JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Flavors of home…


This post is about food things I could really go for right now, that I can’t get in Croatia…..

Don’t get me wrong, there are some FANTASTIC food options here in Croatia, but there are a few things I really could go for.

***There are no Starbucks in Croatia.  I really could go for a chai tea latte.  No one here seems to know what chai is.  They call ALL tea “chai.”   (Although they spell it “čaj”.)    For those of you not familiar with chai, here’s a handy dandy link:  CHAI   It’s yummy and full of sweet spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and pepper.  So good.  This is the link to the Starbucks page on it – my favorite drink… Starbucks Chai Tea Latte.  (When doing a search on the Starbucks site, the closest location is in Austria.  I’ll drink a few when I get back to Vienna!)

***I could also go for some Philly Soft Pretzels.  I do like the German style soft pretzels in this part of the world, but I’m talking about these little puppies.  (That link takes you to a handy little article about the history of Philadelphia’s pretzels.)  But here’s a pic for those of you not from the northeast USA:

Philly Soft Pretzels

***What else?  I could really go for some edamame.  You know – those pea style soy beans served in Japanese restaurants all over the place, back home in the States.  They’re so yummy, healthy, and cheap!

Here’s a little visual reminder:


Mmmmmmm…. delicious edamame…

We did find a chinese restaurant in the closest city to here, but there wasn’t a trace of edamame to be found.  Maybe in Zagreb?  (The capital city.)  But I don’t think they’re common here at all.  I think it’s gonna be hard to find them in Vienna too.

What IS especially good to eat here?  Well, it’s nice that there are lots more options with truffles.  Yummy delicious truffles.  They’re SO good in pasta and meat dishes.  (Food heaven!)   And prosciutto.  Lots of prosciutto.  This part of the world is famous for it.  Mmmmm…  Since we’re so close to Italy here, lots of the dishes are either Italianate or eastern European in nature.  But as far as lots of varied foods from all over the world and from lots and lots of cultures – they just don’t have the variety that we have access to in the States.


Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

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