THE LONG READ: Almost one-third of all the negative impact on our living environment, including the deteriorating climate, originates from our food system. This is why gastronomy has to address issues beyond itself. The Nordics' most buzz-worthy restaurant, Alchemist in Copenhagen, raises some very relevant questions, loudly manifested in a 50-course extravaganza with plenty of hi-tech high-jinx and a fair amount of pranks.
WHITE GUIDE NORDIC: Don’t expect traditional porterage upon arrival or ritualistic turndown service at night. Don’t think extra fluff is standard issue, it isn’t, not even at top-notch hotels. Informal hospitality is practically a Nordic invention, reflecting the region’s egalitarian attitudes as well as its exorbitant staffing costs. What you can expect is smart design and clever functionalities that will reduce your need for token white-glove features while genuine assistance will be there when you really need it. If you ask Nordic people, today’s hospitality ideal is “staying with friends”. Of course this notion doesn’t always work out as anticipated, just like it doesn’t always do with friends either.
RESTAURANT NEWS: Noma and Geranium, both from Copenhagen, secure top positions – #2 and #5 respectively – on The World's 50 Best Restaurants list 2019. Noma is the fastest riser ever, after closing, relocating and reinventing itself as an urban farm. Further north, in Stockholm, Frantzén also made a hefty reentry at #21 - "back with a bang", having moved into a new, ultra-luxe space.
WHITE GUIDE NORDIC: If Finland was a bit slow to embrace the New Nordic food movement, it's mostly because its main beliefs were Old Testament here. By and large, Finnish gastronomy has always relied on locavore principles, and what was partly lost and forgotten in the other Scandinavian countries survived here. The proximity to Russia and more than a hundred years of tsarist rule has left its culinary traces, adding a somewhat unique dimension. Today Finland has a thriving food scene, offering a rich spectrum of innovative and traditional food experiences.
WHITE GUIDE NORDIC: Starting now, we will unveil the best places to eat, drink and stay all over the Nordics. Our test team has worked its way through Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden - including the remote Faroe Islands, Greenland, Svalbard and Åland.
The Nordic countries have some of the world’s best dietary guidelines; they are also forerunners in environmental policy, sustainable innovation and leadership. As such, these nations could well lead the way in making the global food system healthier and more sustainable. However, despite many positive aspects, diets in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland contribute to both public health concerns and a range of environmental issues. Roughly half their populations are overweight, diets are putting pressure on the environment and food waste is a critical problem.
Sweden's best hotel is in Växjö, the best bar is in Stockholm. Packed with exhilarating hospitality experiences and sizzling bars, celebration "Forward, Fun & Fab".
The Top 30 Baltic restaurants of the year were announced tand live today at an event November 12 in Tallinn, Estonia. The list features eight new entries, of which five opened their doors during the year and three made it all the way to the Top 8. In all the Master Level segment expanded from 10 restaurants last year to 16 across Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. On the flipside, three of last year’s Top 30 are no longer in business.
With Enrique Olvera as its 2017 laureate, the Global Gastronomy Awards were presented at his Mexico City restaurant Pujol on September 23rd, 2018. For ten consecutive years the awards ceremony was hosted in Stockholm, last year, however, it became a movable feast and relay race, traveling to the home turf of the previous year’s winner. The first global stop was New York where 2016 awardee Dan Barber handed over the baton to Enrique Olvera. Chef Olvera in turn passed it on to David Thompson, making Bangkok the next destination.