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”

Wineweek 167: Landing in Singapore

We have arrived! To our final destination on the years Tour de Asia – Singapore. Its also our last week of travel. I can count the days that are left with one hand, and tell people back at home – see you next week at work. It’s always nice to go back, but this time I don’t really know what I am going back to. Big changes at work, long story, wont go into it. We have also been sick for a whole week, the whole family (thus no post last Wednesday). So I have very little wine news to report. But I have had a chance to take a few pictures, and the coming (final) days of our trip will be epic. But since I haven’t been anywhere yet, I thought I would remind you of a few of my Singapore favorites. Cool to see that these places are still up and running, as many cafes and bars seem to have a fairly short lifespan. Continue reading “Wineweek 167: Landing in Singapore”

Wineweek 166: Whats New in Bangkok

A new year has begun! 2018! Wow, how did time pass so fast? Every year seems to be a little bit shorter. However, it does not matter if you spend the time well. I wish I could live every day like it was my last. I try, but I think its easier said than done. I spend a lot of time planning for the future. However, today I will focus of the past week. We have been spending a lot of time in Bangkok, and there is some new stuff here that will make the winecusrious very happy. Bangkok is finally becoming a credible wine city. Continue reading “Wineweek 166: Whats New in Bangkok”

Happy New Year from Bangkok!

It’s new years eve and the sun is setting in Bangkok. There is an anticipation in the air, and people are seemingly in a festive mood. Even though Thais celebrate their own new year, Songkran in the spring, there will be new years parties, fireworks and of course bubbly served tonight. We will be spending the evening at our hotel, eating take away food and drinking a sparkling wine from Jura. I will tell you more about it, and whats been going on in Bangkok tomorrow, Wineweek will appear on the first instead. For now I just wanted to come and wish everyone a happy new year! Continue reading “Happy New Year from Bangkok!”

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”

Visiting Monsoon Valley Vineyard in Hua Hin

110 hectares of sand and slate terrain in the mountains of Hua Hin, international awards and a restaurant serving dishes made from ingredients grown at the local farm (they even have their own pigs). Sounds good right? Well, in all honesty it’s not as great as it sounds. The vineyards are beautiful with a picturesque restaurant building on the top of the hill and the wine decent taking into account that this is Thailand. But the rest of the experience feels like a bit of a tourist trap. I was surprised. With the above-mentioned features, how can you fail? Read on to find out…

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Wineweek 164: Beach Life

The long awaited Tour de Asia 2017 has begun. Finally! It feels like the whole year revolves around this tradition. We book the trip in June, start counting the months in September, book restaurants and tours in November and then fly off in December. January to May we ponder if we should return to the same hoods again or try out something new. Every year we conclude that there is no better destination than South-East Asia. Its warm, the food is good and the price level reasonable taking into account that we want to be away for four weeks. There is the occasional temptation of returning to Hawaii, but the strong US dollar has kept us from going. So here we are again, in Cha-am Thailand, starting our vacation from the same resort we visited last year, the Veranda. Continue reading “Wineweek 164: Beach Life”

The Best Cuts in Helsinki

I like meat! But like many others, I have also scaled down on my consumption. Not only because it is good for my body and the environment, but because I have become picky. Meat should be good, and well made. A steak well-done is murder of good produce. Somehow, I have lately not been too impressed by meat-places in Finland. I would not even dream of using my meat-quota on a pepper steak. But now, I have found a place I can happily recommend to a carnivore. Werner bar and grill on Bulevardi delivers on both produce and execution. And has good wines.. Continue reading “The Best Cuts in Helsinki”

Wineweek 163: Pre-christmas in Helsinki

Every year, we travel abroad for Christmas. And not just abroad, but preferably far far away from cold Sweden. We like spending the holiday season somewhere warm. Other prerequisites are safety, good food and preferably good drinks. There are plenty of travel destinations in the world, but only a few of the fulfill our requirements. So despite a tough analysis on all of the possible options, every year we end up going to South-East Asia. This years destinations include Thailand (Bangkok and Hua Hin) , Cambodia (Siam Reap) and Singapore. And whats best, we leave already next week. Next week! Awesome! But before that, we have been spending some time in Helsinki to make up for the lost Christmas with my family. We did some fun stuff. Here are a few tips for Helsinki in December. Continue reading “Wineweek 163: Pre-christmas in Helsinki”