Finally its time to start unraveling our great food trip to Amsterdam, and I would like to start with the finest: Restaurant Choux. The word choux is French and it means cabbage. It gives a little hint on the theme, Choux is what one might call vegetable forward. There is meat on the menu, but it does not play the leading role. Choux also houses an awesome selection of nature wines. Continue reading “Amsterdams Finest – Restaurant Choux”
This week I have not been posting much. Why? Because it has been awesome weather and I have been busy walking around in Amsterdam. 15 degrees Celsius and blue skies is a blessing in March. At least for a Finn (and a Swede), so I have not even opened my computer or email. After a long, dark winter, all that vitamin D is so welcome. I also had no idea that Amsterdam is such a Mecca for foodies. We enjoyed great, inexpensive wines and interesting restaurants; walked on the scenic canals nursing coffee and fresh croissants; and slept in to catch up on the sleep deprivation known well to parents of small children. Continue reading “Wineweek 125: A walk through Amsterdam”
We are an organized family: It is not often we wonder out to eat without a reservation or a clear thought on where we will be eating. Even if we are talking street kitchen, we check the location and timetable of the food truck in advance (streetkak.se is by the way a great place to locate your fast food on the run). However, there are a few places we might just pop into unannounced: Teatern in Skanstull and K25 on Kungsgatan in the Stockholm center.
Teatern is a somewhat new food court in a mall called Ringen in the hipster part of town, Södermalm. The fun thing about Teatern is that several celebrity chefs have started simple fast food kiosks there. For example Magnus Nilsson, who owns a two star restaurant in the north of Sweden, Fäviken Magasinet, has a hot dog stand Korvkiosken. The food court houses also a noodle stad by the owners of Adam & Albin Matstudio as well as Chaos by one-star chef Stefano Catenacci (Operakällaren). Sounds exclusive, but it isn’t. It’s really fast food for everyone at very affordable prices. A hot dog from Magnus Nilsson costs less than 3 euros (25kr). The soft ice creams from Korvkiosken are also great. The milk they use is from cows that are allowed to roam around freely. I don’t know how much that contributes to the taste, but at least the produce is super fresh, so the ice cream comes out great.
Teatern is also open in the evenings, and I have been meaning to go there for a quick dinner and drink some time. Quite many places also serve interesting wines (also nature wines) and craft beer. The ambiance is cozy (as cozy as a food court can get) and the clientele are there to relax.
My other favorite is K25 on Kungsgatan in the center of Stockholm. The food court has cuisine from around the world: Sushi, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Malaysian etc. We tried pho-style noodles from a new place called JimLim (by Tomi Björks Farang). The problem with K25 is that it gets very full during lunchtime. Many (including us) come with children and prams, so the narrow space gets quite cramped. Teatern is nice and round, so there is much more air. I would recommend going to K25 when it’s not lunch-rush.
This week has been the first week of spring. The sun has been shining, birds singing, and the bravest have already taken out their spring coats. I haven’t, because its still s*** cold. But even though I am still roaming in my winter gear, there is something new in the air. I am sure winter will come back again (it always does), but there is still hope that this torture of a cold is soon going to be over. Continue reading “Wineweek 124: Spring Awakening”
In Sweden, a bakficka (back-pocket) is usually a small simple restaurant associated to a known, often fancy, restaurant. Many Michelin restaurants have bakfickas. It is a way for celebrity chefs to serve simple food for more reasonable prices. The back-pocket is always close to its mother, sometimes even sharing a kitchen and staff; they also always leave some space for walk-in customers. I love back-pockets. They are quite good value for money, and many of them have high ambitions with wine. Tyge & Sessil is the backficka of one-starred restaurant Ekstedt (where food is prepared on an open fire) located in Stockholms Östermalm and serving mainly ecological and nature wines from small producers. Continue reading “At the Bakficka – Tyge & Sessil”
I am super excited: 50 producers, 200 different champagnes and 16 different master classes organized by famous champagne personalities, cellar masters and head-winemaker – all under one roof in Finland in may. Grand Champagne is by far the biggest bubbly event of the year in the Nordic countries (as far as you ask me), and its happening in my birth town of Helsinki where we visit frequently. And the best news is, that this year we are going! Continue reading “Take me to Grand Champagne”
This weekend, I have using time on my travel guide on Tripsteri. Our great team of talented media-professionals (not talking about me) made it to the finale of a Finnish media innovation competition, Uutisraivaaja; we have signed a book deal for a series of printed travel books, and last and probably least I have a post coming out on Tuesday on the star studded Michelin-scene in Stockholm. I already wrote to you about that, but now I have some awesome pictures that will make you crave for a night out in the city Continue reading “Wineweek 123: What it Means to Believe in Yourself”
Yeah! The list is out again – Asia’s 50 best restaurants is an annual snapshot of the opinions and experiences of almost 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. This is our bible when we plan which restaurants to visit on our trips to Asia. It has seldom let us down, except once in Singapore (Jaan), and it covers restaurants in cities that are not included in Guide Michelin. Next stop for us will be Hong Kong, so let the browsing begin. But fist, a quick look o who is the the top 10 this time. Continue reading “Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants”
Mathias Dahlgren is one of the most well known chefs in Sweden. I like that he is on top of the food trends and always willing to take some risks and renew himself. When I moved to the city, he had two restaurants: Matbaren (one star) and Matsalen (two stars). They were located next to each other on Standvägen, in the same building as the famous Grand Hotel. Since 2013, the year I moved to Sweden, Dahlgren has opened an awesome all rhye bakery, Green Rabbit; and closed down his two star establishment to open a vegeratian restauran, Rutabaga. Matbaren is a relaxed restaurant, with well prepared mid-size dishes and an awesome wine-list. And I have a special liking to the place as M took me there for my 30th birthday, which was also one of our first dates. One might even say that Matbaren is where I started my journey towards being a foodie. Continue reading “Three Things I love about Matbaren”
If I can point out one food trend in Stockholm for the coming year, it is all vegan (or at least vegetarian) restaurants. I guess it is a natural follower for the eco-trend, and a good predecessor for eating insects (I have heard that there is already cricket-muesli). An all vegetable lunch or dinner is no longer for those who believe in the diet, but for all of us, who enjoy well made food. The uphill probably started already a year or two ago, but it is now that we main-streamers are picking it up. The latest, and most visible addition to the Stockholm restaurant scene is Rutabaga, star-chef Mathias Dahlgrens new all vegetarian restaurant.