Truffle Alert! Truffle Alert!

11 Oct

After returning safely to Split from our Splendid Sailing Sojourn it was off to Istria!  Istria is a small peninsula that has been occupied by Italy, Austria, Hungary, Yugoslavia and now Croatia and NO WONDER!  There’s gold in them thar hills…yes the black and especially the white variety and ohhhh are they yummy!  We made our way to Rovinj in the rain, yes a long wet driving day. But no matter, the old city looked great with the glistening limestone alleys.IMG_3650

And this morning it was up early to head to Montovun, and ancient walled city that we toured as the clouds began to part.



We had arranged for a Truffle Hunt of the finest kind: experienced hunter, awesome dog, just us.  And off we went.


Anita has been hunting truffles for over 30 years and is third generation Istrian Truffle Diva.  Vera, a six year old German Pointer with a very wet tongue has been at Anita’s side for five years.  Together they are awesome.  The outfit is called NaturaTartufo.  Remember it if you ever want this experience of a lifetime!


Within minutes, our first black truffle.  Then a bit more hunting, a bit more slipping in the mud and then…EUREKA!


A veritable trove of truffles, a fountain of fungus, a plethora or pestilence, an over abundance of over indulgence.  We had hit pay dirt, most literally.

By the end of just over an hour, we had found truffles indeed and more than expected, thanks to Vera the truffle tracker.

After a lunch of fresh white truffle encrusted scrambled eggs and truffled ice cream and truffled brandy (are you hungry yet?) it was off to, what else?  The truffle festival!



After we had our fill, just a final visit to the walled city of Istria to pay respects to the birthplace of our favorite Indy car driver.


Until tomorrow then…


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12 Responses to “Truffle Alert! Truffle Alert!”

  1. Mindy October 11, 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    You’re in heaven, correct?

  2. Kitty October 11, 2015 at 5:56 pm #

    I am jealous! Can I come join you? Roger wants to know whT cLiber rifle you used to hubt the truffles? LOL

  3. Joanne October 11, 2015 at 6:46 pm #

    Michael I expect some will come home w you! I will trade you Sicilian chocolate for truffles!
    Have fun !

  4. richard cohen October 11, 2015 at 8:33 pm #

    my beautiful children

  5. Slewie October 11, 2015 at 9:11 pm #

    Words escape me. Toooooo wonderful

  6. Ddavis October 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm #

    Love the updates.

    You have an assignment straight out of get smart. Please find us a villa that we can rent for six adults and five children to have a family vacation this nearest will beach bike trails hiking and interesting things.

    @devraleedavis Www Visiting Professor Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School & Ondokuz Mayis Medical School



  7. Christine October 12, 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    Love seeing your face on the OTHER side of the camera, TOO!! Sending love!

  8. C&C October 13, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    I imagine there is a wine that pairs well with truffles.
    You guys look great!

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