Rømmegrøt and other Norwegian Specialties – Try It You’ll Like It

On the third day, we ate…and ate (actually, to be honest, eating is a big part of every trip but more on that in a future post).  Oslo may not be as well known for cuisine as her sister cities, but be assured, there is plenty of great food.  Mathallen, the wonderful food hall located along the eastern bank of the Akerselva river in the trendy Grünerløkka neighborhood … Continue reading Rømmegrøt and other Norwegian Specialties – Try It You’ll Like It

Awesome Oslo – part 2

Exploring Oslo by bike is a great way to see the city.  From the Akershus Fortress, stopping at Snøhetta Architects’ fabulous Opera House (and be sure to take a walk on the roof),  then through the heart of the city to Vigeland Park and the beautiful residential neighborhoods that adjoin it, there are well marked bike paths and friendly locals to help out if necessary.  I can … Continue reading Awesome Oslo – part 2

Oslo, Norway, Scandinavia

Awesome Oslo – part 1

Oslo exudes a modern esthetic all its own.  While it may not have the charm of its Scandinavian counterparts Stockholm and Copenhagen, the Norwegian capital is firmly committed to the 21st century with stunning architecture and a vast underground highway network that makes it a pedestrian friendly city. Aker Brygge is a relatively new neighborhood that is home to numerous restaurants, art galleries and trendy shops. … Continue reading Awesome Oslo – part 1


Fika is the Swedish term for taking a break to enjoy coffee with a pastry and is a custom I quickly adopted.  Kardemummabullar and kanelbullar (cardamon and cinnamon rolls) are the perfect accompaniment to fresh brewed coffee any time of day! Two favorite spots are Mellqvist Kaffebar in Södermalm (favorite of Mikael Blomqvist as well as his creator Stieg Larsson) and Snickarbacken 7 in central Stockholm. The … Continue reading Fika-licious

Short and Sweet – Summer in Stockholm

If good things come in small packages, then summer in Stockholm definitely qualifies.  Even before the autumnal equinox, leaves are turning and mornings are cool. Nonetheless, September may be the best time to visit as the cruise ships have departed and the crowds have thinned.  Central Stockholm spreads across 14 islands whose bridges provide magnificent vistas of old world buildings and  busy waterways. There are a … Continue reading Short and Sweet – Summer in Stockholm

A Thousand Words

I snapped this pic at the fabulous Torvehallerne market in Copenhagen.  I guess it’s only fair that native son Hans Christian Anderson said it best!  If you have a chance to visit Copenhagen (and it should be on everyone’s list), be sure to spend some time at Torvehallern.  The Coffee Collective, arguably the best coffee bar in Copenhagen is here, along with a vast array of specialty food … Continue reading A Thousand Words