Afternoon Tea…

If someone will come to me one Saturday afternoon…( or Sunday too) or any afternoon for that matter and will ask me to go with them to some afternoon tea place…I will jump with excitement and drop everything else and just go for it!

This is how much I love doing afternoon teas! But for the record I dont need to go out for afternoon tea every time. I feel I can make that classic afternoon tea party at home too…well any one can or any one who loves the concept..as much as I do!

Lately a few friends have asked me for recommendation for the best afternoon tea place in Oslo. Sadly Oslo in not London and not so many places are serving this classic concept! As a matter of fact there are just a few, very few places who are serving it properly and I have tried them all…..many times as they are really doing a good job!

Afternoon tea is something I love doing with my friends. We always have such a good time that I thought I would do a quick blog post for you guys who may be looking for something to do while the days are still a bit cold and rainy.

I am warning you that this topic is quite close to my heart so may be this blog post will turn into a longread! So I apologize in advance, but if you are like me, or slightly like me, you will love to read about it and I am going to share few clicks from these afternoon tea places too…So just chill, relax and enjoy the ride….( If possible go and get yourself a cup of tea…or coffee)

So here we go…..

My very first meeting with the concept of afternoon tea took place a few years back…in Harrods beautiful Georgian restaurant and that was when I fell in love with the concept! I do not have any proper picture of it but if you are following me on instagram, you can get a look at one picture from there..taken by mobile of course! The service, pastries, scones, jams, lemon curd, the company, everything was great!

I love to experience new things, but some things remain classic and one can enjoy over and over again…for me afternoon tea is one of those things…which never bores me and I am excited each and every time…

Let me take you to the past, the history….. just to understand how it all started….

It dates back to 1865, English Afternoon Tea is credited to the Duchess of Bedford. The legend says that the first lady to enjoy afternoon tea was Anna Maria, the 7th Duchess of Bedford who lived at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire and was lady-in-waiting to Queen Victoria. Duchess of Bedford is said to have experienced a ‘sinking feeling’ in the middle of the afternoon one day and asked her butler to deliver all the tea making equipment with some bread and butter to her private room. She found this new meal so satisfying and enjoyable that she soon started inviting her special friends to join her for ‘afternoon tea’.

Even when she went to stay with her aristocratic friends in their manor houses, she took her own kettle and tea making items with her so that she could continue her afternoon parties when she was away from home. The simple platefuls of bread and butter that first accompanied afternoon tea developed into much more elaborate selections of sandwiches, scones, muns, cakes, biscuits, gâteaux and fruit desserts. And that is the story of afternoon tea’s birth. And now it is so popular that you will find so many good places in UK serving this concept and of course in other countries too…

Lets come back from the past to present and let me introduce you to the lovely afternoon tea concept in Grand Hotel’s extra ordinary restaurant Palmen, which by the way has been renovated recently, but I have not been there after they have done that. They have the most stylish furniture which makes you feel royality for a few hours! Good service, but I personally love places which gives me a warm feeling. I felt as if it was a bit awkward to talk loud or to laugh like crazy ( well, the way I like to do) But sure I do recommend for a fancy high tea experience! Take a look at some pictures…

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From the Grand Hotel Oslo- Palmen Restaurant

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Look at the interior and tell me that you don’t want to go there…atleast once!

And then there is Theater Cafe’ in Hotel Continental , which I would recommend for a small group of friends who want to chit chat and enjoy lovely pastries, petit four, yummy sandwiches…and of course delicious tea or coffee!

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A cup of tea…makes me smile!

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We also have Cafe’ Christiania which is an extra ordinary experience in itsself. A visit to Cafe’ Christiania is a journey back in time! The premises alone is worth a visit and you will meet highly qualified staff who will give you attention throughtout your visit! Loved it and recommend it! ( Don’t have a picture from there)

It is so difficult to choose one favourite…but I am doing it now! Drum roll…..Here it goes….

I am talking about Hotel Bristol in Oslo!!! My all time favourite and never dissappoints! I just found a few pics from my last visit there a few months back…

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The moment you enter the hotel lobby…you can feel that it has a history and many famous people have been here before you. The building itsself is charming and the place where they serve classic afternoon tea ” The Vinterhaven” and ” The Bibliotekbaren”are timelessly classic! And not to forget the piano music in background while sipping your tea and enjoying your nibbles! Can it get any better than this!!!

Honestly I have been here plenty of times and have enjoyed each and every time! Highly recommending it!

I can see this post is getting longer and longer…so I will spare you guys and tell about one or two more places some other time…

Remember every place has it’s charm! And the  most interesting thing is that you will not be emptying your pockets to pay for grandeur like some of the other popular afternoon teas in other parts of world!

If you are asking for my recommendation rite here and rite now…I would thoroughly recommend Hotel Bristol for a relaxed and chill experience.
All these places are in the heart of Oslo, not far away from Karl Johan street!
I hope you enjoyed reading as much as I enjoyed writing this. Go for an afternoon tea and let me know about your experience!
And last but not the least…a mandatory picture of me…walking through the heart of Oslo…
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And on that note…Good night you all gorgous people!
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“Eat & Drink” Food Festival in Oslo

I am a Foodie and I love Food Festivals…

Well there are lots of reasons to love a food festival! Whenever there’s one happening in Oslo, I think about going and sometimes I go…

Last Friday I went to the ” Eat & Drink Food Festival” after work with my sister. An inndoor food festival in the heart of Oslo at Oslo Spektrum.

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I actually won the tickets through snomono_agency (www.snomono.com). They are importor of brands such as Votivo, The Tea Spot and Deep Steep.

Anyways, I just love the idea of going to food festivals because it’s a chance for us to give in to our love for food. A time to indulge our food cravings. I love such festivals because of food of course but mainly to get inspiration and discover new trends in food area.

As my sister and I made our way past the entrance, a dozen different gastronomic aromas hit us in the face. And so many wines (For the record, I don’t drink). It was also possible to take food and wine courses.

Enjoy a few pictures from food festival!

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I now regret that I should have taken more pictures, but the music, atmosphere, people, sample food, competitions …all take your attention, and I personally think its relaxing to  “not” take pictures all the time….

People behind stands were so happy and proud to show their products! I visited Niru Masalamagics stand and loved her chutneys. Here is a little glimpse from her stand. By the way I did not know that shops are selling her chutneys etc. So do grab one today! Good prices and yummy treat!

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Her book of recipies

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All in all I loved being there and tasted and tried a few nibbles and really enjoyed and can’t wait for another opportunity soon….

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And one last mandatory pic of ME, of course…

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Happy Weekend you all !

Chocolate and Banana Muffins are yum!

Monday is not my favourite day and I literally count hours when the day at work will end and when I ll go home….

Ok I am exaggerating a bit, its not that bad!

I enjoy cooking in general (not so difficult dishes though) and I love eating everything that looks yum! So when I say I am a real foodie, its not me exaggerating, its the truth of my life…or at least one of them!

Baking is something which I have started lately, I wont call myself a baker, but the moment I decide to bake something, I feel whole of me is smiling…and thats not a joke!

I love eating what I bake but most of all I love the process of baking, its so intensely satisfying, its like a therapy…I love the process from finding ingredients which I need, measuring and stirring them and all those scents that fill my house, specially while things are baking in the oven. And  I totally love the  transformation from a plain dough to something incredibly prefect and tasty!!! Its like magic!

Lately I have been making things with apple ( love classic apple cakes, pies and muffins) But Today I wanted to try something else and also because we had so many bananas at home so I went for a yummy chocolate and banana muffin, which goes so well with tea!

So this is what made me run from work today and now I am sitting here after taking a bite and sipping from my cup of tea …I hope you like the pictures, these muffins are so easy to make and so easy to eat.

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Here is the recipe which will give you exactly 12 muffins:

Ingredients:

Butter                                 125 grams

Eggs                                    2

Sugar                                 100 grams

Vanilla essence              1 tea spoon

Plain flour                      200 grams

Baking powder             2 tea spoons

Cinnamon powder      2 tea spoons

Bananas                         2 (ripe)

Dark chocolate            100 grams

Instructions:

  • Heat the oven to 200 degrees. Line a standard 12 well muffin pan with paper liners
  • Beat eggs, sugar  and vanilla essence well. It should look like eggnog
  • Whisk the flour, baking powder and cinnamon powder
  • Mix  melted butter
  • Now add mashed banans and chopped chocolate
  • Mix well with a wooden spoon
  • Fill the pan and bake for about 15 to 20 minutes in the already heated oven.

Voilaaaaa yummy muffins are ready to eat…Enjoy!

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We literally won this!!!

I was checking my Facebook a few days before Valentines day and there it was a competition organized by Sebastien Bruno Oslo City ( Norway). All you had to do was to write the name of your loved one…

I was in a good fun mood and I wrote the name of my cousin, knowing that I can never win… Because I never do! And I dont usually participate in contests either , because I mean ….are they real??

But…guess what…this was quite real!!!

We won, her name was announced and we were shocked, happy and so excited!!! Just like two small kids…because thats how were are! Appreciate every tiny winy happiness that comes our way. So we picked our prize yesterday and took some pictures which I would like to share with you guys…

 

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Yummy macrons in pretty colours and flavours

 

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They also have bite size cakes

 

 

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Look at all those yummy cakes and chocolates

 

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Macrons tasted delicious! If I have to point out one thing, that would be lack of seating area so we had to go to a nearby cafe’ and buy coffee from there…which we of course enjoyed with macrons from Sebastien Bruno! Totally recommend!

They have really yummy cakes too which we have ordered earlier and cute boxes of chocolates which is a perfect gift!

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Go get yourself a macron and enjoy your weekend!

Simplest biryani/rice!

I am one of those people who love to eat good food, but I dont want to use many hours making one! I cant stand in the kitchen for hours and then be tired while eating it. May be I will one day …when my life wont be so hectic..but for now I ll keep on taking shortcuts and there is nothing wrong with it!

Except when you are baking….No shortcuts in baking!

Posting a simple biryani with not so many ingredients but it still tastes YUMMY!

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Dicing onions is not my favourite thing!

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And now add chicken and potatoes…

 

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Fry for about 8 to 10 minutes and then add green chillies…

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I just add ready made spices…and this one is  real good! ( For my Norwegian collegues at work. This can be bought from Grønland)

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Followed by yoghurt..

 

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Add tomatoes over the cooked chicken and potato gravy, followed by coriander and mynt..

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Cook for about ten minutes under the lid and then add boiled rice. Now you have three layers! First one with chicken and potato gravy ( slightly thick in consistence, not very watery). Second layer with tomatoes, mynt and coriander…and finally last layer of rice. I had about two cups rice which I had cooked in plain water….Taddddddda here is the final result! PS. Let them cook for another 5 to 10 minutes and then mix well while they are in the pot and serve with salad or/and raita which is a yoghut mixture…Enjoy!

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The cake.. as promised!

A couple of days ago I posted that I ll make a delish cake for Mothers day ( Its tomorrow in Norway). So here is my cake, and for some people apple cake might be very boring, but for me its classic! And specially because my mom is not so fond of other types of cakes. And I also want to mention that my dad has birthday tomorrow so its in a way birthday and Mothers day cake….2 in 1!

Last time I baked an apple cake for my dad, he loved it ( my mom told me so on fone)

I ve used both brown sugar and white sugar, just wanted to see if it will make any difference, and also because my mom prefers brown sugar in everything! Hope this cake appeals to them and they enjoy it!

Have a nice weekend…

 

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Apple cake in the making!

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