Saturday, June 04, 2011

Gnocchi at the first pizzeria in Spain

My friend John loves gnocchi. Here are two different gnocchi plates as served at Pizzeria 'Cap De La Vila' Here are his presentation of one of his treats with two mouthwatering photos. 
Gnocchi with salsa amatriciana
While I'm at it, I'll include a photo of the gnocchi plate one can expect (one can chose between various sauce types - I chose pesto) at the Pizzeria 'Cap De La Vila' - which according of one claim that Cap De La Vila was the 'first pizzeria in Spain'. Doing a little more research and doing a Google Translate from their own website, it reads something like:
"Santiago Perez Soler worked in a flour factory in the 60s and for this reason, often traveling in Italy. So one day, instead of returning home with a souvernir, did a few ideas. Was round and was related to their work.
Gnocchi with pesto
His wife, Marta Camps Guma, had a place available in Sitges, which opened and it became the first pizzeria in Spain. About 40 years ago, the same age as you in Pitu, his son, now runs the business.
Cap de la Vila Pizzeria is located in the historical center (of Sitges)."

Editors remark:
I have visited Pizzeria 'Cap De La Vila' the last time I visited Sitges and will write a . Generally it was a good experience . Good location, decent prices and good food. 

Friday, June 03, 2011

June 2011 New destinations fron Norwegian airports

Madrid-Barajas Airport. Photo by Felipealvarez 
Norwegian travelers may from June travel non-stop to Madrid, as Scandinavia Airlines opens new non-stop flights from Oslo and Bergen to the Spanish capital. Here are a list of new direct flights from major Norwegian Airports June 2011

Bergen Airport

  • Düsseldorf, Germany (Lufthansa)
  • Nice, France (Scandinavian Airlines)

Oslo Airport

  • Bardufoss, Norway (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Dubrovnik, Croatia (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Lakselv, Norway (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Madrid-Barajas, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Palma Mallorca, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Pristina, Kosovo (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Sandnessjøen, Norway (Widerøe)
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia-Hercegovina (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Split, Croatia (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Visby, Sweden (Widerøe)

Sandefjord-Torp Airport

  • Beziers, France (Ryanair)
  • Ibiza, Spain (Ryanair)
  • Kos, Greece (Ryanair)
  • Palermo, Italy (Ryanair)
  • Thessaloniki, Greece (Ryanair):

  • Svolvær, Norway (Widerøe)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

First Church - Salem MA

Memorial plaque outside the current church from 1929.
Here you truly are on historic grounds. The congregation in this neo-gothic church gathered here the first time in August just 9 years after the pilgrims on Mayflower landed on Plymouth rock, making it one of the oldest Christian congregations in North America.  

The First Church in Salem, Unitarian-The First Congregational Society in Salem, dates back to as far as August 1629. The current building dedicated in 1839 is located at 316 Essex Street.

Current church at 316 Essex Street
Aside from its historical significance in Salem, the church is active today and weekly services and religious education are offered. The church is also available for weddings and maintains an outreach program for those in need.

Outside the building you find a memorial plaque with the following text:

The first church in Salem founded August 6th 1629 O.S.
The first congregational church in America
On a day of fasting and prayer appointed by Governor John Endicott
For the purpose after a covenant and confession of faith had been read and consent thereto solemnly professed by the church members
the reverend Frances Higginson chosen teacher and the reverend Samuel Skelton chosen pastor were ordained and to them Governor John Bradford and other deputed from Plymouth gave the right hand of membership. 

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Sitges - a few pieces of additional news

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I got a mail from a good friend that had read my last entry on Sitges. He was eager to share some new information from this seaside resort. Here are his news.

Casablanca Bear Bar unfortunately had to close.

Bar el 7 looks (at least from the photos) like a alternative place to explore. It is located not far from Al Fresco. If you Google "bar el 7 Sitges" the first site listed will show you some photo galleries of the place.

Photo: Rooftop bar - view taken by John
The other place put on our radar was the Hotel Platjador, listed as the #1 for TripAdvisor for Sitges hotels.

It has a very nice open air bar on the top roof overlooking the ocean which my friends visited a couple times. One doesn't have to be a hotel guest to visit their rooftop bar - just take the elevator up.
The Hotel Platjador looks great and it even has a pool. It gets great reviews for its breakfast - although perhaps not with the same breakfast atmosphere as La Santa Maria's.

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Monday, May 30, 2011

Chicken caramba!

Were these in my BBQ chicken?
Caramba!! Solvinge Chicken with mango and chili was hot stuff. Too hot, in fact, and too much salt, but the idea is good. Solvinge has to adjust the product, adding less salt and more sweetness to enhance the mango flavour.
I do not know whether it was habaneros, they had used, Solvinge when preparing their new brand of BBQ products. Whereas most Norwegian producers are hesitant when adding pungent spices to their products, Solvinge had gone to the completely other extreme. Whatever you do before throwing the chicken breasts on the barbie, do not add more chilis!!

I bought my "Solvinge kylling med chili og mango" at my local REMA1000 shop at Holmlia. It was relatively cheap (NOK 39,90 for 300 grams) and it looked intriguing. It was immersed in a very red marinade, and when preparing leave it in the tin container, put it in a moderately hot oven or on the barbie!

Caramba!! There was too much chili and salt on the Solvinge Chicken. So much that it overpowered the mango flavour, but I used a little mild thai chili sauce (the very mild one, referring to the warning above)! That reclaimed a little of the sweetness that was supposed to be there.

(Photo: Ryan Bushby)

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