Meet me on the Silk Road

My job keeps me on my feet. It takes me to far away places and lesser known countries in Central Asia: For example to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. When I started my current assignment, I did not know much of these countries. The whole region has been a bit of a black box in my world knowledge. I was very cautious in my expectations, but now that I am a bit acquainted, I just can’t seem to get enough. One of the most fascinating things I have discovered is the ancient Silk Road, that has left its marks along the plains and desserts. So on my last trip, I took the opportunity to spend one day in Bukhara, a historical city in Uzbekistan, and one of the major stops along the ancient commercial route.  Continue reading “Meet me on the Silk Road”

Another Side of Bangkok

When we last left Bangkok, during our winter holiday, I thought that I was done for a while. We have spend long vacations there for the past four years, and become a bit too comfortable in our habits. To be able to have a more adult vacation, me and M booked one last long weekend, to really be able to go through the restaurants and bars that were not suited for the youngest in our family (she is quite good at sitting at restaurants though). And boy, was this trip a surprise. It was fantastic to see, that there was still a side of Bangkok that we had not seen before. Here are the highlights! Continue reading “Another Side of Bangkok”

The Grand Champagne Report

Look at that silly smile. That is me scanning the room for my next glass of bubbly at Grand Champagne 2018 – one of the best wine events in the whole of Europe. One would not guess Helsinki to be the venue for such an event. Maybe Paris or London sounds more natural. But it is the hard work of Master of Wine Essi Avellan and winelovers Taru and Christian From, that bring the cream of Champagne to Helsinki every spring for this three day celebration of wine. For the past two years, I have had the privilege to attend the Grand Champagne press event, listening to visiting winemakers speak about their profession and taste through the years new releases of cuvees and vintages. Here is my report of what is new and hot, and what I recommend to buy into the cellar. Continue reading “The Grand Champagne Report”

A Night at Frantzen

If there is one restaurant in Sweden that has been making headlines lately, it is Frantzen. In February, at the Michelin gala in Copenhagen, star chef Björn Frantzen finally got his wish, and made culinary history by bringing the first three-star restaurant in history to Sweden. Since the announcement it has been impossible to book a table. Luckily yours truly had a booking from before the announcement, so a week ago we dressed up and hit the town for our first Swedish three-star meal. Continue reading “A Night at Frantzen”

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”

Today I Prioritized Wine

This past week, I have been exposed to a lot of talk about taking care of one’s self: stress relief, rest and living here and now. Priorities. I admit it – I have thought like many, that weaknesses do not apply to me. However, they do – like they do everyone else. And one of the best ways defy the laws of gravity is to prioritize family, social activities and friends. So, that’s what I did today: Instead of stressing about writing a post, I went out with colleagues for wine. And it was great! Continue reading “Today I Prioritized Wine”

Grand Champagne Vol.1

When thinking about what to write about Grand Champagne, I really had a hard time keeping it short. There is just so much to share. So I decided to split the story in two, starting with the press event and professionals tasting on Friday morning. The second post will focus on the consumer event as well as Master classes. Continue reading “Grand Champagne Vol.1”

Wineweek 127: Stockholm in my Heart

Even a wine-blog cannot ignore what happened just a few days ago. An attack on innocent people, that just doesn’t make sense to many of us. Of course we have acknowledged that the chances are quite high that some day this would happen. But I think it is impossible to think of it in the moment. You just want to live your life in the illusion that this is a safe place to be. And this is what I will continue to do, despite what happened this week.  Continue reading “Wineweek 127: Stockholm in my Heart”

Amsterdam and Nature Wines at Glouglou Wine Bar

For years M has been going monthly to Amsterdam for business trips. He tends to call me in the evenings, while sitting at Glouglou wine bar; and he tells me he has a great glass of nature wine in front of him. He is the kind of guy who is not bothered to sit and eat or drink alone. And after visiting Glouglou, I can understand what draws him to this place. It is a simple and warmhearted wine bar, with friendly staff and awesome wine list. Continue reading “Amsterdam and Nature Wines at Glouglou Wine Bar”

Singapore Cocktails Revisited

I have not been out in weeks. WEEKS! Family events, the flu and a new job has kept us indoors. And I am starting to get a little bit numbed. But there is no immediate salvation in sight. This weekend is going to be a home weekend as well, and we just need to rely on our own cellar to entertain us. In the lack of a nice restaurant environment, I thought I would revisit some of the great moments we had on our trip to Asia. To be more specific, our cocktail night out in Singapore. I just noticed, I had skipped the whole topic, even though I have great things to say about the new places we visited. So here we go, a dive back to Asia and the cocktail nights of Singapore. Continue reading “Singapore Cocktails Revisited”