Last week I had the honour of speaking at Scandinavia’s largest marketing conference in Sweden. I’ve had such a hectic few weeks with freelancing and stressful work stuff that I felt very unprepared for it. I’d only managed to practice my 40 minute presentation twice! But it came off without a hitch and I met some wonderful people whilst I was there.
As I been presented with such a great opportunity, I decided to take an extra day off work and spend it in Oslo as that’s where I was flying from. For about 5 years I’ve been obsessed with visiting this place called Frogner Park which is home to incredible statues by Gustav Vigeland. I first became aware of this place when I was flicking through National Geographic about 5 years ago. I was struck by the beauty of this incredible monolith and vowed one day I would go in see it. When I was in Gothenburg a couple of years ago I was fairly tempted to drive to Oslo just to see it but sadly none of my fellow passengers were as enthused.
I’m so glad I got to see it now and spent a long time walking around Frogner and the park itself. If you get the chance, it is a lovely part of Oslo and a nice walk from the city centre. I have to say though, in these modern times perhaps we don’t spend enough time genuinely looking at the sights rather than just pointing our phones and cameras at them. Memories are made by experience, photos should be there just to jog those memories later.
So here’s a few snaps of the park – it was actually the first time in a long time I’ve taken the SLR off a tripod and put it fully onto manual mode. And I am pretty impressed with the results.
I was fortunate enough to be driven to the conference by a fellow foodie and naturally I had to get recommendations for the best food in Oslo. Now if there’s one thing that Scandinavia is known for, it is that is it expensive. And Norway is just about the most expensive. But it was one night and I wanted to eat something special, so I headed to Statholderens Food & Wine cellar. After perusing the menu, I spotted, on the other side of the book that there was a “10 course tasting menu”. I had to have it. And also a gin and tonic. It was 2 hour affair but it was totally worth it. Here’s what I and start thinking about how much it cost, the answer is at the bottom of the post…
First course: Homemade “lefse” (Norwegian flatbread) with cured trout, Västerbotten cheese and dill-cream
Second course: Japanese mushroom bouillon with halibut and quails egg
Third course: Tandoori chicken, with saffron bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate
Fourth course: Calamari stuffed with crab, Asian salad and ginger-ink mayonnaise
Fifth course: Filet of Coalfish with potato purèe, glaced endive and a mussel-butter sauce
Sixth course: Apple, celery and cucumber granita
Seventh course: Free range pork with carrot purèe, cabbage samosa, veal and soy sauce
Eighth course: Taleggio with banana bread and marmalade
Ninth course: Sherbet of Norwegian apple and crispy pastry with a traditional sour-milk from Røros
Tenth course: Hazelnut mousse with mascarpone cream and black currant sherbet
It was possibly one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten, the highlights being the tandoori chicken (the crunch from the nuts, seeds and pomegranates in the salad was the perfect match for the soft tender chicken) and the apple pudding (more like an extra tasty breakfast cereal combo). I cleared every single plate and waddled back to the hotel. The only thing that would’ve made it better was having someone to share it with – I was there on my own and I know that Mr LTT would have loved it too.
So to the cost….I asked on Facebook and people were guessing…..£200? £400? No.
And £11 of that was the gin and tonic! I’m not sure you could even really get a 10 course meal in the UK for that price.
If you’re ever in Oslo for the night, you must go. There’s two parts to the restaurant, I was in the casual dining section and didn’t need a reservation mid week, however the formal dining requires booking in advance.Statholderens Mat & Vinkjeller , Radhausgate, Oslo.