Europe 2015: The Food – Part 2

Part 2: Croatia 

Plitvicka Jezera National Park, Croatia

Plitvicka Jezera National Park, Croatia

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Komiza, Island of Vis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We spent almost 2 weeks exploring the coastline of Croatia. It is known for stunning blue waters, fascinating history and beautiful architecture. Food does not typically make the top 3 reasons to visit Croatia. As a vegetable lover, I found myself limited to cabbage or lettuce, tomato and grilled zucchini or eggplant. These dishes are fresh and tasty, but there was very little variety with the presentation and offerings. I literally felt like I had the same salad for 2 weeks!

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Classic Croatian Salad

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Grilled Vegetables: lots of oil and salt, but always delicious!

This being said, I did find a fabulous dish called “Dalmation Swiss Chard“. I’m sure they use butter and cream in the preparation, but wow it was well worth it. I’m determined to recreate a healthier version of it. We also enjoyed ‘hjvar‘ a roasted red pepper spread. Hjvar adds a sweet and savoury flavour to any dish! If you’re a seafood lover, definitely take advantage of the fresh grilled calamari, fish and steamed mussels. In fact, we had some of the best mussels of all time here in Croatia.

Grilled Calamari, Dalmation Swiss Chard, Hjvar

Grilled Calamari, Dalmation Swiss Chard, Hjvar

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Fresh Mussels in Zadar

 

It can be a bit alarming to see the whole fish on the table, but at least you know it’s fresh!

Grilled "First Class" Fish

Grilled “First Class” Fish

Grilled Fresh Fish

Grilled Fresh Fish

Plenty of Potatoes

Plenty of Potatoes

Chicken and Potatoes at Le Meridien in Split

Chicken and Potatoes at Le Meridien in Split

Steak and Vegetables at Le Meridien in Split

Steak and Vegetables at Le Meridien in Split

Croatian’s love their carbs. There was no shortage of potatoes, bread or baked goods! This post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the meat, cheese and wine! We drove to the island of Pag and tried their specialty cheese. Pag produces the most famous artisan cheese in the country.

Pag Cheese and Wine at Sunset in Karin

Enjoying Pag Cheese and Wine at Sunset

 

Pistachio Cheese!

Pistachio Cheese!

 

Jana Water Messages

Jana Water Messages

Dangerously Delicious!

Dangerously Delicious!

 

Split Sunset

Split Sunset

Croatian Grocery Shopping

Croatian Grocery Shopping

Shopping Local

Shopping Local

Marina Kastela

Marina Kastela

Very Limited Produce

Very Limited Produce

Beautiful Buildings in Vis

Beautiful Buildings in Vis

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Le Meridien Split – Cocktailing

 

 

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Gorgeous Purple Flowers Diocletians Palace Split

 

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Viewpoint of Hvar Town from Spanjola Fortress

 

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Until Next Time Croatia!

 

 

 

 

 

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