Tacos And Burger Barr in Zagreb, the very first taco place in the town

Tacos And Burger Barr in Zagreb, the very first taco place in the town

In Croatia, the choice of Mexican food is extremely poor and most of the time when they are advertising something as a Mexican restaurant or food, it has nothing to do with real Mexican. Some combinations of Tex-Mex yes, but true Mexican, unfortunately, no.

When I stumbled upon an announcement new Tacos And Burger Barr was opening in Zagreb, I instantly shared it with Jaime. We loved the burgers in Rougemarin (owners are the same guys) so we assumed this place is going to be huge as well.

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When we arrived around 6 pm, the place was full. We saw two people leaving and asked the staff if we could take their (half of a) table and squeeze in with other girls. Thumbs up for the staff for asking them if it was ok with them, and letting us jump in.

One Croatian, one Spanish and two Mexican were ready to decide if this place finally managed to bring something truly Mexican into the town.

Having mezcal on the menu was a first great sign! Usually, people have no idea what mezcal is – three different kinds here made our hearts beat a little bit faster. Of course, we decided to start the dinner with Gusano Rojo, a brand we never heard off but it was unbelievably tasty. I, who do not like hard drinks, drank this one like it was nothing!

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Even we came to try tacos, we were so hungry we ended up ordering burgers with fries and a portion of tacos to share. If I remember well, Rougemarin was one of few places that did not have a separate charge for french fries, but they came together with a burger by default. It would be great if Tacos And Burger Barr followed their practice. Until then, you need to pay 17 kn extra to get the fries.

Jaime and guys went for a chipotle burger and I decided on a cheese one. They hoped for chipotle to be spicy, but since they are used to eat spicy food, they did not feel anything. It would be great if they came in a more spicy option as well!

Burgers were big and yummy, not the best ones we ever tried but in top 5 for sure. They are served in cool wooden boxes which, not only are super practical for the kitchen, but look unique as well.

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Tacos were there as well, sitting in the middle of the table. Nobody wanted to taste them at first, we were scared to get disappointed again. (Last year we found a stall selling tacos during the Advent which was a joke – we did not want the same to happen again.)

We must applaud them for making their own homemade tortillas from original masa harina. As soon as tacos came to the table, the guys commented how tortillas look great. When Mexicans say that in Croatia, then they must be fantastic. And they absolutely were – soft, tasty and perfectly sized.

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There were four different kinds of tacos on the menu – made of poultry, fish, pork or beef meat. You can see the menu was carefully crafted to have something for everyone. We ordered beef cheeks tacos which were literally melting in our mouth.

I loved the salsa as well, however, guys were not so thrilled. They said cream should be skipped and traditional Mexican tomato or chile sauces should be served instead. I would just wish there were more than three tacos in the combo. Actually, I wish they were sold by piece and less expensive, just like they are in Mexico. 

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We notice the place is doing quite well just after the opening, but of course, there are several things which can help them to improve their service and position themselves as an iconic place in the heart of Zagreb.

We all agreed Tacos And Burger Barr is too expensive. Tacos are simple and cheap street food. Do not try to make them fancy and expensive. Allow guests to buy them one by one and combine different types. A combo of three small tacos for 50 – 60 kuna is too expensive, especially because you are still hungry afterward. 

For the amount of 60 kunas, you can order a main dish in many restaurants, a whole pizza and a half, huge burger with fries and so on. Tacos should be cheaper and that’s it. Just as an example, an average taco at the expensive taco joint in Mexico City costs between 6 and 10 kunas. Here, you pay between 17 and 20 kunas. 

We LOVE the fact they brought excellent tacos to Zagreb and we would be here every week if prices were more affordable. The staff was friendly and attentive, as well as nicely decorated restaurant. Tacos and Burger Barr could easily become our favorite place in the city, just if they remember they are in Zagreb, not London or NYC. 

What is your favorite kind of taco? Did you visit Tacos and Burger Barr in Zagreb?

Tacos And Burger Barr
Jurišićeva 2a, Zagreb
Opening hours: 11:30 – 23:00
Closed on Sundays
Price range: 450 kn for 4

 

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I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 7 Travel Bloggers Said

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 7 Travel Bloggers Said

Croatia is a travel hit in the world! It was hard not to notice many articles being published around the blogs, renowned travel magazines suggesting locations one should visit in Croatia and a total hype being built around my beautiful home country. And now it is confirmed – the year 2016 was the best year for Croatian tourism

I wanted to start a year in that tone so I asked fellow travel bloggers about their experiences in Croatia. How can you get a better feedback than to ask a traveler directly about the places they visited, what they liked the most and what maybe was not that good? 

If you are deciding which places to visit in 2017 or planning your Croatian adventure, definitely continue reading!


Favorite Stop on the Mediterranean Cruise

The final (and my favorite) stop on a Royal Caribbean cruise around the Mediterranean four years ago was Split in Croatia.  From the moment I could see the shore from the ship, I found Split to be an incredibly beautiful city. Set among the 1700-year-old ruins of Diocletian’s Palace, Split was best viewed by climbing the Bell Tower of St. Domnius for a picturesque, 360° view of the city below. 

The historic narrow streets (fantastically pedestrian only) were busy and vibrant in the high season as I wandered them, perused markets and consumed coffee and gelato along the Riva. Croatia is underrated as a destination – gorgeous to visit with beautiful beaches and the value of the local currency (kuna) makes it economical to visit. One day was simply not enough and I will return.

 
I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Sarah in Split © Sarah Sees The World

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Split from above © Sarah Sees The World

Croatian coast exceeded our expectations

Traveling up the Dalmatian coast in Croatia for ten days remains one of my finest travel memories. Even though I had high expectations prior to the trip, Croatia managed to exceed them. The stone walls and orange roof of Dubrovnik had wowed us; cycling around the Mljet National Park was an epic adventure, coupled with dips in the gorgeous lagoon.

Then we went onto the historic Split and sat under the Peristyle of a former Roman Emperor that lived thousands of years ago, sipping a cocktail and swaying to live music. We swam against the current of the Skradinski waterfall in the Krka National Park, grabbing each other in case one of us got wash away during our group photo. We took a boat trip to Hvar, admiring the stunning Adriatic Sea from the Spanish Fort. We braved the rain to Plitvice and was rewarded by the misty, out-of-this-world sceneries.

Last but not least, we visited Zadar, with its Roman Old Town blended with the modern seafront, watching as the sun set over the horizon and the Sun Salutation started glowing with the Sea Organ humming in the background. Our trip to Croatia had truly been a dream, one that I would never forget.

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Hvar © Laugh Travel Eat

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Greeting to the sun in Zadar © Laugh Travel Eat

Active holidays in Paklenica National Park

My visit to Croatia involved traveling to the Paklenica National Park which is known for climbing and hiking.  The park is near Zadar and an easy place to get to via public bus. Within the park, you can easily stay in one of the comfortable mountain guesthouses where meals are included while you’re afforded with such lovely mountain views.

I hiked up the highest peak of the Velebit mountain range which took 11 hours.  The effort was worthwhile as I was spoiled by the spectacular mountain ranges.  While most tourists spend their time in the cities by the port, spending time in the mountains of Paklenica is definitely an authentic way get to know Croatia.  No need to do a tough hike like I did or rock climb as you can easily do a restful stay at the mountain guesthouses and enjoy nature without the crowd – a definite must do in Croatia.

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I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

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A day trip to Elafiti Island from Dubrovnik

If you are staying in Dubrovnik there is one day trip I can highly recommend you take and that is to visit the Elafiti Islands. The Elafiti Islands are an archipelago of 13 large and small islands only 4 to 8 nautical miles west of Dubrovnik. We hired a boat and skipper for the day to take us on a sailing trip around the islands. We stopped at each of the 3 inhabited islands – Kolocep, Lopud, and Sipan.

We spent most of our time on Lopud which has a beautiful beach and a shallow bay to swim in. Get there by golf buggy as the bay is found on the opposite side of the island to the harbor and the path is rather steep. The golf buggy drivers are waiting to take you to the beach for a small charge. Once there we hired a sunbed and umbrella for a few hours.

Enjoy the views as you sail through the beautiful Adriatic waters. It is a beautiful trip and an unforgettable experience!

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Elafiti Island © Tracy Travels in Time

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Fun on a Marco Polo’s Island

Marco! Polo!  Not just a fun game for the pool, but also a famous explorer!  Korcula Island is actually where he was born!  I took a ferry from Split for a week of scuba diving!  The diving was interesting, but the water wasn’t as clear like it was in the Caymans (Where I learned) or as much wildlife as the Great Barrier Reef, but I did see my first octopus! I’d say the most interesting part of the dives was a floating restaurant that had sunk! Of course, all I could think about were dinglehoppers like in The Little Mermaid.

The island was small and easily navigable.  You could rent scooters to go zipping around the island.  It was possible to get water taxis to take your across the Bay, or you could just walk it.  The land was basically a U-shaped bay, and the walk took maybe 20-30 minutes.  Along the way were fun little shops, restaurants, and even a little grocery store!  Hindsight, I might go down to just 3 or 4 days of diving and explore the island more, but it was a lovely time on a not well-known island.

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Korcula Island © Flight of the Educator

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Korcula island © Flight of the Educator

Magical Plitvice Lakes

Ah, Croatia! I don’t know how to begin how much the country beguiled me. In all honesty, I’ve read tons of articles about Croatia and its growing popularity, and I was questioning if it is that beautiful in there. I gave it a try nevertheless, and I was in Zagreb at first, such an underrated city by the way, and I took a day trip to Plitvice Lakes National Park – just wow.

I was blown away at how beautiful the landscapes and nature of the country and as well how nice the locals are! Apart from these, Plitvice Lakes is like a dream, which I didn’t know I have, come true – the place is magical, and I was in awe of its beauty. No words can describe it! Also, have I not mentioned about Croatian food? No? Well, it is delish. I will surely come back that’s for sure, and it will be soon.

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Plitvice Lakes © Pretty Wild World

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

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Croatia is much more than sun and sea!

Croatia has long been in our hearts; it’s such a beautiful and diverse country. We’ve explored the coastline, traveled into Istria, discovered waterfalls in national parks and have sought out lesser-visited destinations in the interior. Our most recent trip took us to Zagreb, the capital city, and Osijek, a city in the eastern region of Slavonia.

It wasn’t our first trip to the thriving city of Zagreb, but it was our first time to the award-winning Advent in Zagreb celebration. The month-long festivities occupied squares and lanes all around the city. Holiday fare – sausages, fritules and piping hot mulled wine – were served from wooden huts and musicians and DJs took to the stages to provide a merry soundtrack.

When we weren’t perusing the Christmas markets, we were retracing our steps to some of the best sights of the city, like St. Mark’s Church, the Zagreb Cathedral, Maksimir Park, and the Dolac market. We were excited to see that the craft beer scene, which just started taking off in Croatia a few years ago, was alive and well. We sampled local brews at newly opened establishments and visited a few of our long-favorite spots.

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Advent in Zagreb © Jetsetting Fools

I Have Been To Croatia And I Loved It!, 6 Travel Bloggers Said

Kopacki Rit © Jetsetting Fools

Unlike Zagreb, it was our first time visiting the city of Osijek and the Slavonia region. Located near the borders of Hungary and Serbia, Osijek is the 4th largest city in Croatia but sees fewer visitors than the cities on the coast. The reason for our wintertime visit was to attend the Osijek Advent festival. The event in Osijek felt more intimate than in Zagreb, like a small-town affair. There were nightly musical performances, plenty of mulled wine and wood burning stoves to keep attendees warm on the crisp nights.

During the day, we spent time sightseeing and biking through the city and then went further afield to discover the surrounding area. We got a good dose of nature in the swamplands of Kopacki Rit, tasted locally produced wine from the wineries in the village of Zmajevac and experienced rural life on a farm in the small town of Bilje. The scenery was stunning, but the real highlight for us was the local cuisine – and we ate our fair share of it! The hearty meals were rich in flavors – and traditions. Among our favorites were River Fish Stew, Goulash, locally raised cured meats and cheeses and farm-fresh roasted turkey and pork.

We look forward to a return trip to the Slavonia region to see the beautiful landscapes in another season!

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Expat Interview: Jaime’s First Year In Croatia In 15 Q&A

Expat Interview: Jaime’s First Year In Croatia In 15 Q&A

We arrived in Zagreb in September 2015 and I thought it would be great if Jaime would somehow sum up his first year in Croatia and share it with you guys. He pretended he was on it, but the year has passed and it seemed the second will pass too. Finally, we sat down and I asked him 15 questions to illustrate what was his first year as a Croatian expat like. 

1 What do you like the most about Croatia and your life here?

Croatia is great, there is a lot of interesting things to do and visit, you can not get bored. I love the fact you can go to the mountains or to the coast in the only few hours (in Mexico everything is far), or you can have a great time in one of many Zagreb parks that Zagreb has. If you wish to have just a normal day, you can practice Croatian coffee culture, slow down and grab a drink with a friend.

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2. How did you adapt to the Croatian way of life?

I think I’m doing great! Last year I had some issues dealing with the cold weather but this year I’m handling it like a local. The language is still an issue but I understand Croatian much better. From time to time, I even surprise Maja because she did not expect me to understand something. She needs to be careful now!

3. What’s your favorite Croatian food?

Favorite food, hmm that’s a tricky question, I like lots of things, but I will go for Croatian barbecue (roštilj), ćevapi, baby pork (odojak), kobasica, and fritule.

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4. What are the biggest differences between Croatia and Mexico?

The language is very different – that’s my biggest problem hahaha. The second thing is the weather, here it can be anywhere from -5 in the winter to +35 during the summer and in Oaxaca it’s always just hot. I saw my first snow here. But in Zagreb, there is no crowds or traffic like in Mexico and the life in much calmer and safer in general. 

5. What’s your favorite thing about being an expat in Zagreb?

Favorite thing… I would say it is the opportunity to learn so much about a new culture and practice the traditions completely different to the ones I was used to.

6. And what’s the worst or hardest?

This answer will be relative, since every day we face the new challenges, we overcome it and face the new ones. At the beginning, I thought that the language is crazy but now after a year it is not so scary anymore. Last year I could not bear the cold, but you know what – this year it’s not so bad. I used to miss the spicy food, but I found different sauces and my mother in law started to grown our own chilies. Today’s fear becomes tomorrow’s joy, that’s my new motto.

7. What do you miss the most from Mexico?

I miss my family, friends, tacos and tlayudas.

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8. Which custom and habits do you find the most awesome in your new country?

I really like how the people here enjoy outdoors activities and I’m happy because the air is much cleaner than in Mexico City. During different seasons you can find many interesting activities, for example, now you can visit the Christmas markets in Zagreb, during summer you can enjoy the parks or the coast and attend some of many festivals and happenings all around Croatia.

9. And which ones are the most strange or the weirdest?

The weddings are weird. People have their roles, for example, there is a guy waving the national flag and he is often the drunkest person at the party. Also, there is a tradition when the best man needs to “buy” a bride for the groom. As he starts to bid and offer low amounts, all he gets are guys dressed as a bride, as the price gets higher the bridesmaids start to get out until he offers something the bride’s family can’t offer and he finally gets a bride for his best friend.

10. What were your first days in Croatia like?

My first days were full of the excitement, I had so many new things to learn and see. We were visiting many locations, museums, churches, parks, towns, … while we were making sure everything will be ready for the wedding. In the end, I was completely exhausted. 

11. How would you sum up your first 6 months here?

Firsts months were like a sugar rush, everything happened so fast. The things started to calm down after the wedding and I could focus on starting my life here. I started to look for a job more seriously because I was bored of being all the time at home. In the meantime, I was studying Croatian and doing exercise, but I wanted a job. Lucky me, I got a good job offer and by February I was working. Unfortunately, I couldn’t start before because I didn’t have my residency permit yet.

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12. Describe a funny situation you found yourself in because of the language or cultural differences?

The very first time I went to have a haircut all by myself, I went to a hair salon and I said: “Oprostite, dobra večer, govorim malo hrvatski, ali trebam šišanje, hvala” which means “Sorry, good evening, I speak a little bit of Croatian but I need a haircut, thank you”. The lady who was there started to talk a lot telling me things I didn’t understand so at the end of her talk I just stopped and said: “da ili ne?” (yes or no?). She said ne. So I left and I went to another one and the same story repeated until somebody said yes. The lady asked me which haircut I wanted so I took a photo from my wallet and I showed to her. Then she tried to make conversation but I have no idea what she was talking about hahaha.

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13. What do you think, how do the people see you here?

I think that they are still seeing me like an exotic person hahaha, there are not so much Mexicans here. I think around 50 Mexicans are living in Zagreb but I haven’t met them all.

14. What were your first impressions about Zagreb?

When I was in the airplane the first thing I saw was Medvednica, the highest mountain in Zagreb, and I thought it’s great because it is so close to the city. Maybe someday I could go there to run or to ride a bike. Right after we landed to Zagreb, I started to feel weird because everything I saw I couldn’t read or understand hahaha. Also, I got surprised how Croats love to drink coffee, they can spend hours with one cup of coffee, while I drink the same in 10 minutes. Zagreb is a fascinating city and I still have a lot to discover.

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15. Which advice would you give to somebody who just came to Croatia?

I did not know this until only a few months back, but it is important. If you like to do the workout in the outdoors, I assume you do not carry anything with you. Well, try to remember to take your ID because if the police ask for your identification, you would get fined with 1000 kunas fee if you do not have it.

Do not get annoyed by the bureaucracy. Every bureaucratic process is long and probably you would need to go to the same office couple of times. Check in advance online what exactly do you need or ask to someone, especially if you do not speak Croatian. You are going to waste less time like this.

But, Croatia is a wonderful place so enjoy it to the maximum. Just be careful of propuh, I heard it can kill you easily! 😉

 

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Must See This Winter: Nutcracker Christmas Exhibition in Zagreb

Must See This Winter: Nutcracker Christmas Exhibition in Zagreb

We already planned out our visit to Zagreb Christmas markets, when I noticed the special Nutcracker exhibition will be opening the very same day. Of course, we extended our visit to the city center and headed straight to the Zagreb’s Museum of Arts and Crafts first. 

From November 26, 2016, until February 27, 2017, the Museum of Arts and Crafts is the venue to visit in the city. Unique and never seen before, the Nutcracker Christmas exhibition in Zagreb will capture your heart easily, no matter if you are a fan or not.

Read more: When did Zagreb Christmas market become this awesome?!

The Nutcracker Christmas Fairy Tale

Following the story of the most popular Christmas ballet in the world, the Nutcracker exhibition will draw you into a magical story of Clara and her toy. Even the story is based on “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice” written by E. T. A. Hoffman, today’s ballet is a bit different. However, the basics remain the same – it follows the story of young Clara, a German girl who dreams of a fierce Nutcracker Prince battling the scary Mouse King with seven heads. 

It all starts with Clara’s family hosting their annual Christmas party where her Christmas present, a beautiful Nutcracker toy, becomes a hit. Her jealous brother breaks it and the family tries to repair it. They did the best they could but Clara, worried about him, sneaks back to the tree and falls asleep with the toy in her arms.

Read more: Forget Advent in Vienna, head to Zagreb instead!

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Nutcracker Christmas Exhibition in Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts | Mexatia

As the clock strikes midnight, the toys around the tree come to life and the Mouse King attacks them with his army. After the grand victory and thanks to Clara’s love, the Nutcracker turns into a prince and takes her on a magical journey through the Snow Forest and the Kingdom of sweets where they dance and celebrate. Unfortunately, every dream comes to its end – Clara wakes up underneath the tree still holding her beloved Nutcracker. 

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Nutcracker Christmas Exhibition in Zagreb Museum of Arts and Crafts | Mexatia

The Enchanting Nutcracker Christmas Exhibition in Zagreb

You do not need to know the story, or see the ballet to love this exhibition. It will enchant you with its fairy tale scenography, details from behind the scene and those wonderful costumes which were worn by some famous ensembles.

You can see the material from Saint Petersburg 1892 premiere, costumes worn in Milan’s Scala and Zagreb National theater as well as some items from Jelko Yuresha’s (Željko Jureša) private collection. He was Croatian / British artist who traveled the world with his wife Belinda Wright in order to promote the ballet. They were both regulars in the Nutcracker ensemble since late 1940-is and together they staged many choreographies and designed costumes, jewelry, and sets.

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As the Nutcracker is the most frequently performed classical ballet, many theaters around the world made their own adaptations. This exhibition shows several costumes designed by a famous costume designer Nicholas Georgiadis, designed for performances in Milan’s Scala during 1960-is. They are amazing, aren’t they?

In Zagreb, the Nutcracker has been performing since 1931. However, in the spirit of the former socialist Yugoslavia, the story did not take place on a Christmas Eve (Christmas was not celebrated back then), but on Clara’s birthday and, since then, several versions of the ballet were performed over the years. 

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Ticket for this wonderful exhibition will cost you 40 kn per person (around 5,5€), just make sure to come before February 27 when the fairy tale ends. Museum is located in Zagreb, Croatia, just across the National Theatre in the city center, so you can’t miss it. If you have some time free, in the basement there is also an excellent restaurant and cafe (a place where we had our wedding celebration, actually!).

Besides those spectacular Nutcracker toys exhibited, the youngsters will enjoy Santa’s workshop house in the museum’s lobby, music listening corner and dreamy toys they can bring home as a souvenir

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In total, the exhibition about the ballet performed in the most beautiful time of the year is very well organized, attractive and interesting. I would call it being extremely successful since it made us want to see the ballet performance again. Too bad all the tickets were already sold out. But, if you have an opportunity, make sure to visit the Nutcracker Christmas Exhibition in Zagreb! Also, it is a great place to warm up while going around the city and trying all those delicious winter comfort food.

Museum of Arts and Crafts
Trg maršala Tita
Zagreb, Croatia
Entrance fee: 40 kn

If you or your little ones are fans of the Nutcracker, you might consider treating yourself with this precious souvenirs.
   
 

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Croatian Winter Comfort Food: What To Eat During The Winter

Croatian Winter Comfort Food: What To Eat During The Winter

Let’s be honest – food is one of the most important aspects of travel, as well as the everyday life. When the outside temperature lowers to zero or below, what we eat and how the food makes us feel becomes even more important. If you find yourself in Croatia during the cold season, you must give it a try to this delicious Croatian winter comfort food. 

Sausages of all kinds

The sausage is an absolute queen of any Christmas market and it can be found at literally andy food stall. They can be found all around the city and every place has its own version, spicy or not, served cut with a bun or within a toasted bread, traditional or innovative.

You should try the traditional ones like debrecinka or kranjska kobasica (kobasica means sausage in Croatian), but also sausages made from venison meat like wild boar or deer. At home, we often eat dry and smoked sausages, together with homemade bacon and kulen.

If you feel adventurous, in Zagreb Christmas market you can try Submarine’s Christmas burger or Mundoaka’s Shish Kobas as well. I’m not sure how to describe it – it is something between a sausage and a ćevap, but it is tasty. 

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French salad

French salad or in Croatian francuska salata is known as a Russian salad in the rest of the world. Why do we call it French, I have no idea. This caloric salad is a symbol of winter holidays and I’m sure there is no household which does not prepare it at least once in December.

Čvarci – the winter treat

Čvarci or pork greaves are made by cooking pure pig fat and squeezing out the fat which makes them crispy and delicious. You need to be extra careful while you are making them because they burn easily, but it you make them right, they are simply delightful.

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Super hot mulled wine

If every food stall sells some kind of sausage, it sells mulled wine too. Both of them are the most traditional and the most recognizable Croatian winter comfort food when it comes to Christmas markets.  

The mulled wine has become a synonym for winter and winter gatherings. It is sweet, it is tasty and it heats you up perfectly! It is great if you are spending the afternoon in the city or to enjoy a warm afternoon at home. All you need is a bottle of good wine (red or white, it is your choice), some water, sugar and few cloves and voila! Be careful not to burn your tongue! If you are not a wine lover, you can always go for a fruity punch, tea with alcohol or hot rakija (traditional schnapps). 

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Fritule sprinkled with sugar and chocolate

Fritule are my absolute favorite winter food! They are sweet fritters which will remind you to the little donuts sprinkled with icing sugar and served with melted chocolate – what’s here not to love?! Take one serving and share it with a friend or your loved one, while you are discovering the city. 

If you are feeling a little bit more modern, go for waffles served on a stick, with nuts, chocolate or cookie sparkles.

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Sarma and sour cabbage in various combinations

The end of the summer, August and September, was always reserved for preparing food for the winter season. One of the most common ingredients was the cabbage, which was put in big plastic barrels together with salt and vinagre and left aside to become acid. 

In November and December, sour cabbage was ready to eat, prepared and combined with various food. It was a source of vitamin C and a great way how to keep your body healthy during the winter. Sekeli goulash, black beans with sour cabbage (grah s kiselim zeljem), pork shank with sour cabbage (buncek s kiselim zeljem), sour cabbage with sour cabbage, … You got the point. Probably the most adored combination is sarma, the cabbage rolls stuffed with minced meat and rice. Everybody loves to eat it around the New Years’ and it is said to be a great way how to cure your hangover.

Christmas cookies and cakes

As I already mentioned in a post about Christmas traditions in Croatia, we love to prepare cookies. Like, a lot. Different kuglofs, poppy seed and walnut rolls (makovnjača and orahnjača), vanilla cookies, colorful biscuits, … On a typical Croatian family table, you will find ten or more different types of cakes around the holidays.

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Hot chocolate

When you are not in the mood for alcohol, a cup of hot chocolate is a great way to heat yourself up. Some make it liquid,  some almost like a pudding, but the point is to be tasty, sweet and hot. Cold winter days are always better with a blanket, good book and hot chocolate in your hand.

Which winter food do you consider to be your comfort food? Did you try any of these?

 

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