Best of Both Worlds

This tiny and proud country has everything for you – fishermen’s shacks, palaces, church in a cave, bright blue fjord, nice rocky paths for you to walk and then disappear in the woods, small hotels and resorts! My host World Association of Chefs invited me to stay in the association run Hotel Residence Milocer Hotel. It is run mostly by hospitality and tourism students. On the high end, there is the Aman Sveti Stefan, located in the centre of Montenegro’s Adriatic coastline, south of Budva and between the villages of Pržno and Sveti Stefan. Both hotels have breathtaking views of the sea, across the bay and along Montenegro’s most renowned stretch of coastline. Read more

Food and Such

Montenegrin cuisine has a distinctive Italian flavour. I noticed that in the way the meats are cured dried, the cheese making techniques and the way the breads are made. There are also influences from other countries like Turkey, Hungary, Croatia and Vienna. When I went up to the north of Montenegro I noticed that the cuisine is different there. In the coastal areas and the southern parts seafood dishes dominate and are cooked Mediterranean style. Towards the north, there was heavy use of meats especially lamb.

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Winter in Pljevlja

Winter in Montenegro is generally welcomed in the North of the country, where the winter sports centers in Durmitor and Bjelasica begin to provide tourists and Olympic athletes alike an enjoyable winter in Montenegro. I came up to the North to teach at the Culinary school here.Read more

Sleepy Old Village in Milocer

I stayed at the Hotel Residence Milocer Hotel that had a great view of part of a beach and so I decided that I will take a walk there. It was less than 25 minutes of peaceful walk to the beautiful beach. Hardly saw anyone along the way………well it explains, Montenegro’s population is less than 650,000 people!! Along with ancient style stone houses, you can also see modern buildings like this below. There are also lots of new developments in Milocer. Many seafood restaurants dotted the place. Some had very unique fascinating fascade. Some restaurants called seafood “sea fruits”.Read more

Montenegro country markets

Montenegro is a new country and don’t have much definition on what is its National cuisine. Since the country is very small, it has lots of influence from the neighbouring countries. Since Serbia ruled it for years, the cuisine is almost the same. I saw lots of roasted seafood like cuttlefish, lamb, cured meats and cheeses. I saw wheels and wheels of cheese when I went to the Farmers’ market. There were many sheep’s milk cheese. Read more

Chefs In Training

I was approached by World Association of Chefs if I am keen to take on an assignment to go to Montenegro as part of the Train the Trainers Program to teach chefs and wannabe chefs on Asian food. Of course I took this opportunity to show off my skills as well as to visit this country. It was a pleasure working with all these wonderful young trainee chefs and some chef owners of restaurants. They were all very enthusiastic to learn Asian cuisine eg. Korean, Japanese, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese and Indonesian.Read more

Laid Back Budva

Budva is a popular coastal town in Montenegro. This place is well known for all the Mediterranean architecture, the beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. Budva is the oldest settlements on the Adriatic Sea coast – more than 3500 years old!! Over the years this area was reigned by Roman Empire, the Serbian empire, by the Venetians, the French, Austria-Hungary, Italians and Russians!! Therefore, the people here seemed to have a bit of influence from these various countries. At one time, it was even part of Yugoslavia but today, Montenegro is independent and building itself to be recognised worldwide. Budva’s most famous beach is Mogren and it is nestled between high cliffs. I found out that the beach got its name after the Spanish sailor Morgini who got down here after a shipwreck.Read more

My Holy Days in Montenegro

Even though I am not a religious person, I am a highly spiritual person, and I will not think twice to visit any religious place in the world. I have always felt calm when visiting a sacred place when it is not crowded, and I think there is something magical about such places. I visited several spiritual or holy places during this trip to Montenegro – churches, monasteries and an ancient mosque I loved every bit of it. There was even an magnificent mosque in Pljevlja dating from the 16th century and was built by Husein-Pasha Koljanic. Check out the domes of the mosque – it contains exquisite paintings – again I feel privileged to have visited the mosqueRead more

The Old and New City

Thousands of tourists flock to Budva every year during the high season. My new friends in Montenegro said that almost everyone in Budva is rich! Apparently, some people even call this place Montenegrin Kuwait – many of the residents here sold their houses to foreign investors for big money and became millionaires. Most of the buyers were Russians, Austrians and Italians. Look at the narrow path between two rows of shops? Well, it is like this almost throughout the old town which makes it charming and interesting. I also visited two beautiful ancient churches. The first was St. Ivan’s which was built in the7th century and the second St. Mary’s of Punta dating from 840.Read more