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January 14, 2020

Zdravo Zdravo!
and welcome back to Belgrade (MUSIC INTRO) so it’s only morning in Belgrade on a
Friday morning and how I got up this morning is a mystery that will remain
unsolved for the rest of my life I think it’s freezing and if you’re new welcome
I’m David I’m from the UK originally and I’ve been traveling and working online
full-time for the last three and a half years I’m currently living and working
in Belgrade for a few months this is my second time here I was here last year in
the summer when it was considerably warmer if you want to check out those
videos you can check out the link up above today we’re gonna check out
something in Belgrade which I think when anyone googles Belgrade this thing
comes up yes we’re gonna try and find some Burek,
I don’t know how I’m going to eat at this time morning but let’s go (MUSIC) okay I’m standing on the Belgrade sign
at the big roundabout and before we start can I just say how wonderful it is
to be back in Belgrade it’s just such an underrated city you know if you are
looking for somewhere in terms of long term travel or if you’re a digital nomad
and you’re looking for somewhere to stay long-term in Europe that’s affordable
Belgrade is fantastic the people are so welcoming
you know forget that thing about Eastern European people are blunt and direct, that’s
rubbish you know people in Belgrade are fantastically welcoming and hospitable I’m
loving it here I’m beyond happy so on that note we’re going to continue the
happiness by having some food it’s just down there (SHOTS WITH NO MUSIC) I love the trams/streetcars in
Belgrade they are absolutely beautiful there are so many different types of
them as well older ones more modern ones the place
I’m going is just over there next to the streetcar/tram and I’ve read that it’s
the best place to go in Belgrade for Burek, behind the camera I’m doing
quote marks because often when we talk about the best place to go
often it is something that you know you’ve seen on TripAdvisor it’s not
necessarily the best place so if you’re from Belgrade what would be great put
down in the comments what your favorite place to get break is thank you! as you
can see there is a bit of a queue it’s not too bad when you go to bakeries
especially in the morning in Belgrade you will find a line or a queue
depending if you do American English or British English but you know it’s not
too bad lovely let’s have a look now as well as adding your suggestions down in
the comments through our best places to go in Belgrade for Burek there’s a
very important point I would like you to remember I’m a foreigner okay and if
you’re from Belgrade or from Serbia you might be thinking well who is this
English idiot coming to Belgrade thinking he knows about Burek you know
what that’s a valid point because what I see foreigners go to England talking
about traditional English dishes and getting everything wrong it really
frustrates me and I can do research until I’m blue in the face but there
will always be something wrong or I’ll miss something so you know what let’s
turn that into a positive if you are from Belgrade and you’ve got an opinion
about but aircore more information to add put that down in the comments as
well cuz I’m sure that will add to the viewers experience enough talking let’s
eat can I get some yoghurt aswell? Yes just one. Hvala! I have Burek! I’m so happy, right let’s find somewhere to sit down on a bench that isn’t covered in
bird shit and eat and guess what I’ve got with it
everyone I’ve got yogurt a lot of you tell me you must have yogurt with
Burek so that’s what I’ve done so let’s take the gloves off and chuck them over
there and let’s open the burek OMG to the max look right you know what I’m
gonna do first I’m gonna eat it first cuz if you’re serving you know
everything about Burek but if you don’t know anything about burek we’ll
talk about it after okay right we have burek wonderful by the way there were
two lines in that bakery so one of them one of them was for burek the other
one was for other bakery items so I have burek with cheese it’s like a filo
pastry kind of thing it’s quite heavy it feels quite heavy and it’s piping hot so
it’s beautiful this this morning you know freezing cold right we’ve got a bit
of a wreck let’s eat holy moly holy crap
burek is the best it’s like cottage cheese all right and the pastry is
crispy it’s beautiful I mean it’s quite light I was anticipating that it would
be quite quite weighty you know because it’s heavy but actually when you eat it
it feels like so it’s a bit of a contradiction and the cheese is
wonderful it’s like cottage cheese that I’ll get
in the UK you know the pastry is similar to like samosa type filo pastry you know
apologies a meeting with my mouth full mmm this is wonderful I’m speechless
finally break has happened people right this is where you Serbians come in so as
far as I’m aware there are many different types of but you can get them
filled with cheese like this meat vegetables there’s also one in that
place I believe a pizza burek it’s kind of I think it’s kind of like a
novelty one it’s not considered a traditional buttock and as I said before
it’s quite common throughout the Balkans Burak has history in Turkey and the
Ottoman Empire back in the day very common and it comes in lots of different
varieties throughout the Balkans and it’s considered very much a staple
breakfast dish to be honest it feels like something that you know I wouldn’t
eat this every day because it would be quite tough because once you when you do
eat a lot of it it does get quite filling you know so it’s very similar in
my mind to something like fish and chips in England where people say that it yo
people in England eat that all the time but in reality it’s not something that
is eaten on a daily basis no I don’t see people walking around Belgrade having a
burek for breakfast lunch and dinner. Yoghurt is the other thing you have got
have yoghurt with it another thing I’ll say about this pastry
is it kind of tastes like pancakes you know and when I had cevapi last year
the bread of that had kind of the same texture and taste it’s stunning yeah absolute pancake if you know what I mean
okay people that is the bakery the details and the address will be down in
the description if you would like to go for somebody you’ll be glad to know that
I had my yogurts with my Burek it was a nice little accompaniment I think to
wash it down with beautiful just normal generic natural yoghurt I think now the
thing I want to say about Serbian food I’ve only had as an English person who
previously didn’t know much about Serbia whatsoever I didn’t know that Serbian
food was so legendary and I think when we think about food cuisine around the
world we think of Mexican food Italian food Japanese food having that legendary
stated Serbian food needs to have that legendary say hopefully these videos
will go some way to achieving that because it’s hearty it’s filling it’s
delicious I’m loving it and hopefully going forward we’ll be able to
experience some more wonderful Serbian food (MUSIC) we’re heading back now to where I’m
staying we’re approaching, well we’re in Savamala area now that road up there
on the right by Idea the convenience store that’s why I stayed last time just up there and this time I’m kind of centra lvery
central very close to the main shopping street belgrade fortress kind of Dorcol area Studenski Park that’s where we’re going, and over to the left is Belgrade waterfront there’s a lot of development
going on there lots of new buildings being bought, built sorry apartment
buildings that kind of thing so there’s definitely lot of development
in Belgrade it’s not all you know these older style buildings a lot of people
say I’ve heard it before communist buildings they’re not
communist buildings what are you talking about now that’s where I stayed last
time that hostel there and I’m a great appreciator if that’s a word oh it’s not
a word of architecture and this might look like just like you know regular boring
building but actually a lot of the architecture in Belgrade is very rustic
looking slightly dilapidated in places but I think that adds to the charm of it
and in the next video we’re going to be heading to Dorcal area which is
absolutely stunning in terms of architecture absolutely love it so make
sure you subscribe if you want to check out that video so you’ll get that in
there somewhere see what I mean balconies brickwork
graffiti yes that might be vandalism but I appreciate graffiti I think it was
great plus you have these buildings that are more you know generic just
rectangular concrete buildings birth again I think it’s part of the charm I
feel great I’m under the bridge down that goes over to Novi Beograd
or new Belgrade and Zemun to the video there last time graffiti yes they smile at like a bit of
a hellhole that I’m walking through but actually I think it’s quite pretty so we’re almost home and I wanted this
video to purely be about burek hence why we’re not going anywhere else so
hopefully this is giving you a bit of insight into some of some more of the
food that Serbia has to offer we’ll be exploring some more in upcoming videos
so what’s for watching I don’t go home do some work now and warm up because I’m
freezing me bollocks off and I’ll see you next time thanks for watching catch you
later thankyou, goodbye!

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  • Reply The Tao of David January 11, 2020 at 11:07 pm

    Welcome back to Belgrade! What's your favourite Burek in town? 😜

    Добродошли назад у Београд! Који је ваш омиљени Бурек у граду?😜

  • Reply Denys A January 11, 2020 at 11:42 pm

    Hey, Am i really the first commentor?

  • Reply weeber January 12, 2020 at 12:02 am

    Lol the doggo at 0:19 is hilarious 😂 also that new intro

  • Reply weeber January 12, 2020 at 12:04 am

    Belgrade looks like Russia where’s located at?

  • Reply Dejan Z January 12, 2020 at 12:05 am

    I am hangry now

  • Reply Jose' PV January 12, 2020 at 12:06 am

    Well David, you can check another thing off your list….You look GREAT ! Your cool new coat and scarf look great with your new hair, how wonderful !

  • Reply Rick Smith January 12, 2020 at 12:13 am

    Hey David, Looks fantastic there. I wish I could visit there in Belgrade someday and get a real feel of what it would be like to live there. As an American I think the visa requirements to stay long term like any place in Europe might be a real hassle. I believe Serbia may join the EU this year. I know England wants to leave the EU and Prince Harry wants to relinquish his royal duties and I on the other hand would love to join the EU and have the chance to live the rest of my life in Europe.

  • Reply Sister Sherry Travels January 12, 2020 at 12:22 am

    LOL!! The barking dog, brilliant editing!! Burek looks yummy!

  • Reply Rodovan Ra January 12, 2020 at 12:29 am

    Man I am jealous.

  • Reply BeckyInCalifornia January 12, 2020 at 12:33 am

    That looks delicious 😋. David, do your parents watch all your videos? Do you have siblings?

  • Reply Blaž Veber January 12, 2020 at 12:35 am

    That was "sirnica" not "burek" but anyway, glad you liked it mate.

  • Reply Finding Memo January 12, 2020 at 12:37 am

    Belgrade looks nice. You’re right it’s so underrated that I have never heard of that city. People think of Europe like if it’s only London, Paris and Italy. Saludos amigo.

  • Reply judy rubio January 12, 2020 at 1:08 am

    So was that pastry you had
    savory or sweet? Looked delicious 😋

  • Reply Puma Week January 12, 2020 at 1:29 am

    I know where you can find the best Burek in Belgrade but I won't tell you…lines are already too long for my taste and I already have to skip burek for breakfast many times and eat bloody cereals instead 🙂

  • Reply Kristina Jankovic January 12, 2020 at 1:32 am

    Maybe SARMA for lunch?
    But choose some good restorant.

  • Reply chupa chup January 12, 2020 at 1:39 am

    I think that you will enjoy the city much more in the Spring.

  • Reply Yazmin G. Díaz Gómez January 12, 2020 at 1:52 am

    Hermosa ciudad, saludos desde México.😊

  • Reply saaajle001 January 12, 2020 at 3:03 am

    I'm certainly glad you've finally had some BUREK! It's been, almost, a quest it seems. I've had a good time watching your Belgrade playlist, it was (kinda) funny that you haven't been able to get your hands on one for so long.

    I'm from Belgrade, currently living abroad, so whenever I get a bit nostalgic I like to watch foreigners videos on Belgrade. Your videos would be in TOP 5 if I was making a list. Good work. Sincerely, those 31% you carry in your DNA pool seems to give you an edge over the others… 🙂

    Now, I see that you're struggling with Trip Advisor and such for info so let me help as much as I can before I finish my coffee and head out to work…

    PLJESKAVICA!! Or as it's known to you lot, a hamburger… Did you know that some people claim that hamburger (pljeskavica) has been "invented" in Serbia? Don't know if it's true or not but in all my travels, I haven't been able to match the experience of Serbian pljeskavica with any burger anywhere in the World. And, since you're in the capital, I'll give you 2 places to visit in downtown area.

    1. Vencac (in Cyrillic spelled "Венчац") – Carice Milice street, don't know the number but very close to the park. You've passed the place at least 10 times and you haven't noticed it, I'm sure. There are two ways to have pljeskavica in Vencac. First one is, you go in, sit inside and get pljeskavica (big one) on a plate with fries etc. Second one, is order pljeskavica over the counter and have it in a bun. Same food, two ways to eat it , two sizes. But be aware, the waiter there, great guy, is half deaf so don't be alarmed when he turns his head one way to hear what you're ordering. 🙂

    2. Prava pljeskavica (Права Пљескавица), actually translates to "The Real Pljeskavica" – Takovska street (close to junction with Cvijiceva street). This one is a bit off center but worth the trip. There is a whole story behind the old man who owns it, here is a link, maybe get someone to translate 🙂


  • Reply Tequila D'killa January 12, 2020 at 3:18 am

    I'm glad you found a home!
    A brisk 53 (11.5C to you) in San Luis Potosi!

  • Reply Anna Rezendes January 12, 2020 at 4:47 am

    Do you mainly work on Italki?

  • Reply Art Deco January 12, 2020 at 5:25 am

    Wow! Delicious food😋. Belgrade will be on my bucket list, for sure! BTW, any Art Deco buildings? YolandaAnne

  • Reply Kathryn Sullivan January 12, 2020 at 5:44 am


  • Reply Isabelle Salazar January 12, 2020 at 6:12 am

    Greetings to belgrade from San Sebastián, San Luis Potosí, México. Your city is beautiful.

  • Reply pticurina January 12, 2020 at 10:27 am

    Here are some places you should visit in Belgrade
    ski slopes (ski-staza) its in kosutnjak forest
    ada ciganlija (lake some 15min bus ride from center, very nice durring summer)
    avala tower
    for a restoran i can recommend you kuhinja in vojvode stepe 93 (if you like wine try VARIJANTA)
    uzivaj i dobrodosao 🙂

  • Reply David M January 12, 2020 at 11:07 am

    you looking sharp .

  • Reply Who- TF -Cares!! January 12, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I’m loving it. . . love places where I feel completely new once again

  • Reply Nataša Stanković January 12, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    I've posted your video on my Facebook page! I don't want to lose it! HEY! THANK YOU FOR USING CYRILLIC! Amazing!

  • Reply Stormrage January 12, 2020 at 2:33 pm

    This winter is quite worm. It can be like -10 all the time.

  • Reply Jankovic Srdjan January 12, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Gladan sam. A sad je 22:00h. Pekara je daleko. Pokušaću da preživim do jutra.

  • Reply novak83bg January 13, 2020 at 3:48 am

    I like your new hair style 😉 so you went to that famous bakery everybody told you to go 🙂 I'm glad you had it with yogurt, it shouldn't really give you any trouble like other dairy products, quite the contrary 🙂 Happy to see you enjoying Belgrade on sub zero temperature (without a hat :p) and looking forward to see your impressions about Dorćol! 🙂

  • Reply Tereza Vanura January 13, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Loved it 🙂 especially the humming part when eating burek, I am a huge “appreciator” of your videos 🙂 keep them coming and see you soon!!!!! 🤩

  • Reply Prudence Swift January 13, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Love your videos, you crack me up! If I’m in Belgrade soon I’ll look you up. Don’t worry, I’m married, and not your type.

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