Yummy waypoints

I just thought about delights for the palate, and simply felt like sharing these gems with you.

The first one I came to think about, is a place that I happened to come across while in St Petersburg, Russia. The Idiot is such a lovely place, that does not just provide excellent food, including a good selection of vegetarian dishes, but also a very cozy ambiance and nice staff.

Zus & Zo in Paramaribo, Suriname, deserves to be mentioned because of the tasty food they serve in the garden, in a very laid back atmosphere. The Palmentuin (Palm Garden) is close by, so it’s conveniently situated. I recommend the “Bang bang salade”. If one is just thirsty, there is another place in Paramaribo, called the Power Smoothie. Very tasty!

Where did I find fantastic vegetarian food in Myanmar? Well, there is a place in Bagan, where it’s easy to lose sense of time because of the friendly people working there, combined with amazing food. It’s the perfect place to relax after a day biking around the thousands of temples in Old Bagan. Be Kind to Animals the Moon, is the somewhat unusual name of this restaurant. Yummy tamarind candy treats.

One waypoint that deserves to be mentioned separately, is the lovely gem Pädaste Manor, on Muhu Island, in Estonia. I went there for a weekend to go horseback riding together with my niece, and didn’t know what to expect. We ended up in a little fairy tale of our own. The stunning nature that surrounds Pädaste, provided the perfect setting for a horseback ride. The big surprise, was the restaurant that served first class food. Magical!

Next one up, is the Double Musky Inn, Girdwood, Alaska. Cajun food was new to me, so I cannot say that I can compare this with anything else that I have tried before. However, what I can say, is that they had a halibut on the menu that tasted like heaven.

Ice cream is my weakness. So, when I heard about Riccardo’s Ice cream, outside Halmstad in Sweden, I became very happy. This is The place to go to if one wants to have true Italian ice cream in the south of Sweden! What can I say, it’s simply Yummy! So, since I’m mentioning Sweden, I may just as well continue with two other Swedish gems. One is “Toppstugan” in Grönklitt, outside Orsa, Dalarna. It’s  next to ski slopes, and Orsa Predator Park. This is where one can have Fish & Chips with a view. If one prefers gourmet food, I suggest Storhogna further north. So much could be said about this gem in the Swedish Mountains. There is a range of different activities, a spa with a nice sauna, good cross-country trails, and also a restaurant that serves food with locally produced ingredients.

This list would not be complete without mentioning Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill, London. To fully comprehend what the atmophere is like, I think that one has to experience it firsthand.

Last, but not least, I have to mention one of my favourite spots in Tokyo, Japan. Teinun Thai ramen serves one of the best tom yum ramen dishes I have ever tasted. It’s as simple as that.

Top ski waypoints

As any skier knows, the experience you may have on any slope is very personal, weather dependent, and has a lot to do with timing and preferences. In spite of that, I will make a few lists, if nothing else to make you curious and share some examples of what is available out there. Please note, that my bucket list is far from complete!

Here is my first list, the list of “Good snow days” – from perfect champagne powder to that little extra something that makes you feel all warm inside just from the memory of that special ski waypoint (with links to those I unfortunately cannot show with my own pictures below):

  1. Valle Nevado, Chile – This is the place where I experienced one of the best days skiing I’ve ever had. Every skier deserves that powder experience at least once.
  2. Alyeska, the U.S. – the powder, the views, the…
  3. Zao onsen, Japan – once again, for the powder, and for the cool feeling of skiing among the snow covered trees looking like big snow monsters
  4. Beldersoy, Uzbekistan – not because of the equipments available (giggles), but because of the perfect powder combined with the outstanding hospitality, and the fact that I had the funniest conversation about Ingmar Stenmark with one of the employees. (The last part of that conversation; “So, it seems you know that I’m from Sweden!?” “Ha ha ha, everybody, this whole mountain, knows that you are from Sweden!”)
  5. Apussuit, Greenland – surreal place, where the landscape is simply stunning. Hard to explain the feeling when you ski from the top of a glacier towards the ocean. If you’re lucky the Northern Lights accompany you at night.
  6. Zermatt, Switzerland – just one of those days.
  7. Levi, Finland – really Cold, but also really nice! Reindeers next to the slopes too.
  8. Pas de la Casa, Andorra – unexpectedly good conditions.
  9. Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy – new snow over the night, sunshine, and non-stop skiing all day long. Not to mention the best gnocchi alla gorgonzola I’ve ever had!
  10. Campitello, Italy – an exciting day in Sella Ronda, including Lagazuoi’s Hidden valley with a horse transfer at the end.