The Era of the Neighborhood Bistro

Someone just mentioned the other day, that most restaurants that pop up these days are the same: cozy and simple with a focus on local produce and/or vegetables. It’s the era of the neighborhood bistro. Small cafes and tobacco-shops are converted into trendy cafes and wine bars with specialty coffee, organic wines and brunch. The answer to my friend’s comment was that I actually don’t mind – this is the type of restaurant I prefer (as long as they do what they do well). Sidney’s is a perfect example of a place I would really love to have around the corner from where we live: fresh menu complemented with a good list of wines, both classic and nature, with a green footprint. Continue reading “The Era of the Neighborhood Bistro”

Does Sushi Love Wine?

There are some combinations between wine and food that have no place in history. Sushi and wine is one of them. Sushi, originally from Japan was meant to be enjoyed with local beverages, some hot sake for example, or green tea. However, more recently, a lot of Asian restaurants have popped up pairing oriental dishes with cocktails and different wines. Sushibar + Wine is one of them. The concept restaurant has four different locations in Helsinki, and I was lucky enough to be invited to one of them for a drink and a nibble.  Continue reading “Does Sushi Love Wine?”

Tallinn – Wine City!

It has become a bit of a summer tradition (two years in a row is tradition, right?) for us to take a mini vacation in Tallinn. It’s a small city, and one can easily get around by foot, and there are many fantastic restaurants to visit. Additionally, price level is low compared to Sweden; a glass of nice wine costs less than 10 euros, and the most expensive glass might take you back 20. It’s so funny, you cannot even get a glass of house wine in Sweden for that price. However, as with any other destination, finding the good places requires some work and good eye. So here are a few recommendations for foodies and friends of the fermented fruit in the capital of Estonia. Continue reading “Tallinn – Wine City!”

Some Finnish Magic at Haikko

A beautiful sea view opens from the building of the pastel blue mansion. Its a calm and sunny morning. Although I am at a congress center, there are no noisy groups of people, just some couples in the distance, walking and observing the gulf. I have arrived at Haikko mansion, spa and congress center, for a company event, however, I feel as if I am on holiday.  Continue reading “Some Finnish Magic at Haikko”

The Escape to Budapest

Midsummer is a special time in the Nordics. It’s a national holiday to celebrate the longest day of the summer and the midnight sun. For those who have not been in the Nordics this time of the year, it might sound a bit absurd, but it is light clock round (or at least almost). The Finns, Swedes, Norwegians and Danes celebrate Midsummer usually at their cottage, with barbecue and too much wine. Nothing is open and even the food stores are half empty after people of their way to the countryside have ransacked the shelf’s to stock up for the long weekend. We don’t have a cottage, and usually do not enjoy visiting one, so every year, we escape Midsummer to somewhere it is not celebrated. Last year, we were in Krakow (which was wonderful), and this year, we decided to continue with Eastern-Europe, in Budapest.  Continue reading “The Escape to Budapest”