What to eat in Croatia and Slovenia
Here's my post from 2003:
We were in Piran, Ljubljana, Bled, and Bohinj.
Yes, seafood platters along the coast. Slovenia is interesting because you have Hungarian influence (dumplings), inexpensive wines (the western border is next to Friuli), and Austrian pastries (cremeschnitte). Don't miss the tongue. For gifts, bring back salt and honey.
i spent 2 months in Croatia (only 2 days in Slovenia) and they're totally right about the fish. i've had blitva and potatoes, and they're really good. burek was a little tough to me, almost everywhere i had it. cevapcici is everywhere. pizza too! since you're also talking about where you may be staying, i'm going to recommend a place we stayed in for half our time, a small small little coastal town called Podgora (between Split and Dubrovnik.) it's absolutely stunning. every coastal town there is beautiful, of course, but we stayed with this lovely wonderful family, and i've remained email and occasional phone friends with their daughter who speaks English and helps rent out the place. the apartment is really cute, with amazing views. these people treated us like family. the daughter's name is Alida. if you want their information, let me know with a post here, (i kinda don't want to put my email address here, nor post their information here) and i'll check back in a day or so, ok? . . . i also have a contact in Dubrovnik - also very nice people, a really GORGEOUS apartment with even more amazing views, of the old City. Maria
I spent a summer in Ljubljana in 1992, so I cannot offer any specific advice, as I am sure most places have changed over the years.
What I can recommend generally is something called pohorska omleta - it's a dessert that we had to order ahead of time at the various gostilnas (inns I think) - translates roughly as "lusty omelet" - Anyhow, it's this great fluffy pancake that is served folded over, filled with fruit and topped with whipped cream and/or chocolate sauce. It was yummy.
I would also recommend any seemingly popular pizza joint - Slovene pizza is very much like Italian (thin crust, basic toppings), although you often have the option of getting a sunny-side egg in the middle...interesting variation.
Also, not sure of the state of things, but IIRC, the Slovenes were VERY proud of their white wine and I seem to recall it was actually very good and cheap. Make sure to sample the two main beers - Union Pivo and Lasko or Zlatorog Pivo (of course this may have changed).
I speak of Croatia only, as I haven't had the pleasure of travelling to Slovenia (yet).
The fish....ach, the fish! Amazing seafood in general. Order whatever they caught that day: fish, squid, skate....it will be grilled and simply prepared and absolutely delectable.
Blitva is swiss chard, and commonly served with potato in it. Deeelish!
You must try burek. Cheese or spinach and cheese are my faves; they also do meat. It is layers of phyllo-esque (but tougher and chewier) dough with some type of filling. Burek is magnificently chewy, crispy, and greasy and meant to be consumed with a kefir-like yogurt drink. Have a quarter-chunk for breakfast and you won't need to eat for 8 to 10 hours. (Seriously.) Lord do I love me some burek.
Cevapcici (pronounced che VAP chi tsi) are also a local delight. They are little logs of ground beef or pork (or mixture of meats) that may or may not be spiced to some degree. Generally served with diced onion and bread. Salt the raw onion and take a forkful with a bite of cevap. Hubba hubba. This is delicious with a local beer.
You'll also find palacinke (crepes) everywhere, Nutella filling is common and yummmmmmy.
Definitely try the Pag cheese. Good stuff.
They also have very nice local red wines and mineral water. Be sure to try some.
But seafood, definitely. Whole fishes. Delicious!!!
Enjoy your trip. And the food. :)
When in Croatia do as the croats do.....eat fish....or if your not that fond of seafood then eat lamb, You'll see whole lamb on spits,being turned by hand , everywhere.If you are going south of Dubrovnik a must see is a little town called Cavat, on the coast. I'm sure you'll have a great time.
Bozidar, yep I'm Croation