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There has been an onslaught of new
pancake (palačinke) places open in
the Croatian capital Zagreb over the last
12 months, reports daily Jutarnji list.
Milky whey, Nutty, Choco cafe, Crunchy
bar, Činkica, Smooth bar, Mr. Pancake and
Palčica are just some of the new pancake
places to open in Zagreb in the past year.
Pancake places are becoming increasingly
popular in the capital with more are set to
open in the coming months.
A few of the new pancake places to open
have been very successful, and are already
creating chains of shops. Milky whey and
Mr. Pancake have both opened new stores
around the city since launching.
Palčica, which opened only in Decem-
ber, says that it is already booming and
even has regular customers making the
trek out to the suburb of Dubrava for their
“I never thought I would open a pancake
place. We often went to Milky Whey, who
are now our competitors, for pancakes
and they were excellent. After a while I
decided that I could start my own pancake
business,” Palčica owner Matej Palić says,
“I am satissfied. Guest praise us which
is the most important. We put a lot into
marketing, but customers come because
of word of mouth. People simply love pan-
cakes,” he said.
The offer at Palčica includes a number
of various rolled pancakes, including pan-
cakes in the shape of sushi. Filings include
Nutella, marmalade, Oreo biscuits, napoli-
tanke biscuits, fruit and much more.
Zagreb’s food and drink offerings have
been improving at a quick rate in the last
few years with a number of new eateries
opening. The international cuisine option
in particular has dramatically increased in
the last decade.
Croatia is unlikely to go ahead with plans
to build a new coal-fired thermal plant
in the northern Adriatic for which it ente-
red partnership talks with Japan’s Marubeni
Corp, the environment minister said on Sa-
“We need a new energy strategy in line
with the European Union plans on boosting
renewable energy and reduction of carbon
dioxide emissions. Such plants don’t fit in,”
Slaven Dobrović said at an energy round-ta-
ble in Zagreb.
Croatia agreed early last year to begin talks
with Marubeni on construction of a new
500-megawatt block at the Plomin thermal
plant in the northern Adriatic Istrian penin-
sula, a project estimated at 800 million euros.
“I don’t know if there are some obligations
towards Marubeni, but even if there were, it
cannot be compared to the potential damage,
economic and environmental, from such a
plant,” the minister said.
Croatia’s former centre-left government
Croatia backs away from plan
for new coal-fired power plant
pressed ahead with the project despite pro-
tests by local environmentalists, who advoca-
ted the use of natural gas instead of coal.
However, the centre-right government that
took office last month has taken a different
line. A junior partner of the conservative HDZ
party in the ruling alliance, the reformist
Most (Croatian for “bridge”) party, said du-
ring campaigning that it favoured renewable
Economy Minister Tomislav Panenić, who
belongs to Most, said on Friday that the con-
struction of thermal plants and drilling for oil
in the Adriatic would be temporarily suspen-
ded until a new national energy strategy has
been devised. The former government sto-
pped short of signing concession contracts to
explore for natural gas and oil in the Adriatic
last year, saying it wanted to leave the decisi-
on until after the election.
Environmentalists oppose drilling and say
it could hit tourism, which accounts for al-
most 20 percent of gross domestic product.
‘happy’ Quality of Life
in European Cities
Residents in the Croatian capital Zagreb
are generally happy with life in their
city, it was revealed the latest ‘Quality of Life
in European Cities’ survey conducted by Eu-
The Eurobarometer survey, which is con-
veyed every three years, was conducted
with over 40,000 people in 79 cities in 28
EU member-states, plus Turkey, Norway,
Iceland and Switzerland.
The survey exclusively focuses on quali-
ty of life, showing how satisfied people are
with various aspects of urban life, such as
employment opportunities, presence of fo-
reigners, public transports and pollution
in their cities. Among its main findings, the
survey shows that overall Europeans are
very satisfied with regard to the cities whe-
re they live: in all except 6 cities, at least 80
percent of respondents say they are satisfied
to live in their city.
Zagreb respondents were mainly satisfied
with life in the city, and the Croatian capital
topped the survey when it came to the que-
stion of presence of foreigners and their su-
ccessful integration. Zagreb, Dublin, Zurich
and Lisbon recorded the lowest percentage
of those respondents who disagree that the
‘presence of foreigners is good’ for their city.
Oslo, Zurich (both 99 percent), Aalborg,
Vilnius and Belfast (all 98 percent) record
the highest levels of satisfaction. By contrast,
satisfaction is below 80 percent in Istanbul
(65 percent), Palermo, Athina (both 67 per-
cent), Greater Athens (71 percent), Napoli
(75 percent) and Miskolc (79 percent).
Some findings show a positive trend com-
pared to previous years: for example, in Bu-
dapest and Cracow, there has been an increa-
se of 20 percent of those who have a positive
perception of public transport in their cities,
compared to 2012. The survey also reveals
what areas deserve particular attention as a
majority of people consider that health ser-
vices, unemployment and education are the
three most important issues for their city.
One half of the famous Croatian cello
duo 2Cellos is set to walk down the
Stjepan Hauser has been dating po-
pular Croatian pop singer Jelena Rozga,
and this week it was revealed that the
cello maestro has popped the question.
“It is true! I am engaged, and I have
never been happier in my life, that is all
I will say,” daily Slobodna Dalmacija re-
ported Rozga, 38, as saying.
The couple have been together for just
over 6 months after getting together in
the summer. Rozga is one of the Croatia’s
most popular pop singers, her song ‘Kra-
ljica’ was the most watched video on Yo-
uTube in Croatia in 2015 with nearly 9.5
million views. From Split, she was the
former lead singer of the group Magazin.
Hauser has become a global star with
2Cellos. The duo have played to sold out
arenas all over the world, and recently
opened FIFA’s Ballon d’Or awards. 2Ce-
llos have over 1 million fans on Facebook.
star to wed
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