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 in heaven.

Everywhere, everywhere, we ate delicious fresh fish like this. And it was so cheap. A meal of fresh seafood, including a glass of wine, on the beach (literally in the sand) cost me $20. Try finding that in the U.S.!