I love finding hidden gems in Norway – and this is one of them! Café Herman is a must if you are visiting in Leikanger, near Balestand and Sogndal, in the Sognefjord area. It´s off the beaten track, I know, but sometimes it´s nice to drive the extra kilometres, just to experience something new and unexpected. Her you enjoy nice homemade food and the local craft beer, Balder Brygg.
For foodies like med it´s important to eat well – also on holiday. In April I was in Edinburgh, and after a lot of shopping we found the lovely Fredericks Coffe House in Frederick Street. This was a nice surprise! The café had superb food, nice coffe, and of course a lot of gorgeous cakes. Perfect!
Breckland and Orchard – socalled “posh pop” is a delicious English sparkling soft drink – tastes so fresh and is all natural. Why don´t we have something like this in Norway? And I love the design too..
Visit the Facebook page of Fredricks Coffee House
If you want to stay in one of the trendiest and coolest hotels in New York at the moment, try the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! The photos speaks for themselves – who wouldn´t want to stay here?
It has been featured in the press in countless articles, e.g. Conde Nast Traveller, Wallpaper, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Vouge, Elle, Travel and Leisure, Time Out, The Independent, and loads more. Read some of them here.
In addition to being trendy and not expensive (!) – it houses a fantastic restaurant ”Reynard“ on the ground floor – see photos below. Enjoy!
Photo: Flickr/Premshree Pillai
The rest of the photos: Flickr/Inhabitat
A few weeks ago I was in fabulous Edinburgh.
As a foodie I always try to visit food markets. Every Saturday morning there is a farmers market in Castle Terrace. Of course I had to take look at all the nice local produce!
I bought some Scottish farmhouse cheddar from the isle of Mull, oat cakes from the isle of Arran and other nice stuff. Since it is April the variety of fresh products and stalls are limited, but I still loved the market, especially because of the nice location below the Edinburg Castle.
You can read on their Facebook page: “Østenfor is a shop which sells products which communicate hope.” That sentence covers my impression of the shop, too!
They sell wodden toys, jewellery, interior and food from all parts of the world. And most importantly, their own redesign of furniture and clothing. Made by people who are in rehabilitation. There is also a little café with home-made food and cakes, and delicious coffee.
The owner has managed to create a trendy shop with a good mix of products from their own production and from manufacturers. I recommend a trip out of Oslo for this shop – it´s worth a detour!
Knitted products from another rehabilitation company, Mosaikk in Horten.
“Don’t just travel to Amsterdam as Amsterdam doesn’t really reflect The Netherlands, it’s just another European capital. Travel south instead, explore ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Breda, Eindhoven and most definitely Maastricht. It will tell you so much more about the Dutch and the Dutch way of living. Southern Dutch people are lovers of the good life, quality goods, fine food and most of all they are very welcoming”.
All above photos: Piet Hein Eek
Are you dreaming of summer? Take a look at this fabulous hotel on the island of Capri in the south of Italy. Why not stay here at the stylish Capri Suite? Once a part of a convent, now a design heaven for travellers. The hotel only have two rooms, and is situated in the small village of Anacapri.
All photos: caprisuite.it
Are you looking for nice hotels with the little extra – visit the Swedish blog Hotell Addict. It is written by Charlotte Raboff in Swedish, but the links are international, so if you are English speaking you will still enjoy the hotel recommendations.
One of the features I recommend on her blog is the section where she has interviewed people about their favourite hotel. Be sure to pick up some good tips here!
Need help to get in the Christmas mood? Why not visit Møystad farm near Hamar in Hedmark? In the café you are served delicious traditional Norwegian Christmas meals. And if you still have some Christmas gifts to buy, there is a little shop on the farm.
Traditional flatbread and different mustards is served with the Christmas meals.
Photos: moystadgard.no and Nina Ruud.
I know it´s soon Christmas, and not Halloween! But I just love these pumpkin photos from the Norwegian blog Matogurter. They are taken at Vik, in the south of Norway, at Jæren. A farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins, with great success. If you are interested in the recipe for pickled pumpkin in the last photo, you find it here (in Norwegian): Matogurter.no.
All photos: Matogurter.no