Thursday, September 29, 2011

COMING UP OCTOBER 2011: The Inn at Harvard, Cambridge MA

                                                 Photo: Hotel website
Coming month I will have my annual trip to New England. This time I will travel with my nephew, and I have decided to treat him to one night in a hotel in Boston. This time we will stay at the Inn at Harvard, by one (or maybe the) most prestigious university in the world.
Harvard University is located in Cambridge MA, a town within the city of Boston, only a 10 minute subway-ride from downtown. When leaving the subway at Harvard Square you find yourself in the middle of one of the most dynamic intellectual communities in the entire the world. The Square is located by the historic Harvard Yard where you find buildings dating back as far as the early 18th century.

Here you will also find a wide range of restaurants and bars. My personal favourite is the John Harvard Brew house, a basement tavern where you may enjoy many varieties of artisan beer, and delicious food.

This time I have booked a room at the Inn at Harvard, a Georgian style hotel located by Harvard Square. Rooms like these do not come cheap. I had to pay close to $ 320 for a double room, but this includes spacious accommodation with two King sized beds providing extra comfort when you share rooms with someone.

The hotel offers guests a gym and classic rooms with flat-screen TVs and additional bath products and bathrobes. You may dine or enjoy afternoon tea in the hotel Atrium and an additional restaurant offers freshly baked treats and seasonal menus.

Other amenities include:

  • Business services
  • Concierge services
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry services
  • Complimentary coffee in Lobby
  • Hair dryer
  • Refrigerators upon request
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Hotel safety deposit box (available at front desk)
  • Alarm clock radio
  • Umbrellas
  • Complimentary daily newspaper (USA Today, Boston Globe, New York Times)
  • Complimentary shoe shine
  • Fitness Room
  • Room service
  • Restaurant & private dining room
  • Dining privileges at the Harvard Faculty Club
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet access
  • ATM in lobby
  • Daily Turndown Service
  • Computer in lobby with Internet access for a fee
I do look forward to my stay at the Inn at Harvard, and I will share my hotel experience with you after my return mid October.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

New non-stop flights from Stavanger Airport to Glasgow and Warsaw

Photo: Eastern Airways BAe Jetstream 41 by Arpingstone
Two new non-stop flights will provide destinations to the west and to the east for citizens of Stavanger, Norway this fall.

Photo: View of Glasgow from Queens Park by John Lindie
Three weekly flights to Glasgow from September 12th 2011

Eastern Airways started three weekly flights from the Norwegian oil capital to Glasgow, Scotland  from September 12th.

Glasgow has changed its image during the last decades, and is reborn as a hip urban destination with much to offer.

Tourists may roam through modern art galleries and museums by day, and enjoy a hectic party scene during nights.

Eastern Airways will fly each Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the two cities.

Photo: Palace of Sports and Culture by Frank 1101
Three weekly flights to Warsaw Poland from April 2012

From April 2012 Wizz Air will start flights Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to Warsaw, Poland.

The capital of Poland is the motor in a dynamic economy outside the Euro zone, thus less affected by the current economic chaos within the EU.

I visited Warsaw back in the 1980's. Back then I found it impressive, but grey and run down as many of the large cities behind the Iron Curtain.

The Polish capital is now a modern capital where you may enjoy all what the Poles had to refrain from during the Communist era.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Menu: My final 50th anniversary party

Aspic is a delicious retro style dish. Photo: Kelly
My second 50th anniversary was celebrated on September 17th, in my appartment. This tine I prepared a Danish Open Sandwich buffet. Here is the menu I presented to my guests. 
Cold dishes
  • Roast beef with raw onions and cornichons
  • Salmon mousse with capelin roe
  • Aspic with ham, eggs and asparagus
    Read more on my brothers aspic here
  • Paté made with duck liver from Holte gård with bacon, thyme, black truffles from Umbria. Raw onions. Stewed mushrooms with truffles.
    See recipe here
  • Peeled Greenland prawns
  • Freshwater crayfish
Warm dishes
  • Terje’s home made cream caramel
  • Cheese cake with fresh raspberries, strawberries and blueberries, in fruit jelly
Drinks and side dishes:
  • Home made sauces: Remoulade, choron sauce, mayonnaise and Blue cheese dressing
  • Salads
  • Baguettes, toast loaf, and Danish rye bread
  • Aperitif: Cava Marques de Monistrol Rosé
  • Red wine, white wine, beer, and mineral water
  • Coffee and French cognac

Monday, September 26, 2011

Delicacies at the Spice Bazaar

Flaming red hot chillies and other spices hang up to dry in the Istanbul Spice Bazaar
The Istanbul spice bazaar encapsulates mysteries of the east. My friend Suanne roamed its arched passages to catch the mysteries eastern cooking through her camera. Here are a few of her photos.

The Spice Bazaar, (Turkish: 'Mısır Çarşısı', or Egyptian Bazaar) in Istanbul, is one of the oldest bazaars in the city. It is the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar.

The building was completed in 1660 and is connected to the Yeni Mosque, located by the  mouth of the Golden Horn. Most of the spices found here was originally imported from Egypt, hence the name.
Spices, herbs and teas of the Spice Bazaar
Going nuts! Almonds, pistachios, cashews and dried chick peas in abundance
Chillies, pepper, star anise and other spices to enrich your cooking with colour and flavours
Turks love their teas. At the Spice Bazaar you can even purchase a special mix for your own love potion.
A Mediterranean harvest. Sun dried tomatoes and deliciously sweet dried figs and dates
How to find the Istanbul Spice Bazaar
See this sight and many others on this map of Istanbul.

Vis Istanbul A-Z 2009 Updated January 6th 2010 i et større kart

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Galata Tower, Istanbul

The Galata Tower was built by the Genoese in 1348
Galata Tower has watched over the Galata for over 650 years. It was built during the years when the Black Death wiped out a large part of of Europe's population. Today it is one of the most striking landmarks of Istanbul.

It used to be Christea Turris or the Tower of Christ, as it was a part of the fortifications of the Genoese colony that was here from 1273 until the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453. It was, with its 66 metres, the tallest building in the city when it was built. Today it dominates the skyline of the Galata District and is clearly visible from Sultanhmet on the other side of the Golden Horn.

It has been damaged by fire many times during the years, and it was restored close to its original form in the 1960's. On the top there is a restaurant offering breathtaking views over the vaste city of Istanbul. We failed to go there, but we have to save some sights to another time. An aquaintance of mine got engaged on the top of the tower, and claim it was the most romantic experience of all. So if you plan to pop the question to your chosen one, I believe the Galata Tower may be a great venue, increasing the chance of that wonderful answer "yes". 

Good luck!

More pictures of the Galata Tower
The tower seen from our ferry from Sultanahmet to the Balat Area on the Golden Horn
                                           The Galata Tower rise over the roofs of Galata
With its 66 metres the Galata Tower was Istanbul's tallest building when built in 1348