Deep in the Daintree – What to do in Cairns vol.2

I know it’s been a while since I have posted on wine, but no worries, after this trip to the Daintree we will move on to Adelaide and the surrounding wine regions. Exciting! I just thought it was worth posting these nice pictures from the rainforest. In addition, there are some foody delights from the jungle that deserve a mention. How does lunch in the middle of the jungle sound? Or rainforest ice cream? For entering the Daintree, we used a small tour company called Discovery Tours Australia. We left from Cairns in the morning, and returned the same evening. Continue reading “Deep in the Daintree – What to do in Cairns vol.2”

Things to do in Cairns vol 1.

You might have noticed my posting schedule has been a bit distracted. One word – holiday! I don’t even know what day of the week it is and that’s great. For the past week, we have been in Adelaide, in South Australia. However, before that, we spent a week up north in Cairns, the tropical part of Australia: Great Barrier Reef, rain forest, beaches, the works. What they don’t have up there is good food and wine. It just amazes me. Queensland has a lot of great produce and farming, however somehow, the tourist towns don’t seem to get their share of it. We survived a week with take out and half-decent Japanese food, but my God we are glad to be in a proper city again. However, it was still great to be up in Cairns and we did some very awesome outdoorsy stuff. And here is a post on one great day: a sailing trip to Green Island.  Continue reading “Things to do in Cairns vol 1.”

Photography Walk in Sydney

I guess I should call this a good holiday, since I have not touched my computer in over a week. We have been spending Christmas week on the beach in Cairn, and done some nice day trips which I will write about later on. However, I feel it was time to post some pictures from Sydney. I actually found the city quite intriguing – much similarity to London and the UK (not a surprise), but also New York, or East Coast US at least and Singapore. Such an unusual mix, but so obvious. I did a photography walk one morning, starting at 6 and ending around 9 am. I am actually quite pleased with the route and what I got out of it, so I thought it would be nice to share it with you. Continue reading “Photography Walk in Sydney”

Tasting Australian Natural Wines is Sydney

I am so jetlagged. It’s been three days here in Sydney, half way through our stay in the biggest city of Australia, and I am having issues sleeping when I am supposed to be sleeping. But I guess it’s true what they say that it takes about a week to really get used to the time difference. The positive thing is that I have been awake in the evenings, so we have had the chance to enjoy the city’s wine bars. As usual, we come well prepared due to the extensive research conducted (solely) by M, and we have found awesome places. So as I am waiting for my brain to adjust, I will share with you some recommendations. I have focused mostly on Australian natural wines. Continue reading “Tasting Australian Natural Wines is Sydney”

Winter Cocktail with Gin and Apple

I feel it coming – vacation! Its just around the corner. From next week on you will be indulging in posts from Australia. However, before we leave, I have tried to muster up as much Christmas spirit as possible. Yesterday we had a dinner with the family which is probably as close to Christmas we will get. And off course, the home mixologist was on the loose. I was actually so proud of my creation that I decided I will share it with you. Perfect for a festive season family gathering. Continue reading “Winter Cocktail with Gin and Apple”

Head Start to Christmas in Porvoo

This post is a tribute to my friends at Tripsteri. I have to admit that they are behind all this good work. However, I could not help my self but to post some of these tips here prior to Christmas. Porvoo is a small historical town in Finland, around 30 minutes drive from Helsinki. Its a very old village with lots of history, beautiful wooden buildings, and surprise surprise, a wonderful restaurant scene. Here are a few tips to the Porvoo food scene, compliments of Siru, Paula and Tuulia, my lovely colleagues at Tripsteri. Continue reading “Head Start to Christmas in Porvoo”

Veggie Wonderland in Stockholm

I am an omnivore – I eat everything. And don’t get me wrong, I really like meat. However, I am a fan of the veggie-wave that has washed over my home city of Stockholm. When I was younger, the vegetarian dish on the menu was something that came out of a jar. Today, some of the best tasting menus in town are green, and I really appreciate it. Not because I don’t want there to be meat, but I, like many, believe that it is good for your health to have a good intake of plants. It does not feel like a sacrifice, because vegetarian food today is super delicious. I know this is a popular topic, so I thought I would give a few tips for having a good green meal (with wine and other yummy drinks) in Stockholm. Continue reading “Veggie Wonderland in Stockholm”

To the Other Side of The World

That time of the year is coming. Christmas! And those who have followed the blog for some time know, that when Christmas comes, our little family takes off somewhere warm. For a month. This is our substitute for having a summer holiday. Most years, we have headed towards South East Asia. Its warm, affordable and easy living. No good wine though – just good beer and cocktails. However, this year will be different. Very different! We will take the plunge and head almost as far as one can go from Sweden, to Australia. And it will be a fantastic adventure. But before we go, I wanted to check out a few things about Australian wine. Continue reading “To the Other Side of The World”

Secret of Santorini – Assyrtiko Wine

Has been a while since I have explored different wines in the blog. So I thought its week to reveal yet another wine obsession (I have a lot of them) – Greek Assyrtiko. And what makes this white grape indigenous to Santorini such a delight? Well I think it combines some of my favorite characteristics of a white wine: high acidity, fresh lemon, lime and grapefruit notes and powerful minerality. And its pretty awesome value for money, as Greek wines are not that widely known in the international market. Awoke you curiosity? Read more below.. Continue reading “Secret of Santorini – Assyrtiko Wine”

Winelover in Lisbon

In my mind, Portuguese wines are wildly underrated. It is not straightforward as to why, however, I suspect it has something to do with how well the winemakers of the country have been at marketing their wines. In Portugal, it seems that many producers are small, and lack the language skills to market abroad. And why should you, if you can sell your whole production to your neighbors. It provides a decent life. I found Portuguese wines about five years ago, when we started importing them to Sweden, and a visit to Douro Valley rocked my world. It is one of the most beautiful wine regions I have ever visited. Additionally, there are some nice fresh trends in Portugal towards natural wines, so I thought I would share with you a little manual to finding good wines when you are in Lisbon.  Continue reading “Winelover in Lisbon”