Archive | April, 2013

dining room at evergreen

Podcast #3: On Location with Chef Anze Gumbac

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Cassie chats on location with Chef Anze Gumbac and restaurateur Dada Jerovsek of Evergreen restaurant in Slovenia. They plan a 7-course dinner as part of the US embassy’s Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, highlighting cooperation between chefs of Slovenia and the US. They also address some of the challenges in [...]

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vineyard at Kupljen winery, jerulazem

Visiting Kupljen Winery in Jerulazem

Thursday 04-18-13 We met Meghan at 7am and headed out of town to rendezvous with the film crew in order to convoy to our first location in the Prekmurje region.  This area is up in the northeastern corner of the country, bordering Austria, Hungary and Croatia.  The landscape reminds us that there was once an [...]

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Visiting the Ribarnica Market

Back at Lolita for coffee this morning and a meeting with Chef Anze.  He and Cassie are working together on a big dinner at his place, Evergreen Restaurant, next week. Yesterday’s trip through the market with Stane was a lot of fun, and today was even more different, as we were guided by a fellow [...]

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First Look at Slovenian TV Production

Monday 04-15-13 Today we got our first look at the inside of the TV studio we’ll be working with: POP-TV.  This is the country’s largest independent television station.  The staff here is incredibly nice and greeted us warmly.  Cassie did two interviews: one for the TV camera, and one for the weekend insert of the [...]

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RealFoodRealFarms #2 – US Food Diplomacy 101 in Slovenia

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download The Slovenia Experience This series of podcasts will bring you along on our journey throughout Slovenia, as we meet cooks, farmers and eaters throughout the country.  We are here at the courtesy of the US State Department, who invited us to come as part of a cultural exchange [...]

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bikes are ubiquitous in ljubjlana, slovenia

Slovenia on a Sunday, with Dumplings

Meet Meghan and Maggie: they are Embassy employees and our hosts for the duration of our trip.  Meghan is the Deputy Public Affairs Officer, and Maggie a co-ordinator for the Embassy’s Community Liasion Office. You will be hearing a lot about them.  Curiously enough, Meghan is a native of Ohio (so is Natalie), and Maggie [...]

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13 April, 2013 Ljubjlana, Slovenia

  After checking in to our hotel we did our best to adjust to local time by staying awake a few hours.  A brisk walk along the local streets (which are open to pedestrians only) was just the ticket.  A few local vendors were out selling their wares: everything from sladoled (ice cream that is [...]

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Cassie Parsons

RealFoodRealFarms #1 – Prepping for Slovenia

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Podcast: Play in new window | Download Here we go…Slovenia bound! I feel just like I did going to the high school state championship basketball tournament some many years ago:  Mom and Dad in the bleachers (aka our farm), my teammates (at HMG) are all chattering about plays (recipes); and our goal is to “have [...]

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