I'm listening to Ciganski music this evening (the Romani - aka Gypsy - people from ex-Jugoslavija), and I'm hungry for Macedonian/Serbian/Croatian food. Or Romanian, or Slavonian, or Bulgarian. Basically, anything from the southern Balkans would be great!
Chicagoans and Milwaulkeans would know what I want - cevapcici (grilled meat kabobs), sarma (stuffed cabbage), tomato-cucumber-feta salad, kajmak (like creme fraiche, only feistier), and ajvar (vegetable relish). This kind of food is easy to find near Chicago, but is tragically scarce in the Twin Cities.
I know that the Caspian Bistro carries jars of Bulgarian Ajvar - and I'm addicted to the stuff. (If you haven't tried it, you simply must! It's a sweet red pepper/eggplant relish that is dynamite with grilled lamb or turkey burgers - or just with pita and crackers.)
But the rest is hard to find in a Twin Cities restaurant. Does anyone know where I could find some good Balkan food, outside of a church feast or the Festival of Nations?
Many thanks for any leads,