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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Street Food Bite and Booze of the World Cup





We're almost out of group play in this street food guide to the FIFA World Cup 2014! The ball keeps rolling, players keep falling, and we keep eating and drinking! Up next on our journey is the Bosnia and Herzegovina team (playing Iran at 11am CDT). For this edition of the street food guide, we'll take a look at a delicious desert commonly found on street corners along the Adriatic Coast, Fritule and the native drink of choice, Rakia.












Photo Credit: traveladriatic.com
Photo Credit: traveladriatic.com


Fritule looks similar to chocolate covered donut holes. Little deep fried dough balls, Fritule is considered "beach food" as well as street food. This sweet tooth satisfier is typically covered in granulated or powdered sugar and a chocolate sauce. While they can most commonly be found in neighboring Croatia, they're very popular is Bosnia and Herzegovina and other parts of Southeast Europe. I can't wait to make some of these, they look delicious!





Homemade Rakija. Photo Credit: reuters.com
Homemade Rakija. Photo Credit: reuters.com





Rakia, often homemade in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as other Southeastern European countries, is a high proof alcohol made from fermented fruit. The origins of this national drink are unknown, but the name stems from the Turkish word for condensation which occurs during the final distillation stages. The most common types of fruits used in Rakia, or Rakija as it would be seen in Bosnia and Herzegovina, are plums, apricots, and grapes.