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love2travel

Member Since 26 May 2010
Offline Last Active Apr 14 2014 07:27 PM
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Stopping In To Say Hello!

18 March 2014 - 10:36 AM

I am alive and well - just very busy.  We are preparing for our gigantic move to Croatia in May which means listing and selling our house, vehicles, trying to decide what to take along (we are very restricted with space) and what to leave behind; what to sell and what to donate. We have no idea how many years we will be there but we are planning on many.  We do hope to visit family every summer in Canada which will be great.  We are also working through residency issues, learning the language, and so on.  We will soon be saying our farewells to family and friends (and our precious dog we only have for a few more weeks).   I have always been sentimental but am more now than ever.  However, thankfully there is Skype.  :)

 

Just wanted to give you a brief update.  Once settled, I will become a regular again. 

 

All the best, everyone!  :D  I have missed you.  :(  Be well.


Advice Re Low Carb, Moderate Protein, High Fat Diet?

30 December 2013 - 10:32 AM

After seeing numerous articles, TV shows, etc. on this topic my husband and I are going LCHF for several reasons:

 

1.  Sugar is inflammatory - I would love to lose this horrid 24/7 pain!

2.  Prevent diabetes and Alzheimer's

3.  Improve short-term memory

4.  Weight loss

5.  Become healthier - I eat WAYYYYYYYYYYYY too many carbs!

 

So, it seems as though this is sort of primal or paleo but yet not exactly.  I have seen this called the Swedish diet. 

 

Any tips and experience or favourite websites to share?  This is going to be difficult not having rice, potatoes, bananas, etc. but we are both very motivated to do this.  And I rather like the idea of bacon and eggs regularly!  :lol:


Just Ate The Best Meal Of My Life In Croatia...

26 May 2013 - 09:20 AM

As many of you know, food and travel are my obsessions.  Trying new foods for the first time absolutely thrills me.  I am open to trying anything once (unless it is illegal or endangered or unethical).  This trip we went to a place on Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations".  He said it was truly amongs the best food he had ever put into his mouth. 

 

We placed ourselves into the chef's hands and they just kept bringing more and more things to try.  Altogether 16 dishes!!  Some of the less common included:

 

- shark liver mousse with onion marmalade

- conger eel pate

- raw mullet dipped in sesame seeds and lightly grilled with dandelion and arugula sauce

- the best octopus salad I have ever had - exceedingly tender

- steamed squid eggs with smoked chile

- red mullet sashimi with balsamic

- bonito and mackerel confit

- scallops in shells with roe in white wine

- Brodeta (traditional Istrian fish stew) with spider crab, squid and polenta (of course I've had squid and polenta millions of times but spider crab not very often)

 

AND...get this...this place creates gluten free and lactose free desserts every day.  The restaurant closes for the month of August simply because the fish/shellfish are in warmer waters and not as perfect.

 

My dessert was a flourless white chocolate cream cake with a bittersweet chocolate cake base full of almonds.

 

I've traveled all over and eaten at Michelin starred restaurants.  Had veal head and brains in Paris last Fall.  Well, this place is the most superbly fresh food I  have ever eaten.  It was not molecular gastronomy - each dish contained only a few ingredients and really highlighted what came from the sea that day.  The menu changes constantly, depending on what the fishermen bring in. 

 

The chef was very skilled, highly aware of celiac and extremely knowledgable.  What they created for my husband and I was absolutely out-of-this-world incredible.

 

For those of you who are passionate about food, you MUST travel to Croatia.  You can even stay at our house!  :)


Bon Voyage, Ciao And Vidimo Se!

27 April 2013 - 12:42 PM

Going on our May Croatia trip in just a few days so thought I'd drop in to tell you that I've not dropped off the face of the planet.  Will be happy to trade snow for green grass, blooming plants and warm temps.  Cannot wait to see what our house renos look like!  :D

 

Please tell me I won't miss our Bingley too much.  :(

 

"Talk" to you soon!  Will report back on some of the intriguing culinary delights we discover (I'm sure there will be one or two as usual).