Saturday, September 01, 2012

Ryanair: Weekly direct flights Rygge - Tenerife from February 2013

Santa Cruz, capital of Tenerife. Photo: foxbasealpha
Ryanair will start direct weekly flights from Rygge to Tenerife from winter season 2013.  
Irish budget carrier will start flights from Rygge Airport to Tenerife South Airport each Thursday from February 2013. This is one out of several changes in flight schedule from the airport the next winter.
Here are the other changes from the winter season: 
  • CLOSE: Rygge - Frankfurt Hahn (DE)
  • CLOSE: Rygge - Kaunas (LT)
  • COMING: Rygge - Liverpool (UK) 
  • CLOSE: Rygge - Newcastle upon Tyne (UK)
  • COMING: Rygge - Tenerife South (ES)
  • COMING: Rygge - Vilnius (LT)

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Fort Van Tyle, Minisink NY

The historic sign marking the plot of the first metting of the town of Minisink and the house of the Van Tuyl family
I love local history, and traveling around upstate New York gave me an opportunity to visit historic sights of the Port Jervis / Greenville area. We spotted this sign when driving along a quiet country road. It told of a local historic event in a truly historic year, when Europe was in chaos as the French revolution started. 
The 18th century Van Tyle (or Tuyl) house in Port Jervis, N.Y.
The event was the first meeting of the town of Minisink. It took place close to an old house that once belonged to the Van Tuyl family that came to the US in 1663. 
The Van Tuyls came from the town of Brakel in the Netherlands
They descend from young farmer,  Jan Otten van Tuyl, a grandson of Jan Sandersz van Tuyl. He left for America in 1663 after he had been sentenced to death for killing a man in a tavern knife fight. He, his wife Getrude and their son  arrived in New Amsterdam on April 16, 1663 and settled in the poorer part of town—Wall Street—and proceeded to raise the first generation of American Van Tuyls.
Delaware or Lenape indians around 1910
So this this 200 year old house are connected to the Dutch immigration that named the port by the Hudson River "New Amsterdam". 
The name of the town Minisink is of Indian origin and  was used to cover an area originally inhabited by Munsee-speakers of the Lenape or Delaware Indians
The area was first settled in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries by Dutch and French Huguenot families from colonial New York's Hudson River Valley, as the Van Tuyls.
But it was also the name of a town in this area, founded in the year of the upheaval that ended the French monarchy. The first immigrants came to Minisink in 1725 and today Minisink N.Y. is the home of 4490 people.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Baked pumpkin and beetroot - a side dish

Fava beans as a starter, and baked pumpkin and beetroot - that was two out of three dishes made with the produce from our allotment. I would never have figured out what to do with the pumpkin, but my friend and Enjoy Food & Travel co-writer Dagfinn Sigridsson Skoglund knew, and gave me the instructions. Here is a description illustrated by photos.
Slice one middle-sized pumpkin, remove the seeds, place slices on an oiled baking tray, then placed in a hot oven and bake until tender.
Allow pumpkin to cool down. Dice pumpkin and place in in an oven proof ceramic dish, then add salt and pepper.
Slice beetroot, and place on top, and bake until beetroot and pumpkin is lightly brown. 
And presto - pumpkin and beetroot side order ready to be served  
Other dishes made by Dagfinn S. Skoglund on Enjoy Food & Travel

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A Franco-Swiss starter, and more....

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An evening we were invited to dinner in the small village of Saint Genis-Pouilly resting on the giant CERN-facility. As many other, my friends there are working in one of the many international organizations located in Geneva, and has settled not in Switzerland, but across the border in France.
I was invited to dine in a lush garden, and my friends did not save on anything. A delicious starter, a main course accompanied by two great wines. Here is what we enjoyed in the garden of Saint Genis-Pouilly.

Starter - Baked mozzarella in cured ham
The starter was small mozzarella and cured ham packages. A great idea, really as the mozzarella has a mild, neutral taste and will turn deliciously runny, but will keep its shape when baked in the oven. The taste of the cured ham will get more concentrated when baked in the oven, creating an ineresting contrast in taste and texture. The dried herbs sprinkled n the top of the small bundles creates more interesting aromas.   
Main course - Boeuf Bourguignon
My friend Mara had prepared a boeuf Bourguignon as main course - a great choice for a main course, and very appropriate as Burgundy is just a few hours away by car. Beef, garlic, onions, root vegetables and herbs immersed in wine and stock and simmered until the meat was so tender it just fell off the bones. In this process, all flavours change and developed into a mysterious blend - real culinary alchemy.
Chateau du Garde
This Bordeaux wine was served to our starter. Château du Garde came from the denominated area of “Côtes de Bordeaux” and “Bordeaux Superieur” in the heart of Cénac, 15km away from Bordeaux following the Garonne river south-east’s bed. Red wines from Chateau du Garde is made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Chateau du Garde proved to be a brilliant claret. 
Aloxe-Corton Domain Tollot-Beaut
Aloxe-Corton wines are produced in the communes of Aloxe-Corton and Ladoix-Serrigny in Côte de Beaune of Burgundy. This wine was served to the main dish, and came from the vintage of Domaine Tollot-Beaut and sons. 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Finnair - a bridge from Scandinavia to Asia

It was one of these Finnair McDonnell Douglas MD-11 that was ready for takeoff to Asia last time I was at Vantaa Airport. Photo: Antti Havukainen 
Icelandair has had great success on its transatlantic flights last years, and many of those traveling west are Scandinavians. Another Scandinavian air carrier, Finnair,  attracts more and more travelers to their non-stop flights to Asia. An increasing number is Norwegian. 
I remember last time I went to Vantaa International Airport, I was not prepared to find so many Asians there. Personally, I was traveling east, and then turning west. I took out mileage in a form of a trip to London and had to travel to Helsinki in order to get to Heathrow with one of Finnairs flights.
Runway 33 at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport. Photo: J-P Kärnä
It was then that it dawned on me that the Finnish national airline was big on Asia. A large MD 11 was ready for takeoff for a destination in China, and the giant was packed with Europeans and Asians. 
Many Norwegians use Finnair going east, as I use Icelandair going to the US. In July 150 000 traveled between Asia and Helsinki, and in 2012 the number is 891 000, according to the Norwegian website
Norwegian travelers have very few direct flights from Oslo Airport. Thai Airways offers direct flights to Bangkok, and Qatar Airways fly non-stop Oslo-Doha. Norwegian Air Shuttle may start non-stop long distance flights to a number of new destinations in 2013, but until then, none of the Scandinavian capitals can beat Helsinki on flights to Asia. 
From Vantaa Finnair fly to: 
  • Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Thailand
  • Beijing-Capital, China
  • Chongqing, China
  • Hong Kong
  • Nagoya-Centrair, Japan
  • New Delhi, India
  • Osaka-Kansai, Japan
  • Shanghai-Pudong, China
  • Seoul-Incheon, South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Tokyo-Narita
Stories on non-stop flights from Norway to Asia

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rating Schwartzer Peter - Heidelberg, Germany

One of my companions chose this vegetarian pita bread with cheese as main course
Schwartzer Peter in Heidelbergs Bergheim district was my nephew's local kneipe when he studied in Heidelberg. One evening we went to dine there, and it was a good experience.   

Rating Schwartzer Peter, Heidelberg: BBBB (4,02 points)
  • Location: BBBB
  • Service: BBBB+
  • Interior & atmosphere: BBB
  • Food: BBBB-
  • Beverage: BBBBB
Heidelberg-Bergheim is a quiet residential area
Schwartzer Peter is located in Römerstrasse in Heidelbergs Bergheim district.

It is a nice and quiet and affluent residential area with mainly 19th century and early 20th century buildings.

Schwartzer Peter is one out of a few local bars and restaurants scattered around in the area.
A simple and honest interior
The local was filled up, a good sign - but the staff managed to find a table for all six of us.

Schwartzer Peter held a good atmosphere and a simple and honest interior, and it was clear to us that we were not the only people that liked what this neighbourhood tavern had to offer.

It was asparagus season when I visited Heidelberg, and that was reflected in many menus around the city as Schwartzer Peter.

I chose a dish of baked, white asparagus and cured ham with a cheese topping with a cold pint of traditional beer.

White asparagus baked with ham and cheese
I was served a "German-style", i.e. huge portion of asparagus topped with glistening, deep red cured ham with melted cheese and a huge pile of salad. 

The food experience at Schwarter Peter was not ultimate, as the ham had turned dry and the salty taste had become more concentrated. I have baked green asparagus earlier, but never the white variety. I would prefer it boiled or steamed, rather than baked.

Düstelhaüser Premium Pils
Still it was great to have a taste of white asparagus, a real treat in May and June in continental Europe.

As the dish at Schwarter Peter was salty, a pint of Düstelhaüser beer was particularly refreshing, and I do not know if it was better than usual or if it was due to the fact that I sat in a kneipe in Germany with friends and family I care for.

I may return to Heidelberg, even though my nephew does not live there anymore. If so, I am determined to return to Schwarter Peter for another serving.

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