Saturday, May 12, 2012

COMING UP: Heidelberg, Germany

Heidelberg in Germany is a romantic destination in the Rhine valley, located by the Neckar river. It is the home of University of Heidelberg, founded in 1386.  It is one of Europe's oldest institutions. In fact, Heidelberg is the oldest university town of today's Germany, and it is the reason why I visit this city as Knut, one of my nephews is enrolled as a student there.

I am getting there by traveling from Oslo to Frankfurt am Main by plane. This time I have chosen Scandinavian Airlines to bring me there. For 1 655 NOK ($ 282 / € 218) I will travel non-stop to Frankfurt and will change plane at Copenhagen on my way back to Oslo.

I will travel from the airport to Heidelberg by train, entering at the airport. I will stay three nights at Hotel Bayrischer Hof, located on Bismarckplatz, by the 1.6 kilometre-long pedestrian zone and just one kilometre from Heidelberg’s main railway station. Hotel Bayrischer Hof is ranked as one of the best hotel in the city by tripadvisor.

So stay tuned for another intriguing destination in June here on Enjoy Food & Travel.

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Food, flower & plant

Jerusalem, root vegetable and plant closely related to the sunflower.
Funny enough, very few contemplate to plants seeds of grapes, oranges, or even bulbs or roots that they use in their cooking. The fact is, however, that most of them are easy to grow from seeds, stones or bulbs, as this large plant - a Jerusalem artichoke good in food, and decorative plant as well.
The yellow flower of a Jerusalem artichoke
Here is the proof - the Jerusalem artichoke is related to the sunflower. This plant and bright flower grew last summer at Sunnemo, where I have visited friends for years. 
Pucasenca - an indigenous maize variety
Today I finally could plant an avocado stone that has been placed in a shot glass with water. A long root had finally cracked through the shell and I could pick it up and plant it in a small pot. Then I just have to wait for a leaf to appear.

I have earlier tried taro, but this year I tried to sow maize that I have bought in Peru. A wide variety of seeds marked and packed in plastic. 

I planted indigenous maize with names as Pucasenca, Chuspi, Capuli, Oqqueto, Checche, and Quello.
The fascinating process to see the corn sprout just after a few days, turning into 5-10 inch green grass, and all of them sprouted.

Next week we are ready to plant the maize in our allotment, and if we are lucky, we may harvest Andean maize.

Intriguing. I'll keep you posted.

How to use a Jerusalem artichoke: 

Jerusalem Artichoke Soup with black truffles - see recipe here

Monday, May 07, 2012

Rating Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Copenhagen -Oslo, February 2012

Rating Norwegian Air Shuttle Oslo-Copenhagen-Oslo: BBBB (3,27 points)
  • Check-in: BBBB
  • Takeoff: BBB+
  • Hospitality BBBB
  • Service: BBBBB
  • Comfort BB+
  • Complementary drinks etc: B
  • Flying time: BBBBB
  • Arrival: BBB+
  • Check-out: BBB+
  • Duty-free goods: B
  • Price: BBB
Description of flight:
Smooth check-in on both flights, but more than 30 minute delay on return. This meant delayed baggage retrival on returning flight to Oslo Airport.

Fawlty information system on Kastrup Airport, Copenhagen combined with bad information from the air carrier created much frustration among embarking guests. 

Good service, serving started immediately after the seat-belt signs had been switched off.

Very little space, practically no leg room and very small space to the seat in front of us, and the seats were narrow as well.

No extras at all is offered at Norwegian Air Shuttle flights. Liquor, wine beer, soft drinks as well as a selection of food is for sale at reasonable prices. We were not offered any duty free goods on board, most probably due to the short flight time.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Fløibanen, Bergen

On my way up to Fløibanen
Fløibanen is, in my opinion, one of the best attractions Bergen has to offer. The carts of funicular will bring you 320 meters in 7 minutes, and when up you will have a superb view over the city. 

One of the stations along Fløibanen
The beautiful view from Mount Fløien
The trip with Fløibanen is not for the faint hearted, as the carts have large windows, and it will get apparent for you how steep the 7 minute drive up will be when you leave the station.

Funny enough is each cart at Fløibanen named and individually painted. The Blåmann cart is blue, whilst Rødhette (Little Red Riding Hood in English) is red. 

Since it opened in 1918 Fløibanen has become one of the most popular attractions in Bergen

I will recommend you to do as I,  be seated in the rear end, as there you will have the best view on your way up.

You will also see that Fløibanen is not only an attraction,  but also a part of the public transportation system, as there are fashionalble city quarters enjoying the wonderful view over the city along the funicular.

When up, you can admire the beautiful view over the city, as I did then and back in 2009 during a beautiful winter day