(Kobarid, Slovenia. PHOTO: Marisa Crous)
Sri Lanka? Vietnam? Turkey? Deciding where to travel to next can sometimes be as easy as stumbling upon a show on Netflix.
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I travelled to Slovenia and, more specifically, to the small, picturesque town of Kobarid in the Soca Valley flanked by the Julian Alps. All because of an episode of Chef’s Table.
Harsh in winter and lush green in summer, the town is known as an adventure-junkie den of activity as rafting and kayaking down the bluest blue you’ll ever see is at your disposal in the form of the Soca River, abundant with indigenous marble trout.
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It is also home to one of the world’s best restaurants, Hiša Franko.
And I didn’t eat there.
One of the very first episodes I watched of Netflix’s much-loved Chef’s Table, a series showcasing some of the world’s most renowned chefs, their deeply personal stories, inspirations and unique cooking styles, featured renowned Slovenian chef, Ana Roš.
I wanted to taste her food, so beautifully local and true to the valley, its Tolmin mountain cheeses, local trout and goat paired with the best Slovenian wine meticulously paired by in-house sommelier, and Ana’s husband, Valter.
“The diet in these parts was always dairy and meat based, so expect a lot of cheese and all its by-products on our menu. The restaurant is closely knit with the community of foragers, shepherds, cheese makers, hunters and fishermen.“
It’s an area abundant with trout, deer, goats, fruits and wild plants that we incorporate in our plates on the daily bases,” says Hiša Franko.