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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Reveiw: Semla tasting from Wienercafeet in Stockholm, Sweden



Today is the a special pastry day which calls Fettisdagen in Sweden.

During this day you celebrate the end of the fasting period. You eat this amazing pastry calls Semla or Cream Puff (eng) with a sweetened bread, almond icing and cream.

Here you can see this amazing creation made by @wienercafeet_anno1904 with the highest standards. You can also see the special bun created by the star chef @peternordin calls Hemlan.


To drink to the classic pastry Semla it is recommended to always have coffee or milk. However Western Taste tried with a glass of Champagne and it was devine. So we higly recommends Hatt e Söner Champagne to the superb Semla by Wienercafeet.
 
Review of Semla: 4,5 out of 5
Superb cream texture and perfect sweetness.
The almond icing was superb with great crunch of almonds and perfect balande of the nuts and sweetness.
The bread provided a great fresh sensation.


Bread: 4 out of 5
Almond Icing: 4 out of 5
Cream: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5
 
Review of Hemla: 5 out of 5
Superb creation by the creator and innovator of food @peternordin we loved that he made an invert of the semla were the cream and almon icing was baked inside the pastry.


Written and tasted by Western Taste panel




 

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Hotel Review: Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf and Spa Resort



The Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort has one of southern Thailand’s biggest pools, a great range of excellent dining and a peaceful spa. It’s grand Victorian Thailand style with teak floors, regency lampshades and colonial-style furniture makes it an impressive place for relaxation.

You will find Sofitel a short drive from Ao Nang, amongst the tranquility of the tropical gardens and across the road from the shores of the Andaman Sea.
There are plenty of options to enjoy the excellent cuisines, you have the Italian Ristorante Venezia with an open show kitchen that delivers superb authentic fresh food. Every dish is well prepared and you leave with a hunger for more. Unfortunately the service is not always at its best, not fully attentive staff, but their friendliness and the delicious food make you linger.

White Lotus restaurant gives you a selection of Thai and Indian cuisine, with a longing for the distinguished flavors. The service is excellent and every one of the well-dressed staff is making an effort to make you feel at home. The flavors are distinct and every bite is full of aromas.  

The Hemingway Club Lounge & Library have a range of cigars, delicious cocktails and an entertainment that’s suitable for a jazzy calm evening.
Café Vienna offers you a coffee on the go or a luscious pastry to soothe your sweet tooth.
The pool bar is excellent for a cocktail on the swim, a cool retreat from the gazing sun. It also offers a range of easy comfort food for a light lunch or a snack next to your sun bed.

 The hotel rooms all with balcony or terrace are clean and light. The only negative aspect is that maybe the terrace on the ground floor rooms are a bit small and could need an update. But the rooms are well sized and offers a nice air-conditioned getaway from the hot sun. The possibility to book a room with pool access is excellent and a much appreciated feature. You literally have the pool on your doorstep.

Sofitel Krabi is very family friendly and the pool is very popular amongst all ages. The service of the hotel stretches from the hotel premises to the beach and also services in town. They are happy to try and meet your expectations and requests. 


All in all we can say that Sofitel Krabi Phokeetra Golf and Spa Resort is a must visit when in south Thailand. You won’t get disappointed with neither the food, the service or the closeness to beach and an amazing pool. 

Final Grade: 4 out of 5

Written and reviewd by Sofie Yü










Sunday, 1 November 2015

Article: My dream of Fäviken



A place were nothing grows for 6 month and seasonal cooking becomes on another level. In the middle of nowhere with mountains, vast forrestry, streams and amazing nature lies a treasure of creativity and passionate heart for perfected cooking and gastronomic sublime.

Fäviken is most likely to be heaven on earth for true gastronomers and foodies of this world.

If you have not, never heard or feels the need for; you have to visit and experience the delight of Fäviken with Magnus Nilsson.


Written by Alexander Yü











Thursday, 15 October 2015

Article: The NEW Cafe Milano in Stockholm, Sweden



Yesterday we revisited the newly uplifted and changed Cafe Milano. Nothing from the old restaurant is left and the new face of this traditional restaurant in the Stockholm culinary scene has been given a new face, new owner and new innovation. The restaurant is absolutely stunning and must be the hottest and most decorated Italian restaurant in Sweden. 

The standard and choice of materials has been amazing. From the dining tables to raw materials and food ingredients feels very Peter Nordin and his amazing focus on details. Peter Nordin has done it yet again together with his amazing partners; the brothers Filip and Daniel Güven.

The food is made with a perfect balance of seasoning, olive oil, and cheese. We started of with a great mix of finger food that included an amazing polenta, olives and cold cuts. For starters a superb tomato sauce with parma ham and figs was presented and a perfect start of the evening had begun.
When the main course came and the first slice of the "happy" big, as Peter Nordin, describes it, the knife cut it like butter. The meat was tender, perfectly seasoned and taste divine.

For dessert we had the Torta di Polenta which was superb. To the Polenta it was served home made yogurt that just hit the spot of delightness.

The evening ended with perfection and for a all day dining Italian restaurant we adored the place and nothing from the old dusty Cafe Milano is left. A new and uplifted and stunning Cafe Milano has been presented to Stockholm.

Final Grade: 4,5 out of 5

Written by Alexander Yü and Sofie Yü








Friday, 12 June 2015

Article: Great Dining District of Bibliotekstan in Stockholm, Sweden


Bibliotekstan is an exclusive shopping district in Stockholm. The area is centered around the street Biblioteksgatan. ”Bibliotek” means library in Swedish and refers to the National Library of Sweden, located in the nearby park Humlegården. Biblioteksgatan got its name in 1885 and the area has been focusing on exclusive shopping ever since.
Bibliotekstan is constantly evolving. With a history of over 120 years, there are a lot of stories hidden in the area. To highlight these, we’ve created Bibliotekstan Walks as a part of this website. Start walking to discover this historic place.
In recent years the district and destination of Bibliotekstan has become a dining district of great restaurants. A must visit is this area and we highly recommends the food and beverage offer that is available.

Text and information from: bibliotekstan.se

Here are some recommendations:

ZINK Grill





Wienercafeet Anno 1904

Restaurang Prinsen


Nobis Hotel


Sempre Espresso Bar

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Article: Le Rouge - A French connection



A French brasserie in the heart of the old town in Stockholm, Sweden just around the corner from the Swedish castle. You are welcomed into an amazing setting filled with a romantic desire for gastronomy. We enjoyed the service to its full potential and the pre cocktail was perfectly made.

For appetizer, the toast with Kalix (northern Sweden) rum was superb, but not that french in its cuisine. 

We absolutely adored the Beef Wellington that was cooked to perfection.

The wine selection, recommended by the Sommelier was a great match and we enjoyed our meal to its full extent. The price is a bit high however in this type of setting, historical area and service we enjoyed every bit of it.

Much appreciated for the service and gastronomic experience.

Written by Alexander Yü

Final Grade: 4 out of 5





Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Article: Semlor a Swedish Thing!


Today is the day of days if you are a fan of the famous Swedish pastry "Semla". It is to be eaten on this special day which is called "Fettisdagen", the Fat Tuesday. You could think this is an American holiday however in the most healthy nation on earth, the Swedes do celebrate a fat day.

According to Wikipedia:
"Fettisdagen (The Fat Tuesday) is the Swedish name for the Tuesday after the Quinquagesima and the day between Shrove Monday and Ash Wednesday. Because it is the last day before the Lenten fast, a tradition has developed of eating buns, called "fastlagsbullar", "fettisdagsbullar" (Fat Tuesday Buns) or "semla". The day is also called "White Tuesday" because the buns are made out of white flour."

The pastry is amazingly good and many says it is all in the bun. It cannot be to sweet nor to dry which is a challenge for many bakers. The cream in the center is also crucial and needs to be whipped before to make it "fluffy" and tasty.

We at Western Taste tried 2 "Semla" from 2 very traditional houses. One that is still very family oriented and has been in the history of Swedish bakery for centuries and the other that has been commercialized and bought by the giant chocolate company Fazer from Finland.

Both of them were very good and our panel gave high grades to all however one stood out just a bit more and the winning gold medal goes to Vetekatten.

Here are the results:

Vetekatten

Bread: 5 out of 5
Cream: 5 out of 5
Almond Icing: 5 out of 5
Aesthetics: 5 out of 5

Comments: Amazing pastry with passion and heart in its creation. The pastry provides the outmost delicious and superb cream. The almond icing were in perfect condition, amount and sweetness which provided the whole experience with perfection.

Overall experience: 5 out of 5

Gateau

Bread: 4 out of 5
Cream: 5 out of 5
Almond Icing: 4 out of 5
Aesthetics: 5 out of 5

Comments: Superb pastry with a delicious experience that waters the mouth. It is clearly one of the best bakeries in Sweden and provides an superb gastronomic experience. The cream is fluffy and perfectly whipped and the Aesthetics is by far one of the best we seen.

Overall experience: 4 out of 5


Written by Alexander Yü






Thursday, 15 January 2015

Hotel Review: Hotel d'Angleterre Copenhagen, Denmark



Copenhagen is known for its amazing culinary expertise and fine dining scene. However if you travel to Copenhagen for visit then look no further for hotel. We at Western Taste recommends Hotel d'Angleterre for its fine service, amazing qualities and superb F&B knowledge.

Wikipedia describes:

Hotel d'Angleterre is one of the first deluxe hotels in the world. Situated in the heart of Copenhagen, Denmark, it is located on Kongens Nytorv opposite Charlottenborg, the Royal Opera and Nyhavn. While its history dates back to 1755, it has been in its current building since a fire, in 1795, damaged the previous building beyond repair. Between 1872 and 1875, the building was significantly extended and refurbished by the architects, Vilhelm Dahlerup and Georg E.W. Møller The hotel has long been considered the most prestigious and elegant hotel in the city. Its name is French and means the "England Hotel".


Posted and written by Alexander Yü



Hotel Review: 4 out of 5