Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vacation - at last!!

The Enjoy Food & Travel staff will enjoy a three week vacation from June 25th. It will be both business as well as pleasure, as we are traveling to Newcastle and will report back from Northumberland and Scotland. Otherwise, we will just enjoy the pleasant Norwegian summer.

The summer has arrived with pleasant warm weather and sun from clear skies, and we all look forward to a few weeks off, away from the city. The HQ will be our summer home by the coast. I do look forward to do some serious gardening.

This means that there will new stories on the site sporadically during the coming three weeks. We hope you will bear over with us and we will return with more stories on Enjoy Food & Travel from mid July!

Have a happy summer vacation!!

Stories from our summer home

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

NEW: Sunlink starts sailings Oslo - Fredrikshavn July 2010

- but Danish and Norwegian authorities are still not informed

(Source: Aftenposten, June 15th 2010) The Danish company Sunlink will start sailing from Oslo to Frederikshavn from July 1st. The funny thing is that we know, but Danish and Norwegian maritime safety authorities have not yet heard anything from the ferry company. So SunLink will have to hurry up to get its papers in order!!

Well that is, at least what was told a few days ago, so Sunlink may have grasped the urgency and handed in the important necessary papers to the authorities by now.

From the Adriatic Sea to Kattegat

Sunlink has chartered M/S Arberia currently crossing the Adriatic Sea between Bari and Trieste, and will, if red tape is in order, start sailings between Oslo and Frederikshavn from July. It can take 1300 passengers in 750 cabins and hold up to 250 cars.

Swedish Stena Lie has, since Color Line decided to concentrate on their superspeed ferries from Larvik and Kristiansand to Hirtshals, been the only company on this crossing. The Swedish company is confident that their long experience will mean that they will withstand the competition from Sunlink.

May the best company win!

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Slow Food Oslo's list of best food shops in Oslo

The Slow Food movement has been firmly established in Oslo. Besides inviting members to different arrangements, the keep track on where to go, to buy high quality products in the Norwegian capital.

I have attended a few Slow Food sessions, and found it to be a very stimulating place to be for someone who appreciates good home-made food made from scratch. Good vegetables, meat and meat products, dairy, fish and seafood and vegetables are essential to succeed in the kitchen.

In a country filled with low-price supermarket-chains, you need to find exactly to find that Italian cheese, Spanish ham, Italian truffles or Greek olive oil you're looking for. Many have a larger selection of fine Norwegian food products in their shelves as well, showing that our food is not only made in large cooperatives, but may compete with foreign products.

I am pleased to see that many of my favourites are on their list. Here are a few English presentations of some of Slow Food Oslos favourite food shops, with a short introduction. Click on the link to read the full story.
  • Farmers market (July 18th 2009)
    In June, small scale producers had gathered in the lower part of
    Karl Johans Gate for a large farmers market.

  • Fenaknoken (July 18th 2009)
    Fenaknoken is located by Oslo City Hall. The cook Eirik Bræk, his father Oddmund and uncle Gudbrand has established maybe the place to explore Norwegian food culture.

  • Olivier's & Co (February 28th 2008)
    Wonder whether your friend have a certain book, or has a kitchen full of gadgets that are never used? Buying a gift for someone like me, over 40, that has everything and certainly not needs more is such a pain.

  • Pascal - a Franco-Norwegian foodstory (March 23rd 2008)
    When Pascal Dupuy opened his first pâtisserie in Oslo in 1995, he brought the fine art of creating French cakes and chocolates to Norway.

  • Pølsemaker Strøm-Larsen (July 18th 2009)
    At Torshov, in North Eastern Oslo, you find another Oslo institution. Strøm-Larsen have supplied the area with fresh, salted, smoked and cured meat since 1904.

  • Salumeria (May 30rd 2010)
    As I strolled through the city a week ago, I found that a small Italian deli had been opened in the old Bazaars surrounding Oslo Cathedral. Salumeria has, in fact, been open for a year, without me discovering it.

  • United Bakeries (January 3rd 2008)
    Do you love the feeling found in a French boulangerie? Then you should visit United Bakeries, located by Karl Johans gate, in the heart of Oslo.
See list of shops recommended by Slow Food Oslo here (Norwegian Only)

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