Cher Tiu stunned by Slovenia’s splendour
As she explores Slovenia, Cheryl Tiu feels like she’s walking into a beautiful dream.
We were left in awe as the daughter of Highlands co-founder Jerry Tiu shared on Instagram her postcard-perfect travel photos of Slovenia. From savouring the dishes made by World’s Best Female Chef Ana Roš of Hiša Franko, learning more about Slovenian natural wines, taking a bite of the divine cream cake at magnificent Lake Bled and walking around capital city Ljubljana, she could not help but fall in love with Slovenia.
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Now back to Slovenia. So many people in my side of the world are curious about what World's Best Female Chef Ana Roš' food at Hiša Franko is like. • Firstly, you should know that Ana is completely self-taught (she was supposed to be a diplomat!), and this was all out of L❤️VE for her husband Valter. (Watch "Chef's Table" on Netflix & fall in love with their story!💜💙💚💛) • Anyway, she works with ingredients within her surroundings (they are just 3km from the Italian border)– from rivers to mountains– crafting dishes that highlight seasonalities– and also the freshness of their Slovenian produce and ingredients.💞 • Some dishes (not in order of tasting menu): 1) Trout from Hiša Franko's own pond (given by the Fishing Association of Tolmin), with whey and red currants. 3) Sheep cottage cheese ravioli with bone marrow, lovage, in a prosciutto broth and topped with hazelnuts 4) Sardine with candied lemon and fennel 5) Green bean scogliera– her take on her favorite Italian pasta but using green beans as noodles– still cooked with and topped with seafood 6) Young carrot with oats granola topped, raw almonds–the most Instgagrammed of their dishes!
At Hisa Franko, I highly recommend doing the wine-pairing, which is *completely* with Slovenian natural wines!👌👌👌🍷🥂🍾It's not only a palatable "journey" thru Slovenian's wine regions & varieties, but an educational one as well. For example, I'm really not into (German) Riesling🤢😷 but this RIZLING is a completely different grape grown in Central Europe, and this wine, golden in color & with low acidity, has a beautiful, slightly buttery taste. 😍😍😍 • Valter Kramer is very particular about his wines (peek into is precious wine cellar 3 Instagram posts back), and sommelier Alen Audic has made it his mission to pair Ana Ros' dishes with wines that make them– and you– feel "alive."
Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana has a population of about 280,000. (The entire country is 2 million people). Lonely Planet describes it as, "Like a mini Prague without the hordes of tourists, but with all the facilities." The city center restricts cars, hence completely pedestrian- and cyclists- friendly. 💞👌 #ljubljana #slovenia #ifeelsLOVEnia #cheryltiutravels #cheryltiuslovenia