April 7, 2020 – Salivating over those wonderful restaurant meals from the pre-corona era? A new steak delivery service from one of Croatia’s top meat restaurants has launched a national delivery service to meat your needs.
Now that we have all got to know the four walls of our current location intimately, close your eyes for a moment and try and decide where and with whom you would be spending your self-isolation in a perfect world (let me rephrase that – in a best-case-corona-scenario world).
A lot of people have expressed longing for the gorgeous Adriatic when I post photos and videos from my 30 minutes a day away from the laptop. And I have to confess that that half an hour by the sea is helping me keep it together, when the rest of my day is 100% consumed with digesting and reporting on the current horrors.
But while there is a longing for location, location, location, there is also another desire which is becoming ever more prevalent as this lockdown continues – food.
I am fortunate to be holed up with the best punica in the world, the best wife in the world, and the best sister-in-law in the world. Not only that but the fresh produce from the field of the best punac in the world means that we are eating healthily, and the creations coming out of Konoba Zorica are absolutely outstanding. Ladies, I salute thee!
But I also keep thinking back with longing to one quite extraordinarily unbelievably amazing culinary experience we had just as few weeks ago, when the living legend that is Ribafish invited us to dinner at the Temple of Meat in Varazdinske Toplice, Durina Hiza.
Ribafish, left, and a fat Irishman, right, are sandwiched between two of my favourite things in life – the highly entertaining Durina Hiza owner, Nikola Bozic, and THAT fridge. Now THIS is a place and company I could certainly consider for self-isolation. Who needs the Adriatic?
Nikola is also a total nutter, full of the craziest ideas, and it was hardly a surprise to me that while the whole global economy was crashing to pieces all around him, not only was he retaining his staff, but hiring MORE.
Cometh the hour, cometh the Schtig! If you can’t come to Croatia’s finest meat restaurant at the moment, let Croatia’s finest meat restaurant come to you with your favourite steak delivery!
Here is a sample of what is available. PLEASE NOTE that the availability of items is subject to changing availability, and I recommend you follow the Durina Hiza Facebook page for the latest info.
I asked Nikola why he had decided to go down this route when others were closing down and laying off staff.
“Because I love what I am doing and because gastronomy is my life choice and passion. I have a group of dedicated people who support me, and we have been all working together for quite a while now. I just couldn’t let them down so it came to me that I can still continue to offer the best meat and keep my family in business. This is how this delivery idea was born. Now what I am trying is to reach out to all the premium OPG’s in Croatia to broaden my offer and help them survive.”
Can you imagine how the quality of life in Croatia when (not if) this fabulous initiative takes off? Adding all the quality locally produced food to the network, delivered to your door? Direct support for Croatia’s farmers. Celebrate the little guy and help him win.
The Schtig has already begun deliveries, and Nikola tells me that he has the current delivery schedule.
To order, by email only – [email protected]
Today – Tuesday, April 7 – Koprivnica/Virovitica/Osijek/Vukovar
Tomorrow – Wednesday, April 8 – Varazdin and Zagreb
Thursday, April 9 – Rijeka and Istria
Friday, April 10 – Zagreb
And confirmed for after Easter:
Friday, April 17 – Split.
Young Nikola, I salute you, and I am proud to call you a close friend.
I really hope this initiative succeeds and grows, and the small quality producers all over Croatia come on board and turn this into the new way to get our food.
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