No celebration is complete without SPIT-ROASTED MEAT. But, why only holidays and celebrations? Traveling across our country, you will note spit-roasted lambs or suckling pigs above coal grill as a part of the scenery. The roast is sold by the kilo, and is eaten with fresh salad, or, in winter, with pickles. Red wine will be a nice addition to it.
VEAL CUTLET OF SUMADIJA is prepared of veal cutlet with addition of Serbian white cheese, tomato, bacon, sour cream, potato, rice and hot chili peppers. Good red wine will make a good match.
The tradition of meet preservation with smoking is illustrated with lot of SMOKED MEAT on the menus of local restaurants. The most popular of all is smoked de-boned pork back, but cut longitudinally, as opposed to chops and subsequently grilled. It is usually served with Serbian salad. Some quality red wine will be a pleasant accompaniment to this meal.
BEANS is among the favorite local dishes that come in many forms, from soup to chowder, vegetarian and "army style". Beans are cooked with chopped onions, bay leaf and addition of meats, diced bacon or smoked spareribs, with roux in the end. Beans are usually accompanied with sausage, pork chops or similar kinds of meat. Salad is an indispensable accompaniment to beans. We recommend cabbage or roast peppers in oil with garlic. You will appreciate beer or spritzer with it.
Sauerkraut is traditional on the winter menu.
But, we also eat fresh cabbage, as salad, or cooked in many ways. PODVARAK is one of them. One cabbage is chopped in thin slices and sautéed on chopped onion. The vegetables are placed on fat with addition of diced bacon. It is subsequently baked in the oven and served with turkey or pork roast. It is a must on a Serbian dining table for winter holidays. High quality red wine will pair nicely with it.
WEDDING CABBAGE is cooked in a large clay pot for hours on end. It is made of sauerkraut, pieces of mutton, beef, pork and smoked meet with lots of onions and spices (pepper, salt, bay leaves). The taste of the dish is heavenly, and good red wine will make it even better.
Regardless of the region of their origin the choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages offered in Belgrade restaurants is truly commendable.
Particularly reputed are restaurants that keep selected types of brandies and wines from their own cellars.
We suggest you try some of the local brands of drinks
Fondest memory: FRUIT BRANDIES blended naturally
(plums, grapes, herbs):
Prepeèenica, Šljivovica, Klekovaèa, Lozovaèa, Travarica, Lincura...
PINK AND RED WINES:
"Car Lazar", Merlot, Kratošija, Plavac, Dingaè, Vranac, Blatina, Ružica, Roze...
Banatski rizling, Karlovaèki rizling, Semion, Smederevka, Burgundac, Žilavka, Traminac, Krstaè...
Beogradsko, Nikšiæko, Vajfert, Pils, Lav...
Next, Golf ,Nectar...
A sunday morning I woke up in Belgrade and, after breakfast started going for a walk. Being my hotel in a pedestrian area, at the beginning I did not notice what was happening but soon realised all the city centre was traffic free, no cars, no busses, no taxi, nothing. This is not the first time I see a walking town centre but it's the first time I see that in a big city and, the free space for people to walk, skate bike and play with ball was impresseive as the streets were huge.
Fondest memory: I really left Belgrade thinking of this sunday morning with citizens enjoying the streets usually full of cars, noise, smell. I don't think this happens all the sundays, but it was a nice chance to actually measure how much space transports need.
When you come in Serbia you will be very satisfied with our meals, especially with grilled meat.
Serbian grilled meat specialties have become a symbol of domestic cuisine with CEVAPCICI at the top of the list (minced shoulder pot is put on ice and subsequently formed into finger-like pieces and grilled. They are served with chopped onion.
MIXED MEAT is the synonym for supreme pleasure in grill. Actually, the dish is a combination of different kinds of meat specialties: æevapèiæi, beef burgers, meatballs with cheese, sausages, pork chops, fine lean meat on skewers and steaks. Since grilled meet is best when absolutely fresh and smoking hot from the grill, the so-called TRAIN of LESKOVAC has been invented. Your appetite is the sole measure of the number of "boxcars" You start with two or three æevapèiæi, and here a burger comes before you even managed to toast with an ice-cold spritzer. Then, a steaming sausage arrives! With homemade bread the train goes on. Keep in mind that you are the one to say which boxcar is to be the last!
KARAÐORÐE ESCALOPE is named after Karaðorðe - the leader of the First Serbian rebellion against the Turks. It cannot be said with certainty whether this escalop was his favorite, but it is definitely very popular now. A veal escalop is stuffed with kaymak, rolled, then soaked in beaten eggs, breaded and deep fried. It is served with sauce tartar. Good red wine will accompany it nicely.
Favorite thing: Ada Ciganlija is artificial lake in Belgrade. On Ada Ciganlija is a sport complex where a lot of people play different sports baseball, ragby, hokey on grass, boating, sailing, water skiing, paintball, aqua soccer, artificial rock for climbing, walleyball, walleball on the sand, bangee jumping, soccer, basketball, tennis, fishing, Holmer's trim, riding a bicycle and golf.
Favorite thing: Knez Mihajlova Street links Terazije with Belgrade’s most popular promenade, Kalemegdan Park. Laid out in the first town plan for Belgrade, prepared in 1867 by Emilijan Josimovic, it is the oldest and most completely preserved area of old Belgrade. Foreign travellers once compared Knez Mihajlova Street to the most famous trading streets of the largest European cities. The most wealthy and influential leaders of the city’s commercial and political life built their family homes here. Knez Mihajlova was the first street in Belgrade to be named by the administration (1872) and is one of the few streets whose original name has never been changed. Considered the city’s main street from the outset, it remains to this day the most lively trading, business culture and restaurant area.
Palata Albanija is a very interesting building in the centre of the city. It was designed in 1938 and the constructions finished by 1940. It was the highest building for many years, the dominating structure of modern architecture in Belgrade.
Fondest memory: You can find it at Knez Mihailova 4-6
Favorite thing: Skadarlija Street has preserved its old buildings and their authentic look. It is a pedestrian street with a rare ambience. In the past it was presented as the Bohemian heart of the city. Today there are many restaurants and during the tourist season and summertime it is a stage for many theatrical performances and other cultural events.
Favorite thing: The theatre is one of the most significant buildings of the 19th century and it decorates the Square - Trg Republike - where is the most popular meeting point of Belgrade. It is built on the base of renaissance architecture plan by architect Aleksandar Bugarski (Bugarski means Bulgarian) and the construction of it was initiated by Mihailo Obrenovic in 1869. Unfortunately, this building should tell a very sad story because in WW I it was heavily demolished. The building was in silence without applause, laughter or screaming of BRAVO!! till 1921 when it was reconstructed and reopened. But as we all know there was WW II and the theatre was again demolished. The present form and reconstructions persisted from 1987-1989.
Prince Mihailo Street was named after the Serbian ruler and the street designed according to the first Serbian city planner Emilijan Josemovic in 1867.
It is a busy street with many shops and cafes and people may often pass through without noticing the fascades of buildings that present a unique exhibition of Serbian architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. So, the conclusion is: when you walk around on Prince Mihailo Street, take your time to look up and see some very unique houses!
Favorite thing: One thing can be pretty depressive, but also very inspiring at the same time - Belgrade fog! When you wake up and see nothing through your window, you hardly have any desire to move anywhere! But look at the bright side - imagine it is a magic cloud you're floating on and set your fantasy free! I don't know why, but I'm really enchanted by the fog...
Favorite thing: Belgrade is one of the rare cities that were fortunate enough to have not one but two rivers – Sava and Danube. So, naturally, people of Belgrade love their rivers and spend a lot of time on the riverbanks. There’s a whole little world organized near the water. That’s why my friendliest advice to you is: spare some time and go to the river, walk, ride a bike or rollers, go to a café, restaurant or night club on the water (“splav” is the word you might want to write down), go for a swim or sunbathing, play volleyball, rent a boat, take a photo… there are really numerous things you can do. So, do it!
The gallant sacrifice of the 233 Belgrade volunteers in 1915 gave the bulk of the Serbian army enough time to retreat, regroup and eventually win the war
By the time WW I ended, over one million Serbs had perished, a quarter of the country's prewar population About 55% of the nation's male population died That's as if over 70 million American males were to lose their lives defending their country.
Fondest memory: No wonder Secretary Lansing paid Serbia such a tribute
Nor was he alone Even the enemies of Serbia and America paid the Serbs a grudging tribute:
Having been informed that Bulgaria had capitulated and signed an armistice agreement in US in September 1918, the German Kaiser, Wilhelm II, sent a telegram full of bitterness to his ally in World War I, the Austro-Hungarian Emperor, Karl:
"62,000 Serbs have decided the outcome of this war Shame on us!"
When the Serbian Flag Flew Over the White House
On July 28, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson gave the following message to the American people. It was read in churches throughout the country and published in virtually all major newspapers. The Serbian flag was raised over the White House and all public buildings in this nation's capital. The message read:
To the People of the United States:
On Sunday, 28th of this present month, will occur the fourth anniversary of the day when the gallant people of Serbia, rather than submit to the studied and ignoble exactions of a prearranged foe, were called upon by the war declaration of Austria-Hungry to defend their territory and their homes against an enemy bent on their destruction. Nobly did they respond.
Fondest memory: So valiantly and courageously did they oppose the forces of a country ten times greater in population and resources that it was only after they had thrice driven the Austrians back and Germany and Bulgaria had come to the aid of Austria that they were compelled to retreat into Albania. While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken. Though overwhelmed by superior forces, their love of freedom remains unabated. Brutal force has left unaffected their firm determination to sacrifice everything for liberty and independence.
It is fitting that the people of the United States, dedicated to the self-evident truth that is the right of the people of all nations, small as well as great, to live their own lives and choose their own Government, and remembering that the principles for which Serbia has so nobly fought and suffered are those for which the United States is fighting, should on the occasion of this anniversary manifest in an appropriate manner their war sympathy with this oppressed people who have so heroically resisted the aims of the Germanic nations to master the world. At the same time, we should not forget the kindred people of the Great Slavic race--the Poles, the Czechs and Jugo-Slavs, who, now dominated and oppressed by alien races yearn for independence and national unity.
This can be done in a manner no more appropriate than in our churches. I, therefore, appeal to the people of the United States of all faiths and creeds to assemble in their several places of worship on Sunday July 28, for the purpose of giving expression to their sympathy with this subjugated people and their oppressed and dominated kindred in other lands, and to invoke the blessings of Almighty God upon them and upon the cause to which they are pledged.
Woodrow Wilson, President,
The White House, July, 1918.