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A Day in Dolenska: Wine and Man Caves Slovenian Style

Our travels take us next to the region of Dolenska. This area is primarily focused on agriculture and is also trying to cultivate a tourism industry. It is hilly and rich with magnificent views and interesting people.  Our first stop is to the Gostilna Repovz. This restaurant/inn has been in existence for 200 years, its [...]

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view from our room at dzboka gruske

Eco-farms, Dumplings and Kisla Repa

We finished our first day of filming and traveling in Prekmurje with a dizzying drive through the countryside in search of our night’s lodging in Grad.  This was a GPS-defying journey made even more challenging by darkness.  After a few phone calls to our innkeepers, we found our way to Apple and Pear (Dzabuka & [...]

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cassie learning how to throw traditional style pottery in zasha zuman's studio in ljutomer

Learning to Throw a Pot To Bake Gibanica

Zasha’s family has been making pottery for nearly 150 years.  Zasha is the 5th generation, and his young son who is 8 years-old is already learning the trade.  For this segment of the show, we will film Zasha teaching Cassie how to throw a pot used for baking gibanica, a favorite regional dessert. Gibanica (pronounced [...]

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dining room at evergreen

Podcast #3: On Location with Chef Anze Gumbac


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


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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