Prior to our departure, we watched an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s ‘No Reservations’, filmed recently in Croatia. In fact, we watched it several times, since it’s a particularly interesting episode and we wanted to share it with our friends and family. During his visit, Bourdain toured Istria and parts of the Dalmatian coast with Mate Jankovic, a professional chef and judge on the Croatian series ‘Master Chef Croatia’.
Fast forward to our first full day in Zagreb, and Sasha, Austin, and I were walking down Ilica Street in central Zagreb (a major street lined with fancy clothing stores, cafes, bakeries, and regularly passing trams). Sasha (with Austin’s stroller) needed to side-step a gentleman walking the other direction. After sharing a short laugh at the near-collision, we passed and I turned to Sasha and said, “do you know who that was?!?” Yes indeed, it was Mate Jankovic—the only Croatian national citizen we could pick out of a line-up—speed walking down Ilica Street. We finally caught up to him in the main square (four blocks later!) where he was kind enough to pose for a photo with Sasha and Austin.
Watch the episode; it’s entertaining, though half of Bourdain’s dialogue is bleeped out. Apparently, he REALLY likes the food in Croatia! I can’t say I blame him.
Watch it here: