Monthly Archives: July 2013

Wedding plans? Here are some tips on bubbles!

Getting married is the best thing I have ever done! I could not be happier or wish for anything more. Appart from more Cava in the cellar perhaps. 馃槈

If you are in the wedding planing mode right now, I just have one thing to say; Congratulations! Even though it is much to plan and things to decide and you probably feel totally overwelmed with all the choices there are out there, it is still a one in a life time thing. (lets hope) And it is just wonderfull that you found that special one that you want to share the rest of your life with and that this person feels the same about you. Not everyone is that lucky you know.聽

When I got married we wanted bubbles through the entire dinner, and so we had. I’m not saying that this is the natural choice fot you, but most couples whants to raise their glasses at some point during the day and say cheers, and very often you want just bubbles in your glass when you do that.

So here are some tips from me to you on some nice afordable Cava that will give your wedding that extra sparkle!

If you like pink and those fruity notes.
Then I absolutely recommend you to try Vilarnau麓s brut Ros茅. It is bright pink, with an obondence of red berries in the nose and mainly fresh strawberries and rasberries as dominating tastes, with nice small boubbles. I have recommended this to many weddings passed and everyone has been so happy with it.
Grapes: 90% trepat and 10% pinot noir.
Price in sweden: around 11 Euros*
You can find more information about it聽here!

 

de nitIf you want pink but abit more descrete.
Then I would sugest Ravent贸s i Blancs De Nit. A lovely, very elegant Cava that is just slightly pink, not even “salmon coloured” I would say. It is fruity but more crisp and subtle in its caracter and would suit anyone who would like elegance above all else, but still a bubbly with those fresh and fruity notes. You will find more about De Nit here.
Grap
es: 43% Macabeu, 33% Xarel路lo, 19% Parellada, 5% Monastrell

Price in sweden: Around 聽16 Euros*

 

If you want something pale and classic but in a trendy packeging.
Pere Ventura is a very modern producer when it comes to lables and packeging, and I love it! Their Cavas is of the clasical stile though with alot of Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel.lo: I love their cavas but here I want to recommend their Brut nature Tresor abit extra. It is a pale, crisp Cava with fruity notes and hints of honey that comes from the aging. An elegant Cava for any wedding.
Grapes: 40% Xarel.lo, 40% macabeu, 20% Parellada.
Price in sweden: Around 14 Euros
If you want to read more about Pere Ventura聽or Tresor you will find them here.

 

 

 

*remember that Sweden is a high tax country and that you might find them to an other price where you live.

 

 

 

 

Sabering is always fun, ecpesially at a wedding! Here my husband Andreas does it perfectly!

What to bring on a small boat?

Soon, very soon, we are finally getting some vacation! On Sunday we are loading up our small boat and heading out in the archipelago. It will be lovely and I hope that the weather stays nice.

My biggest problem is not what Cava to bring, or my laptop, crime novels, clothes etc. My problem is what food to bring! This is a very serious problem since our boat is 6 m long and has no kitchen part or fridge… so you can imagine what I see before me… 10 days with caned and dried foods…
But since me and the husband loves food I’m sure we will come up with some smart idea, because we just have to.聽Luckely the archipelago outside stockholm聽has聽alot of nice places to eat at some of the bigger islands. So I hope I have the posibility to report some during the days out there, with food, drink and hopfully sun!.

Just stay posted!

Did someone say Champagne diet!?!

IMG_1245Ok, lets get one thing straight before we start…
I know I said Champagne diet, but I’m sure that Cara (the author) is not discriminating against other dry bubbles made in the same way. 馃槈

With that out of the way, I must say that how could any bubble lover restrain their self from reeding this book? I mean come on! Is not this what we all dream of, drinking bubbles all the time?! Of course! Everything else would be ridiculous!

I actually came across this book when my blogging colleague Casey http://www.travellingcorkscrew.com/聽started to talk about it on Twitter. And as you might understand I got really interested just by the title. And this week I finally got the copy I had ordered from a Swedish online-store, and started to read at once.

The book is written by Cara Alwill Leyba, a very happy girl it seems, that lives in New York and is one of those people that has actually followed her dreams, and found what she loves. And just that makes me so happy, because is it one thing I love, its people who has the guts to do just that.

Although the book is called The Champagne diet, the core and essence of the book is actually not food, it is more a reformation of a mindset. And this I can really relate to. Cara preaches (in lack of a better word) happiness, celebration of life and body and acceptance.IMG_1246

I think that a lot of women and girls can relate to all the things that are aired in the book, to some extent. If we have not been obsessing about weight our selves, we know someone who have. And to be honest, we live with it every day, every minute, because it is all around us. Even if you want to get of the carousel it’s hard when everyone else is on it. Of course we should all try to be healthy, and it is our own responsibility, but we also need to think about what is important in life, because frankly, it could be over tomorrow. You never know what happens.
Since I found Cava I can honestly say that I have become so much better at enjoying life. I still have a long way to go and I do not nearly celebrate often enough, but I do practice. I’m still extremely bad at having “me time”, since there always seems to be so many things that needs to be done. And I have a problem with always trying to please everyone. And all these things are addressed in The Champagne diet. It is not like I did not know this already, but it is very nice to have someone write about it, verbalize it and point out a solution, because then it all of a sudden feels more real and easier to grasp and control.聽IMG_1247

I’m sure that I will read The Champagne diet again and again. Not because I have a bad memory, but because it inspires me and makes me happy.聽 And I can really recommend it to anyone who likes bubbles or needs a push confidence wise, in the right direction.

If you want to find out more about Cara, I can recommend that you check out these options:
www.thechampagnediet.com

The Champagne diet on:
Twitter
Facebook

Cara has also written the book Sparkle that I’m about to start reading now. But if you cant wait for my blogpost on it I can recommend you to read my friend Casy’s here.

Now I’m off to bed, and now I’m to tired to do any reading to be honest. But before I go I want you to meet my cat, who has kept me company while writing. She is just too sweet.
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Pighuset Tapas & Cava

Pighuset Tapas & Cava - Ljugarn, SwedenTwo weeks ago I was visiting the isle of Gotland, on account of my work. (Gotland is the large island on the south east coast of Sweden.)
And in the small village of Ljugarn I heard bout a tapas and cava restaurant. You must understand my amazement as I drove according to the directions I was given to find the place. A tapas and cava bar here… in a small village with mostly summer residents, and we don’t even have one in Uppsala where I live, where we are over 200 000 people!

I had no trouble finding the place, and was so lucky as to catch them as they were getting ready to open for the night. Pighuset seems to be a very nice place indeed, run by four friends who loves Barcelona and everything about it. They have lots of tapas to choose from and a cava selection that is growing. But you can have a Kripta if you like, and also some other labels of the family Agust铆 Torell贸 Mata’s portfolio, which I was happy to see. Unfortunately I could not stay and have dinner since I had to catch a plane home.

If you are ever on Gotland, I would suggest that you take a detour from Visby, 45 minutes to the other side of the island and visit Pighuset. I’m sure that the gang will take perfect care of you.

Now I’m only waiting for someone to open a tapas and Cava bar in Uppsala so I have somewhere closer to go. Maybe the guys can open a “Pighuset Uppsala”, that would be nice!

If you want to find out more about Pighuset you will find them on Facebook here.