One of the historic days for both our gastronomy and tourism is certainly a great success and recognition of the restaurant Monte from Rovinj, which became the first and only Croatian restaurant with a MICHELIN star.Late last week, Metro, which is a global partner of the MICHELIN guide, officially handed over the MICHELIN star to the Monte restaurant. Along with Monte, twelve restaurants from the Istrian County – Meneghetti, Batelina, San Rocco, Konoba Morgan, Zigante, Marina, Damir & Ornella, Konoba Čok, Sv. Nikola, Wine Vault, Alla Beccaccia and Pergola – entered selection of MICHELIN’s gastro guide for 2017 and presented them with plaques in METRO in August, the so-called MICHELIN plates.”METRO recognized the strength and potential of Istrian gastronomy in 2014 when we opened the first wholesale center in Istria adapted to hotels, restaurants and caterers. METRO has also cooperated with MICHELIN’s guide in Croatia in order to help Croatian restaurants and caterers take their place on the gastronomic map of the world.”, Said Roberto Mancuso, President of the Management Board of METRO Cash & Carry Croatia, adding that more than a third of METRO customers in Croatia come from the HoReCa sector, including 32 restaurants with a MICHELIN recommendation.With more than 100 years of experience in restaurant selection, the MICHELIN guide today recommends more than 20.000 restaurants in 30 countries around the world. Whether it is Europe, Asia or America, MICHELIN inspectors apply the same criteria in assessing the quality of every restaurant they visit anonymously. Using a unique process perfected over the decades, the MICHELIN guide has become an international reference for fine-dining, and the MICHELIN guide plaque is an official recognition that the restaurant is part of the 2017 selection. The MICHELIN guide presents a selection of the best restaurants and hotels in the 28 countries it covers.
NZ Herald 15 July 2014Amid the swirl of opinion around the Anglican General Synod’s decision to commit to finding a way to bless gay couples, the epithets for orthodox Anglicans have mounted: anti-gay, homophobic, wrong, immoral, betrayers of Jesus, unloving, judgmental, intolerant, bigoted, ostracising, unjust and hypocritical. Doubtless an incomplete list, but enough to paint a nasty picture.The advice meted out is hardly less blunt: grow up and put your archaic house in order, get loving in the progressive sense – or get out.I understand where the authors of these epithets are coming from. I recognise their world view is very different from mine, and that within that world view their arguments make sense. I will defend to the death their right to express their view, and to celebrate same-sex relationships in whatever ways the laws of the land allow.However, I have a right to argue that their world-view is not a biblical one, that the Church should not conform to it, and that all orthodox Anglicans are not as mad, bad or sad as these epithets portray.When I stand before my congregation I see a mixed multitude in nearly every sense. I know them well, and they are a very loving, caring, humble group, committed to serving God and one another. They visit and care for one another, and for the community in which they live. The parish operates a trust, dedicated to serving the local community. A number work or volunteer for organisations such as Habitat for Humanity, Hospice Waikato and a local cancer support group.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11293308