Croatia is the 7th best place in Europe to eat and drink, that is according to a report on Thrillist…
So how does each part of Europe stack up against each other in the food and drink department? That is the question Kevin Alexander and Liz Childers asked themselves before heading off on a mission to explore.
“Between us, we’ve visited 39 of 48 on the list, and came up with rules: the biggest factor had to be the indigenous cuisine (in other words, Ireland doesn’t get extra credit just because Dublin has a spectacular Indian restaurant), the food and drink culture within its cities and towns, and the variety that exists within each place. Sure, some countries may cook up one thing extraordinarily well, but what else can they do? As my Grandfather used to say, just because you can juggle doesn’t mean you can dance. Gastronomically speaking, we want the places that can juggle AND dance. And maybe cook too,” writes Kevin, before ranking Europe’s nations 1-48.
Not surprisingly Croatia featured high on the list – ranking 7th out of 48.
The mix of influences here — be they Italian, Mediterranean, French on the coasts, and slavic in the interior of the country — helps set up a delicious mish-mash of foods. They have fantastic olive oil, and the oysters in the small town of Ston are considered some of the best in the Adriatic. Their Babić, Malvasia, prosecco, and Vrbnička žlahtina wines used to be underrated, but are getting more international cred each year. And, perhaps their most famous dish — roasted lamb “under the bell” — is worth the hype, considering the meat cooks from both sides (with a domed clay bell covered in hot charcoal on top, and a coal BBQ below) slowly in its own juices – they wrote.
Croatia’s neighbours Italy were ranked in No.1 spot, closely followed by France and Spain. To check out all the rankings see the full article here.