Ana-Marija Bujić is a girl with many passions (some of them a bit strange, says ) – languages (English and French, mon amour), writing, cooking, taking photographs, food styling, traveling (not to mention sleeping, reading, swimming, endless chat-sessions with her girlfriends, having fun with her boyfriend, collecting old boards for photo backdrops and – oh yes – chocolate). Quite a lot of these seemingly random activities came together in her blog Da mi je nešto slatko…(which literally translates ‘I wish I had something sweet’) which has been around the Croatian food blogging scene for quite some time now. She also works as a website editor for the most popular food&beverage publication in Croatia (Dobra hrana) and as a subtitler for a multinational company based in Sweden and also contributs to Eastok Europe from time to time. She does not seem to have much spare time, but she says she is enjoying it and there’s another huge project in the pipeline, you’ll hear about that one on another occasion. Ana-Marija is another one of those lucky people with summer and winter residences, she spends her summers in her hometown Dubrovnik (not bad, right?) while her winter city of choice is Zagreb.
- Describe your dream summer holiday!
I’ve been longing for a real holiday for quite some time now so there is only one answer: lazing on the beach. Yes, I really love those slow-paced holidays, you know, when you can get up at noon, go for a brisk swim and then have all the time in the world to fix your lunch… Or not.
- Where do you really spend you summer holidays?
As mentioned, I was born in Dubrovnik so I spend my holidays at home, which is not a bad thing at all considering the fact that it’s one of the hottest tourist destinations on the Adriatic. But there is also a downside to this situation: the fact that I am really not that familiar with the rest of the Croatian coast. However, I have big plans to change that ASAP.
- Do you cook or eat out?
I love to cook so I cook whenever I can, but I also eat out a lot, especially this summer as my boyfriend and I still don’t have a kitchen in our Dubrovnik apartment (unbelievable, right?)
- Fav summer food?
Fish. And then some more fish. And yes, I would say fish. But I love to eat fish all year round. If we’re talking strictly summer produce here, I would definitely say tomatoes and those wonderful succulent summer peaches.
- Is it party, party, party or catching up on your reading?
Mostly catching up on reading, but from time to time, there’s nothing better than a wild all-night party.
- How about festivals?
I wouldn’t call myself a festival-goer, but I am up for all things cultural: movies, theatre, exhibitions, concerts – you name it, I’m there.
- What is your summer guilty pleasure?
Guilty pleasure? In my frame of mind, there’s no such thing as guilt when it comes to pleasure. 😉
- Where was the best summer holiday you ever had?
I love all my summer holidays (OK, maybe not the one last year, that one was pretty disastrous), but the best one was the summer of 2010, when I spent a month in London. I went to a Cambridge teacher-training course there and had a great time, both studying and having fun with Londoners. I also loved Istanbul🙂
- Favorite summer spot in Dubrovnik?
There’s a really great spot, a summer concert stage, on a phenomenal location on a hill overlooking the Old City, just next to the remains of the tiny St Orsula Church dating from the 14th century. The view is outstanding (Cavtat on the left, the Island of Lokrum just in front of you and the Old City to the right, bathing in light) and so is the concert programme. From klapa singing, to contemporary bands, you name it. I have two concerts on my to-do list until the end of my stay in Dubrovnik.
- Cocktail or lemonade?
Cocktail. Anything but a mojito. I know everyone’s been crazy about those greenish things lately, but they’re just not my cup of tea (cocktail?).