Photos by Marko Delbello Ocepek.
Ljubljana Tourism has just launched its first issue of the Gourmet Ljubljana culinary magazine. I attended the launch yesterday, which was held at NEBO Show Restaurant during which we enjoyed delicious dishes by Igor Jagodic of Strelec Restaurant, Jakob Pintar of TaBar, Janez Bratovž of JB Restaurant, and Anže Kranjec of Fetiche Patisserie. (See the photos of the dishes below.)
Ljubljana: A food destination
While highlighing Ljubljana’s gastronomic offer, the magazine serves as a celebration of the city’s prominence as a culinary hotspot. It celebrates how remarkably Ljubljana has flourished as a food destination over the past couple of years.
Furthermore, it’s a tribute to tradition and an inspiration of modernity, which takes the reader through the most hidden as well as the most cult parts of the capital, sits them at the tables of the city’s culinary creators, and reveals their stories. It is intended for citizens, as well as domestic and foreign visitors, who are encouraged to explore, experience and taste the culinary pulse of Ljubljana.
“Ljubljana is a delicious explosion of tastes, smells, textures, sounds and images. Taste it!” You can find these words within the editorial of the first issue of the Gourmet Ljubljana magazine, which invites us to eat every page and fall in love with the culinary story of Ljubljana from the first to the last bite.
Gourmet Ljubljana culinary magazine
The cover and the texts indicate that this is not a classic magazine with recipes, but a luxurious collection of inspiring stories, ideas, feelings and impressions. The Tourism Ljubljana team and a diverse group of renowned local authors who are bound by their love of gastronomy have put the content together. Namely: Valentina Smej Novak, Boštjan Napotnik, Kajo Sajovic. and prof. Janez Bogataj.
The magazine also stands out for its design, which is the work of graphic designer Sanja Radaković. Photography is by Suzan Gabrijan.
“Ljubljana has so many stories, events, diversity, exceptional chefs and culinary enthusiasts who definitely had to get their place in this eternal medium. The magazine is presented in a way that is more authentic, sensual, but also a bit nostalgic, so that it can also be given as a gift,” says Petra Stušek, the director of Ljubljana Tourism.
“We believe that the people of Ljubljana will feel proud while reading the magazine. We want them to take a walk around their city together with domestic and foreign visitors and discover many interesting things that they have never known before.”
Journey through Ljubljana’s culinary experiences
Gourmet Ljubljana is therefore a journey through Ljubljana’s culinary experiences. From the ever popular burek and satisfying sandwiches to sophisticated meals and desserts. From the Castle Vineyard and hidden gardens where urban legends are born, to the peaks of the most popular hiking hills. Gastronomic surprises await us on every corner in Ljubljana. The final pages of the magazine highlight the establishments that bear the Ljubljana Quality seal that will make it easier for gourmet food lovers to exlporer.
The Gourmet Ljubljana magazine will be published yearly in Slovene and English, as a grand finale to the November Gourmet Ljubljana festival. This first edition is now available at ‘Petrol‘ points of sale and at the Ljubljana Tourist Information Centre.
Slovenian Christmas Gift
Enjoy this first edition of the Gourmet Ljubljana magazine, just as I am doing, and which I can certaily recommend as a gift, that can be thrown into a Christmas hamper together with a selection of Slovenian gourmet specialties.
Marie Cake & Chocolate Tart
These dessert that I ate at the Gourmet Ljubljana magazine launch was fantastic. The Marie Cake (left) is an explosion of exotic flavours and a combination of both creamy and crispy textures.
The Marie Cake is by Anže Kranjec of Fetiche Patisserie. It combines a crispy bottom, chocolate almond biscuit, mango cream, pistachio mousse, passion fruit cream and milk chocolate mouse.
The Delicieux Chocolate Cake is created in collaboration with Valrhona France. It combines a crispy base, ganash of 64% chocolate with tonka bean, and black currant cream.