7/22/2014

Food, Glorious Food

I cannot tell you how happy I am that Ljubljana's Food Market called Open Kitchen (Slov. Odprta Kuhna) has come to life to such an extent as is has now. Food and people from all corners of the world, all clustered in a tiny little market in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana.

The first thing that visitors from near and far would notice is the enticing smell of grilled food, making your mouth water. Then comes the hard part: what to choose? Considering the smallness of the food market, it has a surprisingly wide selection of food, may it be Asian, Iranian, Brazilian, Argentinian or the local Slovene food (try štruklji, you won't regret it), bound to tease your taste buds.

Are you in the mood for something savory, something sweet or something tangy? Browse among the food stalls for your belly's desire and you shall find:)
I recommend Experiment No Art No Fun's Coffee and other refreshing beverages. The best coffee I've ever had and I am very picky when it comes to good coffee. The coffee beans are 100% locally roasted.
 You have to try the Brazilian paella, served by these two ladies, they are so friendly!
Also, for the dessert, I recommend you try the Kaiserschmarl, 
which is basically a scrambled pancake with sugar and raisins. Yummy!

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Love,

Teja xoxo

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7/19/2014

The Ljubljana Fashionistas

The Location: The Open Kitchen Stands, The Ljubljana Center (Ljubljana as in the capital of Slovenia, and no, that is not even remotely near Russia.)

The Mission: Find as many fashionistas as possible and photograph them for the blog.

The Instruments: a superspy SONY camera + raybans. I would have brought a panama hat with me, but this post is written by a very forgetful superspy agent.

But here it is - the best from the best, people.
Subject Study No 1: Wear either linen or cotton loose tunics
with rolled up sleeves and rolled up shorts to complement the look.
Shoes: Converse, of course.
Accessories: An ice cold lemonade.

Subject Study No 2: Wear long skinny black pants with puff-sleeved blouse.
Instant chic.
You better stay in shade, though.

Subject Study No 3: The Classic shorts and T-shirt that never go out of style.
Complement them with raybans and bandana to give it a vintage twist. 

Subject Study No. 4: Wear a maxi dress with a skull pattern.

Subject Study No. 5:  Birkenstocks are making a comeback in every shape and size.
Wanna follow the latest trends? Stock up on Birkenstocks.
Then wear a floral mid-waist skirt and a loose T-shirt 
to balance out the look.

Subject Study No. 6: It's difficult to rock the hot pants 
without making them look slutty on you. 
The key to being chic is taking something loose and wearing it with something tight.
Jeans hot pants + a loose cotton shirt in hot pink here is a total win.

Subject Study No. 7: When I watch people in the streets of Ljubljana, 
I notice that there is a definite lack of yellows and light greens in the Summer. 
People usually stick to pinks, blues, whites, 
beiges, maybe oranges and the list stops here.
Why not wearing a yellowish green dress 
with a mini brown belt? Look how cute it looks:)

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Teja xoxo

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7/17/2014

Viva la Vintage

Now that the summer holidays are finally here, I have more time for myself (read: more time for cleaning, washing up and doing the ironing), I've come across some really old photos in our family album. And since it's summertime, I picked the ones that are summer themed, like this one from the summer of '26, almost a hundred years ago. My great-grandmother is on the photo far right:) 
I am loving her white summer dress.
I was drawn to this photo because the little girl looks so chic and confident:))
 I think she was the daughter of a family's friend
The photo was taken in 1950.
Loving the little white shorts on her.
Mind you, the reason why the lady is giving us the evil eye 
would probably be because the sun is in her eyes:)
Loving her white gloves and shoes, 
they look like they had little white hearts sewn on them:)
All the clothes you see on these children were handmade. 
I've picked this photo because of the cool retro prints 
which are totally back in fashion.
I've saved the best for the last: My grandmother in her teens (far left) with her girlfriends. 
The photo must have been taken before the WWII.
Loving their summer dresses.

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7/11/2014

Graz, Austria

Do you know what the first thing was that I did, upon arriving in Graz?

Really? Honestly?

I had a gigantic Wiener Schnitzel (The Vienna Steak) with French Fries. I was so hungry after the long train ride, I was on that Wiener like a diabetic on chocolate cake! And I relished in it! Even though I almost never eat fried food.
Then I went sightseeing with friends in blistering heat of the afternoon sun, marinating in my own juices, my brain turning into jello under the merciless Austrian sun, so we had to make a stop at a street café. Now, the best thing to order in Graz when you’re dehydrated like this is ‘’gespritzter Apfelsaft’’ which is mix of apple juice with mineral water, very Austrian, very refreshingBy the way, if you have a sweet tooth, you must stop by at the Café Le Schnurrbart, they have the best crepes! I had a Nutella and banana oneJ
After that, it was time to conquer the Schlossberg, the little hill above Graz with a clock tower, which meant walking all the way to top, again in heat and humidity, my clothes sticking to skin. Again, this whole feat had made me hungry, so I thought I’d order something light, like a chicken salad. Upon closer inspection of my salad, I had noticed it came with an Austrian twist – with a layer of potato salad hidden under the pieces of lettuce and again with fried stripes of chicken on the top. It was good, but kind of heavy. I have realized that the Austrians will fry any kind of meat you order and there will be potatoes on your plate, magically appearing out of nowhere.
The view from the Schlossberg
Das Grazer Kunsthaus, a renowned exhibition venue
Das Grazer Opernhaus - The Graz Opera

The next day it was cloudy and less hot, thank God, and since dark clouds were starting to gather, which meant only one thing – rain. And because it would rain – that meant I couldn’t really go sightseeing – which meant only one thing – shoppiiiiing!
A detail from one of the many small streets in Graz

The best place to go shopping would be the Kastler and Ohler shopping mall in the city center or any shop around the Herrengasse. One of the cutest ones to check out would be the Barenland gummi candy shop, opposite the Kasler and Ohler shopping mall. They have such good candy!

Also, when I was having a stroll around the city center, I also explored the little streets and it turns out there were full of really cute boutiques I would have never seen, had I stayed in the center.
In the evening, it was time to go home. What a lovely two days it had been.

Hope you enjoyed this post,

Love,

Teja xoxo

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7/05/2014

La Bella Italia

I have traveled throughout Italy and I have come to one conclusion: every piazza, may it be big or small, is absolutely adorable and this one was basically saying: ''Teja, take a photo of meeeee!'' Of course I obliged.
I love sitting down at such a piazza, and then I would just indulge in people watching - which in Italy, is a real treat! The Italians are always talking loudly, their words completely in sync with their lively hand gestures, (by the way, you should check out the Guardian's article on Italian hand gestures here), wining and dining at the small tables, laden with food that has never been touched by the genetic modification... yes, the Italians know how to enjoy life. So, I decided to copy them, having a gingerino, which is the Italian version of aperol spritz, and a macchiato.
I fell in love with this cafe and its interiors. It was so homey with its original vintage pieces:)
I love this photo. The gentleman looked so Italian.
The original Italian pasticcheria. You can buy sweets, cakes and bread:)
Strolling around, I found this 1920s, perhaps even slightly older, shop with the original wooden panels.
Beautiful!

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Teja xoxo

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