A Blissful Weekend in Istria, Croatia

Stunning view of the hilltop town of Motovun in Istria

A region in the northwestern corner of Croatia dotted with olive groves, vineyards, truffle forests and picturesque towns, Istria is home to more attractions and highlights that you would first expect. As the lion’s share of the tourist attention in Croatia goes to Dubrovnik , Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Dalmatian coast, Istria remains a relatively undiscovered region. Exploring ... Read Full Article

Eating the Adriatic – The Last Stop: Traditional Foods of Puglia, Southern Italy

Trulli

  Even though Italy has one of the highest obesity rates in Europe, the Mediterranean diet is alive and well in the southern Italian region of Puglia. Here traditional foods include fresh seafood, eggless pasta, and plenty of hearty, often foraged vegetables, such as chicory and wild artichokes. For the first time in all my trip, the air had the hard edge of fall. My girlfriend and I ... Read Full Article

Eating the Adriatic – The Traditional Foods of Italy’s Lombardy Region

Bellagio on Lake Como

To get to Alba’s Truffle Festival I needed to take a detour, leaving the shores of the Adriatic for the first time since the groggy-eyed beginning of this travelogue in Dubrovnik. Having a few extra days’ time, I decided to visit Italy's Lake Como area and learn about the traditional foods of northern Lombardy. Lombardy’s cuisine is famous for saffron, Gorgonzola, bresaola, and butter (olive oil ... Read Full Article