Eating out in Volosko, Croatia

oh boy did I need some decent fresh food. After a month of eating hotel staff food I was in need of fresh food. The hotel food at Schatzalp was plentiful. Plenty of meat and potatoes. It seemed the menu was on a 10 day rotation so plenty of variety and they did make an effort to make traditional Swiss dishes. There was always a bin full of fresh bread, generally a dozen different types, platters of sliced meats and cheeses were always available. Broccoli was on the menu three times while I was there.  

By the time I arrived in Volosko I was in serious need of green veggies. But first, a swim!  

My accom was central and there are plenty of eating places nearby.  

My first meal was in a fish restaurant that did an amazing job of serving a lot of people very quickly. They had a small hole in the wall kitchen, tables outside in the street and more tables indoors and down stairs. Two staff, one taking orders, one cooking. Diners chose their fish from the display, mussels, mackerel, baby octopus, prawns etc and a salad bar. I ordered a salad and was ushered down stairs to wait. 

 

 wall mural of Volosko Harbour in downstairs part of cafe. 

wall mural of Volosko Harbour in downstairs part of cafe. 

my salad arrived in a serving bowl. Huge, I wondered if I'd manage to eat it all. I did! Along with fresh bread and olive oil and a blueberry juice. Pretty happy with that and can already feel the vitamin C doing me good. Now for dessert ! 

Wandering along the bay I found a raw food cafe, ah! Yes they have icecream  

 

 banana and chocolate icecream with hazelnut topping served with a cheeky grin. 

banana and chocolate icecream with hazelnut topping served with a cheeky grin. 

 Evening light over Harbour as I enjoy my icecream. 

Evening light over Harbour as I enjoy my icecream. 

ok, so now I have two fave eating places in town. All the beachfront restaurants seems a bit too up market for me and mainly concentrated on fleecing people rather than quality of food. Thats my feeling, anyway. I did find a very interesting restaurant that seemed to have a nice vibe and interesting items on menu. I didn't eat here but Mr Cheeky Grin tells me it has a great atmosphere. 

 

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one afternoon while looking for the bank I stumbled across a French patisserie, ooh, that might be nice. Much of the cuisine in NW Croatia has a strong Italian influence, so to find this little French gem was lovely. I duck inside and goggle at the cakes in the display. The first thing that catches my eye is a frangipani tart. Right I'll have that, thankyou. Rolly (challenge letter L) calls me frangi. That's a good enough reason to order a frangipani tart.

 

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Back to Mr Cheeky Grin for a meal. He has studied a lot about food and nutrition and has fine tuned it down to a range of juices, five I think and eggs or burgers for meals. His burgers are entirely home made. The pattie is veggie with seeds and nuts, and his buns home made too. Colour is important, you can have a burger to match your juice etc. so I have a red burger with beetroot juice. In fact he's doing himself out of business because there is enough goodness and nutrition in one juice and one burger to last you the whole day.  His words, not mine  

 

 one cannot tire of this view. 

one cannot tire of this view. 

But I Needed to go back to the patisserie as they had a Crema brulee in their cake display. And I Have this thing that whenever a Crema Brulee is on the menu I try one  (Refer Fine Food on French Riviera for more Crema Brulee)

 

 Description from the menu card  

Description from the menu card  

 My chocolate Crema brulee.  

My chocolate Crema brulee.  

 Close up!!  

Close up!!  

That was awesome, now back to Mr Cheeky Grin for another icecream, calling in for a salad at the fish cafe on the way.  

 

 Great evening  sky! 

Great evening  sky! 

 Another icecream and beetroot juice. The homemade marmalade with the icecream complimented the tang of the juice.  

Another icecream and beetroot juice. The homemade marmalade with the icecream complimented the tang of the juice.  

 I broke my own rule about not being out at night. Oops. They said it was quite safe at night.  And my guest house was only two minutes away. 

I broke my own rule about not being out at night. Oops. They said it was quite safe at night.  And my guest house was only two minutes away. 

I had a lovely evening chatting with Mr Cheeky Grin and his muso friend Petr. Mr Cheeky Grin has quite a story and of course I only got a portion of it. He grew up in MonteNegro and moved to Zagreb to live with an Aunty and finish his education. Married an artist and their children were born during the Yugoslav fighting. They managed to get  themselves to New York and even without proper papers ran a very successful cafe for 15 years before landing in jail, his preferred option to being deported.  He met a Tibetan Monk and 1.25 million mantras later he's back in the Balkans, happy this time!!! Eventually he wants to franchise his cafe and menu and live in Amsterdam. His children have all had good educations and are starting out on their careers.  

 

 I returned to the cafe the next day to say goodbye. This was my breakfast! 

I returned to the cafe the next day to say goodbye. This was my breakfast! 

 morning light over the harbour. 

morning light over the harbour. 

 Mr Cheeky Grin was a bit surprised when I arrived on my bike!! 

Mr Cheeky Grin was a bit surprised when I arrived on my bike!! 

 Mr Cheeky Grin's logo. 

Mr Cheeky Grin's logo. 

I ate well in Volosko and the food has transformed me. I now feel very strong and healthy and ready for the second half of my Mediteranean adventure.