Happy New Year from Bangkok!

It’s new years eve and the sun is setting in Bangkok. There is an anticipation in the air, and people are seemingly in a festive mood. Even though Thais celebrate their own new year, Songkran in the spring, there will be new years parties, fireworks and of course bubbly served tonight. We will be spending the evening at our hotel, eating take away food and drinking a sparkling wine from Jura. I will tell you more about it, and whats been going on in Bangkok tomorrow, Wineweek will appear on the first instead. For now I just wanted to come and wish everyone a happy new year! Continue reading “Happy New Year from Bangkok!”

Our Christmas Tradition

Everyone has a Christmas tradition. Well, everyone at least that somehow celebrates Christmas. It can be small or big, elaborate or subtle. Ours is pretty simple, and not very Christmassy, but its a tradition and we like it. Every year, as we travel to Asia, we have lunch at Issaya Siamese Club in Bangkok, with cocktails and a long tasting menu. Every year we also eat so much that we don’t really need more food the same day.  Continue reading “Our Christmas Tradition”

Wineweek 165: Merry Christmas from Angkor Wat

Its Christmas eve and the sun is setting in Bangkok. We are not in Cambodia anymore, but that is what I will mostly write about, thus the title. One of the highlights of our trip is just behind us and I am eager to share some stories with you..and pictures. mainly pictures actually. Angkor Wat is the only tourist trap that is and has been on my bucket list for a long time. I am a sucker for temples, they are so picturesque. Continue reading “Wineweek 165: Merry Christmas from Angkor Wat”

Visiting Monsoon Valley Vineyard in Hua Hin

110 hectares of sand and slate terrain in the mountains of Hua Hin, international awards and a restaurant serving dishes made from ingredients grown at the local farm (they even have their own pigs). Sounds good right? Well, in all honesty it’s not as great as it sounds. The vineyards are beautiful with a picturesque restaurant building on the top of the hill and the wine decent taking into account that this is Thailand. But the rest of the experience feels like a bit of a tourist trap. I was surprised. With the above-mentioned features, how can you fail? Read on to find out…

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Wineweek 164: Beach Life

The long awaited Tour de Asia 2017 has begun. Finally! It feels like the whole year revolves around this tradition. We book the trip in June, start counting the months in September, book restaurants and tours in November and then fly off in December. January to May we ponder if we should return to the same hoods again or try out something new. Every year we conclude that there is no better destination than South-East Asia. Its warm, the food is good and the price level reasonable taking into account that we want to be away for four weeks. There is the occasional temptation of returning to Hawaii, but the strong US dollar has kept us from going. So here we are again, in Cha-am Thailand, starting our vacation from the same resort we visited last year, the Veranda. Continue reading “Wineweek 164: Beach Life”

The Best Cuts in Helsinki

I like meat! But like many others, I have also scaled down on my consumption. Not only because it is good for my body and the environment, but because I have become picky. Meat should be good, and well made. A steak well-done is murder of good produce. Somehow, I have lately not been too impressed by meat-places in Finland. I would not even dream of using my meat-quota on a pepper steak. But now, I have found a place I can happily recommend to a carnivore. Werner bar and grill on Bulevardi delivers on both produce and execution. And has good wines.. Continue reading “The Best Cuts in Helsinki”

Wineweek 163: Pre-christmas in Helsinki

Every year, we travel abroad for Christmas. And not just abroad, but preferably far far away from cold Sweden. We like spending the holiday season somewhere warm. Other prerequisites are safety, good food and preferably good drinks. There are plenty of travel destinations in the world, but only a few of the fulfill our requirements. So despite a tough analysis on all of the possible options, every year we end up going to South-East Asia. This years destinations include Thailand (Bangkok and Hua Hin) , Cambodia (Siam Reap) and Singapore. And whats best, we leave already next week. Next week! Awesome! But before that, we have been spending some time in Helsinki to make up for the lost Christmas with my family. We did some fun stuff. Here are a few tips for Helsinki in December. Continue reading “Wineweek 163: Pre-christmas in Helsinki”

Bistromania in Gamla Stan – Kagges

Gamla Stan in Swedish means old tow; and as many European capitals, Stockholm has one. The old city of Stockholm lies only a stone throw away from the city centre, on an island between Norrmalm and Södermalm. Old towns are usually very touristic, and so is this one as well. But mostly during the day. After the dark, Gamla Stan turns into a mecca for foodies and the wine curious. New, cool restaurants are popping up all the time, and Kagges on Lilla Nygatan is one of them. Continue reading “Bistromania in Gamla Stan – Kagges”

Wineweek 162: The Christmas Calendar

Every year M tells me that this year, there will be no Christmas calendar. I have already stopped believing him; Every year there is, and there is always some new twist to it. This years calendar is great fun, read on to find out more about it. Continue reading “Wineweek 162: The Christmas Calendar”