Saturday, June 23, 2012

What to see, eat, and experience in Copenhagen, Denmark

Vis Copenhagen on Enjoy Food & Travel 2007-2012 i et større kart

I have visited Copenhagen several times since 2006, and in February I will, once again, visit the Danish capital. Here is a complete index over stories from Copenhagen on Enjoy Food & Travel 2006-2012. 

Food stories:


      Ida Davidsen makes Danish open faced sandwiches

      There is nobody like Danish Open Face Sandwich specialist, Ida Davidsen to explain how you prepare can prepare a tasty open sandwich. The Open Face Sandwich, called "smørrebrød" in Danish, is close to what you could call a National dish, and it is a very common lunch in Denmark with a beer and a "lille en".

      Here Ida Davidsen gives you an example on how you could prepare how to make a few "lækre smørrebrød" for your lunch.

      I love Ida Davidsen - read more on her here on Enjoy Food & Travel   

      Thursday, June 21, 2012

      Fried wolffish with white wine sauce

      Fried wolffish with white wine sauce

      I hated fish, when I was a kid. This as my father, when he was on leave from his job, loved fishing and brought fish home for breakfast, lunch and dinner. After he died, I did not eat fish for throughout my teenage years. Now, however, fish is high up on my list of favourite foods. Especially those deep water fish with firm, white meat. One of these are the Wolffish, and I served delish fried fillet of this deep water beast the other day.
      Fish like wolffish, monkfish, halibut or turbot does not come cheap. A fillet will cost you up to NOK 80 or around 10 Euros, so it is definitely food for a special occasion.
      I bought my fillet at Meny Colosseum, my local and a well stocked supermarket in Oslo. I looked for a fillet of monkfish, but the small monkfish tail was priced at NOK 359 (47,61 EUR / 60 USD) per kilo. Most of that weight would have been the tail fin, so I chose the wolffish instead. I ended up paying NOK 139 (EUR 18,43 / USD 23,38) for two fillets.
      The delicious white wolffish fillets
      When preparing white fish, season gently with pepper, salt, lemon and dill, or choose your own favourite fish seasoning. I used Tone's Salmon and seafood seasoning, bought in the United States, containing dried onion, garlic, lemon peel, dill and other spices.
      I fried the fish in hot butter 4-5 minutes on both sides, until lightly brown. It started to curl in my frying pan, a good sign that it was fresh. I am determined not to overcook fish, so I ended up undercooking it. I should have done it as I have done earlier - placing the fish in the oven 5-10 minutes at the  end of the cooking time. My rule with fish is, however, better undercooked than overcooked.
      Jacobs white wine sauce
      I am a lazy cook during weekdays (and this was a Wednesday), so I looked for a good ready made sauce. Many pre-made sauces fail to meet my standard on taste and consistency. If looking for a pre made sauce I usually choose John & Manfred or Jacobs utvalgte. I found Jacobs utvalgte white wine sauce at Meny and decided to give it a go. It was thick and creamy, well balanced - an excellent choice for my wolffish.
      And do not throw away the remaining butter in your frying pan after you’ve fried the fish. Add it to the sauce.....
      I had been to my allotment that day, and large juicy spinach leaves were ready to be harvested. I wilted the leaves in a hot pan, placed them in small oven proof dishes - topped with a dollop of butter and placed in a hot oven - lid on. Good stuff!!
      I garnished the fillet with large cooked tiger prawns, poured white wine sauce over and served with fried rösti potatoes and butter steamed spinach. Yum, yum........

      More fish stories.

      More sauces
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      Tuesday, June 19, 2012

      Steens Hotel - Bergen, Norway on YouTube

      Here is a short presentation of Steens Hotel found on YouTube.

      See full review of Steens Hotel on Enjoy Food & Travel here

      Rating Steens Hotel, Bergen Norway

      The old facade of the family run Steens Hotel, Bergen
      In April I attended a conference in Bergen, Norway. I made a reservation on at Steens Hotel run by the Steen family for over 60 years and is located in a historic building in the old city centre. Steens Hotel is for those of you looking for accommodation with atmosphere. 

      Rating Steens Hotel, Bergen Norway: BBBB (3,96 points)
      • Location: BBBB+
      • Service: BBBB
      • Room: BBBB-
      • Breakfast: BBB
      • Facilities: BB-
      • Price: BBB
      View to small park from my window
      Steens Hotel is located in a city mansion on the Nygårdshøyden hill, overlooking the city centre. It is easily accessible - only a 10 minute walk away from the city centre, but be prepared to climb up a steep hill.
      Steens Hotel is located in a charming area overlooking the city on one side, and a small park on the other. One, less appealing side of the area, was that it housed a number of drug addicts, not a problem for me, but it may be of some concern for other people.
      The front door of the old building led into a stately old reception room with a massive room.

      I got my keys (including the one to the front door, as there were no around the clock service at the reception) and shown my way to my room on the 1st floor.
      Steens Hotel has 21 rooms that it claimed to be of “good hotel standard in a building from 1890”, offering guests private toilet and shower, telephone, wireless internet access and cable-TV. 

      My room at Steens Hotel was spacious and charming. It had view to the local park through a large window with view to the local park. I was, in fact, given a double room for the price of a single, as it had two narrow  twin beds.

      The style of the furniture as well as the room was a little dated, in contrast to the rest of the hotel, that was decorated with antique pieces. 
      The bathroom was small and had some maintenance needs as well as the rest of the room.. The carpet did not cover the whole floor, and the wallpaper was in the process of falling off the walls. Small details really - easy to correct, and it would lift the experience.

      This as I would like to stress that my stay at Steens Hotel was a good experience, in spite of the, in my mind, small details. Steens Hotel had that rare thing called atmosphere, lacking in many other hotels where you stay.  
      The room had been thoroughly cleaned with no dust on surfaces. This high hygienic standard also included the bathroom. 
      The old time atmosphere also applied to the breakfast experience. It was served in a grand, elegant English style breakfast room - on of the classiest rooms I have seen ever. 
      The small breakfast buffet (included) at Steens Hotel offered a basic selection of foods, catering for most needs. The only thing I missed would be warm food. This as I usually choose scrambled eggs and bacon ahead of a busy day, as it usually get me going until noon time. Other than that, the buffet covered most needs. You could pick healthy cereals, fruits yogurts, or make your own sandwich topped with Norwegian cold cuts, cheese, or eggs, served with good home made coffee or tea. 
      Working space
      At Steens Hotel you have no other facilities found in major hotels. No inhouse bar or restaurant, fitness room, or other facilities. For us travelers it is always nice to be offered a well working wif-fi, and I was very satisfied  with the internet access offered at Steens Hotel.

      I booked my single room on, and paid 890 NOK including VAT. This is a bargain as Bergen is known to have some of the most expensive hotel rooms in Europe. Steens Hotel is absolutely worth this price and Enjoy Food & Travel recommends Steens Hotel as a budget alternative when visiting the city of Bergen, Norway. 

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      Monday, June 18, 2012

      UPDATED: Hamburg on Enjoy Food & Travel

      Vis North Germany from A-Z 2007-2012 i et større kart
      Hamburg is one of the largest cities in Germany and is only one hour flight away from Oslo. It has much to offer, with a hectic nightlife, good restaurants, historic sights and cultural events.  Here are stories on food, hotels, restaurants, shopping, sights and travel that will come from Hamburg on this site.
      • Bei Heidi 
      • Gaststätte Dreyer
      • Nobis Krug 
      Coffee bars
      • Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei
      • Casa Ricado
      • D. José
      • Fishmarkt
      • Gasthaus an der Alster 
      • Pastalozzi
      • Zwick St. Pauli

      Speicherstadt - Hamburg

      Speicherstadt. Photo GeorgeHH
      Speicherstadt is Hamburgs warehouse district. It has, during the last years, gone through an extensive restoration the last decade, and is today one of the most beautiful areas of Hamburg.
      Speicherstadt came into our view as we walked along the seafront on our way from our hotel to the city centre. It is the largest timber-pile founded warehouse district in the world. Speicherstadt was developed during 4 decades from 1883. Parts were damaged during World War II, but the whole area has been completely restored.
      Speicherstadt rests on several islands connected with several bridges. The whole area is covered by massive red brick buildings decorated with little towers, alcoves, and glazed terra cotta ornaments. Some are in use as offices, others house museums and other cultural institutions. Other areas have been converted into apartments.

      What a place to live!!
      I strongly recommend a walk in Speicherstadt as a part of your exploration of Hamburg city centre. It is a remarkable city area and an important part of the history of the old trade centre.

      Sunday, June 17, 2012

      Two new non-stop destinations from Torp Airport

      This is some of what Tenerife has to offer Norwegian travelers. Collage by Martely
      Norwegian launch new direct flights from Torp Airport to London Gatwick and Tenerife season 2012-2013. 
      There will be one weekly flight to Tenerife, on Tuesday, and travelers from Torp may fly direct to London Gatwick four times weekly on Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays. 
      Norwegian Air Shuttle will fly to the following destinations winter season 2012 - 2013.
      • Alicante, Spain - Saturdays and Wednesdays 
      • Antalya, Turkey - Thursdays and Sundays  
      • Bergen, Norway - Daily except Saturdays 
      • Gran Canaria Spain - Mondays and Fridays 
      • London Gatwick, United Kingdom -  Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays and Mondays
      • Malaga, Spain -  Saturdays and Wednesdays
      • Tenerife, Spain - Tuesdays 
      • Trondheim,  Norway - Daily except Saturdays   
      More stories on Torp Airport: