Beverages in Slovenian Language

In Slovenia people are very fond of their beverages.

Good Morning!

Good Morning!

Coffee-  Kavo.   There are many kinds of coffee that can be ordered at  a kavarna,  the elegant coffee/pastry shops which are very popular. My favorite coffee place is located on Slovenska cesta, the major avenue  in Ljubljana. It’s called “Zvezda” and located at the Hotel Slon. Slon means elephant. It seems that at one point in history an elephant, part of a circus, was camped on this site.  My favorite coffee is “belo kavo, ” which is a “cafe au lait” coffee with milk.  It is served with a glass of water and a small chocolate. Travelers commenting on Trip Advisor overwhelmingly recommended Zveda as a good place to get excellent coffee and service.

Wine.  vino.     There are many excellent wines in Slovenia and these are available at a multitude of places. To find a bigger selection you can visit the “Vinoteke”  wine shops which are located around the city–there are many in the Old Town.   Wines

Brajda

Brajda

brajda na Dolenskemare also available at Maximarket complex near the Slovenian Parliament.  My favorites are too many to tell but definitely “Brajda” from the Goriska Brda wineyard, Stekar, is high on the list. (shown here). Brajda are the three-sided wooden frames which resemble the walls of a house. Grapes grow on this frame year after year and it provides shelter from the sun in summer months.

Slovenian wines

Slovenian wines

Radenska Mineral Water "Three Hearts"

Radenska Mineral Water
“Three Hearts”

Mineral waters- mineralno vodo– are served with lunch and dinner and are a favorite on the Slovenian table. Three hearts – Radenska is a favorite, also available in the U.S. at Wegmans stores on the East Coast.

Donat is a high magnesium mineral water considered important for health. It is also the remedy for constipation and sleepless nights. It works. The physicians prescribe bottles of it for patients undergoing a colonoscopy.

Donat mineral water, high in magnesium

Donat mineral water, high in magnesium

Slovenia has  15 natural mineral spas and the water from each location contains various blends of minerals.  in the 19th century, immersion in mineral water was an effective treatment for high blood pressure.  Mineral spas are affordable and part of many Slovenians health regimen.   On our Taste of Slovenia tour we will spend several luxurious hours at the Dolenjska toplica spa, not far from the Castle Otocec, which I wrote about earlier.

The tap water is Slovenia is generally good. It is not fluoridated and has a good taste. It is referred to as water from the pipe, “pipa.”

Automatic Milk Machine "Mlekomat"

Automatic Milk Machine
“Mlekomat”

Raw Milk on tap. At the “mlekomats,”  the automatic raw milk machines in the market places, shopping centers and in the center of towns, fresh milk can be dispensed in different quantities into glass or plastic bottles. One liter (similar to a quart) costs about 1 Euro= $1.39 cents. All from local farms.

Juices. Sokovi.

Slovenian Cherries

Slovenian Cherries

Cherry, apple, even elderberry are popular.  Also from the fruits come vinegars, liqueurs and brandies.

 

In the Slovenian Alps

In the Slovenian Alps

That’s the beauty of Slovenia… it’s small so you can travel from here to there in a short time and the country is a veritable masterpiece of culinary and cultural experiences, from the Alps in the North to the seaside in the West, to the plains in the East, and the caves in the South, all offering a distinct and unique terroir.   Bordering on Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia,  Slovenian as a home base offer  multilingual opportunities at its borders to include some other countries in your travels.  Yet, Slovenia gives the most value for money and prices are still very reasonable for the traveler in the country “at the Heart of Europe.”

Slovenia at the Heart of Europe

Slovenia at the Heart of Europe

 

 

 

 

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About Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, LDN, CNS

Licensed and board-certfied nutritionist, writer and researcher. BS in Home Economics, Foods and Nutrition Education;, MS in Health Administration; PhD in Public Health Education; completed the dietetic program at Penn State, University and the CNS Certified Nutrition Specialist program. Fulbrighter to Slovenia in Public Health. Speaker at Weston A. Price Foundation Conference and International Raw Milk Symposiums. Member of the American College of Nutrition. Creator and tour leader for "Taste of Slovenia, a Real Food Tour."
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