One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.
Croatia's rich soil and abundant sun translate into lots and lots of fresh, delicious food (see my previous post for more of what I've eaten in Croatia). The country has a strong agricultural community that goes way back, as I learned when I visited the UNESCO-listed Stari Grad Plain in Hvar where olives and grapes are still grown today in the same tidy plots divided by the Greeks in the 4th century. Farmer's markets are everywhere, although they may be closed in the off season, and prices are always extremely reasonable. Wherever I am I always buy fresh fruits and salad makings (from farmer's markets, if possible), but I welcome the occasional lunch out with open arms. And if the sun is out, the weather is cool, and the people watching is good, it's impossible for me not to stop for a beer on the patio.