7 Days in Slovenia

7 Days in Slovenia


(relaxing guitar music) – Yo, so, I’m Ross from Matador. I’m here with Jure from
Adventure Slovenia. This is a good friend
of mine for six years, who’s always pissed that I’ve
never been to his country, and now, it’s time to change that. – [Ross] We went to Lake
Bled, which is just, I mean, the most picturesque
postcard-looking lake you’ve ever seen. – [Ross] It’s super clear water. Like, you know, Emerald Bay
in Lake Tahoe kind of water, where you see all the way to the bottom. You can safely swim all
the way out to the island. There’s this super-picturesque
island with a church on it. Amazing water to swim in. Then we went to the Adriatic, and we went sailing on
an Elan GT5 sailboat, which is badass racing boat. They don’t have a lot of coastline, so you basically do,
like, you know, hour lap, up and down the coastline, checking out these really
cool coastal cities. You actually get to learn how to sail from these people who
are really good at it. It’s so much fun, that water’s just like
glorious to swim in. (laid-back, cheerful music) – Yeah, we’ll do it. David was wonderful,
and Maya, our skipper, did an incredible job as well. Everybody, thank you. (mellow electronic music) – [Ross] From there,
we went to Soca Valley, which is, to me, unquestionably is the capital of adventure for Slovenia and outdoor. It’s, think of like, Samahni, but condensed down to
a much smaller valley. But all the same
accessibility of adventure. – One, two, three into paddle. (water splashing) – Fun? (water splashing) – [Man] The water is so good
on the GoPro, it’s ridiculous. (water splashing) – [Ross] We went mountain biking. We went canyoning, we did a
waterfall hike at sunrise. All this stuff is like 20
minutes from the hotel, so, it was just an incredible
experience going there. – Staying at this beautiful
hotel called the Dobra Vila, we are about to go sit down for dinner and have a multi-course dinner
menu with wine pairings. – Let’s do it. – To health. (men chattering) – [Man] Okay. – [Man] Oh, such a good combo. – Yeah. – [Ross] The attention
to detail in everything in that hotel is incredible, but the food and eating from the breakfast to the tasting menu
dinners were just insane. I had never really heard of
Slovenian cuisine before. But you’ll find out very quickly that, and I figured we’d probably
have a bunch of good dinners, I had no idea the scale of the amazing food that we would have. – Oh, man that feels good. That feels great. – [Man] Okay, this is okay. – [Man] Oh good, okay, okay. (men laughing) – [Man] Thanks again, see you later. – [Man] All right, man, thank you. – The adventure continues, we’re super fired up about
to go meet Ana Ros in her, at the Hisa Franko,
super amazing restaurant. She’s number one female
chef in the world right now, so, pretty excited. – Here she is.
– Oh, here she is. (relaxed music) Got to hang out all afternoon, get the inside perspective
of her cooking style and how she started the
restaurant, her whole story, which you can see, you know,
part of on Chef’s Table, but is different when you’re actually talking to her in person. (inspirational, emotional music) (airy, upbeat music) – [Ross] You can’t talk
about food in Slovenia without talking about wine because, obviously, they go hand-in-hand, and we just had incredible experiences. I would say, easily the
most incredible experience of my life with wine. – [Ross] This was just different because it wasn’t the cookie cutter, quote-unquote wine tasting. You’re sitting down with
the founder of this, this biodynamic wine maker, learning about what makes
their wine different, why Slovenian wine is different. And then you’ll go down and
taste their personal selection from, you know, go down and
check out their whole process. So, that was extremely special to me, to hang out with Aleks and Aleš, get to kick it with them
for the whole afternoon. From these very high-profile chefs, very high-profile wine makers, and then, just like,
the camaraderie we built with the folks that took us sailing, that took us out on
these adventure sports. The people were incredible, we left here with a bunch of new friends, and I can’t wait to come back.

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