Just a few days before going to Slovenia I found Top Ljubljana Foods' website and decided to join this food tour which seemed interesting and was reasonable priced. When I arrived at Ljubljana the weather forecast was not very promising for the day of the tour and actually there was slight drizzle in the morning...
Taking my umbrella I arrived at the staring point with great expecations: the skies were clearing. To my surprise it turned out that I was the only customer and the person who greeted me with his friend was Top Ljubljana Foods' manager himself (Alex, if I remember correctly), who had decided to run the tour nevertheless.
As a solo traveller this has happened to me in Tokyo, Riga and Vilnius and every time I have been glad that the tour has not been cancelled (In Vilnius, however, I was charged extra...)
During the next 3,5 hours the three of us walked around the old city, starting with tasty fried fish and squid at Ribca and having a look at the open air market. We then moved on to have a bite of Carniolian sausage with local cvicek wine (which were ok). Alex explained the culinary aspects of Slovenia and history of the city and country fluently and comprehensively.
The next place was Movia wine bar with absolutely fantastic air cured ham! The wine was all right but served cooler than I expected.
Strolling along the city streets we carried on discussing the local food and architecture.Next stop a little further away was at Harambaša where we had cevapčići, bread and refreshing lemonade made from fresh lemons - oooh!
Having walked by some quiet gardens which actually provide for the local market we sat down at Pod Lipo (established in 1820) and had both savoury and sweet dumplings of which the latter ones turned out better, I think.
With all this nice food, informative and professional guiding, lovely weather and suitable amount and speed of walking I was very pleased at this point. Therefore I was happily surprised when we went to the finishing point of this tour: the terrace restaurant named Nebotičnik (if my memory serves me right) where we tasted prekmurska gibanica, a poppy seed, walnut & apple strudel.
I can imagine that my experience was quite unique because I was the only customer, but
I sincerely thank my guide Alex and his friend for a very enjoyable, tasty and fun tour!
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