I was drenched and cold when I reached the centre of Ljubljana from Italy. I had to meet Iva of Ljubljananjam for a food walk. Not only was this my first day in Ljubljana, Slovenia but also my very first Food Walk!
To top it all, I was left with just a 5% battery on the phone and I wasn’t carrying my camera 🙁 It clearly didn’t seem like the best day and I was cursing the rain for the wrong timing.
Thankfully Iva reached in time to rescue me from my glum mood. A true foodie at heart, I found Iva to be a very warm person. Her love for food and her country led her to start the “Ljubljananjam Food Walk” in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Iva, who has also traveled to my country- India, was compassionate with me due to the heavy downpour and made sure we started the Food Walk as soon as possible. There were two more people Marija and Andrej (a brother and sister from Australia), who joined us for the walk, both extremely passionate about food and travel- which made it even more exciting and fun.
The Food Walk:
Our first spot was a cool bar/caffe slightly further from the centre of the town in a small narrow street. It wasn’t one of those places where a tourist would go to. I think my irritation at the rain was soon forgotten. It was only when Iva reminded me to take off my shoes that I realized it and bless her, for I would have caught a cold. We settled in the cozy caffe and were served a bowl of warm sunchoke soup. Blessings to you Iva, you may have saved me from falling sick!
After some introductions and enthusiastic food talks, Iva asked for Bela burja– a wine made in the Burja Estate. She then spoke how the food of Slovenia is influenced by its neighbouring countries such as Austria, Italy and Germany. Their effect has clearly rubbed on the cuisine of Slovenia. Next came a platter of carniola sausage, beef patties and stuffed vegetables. Everything was delicious and extremely fresh! We spent about an hour at the caffe and warm now that I was, I felt in a better mood and was excited for the rest of the fabulous food walk.
We walked from the caffe to the far centre crossing the Pink Church (a famous landmark of the town) and then towards where the cable car was. Just below the cable car stop were a couple of caffes, one of which Iva ushered us into. She introduced us to fresh buna coffee that was a little different from the coffee we drink but strong, freshly roasted and tasty! I regret not buying some of it from the caffe that time.
Anyhow, we savored our coffee while the rain slowed outside. Then we were served the famous “Ljubljana Cake” – a chocolate cake made from chestnuts, almonds, buckwheat and figs. There is a lot more to it than this and again, it was delectable!
Iva sure knows how to keep her tour group happy. I was already quite full but it wasn’t the end yet. From the coffee place, we walked to a part of town with several quaint lanes and graffiti. It was an Italian restaurant/sandwich place where we were served Hugo cocktail with polenta and cheese.
Clearly the best way to end the Food Walk! I don’t have “professional” pictures of the day but I tried what I could with the little battery I had. What I do have is good memories of food, the taste of the soup on my palate, the delicious Ljubljana cake and the brilliant Slovenian wine!
Hvala Iva for this awesome Food Walk and for showing me the yummy side of the Alps 😉 This was really my best evening of Ljubljana!
Thank you Marija and Andrej for being amazing foodies and great conversationalists 🙂 It was so nice meeting you both.
Ljubljananjam Food Walks start at EUR35 depending on the number of people in the walk. Do contact Iva when you are in Slovenia, she is super flexible and customizes Food Walks as per people’s tastes.