Truffle hunting dogs

We travelled a bit farther and now we are in another country, M says it is called Croatia. I was a bit sad when we left pizza country, but it turns out they have pizza here, too! And a lot of other, also very tasteful stuff. M tells me the region we are in now is Istria and Istria is known for its splendid food. Like game, cheese and truffles. And raw ham, a bit like the ham they have in Italy. It tastes wonderful, I can tell you. This is what I ate yesterday:

Istrian food

All right, I’ll be honest: it is what M ate. But I got a big part of it! It is cheese with truffles, truffle spread on bread and prsut, the Istrian ham. Delicious.

Truffles are a kind of mushroom and they grow underground. Here they have special dogs to find them. I met some of them today, when we were taking a walk. They are trained to find truffles, which isn’t too hard because you can smell a truffle from miles afar. At least, I can and so do these dogs. Did you ever smell a truffle? Not a very subtle odor, you must agree. Anyway, these dogs find the truffles for their humans, just like hunting dogs find game. Only truffles don’t run away, so it is much easier to do.

The walk we made was nice. The town where we are now is very old. It smells of cats and humans and truffles.

Motovun

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