Saturday, 25 January 2020

Good Food Festival continued yesterday evening in the beautiful ambience of Restaurant Kantenari at the Sunset Beach Dubrovnik. The guests were ready for something special: dinner with a famous chef – Priska Thuring.

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Priska is one of the most creative chefs of the new generation on the Croatian gastronomic scene. This Canadian with Zagreb address began her Croatian career back in 2005 and what is interesting in Dubrovnik, at the Hotel Palace.

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She grew up in Canada where still as a child she cooked with her mother and she was educated in Switzerland as an apprentice at the legendary hotel Dolder Grand. Her life’s path led her to Croatia where she fell in love because here ‘’onions and garlic still taste like onions and garlic, tomatoes taste like tomatoes and strawberries taste like strawberries ̋.

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She is currently living in Zagreb and working at the Dubravkin put restaurant, which, with her arrival, once again took its place among the best Croatian restaurants.

Priska’s menus follow the seasons and she chooses the ingredients herself at local markets, something that she enjoys doing.

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This modest, top professional, master of pairing tastes and colours, created her own refined menu and prepared really special dishes for the fourth Good Food Festival – dried marinated sea bass, veal sweetbread, dry curd cottage cheese and pumpkin gnudi, farm raised lamb in white wine and terrine -55% chocolate. It was all combined with tasty, quality wine.

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The musical part of the evening was perfectly covered by famous Croatian singer Zorica Kondza, while the host was famous TV presenter Mirko Fodor.

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Good Food Festival ends today with famous Dubrovnik Table across the Stradun right at noon and will finish with Gala Dinner in Hotel Rixos Libertas.

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Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the 30 best islands in the world outside the United States in the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards survey.

Among the best islands around the globe, from the Far East to the West, an island from Croatia has also found its place on this prestigious list.

According to Condé Nast Traveler readers, the world’s best island is Boracay in the Philippines, whilst the Croatian island of Hvar placed as the 28th on the list.

''Lush vineyards, secluded coves, and winding medieval streets attract visitors to this 42-mile-long island off the coast of Croatia. The Adriatic island is as popular with backpackers as it is with luxury yachts, and this summer brought the debut of UberBOAT, connecting Hvar to towns along the Dalmatian coast'', wrote Condé Nast Traveler about Hvar.

Condé Nast Traveler also added some useful tips for travellers to the island, ''Hvar is a popular base for exploring additional islandsfarther afield, including other Pakleni Islands that are home to caves, coves, and nude beaches, which can be reached by rental boat. Although Hvar has no airport, there are frequent, fast ferries from Split on the mainland to Hvar’s two main centres, the town of Hvar and Stari Grad''.

Here is the list of the world's 30 best islands chosen by Condé Nast Traveler readers:

1. Boracay, Philippines
2. Cebu and Visayan Islands, Philippines
3. Palawan, Philippines
4. Mallorca, Spain
5. Mykonos, Greece
6. Bermuda
7. St. Barts
8. Turks and Caicos
9. Bali, Indonesia
10. Cayman Islands
11. St. Lucia
12. St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands
13. Crete, Greece
14. Sardinia, Italy
15. Ibiza, Spain
16. Antigua
17. Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada
18. Isla Mujeres, Mexico
19. Barbados
20. Capri, Italy
21. Fiji
22. Moorea, French Polynesia
23. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
24. British Virgin Islands
25. Santorini, Greece
26. Mauritius
27. Anguilla
28. Hvar, Croatia
29. Madeira, Portugal
30. St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

Yes, the swimming season is still alive in Dubrovnik. The warmer and calmer weather has held until the end of October and the tourists in the city and locals are making the most of it by dipping in the Adriatic Sea.

The current sea temperature in Dubrovnik is around 21 degrees and with the roasting sunshine the Adriatic is a magnet for swimmers. The forecast is for more warm weather, at least until the end of the month, so why not take a dip.

Yesterday the Sunset Beach in the bay of Lapad was full of sunbathers, swimmers and people enjoying al fresco coffee in the golden sunshine.

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‘’Recover, reshape, recharge’’ is a slogan of the first health hotel in Croatia recently presented to the public.

Nowadays health services are the most sought for among modern leisure and business travellers looking to maintain their healthy lifestyle while on vacation.

As from this year, Croatia has enriched its tourist offer with the first health hotel. After the ‘’soft opening’’ in June, Marvie Hotel & Health was officially presented to the public a few days ago.

The hotel is located by the sea in the part of Split called Zenta hence its name ‘’Marvie’’ which is derived from the Latin word ‘’mare’’ meaning ‘’ sea’’ and the French word ‘’vie’’ meaning ‘’life’’.

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The Marvie hotel gives its guests an insight into the Mediterranean kind of life, providing tranquillity, relaxation and health. It spreads over 9,400 square metres with three floor underground garage, 76 rooms, 2 luxury suites and a large outdoor pool on the roof terrace with a spectacular view.

At guest’s disposal there is a whole array of specialized health care services with well-equipped spa and fitness facilities space. In addition to rest and relax facilities, there are physics and rehabilitation clinics as well as dermatological ambulance for aesthetic medicine. Gastronomic offer is based on a modern cuisine with Mediterranean ingredients along with a wide selection of gluten-free dishes.

The Marvie Hotel employs 30 people, whilst the Tromont construction company with the support of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development (HBOR) realized this investment worth 105 million Kunas.

orest fires are raging in Konavle, south of Dubrovnik, and two special firefighting planes have been called in to help. Around 60 firefighters are believed to be on the ground controlling the blaze that started at 11.00 o’clock this morning between the villages of Gabriel and Uskople.

The fire spread to the east and as the terrain is difficult to navigate it managed to spread up the hills and has proved difficult to bring under control. No residences are at threat at the moment, however a thick pine forest has been burning throwing a huge acrid column of smoke in the air.

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The Good Food Festival continued today, the penultimate day, with a presentation of fines wines from the island of Krk. As the sun shone down on the Sunset beach in Lapad guests were treated to traditional delicacies and wines from Krk whilst the vocal group Subrenum provided the music.

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The Toljanić family from Vrbnik on Krk presented sparkling wines, fresh white wines and even a beer made from wine. The family own and run many successful vineyards on Krk and last year opened the first ever wine hotel in Croatia.

“We are happy to bring a piece of Krk to Dubrovnik, ours is a family business and the whole family is involved in one way or another,” commented the Toljanić family. 

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Along with the excellent wines guests had the opportunity to taste delicacies such as dried sausage with truffles, pasta with goulash, Krk prosciutto and award winning cooked ham.

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 The 2017 Good Food Festival continues tomorrow with two great events, the Dubrovnik Table on the Stradun and the finale the Gala Dinner in the Rixos Libertas Hotel.

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And yes beer from wine! 

Good Food Festival is one of the most favourite festivals in Dubrovnik and it again proves why. One part of rich programme was held today morning in the Tourist Information Centre at Pile – the presentation of Mandarica by Jadre Nicetic and Lucija Tomasic. Ladies did their best to present this special and yet simple dessert. Jadre researched it and Lucija prepared it.

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Mandarica is an old forgotten cake, quite similar to pudding, that in the past Dubrovnik ladies prepared often. It’s special because it’s made with rice flour combined with rose water (commonly and gladly used in Dubrovnik) in pudding moulds. In the past rice for making sweets was milled in the special small household millstones. This cake is mentioned by the writer Josip Bersa in his book  ̋Dubrovacke slike i prilike ̋ and the art historian Cvito Fiskovic also left us a written record of this cake.

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It is sure that Madarica was made back in 18th century and it’s possible that it was made even long time ago – in 16th century. However, in 1950’s it started disappearing and it’s almost not consumed nowdays. One of the reasons is surely an invention of pudding powder, which is easily mixed (even though Mandarica is quite simple to do too).

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One of the goals of this presentation is to bring back Mandarica, especially in Dubrovnik restaurants. Since we had the chance to try it, we sure hope that Mandarica will make a comeback!
Good Food Festival continues until Sunday, October 22nd.

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Australians clearly love Croatian bread and bakery products. Mlinar, one of Croatia’s largest and most well established bakery, has opened its second outlet in Australia. Last year Mlinar opened its first bakery in Australia, in Sydney, and after a year of successful business has expanded with another store this time in a suburb of Sydney, Liverpool.

This move into the international market for Mlinar isn’t the only one as the company have also been making huge steps in Germany with a statement saying that they plan to open 150 bakeries over the next five years.

One of the largest retail chains in Europe DM-drogerie markt recorded great results in Croatia in the business year 2016/2017.

According to Mirko Mrakuzic, the director of DM Croatia, in the business year 2016/2017, which ends in September for DM, the company achieved a total turnover of 2.1 billion Kunas or 5.4 percent growth.

‘’In the past business year, ‘’DM’’ has invested more than 74 million Kunas in the modernization of 37 stores, a new logistics centre and the opening of two specialized departments for non-prescription medicinal products’’, explained Mrakuzic.

Markuzic also announced that in the next business year ‘’DM’’ will invest 90 million Kunas in the modernization of 40 stores and the development of assortments.

Over the past business year, DM's stores were visited by more than 86,000 customers every day, and the average purchase was around 76 Kunas.

DM Croatia employs 1,399 people in 157 stores in 60 cities throughout Croatia. According to data from DM the average monthly net salary in stores is around 1,200 Euros.

The first delivery of fifty new dog shelters for the animal shelter on Žarkovica arrived today. The City of Dubrovnik has purchased 100 such dog kennels in total based on the dimensions submitted by the Society for the Protection of Animals in Dubrovnik. The new kennels will keep the dogs in the shelter dry and warmer through the upcoming winter months and were made by a local company in Dubrovnik.

“The kennels are set up to ensure that the dogs in Žarkovica are provided with better accommodation conditions,” commented the City of Dubrovnik. The City has also provided 100,000 Kuna for the reconstruction of the fences around the animal shelter as well as an additional 100,000 Kuna to the Society of the Protection of Animals in Dubrovnik for the purpose of recruiting a much needed workforce for the animal shelter.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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