If you are reading this; thanks for stopping by! This blog is my baby and favorite hobby… in which I will attempt to describe, explain and discuss Norwegian food and culture. More than anything, as a food and wine professional, I focus on the foods and drinks typical of this country. As of late 2014 I decided to go vegan and any recipe after that date are all plant based, but has not lost the flavors I am so familiar with and grew up with in my home land.
As a Norwegian, having lived in NY for the past 25 years, my ties have gotten stronger and my homesickness grown bigger as I am getting older. With my entire family overseas, it is my way of staying close to my roots, connecting with old and new friends, and remembering why I’m so proud to be from Norway. Please also visit my Facebook page, Arctic Grub, where I post more frequently, to help people become more familiar with this fascinating place called Norway.
Many things surely have changed tremendously since I lived back home in the town of Sykkylven, a small, picturesque village tucked away in the fjords of north western Norway. I emigrated when I was 19, but have been back yearly ever since to visit family and friends, visiting restaurants, bars, farms and spirit makers, to keep myself current on what is going on. My goal will be to stay real, but romantic when diving into researching this very rich culture. I hope to be able to evoke memories, both for myself and my readers who may be Norwegian or have visited, while discovering new gems that will create excitement and curiosity. I certainly will touch upon other Scandinavian countries in my blog, however I would like to stay focused on Norway, as I feel it hasn’t been covered in the media in as much detail as our other Nordic neighbors.
Last couple of facts about me: While I was born and raised in Norway, I have also lived in Italy and France and spent several, month long summers in Greece. Adding to that, I have extended family connections in Spain and Mexico via Texas, so my background and culinary influences are, to say the least – very international! In 1992 I left Europe to attend college in San Francisco, my second favorite city in the world. In 1995, I moved to New York (my #1 choice always!) where I’ve remained every since. After a decade in the music industry working for various record labels, I decided to go to culinary school as well as get a wine education, and turn my passion for food and drink into a full time job.
More recently, I got certified as a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and also received my certification in plant-based nutrition from eCornell. Today I run my own practice as a vegan food and wine consultant, where I help both private clients and businesses veganize their diet and businesses.
I look forward to starting this journey with you all, and I’ll start by teaching you a saying in Norway that I miss in the U.S.:
“Takk for mat!”
Which literally translates to “Thanks for the food”, something everyone is taught to say after a meal; a sign of a well brought-up individual. It shows gratitude, appreciation and enthusiasm towards the host for his or her efforts to feed their guests. Don’t ever think of not saying this after a meal in Norway!!
I leave you with a dreamy winter picture of my beautiful home town of Sykkylven: