Friday, August 17, 2012

A Bus4You? Absolutely!

Friday August 17th 2012: We are once again enjoying the comfortable seats on oard Bus4You
August 17th 2012, 15:42 PM: We are once again on our way with Bus4You til Göteborg, Sweden. It feels appropriate to remind you all on this excellent way to travel to Sweden's second city.    

We decided to try the new service from Oslo to Göteborg offered by the company Bus4You. They market themselves as a more comfortable way to travel, on buses with fewer and better seats, more leg space, and plugs and free wireless access for you to browse the net on your way. Is this a Bus4You? Enjoy Food & Travel says yes!

The Enjoy Food & Travel team was not alone to have discovered these new buses. Our bus was fully booked when we departed from Oslo March 13th. I had pre booked two seats by the entrance at the middle of the bus. I do not recommend those, as there were less leg space here and no tables to place your computer on.

Bus4You has 3 departures on weekdays and Sundays and two on Saturday from Oslo and Göteborg. I refer to the company website for the time tables.

There are only 39 seats on board, and they have good sized tables, and could be turned into a recliner, offering rest to your legs when lying down. They were very soft and comfortable.

We brought our computers to try the wireless access. After we had plugged in, we found the access to be fast and of high quality. In fact we started on a restaurant review on our way.

This is a non-stop service between Oslo and Göteborg. We arrived in Göteborg after 3 hours and 15 minutes - on schedule, and when we returned we were in fact 25 minutes before schedule, using only 2 hours and 50 minutes.

This is definitely too good to be true! Bus4You is a service for those of you that wants to travel in style and on a low budget. This is certainly not the last time Enjoy Food & Travel use this service!!

See the official Bus4You website here (Swedish only)

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Your Oslo Page - updated August 2012


For you convenience - this is a collection of links to articles on Oslo here at Enjoy Food & Travel updated August 2012. Enjoy!

Historic sights (in chronological order)
Landscape / nature
Bars
Bars with free internet access - see list here

Restaurants
Hotels
Hotels in Oslo with free internet access

Shopping

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(Photo: Oslo skyline (with Hotel Plaza, Postgirobygget and the Bjørvika-area) seen from the hillside of Ekeberg by cnygard)

Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo closed

Photo: Conrad Hilton bust, Cisco, TX, by  Billy Hathorn
Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo - the only Hilton hotel in Norway closed Monday August 13th. 2012. 
Doubletree by Hilton, Oslo City Center was located at the 2nd to 5th floor in Stortingsgaten 16, the historic building that once housed Det Norske Teatret, and offered single, - double, and deluxe-rooms, all facing the Spikersuppa (Eidsvolls Plass) Park.  
- We can confirm that Hilton Hotels has terminated the franchise deal for our Oslo Hotel, and the Doubletree by Hilton Oslo has been removed from all reservation-systems worldwide, said  European head of Public Relations Jules Kerby, to Aftenposten, Norway's largest newspaper.  
This happens, ironically in Norway, once the home of the Hilton family, before they left for the United States. None of the large American hotel chains have considered Norway interesting for business. I do not know what contribution they would have made, but we have proved that we can live without them.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Rating Erzincanli Ali Baba - Istanbul, Turkey

Erzincanli Ali Baba - exterior 
Erzincanli Ali Bab is a place where locals eat. No smart interior, but probably the best place to eat authentic Turkish food in Istanbul. 

Rating Erzincanli Ali Baba,  Istanbul: BBBB- (3,74 points)
  • Location: BBBB
  • Service: BBBB-
  • Interior and atmosphere: BB+
  • Food: BBBBB
Erzincanli Ali Baba is located by the Suleyman Mosque
Erzincanli Ali Baba is located by the Suleyman Mosque and the tomb of the grand sultan that bears its name.

We found the restaurant when leaving the tomb of Suleyman the magnificent. It is a wonderful location, Erzincanli Ali Baba is located in a long buildings with domes resting in the in the shade of the biggest mosque in Istanbul.
Erzincanli Ali Baba is one of the local eateries packed with locals. Apart from the food, it is a place to sit down and look at the people walking by, and you will find that you are quite alone, as there are very few tourists around.

Beans in aromatic tomato sauce
Here you come for the food, no chic interior or comfort by the table, for that matter.

What you order at Erzincanli Ali Baba is probably those Turkish mums cook at home, good, old and authentic comfort food. We ordered several dishes and everything tasted great.
    Erzincanli Ali Baba: Chicken with peppers
    The vegetarian option at at Erzincanli Ali Baba was a plate of beans in a rich, aromatic  tomato sauce that served as our starter.  
    The starter was followed by dishes made with chicken, beef and ground meat. 
    The chicken was simply lightly fried and served with red and green peppers.
    Erzincanli Ali Baba: Beef stew with vegetables
    The beef was braised in a rich stew with tomatoes, a typical Mediterranean style casserole.

    The plate of "Köfte" Turkish style meatballs had absorbed the aromas of a thick tomato sauce. 
    All dishes at Erzincanli Ali Baba felt home made  - rustic, different stews cooked according to the quality and texture of the meat.

    The chicken was just lightly browned and cooked through to remain succulent. The beef was a cheaper cut, but mouthwateringly tender as it had stewed for a long time. 
    Erzincanli Ali Baba: Turkish köfte in tomato sauce
    The Köfte was pretty close to my mothers Scandinavian meatballs, if you swap the tomato sauce with ordinary brown gravy.

    The food was delicious, and combined with the local charm Erzincanli Ali Baba is absolutely worth visiting, and a perfect place for lunch when you've seen the mighty Suleyman Mosque.

    And we were not the first tourists discovering Erzincanli Ali Baba.  When looking through tripadvisor I found 6 revievs, all so positive that it was ranked as number 401, not bad when considering that there were 8833 reviews from Istanbul on tripadvisor.com.

    I found this film showing Erzincanli Ali Baba on Turkish TV, a clip to enjoy - at least for us that do not talk or understand Turkish.  It will give you an idea of Erzincanli Ali Baba, and the film is, above all,  fascinating for me to look at, to look back. It is fascinating to see the presenter eating the same bean dish as we ordered. 


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      UPDATED AUGUST 2012: Non-stop flights from Molde Airport


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      On this map you find current non-stop flights from Molde Airport updated per August 2012. Following new flights will start from Molde Airport in 2012/2013 season:
      • Molde - Malaga, Spain (Norwegian Air Shuttle)

      Tuesday, August 14, 2012

      Norwegian starts two direct flights from Rygge

      Rygge Airport. Photo: Johanroed
      Norwegian will challenge Ryanair at Rygge Airport after all. They will launch 3 non-stop flights from the airport during the 2012/2013 season.
      Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch three direct flights from Rygge Airport this winter season, due to local demand for cheap flights to Spanish airports. The Norwegian budget carrier will fly to Las Palmas on the Canary Islands, as well as Malaga and Alicante on the mainland. Flights will be on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
      The Iberian peninsula is an increasingly attractive winter destinations for Norwegians, and Norwegian Air Shuttle will increase traffic on existing flight plans.
      New flights from 9 other Scandinavian airports to Las Palmas
      Norwegian will also launch flights to Las Palmas from 10 other regional airports in Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland. Those are:
      • Billund (DK
      • Evenes (NO)
      • Haugesund (NO)
      • Karlstad (SE)
      • Malmö (SE)
      • Tromsø (NO)
      • Uleåborg (FI)
      • Umeå (SE)
      • Ålesund (NO)
      Gran Canaria on Enjoy Food & Travel

      On where to stay, what to eat and what to see in the on Gran Canaria. See this map on Enjoy Food & Travel


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      UPDATED: Non-stop destinations from Molde Airport


      Back in April, Norwegian Air Shuttle had plans to launch two direct flights from Molde Airport in 2013. Since then, the air carrier changed one of its destinations and put the other on hold.
      Norwegian Air Shuttle planned non-stop flights from Molde in 2013 to Berlin and Malaga from 2013. The latest news on these flights are that flights to Malaga has been moved to Alicante. Norwegian Air Shuttle has put flights to Berlin on hold. 
      We will keep you posted on the latter. 

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      On where to stay, what to eat and what to see in the German capital. See this map on Enjoy Food & Travel


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      Monday, August 13, 2012

      Delicious zucchini lasagne

      In these low-carb times, we are looking for ingredients replacing those packed with starch, as lasagna sheets. When left with a monstrous zucchini, one good idea is to use slices of zucchini to separate the tomato sauce and bechamel layers. One piece of advice is to make the sauces thicker and use more seasoning, as the zucchini will release of extra liquid, making the sauces thinner.    
      Slice the zucchini, and make sure the slices remain intact in order to separate the layers of sauce. Pour olive oil in a oven proof dish and place one layer of sliced zuccini on the bottom. 
      Prepare a thick tomato sauce. I used ground beef, onions and the rest of the zucchini. Place half the batch of sauce on top of the zucchinis and then add another layer of grated cheese. Cover tomato sauce with  layer of sliced zuccinis and place the rest of the tomato sauce on top and add more grated cheese.
      Top with another layer of zucchini slices. Prepare a thick bechamel sauce - use extra cheese to thicken it, and pour it on top of the lasagna. Add more grated cheese.  How to make a one minute bechamel - read story here.  


      Bake in a hot oven (225 C/470 F) for 30-40 minutes until it the cheese is golden brown. 
      Presto! A low carb, multi layered zucchini lasagna.
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      Sunday, August 12, 2012

      Mother of all zucchinis

      Surprise - a zucchini growing from dwarf to giant on our allotment last week. This is most definitely the mother of them all.
      A friend of mine told me of his experience with growing courgettes. He was baffled by the vigor of these pumpkins, how they grow in great numbers from nothing to giants in weeks, even days.
      Last week I observed a medium-sized specimen growing in our allotment. I decided to wait until it was a little bigger. It started to rain next day, and I left the city for the weekend but on the previous Wednesday I decided to harvest it.
      By that point the whole thing had left the stage of mediocrity and had grown into a monstrosity, a truly giant mother of all courgettes. Even carrying it home was hard labour and I just used a small portion in the large pot of curry I prepared for my nephews. Not it is waiting to be used in more food, but there is simply so bloody much of it...
      The good thing is that there is so much good food to make from courgettes. By this weekend I have decided to include more or hopefully most of the courgette-queen in a healthy Mediterranean dish.
      For those of you that grow zucchinis, it is advisable to harvest them earlier than I did, as they may get more tough as they reach its dinosaur stage. The core of the pumpkin had started to get soft. If you get greedy and wait for an even bigger courgette to appear, you may find that it simply rot.
      Zucchinis - or courgettes on Enjoy Food & Travel