Onwards with our European food adventures, and now in Ljubljana, we had the chance to tour another fantastic city to find their signature dishes and culinary delights. This one would be a little different to the tours we’ve had in Amsterdam and Prague, as this time it was just the two of us alongside our outstanding guide, Lidija.
We met at 12pm ready for three and a half hours of the best food that Ljubljana has to offer, and after a quick intro to the city and a small walk through a historical fish market. Our first stop was for some seafood – sun dried tomatoes, cod with fresh olives and bread. This went down perfectly well our first glass of white of wine from various Slovenian regions.
Second up was the dish pictured at the top of this post, which comprised of a local sausage, mashed potato, buckwheat, mince and a mix of mustard and horseradish. As you can tell, each dish we tried were completely different from each, and it was great to jump from seafood to meat within minutes of each other. The sausage was so tender and juicy, just as we like it!
Jessica had her first red wine of the day here, but as I’m not a big fan of it, the option of a small beer saved me!
It seems like bread is eaten with almost everything here in these parts, and we had it again next with this delicious onion soup, along with pumpkin seed oil to drizzle all over. With the rain starting to pour and it being a little cooler than most other days, it was so good to have a hot and hearty course.
Red wine was on the menu again at this stop, but this time with it coming highly recommended I just had to try it out. It was very much a pleasant surprise and very light compared to others I’ve had before.
The tour didn’t stop at food though, below is a hand stitching which was made directly in front of us for free, and we also visited a few shops specialising in everything from juices to medical lotions and oils.
Our last savoury stop of the day brought us somewhere to have this amazing pasta, dumplings, mushrooms and sour cream. It may seem like a dish you can get across the world, but each of the ingredients are locally sourced, and Slovenia grows some of the best mushrooms you can get. This dish took us from getting full to stuffed, but luckily there was a bit of a break in-between here and our dessert stop.
The city centre is completely traffic free except for one vehicle. A mini shuttle taxi can take you anywhere within the pedestrian zone for completely free of charge. With the rain now drenching anyone who dare step foot outside, we gave a driver a call to pick us up and take us to the next destination.
In a similar texture to strudel, this apple and nut cake was definitely a highlight of the tour. So soft and easy to eat even when full, it was perfection with a cappuccino each. It was here that Lidija left us to sit for a while more to digest our food and get on with our day.
We had a fantastic few hours which was all in all personal with it being just the two of us, extremely educational, fun and most of all tasty! A massive thank you Lydia for having us along and we’d definitely recommend it to anyone coming to this fantastic city.
Disclaimer: we were invited along to this food tour in exchange for a mention in this blog post and coverage on social media. However as always, all pictures and views are our own.
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