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Croatian Cuisine

Vesna and Karlo discuss the cuisine in Croatia, their home country.

Karlo: Let's talk about Croatian cuisine, is there such a thing?

Vesna: I would roughly say yes, but traditionally, the continental and the coastal part of the country has different cooking traditions.

Karlo: Why do you think is that?

Vesna: It probably has something to do with the historical diversity between these two regions. And also with the difference in climate and also food availability. The winters are really cold in the continent and consequently the food has to be heavier.

Karlo: You said heavier, how heavy?

Vesna: You know with bigger energetic values, like products made of pork or stillwater fish or goose meat, and also the specificity is that this type of food is quite spicy.

Karlo: And the Croatian coastal part?

Vesna: The cuisine in the coastal part is more Mediterranean type, more nutritional. People use olive oil, seafood, lighter meat flavored with herbs etc. And also lots of fruits and vegetables, both raw and cooked.

Karlo: I don't have to guess what you prefer.

Vesna: It's obvious, the Mediterranean feeding habits and the cooking techniques are much healthier, you must admit. But in Istria you can feel the presence of a combined continental and Mediterranean cooking tradition.

Karlo: You have told me in general, but tell me the exact names of local meals you would recommend a visitor to your region, Istria.

Vesna: First, for the appetizer some local cheese and ham with olives that's called SIR I PRŠUT S MASLINAMA, then for the first course an Istrian kind of minestrone that’s called MANEŠTRA, and for the second course pasta with sauce or how as locals call it FUŽI SA ŠUGOM.

Karlo: It's okay, but you've forgotten to mention the wine.

Vesna: Well, wine is an important part of the gastronomic experience but it's not limited to the coastal regions, wine is served along with food throughout Croatia. But you did make a good point since in the last decade, Istrian wines have become quite popular.

Karlo: What wines from Istria would you recommend?

Vesna: The most popular wines are Istrian Malmsey, or as it’s called locally, istarska malvazija, Muscat, or muškat, Teran and Merlot.

Karlo: So the message for a tourist wishing to have an Istrian culinary experience would be?

Vesna: It would be something like this: Dear Guests, after a day of enjoying at the seaside, go to the country and find a nice little family restaurant that offers local cuisine served in the shades under the old trees. Try it, you won't regret the experience. The food is both tasty and healthy, the aromatic countryside herbs make your body and soul relax and the wine will lift up your mood.

Karlo: Thank you very much for this conversation.

Vesna: Thank you.

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Audio Lessons about Phrases and Vocabulary


notesI would roughly say yes.

Roughly is about or approximately. Notice the following:

  1. The house is roughly five meters tall.
  2. It weighs roughly a kilogram.

something to do with

notesIt probably has something to do with the historical diversity.

Something to do with means about or pertaining to. Notice the following:

  1. The book has something to do with war.
  2. My way of thinking has something to do with my upbringing.


notesthe historical diversity between these two regions.

Diversity means variety or many different things. Notice the following:

  1. There is a great diversity among types of fish.
  2. We have a diversity of cultures at our school.


notes The winters are really cold and consequently the food has to be heavier.

Consequently means therefore or that is why. Notice the following:

  1. It was raining this morning. Consequently, I brought an umbrella.
  2. He slept late and was consequently late for work.


notesa combined continental and Mediterranean cooking tradition.

In this example, continental means the European continent (not including Britain). Notice the following:

  1. The hotel served a continental breakfast.
  2. Germany has a tradition of continental philosophy.

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consequently • continental
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