By popular demand, I am going to share a little about all the food and restaurants I have been experiencing. I have tried everything from picnics to waterside seafood cafes. The food is excellent; I am eating very well.
In Venice, I ate a lot of pastas. In one little trattoria, which is a neighborhood restaurant, I tried a simple pasta with mussels and a white wine sauce. Basic – just a little olive oil and wine, pasta, and the mussels fresh that morning from the sea. Perfection. Seafood is everywhere in Venice. When I visited the fish market in the Rialto, I ducked into a tiny counter called Pesca Ponte, where they sell fresh seafood by the gram. I tried an octopus salad. I know that sounds brave of me, but it was all chopped up and mixed with vegetables and a vinegrette. Octopus surprised me – I quite like it! It´s like a cross between chicken and ham.
In Slovenia, I mostly ate in the local riverfront cafes, munching on fresh pannini sandwiches. I also dived into the local outdoor market, assembling picnic lunches of fresh produce directly from the farmers. While sitting on the market square and gazing up at Ljubljana´s castle, I ate the best strawberries of my life.
Here in Croatia I have mostly been cooking for myself, since the sobe I am staying in has a little kitchen. Supplies for three pasta meals and three breakfasts cost me around US$8. And it is so healthy for me! I did splurge last night, trying a little seafood restaurant in Dubrovnik´s old port called Lokanda. My host recommended it to me, and I was not disappointed. I ordered the seafood risotto, which came with a pile of bread. The risotto came in a huge pot, absolutely huge! Enough to feed two or three people. I learned quickly that they do not shell the shrimp; it is cooked inside its shell along with the risotto, so I stumbled a little trying to get the meat out. A fun experience, and tasty. Total meal about $12 with sea views.
Tomorrow morning I am off to Mostar, Bosnia!