After a few days at the Diplomatic Academy where Council of Europe had a meeting on freedom on the Internet, I am now at home again. Last supper in Vienna with two friends from four different countries. One of them at the moment located in Paris, that is not as nice […]
Once again, the yearly trip to southern Rhone valley has ended. Another 3500 or so km on the list of distances we have driven to find the best wine in the world, and the best food regarding price / performance. It was the fifth time at Les Florets, and they have […]
The nicest restaurant I visited in Philadelphia was Ristorante Panorama. The wine list was good. Specifically that they had a large number of “flights” one could order. That gave 5 different glasses of wine that could be used during the course. Only problem with those flights was that all wines where in all the glasses at the same time. I took a flight that included a dessert wine, and of course the smell of that wine interfered with the smell from the other glasses. But food was good. And the price affordable. Overall a very good dinner. The waitress was a bit confused now and then, but maybe that was our fault? She tried… […]
So I visited Victor Café in Philadelphia. The interesting part of this Italian restaurant was that the waiters now and then interrupted their normal work, and sung opera. Our waiter was one of the best. Food was not very good. Ok, but not better. Wine was good, but wine list extremely short. Good and cheap. Go there if you like a different kind of event. Downstairs (restaurant) is pretty crowded and noisy (even when the waiters are not singing) but upstairs looked cool. I wished I would have found “upstairs” earlier in the evening. […]
I help setting up a meeting summer of 2009 in Stockholm, and have started collecting information about hotels, restaurants etc on a Google Map. If you have any suggestions on additions, please let me know.
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Yesterday we went to Lumière in Vancouver, Canada. Had the large menue, and sure, it was good. Very good. But at the same time one can of course find things that could be better. I think for example too many of the dished has a puré between the dish and the plate. Same, or at least very similar, puré on every dish. A simple way to get the (small) dishes to stay put when carrying the plate to the table, and in some cases of course the puré added things, but, in the long run it was too much. Wine that was paired with the dishes was good. Some white surprised me (which is a positive thing) although the wine was young. Very young. Could have been older. Desserts (yes, plural) where good… […]
The other day I had dinner at Il Fornaio in San Jose. As usual the food was good, specifically the Petaluma Duck. A favorite of mine since 1992 or so. I do like the location in Palo Alto better than the one in San Jose, but, if one want a good italian dinner in the US, one should go to Il Fornaio. Their winelist is short but have good wines. It ended up being a San Giovese this time. Excellent that as well. […]
I normally only write about good restaurants I go to, but this is an exception. The restaurant Alt Cochem. Yes, it was cheap, but… Even though the price was low, the food was possible to eat, I was longing to highway motels where one can stop and get any kind of schnitzel you want in any shape or form you want. Just look at the menue entry below (that I found did exist outside the restaurant so I should have been warned before entering, but I missed that). If you know more than english you should find some interesting facts, and if you know Swedish you should find that not only the spaces between the words are wrong, the grammar is wrong, but also the translation is wrong. Sure, the location is great! The kitchen (that was half open) was clean! But, I am sure Cochem have better places to go to. Even for the same low price. But I was in Cochem only one evening and could not try any alternative. Part from of course having coffee at one place, afternoon beer at another and dessert at a third. All three better than Alt Cochem. That said some people like this place, and I have only been there once. I claim though that given my travel schedule, amount of hotels I stay at, and the number of restaurants I have eaten at the last 15 years give me some ability to make a decision on the level of a restaurant (or hotel etc) already at the first stay. […]
I have got some questions on what are my favorite restaurants in the world. Which ones have impressed me the most. Here is a list:
Glennfiddich Warehouse no. 68
A restaurant that should be visited for its beer. And food of course, but the beer is the main attraction. They have many whisky varieties as well.
Address: Västerlånggatan68, Stockholm, Sweden
The best beer location in Stockholm. Have food as well, including for example very good oysters (when being available).
Address: Repslagargatan 6, Stockholm, Sweden
The best sushi in the world? I have been going to this small place in San Mateo, CA, USA, since I think 1993, and have always been impressed by the quality of the food.
Address: 218 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA, USA
Update: I found the hard way yesterday that Sushi Sam’s is closed on Sundays and Mondays
A location where you can get food, lot of food, good food, traditional Swedish food. And excellent service.
Address: Stadsgården 6, Stockholm, Sweden
Brasserie Godot is a mix between a French and Swedish kitchen. Run by people (Staffan and Mattias) I say “hi” to on the street. People that earlier had “Paus” on Rörstrandsgatan. My friend Kurtis followed them to Godot, and dragged me with him. Best dish the chocolate dessert.
Address: Grev Turegatan 36, Stockholm, Sweden
Gastro in Helsingborg, where one also can get some training in the kitchen. For amateurs (like me), but serious real chef training. My friend Joakim pointed me at this training and the restaurant of course, and that was one of the most fun times in my life so far. Run by Per Dahlberg and Karl Bengtsson in the kitchen. Karl himeself run the training by the way. The food is modern, but not “funny” or a joke. This is serious stuff. Really serious.
Address: Södra Storgatan 11-13, Helsingborg, Sweden
More will be added to this page over time. […]