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Friday, July 15, 2016

A Week in Croatia: The Food

'What's for Dinner'           5x7         pastel          ©Karen Margulis
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I tend to be a bit of a picky eater.  I am getting more adventurous but I didn't know what to expect about the food I would encounter in Croatia. I needn't have worried. The food was absolutely amazing! At Villa Gloria we were spoiled with three meals a day. Breakfast was a generous spread of breads, meats, fruit, cereals, juices and coffee with a special treat each day such as Nutella pancakes. Lunch and dinner.......was up to our chef!

Our amazing chef outdid himself at every meal

Our chef took great pleasure in spoiling us with platters of delicious food. The portions were so big that we had to ask for less! We always began each meal with wonderful salads and bread. And then chef would present his masterpiece. He was not only a good cook he was an artist with his food. The platters were always garnished with an artistic flair. He would give us a few minutes to dig in then would reappear asking us "Is OK?" It was always more than OK and he would smile when we told him so. Meals were an event which always ended with some kind of delicious dessert.

Meals were also very leisurely. We enjoyed the lingering sunsets while we all chatted and solved the problems of the world. It was a great way to wind down after a day of painting and sightseeing.

One of my favorite meals of the week....fish and chips
The food was good wherever we went. From wonderful ice-cream sundaes to donuts on a stick I enjoyed sampling the food. Its a good thing we were walking quite a bit!

On one of our touring days we stopped for a special wine tasting. The wines were wonderful and the appetizers paired with each wine was perfect. We all enjoyed the wine tasting even those of us who don't drink much. We were all singing on the bus!

wine tasting.....delicious Istrian wines that can only be found in Istria!

I wasn't really expecting to be blown away by food but it was one of the highlights of the trip....and chef will provide us all  with inspiration for paintings! Enjoy the food pictures!

we dined poolside every day

What's for dinner?

Fish!! Fresh fish hot off the grill

The sweetest and juiciest fruit ever!




Plenty of Procuitto freshly sliced

last night group dinner by the sea with an amazing sunset as a bonus

Fresh!

sardines and calamari



dessert....crepes (pancakes) with Nutella and fresh berries and whipped cream

A platter of calamari for lunch....we also had a tray of fired calamari which were the best I ever had!

Catch of the day...heavenly

Truly the best dessert I ever had....chocolate cake with strawberries and fresh ricotta cheese 

Breakfast spreads. I decided that everything is delicious with apricot spread and Nutella
This is the third installment of my Croatia workshop report. Read part one here.   Part two here.

1 comment:

robertsloan2art said...

Wow! Lot of seafood there, and I can see its appeal for still life painting too! Love those desserts. My daughter does crepes with a strawberry sauce, so I can practically taste that with Nutella and berries...