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.

Café Iruña, Pamplona – Spain

I booked a trip to Pamplona, Spain, for visit a winery but I had some time to visit a iconic Café while I was there as well. Café Iruña have been at the same place sense 1888 and it´s famous for theirs kebab and also for all famous people that have been there throgh the year. We are talking about presidents, poets, kings, movie stars and so many more.

It´s so much to write about Café Iruña, so I don´t know where to start. It´s maybe better that you click on the link and read about your self. Just around the corner from this café it´s the bull run in Pamplona…

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.

La Baracco Rossa, Sannegården – Sweden

Once again it´s time to try a italian restaurant in the area of Sannegården on Hising Island outside Gothenburg. La Baracco Rossa ( he only ha a FB page ) owns by Maurizio Fasciano, a very nice and fun italian. He have done a great work with the restaurant. Not a big one, but big enough for him and his family to handle. Today I desided to give Maurizio free hands to put together a menu of food and wines. He knows that I like to test as many dishes as possible and therefore he desided to make smaller portions and more dishes.

Started of with octopus carpaccio, that was the dish of the week. Then I continue with Carpaccio di Manzo which is lemon marinated fresh fillet of beef with argula and permesan. Then time for pasta and he gave me Papperdelle con Gamberi e Zucchine which is papperdelle with tiger shrimps and zucchini. When I eat italian, of course it will be risotto. This one is called Risotto Pescatora which is risotto with crayfish tails, tiger prawns, mussels, heart mussels in a light tomato sauce. As dessert he gave me his home made Tiramisu.

To all this wounderful food, I had some great wines and grappa. As wine, I had Massucco TerrAmore ( 90% Nebbiolo & 10% Corvina ), Malvirà Langhe Nebbiolo 2016, Malvirà Barbera d´Alba San Michele 2016. For grappa I enjoyed Bepi Tosolini Grappa Agricola.

First time here at La Baracco Rossa, definitely not last.

La Cucina, Lund – Sweden

As you all know, I love pizza and when I hear about good pizza I try to get there as soon as I can to try. My friend had been at a place in Lund, just outside Malmö in south of Sweden, and told me that this pizza was great. The place is La Cucina Lund. When I had been in Malmö for work, I drove by this place on my home and lucky me they have a seat for me.

To be as fair as possible I try to order the same pizza at every place, then that Margherita is a very good pizza is a big plus for me of course. Yes, this pizza was good and I liked it a lot and was amongs one f the better I have had. To sad that the wine, Ripasso, was very light body, warm and missing the typical Ripasso flavours.

But, if you are in the south of Sweden I propose that you make your way to La Cucina in Lund and have a great pizza.

Wine afternoon with Riccardo, Gotenburg – Sweden

Me and Riccardo desided to meet up one afternoon at his trattoria for some wine and pizza and have a relaxing afternoon. Said and done, we met up. The deal for this was also that we both broght one bottle of wine each around a pricelevel. Great idea.

I brought with me VALDICAVA Rosso di Montalcino 2016 and Riccardo came with BRESSAN Pinot Nero 2012. VALDICAVA is one of the most famous producers in Montalcino and when they started they sold their grapes to Biondi Santi, but after a while they desided to start make the own wines insted. They produce Rosso di Montalcino, Brunello di Montalcino and Brunello di Montalcino Riserva Madonna del Piano. But Rosso di Montalcino is not produced every year. They focus on Brunello di Montalcino and if they have grapes left and feel like it, then they produce Rosso di Montalcino. Haven´t you tried VALDICAVA yet, I recommend to do so ASAP, it´s going to be something extra.

As food Riccardo made two different pizzas and they tasted wounderful and together with these wines, we had a very relaxed and fun afternoon together.