Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dining in Kiel: Unknown kneipe

Bratwürst with potatosalad - German comfort food
Germany is not known for light food, but rather rustic and rich dishes. I personally love German sausages. When we were in Kiel this spring, we ended in a kneipe. Sadly I have forgotten its name, but there we tucked into a tasty fried sausage or bratwürst as it is called in the native tongue.

Rating the unknown kneipe, Kiel Germany: BBBB- (3,58 points) 
  • Location: BBB+
  • Service: BBBB
  • Interior & atmosphere: BBB
  • Food: BBBB
A typical street in Kiel, Germany
Our kneipe was around a 20 minute walk away from the ferry terminal.  This unknown kneipe seemed to be a haven for our fellow mini cruise travelers. It was packed with drunk or semi-drunk travelers, and the spirits were high.

Our kneipe was located by the Nikolaikirche, rebuilt after the allied bombings during World War II. The Kiel city centre has since been rebuilt and lacks the charm as many other of the old North German cities.

Our kneipe had that typical interior of any German bierstub, dominated by a central bar, decorated with Scandinavian flags to celebrate the visiting guests.
Our kneipe had that typical interior of any German bierstub
The other guests were cramped round enough tables to completely fill the bierstub.

Service was good. We got the attention of a lady that in  Norway would have been home watchint television, knitting socks, but took part of the every day life of the kneipe.

She brought us beer and food, keeping us happy during our stay in the small haven.

I ordered a German bratwürst with salad and cold potato salad. This is typical local food, filling and suits the local light pilsner beer.

I still hit that food, when looking at the picture, the sausage is made with coarsely ground meat with enough fat to release all those meaty juices. Extra richness is proved by the sour cream/mayonnaise based dressing of the potato salad.

In that way the salad was just an alibi for a satisfying, but very greasy meal, too rich, in my mind. Bratkartoffeln, or fried potatoes would have been more appropriate. Still it was wicked to eat wicked!!

Would I go there again. I certainly would. You shared the restaurant with your fellow travelers that livened up the kneipe considerably. The food was good and inexpensive, so was the beer. Next time I would try another dish for variation.

Our kneipe was located on a corner close to the Nikolaikirche. See this map, and if you know the name - let me know.

Vis North Germany from A-Z 2007-2012 i et større kart

More German sausages on Enjoy Food & Travel 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hotel stories on Enjoy Food & Travel 2006-2012

Another year is soon over, and it is time to look back. Here on Enjoy Food & Travel I can sum up 6 years of food and travel stories and looking on all my maps, I can see that stories are increasingly covering more and more countries. To illustrate this I have marked all hotel stories on this site on this map. 

Soon I will cover two more destinations, as Cairo, Egypt and Hamburg, Germany will be visited in the near future. These destinations are intriguing in different ways. The similarities between these two cities are that they are major trade points in their part of the world. 
In Cairo I will stay at the Kempinski Nile Hotel. In Hamburg I will stay at Hotel Stella Maris. Both hotels are located by the banks of two major rivers, the mighty Nile and the busy river Elbe. 
These two hotels are rated among the best on their destinations by Tripadvisor (in fact Kempinski is voted as Cairo's best), but they could not be more different. The Kempinski is a modern five star luxury hotel, whereas the Stella Maris is much smaller and modest. But the price is, funny enough,  nearly the same for a 36 square meter (350 sq ft) room in Cairo, as for a 14 sq meter (140 sq ft) room in Hamburg. That shows that if you are looking for affordable luxury, go further away from Europe and the US.
So take a trip around the world and read stories on hotels in different destinations by clicking on one of the symbols on the Enjoy Food & Travel hotel map. Here you will find direct links to reviews, photos and on the spot videos as well, showing you whether the hotels deliver quality accommodation or not. 
Enjoy six years of hotel stories here on Enjoy Food & Travel!   

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Non-stop flights Oslo - Köln, Germany from spring 2012

The amazing Kölner Dom. Photo: Ger1axg
Köln, or Cologne is, according to, the newest German destination launched by Norwegian Air Shuttle. Non-stop flights from Oslo will start March 25th 2012. Flights will go Tuesday, Thursdays and Sundays all year around. Norwegian will also start direct seasonal flights to Kefalonia, Lefkas and Menorca from late June 2012.   

UPDATED: Flights that will be launched from Norwegian Airports Airport in 2012: 
  • Bergen - Barcelona, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Bergen - Malaga, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Manchester, United Kingdom (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Moss Airport (DAT)
  • Bergen - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Split, Croatia (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Stockholm, Sweden (Skyways)
See all direct flights from Bergen Airport here
  • Haugesund - Bremen, Germany (Ryanair)
  • Haugesund - Gdansk, Poland (WizzAir)
  • Haugesund - Malaga, Spain (Ryanair)
  • Haugesund - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Ryanair)
  • Haugesund - Pisa, Italy (Ryanair)
See all direct flights from Haugesund airport here
  • Moss-Rygge - Bergamo, Italy (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Chania, Greece (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Corfu, Greece (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Lodz, Poland (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Pula, Croatia (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Toulon, France (Ryanair)
See all direct flights from Moss-Rygge Airport here
  • Oslo - Ajaccio, France (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Alanya, Turkey (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Antalya, Turkey (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Bratislava, Slovakia (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Faro, Portugal (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Geneve- Cointrin, Switzerland (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Kefalonia, Greece (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Kiev, Ukraine (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Köln/Bonn, Germany (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Lefkas, Greece (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Menorca, Spain (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Palanga, Lithuania (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Reykjavik, Iceland (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Skiathos, Greece (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
See all direct flights from Oslo Airport here
  • Stavanger - Barcelona, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Stavanger - Nice, France (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Stavanger - Florø, Norway (Danish Air Transport)
  • Stavanger - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Stavanger - Split, Croatia (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Stavanger - Stockholm, Sweden (Skyways)
  • Stavanger - Warsaw, Poland (WizzAir)
See all direct flights from Stavanger airport here
  • Torp - Antalya, Turkey (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Berlin, Germany (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Las Palmas, Spain (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Nice, France (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Ryanair)
  • Torp - Vilnius, Lithuania (WizzAir)
See all direct flights from Torp airport here
  • Trondheim - Berlin, Germany (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Trondheim - Gdansk, Poland (WizzAir)
  • Trondheim - Stockholm, Sweden (Skyways)
See all direct flights from Trondheim Airport here

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Build your own burger

A double moose burger with ingredients of my own choice
A hamburger buffet is a winner. Informal, as everyone may build their own burger, as I did. A double decker to die for with two large moose burgers and nearly all the ingredients on the buffet. It was so tall that I had to impale them with a wooden skewer in order for the stack to stick.

Let´s make a good burger

Bacon adds moisture to the hamburger
Large moose roam Norwegian forests. These stately animals are usually hunted during fall. Then moose meat are widely available in stores, both fillets, steaks and cheaper cuts.

Most of the latter are ground and ground moose meat is ideal for a good burger.

Moose meat is very lean, and I use one part streaky bacon to three parts ground moose for the burgers to be more succulent. In this process I use my food processor to blend moose, bacon, onions, eggs, potato starch salt and pepper into a tasty mixture for my moose burgers.

How to make your own moose burger - see recipe here

The bacon provides moisture to the lean meat, as well as taste. Due to the salt  content in the bacon it is vital to be cautious if adding more salt.

Ingredients for a burger buffet 

When you have made your burgers, keep them under cover. Warm hamburger bread and the start preparing your buffet. Choose your own favourite ingredients. Here are some good foods for your stacked double decker.

  • Sliced tomatoes, sliced raw onions, lettuce, pickled cucumber, nacho chips, French fries, onions rings, capers
Sauces and dressings: 
  • Aioli, mayonnaise, blue cheese dressing, guacamole, cheese sauce, mustard, ketchup, remoulade
  • Blue cheese, processed cheddar cheese, swiss cheese
  •  Fried bacon, boiled ham 
Faced with all these ingredients everyone may make a hamburger to match their taste. I made a giant double decker burger with nearly all the ingredients available. Yum!!

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