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Pelegrini: Rudolf Štefan's Mediterranean Breviary

Dalmatian grandmothers don’t care about presentation, they want pure taste and simplicity. I am convinced Rudi’s dishes would equally satisfy any Dalmatian grandmother and sophisticated palate of well travelled Epicurean.

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Best of both sides - Croatian-Hungarian culinary routes

Sunny morning was an extra motive to get up on Sunday and spend a whole day with Siniša Kovač from Dekanter Association and Hungarian friends from Turizmus Zrt. The trip was a part of Hungary-Croatia IPA Cross Border Co-operation Programme.

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Food & Wine Venues

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Konoba Vinko is as unexpected as it gets. If you're roaming around the area of Knin-Šibenik-Skradin this is the safest bet you'll get around, even if you have to take off of the highway. It's charming, offers great food and service for a very fair price. Located on the road taking you to inland Dalmatinska Zagora where you expect nothing but a classical lamb on a spit or some ancient version of a restaurant. BUT, Vinko offers more. Yes, their specialty are suckling pig on a spit, but it's not just a pile of meat on a plate. Carefully served with the best homemade salad - it's a comfort food you crave. Lamb livers or tripes, various meats under the lid, skradin risotto. Small, but mouth watering and carefully prepared menu. Even the desserts were a surprise, even though they are not really "traditional". Another plus is they offer local (high quality) wines by the glass which is something we especially appreciate. Our sincere recommendations go to Vinko crew.
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Konoba Gego

Dalmatia Split
Last impressions Nice Location Barely Makes Up F...
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The nicely set Konoba Gego quite simply faded in comparison with the nearby Mala Milna restaurant. The octopus salad wasn't exactly substantial and the fish was dry - not what you would expect from a small Dalmatian eatery. To top it all off, the staff was inattentive until it came to paying the bill - they made sure to check it twice and charge two additional pieces of bread. The location somewhat makes up for it all, but the feel just wasn't authentic. I hope things have changed since last year, though.
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Mala Milna

Dalmatia Split
Last impressions Fish and Reds: Of the Sea, By t...
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Restaurants
As the friendly but unintrusive service ushers you onto the beautiful terrace of this "cove-restaurant", you will feel helpless before what they have to offer - fresh and affordable fish and bizarrely red Hvar wine. Once you round things up with the complimentary rakija, you'll either be ready for a quick hazardous swim on the nearby beach or a food coma. We missed the famous gregada, so there's another reason to come back.
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Trapan

Istria
Last impressions Classy Rock & Roll Joint With Y... Complex yet easy-to-understand ...
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Wineries
Open cellars day in Istrian wineries - what a treat. Bruno Trapan's Wine Station in Šišan is a bit off the beaten path, and that's just the way he likes it. Coming there just before closing time, we thought we'd only find a couple of tired waiters. But that's just not the way Trapan does business - this laid-back wine artist prides himself in swimming upstream. For example, having bought a stretch of land in the vicinity of the small village of Šišan a couple of years ago, Bruno experimented with the Istrian red variety of teran in what was considered an unorthodox place to complement his already renowned whites such as Uroboros malvasia. Both he and his customers were rewarded with some of the best teran in recent years, for which he has received unanimous praise from his peers. And we most definitely agree. Come to this classy rock & roll joint, meet your first people's winemaker and take home a few bottles of Terra Mare - you won't regret it one bit!
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Dobravac

Istria
Last impressions Seriously Good Vino Accompanied... Oaza dobrog o/ukusa Food and wine pairing worth of ...
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Wineries
Having first tried Dobravac wines and olive oil at Kantinon bistro in downtown Rovinj, we decided to go to the source and explore this family business further. And boy were we happy with what we found! Although it was a hectic day for the staff, with the Red Bull Air Race going on, Karin took the effort to go through the wines with us in detail. The whites were particularly good. From the fresh Sonata and the richer Suita to the nearly honey-sweet Allegro muscat, we indulged in seriously good vino accompanied by tasty nibbles in the form of roasted almonds, cheese and dried Istrian sausages. Another star on the menu is the olive oil, made from a secret mix of several local and international olive varieties - a beautiful hue of golden liquid that just dissolves in your mouth like a light silk cloth full of flavor. See, I've just spontaneously burst into a haiku poem - imagine what this place could do to the faint-hearted?!

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