The Best Breakfast in Europe? Waking up at Big Berry
Back in September, Janet and I spent a week at Big Berry in Slovenia, a “dynamic accommodation concept that perfectly combines the need to live in harmony with nature and the comfort of the modern home.”
There are many reasons why you should consider your next European adventure to include Big Berry, but today I will just highlight one: they serve the best breakfast in Europe.
Our first morning at Big Berry, we woke to find a basket full of breakfast items waiting on our front porch. And by “we,” I mean Janet, because I was sleeping in. But when I did wake up, and saw the spread sitting on the table outside, I thought I might still be dreaming…
If you consider breakfast to be the most important meal of the day – then there is absolutely no better way to start your day than at Big Berry! You have never had breakfast like this before, and I think it could rival the best in Europe.
Every morning, the Big Berry team gets up at 6:00am to assemble various breakfast delectables for each individual basket. Included in the edible arrangements are freshly baked goods and treats, all sourced and produced locally. Let me repeat this so it sinks in: EVERYTHING is made from partners located within driving distance, many of it produced on the same day!
It exemplifies the “farm to table” concept, and it’s a very unique opportunity to sample the local cuisine.
The basket feast arrives every morning at 8:00am! Assorted breads, pastries, cheese, yogurt, juice, and jams are included. No two baskets are the same – the choices change every morning, and you can even request certain items that you like so that they’re included the next day.
Big Berry’s breakfast is diverse, innovative, fresh from the farm, and absolutely delicious – I don’t think there are many places out there right now that can compete.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
We were also lucky to extend our culinary adventure with a visit to a few of the local sites and learn more about the food that kickstarted our days – and we discovered some very interesting stories along the way!
Bread from Mama Bread
The team picks up Belokranjska pogača, traditional Slovenian “welcome” bread, from “Mama Bread” every morning at 7:20am – where it comes out of the oven barely 60 minutes prior.
Her nickname is no joke – Mama Bread is a local legend who does it all. In addition to baking bread, she makes various pastries, intricate cakes, and desserts, and hosts bus tours every weekend. She serves local breakfast while teaching baking lessons!
Oh, and I almost forgot to mention, she cruises around town with her husband on the weekends riding this:
Milk & Yogurt – “Cow to Table”
I LOVE milk. And the milk I drank every morning came straight from the cow, to the refrigerator, to my glass bottle.
The milk is so pure and unprocessed, that it has 4% fat! Try finding that in your local grocery store! Our basket was also packed full with several flavors of their home-made yogurt.
Three generations of the family work on the farm everyday from 5am until sun down – where they have over 200 cows that produce 30 liters of milk a day. The majority of their production supplies local schools and small businesses. They do tours and even have a milking and cleaning robot!
Honey from Ceberlarstvo Veselic, the eccentric beekeeper who doesn’t wear protective bee gear
“How often do you get stung,” was one of the first questions I asked. “Oh, just a few times a day,” he replied. I was a little taken aback – but he told us that he doesn’t wear any protective gear and it barely bothers him… to each their own!
Another well-known and respected local, Veselic has over 300 bee hives (with a single hive averaging 8,000 bees!) and can make up to 50kg of honey per year. The family has been in the business for generations and produce up to four different types of honey every year.
They also produce a honey liquor, Propolis, which they say is the best remedy for a sore throat or winter cold. It was pretty yummy, and I would recommend you try it… but a little too sweet for me 🙂
Jam from Danilo
It’s really hard to pick a favorite item, but the Jam was up there for me! Wow, I’ve never had anything quite like it!
There were three flavors available, and they also produce syrup and raspberry wine, but I unforuntately wasn’t able to try them. They have three glass houses where they grow various fruits.
This is a side business for Danilo right now, but in the future they want to completely transfer to plantation and organic production of jams and wine.
Ghee Butter – Organic with a twist
Ghee Butter, a company of five friends, enjoy making “food with a purpose.” They buy certified organic butter from the European Union. It is cooked and stirred for 2-3 days, requiring constant attention.
They believe that everything (including food) reacts to positive energy, so they make music and vibrations with a gong, accordion, bells, etc. while the butter is being stirred – and only speak nice words while it’s being made. 😃 I think the world today could learn a little from this approach.
Have you had a breakfast in Europe that would compete with this one? Let me know!