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Old Feb 12th 2013, 7:55 am
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Returning to the origninal thread...

New link to vote is http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LHLNJZ5

Thanks for any votes!
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Old Feb 12th 2013, 10:25 am
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I have tried to read a review without any success especially on igougo (?). Please direct me to something so I can EAT HUMBLE CRUMBLE PIE! Bet you have a recipe for that.
Best of luck anyway with your voting.
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Old Feb 12th 2013, 10:29 am
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I think IgoUgo is having some glitches at the moment

In the meantime here is a link to a review of a recent visit to Valentin, a new-ish fish restaurant in central LJ.

Please bear in mind that it has been written for a generalist consumer website that doesn't specialise in either travel or food writing.

http://travel.ciao.co.uk/Valentin_Re...Review_6078924
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Old Feb 12th 2013, 10:54 am
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Ray - think I am going to vote for you .... was it your time in Brussels that influenced your strong opinions?
Sit down and try a sherry once more even though we only bottle it here.
Michael
PS I thought the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony indicated that our caring NHS (not sure if anyone from Stafford took part) was the envy of the world which is why we have so many health(y) tourists and I'm sure the Rumanians are only coming to get their (allegedly) horsemeat back.
I've never believed a statistic or a figure our governments have ever put out apart from those indicating how much more tax I will be paying and the laughable one about 13,000 Polish people coming (I like Poles especially the dancing ones), oh and the 2.4 billion fag packet costs for the games, yes and the crime figures (why a survey and not real numbers - caution anyone so not included along with many other crimes!?), they massage all figures and change methods of recording.
Surely Slovenia is not the same .
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Old Feb 12th 2013, 10:57 am
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Fizz - you blew that one too - not the review - the site is overloaded and I cannot get on !!Must be all those voters hopefully we are 'stillfriends'. M
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Old Feb 12th 2013, 10:58 am
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Ah - temporarily down for maintenance.

Keep trying - it's a good restaurant and deserves a plug.
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Old Feb 13th 2013, 1:59 am
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@ M & G :
I only lived and worked in Bruxelles some 11 yrs + ;
it was all much better before 2004 - as is usual & re-viewed frequently , whatever EU touches gets WORSE , incl. SLOvenia and their common-currency mistake/s , but wait : CROatia still needs to learn all that , in the most expensive way i.e. by own mistakes and heaviest losses ...no preachin' tonite , Ray ?
There still remain quite a number of very , very good points about Bru , even though the under-worked but over-paid EUroCrats have ruined the property market ...and the resto/hotel/club/ degustant/champagne/joie-de-vivre and other scenes :
4Ever , probably !!!?
Should ever U and/or yourz require assistance with matters Brux/Belgique ( incl. Flanders ! ) , I'd be glad to try and help , if I can !
Cheerz from sad Queen's England !
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Old Feb 18th 2013, 10:04 am
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Thanks to all those who voted for me in the contest. I am pleased to announce that I won the award in my category, best food travel writer.
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Old Feb 18th 2013, 10:58 am
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Originally Posted by fizzytom View Post
Thanks to all those who voted for me in the contest. I am pleased to announce that I won the award in my category, best food travel writer.
Congrats Fizzy, how did your friend do?
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Old Feb 18th 2013, 1:16 pm
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Amazing ! But still not been able to read the Berlin reviews, only the Ourslovenia ones to date that I did not care for..
You could post the best one on here. As I said only to happy to change my mind,although to late to vote; plus I love reading them (although bored with Gills approach and Winners acerbic wit) and often moved to try new places.
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Congrats Fizzy, how did your friend do?

Thanks Billy. Jan (Praski) won her category too so it was a double celebration.
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Old Feb 18th 2013, 3:07 pm
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Against my better judgment, here is a cut and paste of the review I tried to link to. Please bear in mind that it was written for a generalist consumer website that covers everything from cosmetics to electronics, hence it might not go into the level of detail you think is required. Of course, if you have any questions about the restaurant and my experience, do ask.

Valentin - A Destination for Fish Lovers

In the almost nine years I have been visiting Ljubljana, the restaurant scene of Slovenia’s capital city has changed immensely and even amidst the economic woes, which have hit Slovenia worse than many of its neighbours, new restaurants – some of them at the top end of the scale – have continued to open with some frequency.

‘Valentin’ was recommended to us by an ex-pat living in the city; we didn’t decide to go there until about 9.00pm on a Saturday night at the beginning of February, at which time Ljubljana was being hit by heavy snow, the watery kind that settles as slush and finds a way into your boots no matter how well you think you’d Scotchguard-ed them. An hour before I’d Googled the name and found out that bookings are recommended for evening dining at weekends but we decided to take a chance anyway, thinking that the terrible weather might have put people off.

The restaurant is named after Valentin Vodnik, the Slovene poet and priest who is commemorated with a statue close to the restauarant on the square that also bears his name (Vodnikov trg).

The restaurant is situated just opposite the central market, that wonderful colonnaded Plecnik designed building that stands on the southern bank of the Ljubljanica, just beside the Triple Bridge, the very heart of the city. There’s a side door that leads to the restaurant, but we entered through the front door which takes you first through a fresh fish shop and delicatessen, and then into the restaurant proper.

Our first impression of the interior was very positive; it’s a pleasing mixture of old and new with old brick vaulting that appears to have been sand blasted to clean it up, and low hanging copper lamps that give a nautical feel to the place. An old bread oven built into the bricks (I think genuinely old) has either been retained, or else brought in, though I’m not sure whether it’s still used today. A few well chosen contemporary prints and seafaring artefacts add to the fishy theme without losing any of the contemporary stylishness.

Only a few tables were occupied so we were able to immediately install ourselves at an empty one without waiting for the waiter to come to attend to us. The waiter was busy at another table but acknowledged us and came over as soon as he was done. In Slovenia waiting staff work incredibly hard: only the very biggest, busiest places have more than one member of waiting staff and you will absolutely never see a waiter or waitress twiddling his or her thumbs. Ours was charming, a young Serbian moved to Slovenia who was delighted to hear how much we loved his home city, Belgrade.

I was a little shocked by the prices at first; you can expect to pay a premium in any capital city but I was still surprised how much some of these dishes were (admittedly this was for things like premium seabass). However, the menu is arranged in a rather incoherent way and a closer look revealed that the prices range from very reasonable to pretty hefty. Valentin is a specialist fish restaurant, not a restaurant that focuses on fish but offers a few non-fish dishes (vegetarian rather than meat based); the menu includes simply cooked fillets of fish and whole fish, through soups and stews and salads, to shellfish of all shapes and sizes.

We skipped starters due to the lateness of the hour and ordered only mains. A fish stew with polenta for me and fillet of sea bream with roasted potatoes for Himself. At less than €10 for my dish I was a little concerned that it might be a small portion but my fears proved unfounded; this delicious hearty stew came in a deep bowl and had two slices of rich buttery polenta sitting on top of it. All the fish and sea food was beautifully cooked; there was salmon fillet, a couple of kinds of white fish, crevettes, squid and mussels in their shells. It was very like a Provencal bouillabaisse with the tomatoes and garlic, but without that aniseed hint that comes from the addition of pastis to the French dish. I couldn’t fault this dish in any way.

The sea bream was served very simply which was ideal because it was such a lovely piece of fish it really didn’t need any enhancement. There were three decent sized fillets of fish and the firm flesh had been cooked perfectly so that it was still moist but not underdone. My only issue with this dish was that the fillet could have been trimmed a little better to remove a few small but tough little bones around the edges. The roasted potatoes were golden with crispy edges but fluffy inside. I took a few to soak up the sauce of my stew and they were just the thing to absorb the rich flavour of the stew. A small dish of freshly made parsely and garlic salsa came with the fish. I strongly suggest that couples make sure they both eat some of this as it tends to be very heavy on the garlic.

By the time we’d finished eating we were the only diners left in the restaurant so we skipped dessert and coffee but the waiter said we need not hurry to leave. We were able to leisurely drain the bottle of excellent Croatian malvazija we’d chosen to go with our meal. Valentin has a varied little wine list that includes some excellent sparkling Slovenian wines, but I’m a fan of malvazija and will just as happily order a Croatian malvazija as a Slovenian one.

Two mains and a bottle of excellent wine came in at exactly €40 which I think is reasonable considering that this is quality dining in a capital city. Assuming that all of your party like fish or seafood, Valentin would be a great venue for a special occasion but a special lunchtime menu also makes it perfect for a bargain lunch.

Highly recommended

Vodnikov Trg 5
Ljubljana

Opening hours: 10:00-22:00, Sun 12:00-22:00
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Old Feb 18th 2013, 7:13 pm
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Fizzy , No No - great decision to post !
Felt I was in the place, sitting down with you from the description etc and enjoyed the meal as well ! I'm almost full but I wanted a pudding....! Fortunately you picked up the tab.
My criticism is you should have been doing this on Ourslo - the reviews from most people were so limited in information and could have been so much more descriptive.. I dont just want a list , I want a view, a suggestion of what to try, what it was like to be there , the people, the atmosphere and the food..
Yes sometime you need a quick fuelling up but sometimes it is supposed to be a wonderful experience.
"There is an Indian in Maribor " Yes interesting to know but ???. We just love food in Slovenia, from the simple to the international. My daughter a veggie who eats no fish, eggs or milk (nightmare) but always enjoys the food when we go - we travel knowing this meat loving country can serve up a good fresh wholesome alternative if requested. My son on the other hand loves calf cheek at Hisa Franko and all animals run as they know he would eat them. He is happy about horsegate.
Ten years ago I was doing work with some Slovenia companies and it was a real treat to be taken to some great places by the owners but I had no outlet write about it or I did not think there was an audience.
You have my late late and useless vote but I was correct about your Ourslo stuff and I only told the truth as I had remembered them - that was why I was so surprised at you being up for the award. I do fully understand a review can be of the moment and is about who it is aimed at. I looked at the place on Trip Advisor, very quickly - it was highly rated and then I read some bad comments but that mainly to do with complete fish costs.
I hope to read everything you do on food in SLO - it will be a very useful guide and looks as if it will be very informative. By the way the simple few liners are OK as I know you can also do detailed stuff as well.
Best, from Bad guy turned good... Michael
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Old Feb 19th 2013, 7:03 am
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Great stuff, well done to Jan too, double celebration.
Michael, good of you to hang in there and you talk straight which I admire, you can be a nice guy lol.
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Old Feb 19th 2013, 3:34 pm
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Dear Ray 51 - is that your age perchance??
Anyway tried to find your post several times and was going to post where has it gone.... but Sue who? has deleted it.
Surely it was not rude - if it was send it to me privately as I dont care. Where you off topic about food and reviews ? I dread to think why but perhaps it must have been in very bad taste for it to be got rid of /
I hate general censorship but Sue must know best.
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