Popular Croatian Dishes

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Popular Croatian Dishes

Every country is unique and offers something new. When travelling, it is always exciting to experience new cultures and all the different aspects that are apart of it. One aspect in particular is food and in Croatia there is wide variety of different dishes to try. The broad range of meals are unique and may be familiar, as they are influenced by many different countries such as Greek, Italian, Turkish, French…the list goes on. While you’re visiting try some of these popular dishes!

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Pašticada  

This traditional meat dish originates from Dalmatia, and is the perfect meal for meat lovers! Essentially it is beef and potatoes, but a lot better and this is why; the beef is marinated for 24 hours in garlic, red wine and a variety of spices such as rosemary and sage giving it a richness of flavour. After marinating the beef, it is then cooked for a few hours surrounded by dried plums, carrots, onions nutmeg and cloves to create a dark coloured sauce that is thick and rich with flavours. This dish is traditionally served with a side of potatoes gnocchi. 

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Tartufi 

Not quite a dish but still something to try! Tartufi is a rare and very valuable mushroom found underground by specially trained dogs in the Istria region. Though these mushrooms are small they have quite a distinctive taste and are said to have aphrodisiac powers! Tartufi is served as a silver or black garnish on pastas or omelettes and are mixed into venison sauces to give them that extra flavour.

 

 

Crni rižot 

A must try for all you adventurous types! This dish is well known for its distinct colour and flavouring, which it gets from the popular croatian ingredient squid ink! Squid ink is a delicacy in Croatia and gives an authentic Mediterranean taste to any meal its added to. In this dish it is mixed into the risotto along with cuttlefish, squid and various herbs. Sprinkle a bit of goat cheese on top for garnish and your good to go!

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The Health Benefits of Sailing Part 2

That’s right we have some more health benefits from sailing for you!

When sailing, activating your muscles is a regular regime.  Don’t believe it? Think about hoisting the main sail or jib. It requires you to use your arms, core and legs in order to fight against the wind, to get that sail up. Doing this a number of times also builds endurance, enabling the process to become easier over time.

Swimming is inevitable when yachting and a great workout too! It tones the whole body by acting as a resistant, which builds muscle mass and stamina.  When you submerge your body, you then only carry 10% of your weight and the movements you make have a less damaging impact, than if you were on land.

And how about all that dancing! Girls in heels are stimulating their core and strengthening your legs and butt in order to keep yourselves up, moving and looking good. Meanwhile the boys are strengthening their arms with each fist pump that punches the air.  Further core strengthening, also comes from the task of getting to and from the yacht on a thin plank, or staying stable while the yacht rocks.  Your sea legs and stomach muscles kick in, ensuring you’re safety from falling in to the water. The longer you spend on the ocean the more your balance and stability improves.

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Movember Tips

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 It’s that time of year again! Men from all over have shaven their facial hair and have begun their pursuit to grow a moustache.  So whether your lineage permits the iconic Tom Selleck moustache or the Fu Man Chu, we full on support you!

Here at Yachts and Friends, our Movember participators are enthusiastic about their up-and-coming moustaches and yes they have some tips!

 

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1. Wash and moisturize your face. Your face needs to be healthy in order to support the moustache growing process.

2.  Brush your moustache daily. It is recommended to use a moustache comb, so you look less silly when brushing in public places. 

3. Speak kind words to your moustache. Its at the beginning stages and needs caring words for encouragement.

4. Add some colour or texture with moustache dye (or mascara). Yep, most of us have done it. 

5. And most of all, be patient and have fun! Moustaches are an art and something to enjoy, don't worry it will grow soon enough. 

 Happy Movember from us here at the office!

2.  Brush your moustache daily. It is recommended to use a moustache comb, so you look less silly when brushing in public places. 

3. Speak kind words to your moustache. Its at the beginning stages and needs caring words for encouragement.

4. Add some colour or texture with moustache dye (or mascara). Yep, most of us have done it. 

5. And most of all, be patient and have fun! Moustaches are an art and something to enjoy, don't worry it will grow soon enough. 

 Happy Movember from us here at the office!


 

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The Health Benefits of Sailing Part 1

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The Health Benefits of Sailing Part 1

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It is well known that sailing is a leisurely activity usually involving friends, family, food, drinks and great experiences, but have you ever thought of the health benefits you receive from it?

The most obvious is the exposure to the outdoors. Fresh air and sunshine surround you, allowing you to breath in clean oxygen and soak up vitamin D, which most of us city dwellers lack. The salt water has healing properties, which help cleanse your skin too. 

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There are many therapeutic aspects to sailing as well. The rocking of the boat and the sound of waves that trance people into sleep are real! What’s more, sailing is an escape from technology and the real world, which is necessary for the brain and for our stress levels. Being on call 24/7 whether it’s by phone, or computer is hard on you. From time to time it’s important to take a break from it all.

Food is fresh, delicious and unique. Coastal people are generally praised on their diets, mainly because of the amount of seafood they eat. Fish have many beneficial properties such as omega-3 and fatty acids, which your brain and body need.

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When sailing, you can be exposed to the different delicacies islands have to offer and can venture off to local markets and purchase seafood caught from the ocean earlier that day. If seafood isn’t your fancy, there are plump fruits and vegetables that are nurtured by the salt water within the soil, which make them full of flavor.

 

Being on the ocean is one of the most relaxing experiences you can have. Evidently, it’s like a spa get-away, which you tailor to yourself.  So grab your friends, family or your partner and take a break from everyday life and enjoy a coastal life for a change.

 

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Yachts and Friends Official Launch Party

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Yachts and Friends Official Launch Party

Last night the Yachts and Friends Head Office was teeming with friends, family, neighbours and guests to celebrate the Official Launch Party.

Hosted in collaboration with Beluga Vodka, the office was stylishly converted into the perfect space for such an event, as friends sauntered from the bar to experience pods to the interactive studios to the dance floor and finally to the postcard competition wall.

Waiters kept the drinks flowing as guests sipped on wine from .iT and vodka cocktails courtesy of Beluga Vodka. Guests were given the opportunity to win a yacht holiday by sending competition postcards to their loved ones, with one lucky guest due to be announced as the winner on Monday 28th October.

As our very own DJ James Park teamed up with live musicians to provide the entertainment for the night, guests got a sneak-peak at the upcoming trailers and newly launched destinations in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey, British Virgin Islands, Thailand and Sweden.

As the evening drew to a close, merry guests reluctantly spilled out of the event (customised gift bags in hand) and onto Kensington Roof Gardens where they partied into the early hours of this morning having all explored – dreamed – discovered…

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Welcome to Yachts and Friends

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Welcome to Yachts and Friends

We want to build this company by providing great experiences and to make yachting accessible. Sailing has been perceived as an activity exclusive to old, wealthy sailors and since we started our first project in 2006, The Yacht Week, we have been working to change that image. 

With a proven track record in providing experiences to non-sailors and sailors alike (The Yacht Week brings over 10,000 customers to the ocean every year), Yachts and Friends follows similar goals, but may be considered a graduate product of its sister company. We locate the best places and routes, source the best yachts and connect the guests with great skippers - skippers that care about the holiday and can help with planning the experience using their in-depth knowledge of the destinations. They are not just a driver but also friend and guide that make sure our guests experience a bespoke holiday and adventure.

The booking process takes place entirely online and once you have booked we will encourage you to submit some information about your preferences so we get a good feel for what kind of trip you are after.

We are launching with a portfolio of seven destinations - Croatia, Greece, Italy, British Virgin Islands, Turkey, Thailand and Sweden - and we will grow from there. We have been in the business for 10 years so we listen to our customers and to the local community to provide the very best places to enjoy a yacht holiday.

So throw off the bowlines and set sail... explore - dream - discover

Erik Biorklund // Co-Founder

 

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