Croatian Travels

We just got back from our visit to Croatia. We attended an amazing wedding (congrats to Ivana & Kruno), met our niece for the first time and spent some good quality time with the family and usually that means home cooked meals, but with so little time this time, my mom did not cook one meal while we were there which I am sure she wasn’t happy about. But we did have two of our favorite things: “Toast u Somunu” & “Cevapi”.

Cevapi: Ćevapčići (formal diminutive) or Ćevapi (pronounced [ʨɛ’va:pi]) in some regions, is a Balkan dish of grilled minced meat, of oriental origin, found in the countries of the Former Yugoslavia. They may be served on a plate or in a flatbread (lepinja or somun), often with chopped onions, sour cream, kajmak, ajvar, cottage cheese, and so on.

Toast u Somunu: A sandwich in a grilled flatbread with ham, salami, cheese, tartar sauce and pickles. It’s even better after one or two drinks.

So the taste of the Croatian Cuisine…according to Wikipedia, Croatian cuisine is heterogeneous and is therefore known as the cuisine of regions, since every region has its own distinct culinary traditions. Its modern roots date back to ancient periods and the differences in the selection of foodstuffs and forms of cooking are most notable between those on the mainland and those in coastal regions. Mainland cuisine is more characterized by the earlier Slavic and the more recent contacts with the more famous gastronomic orders of today – Hungarian, Viennese and Turkish – while the coastal region bears the influences of the Greek, Roman and Illyrian, as well as of the later Mediterranean cuisine – Italian and French.

And the favorite part of my visit to Croatia is constant coffee drinking. I think I have made it very obvious in my postings that I love, way obsess over coffee, but drinking coffee in Croatia takes me to the new levels. It’s not even the taste as much as what goes along the coffee drinking – camaraderie, enjoyment and pure pleasure of having a great time. Ah the vacation is over.

Just to let you know, it’s the restaurant week. We still have not figured out what restaurant we are visiting.

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