Plitvice Lakes National Park Croatia

Plitvice National Park Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is an absolute “must visit” place in Croatia. That is, if enjoying a day discovering one beautiful waterfall after another all nestled into a forest surrounding a crystal blue lake sounds like your kind of day. It certainly is for me. It was a day I won’t forget and would gladly … Read more

The Art of Wine Split Croatia Food Tour

Split Croatia Food Tour

Our one regret in taking this food tour of Split, Croatia is that it wasn’t the first thing that we did when we arrived. Instead, we spent our time in Split clueless about the craft beer, hadn’t known about the walnut infused grappa and had no idea that we walked by the best bakery in the area over … Read more

Hot Pot Asian Soup (Shabu-Shabu)

Seafood Shabu Shabu

Hot Pot (or similarly Japanese Shabu-Shabu) is actually a fondue. Vegetables, thinly sliced meats and often noodles and/or dumplings, are added to a fondue pot with boiling broth. Each person sharing the fondue adds their own ingredients to the broth. Food can be rescued by using a small wire basket or just cooked by “swishing” … Read more

A Day in Split, Croatia: Beyond Diocletian’s Palace

Things to do in Split Croatia

Split sits on the Adriatic coast in the Dalmatian region of Croatia. We tried to explore most of this beautiful seaside destination on foot. Winding our way through its narrow streets, we gazed at the massive limestone rocks that were installed by slave labor as early as 284 AD. On foot we could explore the corners where countless battles were fought, both … Read more

Mini Crustless Quiches with Zucchini and Swiss Cheese

Crustlessi Miini Quiche

Having these little mini crustless quiches around is a delicious way to make sure you have a good high protein snack ready whenever you need one. I like to pop one in the microwave in the morning or grab one for a quick lunch when I’m in a hurry. They are filling and so delicious! … Read more

Easy Stove Top Eggplant Parmesan

Eggplant Parmesan Parmigiana

While traveling through Italy, eggplant (or aubergine) became one of my favorite dishes. Whether in Northern or Southern Italy, a version of this dish is on most menus. Interestingly though, eggplant Parmesan (or melanzane parmigiana) is typically served as an appetizer dish. It is most often baked in the oven like a lasagna, but I’ve … Read more

Lake Bled – A Storybook Day Trip from Ljubljana, Slovenia

Lake Bled Slovenia

Lake Bled is one of those places that you visit and wonder, “how long have I been walking around with my eyes wide open and my jaw on the ground?” It’s simply stunning, or at least during the summer when we were there. We visited the picturesque lake with its backdrop of stark mountains and hillsides … Read more

Croatian Bean and Sausage Soup (Grah)

Croatian Bean and Sausage Stew

We came across this thick smokey bean soup when traveling through Croatia. Grah translates literally to “bean” which is the principle ingredient. The soup (or stew) gets its rich flavor from smoked meat and paprika. and has is a thick consistency (like a chili). It can be made in about 45 minutes if you save a little … Read more

Italian Fresh Herb Frittata

Italian Herb Frittata

  The fresh herb frittata is a typical dish from Italy’s Friuli-Venezia Giulia region. It was prepared for us by a local chef who used herbs that he found growing in the surrounding farm. He used a combination of fresh fennel, dill, mint, hops, sage and chives to make the simple dish as an appetizer. … Read more

Villa Lante di Bagnaia, Viterbo Province Italy

Villa Lanta Bagnaia Italy

Bagnaia is a little gem of a village just 78 kilometers (48 miles) north of Rome. There are several reasons to consider a visit to this small village in the Italy’s Viterbo┬áprovince, including the important fact that very few people do. After fighting the crowds to get a peek at Italy’s most visited attractions, a … Read more