Pictures: 1) P&F winery, Jeruzalem hills, Slovenia. 2) Santomas winery, Istria, Slovenia. 3) Trapan winery, Istria, Croatia 4) Štoka winery, Karst, Slovenia. 5) Vinska Klet Ptuj winery, Slovenia.
Food & restaurants
The diversity and quality of food in Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Serbia is always a pleasant surprise to first time visitors and is one of the main reasons why people return. Different regions of these countries proudly serve their own local specialities which means that wherever you travel here, there is always something new and tempting to sample.
The different styles of cuisine here reflect the influences of neighbouring Austria, Italy and the Balkans where history has left its mark over the centuries. In the north of the region, traditional alpine style dishes are typically comprised of roasted red meats, sausages, root vegetables and potatoes. Turkey or chicken breasts baked in rich sauces and fresh water fish also feature highly. In the central and southern regions where the Adriatic influence is most evident, seafood, grilled meats, olive oil, truffles, homemade breads and many varieties of prosciutto, salami and cheese are available in abundance. Side dishes of seasonal vegetables and mixed salads are popular throughout. Naturally, the Italian influences in western Slovenia and coastal Croatia means that different fresh pasta varieties feature significantly on many menus and there are some fabulous pizzerias right across the region.
Those with a sweet tooth will also not be disappointed. There is a wide range speciality desserts and cakes on offer, including in the north the delicious apple strudel, pancakes, chocolate cakes, fruit cakes including the spectacular ‘Gibanica’ cake and of course the infamous Bled cream slice ‘kremna rezina’. On the coast various cakes and pastries, ice cream, sorbet and fresh fruit are most popular.
There are many different dining out experiences available, from simple country inns where an extensive range of traditional fayre dominates the menus, through to the most sophisticated of fine dining restaurants which preserve the local and seasonal themes but with some modern twists and creativity.
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