Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A culinary gift

There was one baby bottle of Brennivin in my culinary gift for Dagfinn Skoglund.. Photo: Bjarki Sigursveinsson 
My good friend, and Enjoy Food & Travel co-writer Dagfinn Skoglund had his 52nd anniversary last Friday. As one foodie to another, I decided to offer him a culinary gift, and I assembled a few goodies from some of my travels.

I always buy food to bring home from my travels. Outside the EU/EEA area, I usually buy spices and other dried products. When I visit Europe, I also choose to buy cheese and meat products to take home. A great way to prolong your traveling experience.  

Here is what I put in the hamper for Dagfinns 52nd anniversary :
  • Brennivin” -  a shot of a Icelandic hard liquor bought at Keflavik Airport. It is considered to be Iceland's signature liquor. It is made from fermented potato mash and is flavoured with caraway seeds. It is sometimes called svarti dauði ("Black Death"). 
  • "Good with everything Herb Sea Salt” from my cousin Ann's spice rack in Salisbury MA
  • 10 bags of Bouquet Garni for seafood stock and sauces bought at Delhaize,  my favourite supermarket in Brussels. 
  • One bag of McCormick Mesquite spices bought at the Village market in Scituate MA.
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  • 70% J. D. Gross chocolate from Ecuador.
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  • Star Anis bought in Istanbul's Spice Bazaar
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  • One box of Rougie Terrine au Noix de Perigord, bought at Delhaize my favourite supermarket in Brussels. 
  • Vanilla pods from Marrakech 
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More on Dagfinn Sigridsson Skoglund 

Dagfinn Sigridsson Skoglund is 49 years old (forever) and is living in a studio apartment in downtown Oslo. He is working as a designer and art teacher, and is an excellent cook.

Dagfinn is a passionate lover of music, botany and is an experienced traveler - and he hates popcorn!

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

Acommodation in Oslo for under €100

Photo: Company website

For tourists, Oslo is an extremely expensive city to stay. Hotel prices are among the highest in Europe, but there are exceptions. Recently I discovered Gjestehuset Lovisenberg, offering hotel rooms from €65 and up.

Hotel room. Photo: Company website
Gjestehuset Lovisenberg is located at Diakonissehuset, a hospital founded in 1868. The new hospital was opened in 1887. Norwegian Jews were sheltered here, at Diakonissehuset during the Second World War until the liberation in 1945.

At Gjestehuset Lovisenberg, you can get rooms with shared bath from NOK 500 (€65 / $88), and if want your own bath, rates start at NOK 800 (€103/$141). Dronningrommet (The Queens's room), the biggest room will cost you NOK 950 (€122/$168).

These rates applies for one guest in a room.  price for a second guest in the double rooms is 200 NOK.

Breakfast and the use of wireless internet are included in the price for all rooms.

Gjestehuset Lovisenberg is located 15-20 minute walk from the city centre, and there are several bus stops nearby. 

Gjestehuset Lovisenberg
Lovisenberggaten 15 A
0456 Oslo, Norway
Official website

Online booking - see here

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