Cava and Calcots – a Celebration of Onions

The first time I had Calcots was in March 2012 on a vineyard in Spain. The fresh, green colored onions were grilled on open fire, along juicy pieces of lamb and other vegetables. I had a glass of Cava in my hand – life was perfect in that moment. I carry this memory with me like a token. Its one of those happy moment where life could not have been more perfect. Day after was not that pleasant: too much cava and smelling like a campfire due to hanging around the barbecue too much. But I dont hang on to that part. My memory is all about dangling the calcot above my mouth, trying to take a bite without making a mess. I totally made a mess, but it did not matter. A few weeks ago, M noticed that a local wine bar in Stockholm advertised Calçotada, which is a special event to celebrate the harvest of the onions, so off course we had to go and see what it was all about.  Continue reading “Cava and Calcots – a Celebration of Onions”

A weekend in Lidingö

Its mid-February, but it feels like end of March. This is every Finns dream, that spring would start a few months earlier. Where it not for climate change, I would probably be extatic. I spent this weekend in Lidingö, which is one of the islands in the Stockholm county. Its generally known for its large villas and beautiful views to the Stockholm archipelago – a dream to live in provided you have a car and don’t mind spending a few hours a day in traffic. I spent the weekend on the island visiting a friend, enjoying culture and food. Here are the best parts.

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Veggie Wonderland in Stockholm

I am an omnivore – I eat everything. And don’t get me wrong, I really like meat. However, I am a fan of the veggie-wave that has washed over my home city of Stockholm. When I was younger, the vegetarian dish on the menu was something that came out of a jar. Today, some of the best tasting menus in town are green, and I really appreciate it. Not because I don’t want there to be meat, but I, like many, believe that it is good for your health to have a good intake of plants. It does not feel like a sacrifice, because vegetarian food today is super delicious. I know this is a popular topic, so I thought I would give a few tips for having a good green meal (with wine and other yummy drinks) in Stockholm. Continue reading “Veggie Wonderland in Stockholm”

Skansen for Grownups

This weeks post will be a bit unusual. We are on our way back from Bangkok, and I have not had time to edit any pictures at all. So, I chose to write about something else: Skansen,  an outdoor museum and Scandinavian zoo in the heart of Stockholm. It sounds like a kids attraction – and it is – and I was there with my kid – but I actually think that Skansen is for everybody, not only the short members of the family. If you are visiting Sweden, it is a fun place to visit to get a taste of Swedish culture, food, flora and fauna.  Continue reading “Skansen for Grownups”

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”

Three Restaurant Tips for Surviving Winter in Stockholm

March is perhaps the most depressing month of the year – or at least the second, after November. But when it’s depressing weather outside, what better than to book a nice cozy restaurant to cheer up your weekend. Here are a few recommendations, from three different price classes, that I have visited in the past month.  Continue reading “Three Restaurant Tips for Surviving Winter in Stockholm”

Wineweek 159: Gamla Stan at Night

Gamla Stan is the old town of Stockholm. In the past it was called the city in between bridges, as it is located on an island (Stockholm is built on 14 islands) stretching literally  from the bridge of the royal castle to the hectic junction of Slussen. This part of town dates back to the 13th century, and consists of alleyways, cobblestone streets, and medieval architecture. There is also a healthy mix of street art reminding you in which century you live.  And yes, it is touristic during the day, but after dark it is the playground of the locals, and one of my favorite parts of the city. Continue reading “Wineweek 159: Gamla Stan at Night”

Wineweek 158: In the Footsteps of Royalty

Ever wonder where and how Swedish royalty lives? Me too, occasionally. Mostly I wonder what kinds of wines they drink. I even did a deep dive into which wines have been served at the Nobel Gala for the past 100 years. It was a lot of work, but quite fun (here is the link). This weekend, I took my camera and went walking in Hagaparken, where the crown princess of Sweden, Victoria lives with her family.  Continue reading “Wineweek 158: In the Footsteps of Royalty”

Wineweek 155: Gin and Tonic

Fall is in full speed right now: cold winds, drizzle and pitch black evenings. However, if you are lucky, you have the type of weather we had today: crisp and sunny and on the better side of +/- 10 degrees. These are the kind of days that makes me happy about having four seasons in a year. Fall can be great at its best. And its a perfect time for some game, light red wine and spiced gin&tonics.  Continue reading “Wineweek 155: Gin and Tonic”

Wineweek 151: The Opening Weekend

The leaves are starting to fall. There is only two weeks left of September. The winter is coming. In a week, we will escape the cold weather to Barcelona. Unless the cold weather is waiting for us there. I have heard concerning weather reports from past weeks. There is also another reason for concern, which is the Catalonian referendum. The closer to the date we come, the more unrest is to be expected. I’m trying not to think too much of that, and this weekends events have been the perfect escape: Wine at the cellar, making cocktails at home and opening party of the new Johan & Nyström concept store in the center. Continue reading “Wineweek 151: The Opening Weekend”