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A Case of the Post-Vacation Blues

July 28, 2017

I’ve been home in Denmark for almost two weeks now and truth be told, I’ve already browsed all my apps to see if any airline happens to have cheap flights to Southern Europe in August. I am fairly certain that I will indeed implode if I wake up to one more day of gray clouds and rain. While Scandinavian summers aren’t exactly known to be sunny and exceed temperatures of 24 degrees C, this summer has been the worst by far. I think I remember a few days of sunshine in June, but that’s about it. Summer has been canceled and the Danes are going crazy. So much so that Copenhagen is completely empty, aside from the tourists who apparently hate the sun and decided to come here instead. Everyone has escaped to a country far, far away to just get a glimpse of the sun – even if it’s just for a week. And I don’t blame them.

Coming home after 2 weeks of constant sunshine in Sardinia to THIS has been… tough. I feel really bothered by it. Summer and the sunshine are so essential to my well-being that I’m flat out scared that I’ll have a winter depression by September if nothing changes. I want it to be sunny when I go to work and sunny when I come home. I want to go and work out and then go down to our backyard and grill some veggie burgers, drink a glass of rosé, and play cards until bedtime. I want to spend the weekends by the Danish beaches, reading a good book while eating sweet, Danish strawberries. I want to wear sunglasses and shorts and flip-flops, and put sun lotion on before going out. I want my freckles, which only come out when it’s sunny, back. I want to invite our friends out to picnics and play a game of Swedish Kubb in a park. Basically: I want summer but summer decided it would rather not visit Denmark this year.

So in short, since I came home I’ve been having a bad case of the post-vacation blues and I don’t know how to cure it. Watching Netflix, as many people suggest, doesn’t work as I’m a firm believer that Netflix is for all the other 10 months of winter we have in this country. So what does one do to cure the post-holiday blues? If you have any suggestions, please do tell in the comments below!


I would rather be here… (picture from last year in Hvar).



Top photo by user smartfat used under creative commons license CC BY-NC 2.0


Motivational, Personal

5 Things I Will Do for Myself in 2017

January 20, 2017

If you know me, you’ll know I never make any New Year’s resolutions. Simply because I am weak and never stick to them. The last time that I made a resolution was on New Year’s Eve when I was 17 and swore to quit meat. 10 minutes past midnight, I was eating a kebab (I eventually did stop eating meat on a hot July day in 2006 and never ate it since but still). However, I feel like 2016 taught me a lot and mainly reaffirmed my belief that I should nurture my relationship with myself a bit more. So I’ve decided to do some things throughout the year in order to make myself happy and to make 2017 rock!


  1. See new places

    I have a tendency to travel to places I’ve already been. I’ve been in London five times or so and while I love London, there are other places to see too! This year I want to go to places I’ve never been. I already have a sixth London trip planned but other than that I plan to explore new places this year.

  2. Read more books

    In 2016, I didn’t read that many books and I really regret that. I only read during vacations but I want to prioritize books this year. I tend to get stuck with Netflix or HBO shows because it’s just SO easy, but reading gives me so much more. Jacob got me the Harry Potter book set for Christmas and I’ve already startedI just love being so caught up in a book that I simply can’t put it down.

  3. Stay active

    You might be thinking “Oh, what a cliché!” but hear me out. This is not a resolution to work out more but simply to continue working out – yes, even BORING cardio. I love lifting weights in the gym with some old-school hip-hop in my ears. It makes me feel strong and most importantly it keeps my back problems in check. I never feel bad when I work out, I am in the moment, focusing on what’s in front of me: the weights and the amounts of reps and sets I need to do. And even though I hate doing cardio, I love the rush I get when I walk out of the gym. So for 2016, I will continue to work out, not because I need to get in shape but for the sake of my mental health.

  4. Stop thinking about consequences

    I have a  tendency to over-think stuff. Before I do something, I tend to think about the different scenarios in which it could play out. The what ifs and the buts tend to dominate my inner conversation and it usually ends up with nothing. I realize that this is not something that happens overnight, or even in a year but I do plan on keeping this in mind.

  5. Say “No” and “Stop”

    I was always taught to be polite. To smile and nod. To do things for others. But I’ve become rather sick of it during the past few years and I’ve gotten better and better at saying no to doing things I don’t want to do. I’m better at speaking up when I hear someone pull a sexist or racist joke. But I plan on getting even better. I’m going to say no more, even to people that I’m afraid of hurting. I’m not going to stand there and listen to people tear women apart or using the N word or talking bad about Muslims. I’m not here for it and I am going to make that clear.



2016 in Review – Part 2

December 31, 2016

The second part of 2016 started rather well. We were in Hvar, getting day drunk at Hula Hula Beach Bar (as always), reading books, sleeping ’til late, and dancing the nights away. We spent one day/night in Split and headed back home to Denmark.


In Hvar


Floating in the Adriatic..

A few weeks later, Jacob’s step-sister got married and we all went all the way to Mariager in Jylland (a 5 hour or so drive) for the weekend. A few weeks later we had another gathering on Jacob’s side of the family and come August, I learned that I was going to be an aunt. I went to visit my sister and she said that she needed to show me something. Our dad and his girlfriend were there and she didn’t feel like telling them right away. She opened the drawer of her vanity table and showed me 3-4 pregnancy tests – all positive. She had just learned that morning and was beyond excited. I immediately started to plan what type of cat outfits I’d buy for the baby 😉


Jacobs side of the family while on their aunt’s and uncle’s 50th wedding anniversary.

One of my good friends in Copenhagen, Maija, moved back to Finland and so I went to say goodbye. My article on animal-friendly traveling was published in the Huffington Post, and my dad turned 60.

In September, Jacob and I celebrated 7 years together. I still can’t believe we’ve been together for so long but I feel like each year keeps getting better. That same month, I decided to get Invisalign to straighten my teeth out. I’m half way in now and by March I’ll have straight teeth! Cannot wait 🙂

We kind of decided on a whim to go to Rome for a weekend trip in October. We had never been there, but both longed to visit the city. So two weeks later, we sat on a flight down to Rome with a group of annoying Swedes who decided it was the perfect time to get drunk. Rome was sunny and warm, filled with cultural and historical sights, good food, even better wine and even a cat shelter, which I, of course, visited. I still haven’t gotten around to writing about Rome but I promise I will. I just have so many photos to go through (I took over 500 photos on my DSLR alone).


The Pantheon in Rome


A little ginger cat who belonged to the cat sanctuary. More on that next year!

I managed to get hold of two Adele tickets in November but had to keep it a secret for what felt like an eternity, as it was my Christmas gift for Jacob. Oh, and then there was November 9, a.k.a. the day the Empire struck back if you catch my Star Wars reference. I woke up in complete shock over Trump’s win. It felt like the big bully in school was getting praise. It felt like Darth Vader (but less cool) killed all of the rebels and told them to suck it (although I doubt Trump would be that classy). I decided I would just go to the gym and lift some really heavy weights and stay mad at the world for a while.


We all listened to the baby’s heartbeat one evening in December. Look at my beautiful sis and her lovely belly! <3

I also visited Malmö a few times and in December we got a small Christmas tree to get in the holiday spirit. Turns out, cats love to fight over the tree and it ended up looking rather ragged at the end 😉 Our Christmas was spent at my brother-in-law’s place with lots of good food, wine, and music.


We were in Malmö with my sis and her boyfriend, and ate at Eatery Social Taqueria which I looooved.


My cat Pelle tangled himself up in the Christmas tree lights…


4th of Advent.

As December ends and I look back at the year that’s been, I did have some wonderful times. My best memories are of all my travels; wandering the streets of New York, having a drink in London, dancing with strangers in Croatia, being astounded by the surroundings in Rome… Traveling is the essence of living and  I can’t wait to see even more places next year. Like I say to Jacob every time he complains about my wanderlust: on our death beds, we’ll remember all the things we’ve experienced, not all the things we’ve bought. So for me, there’s no better way to spend my time and money than to travel the world, see new places, and continue to be marveled at the things I see. I wan to collect experiences rather than things and I plan to continue doing just that in 2017.

A Happy New Year to you all! 



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2016 in Review – Part 1

December 31, 2016

2016! What a year. There was an ongoing war in Syria, the Zika virus, we lost several legends (I’m talking to you Bowie, Muhammad Ali, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Carrie Fischer, and Debbie Reynolds), terrorist attacks in Brussels, Nice, München, and Berlin (not to mention in the Middle East!), the shootings in Orlando, things aren’t looking too bright for the environment with record high temperatures on the North Pole. Then came Brexit. And Trump. Who would’ve thought? Sure, there were good things that happened too but 2016 will always be remembered by the many negative events. Let’s hope 2017 will get better!

Thankfully, my 2016 was quite alright. So I wanted to take a look back at this year and show you some of the highs and the lows for me personally.

This time last year, I was suffering from depression. It wasn’t my first time dealing with this horrible condition but it definitely doesn’t make it easier anyway. My doctor put me on sick leave and so between my weekly therapy sessions, I was doing yoga and reading books.

I spent New Year’s Eve with my brother-in-law and other friends and we had a lovely time, as usual, cheering in the New Year. January slowly went by and I went back to work in February again. I remember feeling all dizzy as I drove to work my first day back, not knowing how people would react to me being gone all this time and then suddenly coming back. Although I have suffered from depression before, I have never, ever been on sick leave and the situation was kind of weird to me. But as time went by, I started getting better and better.


Jacob & I on NYE 2015

In March me, my mom, sister and our boyfriends all went to London to celebrate my mother’s 55th birthday. She’d never been and I couldn’t wait to show her my favorite parts of London. We went for afternoon tea, ate delicious food, saw Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and the London Eye, we had drinks at Galvin by the Windows, overlooking all of London, and of course did some shopping as well. It was a short but sweet trip where we somehow managed to fit everything in, in just a few days. You can read more about our trip to London here.


At the airport, waiting for the flight to London.


Spring came to Copenhagen and in April I finally got to realize my dream of going to New York! It instantly became one of my favorite places ever. We had delicious food and drinks, went on top of the Empire State Building and 30 Rock (where I, unfortunately, didn’t run into my hero Tina Fey, as I had hoped), had drinks on rooftop bars, had the best pizza ever and went to the most romantic restaurant EVER in Brooklyn, did all the museums, and of course some shopping as well. All in all, it was a fantastic trip and I can’t wait to go back.

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When we came home from NY, the jetlag was unreal and I spent my nights awake and only slept 4 hours/day for 4 days. A little while after we came home, I was visiting my sister when I got a phone call from Jacob. He told me he was at the hospital and that he had been hit by a car when he was riding his bike home from work. I hurried over to the hospital and luckily, Jacob was doing really well. I don’t believe in God or angels or miracles, but he must have had more than good luck with him that day. The car was totally smashed, as was Jacob’s bike, and he hadn’t been wearing a helmet. Things could have gone really bad but, thankfully, they didn’t.

A few weeks later, I went to Stockholm to visit my friend Sanna. We had lots of Indian food, did some shopping, watched some TV, ate at Surfers (an amazing place with fantastic food and cocktails), and just chilled. I kind of needed to get away from everything for a bit, and Stockholm is always a good idea 😉


Gamla stan (Old town) in Stockholm on a cold, gray Sunday in May.

In June, which is where I end part 1 of this review, a lot of things happened. Jacob graduated from med school after 6 years of studying (and 3 years of studies before med school) and of course, it was a huge day for him. I took half the day off work and went with him to his final exam, which he aced 😉 We celebrated with champagne and had some friends over for wine and food that same day. A few days later, I went with him to sign the Hippocratic Oath.


More champagne!


Proud girlfriend moment!

On my birthday, June 8, we went out for cocktails and dinner and celebrated with my family. We ended the month of June by going to Croatia on what felt like the world’s smallest plane. This time, we went to Dubrovnik, where we stayed at a hotel that had the best pool ever invented: a pool with a swim-in bar. Needless to say, many mojitos were consumed there. We also went kayaking, where I badly burned my shins. After five days in Dubrovnik, we headed over to “our” island Hvar.

I remember being so annoyed on the ferry from Dubrovnik to Hvar. There was this large group of Americans who had absolutely no respect for anyone else. They were loud, a bit drunk, and talked about way too personal stuff. Non-confrontational as I am (and apparently, as the rest of the passengers were too), I moved someplace else after a few hours 😉 Hvar was marvelous, as always, but more on that in part two so check back later…

dubrovnik kayaking



Just chilling in the pool 🙂


Lifestyle, Motivational

My Most Liked Instagram Photos of 2016

December 28, 2016

If you have Instagram, chances are you have seen the hashtag #bestnine2016. It combines nine of your most liked photos from 2016 into one square, Insta-friendly photo. So I thought we should have a look at my top 9 photos of 2016… They are:


9. Poolside drink


This photo was taken by the pool at our hotel in Dubrovnik in July. I spent most of my days by the pool, reading good books and sipping on either a mojito or a Coke Zero because, well, vacation! Seeing as the pool was only 1-2 meters away, I could just jump in to cool off when the sun was too hot. Oh, how I miss it!

8. Times Square

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A lot of my most liked photos are from New York. Here I am standing on Times Square, a place that simultaneously astounds and scares me. It was one of our shopping days in the Big Apple and I had some Sephora hauling to do. Jacob wanted to watch a game in some pub, so I just went shopping on my own. I remember feeling like I could never get used to Times Square, it was just TOO MUCH! Too many people, too many screens, too many ads, just too much of everything. Yet it fascinated me and I just stood there, slightly dizzy, trying to make sense of it all.

7. The New York Skyline at Night


Ah, this one is my favorite NY photo. It was taken at rooftop bar The Press Lounge one night when we met a friend of mine + her friends there for some drinks. I wrote about it here. You know how, before you go somewhere, you have a vision of what that place looks like and what views you are going to see. This was my vision of New York before I got there. This is exactly what I had pictured, and I remember standing there, drink in my hand, just feeling happy that I finally got to see it. And to post in on Instagram 😉

6. Top of the World

Empire state building view

This is New York from the top of the Empire State Building on a somewhat foggy spring day. Unfortunately, we picked the only day of our trip that was really foggy to go see New York from the top. Nevertheless, it was majestic. I mean LOOK at that view. Even though I am really scared of heights, this was a lovely experience and we could really see how huge Manhattan is.

5. Me at the Met

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This is me at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and my wonderful new lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills – it’s called Rio and I love it almost as much as I love cats (but let’s be real). It is taken in the Gallery 548 – the Carroll and Milton Petrie European Sculpture Court. Read more about our visit to the Met (and other NY museums) right here.

4. The Vegan Guide to Dubrovnik

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A food pic! This picture is from my vegan guide to Dubrovnik and fourth on my list. The food in question is from one of my all time favorite veg*n restaurants called Nishta.

3. Brooklyn Bridge and I

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To be honest, I hate this picture of me because it’s taken from my bad angle (look and you’ll see I almost never pose from this side! 😛 ). But I put my vanity aside and posted it anyway. This was taken on our last full day in New York. It was freezing and raining and I just wanted to take the subway back to our hotel but we decided to walk the Brooklyn Bridge anyway and I am glad we did. We walked there as the sun set and once we were in Manhattan it was completely dark (and very cold). We hurried into a Starbucks where I had some tea, before we walked over to our favorite Mexican restaurant and had some Sangría.

2. Wine in Soho

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This is one of my favorite memories. We were out shopping all day and walked from Downtown to Soho, doing some real shopping and some window shopping. It was sunny and hot and New York was packed with people. We slid into one of the side streets and found a really nice place on a corner, ordered two glasses of Chardonnay and sat by the open window. They had no wifi, so we were forced to actually talk to eachother and it was great 😉 We returned here the next day as well and really fell in love with the whole area. Next time, we’re definitely staying in Soho.

1. A delicious sandwich

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Seeing that this was the most liked photo on my feed during 2016 was a bit of a surprise. It’s an avocado sandwich with zucchini bread from a lovely place called Social here in Copenhagen. I’ve written more about it in this post.

If you’d like to follow me on Instagram, or any other social media channel, my name is @liveandletsgo.


Off to Rome

October 26, 2016

Scandinavia is beautiful in fall, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s dark and it’s cold. It’s been 3 months at home in Copenhagen and I need my travel fix badly. We have a trip planned for January, but I couldn’t wait that long, so Jacob and I decided to go somewhere. A fall getaway. And what better place to go in fall than Rome? It’s still around 20 degrees Celsius down there, which is basically considered Danish summer. So Thursday evening, we’re off! We’re staying until Monday and we plan to eat, eat, eat, drink, and perhaps see some historical monuments in between. I can’t wait!
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Of course, I will keep you updated on my travels through my social media (I am called liveandletsgo on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook etc – so am easy to find 🙂 )

If you have any suggestions on blog posts I should read before going, or any tips on where to eat (vegan/vegetarian) and drink – let me know in the comments!

Photos by Moyan Brenn, CC license through Flickr. 


Recipe: My Favorite Chanterelle Pasta (Secretely Vegan!)

August 30, 2016

There’s nothing I love more than fresh, Swedish chanterelles in August. Lately I have been trying to live a bit healthier, but last Wednesday I got a sudden craving for chanterelles and pasta – which are both some my favorite things to eat separately, but together they are MAGIC. Of course, I only save the “unhealthy” meals for the weekends, so I was really looking forward to Saturday all week. Once Saturday came, I found some chanterelles on offer in one of the local stores and was over the moon. Finally, I would get my beloved chanterelle pasta again. The best thing about this is that it’s so easy to make vegan. Normally, chanterelle’s should be stir fried in lots of butter, but nobody will know the difference if you use margarine instead (just make sure it’s salted – and don’t try to save on the calories here!).

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For 2 people:

250 g chanterelle mushrooms
30 g milk-free margarine
1 onion (preferably shallot)
1-2 cloves of garlic
250 ml soy cream
salt & pepper
Your favorite pasta

  1. Boil the pasta until it’s al-dente. If you want a vegan option, make sure the pasta doesn’t contain eggs.
  2. Melt the margarine on medium heat and chop the onion and garlic.
  3. Add the onion and garlic and cook until slightly golden.DSC_0476
  4. Add the chanterelle mushrooms and cook for a while, until all the fluid had evaporated
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  5. Stir in the soy cream, add salt, pepper and parsley. Let it simmer.
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  6. Add your pasta and mix it all together in the pan.
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It’s a simple as that – and so easy to make vegan, no one will even know. It would go perfectly together with a cold, white wine but we decided to open up a really good bottle of red that Jacob got for his graduation. We took the food and the wine down to our backyard and ate there, as summer had suddenly decided to make a comeback for a few days in Denmark. So if you’re a pasta fanatic and want to try a really creamy and delicious pasta, that also happens to be vegan, try this! I promise you won’t regret it.

Don’t forget to save the recipe for later on Pinterest: CHANTERELLE PASTA




Food, Places I've Been

Vegan in Split, Croatia – A Guide

August 18, 2016

As I mentioned in my vegan guide to Dubrovnik, Croatia isn’t the easiest place to be vegan in, but I’d have to say that Split is definitely one of the best choices for vegans looking for delicious food in Croatia. Vegans who visit Dubrovnik will have to rely on renting an apartment with a kitchen and cook some food at home, but Split is much more accomodating for vegan foodies. I’d still suggest renting an apartment with a kitchen, because it’s much cheaper than eating out all the time, but if you’re only staying for a few days you’ll survive without the kitchen. When I first visited Split in 2011 none of these places existed/had vegan options, so it’s safe to say that the town has quickly adapted to tourist demands, which is great. So what are the places you can happily enjoy a meal at if you’re vegan in Split?

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Lovely Split! (Picture from Pixabay, CC license)

Vege Fast Food
Not so much a restaurant as a take-away fast food joint with veggie burgers, seitan steaks, tofu and the likes. Food is of varying quality but prices are okay. Can be hard to find – look for the sign that says VEGE.
Where: Put Porta 2, Split – just by the green market outside of the walls.  

Set outside the old town, closer to the main beach in Split, is Matoni where you can get both meat and vegan options. Vegan options include stuffed red peppers, salad with zucchini and beetroot pasta and a lentil muffin. Great prices compared to the restaurants inside the walls.
Where: Prilaz braće Kaliterna 6, Split

Only a few minutes walk outside of the walls you will find one of the most popular veg*n restaurants in Split: Makrovega. Here you will find vegan burritos, seitan and tempeh sandwiches, and a daily menu that changes but can include salads, soups burgers etc. Plus: vegan cakes! A must for any vegan visiting.
Website (in Croatian)
Where: Lestina 4, Split

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Vegan deliciousness at Makrovega in Split.

Up Cafe
Same owners as Makrovega and also all veg*n, Up Cafe offers vegan desserts, tempeh and seitan sandwiches, a hemp burger, risotto, a homemade stew and much more. Has WiFi!
Where: Domovinskog rata 29a, Split – a bit outside of the city centre.

Galerija Food
If you’re looking for a place inside of the town walls with a lovely setting and good food this is a great choice. It’s a mainly meat restaurant but has some vegan options, such as vegan bowls and vegan dessert.
Facebook page
Where: Vuskiviceva 3, Split

Bistro Toc
My favorite restaurant to visit in Split – not only because of the cat that always hangs around! The food is great to and vegan options include burritos, salads and so on… Most (if not all?) of the vegetarian options can be made vegan with a few tweaks. A few minutes walk from the old town. Lovely setting, very friendly staff.
Where:  Šegvića 1, Split

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Veggie food at Bistro Toc in Split

Toto’s Burger Bar 
A burger bar, but serves some vegan options as well, such as veggie noodles and zucchini noodles with tomato sauce.
Where: Trumbiceva Obala 2, Split

Wok Bar – That’s All Woks
Up for some Asian wok? Wok Bar mainly serves meat but has vegan options such as smoked tofu with whole-wheat noodles in curry and you can customize your own wok bowl by choosing the exact ingredients you want in it – perfect for those of us who are a bit picky! There are a few seats inside but I’d suggest getting the food to go.
Facebook page (with menu).
Where: Obala Hrvatskog Narodnog Preporoda 25, Split

Bio & Bio
If you’re cooking at home you will be able to find tofu, seitan and other vegan food at Bio & Bio which has many locations in Split and also sells lots of other stuff.
Where: Vukovarska ul. 207  (City Center), Morpurgova poljana 2, and Robna kuća Prima 3 (at R. Boškovića bb).


A tiny little moon <3

Copenhagen, Food

Copenhagen Street Food Festival

August 15, 2016

Who doesn’t love a good food truck when hunger strikes? This weekend I put my walking shoes on and walked down to Søerne for the first Copenhagen Street Food Festival, arranged by Kødbyens Mad og Marked, Rebel Food, Kitchen Collective,and YELP Copenhagen. The whole area from Dronning Louises Bro, up towards Åboulevard, and Sortedam Dossering was filled with small food trucks and the smell of food was in the air, despite the somewhat bad, occasionally rainy, weather.

Jacob was hungry, so he tried the veggie tacos from Yuca taco and they were sooo delicious – even though they were out of guacamole when we came. I loved to see so many people that came out to enjoy the good food and hang out. It was a very well organised event with lots of places to sit (maybe a bit too few waste baskets though), food from all over the world and options for everyone. I’d love to see it come back next year. I am always amazed by what good chefs can do with little means.

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“If I drink alcohol I am alcoholic, But if I drink Fanta, does that make me fantastic?”

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A lot of people came down to enjoy the food despite the occasional rain.



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I went for the pearl barley risotto, veggie balls, salad and a dressing with some parmesan on top. Absolutely delicious!

As you can see above I went for delicious veggie balls from a place called Average Meatballs, paired with pearl barley risotto, some salad and a dressing, it was the perfect small lunch for me. It tasted exceptionally well and I could have eaten 2 more of these, but it was enough to leave some room for a bigger dinner later in the evening.


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Copenhagen Street Food Festival was a great event for all of us foodies – with lots of vegetarian options!

If you missed the food festival but love street food, I suggest you visit Copenhagen Street Food on Papirøen which can easily be reached from Nyhavn in central Copenhagen.

Food, Places I've Been, Travel

The best restaurants in Hvar, Croatia

July 30, 2016
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This year was my fifth time in the lovely island of Hvar in Croatia. There are many reasons I love Hvar, and the food scene is one of them. The food is simply amazing and despite its small size, Hvar has many great restaurants to offer – no matter your budget and food preferences. Every time we go to Hvar we find new restaurants – either ones we’ve completely missed or new ones that have recently open. Of course, I want to try them all, but that’s not always possible. If you’re planning a trip to Hvar and want some restaurant recommendations, I’ve here compiled a list of the best restaurants in Hvar.

Because I am a vegetarian, I’m not able to eat at all the restaurants in Hvar so I’ve divided this list into the restaurants that I have tried myself and the restaurants that I have heard friends and acquaintances rave about.

My personal favorite restaurants in Hvar:

The Golden Shell
The Golden Shell is located on a small cobble street just behind the big square and it can be hard to miss so look out for the hostess outside. It’s probably one of the smallest restaurants that I’ve visited, with only around 12 tables, but the food is so amazing that we ate here twice during our last trip. They only have one vegetarian meal: a pasta with gorgonzola sauce and apples, and it tastes just like heaven, but they have more options if you eat meat and/or fish. Jacob had the ćevapčići, Balkan meat rolls, in lepinja, a traditional Balkan flatbread, served with onion, a delicious salad, ajvar and potatoes. He absolutely loved it. The restaurant is run by a family. The sommelier/server alone, Antonio (or Toni as they call him), is worth coming here for. He’s charming, nice, has a good sense of humour and knows everything about the food and the wine they serve. As the place is quite small, Toni has the time to chat to his customers (if they feel like it) and explain everything about the food on your plate. While we were there he told two women dining at the restaurant how he himself had caught the seafood they were about to eat, earlier that day. You can hear the knives cutting vegetables in the kitchen, where the chef is never too stressed or busy to deliver a perfect meal. The chef who, by the way, is World Master Chef Ivan Buzolic and sometimes his daughter Maja – both excellent chefs. The food is sourced locally as far as possible and the wine is all local wine. If you’re in Hvar for just one night, this is the place to go.
Where: Petra Hektorovića 8, Hvar.
Website (in Croatian)


Jacob had ćevapčići at the Golden Shell – the only meat I still miss!

Fig Café Bar
This is a new place in Hvar, opened by an American who moved to Croatia and decided to open up something a bit different than what all the other restaurants in Hvar are offering. Forget the classic Mediterranean pasta, risotto, pizza, meat, fish and seafood and enjoy Mexican pulled pork, pear and gorgonzola flat bread, vegan root vegetables with hummus or a vegetarian Indian curry with raita – food you won’t find anywhere else on the island. The place is small and hard to find, but once you find it you’ll keep coming back. The restaurant with its outside seating is located in a quiet, small street away from the crowds. You can’t make any reservations and it’s often full so either get here early or be prepared to grab a drink and wait a little while to be seated. The food is not only different but tastes absolutely fantastic as well – I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed. Read more about our visit to Fig Café Bar here.
Where: If you’re at the main square you will see two restaurants called Mizzarola and Ex Rocco. In between them is a small alleyway which can easily be missed if you don’t know it’s there. Walk down that alleyway and you will see the Fig Café Bar logo at the end – then turn left and you’re there.


Restaurant Luna is located on the same small street as The Golden Shell and after you climb the many stairs you can sit on the lovely, cozy rooftop. Luna mainly serves meat and fish but also has a lovely gnocchi with truffles for the vegetarians. We came here early and were the only people there but if you get here later in the evening it’s usually packed. The wine list is filled with Croatian wines and the servers are competent and can help you choose one that goes well with whatever you’re eating.
Where: Petra Hektorovića 1, Hvar.


Truffle gnocchi at Luna

Other great restaurants in Hvar

This restaurant is number one on Tripadvisor in Hvar, so many tourists come here, but it is not a tourist trap at all. The restaurant specializes in fish and seafood and I hear they have excellent service.
Where: Sveti Marak 1, Hvar

A really cozy restaurant with the most amazing setting on one of the cobble streets, Giaxa mainly serves fish and meat. We ate here a few years ago when they offered to make me a vegetarian pasta, but unfortunately they weren’t keen on adapting their menu this time around. Nevertheless, if you eat meat and fish and want to splurge for an evening, Giaxa is a great choice.
Where: Petra Hektorovica 3, Hvar

An excellent restaurant as well, with classic Dalmatian cuisine. We used to come here a lot when they had vegetarian options but  they didn’t have them this year so we skipped it. Still, it’s one of the best restaurants in town with excellent food and friendly waiters.
Where: Petra Hektorovića 8, Hvar (same address as Golden Shell above, but they’re right across the “street”.)

restaurants in hvar

Black Pepper with its checked tablecloths (Photo from Black Pepper’s Facebook page)

Black Pepper
A new restaurant that has quickly gained raving reviews among tourists and locals alike. They serve dalmatian classics with a twist and in a lovely setting. Didn’t eat here because of the lack of veg*n food on the menu but again – for meat and fish it’s perfect.
Where: Skaline od Gojave 11, Hvar
Facebook page.

Paradies Garden
Though Paradies Garden is not a new restaurant in Hvar, I hadn’t heard of it until now – maybe they just upped their marketing budget? Either way, it seems to be a place where people enjoy seafood, fish and meat as well as local wine and great service.
Where: Groda bb, Hvar

Do you have any favorite restaurants in Hvar that you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments!