perissa beach

I adore the ocean. The first time I really recognized this fact was Spring Break 1997 when I went to Panama City with a group of friends and my then-boyfriend. He and I got in a big argument (as we were prone to do) and I stumbled out to the beach, crying in the dark. As I sat there, processing the argument, I began to calm down. I stared out into the black nothing and wondered what was out there in the big ocean. (Turns out, Mexico and Cuba!) I vowed I’d live by the ocean one day. I do…

fish in croatia

They told me about the beautiful sea. They told me it was a still relatively undiscovered destination. But nobody told me about the good eats in Croatia. Sometimes when I travel, I get as excited about the dishes I’ll have in a country as I do the sights I want to see. But Croatia took me by surprise. While there is some Italian influence in the cuisine, Croatia takes its own spin on pasta favorites. Like black risotto. The color, produced by squid ink, doesn’t make the dish all that palatable looking, but man, when you take a bite, you’re…

croatian villa

It wasn’t long after the crumbling of my marriage when Rachel, who’s been my bestie since 7th grade, asked if I wanted to go to Croatia with her and a group of friends she travels with. You need to know what state of mind I was in, tired of my life and ready for something new, when I said, “hell yes” to spending a week in a Croatian villa with 23 strangers. The trip wouldn’t be for 2 years, but because it was such a large group, the planning began early. I was delighted when I saw the house that…