Sunday, 14 May 2017

A Love Letter From An Old Hater

TCN's Tanja Radmilo gives us her take on island politics, and it seems a new breeze is blowing...

Sunday, 9 April 2017

THE Foodie Affair on Brač: Biser Mora Brings Together Over 200 Chefs from 25 Countries

The 12th International Culinary Festival "Biser Mora" (or Pearl of the Sea) was held over the weekend in the seaside town of Supetar on the island of Brač. TCN was on the scene to imbibe, indulge, and enjoy.

Saturday, 6 August 2016

One of the Best: Brač Film Festival Begins Next Week

The International film festival Brač Film Festival will be held in Supetar on the island of Brač from August 11-13. The festival's program complements the cultural event "Supetar Summer" and enriches the cultural and tourist offer of one of the most beautiful Croatian islands.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Top 5 Brač: The Best Beaches on Brač

No stranger to anyone visiting the coast of Croatia is that we pride ourselves on our beaches, here we take a look at Brač. The summer season is a blissful paradise for travelers and locals alike. Basking in the salty sea with crystal blue waters is something we long for, and lucky for us, that temptation is easy to conquer.

 

Perhaps fortunately and unfortunately is the amount of beaches we are tasked with in Croatian paradise, making it nearly impossible to pick just one. Lucky for you we felt we would make it a bit easier and narrow it down to the best five beaches per island, city, and coastal playground. Here are our picks for Brač.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

11th Biser Mora Started on Island Brač

One of Croatia's largest culinary festivals brings 4 days of fun and great food.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Coming Home to the Konoba

This week Total Split revealed the newest hospitality honcho to the Split restaurant scene, Zeven Gastronomy Group, and we are often raving about the latest contemporary establishments offering something unique and never before seen in the historic city. When I first moved to Split 7 years ago I was less than impressed with the variety of eateries and menu options throughout the city as there were mostly only konobas or traditional taverns offering more of the same. The recent additions to the culinary landscape have been one of the most exciting and satisfying changes to the city and have considerably enhanced my eating experience here. So much so that I nearly forgot we once lived in a time where our choices were limited only to local konobas and although they had become a last resort reserved only for times of distress, little did I know I was about to experience both during a trip to Split’s island suburb of Supetar.  

 

 

While attending the Biser Mora Culinary Festival on Brac last month, I arrived late to the hosted dinner and found not a parcel of food left on the many buffet tables. Yes, you heard me right, they ran out of food at a culinary festival! In their defense, there were hundreds of famished foodies who by their very nature live to feast and I was more than fashionably late. I was just following the Dalmatian rule of pomalo and figured everyone else would show up at least an hour past, but I foolishly forgot who my present culinary company was and I take full responsibility for my rookie foodie faux pas. Regardless of fault, the fact remained that I was starving, as was my husband who had waited patiently for me only to have his politeness punished with an empty plate. We had no choice, but to make the 10 minute walk from the resort into town in search of some subsistence and at this point just about anything would suffice. 

 

 

Luckily, the weather was pleasant, albeit a bit colder from the icy stares and silent treatment from my hangry husband. We passed several cafe bars until we stumbled upon Konoba Lukin, which was so quiet on the outside we assumed it was closed. It wasn’t and there was no need to check the menu, we knew what to expect, and as beggars we couldn’t be choosers so we quickly stepped inside and out of the night, where we were both shocked at what we saw. The small cozy konoba was jam-packed with people and bustling waiters trying to keep up with the influx of foodies after a presumably sleepy winter. We even saw a few familiar faces and were immediately invited to join their table, so with this warm welcome from old and new friends the ice started to melt and the night made a quick turnaround. 

 

 

The konoba itself was also warm and welcoming, not exactly how I’d remembered them and I was instantly taken aback with the strategically placed decorations, which took me back in time. Sure there were the usual items you would expect to see in a traditional konoba such as old cooking tools and pots hanging from the ceilings and wood beams, but there were some other strange additions that somehow still seemed to make perfect sense. An old motorcycle near the bar at the front, an antique piano directly across from me begging to be played and ironically a lifesaver raft which was quite a fitting symbol of our rescue. The menu was surprisingly quite extensive for a konoba and while I stuck to the theme of the day and ordered lamb chops, the others opted for bear stew and shared platters of grilled fish twice the size of my head. The waiter provided 5 star service I had not come to expect from traditional konobas and my only complaint was the pomalo or slow service most likely due to the sudden rush but, most importantly, they didn’t run out of food.

 

 

I sat there wondering why I had ever forgotten and turned my back on the simple pleasure of a traditional konoba and it’s unrivaled ability to transport you back in time to a simpler life. A life where fulfilling your basic need for nourishment was the main focus and achieved through home-cooked simple meals and locally grown ingredients. Konobas aren’t fancy and prefer not to complicate classic Croatian cuisine, but their only unwavering demand for an unforgettable experience is good food and good company.

 

 

There’s something timeless and comforting about a konoba, comparable to coming home after weeks on the road or years abroad. So although some say you can never go home again, I’m lucky I live in Croatia where I can always go to a konoba and feel right at home. With the influx of contemporary and fine dining restaurants in Split, the traditional konoba may sometimes seem like a thing of the past, but I’m certain it will never go out of style and for visitors to the city it’s a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed! 

 

 

Tell us your favorite konoba in Split and why you love it! 

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