Macola

Coming from Zagreb to Dalmatia – back in the old days; before the highway – we were taking the very scenic road through Lika and usually making a stop in Borje in Korenica (Titova Korenica back then). Sometimes in the 90s that all changed and Macola became the one and only stop for buses, trucks,…

Dalmatinski kolač – a taste of yesterday

With all the invasion of small bakeries in Croatia, some old tastes are getting lost. Pushed away from the shelves, they will soon just be part of our memories. One of those is a round dry, pastry called Dalmatinski kolač or, as we all simply call it, kolač (cake in English) Not sure when it…

Eating tripe in Dalmatia

One of my favorite traditional culinary treats is tripe. Not so popular with new generation, tripe is a traditional dish present throughout the Mediterranean.  Tripe  – tripice in Croatian – comes from French tripe which is from Italian trippa.  It is a type of edible offal from the stomachs of various animals but in Dalmatia,…

Best Restaurants in Croatia – Proto Restaurant in Dubrovnik

Last weekend I had to go to Dubrovnik for a brief inspection trip so I decided to visit one of Dubrovnik’s best known restaurants – Proto – and have lunch there. Proto is located very close to Pile gates and to the right from Stradun when walking from Pile. Proto is primarily known as one…

Zagreb Wine Gourmet Weekend 2012

Zagreb Wine Gourmet Weekend is one of my favorite wine and food shows in Croatia. A great opportunity to see and learn about new trends, wines, olive oils and food but also to meet some old friends and make some new ones. This year, ZWG was held at wonderful settings of the old Glyptotheque of…

Chef Thierry Caruel at Villa Argentina

Yesterday, I had to rush to Dubrovnik for a meeting. It was just in-and-out thing but still had to get up early and drive for few hours. Dubrovnik, beautiful as always, was basking in misty morning (and afternoon, and evening…) and I had a chance, after a while, to visit Villa Argentina – one of…

Restaurant Week

Since the new “Restaurant Week” is just around the corner, I thought of posting few photos from the last one – from this past fall – when we visited two restaurants in Zagreb. Although “Restaurant Week ” is national event, Zagreb has the most interesting participants and it is quite fun to explore some restaurants…

Best Restaurants of Croatia – Šopot

Looong overdue, here comes a post on one of the greatest places serving traditional food. “Šopot” restaurant, located in Šopot near Benkovac is one of the best traditional restaurants in the region. Well worth you turning right when coming off the highway and heading towards Biograd. It is easy to reach and your only worry…

Christmas in Dalmatia

As the sun was slowly falling behind Pasman Island, on a day before the Christmas Eve, I took my son and went squid fishing. The evening was beautiful and scents of cold December night were already upon us. The seascape of my childhood and my ancestors, had that ghostly, unreal appearance. The sea was calm…