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”

Fun Facts about Lisbon

While I am gearing up for a series of wine posts on Lisbon, I will start light, with some general information and quick photos on the city. The truth being, I have around 3500 photos, that will take a while to edit before I can write about anything deeper. However, I think it’s quite fun starting with the basics, because, there are things about Lisbon, that I barely before knew. Continue reading “Fun Facts about Lisbon”

Go South – London Bridge and Beyond

This summer, I spent a photography rich week in London. You probably noticed it either in Instagram or based on some of my previous posts this fall (Streets of London and Hackney on my Mind). As I have masses of great pictures from the trip which will hopefully be featured in the up and coming Tripsteri London travel guide, I thought I would write a little bit about my old hoods. It has been five years since I moved to Sweden, but London Bridge and Bermondsey are still dear to me. Every time we are in London, we are pulled back to the south for some great food, wine and just relaxed atmosphere.

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A Day in Tiong Bahru

October is not only knocking on the door – it’s already in. It snuck in while I was busy editing my photos from Singapore and our summer trip to London. To continue in my ignorant bliss I chose this week to write about some of the best memories from our recent trip. We took a nice walk in Tiong Bahru, which is an interesting neighborhood for architecture geeks, food lovers and history buffs alike. There is something for everyone, and its a perfect way to spend a half day in Singapore.

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Two Great Wine Bars in Amsterdam

Sometimes its not a coincidence why great wine bars stand out in a big city – there are usually a handful of very wine curious people who decide to open more than one place. We are drawn to a particular style of wine bar, M and I. We like small, cozy, bodega-style places with a well-selected list by the glass and some bar food. We don’t mind if its fancy bar food, but the service should be casual. In a big city like Amsterdam, we have been lucky to find our favorites, and I would like to share them with you. Its not a coincidence that t´both bars share the same owner.  Continue reading “Two Great Wine Bars in Amsterdam”

Streets of London

This weekend I have been editing photos from our summer road trip to London and beyond. God I miss summer. However, browsing these pics made me think about something – I really love the streets of London. They are lovely, quaint, messy, noisy, crowded and relaxed at the same time – alive! And this week, I thought I would share some of my favorite London streets with you. Its going to be a lot of pictures, and little or no text. But sometimes that’s just how it is.  A picture will tell more than a thousand words. Enjoy! Continue reading “Streets of London”

Natural Wines Arrive to Singapore

It was bound to happen eventually. It has happened everywhere else, so why not Singapore. The natural wine scene is lifting its head also in where its hot and humid. As I am very jet lagged, I will keep this short and sweet: three recommendations for natural wine spots in Singapore. That all you need really –  they are all awesome! Continue reading “Natural Wines Arrive to Singapore”

Hello Singapore!

I am sitting on the buss with butterflies in my stomach. The buss will drive me to the airport, where I will jump on a flight first to Copenhagen and then to Singapore. Normally I would not feel anxious, but this time I’m not going for a holiday or a winery visit – I am heading for Slush Singapore. I have been up since 3am to get used to the time zone change. Continue reading “Hello Singapore!”

In the Cradle of Brutalist Architecture

This summer, I have become nerdy about architecture. Not that I know anything about it, but I have expanded from food and wine pictures to buildings (still in the category of things that don’t move). So for our summer road-trip, M planned a quick stop in Rotterdam, the cradle of experimental and brutalist architecture. And we had a blast. Not only did I enjoy running around with my camera (I was so distracted that I walked into a pole), M and our travel companion P, were pleased with the coffee and food offering. I can warmly recommend Rotterdam as a weekend destination.  Continue reading “In the Cradle of Brutalist Architecture”

Singapore Bling

Following our road trip from London to Amsterdam, me and M decided to take a little wine break. The holiday was off course relaxing, however, when you have so many great restaurants to visit, it is inevitable that there will be a lot of wine on the trip. And so we decided to have a “phast” for the remainder of August. It has actually been convenient as I have had an obscene amount of work to do. I have been preparing for one of the highlights of this year, closing in fast in September; I have been invited to SLUSH start up conference in Singapore to promote Tripsteri with Business Finland – can you believe that! So to celebrate that, we are building a Singapore SLUSH special in the app, and it will feature a lot of my tips and tricks from this blog. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but I thought I would give a few teasers out in this post on what can be expected. Continue reading “Singapore Bling”