The Star in the Woods

I get an ominous chill from the title of the post “Star in the Woods”, like “the cabin in the woods” – PM & Vänner is not quite like that. Quite the opposite, it is one of the warmest restaurants I have ever been to. Literally. The restaurant is located in the small-ish city of Växjö in Southern Sweden (thus I call it the woods). It has one Michelin star and it is one of five restaurants in the world granted the Wine Spectator Grand Award in 2017 (ONE OF FIVE!!). Continue reading “The Star in the Woods”

Wineweek 150: Växjö in Colors

Saturday morning I sat on a long distance train without knowing where I am getting off. It was a train from Stockholm to Copenhagen, stopping on the way in Norrköping, Linköping and Alvesta. Would it be one of those stops, or perhaps the end station Copenhagen? M just told me that we would be sitting on the the train for ours, but no hint on how many.  It is my birthday today, and my present was a surprise one night trips somewhere. In my mind I had already thought of so many options, but once we sat on the train, most of the list got erased. The only guess left was Daniel Berlin deep down in Skåne, a hour and a half from Malmö; but M shot that down pretty soon after we passed Linköping. Browsing the Michelin guide for Sweden I made my last attempt at a guess – are we perhaps going to Växjö (a city I had not even heard of before that day)? The answer was yes! Continue reading “Wineweek 150: Växjö in Colors”

On the Rooftops of Stockholm

Rooftop bars, I have always had mixed feelings about them. I admire nice views and having a drink in fresh air, but a rooftop and quality drinks seems to be an impossible combination. There are a few exceptions, like Smoke and Mirrors in Singapore, although there the service is poor. I just don’t get it – why does it have to be so? Probably because a rooftop will always lure in customer anyway, so why bother. Takpark in Stockholm was to some extent different.  Continue reading “On the Rooftops of Stockholm”

Wineweek 149: Petite France

This wineweek, will unfortunately be a bit short. I need to be a bit boring and prioritize. There is a pile of work on my table, that is not going to diminish by me blogging about wine. God, I wish it would. However, I have one great café experience and two wine recommendations to share. So I will just pretend for ten minutes that that to-do list doesn’t exist. Continue reading “Wineweek 149: Petite France”

Amber Wines at Ambar – Stockholm

Stockholm has been blessed with many new wine bars this years. Two weeks ago we enjoyed a fine range of interesting wines at Folii in Södermalm, and last Friday we tried out newcomer Ambar on Tomtebogatan. In June I also introduced Dryck as a new addition to the Stockholm wine scene. Its great to see such a development taking off on the wine-side. Wine is so popular at the moment, that restaurant owners dare taking some risks with very narrow concepts. Ambar is a good example of brave specialization, they serve a wide range of orange and amber wines with Japanese food. Sounds weird perhaps, but it is actually a lovely and working combination. And the jolly personnel make the visit feel even more special. Continue reading “Amber Wines at Ambar – Stockholm”

Wineweek 148: Fall Winds

It still looks like summer outside, but one can feel the fall coming in many ways. First and foremost, the evenings are cold and crisp, and second, I have caught a cold – great. Last, but not least, my birthday is in a few weeks. The fall never comes without it. Yes, my 35th birthday is approaching, and that always implies I will have some good food and wine. I have no idea what is in store for me this year, however, I have been marketing very hard that 35 is a “round number”, and should be celebrated heavily. Its half way to 70 after all.   Continue reading “Wineweek 148: Fall Winds”

Wine Review – Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay

A wine review at last. It has been ages since I have written one. Not that I haven’t had good wines, but perhaps not that much worth singling out. Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay was such a bottle. We bought it on our last trip to New York a year and a half ago. It was one of those bottles worth flying over the Atlantic.  Continue reading “Wine Review – Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay”

Wineweek 147: August Favorites in Helsinki

This is one of those rare days I have almost nothing to say. Rare! No special reason, but compared to a summer on the move, its been very quiet for the past two weeks. I could mention the Santa Barbara Chardonnay that we had a week ago, or the rooftop bar I visited on Wednesday, but instead, I chose to add some photos from my quick trip to Helsinki a week and a half ago. They give a nice reminder that it is still summer, and life should be a little bit slow. Here are a few August favorites from Helsinki. Continue reading “Wineweek 147: August Favorites in Helsinki”

The Return to Joses

The best restaurants are the hardest to write about. Especially when you have some personal memories of the place, like um.. first (and probably second and third) date with hubby, reunions with friends and, well, Thursdays. In London everybody goes out on Thursdays. I will never be objective about Joses. But I can try explaining what got me so attached and what it is that keeps calling me back. Joses is a wine and tapas bar on Bermondsay street in London, just blocks away from where I used to live (when I was still cool). Continue reading “The Return to Joses”

Wineweek 146: London Vol. 2

This week has been genuinely uninteresting. Perhaps it was the limit reached on the credit card, or the two kilos I gained during the summer, doesn’t matter, we decided to lay low for a while. Its quite nice. No expectation of wearing anything else than soft pants and laying on the sofa. Thus, I am posting some more pics and tips from our trip to London.  Continue reading “Wineweek 146: London Vol. 2”