Lunch in Stockholm & Dinner in Jönköping, Sweden

Started my morning to jump into my car and drove to Stockholm for meetings, and ended up for dinner in Jönköping.

When it comes to asian food, I have some spots in Stockholm that I like more then other and one of the ones I like more then other is BERNS that are located very close to the popular Kungsträdgården where many activites happen, NK Shopping mall and popular Strandvägen and just few minutes and you are on Birger Jarlsgatan where many of the most trendy nightclubs are.

Berns is famouse for there asian food now and it´s very fresh plates and fresh food, for lunch it´s little less to choose between but still high quality and many enough so all in the company can something for them. For wine it´s no fun sortiment, but not often that happen at any restaurang in Swede.

Chef´s choice nigiri, 10 pieces, was my choice today for lunch. As wine to this I choose a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand from producer Giesen. Very fresh and good food and the wine was ok, but better then the other options on the list for this lunch.

After all my meeting was to end in Stokcholm, I jumped into my car and drove to Jönköping in Småland, about 1,5 hour from Gothenburg, for dinner. This time I desided to try the spanish restaurant El Gordo. Own by two former hockey players in the local team HV71 and also former Swedish national team players.

Started with Crayfish soup and then I had Roe toast on tortilla bread. After that Hamburguesa – Miniburger with manchego, pickled onions and aioli. For the first two tapas I choose the white wine Protos Verdejo. For the rest tapas I went with red wine and the Protos Reserva.

Last tapas was CHORIZO CON PAN – grilled chorizo from Salamanca in bread with fried leeks and chiplote and they have put a CROQUETAS – filled with charcuterie on the plate as a bonus to me 🙂

Scandic Hotel Verandan vid ån, Linköping

Time to meet up my friend in Linköping, something like between Gothenburg and Stockholm, and we have booked room at Scandic Hotel. Scandic is the or one of the biggest hotel chains in Sweden and for a couple of years ago, they started to renovate the hotels and some are became really good and this one have done a great job and also they desided to focus a lof on their restaurant and I can only say that they have done it…if I compare with with other Scandics.

Their restaurang is called Verandan vid Ån, with big windowns from ground to roof and a lots of them so lots of lights comes into the restaurant and everything looks fresh inside with the new carpet, tables and chairs and all. I was honest impressed when I entered the restaurang.

We started with a glass of Champagne from Alexandre Bonnet Grande Reserve Brut, so we could get into relax mode after long day of work and drive. We desided to go with tasting menu 3×3 courses. All 3 starters, all 3 main and all 3 desserts but in smaller portions, so we really could try them all, to all that we hade the wine pairing as well.

Starters was Local beef with yuzu créme, coriander, sesame and almond crisp bread and wine was Valminor Albariño. Next was King scallop with water cress, green pea purée and dark rye bread and wine was Felino Chardonnay. Last starter was Blackened salmon with beetroot salad, blueberries and salmon roe and wine was Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc from Alsace.

Main was meat x 3; Deer with baked apple and chanterelles, next was Lamb with pistachio, crepinette and caramelized nactarine and last main was Celeriac with baked overnight créme, chips and artichoke. To this we also got Roasted beetroot and shallot, with some sauce. The wine got recommended was Paxton Now Shiraz natural organic wine, that wine was my kind of wine. Then from Haut Juliane in Bordeaux and last wine was Heartland Directors Cut Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, which was much more my kind of wine.

Time for dessert and here they served us Vanilla Ice Cream and something I always like; Créme Brûlée and last dessert was Chocolate Mousse with sponge. For desseetwine we took a glass of Chateau Baulac Dodijos Sauternes 2016. After all this, we desided to finish of the night with a cheese platter and to drink they was very kind to us, they second cup of the wines we like most during the dinner.

Bodega OTAZU & Bodegas Tempore, Gothenburg

Thursday and invited to one smaller wine event at Jespers. Wines from Bodega OTAZU, Navarra and Bodegas Tempore, Aragon will be up for tasting and everything by the glass. Not the most famous regions in Sweden, therefore extra interesting for me to taste.

Quick stop at Hotel Avalon for laste lunch and wanted somthing that really fills me up, before wines, therefore I choose a classic burger with fries and dip. Burger is burger and this time was the same, what stood out this time was the well done burger, even after I asked for a medium rare. Did had the energy to say something, I just wanted to eat and go to the wine event.

Bodegas Tempore with the range Generación and then the entry level red and white from Bodega OTAZU.

Gleneagles and more, Scotland

Last day in September, and I sat my self on a flight to Scotland and the iconic place Gleneagles Hotel. I had been invited to Showcasing Scotland 2019 – A land of food and drink, so for 4 days I was going to spend at Gleneagles Hotel and their surroundings and meet producers, taste food and beverages but also visiting some prodcuers. As a golfer and have the opportunity to stay at this iconic hotel is something WOW..

After have been checked-in and left bags and signed up for the event, I went to the bar to enjoy a Gin & Tonic. The sortiment of gins in The Century Bar was wide and many gins that I have tasted before. This time it was Stirling Gin with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water. Finish that before it was time for welcome dinner for all guests and that we had in the restaurant The Birnam Brasserie. Starter was Crab on Sourdough Toast, as main we got served Roast Cod with mash potato, watercress, gremolata and salsa verde. For dessert we had to choose between Tiramisu and Crème Brûlée, I choose the later.

Early morning and time for guided tours and visit to producers, and at St. Andrews Brewing Co we did one stop, but insted of doing at the brewery, we stoped by one of theirs pubs in the city insted. Here we had a tasting and also some food while we tasted the beers. The pub we went stoped at was the one in Dundee Caird Hall.

After few days of fair and meeting producers and tasted their products, it was time for the last night with the gang. As final party all producers displayed all of their products and we could walk around all over and taste what ever we wanted and how much we wanted as well. Food and beverages everywhere and what I liked the most was to eat the seafood and especially the scallops that the chef did a la minute, more like a la second :-).

When I tld him I wanted one, he put it in the frying pan, and then just added some salt and butter. Once I had one scallops with a glass of Porter´s Gin Old Tom. A crazy few days in Scotland, Gleneagles, and I didn´t knwo that Scotland had so much to offer when it comes to beverages and food, especially seafood. With all new friends I got in Scotland, makes it much more easy to book a new flight back to Scotland, that I will for sure.

I will write more about Gleneagles and the hotel and the surroundings, and add pictures soon.

Few days in Stockholm, Sweden

Time for some days in Stockholm with my old friend Per. I´m actually going to work with him at Stockholm Beer & Whiskey and sell his cheese. He have desided that we are going to stay at Hotel J at Nacka Strand, and that is a great choice. Location is relaxing, fresh air and still close to town if we want to go there after the fair.

Before I meet up Per, I have done work to do in Stockholm town and therefore I need som lunch and time to visit Giro Pizzeria again. Here they serve authentic neapolitan pizza.

I order the classic, Margherita and as wine I choose one of my favorite producers from Toscana; Querciabella Mongrana. It´s an Maremma region wine with a blend of Sangiovese 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25% and Merlot 25%. It´s also 100% VEGAN and 100% Biodynamic. For dinner we went to Restaurant J, that is a part of Hotel J which they are a part of the Nobis Hospitality Group. At dinner I started with shrimp with mayonnaise, served with butterfried toast and bleak roe. Then for main course I had Swedish sirioin with veal gravy, onion butter, baked tomato, cabbage, parmesan cheese and french fries. As wine I choose Querciabella Chianti Classico 2014. Real classic Chianti Classico ith 100% Sangiovese and as well 100% VEGAN and 100% Biodynamic. 12 months in fine to extra fine-grained French oak barriques (225 l) and tonneau (500 l), of which 10% new.

Next day, some lunch before the fair opens and work and Restaurang J is on the way to the fair, we deside to have lunch there as well. I order Game beef patties with ligonberries, green-pepper sauce and potato puré with Swedish cheese. Once again as wine I choose Querciabella Chianti Classico 2014. During the fair we got some samples on some oysters and shrimp mix and to that Champagne Castelnau Réserve.

Day on town, Gothenburg – Sweden

Thursday and got feeling for a nice afternoon, that maybe can go into a late night. That what happen when I sat and had lunch at new Swedish Taste in the basement of NK shopping mall. Swedish Taste is a restaurant that have very high reputation when it comes to high quality on their food, so when they open up a new part of Swedish Taste in the basement of NK, I looked forward to try it and see if they could continue to keep the level. I ordered catch of the day, and that was not so fun fish dish. The wine selection was very poor. My grade of this Swedish Taste, I have to say under avarage.

At Jespers tonight there was going to be an Malvirà event, some of the range all by the glass to nice prices just for this event. Jespers in on the way home from NK, therefore it would be perfect to drop in for some great wines. Tonights wines was Barbera d´Alba San Michele 2016, Langhe Nebbiolo 2016 and Langhe Rosso San Guglielmo 2014 as reds. For the withe it was Langhe Bianco Sauvignon 2016. Good turn up and met new friends. But after a while, I got hungry again and therefore I ordered a small cheese, olive and ham platter with some chips and breads on the side together with dip. Worked very well with the wines.

When I was finished here, I did quick stop at Hotel Avalon Bar for one drink. Like always it tasted great. Then was time to go home, but I wanted to make one more stop before, and that stop was as my good friend Riccardo for some wine, bread, cheese and conversation with Riccardo. To my small platter, I drank a good wine; ELLENA Barbera d´Alba 2015. After this, my night was finish and back home to bed.

Spanjorskan, Stockholm – Sweden

Went to Stockholm for the wine show Garnacia Day at Operaterrassen and at the same time meet up my friend Alejandra from Bodegas Tempore sense she have brought her wines from Generacion range. After som tasting at the fair, me and her went out for dinner at restaurant Spanjorskan. We ordered a lots of tapas for us.

Pulpo a la Gallega with creamy potatoes, red pepper foam and crispy onions, and next was Tortilla Española with confit potatoes and onion mutton with grated curd cheese. Continue with Maíz Frito with smokey aioli and grated queso mahon before the Gambas al Ajillo with salsa de judia negra, chili and aioli. The last of these five tapas, I don´t remember the name of, maybe because is was not in top of my favorites.

Next tapas that was delivered to our table was Crispy long cooked chicken taco with creamy avocado and sour chilli. Then the Carnitas with long boiled right fox, chiliaioli and salsa on pineapple and lime, and of course some Croquetas de Iberico with aioli and sour red onion. Before dessert just a simple Bikini de Jamon with pata negra & serrano ham and creamy cheese. For dessert I desided to go with Churros with coffee ice cream, dulce de leche and chocolate. For me was the first time that I got a churros served as an taco.

After all this food, we both was very satisfy, but before we left Alejandra had a winetasting on her range Generacion wines for the whole staff, so for me I got to finish my night with a winetasting and that is something that I don´t mind.

Bianchi Café & Cycles, Stockholm – Sweden

In Stockholm there is a café that have got the same name as the famous bicycles; Bianchi. What they have done is to combined a ristorante, café and cycle shop in one, 3 in 1. I like this concept, something new and different in Sweden anyway and maybe there is a point behind it? After have eaten a big dinner and enjoyed good wines, you look at the cycles and buy one so you can train the next day and loose all the extra you at the day before 🙂 🙂 The place is called Bianchi Café & Cycles and is just behind the big and famous shopping mall NK.

Grilled schnitzel of veal ( without breadcrumbs ) with capers, tomatoes, arugula, parmesan potatoes. I added fries as well, when you eat is better to eat :-). Wine was a Chianti Classico with 10 months in oak.

To sum up this late lunch/ early dinner at Bianchi Café & Cycles, I have to say that I need to go back and try more from their menu before I can say to much. So far they delivered what I expected for the price on the food and interoir says; simple and easy.

Paolo´s, Örebro – Sweden

Back from Spain and new pizza test. Once again my friend have gave me a tip on a pizza, but this time in the city Örebro, almost in the middle of Sweden. Have been many times in Örebro, but haven´t really though so much about this place, even if I have passed it many times. My friend loves pizza as much as I do, so if he says it´s good, then it´s the only thing to do and that is to test it. Paolo´s is the place and it´s a part of the hotel chain; Elite Hotels.

Tricolore is the name of this pizza. It Tomato, mozzarella, parma ham, parmesan, fresh tomato and arugula. The pizza was very good and all the ingrediens felt very fresh and that I like. For me it was little to much of arugula, and I tink the fresh half tomatoes is little to much I think. But they told me that this was theirs best selling pizza, so the people like the extra fresh tomatoes. Next time I will try the margherita.

Bodegas Lezaun, Navarra – Spain

While I was in Pamplona, Spain, I got invited to visit the winery Bodegas Lezaun. It´s a very small winery, but always interesting to meet the people behind a winery, distillery and so on and learn more. I think that I can never learn to much when it comes to food and beverages. And I really want to know as much as I can.

After the tour in the winery, they invited me to their restaurant for a small dinner before I went back to my hotel.

Tomato soup with shrimp and then we finished with some kind tvist on banana split; vanilla ice cream with banana and chocolate sauce.