Restaurant Fabel in Fredrikstad, Norway

by ceciliemo ~ May 30th, 2013

What a nice surprise! Look at this stunning restaurant house – within the literature house in Fredrikstad. Here at Fabel you have a choice of enjoing your food in the book café, the food bar or in the restaurant. Can´t wait!

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All photos: Eivind Lauritzen

Paulsens Hotel in Lyngdal, Norway

by ceciliemo ~ May 24th, 2013

In the small city of Lyngdal in the south of Norway you find Paulsens Hotell. The place reopened in 2011, after being closed for 40 years. The hotel gives you a feeling of an old, traditional 19th century inn, with a homey atmosphere. Some people say it is like staying in a museum – charming and old style. Why not give it a try if you´re in the area?

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All photos: Morten Teinum/Visit Sørlandet

Café Herman in Leikanger, Norway

by ceciliemo ~ May 13th, 2013

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.

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Fredericks Coffee House in Edinburgh

by ceciliemo ~ May 9th, 2013

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!

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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..

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Visit the Facebook page of Fredricks Coffee House

The hip Wythe Hotel, Brooklyn, New York

by ceciliemo ~ May 4th, 2013

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!
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Photo: Flickr/Premshree Pillai

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The rest of the photos: Flickr/Inhabitat

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A visit to Edinburgh Farmers’ Market, Scotland

by ceciliemo ~ April 29th, 2013

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.

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A visit to Østenfor near Moss, Norway

by ceciliemo ~ March 3rd, 2013

Eco-friendly, ethical and colourful redesign – all in one shop? Yes, it´s possible. Go visit Østenfor – a shop situated close to the town of Moss in Norway.

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!

And luckily, I met the blogger Revinyl, too. Have a look at her blog here.

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Lifestyle cocoa from Berlin – I just couldn´t resist buying it – what a cool package design!
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You will also find lifestyle products like limonade from France and Sweden – mixed with real home-made musli. Nice combination!IMG_0028

Knitted products from another rehabilitation company, Mosaikk in Horten.

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Piet Hein Eek in Eindhoven, Netherlands

by ceciliemo ~ January 27th, 2013

After reading the dutch blog Yvestown Blog I became fascinated by Eindhoven and Piet Hein Eek, and decided to visit the place next time I´m in the country. This quote from the blog had me convinced:

“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”.

In an earlier Philips factory building in Eindhoven the dutch designer Piet Hein Eek has now his factory, office, shop, showrooms and this cool restaurant.

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All above photos: Piet Hein Eek

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Capri Suite in Capri, Italy

by ceciliemo ~ January 20th, 2013

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.

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All photos: caprisuite.it

Hotell Addict – one of my favourite hotel blogs

by ceciliemo ~ January 9th, 2013

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!

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Photo: hotelladdict.se