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Just Ate The Best Meal Of My Life In Croatia...

...and it was sublime.

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#1 love2travel

 
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Posted 26 May 2013 - 09:20 AM

As many of you know, food and travel are my obsessions.  Trying new foods for the first time absolutely thrills me.  I am open to trying anything once (unless it is illegal or endangered or unethical).  This trip we went to a place on Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations".  He said it was truly amongs the best food he had ever put into his mouth. 

 

We placed ourselves into the chef's hands and they just kept bringing more and more things to try.  Altogether 16 dishes!!  Some of the less common included:

 

- shark liver mousse with onion marmalade

- conger eel pate

- raw mullet dipped in sesame seeds and lightly grilled with dandelion and arugula sauce

- the best octopus salad I have ever had - exceedingly tender

- steamed squid eggs with smoked chile

- red mullet sashimi with balsamic

- bonito and mackerel confit

- scallops in shells with roe in white wine

- Brodeta (traditional Istrian fish stew) with spider crab, squid and polenta (of course I've had squid and polenta millions of times but spider crab not very often)

 

AND...get this...this place creates gluten free and lactose free desserts every day.  The restaurant closes for the month of August simply because the fish/shellfish are in warmer waters and not as perfect.

 

My dessert was a flourless white chocolate cream cake with a bittersweet chocolate cake base full of almonds.

 

I've traveled all over and eaten at Michelin starred restaurants.  Had veal head and brains in Paris last Fall.  Well, this place is the most superbly fresh food I  have ever eaten.  It was not molecular gastronomy - each dish contained only a few ingredients and really highlighted what came from the sea that day.  The menu changes constantly, depending on what the fishermen bring in. 

 

The chef was very skilled, highly aware of celiac and extremely knowledgable.  What they created for my husband and I was absolutely out-of-this-world incredible.

 

For those of you who are passionate about food, you MUST travel to Croatia.  You can even stay at our house!  :)


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#2 IrishHeart

 
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Posted 26 May 2013 - 03:54 PM

I can be there the next time you go....I mean it.!!

 

I just left a drool puddle on my laptop AGAIN after reading this description because I already drooled when I read it on email

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meanwhile, my non-seafood loving hubs would be looking for the nearest steakhouse........


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 04:07 PM

Oh My Goodness....that is one heck of an "I'm Back" post....drooling here too and my house smells pretty darn good with things currently in my oven....

 

Thanks for sharing :)


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Posted 26 May 2013 - 07:05 PM

As soon as I saw the name of the thread, I couldn't wait to see what you had (and hear you describe it all :) ). Sounds incredible!
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 07:26 AM

I'm sold. Just the squid alone got me interested.

Glad you have been having fun :)
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- Elimination diet using Atkins, 2003 – excluded wheat, caffeine, quorn. 2005, excluded sesame, alcohol
- Started diagnosis route April 2012, blood tests, endoscopy – said negative, gluten challenge, clearly something very wrong, had to stop after 3 weeks.
- Gluten Free, August 2012, Corn Free, September 2012. Removed most processed gluten free foods.
- Genetic testing, December 2012 – negative – Diagnosis – Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance (NCGI)
- Elimination diet, January 2013 – all of the above plus dairy, legumes, all grains, sugar, additives, white potatoes, soy. Reintroducing sloooowly now. Health improving.
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 09:47 AM

 Just the squid alone got me interested.

 

rewritten line from Jerry Maguire: " You had me at squid" :lol:


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 10:17 AM

Yes, it was another stupendous trip. 

 

The chef had me at squid, too.  :lol:  After one quick glance, I sort of noticed that he was hot rather nice looking, if you like tall, dark and handsome with a thick accent.  Usually I do not notice these things... ^_^ but this time it could not be helped.


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Posted 27 May 2013 - 11:41 AM

Win-win!
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Posted 27 May 2013 - 11:53 AM

yeah, I am guessing we all may have noticed that? . :lol:


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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 11:17 PM

I don't mind another chef for the compound. You had me at rather nice.
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- Symptoms from 2001, maybe before. Across 20+ years, these have included, vomiting, D, migraines, headaches, recurrent miscarriage, inflammation problems (failure to heal from injuries) brain fog, anxiety and more!
- Elimination diet using Atkins, 2003 – excluded wheat, caffeine, quorn. 2005, excluded sesame, alcohol
- Started diagnosis route April 2012, blood tests, endoscopy – said negative, gluten challenge, clearly something very wrong, had to stop after 3 weeks.
- Gluten Free, August 2012, Corn Free, September 2012. Removed most processed gluten free foods.
- Genetic testing, December 2012 – negative – Diagnosis – Non Celiac Gluten Intolerance (NCGI)
- Elimination diet, January 2013 – all of the above plus dairy, legumes, all grains, sugar, additives, white potatoes, soy. Reintroducing sloooowly now. Health improving.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:17 AM

I don't mind another chef for the compound. You had me at rather nice.

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:   Ummm...yeah.  Croatians are often tall, usually have dark hair with olive skin and lovely Slavic cheekbones.  We tipped well - wonder if he'd join us willingly at the compound???  :P   Their accents make my legs turn rubbery.  You would be so impressed with how well I am learning the language.  It is known to be one of the most difficult grammatically there is.  However, I had a 15-minute conversation with a man on whose land we were unintentionally trespassing.  Of course my sentences were half sentences and broken and he knew absolutely no English, yet we managed to understand one another. 

 

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Croatia?  In case I didn't...

 

I LOVE CROATIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   :wub:  :wub:  :wub: 


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:27 AM

so, love 2......Do you even like visiting Croatia? You really do not talk much about it.


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"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way we cope with it makes the difference." Virginia Satir

"The strongest of all warriors are these two - time and patience." Leo Tolstoy

"If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else" Booker T. Washington

“If idiots could fly, the sky would be like an airport.”― Laura Davenport 

"Do or do not. There is no try. "-  Yoda.

"LTES"  Gem 2014

 

Misdiagnosed for 25+ years; Finally Diagnosed with Celiac  11/01/10.  Double DQ2 genes. This thing tried to kill me. I view Celiac as a fire breathing dragon --and I have run my sword right through his throat.
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Posted 28 May 2013 - 05:57 AM

so, love 2......Do you even like visiting Croatia? You really do not talk much about it.

 

:lol:  :lol:   I think I may have mentioned it twice before, perhaps once in 2011 and once in 2012.  Something like that.  ^_^


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:38 AM

(sorry, i was busy reading karen's status update....)  

 

rewritten line from Jerry Maguire: " You had me at squid" :lol:

LOL !

 

that is some menu, love2 !  you may be more adventurous than i - i think the veal head thing would just be too much lolz - spider crab??  hmmmmmmm.....  like a soft shell crab?

 

you couldn't sneak a picture of the very nice chef???!!  or at least the food hahahaa food porn..  the hot guy holding delicious food??  because, that would be worth a thousand words ;)


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Posted 28 May 2013 - 07:53 AM

(sorry, i was busy reading karen's status update....)  

 

LOL !

 

that is some menu, love2 !  you may be more adventurous than i - i think the veal head thing would just be too much lolz - spider crab??  hmmmmmmm.....  like a soft shell crab?

 

you couldn't sneak a picture of the very nice chef???!!  or at least the food hahahaa food porn..  the hot guy holding delicious food??  because, that would be worth a thousand words ;)

There were several more dishes to the menu but I did not post them all.  They were all spectacular!  Spider crab is a delicacy in the Mediterranean and is delicious.  It is sweet and succulent - fairly different from soft shell crab in both looks and taste.  You must try it.

 

I was too busy focusing on the food to take pictures of the chef and thought of it after we had left, darn it.  But we have pictures of each dish.  I can post a few of our favourites. 


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