Taking a bite out of... Croatia

Taking a bite out of... Croatia
 
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It's safe to say that I never met a meal I didn't like in Croatia.  And that's no small feat, because I stayed in the country nearly a month.  I found the food to be fresh, varied, affordable, and unpretentious.  Many of the top-rated restaurants in Dubrovnik were closed for the season, but there were a ton of other delicious eateries standing by, eager to serve.  Croatia is best known for its fresh seafood (octopus is currently in season) with black risotto (darkened with squid ink), prawns, mussels, fish, and seafood risotto being the most popular.  Local beer and fresh tangerines are plentiful, as are truffles in the Istria region.  Salads with local tomatoes and rocket (arugula) balance out the ubiquitous pre-meal bread.  And while I was fortunate to have my pick of vegan fare in Sweden, it's nearly impossible to eat out vegan (or even vegetarian) in Croatia, meaning I had my fair share of fresh seafood.  All-in-all, my favorite meal was the fresh pasta with truffles in Pula; with the restaurant (and town) being empty of tourists when we visited, I was not expecting much from a hotel restaurant so you can imagine my surprise.  Takeaway: no complaints here.