At the Helsinki Coffee Festival

This weekend was full of events. I know many of you are waiting for my report from Grad Champagne (it was awesome), but I want to put some more time and effort into writing that. So today I will focus on the Helsinki Coffee Festival instead, where we found ourselves just by chance. M saw a poster on the wall of one of our favorite third wave cafes, and luckily the event was near to where we were staying – the Helsinki Cable Factory event hall. The tickets for the morning were 15 euros from the door and 12 euros if you bought them online. The fare included access to the event and an endless flow of samples of coffee. Continue reading “At the Helsinki Coffee Festival”

80 Meters Underground – Cricova Wine Cellars

It has been long since the last winery visit – and this one is a treat. Last week I visited nearly 70 year old Cricova winery in Moldova, half an hour ride from the Capital Chisinau. The winery is underground, housing a labyrinth of tunnels that have existed since the 15th century. The tunnels are over 120km long and 80 meters deep underground: Half of the roadways are used for wine storage and the rest for production, warehouses, tasting rooms and other facilities. Continue reading “80 Meters Underground – Cricova Wine Cellars”

The Resurrection of Magkeolli

Last Sunday, I wrote about our Easter trip to the capital of South Korea, Seoul. During our travels, we stumbled on a traditional Korean drink that really tickled our fancy – Makgeolli. Makgeolli is a Korean alcoholic beverage made from rice. Its a kind of rice wine, like Soju, but low in alcohol (from six to nine percent). Makgeolli is milky, creamy, and lightly sparkling with a some viscosity. The taste can be sweet or slightly bitter, and and the texture chalky with sediment that gives a cloudy look. Magkeolli is considered a happy communal drink, and due to its history as the “farmers” wine, it has been mostly unpopular since the 80’s. But recently the 2000 year old drink has been resurrected as young korean’s prefer low alcohol and healthier beverages. Continue reading “The Resurrection of Magkeolli”

The Seoul Journal

This will be hard to fit in one post, but here goes. For the past three and a half days, we have been in South Korea. Seoul to be exact. You might think that that’s a short time to visit a city, but it is often sufficient for us to have a break. It’s the long flights that are offsetting. However, once a year, we are lucky enough to fly long haul in first class – with airline points of course. But the first-class experience is not the topic (I can write someday about that too), I aim to summarize our four day food extravaganza: low and highlights. There are not many disappointments though (except for the Aseana first class lounge), but a list of great recommendations for a foody holiday in the capital of South Korea, Seoul. Continue reading “The Seoul Journal”

Dining Like a Kazakh

I have recently taken on a new job. Maybe you have noticed – the blog, and my Instagram account, has an increasing number of references to countries in Central Asia. It’s quite exciting actually. My new job is taking me places: to the shores of Lake Caucasus, ancient cities along the silk road and far away business hubs, that I before did not know existed. I have been truly amazed and blown away by these cultures, and what treasures lie behind previously closed borders. As my trips are for business only, I haven’t had much time to explore. But my lovely colleagues have every time made sure, that I get at least a small taste of local culture. This week, I was visiting Almaty – business hub and former capital city of Kazakhstan.  Continue reading “Dining Like a Kazakh”

From Baku with Love

Since I am only writing on Sundays now, it does not really make sense continuing Wineweek as it is. My workload has increased both at my “adult job” as well as with Tripsteri, so I don’t find it enjoyable to write several times a week any more. But on Sundays, I feel relaxed and inspired, and writing this blog contributes to my overall sanity. But this is not the topic of today’s post. This week, I had the pleasure and honor to visit Azerbaijan for the first time in my life, and I took a few pictures from the coast of the Caspian sea as souvenirs. Continue reading “From Baku with Love”

Wineweek 169: Travel the World

We have a saying in Swedish – bort är bra, men hem är bäst. It means that traveling is great, but coming home is even better; kind of a Swedish version of – there is no place like home. There is a reason people settle down where the settle, and often it is the place we want to be. This is how I have felt when we arrived home about a week ago. Stockholm is where I want to live, even if it is freezing cold ten months of the year. However, before I get back to what is happening in the Nordics, I thought I would still post a few photos from our trip, and share some recommendations. I promise these are the last ones… for now. Continue reading “Wineweek 169: Travel the World”

A Closer Look at Angkor Wat

The blog has been quite temple-rich recently. I have been out on photo tours, and temples just happen to be picturesque. Food and wine is as well, but since I have waited to visit Angkor Wat for so long, I thought it should have its own post, even on a wine-blog. Finally I have had a chance to edit some photos, that are nice to share, as well as I thought of sharing a few tips for those who are planning to visit. I didn’t take that much time to plan our visit, and that was perhaps the thing I would change if I would travel there again.   Continue reading “A Closer Look at Angkor Wat”

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”