Gostilna Lectar in Radovljica, Slovenia: A Traditional Family-Run Inn With Restaurant, Rooms and Museum

Tradition is a noble word at Gostilna Lectar. Slovenian classic through and through, the inn has a restaurant with a fireplace on the ground floor, a gingerbread museum with a workshop in the basement and nine hotel rooms on the upper floors, all housed in a historical building of more than 500-years old in the medieval town of Radovljica. The gingerbread workshop and bakery was … Continue reading Gostilna Lectar in Radovljica, Slovenia: A Traditional Family-Run Inn With Restaurant, Rooms and Museum

A Young Chef’s Fresh Take on Slovenian Flavors at Istrian Bistro and Tapas Bar in Portorož

A refreshing take on modern cuisine, the young chef of Istrian Bistro and Tapas creates his dishes with inventiveness without sidestepping the fundamentals of Istrian flavors while using seasonal ingredients. Chef Siniša Petrušić prepares dishes that are inviting and even more so as you dig in. The wine menu is stacked with excellent choices of local and international labels to accompany the dishes. Concluding the … Continue reading A Young Chef’s Fresh Take on Slovenian Flavors at Istrian Bistro and Tapas Bar in Portorož

Lake Bled, Slovenia: Rose Restaurant of Bled Rose Hotel

Chef Gregor Rozman, a member of the Slovenian culinary team, takes you on an inspiring culinary journey of the integration of tradition and modern trends attained by techniques and creativity. The quality of the raw materials is foremost in the chef’s agenda as he explains each dish he presents. At the hotel, working with local suppliers and farmers is paramount for the chef to provide … Continue reading Lake Bled, Slovenia: Rose Restaurant of Bled Rose Hotel

Traveling Around Slovenia: Getting To Know Its Rich Gastronomical Culture

A country’s gastronomy is hard to define in just a few words especially that of Slovenia which has so much heterogeneity. Slovenian cuisine is influenced by the diversity of the country’s history, environment and its neighboring cultures. It is almost land-locked by its neighbors in the west by Italy, Hungary in the east, Croatia in the south and Austria in the north. It shares a … Continue reading Traveling Around Slovenia: Getting To Know Its Rich Gastronomical Culture

Ristorante Agli Amici: Spreading the Starred Cuisine From Italy to Croatia

Hic manebimus optime in Latin. Qui staremo benissimo in Italian. We’ll be fine here in English. Universally speaking, the front sign of Ristorante Agli Amici creates a touch of warmth upon entering their door. Ristorante Agli Amici is owned by the Scarello siblings, Chef Emanuele who runs the kitchen and Sommelier Michela who takes care of the dining room and the wine cellar. They are … Continue reading Ristorante Agli Amici: Spreading the Starred Cuisine From Italy to Croatia

AC Lounge Marriott Riga, Latvia: Cocktails and Dining at the Art Nouveau District

Garden sofas line up the external front area of Marriott Hotel in Riga. Its AC Lounge is an inviting and refined sitting area where meals and drinks are best enjoyed while watching the vibrant activities of the Art Nouveau district go by. The convenient location of the hotel at Dzirnavu Street lets you escape the noise of the central zone of the old town of … Continue reading AC Lounge Marriott Riga, Latvia: Cocktails and Dining at the Art Nouveau District

Strasserwirt in Strassen, Austria: Serving High Quality Tyrolean Cuisine

There are 400 years of history in the walls of Strasserwirt Hotel while the dining hall of the restaurant is much “younger” at 175 years old. Dating back in 1744, Strasserwirt Restaurant showcases stubes with the quintessential Tyrolean style mixed with accents of different materials and periods. Wood, stone, silver and linens of subdued beige and white hues complete the picture of an elegant alpine … Continue reading Strasserwirt in Strassen, Austria: Serving High Quality Tyrolean Cuisine

Porta Caeli (Vinero) Winery, Hotel and Spa in Thrace, Turkey

Staying at a hotel as the first group of guests while it was still closed to the public has a surreal effect. Porta Caeli was at its opening phase when our press group was welcomed to indulge in all the facilities the hotel has to offer, including tasting the wines that were aging and the menu proposals that the restaurant was going to offer when … Continue reading Porta Caeli (Vinero) Winery, Hotel and Spa in Thrace, Turkey

Adoral Boutique Hotel in Rabac, Croatia

The beach calls when summer hits the calendar for most of us. Some hit the mountains, some run to the beach. I know we are still dealing with snow and the cold weather but soon, before we even realize it, it’s time to search for summer destinations. It’s always best to be prepared ahead to have more choices for on where to go and where … Continue reading Adoral Boutique Hotel in Rabac, Croatia

The Square Restaurant in Square Nine Hotel – Belgrade, Serbia

Asked where I can dine while in Belgrade, all my Serbian friends say The Square Restaurant. I got the impression that it’s not to be missed while in the city and when I finally walked through the the doors and the lobby of the hotel where it is located, I understood why. The Square is the restaurant of five-star hotel Square Nine Hotel in the … Continue reading The Square Restaurant in Square Nine Hotel – Belgrade, Serbia

Arcadia Vineyards and Bakucha Vineyard Hotel in Northern Thrace, Turkey

While the sun was rising, we drove through Thrace countryside making our way from Vinero Winery to Arcadia Vineyards on the last day of our Turkish press trip. With 3 hours traveling time in between them (but just about 2 hours from Istanbul), we left Vinero with our boxed breakfasts at half past six in the morning, groggy from a very early start, with the … Continue reading Arcadia Vineyards and Bakucha Vineyard Hotel in Northern Thrace, Turkey