2006-02-28

Burek in the wilderness


Not much posting these days, as I am just back from a visit to scenic Colgate University (yes, apparently there is a connection to the toothpaste), and am off tomorrow for a visit to lovely Georgia, which Colgate's Nancy Ries assures me is indeed the birthplace of wine.

High point of the visit to Colgate: a dinner with students catered with pite from Amy's of Utica, NY. Amy is Amira Dizdarević, who with husband Dževsad provided sirnica, krompiruša, burek and ćevapi to a group of people who wanted them very much indeed. Nobody seems to import Sarajevsko pivo that far, though.

Photo: Amira Dizdarević in her shop

6 comments:

valerio said...

i remember when my ex roomate went to minneapolis for a couple of days and brought cedevita. that was quite a surprise because i did not know then that you can get a lot of stuff from croatia in the US, and even, yes, eat burek or cevapi. :-)

Catherine said...

Had some pretty good Georgian red recently when a friend of mine went back to California and had her leaving party at Troika in Chalk Farm. So I could take Nancy's point :)

Anonymous said...

ha ha ha - cedevita! My daughter is fed the best organic juice and food in London, but she thinks cedevita is the biggest treat when she is offered it.

I can still recall my first encounter with Sirnica, late at night, 1991, madly driving around in a van to find a kiosk that could fill my newly discovered longing. I have to confess that I am a banjalucki cevapi man these days, guiltily lurking in a small shop but a few streets from the mighty zeljo when in Sarajevo. Non-standard, I know...

Yakima_Gulag said...

my longing right now for krompirusa with a nice cold Sarajevsko is powerful. I too have heard that Georgian wines are excellent whether red or white, I've never had the pleasure of trying them.
The few pictures I've ever seen of Georgia show a lovely country.
Sretan Put Gordy, and hey Amy is cute! and that looks like good food on the tray there!

DarkoV said...

My mouth is watering just looking at Gospoda Dizdarevic's cutting skills.

Re. scenic Colgate University, you were being facetious, right? I'd recently gone there with my daughter for the college tour thing and I was shocked at how bare and dismal it looked. Hamilton College, relatively near to Colgate U., was a much more pleasing sight.

Eric Gordy said...

Well, admittedly the snow and bitter cold kept me pretty much indoors, but I liked the human environment very much. And given its size, the town seemed to have the necessary things (bookshop, cinema, coffee). I came by car, and found the surrounding farmland to be really gorgeous. Probably the natural beauty gets more impressive in a different season.

But it is one of those places where a visit gets me thinking about whether I would be able to cope with the absence of urban life (Williams is another). On balance, still, it would probably be pretty hard to cope with the absence of urban life.