CarmenCuisine and Travel

CarmenCuisine and Travel

August 20, 2009 08:08 ET

Entrepreneur Turns Passion for Croatia into Online Gastronomic Adventure

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2009) - Escaping to Europe on a food and wine-finding expedition is the stuff that daydreams are made of... But for one Ottawa businesswoman, that dream became a reality. Photographer, art director, gourmet and sommelier Carmen Grenier made it her mission to explore uncharted culinary territory in Croatia. Today, she brings her findings to food and wine lovers everywhere with the launch of, a Website entirely devoted to Croatian food and wine.

"Croatia is an ancient land with longstanding traditions," explains Ms. Grenier. "The food reflects the location of that country in Europe. Dishes are simple, yet delectable, and prepared with a special Mediterranean flair that is uniquely Croatian. Travel to Croatia and you'll experience kulen, a paprika- and garlic-flavoured pork salami unique to Slavonia, or venison grilled over an open fire. You can taste white or black truffles from Istria, wild asparagus and pastas served with the freshest seafood. The possibilities are endless."

For five months, Ms. Grenier traveled more than 8,300 kms along the coast, on the islands, in the mountains and in the hinterland of beautiful Croatia in search of new gastronomic ideas and adventures. The Website is the culmination of her findings. It is the first comprehensive English and French site to feature restaurant reviews and traditional recipes illustrated with colourful photographs. It introduces typical Croatian delicacies and the best products available in that country: deli meats, cheeses, wines and spirits, olive oil and much more. It also features the main food markets of the country.

"While exploring this stunning country and tasting Croatia's fresh, natural and delectable cuisine, I met some of the most generous people I have ever known," said Ms. Grenier. "Croatia is just waiting to be explored. This site will offer insight into what makes the people, the food, the wine and the culture so special." is only the beginning... Ms. Grenier intends to offer culinary classes in Croatia and much more in the months ahead, so that others may share in all that Croatia has to offer.

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