Wineweek 130: Walburgis Night

This year it really sneaked up on me: Vappu and May Day. It is one of the biggest festivals in Finland along with Christmas and Midsummer, so it’s hard to believe that I could not feel it coming. When I still lived in Finland, the preparations started several weeks, even a month before. April is always a busy time at work and at school, but everybody still takes the time to party Vappu. The holiday has a bit of the same curse though as New Years Eve. Its such a big event, that people have pressure on where to go and how to celebrate. It should always be awesome – thus often it is not. I guess this really proves I am becoming Swedish, as here, it is just not that big of a deal. Continue reading “Wineweek 130: Walburgis Night”

Helsinki’s Hidden Pearl – Restaurant Grön

I would never have booked a table Grön, if a wine interested friend had not tipped me off. Regardless of its central location, its kind of unnoticeable; and the name somehow suggests that the place would be just for vegetarians (its not). Its one of these small bistro-types that don’t look like much from the outside, but there is heaven inside for those who know it. Continue reading “Helsinki’s Hidden Pearl – Restaurant Grön”

Wineweek 129: Pink, Pink, Pink

There is nothing like the cherry blossoms at Kungsträdgården (Kings Garden) to tell you that spring in Stockholm has begun. The 63 Sakura trees color the center pink; They lift the mood of all who are tired and weary of the winter. Local Stockholm dwellers gather under them to chill, eat ice cream and enjoy the rain of colorful leafs. The weekend has been a bit of a roller coaster of feeling with things getting tough at work. So what better way to calm the nerves than pretty pink flowers and some good wine. Champagne actually – what a surprise! Continue reading “Wineweek 129: Pink, Pink, Pink”

High Flying Wines – Does Altitude Effect your Palate?

A couple of days ago, M noticed this fun article talking about what makes wine taste better on planes. As we travel a lot, also with plane, we found the reading quite entertaining and relevant. Who knew, that altitude had such a big influence on your taste buds.  Continue reading “High Flying Wines – Does Altitude Effect your Palate?”

Customer Obsession at Restaurant Jord

Few past years in Stockholm, I have witnessed the up-rise of shopping mall-dining. There has been a general cleanup off course, and the old grease-pit style food courts are but a memory now. New, produce focused fast food chains and celebrity chefs have come in to grab the attention. Kortteli, the new, luxury food court on top of the Kamppi mall is the first attempt to pimp-up the mall dining scene in Finland (as far as I know). The fifth floor of Kamppi ticks off all boxes: specialty coffee – check, vegan offering – check, awesome brunch – check, and last but not least celebrity chef – check. Restaurant Jord, hidden in the back of the food court, is the little sister of Michelin-starred Ask, one of Helsinki’s most talked-about fine dining restaurants.  Continue reading “Customer Obsession at Restaurant Jord”

Wineweek 128: Easter in Helsinki

Spending time in Helsinki is great. It is not only my childhood home, but the city has developed into a mecca of food during the past five years. We come every other month or so to visit my family, and we always have new restaurants to try. Dining in Helsinki makes me suspect that the New Nordic kitchen is making a comeback (if it ever was on a downhill), and that the myth of dry Finnish service is indeed just a myth. So there is definitely something good cooking here in the capital of Finland, that the Michelin guide has totally missed out on. Only four one-star restaurants is a laugh, and many more places would definitely deserve a bib in my books. And what is a pleasure to see, is that the restaurants are thriving with many great places being fully booked even months ahead (still trying to get a table a Basbas), so more is bound to come.  Continue reading “Wineweek 128: Easter in Helsinki”

Riding the Waves of the Low-alcohol Trend

There is a particular trend in Sweden that I am very happy about at the moment, that is the increasing popularity of low- or non-alcoholic beer ans other drinks. It is just great opening a beer after dinner on a normal weekday evening. A luxury that I have before, as a mother of a toddler, reserved only for weekends. Its also great that these drinks are high quality and that there are several different to choose from. We have a full shelf of colorful bottles in fridge. I am beyond the point that I would open a beer just for the alcohol content. We have always said with M, that we would be so happy if there were more good quality non-alcoholic wine, so that we would be able to enjoy our hobby even more. Continue reading “Riding the Waves of the Low-alcohol Trend”

Wineweek 127: Stockholm in my Heart

Even a wine-blog cannot ignore what happened just a few days ago. An attack on innocent people, that just doesn’t make sense to many of us. Of course we have acknowledged that the chances are quite high that some day this would happen. But I think it is impossible to think of it in the moment. You just want to live your life in the illusion that this is a safe place to be. And this is what I will continue to do, despite what happened this week.  Continue reading “Wineweek 127: Stockholm in my Heart”

Pop-up Restaurant by Koka

I love our wine cellar Magnusson Fine Wines. It is the kind of friendly place, where people love wine, but you do not feel like you should know the name of every village in the German appellation of Alsace. People chat with each other and are generous with recommendations. The owner, Johan Magnusson, arranges wine trips and pop-up dinner by talked-about restaurant sin Sweden. There is always something happening at the cellar. We feel we get quite good value for the money we have invested in having a space for our wines there. Continue reading “Pop-up Restaurant by Koka”