For decades, since the appearance of America’s first burger bars and hot dog kiosks, the whole fast food story was reduced to a sign of equality with food called “”junk””, which would literally mean nothing more than – junk.
And again, for decades, it was completely grounded. Fast served food usually only served the purpose of fast hunger suppression, while it had no large (dare we say, actually none) nutritional values. Nominally, with the development of awareness of macro and micro nutrients and healthy nutrition, it is quite fair that an overly rich market offers junk and fast options, as long as the same market knows that this type of diet is by no means for every day and that in a long term it can seriously affect health. Having a greasy and spicy bite occasionally, when the body is looking for just that kind of food, will not cost us health. Fortunately, the climate in which we live does not abound with lots of food offered that contains gasoline derivatives (!!!) to stay attractive to our eyes all day long, along with various emulsifiers and, relatively or completely, hazardous substances not serving the diet but a consumer habit to buy nice, not useful. Street food is based on the inevitable kebabs in our country, but almost as popular are “”ashcninicas””, traditional restaurants serving ready cooked food. Equally quick, but incomparably healthier than burgers or hot dogs, fries flavoured with petroleum products or flavour enhancers.
However, to eat kebabs or to sit down at sinija, low round tables, with tiny kebabs and dolmas, you either have to have plenty of time or be close enough to places offering just that kind of food, or both. And with today’s rhythm of life, not only is it uncommon, it is increasingly rare – enough to consider this type of diet a luxury as well. In terms of time, of course.
On the other hand, the city of Sarajevo also has a wealthy offer of bakery products and pastries that may not serve as a meal basis for people watching their diet, but will serve as a “”garnish”” and inspiration for choosing a healthier meal. In several cases, there are outlets that offer a complete meal that is equally nutritious and healthy. For example, one of such places is the Fine Food chain. This brand in many locations in Sarajevo prepares and serves, along with pastries, complete meals such as delicious salads, stews prepared according to traditional recipes, pasta with freshly prepared sauces. In an environment that does not deviate from the major European centres, and the Fine Food Festival branch in the centre of the city is just like that, it is possible to order and eat a complete meal that will not allow you to suffer from guilt for the rest of the day or to reload your stomach in the middle of the working day. There are many similar examples of locations that have started to nurture urban nutrition in a completely new way, and the city of Sarajevo has plenty of them. This group certainly includes Maison Coco, or the popular “”French bakery””, which offers less traditional but equally attractive recipes for delicious and quick snacks.
Junk and fast, therefore, need not go hand in hand. It is important to have an awareness of the importance of a healthier diet as a fuel and to avoid as much as possible those places that are undoubtedly “”industrial”” and prefer quantity and appearance rather than quality.”