Wineweek 124: Spring Awakening

This week has been the first week of spring. The sun has been shining, birds singing, and the bravest have already taken out their spring coats. I haven’t, because its still s*** cold. But even though I am still roaming in my winter gear, there is something new in the air. I am sure winter will come back again (it always does), but there is still hope that this torture of a cold is soon going to be over.  Continue reading “Wineweek 124: Spring Awakening”

At the Bakficka – Tyge & Sessil

In Sweden, a bakficka (back-pocket) is usually a small simple restaurant associated to a known, often fancy, restaurant. Many Michelin restaurants have bakfickas. It is a way for celebrity chefs to serve simple food for more reasonable prices. The back-pocket is always close to its mother, sometimes even sharing a kitchen and staff; they also always leave some space for walk-in customers. I love back-pockets. They are quite good value for money, and many of them have high ambitions with wine. Tyge & Sessil is the backficka of one-starred restaurant Ekstedt (where food is prepared on an open fire) located in Stockholms Östermalm and serving mainly ecological and nature wines from small producers.  Continue reading “At the Bakficka – Tyge & Sessil”

Wineweek 123: What it Means to Believe in Yourself

This weekend, I have using time on my travel guide on Tripsteri. Our great team of talented media-professionals (not talking about me) made it to the finale of a Finnish media innovation competition, Uutisraivaaja; we have signed a book deal for a series of printed travel books, and last and probably least I have a post coming out on Tuesday on the star studded Michelin-scene in Stockholm. I already wrote to you about that, but now I have some awesome pictures that will make you crave for a night out in the city Continue reading “Wineweek 123: What it Means to Believe in Yourself”

Three Things I love about Matbaren

Mathias Dahlgren is one of the most well known chefs in Sweden. I like that he is on top of the food trends and always willing to take some risks and renew himself. When I moved to the city, he had two restaurants: Matbaren (one star) and Matsalen (two stars). They were located next to each other on Standvägen, in the same building as the famous Grand Hotel. Since 2013, the year I moved to Sweden, Dahlgren has opened an awesome all rhye bakery, Green Rabbit; and closed down his two star establishment to open a vegeratian restauran, Rutabaga. Matbaren is a relaxed restaurant, with well prepared mid-size dishes and an awesome wine-list. And I have a special liking to the place as M took me there for my 30th birthday, which was also one of our first dates. One might even say that Matbaren is where I started my journey towards being a foodie.  Continue reading “Three Things I love about Matbaren”

Wineweek 122: Weekend with Vegetables

If I can point out one food trend in Stockholm for the coming year, it is all vegan (or at least vegetarian) restaurants. I guess it is a natural follower for the eco-trend, and a good predecessor for eating insects (I have heard that there is already cricket-muesli). An all vegetable lunch or dinner is no longer for those who believe in the diet, but for all of us, who enjoy well made food. The uphill probably started already a year or two ago, but it is now that we main-streamers are picking it up. The latest, and most visible addition to the Stockholm restaurant scene is Rutabaga, star-chef Mathias Dahlgrens new all vegetarian restaurant.

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Cheap and Chik Café Nizza

The topic is a bit misleading – eating out in Stockholm is never cheap. Chik on the other hand… anyway, relatively speaking, Café Nizza is a very price worthy dining experience in Stockholm. You get a cozy bistro experience with four courses plus amouse bouche and petit fours for 500kr. The food is not innovative but very well prepared and tasty, and the wine list is awesome. Continue reading “Cheap and Chik Café Nizza”

Wineweek 121:Out and about in Stockholm

This week has been awesome! A-W-E-S-O-M-E! The beginning of the year has been so slow that I feel like I have been awakened from a long hibernation. Even the flu has not stopped me this week as we have had one nice meal after another. What am I ranting about? Well our nights out at Cafe Nizza and Mathias Dahlgrens Matbaren of course. We also drank some nice wines at home as well as tasted a range of Taittinger champagnes at our wine cellar. Yes! It has been a week of food and wine, and I feel very excited to tell all about it.  Continue reading “Wineweek 121:Out and about in Stockholm”

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”

Wineweek 118: The Countdown to Spring

The countdown to spring is on. February has started with mild weather. I know it is a bit grey, but I prefer that to minus degrees. Every morning, the sun rises a bit earlier, and I can already leave the office with some daylight left. The darkest time of the year is behind us, and it can only get better from here.  Continue reading “Wineweek 118: The Countdown to Spring”

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”