Enough of bustling metropolis for you? Anyone seeking somewhat slower rythm of life, with some homemade foods next to it? I have a perfect solution for you! Last Saturday I went to Ivanić Grad, a journey with a pleasant surprise. Ivanić Grad is only 40 kilometres away from Zagreb and is situated on the edge of Zagreb County. It has some 15 thousand inhabitants and it is mostly known for the Naftalan health facility. Naftalan is a Croatian word for a mineral oil found in earth
Once it was the Zadar's port, near the monumental Porta Terraferma built by Michele Sanmicheli in the 16th century. Today, Foša is the brand name of a famous Zadar's fish restaurant which has recently gone through a modernisation of both its interior and its staff. A reason enough for us to visit one of the very few Croatian restaurants included in the prestigious Jeunes Restaurateurs. Deliberately, we came there in the beginning of November, not only to have peace from the r
The biggest gathering of everything finest in the Vrbovsko region is Bundevijada – the annual festival of pumpkins! It is now 13th year in a row that the Tourist Board of Vrbovsko and the Town Hall organise this festival, which bears a mark of a fair with many to-buy-list opportunities. There are many things presented on this fair, but Bundevijada in its core is primarily about autumn and its fruits. Traditionally, people used to gather all the best from the autumn season and
A bee jumps all over the table, trying to take a sip from elderflower juice beautifully prepared by Mr Gani Ramadani, the charismatic owner of the Family Farm Kate. His piece of heaven on Earth is situated on a green hill just outside Vrbovsko. Sitting under a large tree and trying his homemade juices is a rest like no other! Master Gani, as we call him, also makes something he calls “pear in bottle”; it is in fact a pear brandy, but just made with mild percentage of alcohol.
Beekeeping in Međimurje goes back many years and has a rich tradition. Today there are about 12 thousand colonies in Međimurje from which up to 200 tons of honey can be produced. Međimurje has some 400 beekeepers most of whom are members of the local associations. With their hard work and good beekeeping practices these beekeepers produce first class honey, pollen, propolis and other bee products. We have visited one of these, the Honey Garden, in village of Črečan, run by Ta
Mačkovec is a place where Međimurje valleys turn into the Međimurje rolling hills, and this is precise location where adorable restaurant “Mala hiža” (a small house in local dialect) is situated. The cuisine here is among the best in Croatia, thanks to the owner Branimir Tomašić, whose touch is visible in every meal on the menu. That is why everyone can say Mala hiža is not only a restaurant, it is a place of good memories! Handmade pasta, home grown products, carefully chose