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”

Peek into BasBas & Staff Wine Bar

There are great wine bars and then there are Great wine bars. Wine, as many other things is a matter of taste, so what is great is always subjective. What tickles my fancy is a nice ambiance, genuinely friendly staff and first and foremost a long and delicious list of wines by the glass. It is not often that you find a perfect match, especially since I am into weird things, like methode ancestral sparkling and orange wines. But BasBas & Staff wine bar ticked all of the above boxes. It was just a fabulous experience. Continue reading “Peek into BasBas & Staff Wine Bar”

Wineweek 116: Unprepared in Helsinki

I am not a fan of January. It’s dark, cold and long until spring and summer. This weekend it paid off though, big time, as there were not that many people going out in Helsinki. I was finally able to visit BasBas (or at least their wine bar), the restaurant I have been raving about for over a year, yet not been able to get a reservation.  Continue reading “Wineweek 116: Unprepared in Helsinki”

Wineweek 115: New Years Resolutions

In general, I don’t make New Years resolutions. I never keep them. But there is one I think I can commit to with true enthusiasm – Drink more Champagne! I stole it (with pride) from my friend Ali. We are back in Sweden and back in our normal rhythm of nine to five at the office. I guess that’s why just a dinner and wine with friends felt so damn good on Friday. We finally have the best wine-menu in town at our grabs, and that is our own cellar (read: wine fridges. Cellar just sounds so much better). Not to mention that we can drink from Zalto glasses, which was not the case anywhere in Thailand and Singapore. I am also looking forward to visiting our real cellar, Magnusson again. It will open next week after being closed for the holidays.  Continue reading “Wineweek 115: New Years Resolutions”

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 108:Avoiding Bad Life

Three months has passed at the speed of three weeks. New projects and management at work, the move to a new apartment and too much travel – It had been draining. We have had very little time for wine and writing, using the last hours of the day for achieving a minimal effort. The speed of things really hit me this weekend, as we decided to take it slow: sit at cafes, take long naps and do some unplanned (but not unnecessary) shopping for wine. Something must change next year, if we are to retain all our beloved hobbies. But luckily, we have our annual trip closing in, where we will have plenty of time to reflect. Continue reading “Wineweek 108:Avoiding Bad Life”

An Evening in Loire

Today I thought I would write about my newest restaurant obsession. The title might be a bit misleading as the restaurant is not in France, but in arctic Finland. However, that one magical evening a few weeks back at restaurant Aito felt and tasted very much like a vacation in Loire valley. Game, mushrooms, soft cheese and honeycomb, combined with some Anjou blanc, Cheverny rouge and tasty Pouilly-Fume. And when you are in the company of your best friends, everthing tastes a bit better. Continue reading “An Evening in Loire”

Wineweek 103: Rainy Helsinki

I have spent the past week in Helsinki. It rained a lot, thus only photos from indoors. It was really this kind of nasty, humid fall weather, where the chill just penetrates all your outer clothes and sinks all the way to your bones. I have never gotten used to that, not even when I lived in London, where this kind of weather was a constant. Stockholm on the other hand was very sunny this weekend when I came back home. I could have just stayed outside all day long. Instead, we sat in the windowless chambre separé at Magnusson and had a good dose of Delamotte.  Continue reading “Wineweek 103: Rainy Helsinki”

@ OX Helsinki

It is time for food porn again my friends, and plenty of it. Our recent visit to restaurant OX in Helsinki was a real feast for the eyes, as well as the palate. OX serves bistro style food from ingredients from the season and the wine list features small producers also from the biodynamic movement. The small restaurant is rather new in town, located on the edge of the center and Punavuori. Continue reading “@ OX Helsinki”

Wineweek 96: Colors of the Fall

This week I do not have many pictures to share with you. Or actually I do, but they are still nested on the memory card of my camera. I am in Helsinki and forget to take the connector with me. But I promise to publish them next week. We have had great fun all week from sailing to Helsinki on the boat to dancing all night at a wedding. We also visited a new-ish restaurant in the Center of Helsinki called OX. Good food and really good wines. So much fun and wine in three days, I can feel it in my bones. Continue reading “Wineweek 96: Colors of the Fall”