man is young when he is
not afraid to start again. By staying,
man suffers or attacks, By leaving,
man keeps his freedom, ready to
change place and imposed
conditions.’’
- Mesa Selimovic, Serbian writer
Belgrade is an awesome city, it literary bursts with life
24 hours a day. One needs at least a month to see every
corner of it. A lot of people who came just for a visit,
decided to stay and spend their life here. Placed on
confluence of two rivers, Danube and Sava, it is one of
the oldest cities in Europe, founded in 3rd century bc by
Celts. Romans called it Singidunum. In 878 it is
mentioned for the first time in history as a Beograd,
which means “white city”. It is called that because of
the white stone from which the towers and fortresses
were made. In 1284 it became part of the Serbian
kingdom. It is capital city of Serbia since 1405. In 1521
Belgrade was conquered by Ottoman Empire and the
very next year the first kafana (tavern) in Europe was
open on Dorchol. The entire century before other cities
in Europe, Belgrade offered its hospitality. At the
beginning only coffee was served, but as the time flow,
it became center of everyday life.
Serbs are among the most hospitable nations in the
world. When we invite you to come to our homes, we
really mean it. Very often, the best place to eat and
have a good time is at home of our friends and family.
Every gathering is connected with food; Serbs love to
talk with meze on the table. Very often you will be
invited just for coffee, and at the end you will have
lunch or dinner with something to sweeten yourself at
the end. Belgrade has so much to offer. From
homemade national foot to other famous world
cuisines, whatever you like. Our national cuisine is

influenced by so many cultures that surround us. Most
of the dishes we consider Serbian are imported from
other cultures. We embrace it, adjusted according to our
taste and made the Serbian food.
Serbian food is literary soul food. While you eat, not
only your stomach is full, but your soul is warmed up.

1. BUREK

It is better to eat a lot, than to talk a lot (Serbian
proverb)

Burek is absolutely a must when you come to
Belgrade. Normally we eat it for breakfast, but if you
like you can eat it at every time of the day. Burek is
made of thin flaky dough, a kind of pastries, filled with
ground meat mixed with fine chopped onions and some
seasonings. Usually, you eat it with yogurt or sour milk
(something between yogurt and sour cream), some like
it with regular milk. Well, that is only the beginning.
There are so many flavors and everything is so good.
True burek lovers will tell you that the genuine burek is
made with minced meat, and that is it. Modern times
want modern tastes. Whatever you try, you won’t
regret, cheese, empty, pizza filling, even sweet ones…it
is simply mouthwatering. A lot of pastry shops sell only
burek, and some very good ones are open until 9:00 am
and then they are closed for the day. So you have to be
an early bird and have the best breakfast in your life!

2. SARMA

Hunger is the best chef

Sarma is Serbian food and that is it! Just kidding! So
many people say that it is their national dish, and Serbs
are one of them. But, the way we are making it makes it
unique; since we put ground meat (usually pork) with
rice in cabbage leafs. Many people make it only with
rice and seasoning. Classic recipe goes like this: fine
chopped onion, fine chopped cloves of garlic, minced
meat, rice and seasoning as you like. You mix all this
very well and stuff sour cabbage leafs, then you make
like small packages with it. Put in a pot and on the
stove, when boils you add rue made of pork fat (if you
don’t like it, use vegetable oil) with flour, ground
paprika, and spices as one wishes. Then, you put it in
the oven for few hours, medium heat, so it cooks slowly
and all flavours are mixed well. Oh boy! It is classic
Serbian food for lunch, but you can eat it any time of
the day. I know one American who ate 25 sarmas for
one night. He said that is the best thing he ever ate. I
trust him. There are so many restaurants in Belgrade
that serve sarma, and they are great. Trust me, the best
one are made by our moms and grandmas. If you meet
some locals they won’t hesitate to invite you to their
home. Sarma is one of welcome food we prepare for
our guests, for birthdays, slavas, casual gatherings, etc.

Read all 50 Tips in the book
Eat Like a Local- Belgrade
available at Amazon.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marica Jelisavcic is born in Novi Pazar and lives in
Belgrade for the past 18 years. She came to study, fell
madly in love, married and stayed in Belgrade. At the
moment, she is a full time mom of four, and she enjoys
every second spent with them. They love to eat a lot,
since they are growing up. She cooks all sorts of
different food from all over the world, and she enjoys
cooking for them. During weekends, they are exploring
Belgrade and enjoy finding new places to gather and eat
together. She creates wonderful memories with her
family so she could give them one day as gift to pass it
to their children.

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