As a child growing up in the former Yugoslavia, Dragica Grabovac unleashed her love of cooking by baking dozens upon dozens of holiday cookies in her family's kitchen. After coming to Los Angeles as an adult, she continued to nurture her culinary skills by entertaining guests from across Europe and the United States. Today, she draws on that rich background while preparing schnitzel, crepes, stuffed cabbage, and other Croatian-inspired cuisine at Cafe LuMar. She also stocks close to 200 items imported from Croatia, including jams, smoked meats, and wine, according to Pasadena Star News.
Whether you visit Cafe LuMar for dinner or Sunday brunch, you'll likely be tempted by Grabovac's crepes, which come stuffed with a choice of sweet or savory ingredients. Read on for a quick rundown of flavors.
|Rosehips and Apricots||Nutella|
|Marmalade made with floral rosehips or sweet apricots complements fresh strawberries in this delicate treat.||Sliced bananas and strawberries sink into the creamy chocolate-hazelnut spread inside these dessert crepes.|
|A choice of savory ingredients such as ham, cheese, and bacon fill roll-ups at Sunday brunch.||Garlic shrimp simmered in white wine sauce meld with mushrooms and cheese inside this savory option.|
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