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Two big local food companies – Pisinium from Pazin and PIK from Rijeka – joined forces and opened a bistro at a busy location in downtown Rijeka. Hiring legendary chef Andrej Barbieri to run the kitchen showed that something good is cooking…
Wine show celebrating native Croatian grape varieties, especially the local star – Škrlet. Lots of workshops and side events included. Discover this neglected but very promising wine region!
For a long time we have been watching how the Istrians are light years away from other Croatian regions when it comes to branding their wines, olive oils, gourmet scene, traditional produce, almost anything.
We loved Dino Galvagno’s first bistro restaurant Prasac, which was a revolution for Zagreb’s dining scene, and his latest, long-awaited project Peta četvrtina was promising to be something more ambitious, experimental and exciting…
Not the biggest but the most charming wine festival in Croatia, literally on the beach. Lots of Dalmatian reds and whites. Interesting and eventful program, great parties, sun and the sea. Don’t miss it!
Ivan Kosovec decided to treat Škrlet somewhat differently, and really made a boom among wine geeks with his Škrlet Selekcija label. It’s a roller coaster ride for your palate!
Grga Čvarak sells all kinds of produce from Croatian family farms, including fresh dairy products, fruits and veggies, bread and meat. Clean, green, sustainable and organic is written all over it.
It doesn’t appear very inviting from the outside, but once we entered the “auntie’s cozy living room” interior of this family-run restaurant, our suspicions disappeared. Vesna Miletić may not be a Michelin-star material, but her cooking is honest, knowledgeable and, most important, true to ingredients, always local, fresh and in season.
Excellent program featuring Croatian and international wines, delicacies, cooking shows and music, in a very hip venue. Zagreb Wine Gourmet Weekend is a new (old) international festival of wine and food which will be held in the Glyptotheque of the …
Babičini kolači is a charming competition where grannies from Zagorje bake traditional cakes and desserts. Everyone can taste them and be the judge.
Branka Aralica is lucky to be surrounded with excellent Dalmatian olives, figs, lemons, oranges, but above all – the unique Maraska sour cherry. First she was using these gifts from Mother Nature to make oil, jams, brandies and liqueurs only for the family and friends. But it was too good not to be shared with others.
Ten years ago passable rosé wines in Croatia were as numerous as the population of zebras. Now the situation is quite different. Here are some of our old and new favourites for spring/summer 2013.
Wonderful “shabby rustic chic” interior on a less than ordinary location, friendly and professional staff, high kitchen standards but nothing fancy or pretentious. Code word is meat.
Just another Slavonian family farm producing good organic food? Yes, but Vera and Zdravko add just a little bit of that extra touch to their products to make them stand out.
Celebrating International Women’s Day will certainly be more fun combined with enjoying top-quality rose wines and good food. This new and quite unique festival tries to combine women, wine, health, culture, education and charity. Cheers to that! Oh, and the …
Tons and tons of all kinds of chocolate – resistance is futile!
When we first tried Tvrdić honey, coming from the small Adriatic island of Šolta, we were swept away with its rich Mediterranean aroma and delicate taste. When you learn the story behind it, you’ll be even more amazed.
Celebrity TV chef Ana Ugarković finally opened her place, far from spotlights and glamour. It’s a small secluded downtown bistro with a list of no more than 20 simple but creative dishes using first class fresh ingredients.
This traditional folk festivity celebrates St. Vincent, patron saint of vineyards. It marks the beginning of pruning, especially Graševina, the most famous local grape variety. Expect to find a lot of good food, wine and a great party in the …
Krešimir Nekić added a special touch to the way his family prepares smokvenjak: they grill it on open fire, Dalmatian gradele style, or bake it under peka baking bell. Quite unique!
Fažanski gušti i delicije – Fažana Delights & Delicacies Small fishermen’s town and the gateway to Brijuni National Park seems to be a very active gourmet destination. The last event in this year is in sign of baptizing the young …
Drempetić family from Zagorje region grows fruit and vegetables, lots of it. And when you have loads of fresh goodies, it’s a smart move to preserve some of it for later. So that’s why they specialize in preserving and pickling vegetables.
On the tiny island of Prvić, just across Šibenik, there’s a really cool small hotel called Maestral, in which you can find some unexpectedly nice food.
Traditionally every last Sunday in October, cheerful fans of homemade brandy gather in this tiny medieval town in Istria, mingle in the open and try out all possible kinds of brandy, including some curiosities like asparagus brandy, olive brandy or …
Old style tavern Marenda 2 is the rightful heir of the old Marenda which used to feed the working folk of Šibenik 40 years ago. Now it’s back, with a vengeance!
New and exciting festival dedicated to squids, from squid hunting competition to the preparation and tastings of various delicacies made from squids, is taking place in Hvar.
At the time when the harvests are already over, everybody can loosen up and enjoy this festival dedicated to all things connected with grapes and wine. Plus there will be a bunch of other traditional products, events, music and partying. …
Come to the country of Kujundžuša white wine (and some others, too), great food and friendly people and meet the local scene. This wine festival is becoming bigger and more ambitious. It’s set in the city of Imotski, deep in Dalmatian hinterland. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Modro jezero (Blue Lake) and challenge the legend that it is impossible to throw a stone in it.
Another little tucked away tavern in the old part of Zadar, with a nice spacious terrace. Its name means “I like it here”, and relaxing in the shade, close enough but far away from the crowds, we couldn’t agree more.
Located in the old historic part of Zadar, little tavern called Na Po Ure serves snacks and quick lunch to the working people and hungry travellers who prefer to sit down and eat something using cutlery.
Pilchard, small oily fish, the symbol of Fazana fisherman’s festivals, extends its invitation to the largest festival: Pilchard festival! Have fun trying various dishes based on sardines, small and modest but tasty fish, and learn about the fishermen’s way of life in Croatia’s sardine capital.
We can’t decide if we like the food or the atmosphere at Domanoeta better. And all that comes at a really fair price. There’s a good chance you’ll leave the place singing and hugging newly found friends.
Lots of coastal places or islands in Croatia have their very own special indigenous dessert, mostly a cake. But none of them can track its history all the way back to 1177!
The village of Livade is the capital of the famous Istrian white truffle, so it’s entirely natural that the area’s largest purveyor, Giancarlo Zigante, would open a fine dining establishment dedicated to the precious subterranean fungi.
It’s about the best local lamb, prepared in all sorts of ways, but the most popular is, of course, the good ol’ spit-roasted lamb.
Honey with garlic, pepper, carrots or lime?! Yes, why not? Experimenting makes it fun and the unexpected taste can be very exciting.
The richness of possibilities in cooking maneštra is celebrated at the Festival of Istrian maneštra, taking place in the picturesque medieval town of Gračišće every mid-June.
In the hills above touristy Opatija, chef Vinko Frlan and his family opened a modest but high-quality restaurant and guest house his grandparents’ estate, something like a Kvarner hacienda in the middle of nowhere.
Vegetarian travelers to Croatia, rejoice! The monotonous days of pasta-grilled-cheese-risotto routine are over. If you manage to find soparnik, you will fall in love with it, as many meat eaters did. It’s a very special and rare snack dating back …
Have you ever tried sage jam or hawthorn brandy? Feeling a bit skeptical? Well, don’t be! Self-grown and wild herbs and plants are actually a great source of ideas and inspiration for 100% natural products such as jams, teas or …
Frano Miloš is one of the pioneers of family owned boutique wineries not only in his Pelješac, probably the most prestigious wine region in Croatia, but in the whole country.
This amazing little shop with sweets and delis is definitely one of the most interesting places on the whole Adriatic coast.
This festival celebrates and promotes the wonderful cuisine of the island of Lošinj. Many restaurants are involved, offering two dishes on a theme, and this year that’s the island’s rich maritime tradition. You’ll be able to taste dishes which the …
Decorated in cavemen style, Kremenko is the place where the Flintstones meet traditional Dalmatian cuisine. Good and simple food, mostly grilled, and unique atmosphere.
Brilliantly simple Dalmatian tavern as it should be! Many locals eat here throughout the year.
The owner of the family farm Sv. Petar in Strnj can brag around how his ancestors were in tourism long time ago, before anyone else. Believe it or not, in the old days when the only direct road between Dubrovnik and Split went across the mighty mountain of Biokovo, one of the stops on this long route was at his house.
Family Vuina comes from Kaštela near Split, surely not one of the most famous winemaking locations in Croatia. But Neven Vuina will prove you wrong.
Have you ever been to an island where the sheep/people ratio is nearly four to one?
Pag is a dry and rocky northern Dalmatian island of 8,000 inhabitants and 30,000 autochthonous sheep with a long tradition of cheese making and agriculture.
Pet bunara manages to combine organic ingredients, traditional local dishes and simple but superb cooking in a friendly next-door restaurant.