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New on the menu of The Living Room

Winter has come, so it’s time for some new dishes that will delight even the most demanding gourmets at the hotel CUE Podgorica and The Living Room Lounge & Dining. Innovations are brought by our Chef, Stefan Djukanovic, who made an effort so you can find dishes from various parts of the world.

Djukanovic entered the culinary world as a young, underage guy, who by the age of 33 had the opportunity to prepare food with the masters of his craft, Jamie Oliver, Susur Lee, as well as Guy Fieri.

Numerous world stars, such as Jean Reno, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Mick Jagger, Marko Jaric, Novak Djokovic, Nikola Vucevic, were not indifferent to his mastery in the kitchen. The same is with the prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In the previous three years, Djukanovic was his Chef, but he returned to CUE Podgorica, to the team he has been part of since its opening.

That interesting path enabled him to prepare a wide variety of dishes, and to use the highest quality products as well. In the current menu of The Living Room, there are still some dishes that were established six years ago, when the restaurant was opened, which many regular guests have come to love. That is why, as Stefan says, changes are made gradually.

“The new dishes are prepared with great care, in order to satisfy domestic and foreign guests. I believe that the menu should be diverse and, above all, original. If you cannot find the right ingredients, it should not be made. To be clear, if hummus is made with tahini paste, then it is necessary to use that paste, not a substitute. Also, chickpeas should be cooked and not canned. Therefore, for the story to be successful, the right products are needed”, explains our Chef.

Stefan says that guests will be able to try some new Arabic and French dishes. The accent will be on Morocco cuisine, where he spent most of his time in the previous three years.

“I always make sure I have two cooking techniques on my plate. Such is the case with pork, which contains not only a grilled cutlet, but also a ‘bajadera’ made from that meat, which is cooked for 24 hours, after which it is chopped, we add spices, dried and stone fruits. So, it is not a meat prepared in a classic way. In addition, we will have great homemade hummus with veal, Mutabal salad, exotic Couscous salad with citrus fruits, as well as some interesting main meat dishes”, says our Stefan, who always first creates meals in his head, which are truly a feast for the eyes.

With cooking he combined his old desire to paint, so now Stefan creates works of art on plates. It will certainly continue, because he announces special meals for every month in 2023, which you can try starting from January at The Living Room.

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Our guests can enjoy a new unique journey to wellness and spa, included in the price of stay. They can take some time off busy schedule to indulge themselves with a variety of treatments in Banya Wellness and Spa centre. Taking just a few steps from their rooms, guests enter the sensory space to rejuvenate, relax their minds and feel like they’re miles away from the surroundings, the crowds and everyday stress. 

At this moment, in a pretty much hectic world, it’s important to shine a light on the improvement of quality of mental and physical health to achieve well-balanced life. After two tough years struck with Covid-19, 2022 brings hope for a brighter future as we work our way through the pandemic ending and maintain focus on the end-user experience, by creating spaces where guests can fully let go, UNPLUG & PLAY!

Did you know that wellness tourism is considered the fastest growing segment within the global tourism market? In the future hospitality, traditional spa offers will merge with wellness programs and concepts to meet constantly shifting consumer needs. They will not only seek for more advanced spa facilities but a wide range of other novelties. Why is that so? Well, the need to be healthy and good-looking is as old as the civilisation itself. As the time passes by, these urges become more and more important.

The term ’wellness’ was first used by Dr Halbert Dunn in 1961. It occurs as combination of two words, well-being (be good) and fitness (to be fit), indicating the orientation towards maximum use of the individual’s potential. ‘Spa’ is an abbreviation of “Sanus per aquam” which means “health through water”. Spa treatments date back all the way to the Roman era. It is known that the Romans built baths for soldiers returning home from war to help relieve symptoms of exhaustion. This spa culture now is in the spotlight all over the world for its various massages, aromatherapy sessions, as well as beauty and care treatments.

Wellness and spa are intertwined but they do differ. Wellness includes a variety of services that are based on medical treatments, primarily oriented towards different forms of massage, while spa represents an ideal place for relaxation, primarily oriented towards cosmetic treatments and body care. In certain circles, wellness is defined as a necessity while spa is defined as luxury. Well, such luxury is complimentary for our guests.

Together, wellness and spa provide serious relief and physical & mental health benefits: they help with sleep problems, help eliminating toxins, reduce stress, muscles and joint pain, improve heart health in general, assist fight against diabetes, reduce the severity of headaches, and finally, most importantly – increase self-confidence.

If you aren’t already a wellness or spa traveller, seeking for these kind of pleasures wherever you go, now is a perfect time to visit CUE Podgorica and become one by enjoying a complimentary spa in Banya Wellness & Spa Center, equipped with a pool, a steam bath, a salt room, saunas, relaxation showers and tepidariums.

Unplug & play!

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Why is love such a phenomenon, so powerful that everybody talks about it, especially the artists and poets tirelessly throughout the history? It is such an intense topic that this emotion has its very own special day, celebrated through the centuries, spreading from continent to continent.

Did you know that different cultures have developed their own traditions for this day? In some parts of the world, it is observed as a day for expressing love between family members and friends, rather than that of romantic couples. Some traditions include leaving candies and gifts for children, while others include acts of appreciation between friends. Candy, gift-cards, flowers and gifts to show admiration are exchanged between the loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint?

The history of Valentine’s Day starts with love in the times of ancient Rome, 3rd century. Then, many Romans were converting to Christianity, but the Emperor Claudius II was a pagan and believed that Roman soldiers should be completely devoted to Rome and therefore passed a law preventing them from marrying. A priest Valentine began to perform secret marriage ceremonies, and this was the beginning of his reputation. Eventually, he was found out and jailed. While imprisoned, Valentine cared for his jailor’s blind daughter. He allegedly cured the girl’s blindness and before being executed wrote her a love message signed ‘From your Valentine’. Valentine was executed on 14th of February in the year 270.

More than two centuries later, 14th of February was proclaimed St. Valentine’s Day. A pagan fertility ritual was held in February each year and the Pope abolished this festival and proclaimed 14th of February Saint Valentine’s Day, thus establishing this feast day on the Catholic Calendar of Saints. The poet Chaucer in the Middle Ages was the first to link St. Valentine with romantic love. This was the beginning of the tradition of courtly love, a ritual of expressing love and admiration, usually in secret. This custom spread throughout Europe and the rest of the world. The stories grew about a High Court of Love, where female judges would rule on issues related to love on 14th of February each year. Historians believe that these meetings were in fact gatherings where people read love poetry and played games of flirtation.

Did the first public kisses throughout history (love emancipation) contribute to St. Valentine’s Day spread, to become an unavoidable celebrated day of love in modern times? Scholars debate whether kissing began as a trend that spread around the globe or sprung up organically in different regions. Whatever the case may be, let us mention three most important kisses ever to start love revolution and celebration of love.

The earliest known written mentions are in Sanskrit scriptures circa 1500 B.C. These scriptures, known as the Vedas, were foundational to the religion of Hinduism.

A scene of the Mahabharata with Gopis, Daughters of the Cowherds, and Krishna.
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May Irwin and John C. Rice, stars of the short film, “May Irwin kiss,” by Thomas Edison’s studio.
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The first people to kiss for real, to really perform the groundbreaking open-mouthed kiss on film were May Irwin and John C. Rice, who appeared in a short film known variously as May Irwin kiss, Kiss or The Kiss.

In 1896, the two performers went to Thomas Edison’s studio in New Jersey and reenacted their final kiss scene from a play they were putting on in New York City.

One more historical kiss, maybe the most popular ever, comes from Paris, caught by the famous photographer Robert Doisneau, taken in 1950, with his Rolleiflex Camera. The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville, what a kiss indeed! You may read several versions of how this picture originated, whether it was spontaneous or staged by two actors.

But that’s not the point. This moment inspired the world to love openly and passionately. You can’t stop love, can you?

The Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville by Robert Doisneau
The fresco ‘The Triumph of Galatea’ by Raphael, painted 1512-1514. Getty Images

Beautiful stories about St. Valentine, aren’t they? And 14th of February is getting near? Do you have your Valentine or you’re preparing a long list of loved ones?

If not, get ready for Cupid, he is always lurking around with his love arrow. You know which one – the winged baby that carries a golden bow and arrows, one of the most famous symbols of Valentine’s Day? That small guy shoots magical gold-tipped arrows at humans and by piercing their heart with an arrow, he causes individuals to fall deeply in love.

Many couples choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day and make it special, a day to remember. Anyone who chooses to stay in a hotel on that day will find CUE’s Valentine offers compelling. We have prepared a special treat to celebrate your love. So, grab your Valentine and celebrate love!