Julebord: a month-long pre-Christmas food fest

It’s that time of year again: the julebord season. The month before Christmas is a somewhat gluttonous period here in Norway. It probably is in your country as well, but your menu might be a bit different. Up here at the edge of the world, [...]

2019-12-01T08:43:23+00:002 December 2015|Food and drink, Norway, Seasonal, current|

Café Gerbeaud: Sumptuous sweets and magical mood in Budapest

On Vörösmarty Square in Pest, Gerbeaud has been around since 1858. Some say it's touristy and over-priced. Me, I adore the atmosphere of another era in this Budapest cafe: high ceilings with plaster rosettes and crystal chandeliers, silk wall papers, solid brass-footed tables, and heavy velvet [...]

Uisge-beatha: Following the Scotch trail on Islay

Ever wanted to learn how to make whisky? Here's your chance. But what about uisge-beatha, you say? What does that mean? Read on, and all will become clear. We did a 4-day whisky tour of Islay, a small island in the Hebrides. The tour took [...]

Sailing and cooking in Sestri Levante

Is there a better start to the morning than a brisk sail in a fresh breeze? I don't think so. As I've mentioned here, here and here, there's much more to the Italian Riviera than Cinque Terre. So much more. Here's yet another little jewel. [...]

2017-11-01T22:46:14+00:0010 June 2015|Food and drink, Italy, Luxury travel|

Autumn in Munich

Last year, the girls and I spent a spring day in Munich, mostly enjoying the lively Marienplatz, and hanging about Viktualienmarkt, the wonderful farmers' market in the city centre. This time, it’s autumn in Munich, which means one thing: Oktoberfest. Or in our case, pre-Oktoberfest. [...]

2014-12-25T13:54:43+00:0016 October 2014|Food and drink, Germany, Seasonal, current|

World at a Glance: Lithuanian dessert

Today's curious quirk is dessert; a very alcoholic dessert in Lithuania, specifically. On a recent girl friend weekend break in Vilnius, we decided to visit the Television Tower, one of the tallest buildings in all of Eastern Europe, to get our bearings. The Television Tower [...]

2014-07-25T09:19:42+01:0010 March 2014|Food and drink, Lithuania|