November 4th- 7th, 2005
John and I visited Zagreb, Croatia after spending some time in Rome, Italy. While in Zagreb we visited a huge indoor/outdoor market in the center to have yet another inexpensive and satisfying picnic. We bought bread from Pan-Pek, a nice and hearty semolina loaf that had a lovely golden brown color.
It was perhaps not the freshest, as the crumb and crust were a bit dry, but we did visit late in the day. Overall, the quality of the bread was nothing to write home about. We also bought two white farmer's cheeses from a stand. The first was of a hard texture with a very salty taste and a strong, pungent smell. It was very good, but perhaps a bit too salty for us.
The second was a gorgeous soft cheese with a subtle tangy flavor and a smooth, cool texture. It went well with the bread.
We stayed with two lovely girls, Mia and Danicza. I will forever be indebted to them for introducing me to ajvar, a spread of sweet red pepper, eggplant, garlic, and spices (with origins in Serbia according to Wikipedia). I am completely addicted to the stuff now but have yet to find any as good as the one they had me taste. They kept us out late and showed us a great time. I wish we had had more time to spend in their city. Thanks!After a brief stay in Varaždin, Croatia we made our way to Liszó, Hungary.