The best way to learn about local cuisine is to ask the locals – over a cuppa. So we did. Artists, businesspeople, bloggers, ecofreaks, architects, PR gurus, journalists, chefs, travellers, diplomats, expats, your Average Joe – learn where they get their inspiration, go for a date or where business deals are made.

 

When Mateja Delakorda and I awarded her in November 2014 at the first conference of culinary bloggers Yummy stories (Njam zgodbe) as the best blogger of the year, Nataša Djurić could not believe her ears. Today the sourdough bread blogger ranked among the finalists of 2015 Saveur blog awards, began making video tutorials, was invited to the workshop in London, and more success could be noted.

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His Twitter name multikultivator is spot on: Marko Brumen is an economist, marketing guru and cultural manager, but mostly he just makes sure people find themselves at the right time with the right equipment at the right … stage. Štajerska man in Ljubljana, who never drinks beer after wine, has the desire to feel holy from time to time, and wants to cook with Grizzly Adams.

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Peter Zajc knows superfoods are not sold in stores, but in fact lie in front of our doorstep. Cofounder of Staneče plac market, his aim is to bring the organic produce even closer to the people, which he deems urgent. Unsurprisingly, he often grabs some freshly grown lettuce during his lunch break at his garden.

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This week, Trubar street will resume being rad – Trubar green market is back on track. The girl responsible for it, among others, is Nika van Berkel. Almost done with architecture school, she is ueber busy with passing exams and working for prostoRož team. She loves wheat beer and … Dutchmen.

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Photographer Luka Gorjup is currently busy with wedding photography. Which is quite a different thing from what he did before: charity calendar of (almost naked) Ljubljana rugby team players and infrared Ljubljana images. Loves čevapčiči at Das ist Valter and his own spelt pizza, and still wonders how Clint Eastwood prepares his steak tartare.

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Darja Fišer is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Translation at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, and a passionate gardener who has launched the Zelemenjava project: a gathering of all those with just too much seasonal produce. She loves lemon verbena and purple shiso, has little respect for fussy celebrity chefs, and Jakončič’s Carolina is like perfume to her.

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At 25, Andrej Fodor is a problem solver, start-up enthusiast (think CalypsoCrystal) and co-creator of ShowMeAround platform. Also a big Asian cuisine lover who steers away from tourist crowds. Amused with Japanese tea ceremony he’d love to see more pop up restaurants in Ljubljana.

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The sequence of upper and lower case letters in her name are purely intentional: MoJcA OcvirK knows how to handle communications. Freelancer and expert in PR, event and time management she is a one-woman-band agency – think Trnfest. Beer and masala chai are her thing.

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Some Slovenes don’t eat gelato; some Indians, like Amrita Roy Choudhury, don’t drink tea. She also doesn’t know what the word curry entails, as this Western-world beloved term is not used in her language. But she sure does speak the language of love: to a Slovenian, and to her cookblog Taste buds.

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At first she was Erika. Then Felicitados (derived from her last name Felicijan). At last she made a name for herself as Patsy Felice. Ex marketing maven now devotes her life to creating jewelry, art festivals and happiness. She is assured she’s on the right path; currently again in India …

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It was not bora who blew Ajdovščina born Miha Bratina away from his hometown to Ljubljana. Blame the photography high school first, and then architecture studies. Wine connoseur, Mediterranean and natural light lover, and sushi devotee dislikes tasteless out-of-season groceries, overprocessed food and useless muddle. As the creator of culinary blog Bratinov, he has already gained a number of fans, despite blogging only since January 2012 …

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Classics: five years ago, she came for schooling, and stayed for love. Rebecca Ehalt from Pittsburgh, USA, found job, apartment and husband-to-be in Slovenia: living in Ljubljana, working as a foreign English teacher at Domžale high school, and doing creative work with her hubby at Hungy Dog Design studio in Bled. Of course by now she knows how to bake potica. And goodie bags from US are a must.

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