In a similar vein, I promised myself a daily dose of delicious espresso drinks. Slovenia borders on Italy and Ljubljana is a foodie town, so I was looking forward to mouthwatering lattes every morning, noon, and night.
Then a funny thing happened as we searched. We found that both the gelato and the espresso are very, very good here. Weirdly, uniformly good in fact. To the point where if you ask people where is the best place to get gelato or espresso they sort of waffle and say "it's pretty good wherever you go," and then if pressed they'll reluctantly choose a place. I even went so far as to have my new Comparative Law students email me their suggestions, and we've tried every place they suggested for gelato and most of the coffee places.
Here's just one of the places I tried for espresso, a stand I call "cute hat, weak latte:"
And they were all ELECTRIC.
So our new obsession is Slovenian cakes. Our first love is Zvezda, of course, but we also found a neighborhood place around the corner from us called Mihalek, which is this lovely family bakery/one woman show where the owner is the baker is the friendly woman at the counter. If anything the cakes are better than Zvezda, and again, because of the Slovenian tradition of baking with nut flours, she bakes a half dozen jaw-droppingly delicious cakes, all of which are naturally gluten free:
The lesson, as always, is to enjoy what you find when you travel, rather than seeking only what you think you want.