Posted in May 2013

Croatia: A taste of Hum

Croatia: A taste of Hum

Our second last day dawned grey with the promise of warm sun. Surely nothing could interfere with today’s 30- km bike ride. We arrived in Istria’s medieval town of Roc, with its flower boxes and thick limestone walls. Between the 12th and 20th century it was the centre of Croatian publishing, based on the Glagolitic … Continue reading

Croatia — the mountain not climbed

I’d been mentally preparing for this day for a month. Yes, you will climb Croatia’s highest mountain, where lunch awaited, and perhaps even make the “hard” climb to the top. After we left Zagreb, Mia learned that 10 cm of snow had fallen on the mountain three days before. This morning it was pouring rain … Continue reading

Waterlogged in Plitvice Lakes Park

Waterlogged in Plitvice Lakes Park

Orphan 3-yr old Today was a walk in the park, literally! We drove a short way to Plitvice Lakes National Park, the largest in Croatia at 284.82 square kilometres, for a three-hour stroll. Judging from the number of tour buses and the crowds from all over the world pouring through the gate, we were the … Continue reading

Croatian adventure Day 2

Croatian adventure Day 2

Breakfast at Zagreb’s Hotel Esplanade is a splendid affair. Every uniformed staff member in the dining room says hello amid a sea of white tablecloths under chandeliers. There’s sparkling wine and fresh-squeezed orange juice chilling at the buffet if you care to start the day with a mimosa. Out on the terrace on an unusually … Continue reading

Welcome to Zagreb

Welcome to Zagreb

Greetings from Zagreb, Croatia, first leg in this week’s Survivor-meets-Amazing-Race press trip. The first test was the night flight over. No more business class for me … it was back of the Air Canada bus with mystery beef, a lousy selection of movies we couldn’t hear through the earphones provided and a truly uncomfortable seat … Continue reading

Fabulous favas

Fabulous favas

By: Cynthia David Special to the Star, Published May 16, 2013 If there were a design award for legumes, the fava bean would win hands down. Crack open a shiny green pod and you’ll understand why. Each bean is nestled in a velvety white bed attached to a jaunty nightcap that snaps off when you … Continue reading

Get fresh with fiddleheads

Get fresh with fiddleheads

Move over broccoli, it’s fiddlehead season! These tightly coiled fronds, wrapped in copper-coloured kerchiefs that glint in the sun, are a sure sign of spring. Leave them a day or two and they’ll unfurl into an elegant fern any shade garden would love if they weren’t so invasive. Nick Secord, president of NorCliff Farms Inc., … Continue reading