Rome, Italy

On a trip in 2022, 2 more were added to your favorite places in Rome:

“DOC” Cruderia EnoBistrot is a restaurant specializing in meat tartare, carpaccio and Roman pizza. It is these specialties that I recommend ordering, well, very tasty.

Kebab station is the perfect shawarma! Excellent meat, also pleased with the variety of fillings and sauces. They work around the clock, which is absolutely fine.

Evora, Portugal

Pastelaria Conventional Pao de Rala is a wonderful place with a lot of traditional Portuguese and monastery desserts. Sweets of excellent quality, most importantly not cloying, like everywhere else.

A very pleasant atmosphere inside, decor with beautiful tiles and very interesting interior details.

Moscow 2022, Russia

During this visit to Moscow, I liked the following places:

Olluco

This place became my number 1 in Moscow. An interesting concept of combining Peruvian traditions and traditions of the place where the restaurant is open, a talented chef, excellent execution of dishes, pleasant atmosphere, excellent service. I would give 2 Michelin stars. A must-visit!

MeGoBari is a great Georgian classic. I especially recommend Adjarian khachapuri tsomgamotslili, khinkali kalakuri, vegetable salad with nuts.

ZHIROK is a delicious place with a wide variety of dishes for every taste. Comfort food with a gastronomic bias. It has its own bakery and parking. Good service.

Lamb is a meat restaurant with a very thoughtful approach to its preparation. It is clear that they love this product here and know how to handle it. And not only with him! Here I happened to have the best cabbage steak. I also recommend trying pate, vitello tonnato, and broken cucumbers here. In principle, all the dishes are good here.

UPD. I just praised them, and on another visit they cooked my favorite Vitello tonnato very badly. If there is something similar, I will remove my recommendation from here.

Tea height. The house of tea and ice cream.

A wonderful place with great tea and unique ice cream. There are several hundred varieties, all from natural products, and not cloying. Seasonality of products is observed, which pleases. That is, in summer ice cream from persimmon or feijoa will not be offered to you, but it will be offered from mulberry or watermelon. I love it!

Nazare, Portugal

Rosa Dos Ventos is a pleasant seafood restaurant, I really liked the local shellfish Ameijoas à Bulhão Pato. In general, it seems that you can order any dish here, and it will be delicious.

Wintering / vesnovka in Croatia (about food)

This is a post about where in Croatia to eat, drink, buy groceries, and which ones deserve attention.

Nuance:

In winter / early spring / late autumn, there are much fewer locations. Places from the Michelin Guide are almost all closed with a few exceptions. In especially tourist cities like Dubrovnik, Split and Sibenik, you can generally stay hungry, let alone get a gastronomic experience. There are closed doors everywhere, and there is no information about when they will be opened either on the website or on these very doors))) So, if you are visiting the country in the summer, then you will have a wider choice.

Restaurants:

Dubrovnik (I wrote about it earlier here).

Split

In this city, most of the establishments are closed in winter, since the coffee shops are open. Excellent specialty coffee can be enjoyed at 4 coffee soul food and at D 16.

Rovinj Augusto Specialty Coffee shop is a wonderful coffee shop, the coffee is amazing. Straight love❤️

Opatija Pizzeria Roko – I recommend pizza, it’s excellent here. And in all establishments of the Roko network.

Kaokakao – I recommend pistachio cake here.

Where did I buy groceries in and around Opatija:

The only decent big store in the city is Spar.

In addition to Spar, the city has a pleasant grocery market in the city center (Trznica Opatija) and a small Konzum store next to it. All other supermarkets have a very poor assortment.

Peanut paste, alternative types of flour and other useful joys are sold at the BIPA cosmetics store.

I also recommend a chain of healthy lifestyle stores – Tvornica Zdrave Hrane (I was in a store in Rijeka).

There is awesome sourdough bread in Cafe Romero.

Divine coffee (photo in the carousel) I bought in a very non-trivial place on the advice of the owner of the rented apartment, in the cafe Barocco. Moreover, it is ideal for Turks, it was burned out in a coffee machine to my taste.

Products

There are many different products in Croatia, but they do not always have a good composition. Therefore, below I keep photos of exactly those positions that I have been selecting for a long time according to this criterion:

Montenegro, my wintering experience (part two about food)

This is the second post from the series “wintering in Montenegro” about restaurants, grocery stores and products that I liked. I haven’t been everywhere, but from what I managed, I chose the most delicious)

Two nuances about the cuisine of the country.

  1. In Montenegro, you should not look for gastronomic delights (even in the capital), but seafood, meat and delicious vegetables / fruits – yes. Comfort food.
  2. There are much fewer locations in winter, so if you visit the country in the summer, you will have a wider choice.

Restaurants (I have already written about this in the Montenegro section, but I will supplement myself a little).

Tivat. Not that it’s a straight recommendation, but if you suddenly want to:

Steak is for you at Steak House Gallardo

The wine is the most diverse and diverse – in Crush Winebar

Breakfast – in One.

I also had restaurants Adriatica, Verige65, Konoba Ribar, Ribarsko Selo and Dobrec on my list. But I just didn’t get there in them. There is a high probability that it is good there.

OYSTER FARMS

If you like oysters and mussels, this is just a must. The taste of freshly caught oysters is a thousand times fresher and thinner than in a restaurant. Two farms are especially popular here (contacts below). They work on the principle of shop + cafe. That is, you can buy a bundle of shells at home, or sit down at unpretentious non-restaurant tables and immediately taste the delicacy.

By the way, there is a chance that those who do not like oysters can try these.

1 farm. Uzgajaliste Skolki Kamenari is located near Kamenari Ferry and Adriatica Restaurant. In summer it works from 12.00 to 18.00, in winter they need to write or call in advance (+382 68 751 674 ) to arrange a visit. Well, very friendly comrades, they speak English well.

2 farm. Oysters mussels restaurant is located in the Bay of Kotor between the towns of Risan and Perast. In winter, I also recommend writing in advance, the number +382 67 548 535 .

Grocery stores (in Tivat and nearby)

Sodimag is an excellent delicatessen and seafood store, for me it is the best in the entire Bay of Kotor. A large assortment, excellent quality of products and, most importantly, their freshness pleasantly surprised me.

A very small private shop Ribarnica Dekoviç. Here you can buy something that will not be in any fish shop, but it all depends on the catch. There is also a freeze. It is better to come before 12, and even better – before 10 in the morning.

There are 2 more Montefish fish shops in the city (in the very center and a big one on the outskirts), but they are not as cool as Cogimar, and the freshness of “fresh” fish is sometimes questionable. But when there is no car, it is a normal option.

The butcher shop is good in the Franca chain of stores. There are also 2 shops, one in the center and a large one on the outskirts.

I liked to buy cheeses and just different products on the Voli network. There are also two of them (one in Porto Montenegro, the second in the city). In Porto, the assortment is more delicate, and in the city store there was one of my favorite cheeses (Montegot – photo).

Also a good chain of IDEA stores. There have been products that are not represented in Voli.

Another nice little shop and cooking in Porto is Portokali. It is small, but there is any difference that you will not find in other stores. In that case, English tea, mustard of non-local bottling, aged balsamics, truffle pastes, different cereals, etc.

Healthy lifestyle department, do not be surprised, in the Balkans usually in cosmetics stores. So for all sorts of chia, etc. – to the Cosmetics Market store. There is also another healthy lifestyle store, but without a name and it is not on Google, but if you type Magnolia in the search, then the route to them will lead you to the store.

There is a fruit market in the building where the Montefiche store is located in the city center, but in winter it doesn’t really work. In the summer (I saw the photo) There’s an abundance there. In winter, I bought vegetables and fruits in ordinary shops and small shops. My favorite can be found if you type Piljara in a Google search. This is the name of another store, but they are nearby.

And the last Mix Markt store is an international network of SSSROV products. There I bought buckwheat, normal oatmeal of long cooking, pita bread, etc. But there are a lot of products with poor composition, you definitely need to study it before buying.

Products (photos will be below):

I listed only local products that I particularly liked. There are three types of goat cheese: hard in butter (with rosemary), young cheese and camembert in chestnut leaves. The most delicious eggs were exactly the same as in the photo. All the boxes there are very similar, easy to confuse, be careful. And I use applesauce as a sauce or as a base for cookies. And that’s exactly what this puree looks like an apple, all the others are buee. I bought everything in Voli.

Bon appetit!

Montenegro, my wintering experience

I am writing a post that would be useful to me before I decided to try wintering in Montenegro. I’ll even make two posts. This one is about all sorts of life hacks and nuances, and the second one is about food, shops and restaurants.

General information about entry:

During the off-season, Russians can stay in Montenegro continuously for up to 30 days, during the season – from April 1 to October 31 – for up to 90 days (it is better to check the exact dates in each particular year on the consulate’s website). Everything is changing.

That is, during the winter, you either need to make a residence permit, or go abroad every 30 days, this is called a visa. I love to travel, so during this winter I traveled from Montenegro to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia. Also, the locals here offer a service – to leave and enter in one day.

After arriving in the country, according to the law of Montenegro, you must immediately register at the tourist center. They are in every city, there are 3 locations in Tivat. The cost of the service is approximately 1 euro for 1 day of stay in the country. To register, you need a residential address. Everyone is afraid that without this document there may be large fines, but in fact it has never been asked anywhere.

As for the covid topic:

❕For winter 21/22

To enter, you need either a PCR / atigen test, or a certificate of a previous illness or vaccination. It is also better to clarify this information right before arrival.

I don’t observe any special measures, no one goes in masks, only sometimes they ask in grocery stores. Everything is very unobtrusive. In general, in the Balkans you forget that a pandemic has been declared.

If you need to take a test in Montenegro, then I recommend the Moj Lab network of laboratories. A copy of the document is sent to the mail. With a seal, they are handed out if you need it.

About cities:

Before renting an apartment, I had to go all over the coast to figure out where I would like to stay. I have an impression of the cities. I’ll share it, but it’s very subjective, you know.

Bar is a port city. Architecturally featureless, quite large. From here there is a ferry to Bari. But the old town is cute, even though they’re cute everywhere.

Budva is our Sochi. There are a lot of high-rise buildings, a huge Russian-speaking community, in general it seems that there are almost no Montenegrins here. But all the “eyelashes”, “nails” and yoga are here.

The bar and Budva are in the open sea. All subsequent towns are located in the picturesque Bay of Kotor.

Herceg Novi – the spirit of the sanatorium is hovering here. Everything is so cute-dilapidated) This is a multi-level city and therefore full of stairs, that is, you can swing the back of your thighs every day without going to the gym.

Kotor is also on the mountain, and I didn’t quite understand it. It’s like there are just a lot of houses around the old town.

Tivat is my choice. Small, cozy, neat, cute, clean, there is some kind of separate garbage collection. Since a marina for superyachts (Porto Montenegro) has been built here, both the infrastructure and the service are slightly higher than in other cities. In Montenegro there are similar respectable resorts Luštica Bay and Portonovi, but there are very tiny towns. And there is even an airport in Tivat, which is incredibly convenient. There is also a fitness center, medical facilities, playgrounds, a park, a beautiful promenade, a few clothing stores in Porto, restaurants, food shops, small markets. Minus – no cultural program.

Ideally, to have a car here, but even without it it’s OK. Convenient taxi company Red Taxi. You can write to them in Viber, set a time, etc. They go by the counter.

How to choose an apartment

  1. The cutest selection of apartments on Airbnb and Booking. Local sites are clumsy, there are a lot of irrelevant ads. Realtors ignore your request, spamming unsuitable options, plus add their commission to the price. So it’s better to communicate directly with the owners.
  2. Before you rent an apartment for a long time, you should definitely live in it for at least a couple of days to understand how you are there.
  3. In Montenegro, construction sites are prohibited in the season, but out of season (November-May) they bloom in riotous color almost everywhere, so it is better to choose an apartment away from all this so that the noise does not bother.
  4. I recommend renting an apartment that gets maximum sun. I do this everywhere, but in Montenegro it is especially important, since the darkened areas of the apartment are prone to mold. The first floor is not recommended at all, only if there are Underfloor heating, the house is new and renovated.
  5. Heating. I recommend an apartment with several heating sources. For example, electric batteries /underfloor heating and air conditioning. This is in case there are suddenly very cold nights, so as not to freeze for sure. It is also very important to have a heat source in the bathrooms, otherwise it will be a cryo chamber. And another important point is good double–glazed windows. I highly recommend checking this so that there are no defects and no air / sound penetrates anywhere.
  6. Mosquito nets are not needed in winter, all flies are asleep, there are no mosquitoes. In the summer, I think this ppc is relevant.

If I still remember something, I will add it. If you have any questions, ask them, preferably in the comments, so that this information is available to everyone.