Brasato is a type of beef stew, which is originally from Piemonte and made with a good Barolo wine. But it’s also on the menu in other northern regions and tweeked with a few variations, in my family it was often prepared for a special Sunday lunch, and served with polenta or mashed potatoes.
Brasato can also be prepared with other types of good full-bodied red wines (Barolo is quite expensive) but don’t use cheap wine, or you’ll be wasting your time and a good piece of beef.
In my recipe I have used Montepulciano, you can also use a good Gattinara, Chianti or Sangiovese. Cheap wine won’t do. Continue reading
Olives and Olive oil in Croatia? read all about it here
Originally posted on Go Hvar:
Dalmatians say: To taste good, a fish must swim three times – once in the sea, once in olive oil, and once in wine!
Although I’m generally not a fan of munching olives, I have to admit they are good in combination with cheese and anchovies to accompany a glass of wine. And I definitely do like a good olive oil. We’ve recently tried different types from California, Spain, Italy and South America, and are beginning to appreciate the variation in flavours. We’re now hoping to expand our somewhat sparse knowledge to Croatian oils, as there are some fine examples of artisan extra-virgin olive oil on the market from around Dalmatia and Istria.
With that in mind, we attended a seminar at April’s Dalmatian Wine Expo, given by Dr sc. Mirella Žanentić, and Rizman, producers of some wonderful wines and olive oils. The presentation…
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Last week we said goodbye to our last guests of the season. They were two lovely families from the UK who were visiting the island for the first time.
In the early part of the summer season the weather wasn’t so good in Croatia, it’s been an unusual year with more rain than normal, even the locals have been very surprised (read our post we are still standing).
But October bloomed into wonderful sunshine and our last guests enjoyed a great sunny week and loved the pool, especially the children. Their daughter Gracie learned to dive as she was jumping in it every day, so we are very honoured to being a part of her “dive training” and – who knows – in future she may even be a champion swimmer or diver!!
Everyone rides a bike on Vis. Young and old, locals and and tourists, fat and skinny people. All kinds of bikes are ridden. New ones, old ones, mountain bikes, colourful bikes, on two, three or even four wheels.
There is probably no place on the whole Adriatic where the bike is as popular as in Vis, and it is very easy to rent a bike as there are plenty of places near the port where you can pick one up if you arrive with a sailing ship or a gulet cruise, like us, while on our island-hopping adventure.
you know the saying goes “when in Rome, do as the Romans do“?
well…. when in Dubrovnik, ask an Englishman!
with social media becoming more and more popular, when we travel to new destinations or towns, we rely more and more on reviews and recommendations from locals or other travellers.
During our recent trip to Dubrovnik we read useful information from several sources: Continue reading
The Peljesac peninsula is a mountainous finger of land in southern Dalmatia, about an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik. It is a very beautiful place but it is still off the main touristy routes of Croatia.
We docked in one of its bays during our sailing week on board MS Vapor with Katarina Line. (click to read our previous post).
Although traditionally you would make pesto using a pestle and mortar, many people (myself included) use a modern food processer
You can store freshly made pesto in a jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, but pesto also freezes really well, so you can make small batches and keep it in the freezer for times when fresh basil is not available. Continue reading
When do you book your holiday?
We are happily surprised that our guests want to book the villa so early, and are very grateful indeed!
By securing their holiday early, our guests now have something to look forward to. When the winter blues start to set in, you’ll need something to lift your spirits and what better than an upcoming escape to Villa BellaVista in sunny Croatia?
The walls are on average 24m high and up to 6m thick and date back to the 13th century. Additional towers were constructed in the 15th century, to protect the city against the Turks. (click on images to enlarge)
We’ve survived the worst Croatian storm in years, all the locals say the’ve never experienced anything like this. Our friend Daniel who has been living on the island for many years told it is unbelivable, and even older members of the community can never remember a summer like this.Continue reading
I say French lady, but when I first met Isabelle, her origin was a topic of great dispute. She had a heated discussion with the ship’s bartender named Mario, who was a pleasant Croatian from Split. Continue reading
So what it’s like to cruise Croatia on board a small vintage ship?
Well, first things first, as mentioned in a previous post, you need to choose carefully the type of cruise you’d like to join, or you might end up with the “wrong crowd” – so to speak – so before booking, always enquire as to the age group of the travellers on a specific route.