Swedish food? It’s about to get exciting

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 16th May 2014:

Meatballs from Meatballs for the People, Stockholm, Sweden

Thought Swedish food was all lingonberries, potatoes and meatballs?

Well, you’re sort of right.

According to a recent survey by Food & Friends, the most popular dish for Swedes is actually spaghetti Bolognese; meatballs don’t make an appearance until the 10th place. The rest of the top 10 dishes for Swedes is made up of some sort of protein, like meat or fish, with a rice, potato or pasta as a side.

You might think that the average Swedish home cooking is humble and rustic but you should know that Sweden is positioning itself to be a new gastronomic destination.

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Is beer best for fine dining?

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 15th August 2013:

There’s been a movement on the fine dining scene, a new trend if you will, where beer is the new wine.

Well ok, beer and wine are completely different beverages but that’s a story for another time.

It is, however, true that beer has made a quiet invasion onto some of the UK’s most prestigious menus. In fact, Bloomberg has this week reported that microbreweries within the M25 has increased by 13 fold and attributed this to, in part at least, the wave of Michelin-starred restaurants adding beers to their menu.

And the phenomenon isn’t just happening with Asian cuisines where beer has always been king or in gourmet burger joints, but rather, the most wine-centric of fine dining restaurants – the French.

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Gastronomic Ghent: a rising star for food

Published on Yahoo Lifestyle UK & Ireland on 9th August 2013:

The ancient town of Ghent was once one of the most powerful places in northern Europe. Often thought of as a city, they say that it might even have been bigger than London. Today, the gateway town is much smaller though it remains important as the capital of the East Flanders province of Belgium.

On the food front, it’s surely becoming one of the shining stars of the international food scene. There may not be as many Michelin stars as nearby Bruges but it’s definitely seeing a revival. The recent sell-out event, The Gelinaz, spearheaded by a group of young chefs calling themselves the Flemish Foodies, was certainly testament to this new wave of gastronomic aspiration.

Still, food in Ghent remains heavily Flemish with many modern restaurants reinterpreting the most traditional of dishes. And there are still plenty of Ghentian specialities to be found.

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