The thing about living in California is if you’re going to fly all the way to Europe, you may as well make a week out of it, right? After our celebration-fueled weekend in London, we caught a plane to Split, Croatia, which was our home base for a week. Split’s old town is built quite literally in a palace, but it was our day trips that were the highlight. Hvar Island could have been straight out of an Adriatic fairytale, Plitvice Lakes was just as stunning as Rick Steves always made it out to be (sans the insane crowds — kind of a nature buzzkill imo), and the wineries were homegrown and country, just the way I like it. The photos speak for themselves.
Spinach burek at Bobis in Diocletian’s Palace. The influence of Ottoman culture was evident in so much of the food.
Cevapcici at Kantun Paulina
Putalj Winery, where we sampled Plavac Mali, the forefather of Zinfandel
Pag cheese at Villa Spiza
Salted and marinated anchovies at Villa Spiza
Monkfish at Villa Spiza
Octopus salad at Lungomare Restaurant on Hvar
Homemade pasta with shrimp, truffle, and arugula at Lungomare
The Riva, back in Split.
Homemade tagliatelle with shellfish at Kod sfinge vaneuropske zviri
Zinfandel Food &v Wine Bar
Tuna tartare at Konoba Matejuske
Octopus with polenta at Konoba Matejuske