BriQ Hotel, Hova

Time for some travel and insted of make a long direct drive, I desided to make a pit stop at my friends hotel; BriQ in the very small village; HOVA. My friends have 2 hotels and this one is the newest one and is perfect for me when I need to travel to Örebro and cities in that area. It´s a very nice and small boutique hotel.

With only 14 rooms, it´s a nice small hotel with nice rooms with good lights in the halls, fresh, new and very much value for money. And when you understand how big Hova is, it´s gets even more value for the money. Have lived in big cities and well know hotel chains with much less quality.

The hall and here is my room for this night. perfect dest for computer work and a nice cup of tea before bed.

All pictures got lost

I haven´t done so much blogging the last 6 months, and when I wanted to start up now again I moved webhotel and all my pictures from previous posts got lost. Some I have on a back up driver and some don´t, and if I have time I will post the pictures again step by step.

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.

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.

Copenhagen, Denmark

August is soon over and soon will the dark months come and make a little bit boring so sitt outside and enjoy good food and wines. Therefore I desided to make a quick visit to one of my favorite get away town for 2 days and one night and enjoy some good food and wines. The town I´m talking about is Copenhagen, capital of Denmark and one of the best towns in the world when it comes to restaurants and food, according to all studies that is made.

This time I arrived by train to Copenhagen Central Sation, and the sun was really shining at it´s best. The train takes about 3 hours from Gothenburg, so I as little hungry when I arrived, so my first mission was to find food and lucky me that Tivoli is just across the street from Copenhagen Central Station. Tivoli have open up Tivoli Food Hall and I haven´t tried that one before, so that will be perfect for a quick pre-lunch before check-in at my hotel.

Choose sushi for this pre-lunch and the Letz Sushi Tivoli. Nothing special, just a 8 pieces classic sushi plate and a glass of Grüner Veltliner from Gruber Röschitz sense that was the only one by the glass. Finish and had to my hotel, and this week was a really hard time for me to find a room and I need to stay in the centrum so I can walk around the many restaurants and winebars and enjoy the food and wine whitout take a taxi back to my hotel when I finish for the night. I find a room at WakeUp Copenhagen, this hotel chain is a part of ARP HANSEN HOTEL GROUP which I normal stay at when I´m in Copenhagen. When I stay at WakeUp hotel, I don´t my points at ARP HANSEN HOTEL GROUP which I think is a very big negative.

After check-in was it time for my real lunch and that I had at one of my favorite trattorias/winebars; Trattoria FIAT. This italian place is great, every time I´m in Copenhagen I have at least one glass of wine here. Simple pasta ragu and some glass of PRIA Barbera d´Alba. Wall to wall there is GEIST where famous headchef Bo Bech work, so whats better to stop by here for a glass of wine and look at all the people that walks/ runs to somewhere to be and the beautiful Hotel d´Angleterre. All this is located around Kongens Nytorv. After this glass I went down to the docks and took a seat on Naervaer Strangade for glass of wines. For my first time I drank a glass of Ultimate Provence Côtes de Provence Rosé 2018.

Time to hotel and change before dinner with my french friend. On the way back I visit one of my other favorite winebar in Copenhagen; Nebbiolo Winebar. Now I´m back on white wine and one of my favorite producers from Alto Adige/ Trentino is J. Hofstätter and Nebbiolo have some of theirs wines by the glass and this time I went with Gewürztraminer. Lovely wine and as always they give you small plate of olives, hams and cheeses.

Time for dinner at Fishmarket with my friend and we both like fish and seafood, so Fishmarket will be perfect. Theirs seafood platter is great, but this time we went with their dishes of the day. That was Hake with mushrooms as starter and grillet Mullet as main. Have to say that this was not good. Dry, very little taste and very small portions.

I can write so much about Copenhagen, and I will do that later and give tips on my favorite places to visit and maybe that can help you when you visit Copenhagen.

Mojo, Örebro – Sweden

Lawekagruppen is one of the biggest, if not the biggest restaurant group in Örebro area and they have invested a lot of money in their new project Mojo. It´s a hotel, big restaurant and during the rummer they have a very big outdoor seating. I have been to some of the others units in their group, but this visit was my first to Mojo and I ave heard a lot about them. Very nice interior, very good food and other positive things. The only negative thing I have heard was about their winelist.

I´m a small dish eater, sense I love to try as much as possible from the menu. After have looked at the menu, I desided to start with Fresh burrata, then some white fish roe tacos and short ribs tacos.

When the plate comes in with the burrata, it looks great and I just wanted to slice up my burrata and see the fresh sauce flow out on my plate over the tomatoes. Nothing happens. See the picture half burrata and you see what I got to see when I sliced it. I got chocked, so I asked the waiter about it and she told me that is how it should be. After talked to some more people there, they told me that it´s a fresh frozen burrata. Fresh froxen burrata???? What´s that? I can only say that this was amongs the biggest disappointment I have experienced the last couple of years on a restaurant.

When it comes to the whote fish roe tacos and short ribs tacos, I can say that here they delivered very good food. These I wanted to order more of.

Then about the wines? Yes, the things I have heard about the poor winelist, yes. That was really true. Once a again a restaurant that have invest so much money on the interior and kitchen, but totaly forgets to put in any time and interest on the winelist, so here I can only say that I was equal disappointment on this as I was on the fresh frozen burrata.