Light, food, olive oil and wine are four kinds of energy fueling up my life. As laser physicist I’m investigating how Nature efficiently uses the Sun to power itself. Obsessed with homemade local produces and rustic cooking style inherited from my Istrian family. Taking care of my olive grove is my utmost relaxation. Wine entered into my life few years ago (I even passed the sommelier exam) and told me: “I’m here to feed your spirit and imagination.”
On my way to becoming a veterinarian, I somehow also managed to become a hedonist. Although it may sound a bit strange, it works together just fine. I believe that wherever there is good food and wine, you’re bound to find some good people nearby. So, that’s what I’m mostly doing. Constantly on the move; sniffing, tasting, touching, asking, talking, dancing, searching, writing, looking for “those moments”…and then all over again.
A mom, wife, hedonist and blogger. Somehow I managed to become all that throughout the years… And yes, I can still fulfill all those roles 24 hours a day. I enjoy cooking for my family and friends. I smile a lot and love life. Never go out without my camera and my family. Every day rediscovering the beautiful world we live in. Lucky enough to have a husband that shares my passion for food and wine. And I am a proud mom.
When I was a kid at summer camp, they served us pork with pineapple and I was the only one who loved it. I think my inner gourmet was born that day and she is still insatiable. I’m a freelance translator, writer and blogger who loves pairing words with food and wine.
Electrical engineer by vocation, specialized in nuclear energetics. Destined to be a gourmand, wine lover, blogger, hiker, amateur mushroom gatherer, antifrutarian and collector of various knickknacks in constant search for new positive irritations of the palate in the orbit of my own brutal perception of the organoleptic reality.
I am an American born writer, editor, photographer and former chef. I’ve studied the Croatian language for fifteen years, and have written about Croatian food, wine and travel for a little over six years. I was executive chef of LUKA, a pop-up dining series dedicated to Croatian cuisine in Portland, and I am author of the cookbook Dalmatian Cooking, the first of its kind in English. I’ve lived in Zagreb and close to Split, have traveled all over Croatia, and I can’t wait to return and continue exploring regional food and wine.
Željko: vinske priče
Five years ago I was a heavy smoker, with three cigarette boxes per day I was potentially developing a colony of lung cancers. And then, like Forrest Gump, I quit in a moment and said – I am going home, I want to breathe the World to the fullest. Once again I rediscovered forgotten senses. Indeed, I put on a bit/a lot weight, so my closest friends are trying to convince the port authorities of the Italian village Giglia that the captain and Moldavian women are not to blame for the catastrophe of the Costa Concordia. Instead, it was me who happened to be on the wrong side of the ship. The equilibrium was irreparably compromised and – the accident was inevitable!
Taste of Croatia team
Seven stomachs, fourteen hands, one mission! Social networking and the love for good food and wine brought us together. We decided to join forces and share our personal experience of Croatian cuisine and wines.
Our philosophy is to think globally and eat locally, always having our minds and palates open for new challenges.
We are independent, honest and passionate and therefore look for the same kind of people and places.
We’re not offering a boring list of everything there is, but a real-life foodie log.