Discovering Desserts

Holy Cannoli! An Encounter with the Sicilian Classic Dessert

Sicilian cannoli was born out of Carnival festivities in Palermo. Traditionally, it is filled with ricotta cheese made from sheep’s milk. Funny enough, although we came across cannoli in many different shops in Italy, the one place we stumbled across a specifically Sicilian cannoli was in Zagreb, Croatia.

Rating: 3 stars

Vibes (Sheraton hotel restaurant)




Sorry Sicily and cannoli lovers, (like Tim along with his wife Nicola, with whom we raved our love of desserts) we confess we found cannoli revolting. Although the shell was bland enough to tolerate, we were barely able to handle more than two to three small bites of the cream. It started off sweet, but left a horrible aftertaste. We had to order a tiramisu in order to help us forget.

We do have to give an honorable mention to the Sheraton Zagreb for their crème brûlée, which was served with a little dish of sweetened shaved ice. This was definitely the first time we’ve ever seen this, and it lends an interesting aspect to the crème brûlée, kind of cutting through the richness of the dessert. However, we both preferred it without the shaved ice, as it made the overall flavor a bit too sweet. Since we are not in France, we will have to wait until we have tried the original version in-country before making a verdict. However, this was definitely one of the best crème brûlées we’ve ever had.

Croatian desserts didn’t make the CNN list, probably because their desserts mostly originated in neighboring countries. However, dining and cafes play a big part of their culture, Below are some snapshots of various foods we encountered.

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