Stockholm and Stars – Michelin Guide Nordics 2017

Yesterday was a day I had been waiting for: the revelation of 2017 Michelin stars in the Nordic countries. Not that I need a star to think that a restaurant is good, but rather, stars are quite rare here in the dark North, so it is always a big thing to get them. This year Stockholm gained one star, but lost four, as two two-star restaurants closed down. Continue reading “Stockholm and Stars – Michelin Guide Nordics 2017”

High-flying Wines: Finnair Business Class Helsinki-Bangkok

Airline-wines are often selected to please crowds, thus it is highly likely that I will find them uninteresting. Finnair is no exception, except for, that they are even more boring than other airlines. Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve as their champagne (a bad move I think to change from the previous Joseph Perrier Brut), an unoffensive South African Sauvignon Blanc, a fruity Riesling, and an average Italian Merlot. I swear to God, I was yawning when reading through the list. Big-house products, selected from which ever importer is giving the best deal, feels like. Anyway, I don’t actually want to write about the wines. What I really want to write about is the Finnair business class menu, designed by one of my favorite chefs, Sasu Laukkonen from Chef & Sommelier.  Continue reading “High-flying Wines: Finnair Business Class Helsinki-Bangkok”

Wineweek 111: Good Morning Bangkok

From minus five to plus twenty-five degrees overnight. The week I have raging about for months is here, our annual trip to Asia has begun. And as always, the first leg, is to Bangkok, to recover from the jetlag. Continue reading “Wineweek 111: Good Morning Bangkok”

Wineweek 86: Sunny Memories from Helsinki

The pictures featured in this wineweek are from our Midsummer trip to Finland. While last week I could not contain myself from writing about some Helsinki newbies, the great photos I took over the weekend were left untouched. We did some fabulous stuff: ate at Chef and Sommelier, had drinks in the sun at Bar Chaperon Rouge and walked around town taking some pictures and enjoying the quiet streets.  Continue reading “Wineweek 86: Sunny Memories from Helsinki”

Happy Midsummer!

It is the eve of Midsummer here in Finland. One of those days that people leave their jobs early and the town quiets down already at lunch-time. I am also in the need for a vacation. I can feel it in every part of my body. I am just aching for a glass of wine and it is not even four o-clock yet. Tonight will thank fully bring some relief as we are going for dinner at my favorite restaurant in Helsinki, Chef & Sommelier. I know, I know, we were just there a few months ago, but it is so good. Continue reading “Happy Midsummer!”

Going Wild at Chef & Sommelier

A few weeks back I heard the concept wild food for the first time. It all makes sense now, several restaurants offer self picked kale, or apples from the chefs backyard. It is not just about growing with ecological methods, its about picking food from the wild. Ingredients without any production-like manipulation. That is wild food, and supposedly it is very cool.  Continue reading “Going Wild at Chef & Sommelier”

Wineweek 72: Easter in Helsinki

It has been a mad March. We have been working hard: ordering summer wines and looking for a new warehouse. We also did a short wine trip to the city we fell in love in – London. All the buzzing around came to a nice relaxing halt when we flew on Thursday to Finland for relaxing Easter celebrations.  There is nothing like coming to a ready set table. While in Helsinki, we had the chance to try some nice Finnish Gin, visit one of our favorite wine bars as well as finally try out one of the most talked-about Helsinki restaurants, the Michelin-starred Chef & Sommelier.  Continue reading “Wineweek 72: Easter in Helsinki”