It’s hard to believe that it has been three years since my sisters and I decided to pursue our dream of bringing together our love for fashion, food and travel and created J’adorais. What a wonderful three years it has been, … Continue reading
What I loved about my trip was that it was truly relaxing. My days consisted of eating, beaching, a combination of the two and eating a little bit more.
Here are some of my fave local delights:
1. Pršut (the Croatian cured ham like prosciutto)
2. One new discovery for me was the wonderful Aperol Spritz drink that is very common in Italy and is now the drink for fashionistas: one part soda, two parts aperol and topped with the scrumptuous prosecco. This drink is oh so refreshing and always served with a slice of lemon to give it a nice little bite.
3. Muscles – the Croatian muscles is made with garlic (the more the better – also because eating garlic is supposed to repel moskitos of which there unfortunately lots), parsley, white wine, olive oil and the secret ingredient… bread crumbs to soak up the wonderful juices.
4. Grilled squid – super succulent and always perfectly charred… and served generally with a delicious spinach and potato side (again full of garlic… no vampires either for Croats).
5. And last but not least… lots and lots of truffles!!! Sadly we always seemed to go to dinner late and the pasta with truffle dishes were sold out when requested… so instead we made sure we had some for aperitifs 🙂
Rovinj is a super cute little coastal town where you can swim in pool like crystal water right from the center of the town. Its only a 50min bus ride from Pula, but is a little gem with white cobble streets, a church perched on the top of the hill, and a stunning rocky coastline where bars and restaurants serve you up drinks and fresh seafood between your swims.
Every town must have its little market, and Rovinj’s market is filled with fresh fruit & veg and also local truffle and oil produce.
1) It is a marvel to walk the streets at night, as they light away the sea making a perfect night swim as the water is so clear you don’t have to worry about any hidden fishies.
2) For those that aren’t so keen on clambering in and out from rocks, they also have put in railing to allow you to easily climb in and out of the water.
3) To dine I would highly recommend this tiny restaurant called Balby. They probably only have about 15 tables outside, so you may have to wait a little to get yourself one. Luckily, they’ll happily let you have a drink as you wait, or right infront of the restaurant there is a bar for you to have an aperitif.
4) For a daytime drink or nibble, go to Konoba Lampo and be sure to ask for a table right by the water.
5) Head to Sergio’s for super thin pizza’s with fresh delicious toppings.
Pula has stunning beaches and the town centre not only has a Roman amphitheatre, but it has an amazing fresh food market where you can buy super fresh seafood, meats and fruit and veg if you feel like doing a cook … Continue reading
Dubro Jutro! (Good day!)
I am back from a beautiful, magical, chilled to the max week in the beautiful Istria, known to many as the pearl of Croatia. Most people flock to the Dalmatian islands of Hvar, and coastal towns of Dubrovink and Split, but Istria on the north of Croatia and bordering Italy, is the go to holiday destination for Croats. The water is even clearer, the food is even better (as it shares much of the history of Italian neighbour) and the best thing is that it’s not filled with tourists so I could easily find a nice little sun spot!
Having only a week and wanting to really relax, I picked two beautiful very different to towns, Rovinj (known also as Rovigno) and Pula (the main town of the area).
Strangely most people speak not only Croatian fluently, but also Italian, and some even German and French!
This week I’ll share my favourite snaps!