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Split Circus

Dalmatia Split
Last impressions Rakija by Crazy People
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Located in the ghetto neighborhood of Diocletian palace, this may be the smallest but craziest joint in town with a tempting selection of rakija (local grappa) offered in more than 25 smashing flavours at 9-15 kn a pop! Join the circus and grab a shot over the counter and mingle with locals in this charming party alleyway and jot down your notes on the wall to immortalize your insane night. Their newly opened Split Circus II on Jadranska 2 is a larger underground with a similar quirky vibe. (Mila Hvilshoj)
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Mesnica Čučković

Kvarner
Last impressions The most famous Croatian craft ...
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This family owned butcher shop is in hands of brother Čučković who are today the most popular butchers in Croatia, mostly because they were one of the first to realize the importance of social media. These hospitable and talkative guys are not only excellent as producers of catchy Instagram pics and funny statuses but, what is more important to me, they offer top quality meat sourced from family owned farms in continental Croatia. Travelers through Croatia, who are for obvious reason maybe not interested in their fresh meat offer, can still find visit to Čučković shop on the outskirts of Rijeka well worth. They produce their very own charcuterie delicacies like pancetta, salami, bresaola, lard or buđola. Perfect for your travel sandwiches or to take back home as gourmet souvenir.
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Volim ljuto

Central Croatia
Last impressions Spicy stuff from homegrown hot ... Some like it (very) hot!
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I met Goran Vrabec for the fist time at Jelena Iva Nikolić's Tavan in Zagreb on a crazy meat and wine session organized by Enogastrobrutal who is in the ToC team too. There I was able to try his hot condiments for the first time, all made from many different varieties of hot chillies that are all grown by himself. I was crazy enough to try the hottest one marked by five chillies. Yes, it was painful and my eyes almost exploded :) But at the same time it felt like some out-of-body experience and that is how I got addicted to these cute dangerous bottles. Then I met this enthusiastic guy two weeks ago on Pasta festival in Žminj and bought 5 different condiments. This time I was clever enough to stop at hotness intensity of 3 chilies out of 5. Talking with him was very fruitful as I realized the mildest one (hotness 1/5) aromatized with orange will go greatly with seashell buzara or even some stronger flavored Adriatic fish. After you try Volim Ljuto's condiments you'll never go back to the industrial, mass produced ones (you know the name of the most famous one). Go Goran, go!
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Šinjorina Smokva fig jam

Dalmatia Zadar
Last impressions Fig jam made with love
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Sandra and her husband Alan decided to quit the hectic city life and find a more peaceful existence in the countryside so they moved to her family's land in Zadar's hinterland. Being surrounded with loads of ripe figs, Sandra decided to try making a fresh fig jam following her grandma's recipe. Turns out she's a talent. A few years later, her fig jam Šinjorina smokva (Miss Figgy) is one of the most awarded and original natural jams on Croatian market. Nowadays she also makes blackberry and quince jams, and is experimenting with sour cherry (we were lucky to try some samples and it's very promising). Energetic Sandra is a real moving force in Zadar region and has greats plans for future. You can find her jams in DM drugstore chain, but we recommend visiting this lovely happy family at their farm and soaking up some of their positive energy.
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Baccalà della mamma

Istria
Last impressions Code name for codfish
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Milena is a family farm specialized in producing dried codfish spread in four different flavours (“in bianco”, with olives, truffles or chili), as well as ready-made codfish sauce. All of it is produced in a village significantly named Bačva (“Barrel”), in their little factory using top-notch technology and premium codfish material. The product was recently rebranded, so now you’ll find Bakalar Milena under the name “Baccalà della mamma”. Regardless of the name change, these are still the best cod spreads produced in Croatia.
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Peko mlijeko

Istria
Last impressions The First Milk Vending Machine ...
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Darko Pekica is not only the founder of Šikuti Machine artist collective, chronicler of the Istrian countryside and columnist of Istrian newspaper Glas Istre. He is also a small-scale organic farmer who owns twenty cows that lead a happy life in Svetvinčenat, a small village in South Istria, just a few kilometers north of Vodnjan. From April 2013, Darko's unpasteurized milk is available from the first milk vending machine ever installed in Pula. One liter costs 7 kn, and for 3 kn you get a nice old-school glass bottle you can reuse for many, many years. I confirm it has a wonderful and mild flavor, not at all cowy-barny as sometimes happens with organic milk, so even the kids will love it. And since it is unpasteurized, it is perfect for making yogurt, kefir, cheese and other kinds of dairy produce at home.
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Pastry shop Cukarin

Dalmatia Dubrovnik
Last impressions Positive vibes stay with you lo...
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This amazing little shop with sweets and delis is definitely one of the most interesting places on the whole Adriatic coast. The visionary “auntie” Smiljana started making and selling homemade Dalmatian sweets 17 years ago, using traditional recipes, but also her own creativity. Cukarin, klašun, amareta, harubica, Marko Polo bombica – we can’t decide which one is the best. All are fresh, sold the same day. No artificial ingredients are allowed, only the best local goodies are used: walnuts, almonds, rose brandy, lemon, orange, carob…
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Is there a better snack than salted sardines and marinated anchovy fillets with some bread and good olive oil? Especially accompanied with a glass of red wine? Hardly, in my humble opinion. It’s the perfect Adriatic tapas. And luckily, anchovies and sardines are still cheap and plentiful in the Adriatic, so there should be enough for everyone, for a while. It’s one thing when you are blessed with the opportunity to have them fresh and prepared at home straight from the sea, but when you have to choose between different products on supermarket shelves, you might get suspicious. But Arbacommerce proved us wrong. This ambitious company often takes part at food festivals in Croatia and abroad, and every time we tried their delicacies, we were amazed how unbelievably good they were. No wonder most of their products are exported. Although the company is from Zadar, their state-of-the-art processing plant is in Istria, and their products can be found all over Croatia.
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The indigenous Istrian pršut or dry-cured ham is so similar to all other members of the big Mediterranean smoked ham family, yet so special and unique, produced under strictly defined rules. The municipality of Tinjan in central Istria is considered the capital of Istrian pršut, and one of the best small producers located here is the family ham-curing plant Dujmović. They rely on tradition, modern technology and ideal microclimate conditions (north and northeast wind combined with the brisk east wind from Učka Mountain) to make finger lickin’ pršut that melts in your mouth. We’re obviously not the only ones impressed because Dujmović family has won many awards for their product. Add some good Istrian cheese and Teran red wine to it and the real Istrian experience is guaranteed.