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About Slovenia

The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe. National slogan of Slovenia used to be "On the Sunny Side of the Alps," which perfectly describes this little country that combines the Alps and the Mediterranean region, Pannonian plains and the Karst. The geographical centre of Slovenia is at the coordinates 46°07'11.8" N and 14°48'55.2" E. It lies in Spodnja Slivna near Vače. Slovenia's highest peak is Triglav (2,864 m).

Slovenia borders to Austria in the north, in the east to Hungary, Croatia to the south and Italy to the west. Its territory extends over 20,273 square kilometres which is about half of Switzerland. Many people like to compare it to Switzerland also because of the pure nature and extraordinary hospitality. They say that Slovenia is simply "Switzerland in miniature."

Across Slovenia there are many pastures, gardens, orchards and vineyards. Over half of the country (10,124 km2) is covered by forests which makes Slovenia the third most forested country in Europe, after Finland and Sweden. Approximately 11% of its territory is protected. The most important protected areas are the Triglav National Park, Škocjanske caves, which were inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986, Sečovlje Salina and Cerknica, classified as Ramsar wetlands.

Slovenia is a land of incredible contrasts, allowing a wide range of activities: you can ski in the Alps, swim in the Adriatic Sea, explore the world of caves, enjoy a refreshing bath in the thermal spa, learn about history in a lively medieval town or have a stroll in almost untouched forests or among breathtaking winegrowing hills.

 

Slovenian Cuisine

Slovenian cuisine and its natural beauty should be a good enough reason to visit our beautiful country. Traditional Slovenian Cuisine is very diverse because Slovenia is a meeting place of culinary influences from the cuisines of the Mediterranean, the Pannonia plain, the Alps, and the Balkans – Italy, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Croatia and even France. Because of this and along with different cultural influences throughout the centuries we have created a unique variety of our own regional dishes.

Slovenia has 24 different culinary regions and each region has its own signature dish. Regions are not differing only in the configuration, but also in the composition of the soil, temperature, humidity and windiness. For example Karst (Kras) is the only region in Slovenia where you can find wind dried ham – Prosciutto (pršut) and the only place where you can get homemade olive oil is the Coast.

In the past food in Slovenia was very modest – people rarely ate meat and desserts – they ate a lot of stews, potatoes, dairy dishes, porridges, etc. Richer dishes were only available for holidays such as Christmas and Easter. On holidays dinner tables were filled with traditional foods, such as pork or turkey, along with delicacies, such as smoked meats. Potica (nut bread), šarkelj (raisin cake), and other freshly baked goods were eaten as well.

We should also mention St. Martin's Day is in November – this is a time for celebrating the day when grape juice officially becomes new wine. Along with drinking wine, dishes such as roast goose or duck, sweet and sour cabbage, and mlinci may be eaten. Mlinci is a flat, thin dough that has been baked, broken up, covered with boiling water, drained, and then roasted with meat. Gibanica —a layer cake with cottage cheese, walnuts, poppy seeds, and apples—may be eaten as well.

Why us?

Getting to know the country is not complete without knowing its food, ingredients, tastes, and its ways of life. We know Slovenia, its dishes, local ingredients, the people who produce them, where to get them, we know about good inns and restaurants, and most of all, we love cooking and nature and sharing it all with you. Join us for a fun cooking workshop with locals.

Who we are

We are young cooking enthusiasts in love with Slovenian cuisine, wines and nature. We believe in fresh and locally produced ingredients, waking up at 5 am to pick mushrooms, herbs or chestnuts in the forest, turning them into delicious soups, pies, jams, cakes, and drinks. We carry on the rich culinary traditions of our grandmothers with a twist of our own.

Our experience

Our love for cooking developed through family, travel, cooking classes, and professional experience. We have more than 15 years of experience in tourism, event management, organization, and marketing. Now we would like to combine the two things we enjoy most – cooking and working with people. We will show you the best there is about Slovenian cuisine.