I have many passions in life and trying out new food is definitely one of them, but that wasn't always the case. When I was younger, I used to be very picky when it came to food. Basically, I didn't want to hear about trying something new, at all. At one point it actually went so far, that every time we went on holidays, my parents had to pack food especially for me, because there was nothing else I would eat. Fortunately as I got older and wiser my relationship with food has completely changed. Now, I am curious about everything and I want to try it all. Sometimes I even think I could try new food for a living and write reviews about it. As I am sure that there are many of us, who share the same passion, I decided to present to you something very special.
Imagine one place and diverse cuisine specialties all lined up next to each other. That's exactly what happens twice a week in our capital. The unique project is called 'Odprta kuhna' (Open Kitchen), which is actually a food market of freshly prepared and served food. There are more than a dozen stands where you can try Slovenian traditional cuisine, Egyptian cuisine, Turkish cuisine, Indian cuisine, Italian cuisine, Chinese cuisine Thai cuisine and many more. The concept of the food market here reminded me a lot of Camden market in London, which I visited a couple of years ago with my sister. I honestly don't remember what I ate then, but I do remember that I thought the idea of presenting food from every corner of the world in one place and outdoors was one of the best business ideas ever.
I like to think of food as being a cultural and hedonist experience, where divine taste merges with great smell. My philosophy behind it might be the reason why I enjoy different culinary adventures so much. So what I ate? I started by ordering one of the slovenian traditional foods - dumplings with plums. But to be completely honest, I think my mum makes the best dumplings in the whole wide world, so I must say that these were just OK, but nothing major. Then I continued by ordering the Indian roll (chicken + vegetables), which was really good. I also tried the Dishi burger, but I ate only the meat, which was superb. Oh, and last but not least I also drank a cocktail from the Shambala cuisine made from mango. So now you can only imagine, how full was I in the end. On the day of our visit it was quite crowded and it was very nice to see so many different generations sharing the same passion. Some people sat on the benches, others stood and some, like me and my company, decided to sit on the stairs. The atmosphere at the market was also great, offering some smooth and new music. A perfect day to chillax! To sum it up, the Open Kitchen was all in all a great and unique experience that I will surely repeat in no time.
Open Kitchen in September welcomes you every Tuesday and Friday from 8am to 11pm.
Location: Pogačar square, Ljubljana, Slovenia