Friends. Sun. Food. Wine.


I’m not the kind of a person who could settle down. Ever. But as it happens I’ve been in Ljubljana for some time now.  It’s a phase. I’ve got things to finish here. I actually never imagined living here, but since I’m here I want to get the best out of it. Ljubljana has changed a lot since I first came.  It has a small but lively cultural scene. And I love how close everything is around here. An hour of ride and you’ll find yourself in a completely different scenery, with completely different traditions and of course, food.

What I’ve noticed is that in recent years food culture in Slovenia has changed a lot. To better. And it was about time. It’s also thanks to the projects like Restaurant week. So, me and my girls decided to test it out and we set off to the western part of Slovenia and the coast.

brdaOur first stop was at Goriška Brda. It’s one of my favourite regions. Really charming in the summer when all you see are hillsides covered in vines and old villages making you feel like you were in some other time and place. And in the spring, there’s nothing better to escape from Ljubljana and indulge the sun and the flowering trees.

The reason we came to Brda was the Restaurant week. We were off to see and taste what’s cookin at Kabaj’s. As I think to it now, their menu was great. Local cheese, tipical egg omlets, greens, really good quality oils. You could actually taste spring. There was something in their dishes reminding me  it still gets fresh in the night, but at the same time the nature is awaking and warming up the soil. Fresh ingredients prepared in the local manner and some excellent Pinot Blanc, 2010. I couldn’t imagine anything ealse to pair with my vegetarian menu. I definitely have to return to try their other wines.

We stayed at a lovely family run estate called Kmetija Šibav. The hospitality and generosity of our host trully was unprecedented, and the experience we’ve got was really something we did not expect. They made us a really interesting presentation of their wines. The appartment was great and in the morning we were woken up by the brightes sun and the most beautiful view I could imagine. They made us a generous and delicious breakfast full of homemade goodies and we were good to set off to new adventures. We left with warmth in our hearts, smile on our faces and a car packed with gifts from our hosts. And of course, lovely homegrown lemons, that were later used for the most perfect Easter braid.

We did a tour around Brda, walking in between vines and exploring old villages. Trying to find a spot to rest and enjoy the sun, we were advised to turn to Dvor. At first it looked really, but really, fancy. But it turned out to be more peaceful and relaxed than we could ever imagine. An oasis. A small family run butique hotel that has reacently opened. As I understood, they were buying and renovationg old houses for the last three years. I really wish them all the best, because they did a great job! So, we orderd some house wine and snacks. And oh boy… they make their own olive oil and serve it with a special spice mixture. We literally devoured the bread by dipping it into olive oil and the spices. TOP!

We left in the afternoon, slowly cruising down between the hills, just as the sun, heading towards the sea. We arrived in Izola just in time to see the sun disappear on the horizon.

We had dinner at hotel Marina, as part of a Restaurant week. I must admit, there were some pretty amazing dishes, at least as starters concerned and their dessert was delicieux. The next morning we walked down the beach, went for an ice cream and headed towards home.

Before returning, there was one last stop to make. We were on our way to Kras. A world apart. We stopped at Brestovica, where every year there is an Asparagus festival. The locals pick up wild asparagus that grow in the region and than prepare typical dishes, one of the most known being frtalja. It’s basically big egg omelette with wild asparagus and pieces of pancetta or prosciutto.

We left towards home tired and happy, full of great memories and determined to start making plans for a new trip very soon.

And I’m leaving you with a recipe to make this delicious frtalja, dreaming of sun, spring and all the fun yet to come!

Frtalja with wild asparagus

  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • wild asparagus (don’t be stingy!)
  • pancetta cubes (optioonal)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp olive oil

* You can also make frtalja by using eggs only, without adding flour or milk. And you can add some fresh herbs to the batter too.


  1. Whisk together eggs, flour, milk and salt. Set aside.
  2. Clean asparagus – remove the woody bottom parts. Cut into bigger pieces.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet. Add asparagus and pancetta and stir fry for a minute or two.
  4. Add egg batter. You should make a big thick omelette. Bake until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Cut in triangles and season with pepper.


Montréal part I: FOOD

I haven’t been really active lately. In between visiting interesting places, hanging out with amazing people, enjoying the summer, exploring the city and everything it offers, there wasn’t much time left to be spent on the internet. So it’s about time to put into words at least couple of those magic moments from my last trip to Montréal.

Some of those who have visited Quebec claim that people there don’t eat well, that the food isn’t that interesting and savory… Well, it might be true, if the only thing that comes to your mind is poutine, the ”national” dish consisting of french fries topped with gravy and cheese curds. And yet, even poutine can be a culinary experience if you know where to go.

My food guide is a base for every traveller who wants to explore the city flavors in couple of days. There are many places to be added. I of course didn’t have enough time to do them all. And there are many places for which I have no visual testimony because their food was sooo delicious that was devoured in no time and I unfortunately missed out on having a second pair of hands to take photos.

Marché Jean-Talon


One of the first things I like to do when I come to a new city is to go to the local market. When I see what people eat and how they prepare their food, I seem to understand better their culture and the way they live. Jean-Talon is big and you can find just about everything there. But still, you will quickly understand what are the domestic products, colors and flavors.



La Fromagerie Hamel, Marché Jean-Talon

I once thought there was no good cheese in Quebec. I was soo wrong! When I was crossing Lanaudière region this winter I came across La Suisse Normande cheese makers and their wonderful Pizzy that proved me I was wrong all that time. There are certainly many cheese shops in Montreal with domestic and imported goods, but as far as I’m concerned La Fromagerie Hamel is one of the best ones.



BalkaniMarché Jean-Talon

This one is a must if you’re from the Balkans. They have a variety of meat products and apparently their salamis are fabulous (haven’t tried them though since I eat no meat). You will also find typical condiments, sweets and snacks, so if you’re in need of Vegeta, Smoki or Milka, that’s your place. On the other hand, no kajmak here. The best approximation can be found at Slovenia meats on Rue Clark.


Olives et Épices, Marché Jean-Talon

I’m in heaven baby! Just about everything you desire. And a vitrine à la vanille!



Les delices de la mer, Marche Jean-Talon

Smoked and fresh fish. From Gaspesie. Gone too quickly. No time to take photos. Sorry.

Smoked maple salmon pavé is one of my favorites, but just about everything tastes delicious. We also took some fresh pétoncle géant (scallop) and their quality was really remarkable.

Les Jardins Sauvages, Marche Jean-Talon

Their stand offers a variety of fresh and dehydrated mushrooms and edible flowers. Besides that you will be served with advice on storage and preparation!


Marché Atwater

Smaller than Jean-Talon, but non less interesting. If you’re doing Canal de Lachine tour, drop by for a lunch and pick something up at the bakery or treat yourself at outdoor food stands.




Montreal Street Food

Simple, fast and savory. Besides the fixed addresses, opt for food trucks. There is a really great application available on StreetFood MTL that shows you all the food trucks operating near you. Every first friday of a month all the food trucks gather next to Parc Olympique. Check out Le Cheese, voted best food truck (MTL Awards 2014), Grumman 78 and Camion du Pied de Cochon. Come early!

If you miss the food trucks, you will surely find something on the market.

Satay Brothers, Marche Atwater

Bagels: St. Viateur or Fairmount?

Why bagels? If you haven’t had them yet, don’t ask any further questions. Go there and try it on your own. It’s open 24/7. Is there anything better than the freshly baked bread?

Tried them both but too hard to decide. Luckily they don’t make them all the same. Go to St. Viateur for rosemary and poppy-onion-sesamy. Drop by at Fairmount for caravi, wholegrain and bluberry (save it for breakfast! the next day it tastes heaven!). Take sesame at both and decide later.



It’s not really about culinary experience. Dépanneur is an institution! And everyone has its own. It provides you with what you need when everything else is already shut down. Just don’t buy wine. That’s my advice.


It must be one of the things for which I will have to return to Montreal. Yes, for the photos. Couldn’t help myself…

My favorite being Sushi Tri Express, really different, with flavors bursting in your mouth. Try omakase I or II. Since I’ve tried it, I’m  never eating sushi in Ljubljana again!

The other two that I’ve tried are Sushi 999 and Sushi St.-Denis. All you can eat. Would definitely go there again.



This is my eden!


I love my neighborhood! It must be one of the greenest parts of Ljubljana. When I look through my window I see trees and I more often hear birds singing than cars passing by. Our apartment building was built in mid fifties when living standards were relatively high. Apart from comfortable flats, that also meant that its surroundings were designed to provide a community place where people would gather and spent their time. What always fascinates me is how clever they were back than. Cooperation between architects and urbanists created a pleasant green living space in the middle of the city, something that we aim at today, but is not always possible anymore.


My balcony is one of my shelters. When working at home, I like to make a pause and take a coffee outside. What I love even more are those warm summer nights when there’s no one on the street anymore, just pleasant silence. And a glass of a good red wine.


This year I’m making an experiment. Already in previous years I had all sorts of aromatic herbs, tomatoes, strawberries and flowers. So this year I wanted to see how it would work to plant some real veggies that I could actually use when cooking, like cucumbers, zucchini, salad, spinach, tomatoes and artichokes.



Eventhough it’s a small garden there’s a lot of work to be done. But I don’t mind. I must say that I’m really proud of myself. It feels so good going out on your balcony and picking up your own salads that you’ve seeded and watch them grow. It just makes me so happy. Besides, it’s sustainable and you know where your food comes from. Everyone who has some space should do its garden. It can work, so no excuses for not doing it!