My son and I were on hand for the celebration at the Slovenian Embassy in DC on June 22nd. Senator Tom Harkin, whose mom was Slovenian, gave a short speech, along with the Minister for Slovenes Abroad, Bostjan Zeks, and the Slovenian Ambassador, Roman Kirn. Many other dignitaries were in the crowd.
I managed to shake the Senator’s hand and told him about our food tour to Slovenia. Even gave him a button that said: “Kiss me, I’m Slovenian.” He loved it.
Let’s not forget the food: pork stuffed with prunes, salmon, grilled eggplant and peppers, cheeses, spinach filo pie, many other delicacies, and potica (walnut cake) for dessert, served with Pullus 08 Lazki Rizling and/or Pinot Noir, as well as Lasko pivo (Slovenian beer). Pullus produced a special ’29 years of independence’ label to celebrate the event. (You can buy Slovenian wines online at http://www.wine-searcher.com). Pullus wines are produced by Ptujska Klet, the oldest winery in Slovenia, its cellar dating back to 1239.
We congratulate Slovenia on 20 really good years- The country joined the UN, NATO, EU and even held the presidency of the EU. Here I am with my son, Evon Onusic, and his best friend, John Robertson.