A weekend in the Faroe Islands with Mikkeller brewery

Aos amigos brasileiros, o link pro google tá ali embaixo, mas vou traduzir em breve 🙂

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Mikkeller’ first beer brewed in Tórsthavn

Last weekend I had the honor and privilege to fly to the Faroe Islands with my partner in crime Roberta to be at Mikkeller’ bar opening in Tórshavn. If you know me, it is very clear that I love beers, I’m very into the Scandinavian brews and that I often go to Copenhagen because of Mikkeller, once we do not have a bar here in Oslo (and yes, I’m using it as an excuse to go my fav Scandinavian city).

I won the trip as a Mikkeller marketing action in partnership with SAS airlines and Hotel Føroya. I know you are thinking: “Did she win again?!”. I did. But it wasn’t a “free trip”. I won an amazing experience, got to meet great people and learn a lot about friendship.

Maybe you have tried Mikkeller in Brazil. Maybe you have tasted it in Japan, US or Stockholm. They are everywhere – 40 + countries, and yes, they are ready to take over the world.

We met part of the crew at Copenhagen airport, after a long night drinking at Mikkeller bar at Viktoriagade, since Roberta have never been there and I wanted her to go there. Roberta and I have been friends for years and we try to meet at least once a year once she lives in Paris and I’m based in Oslo. Two weeks ago, we met in Stockholm and decided to have a new trip next year. During one of our drunk nights, I tagged her on a Mikkeller post on facebook. My last words were: “Roberta, tag me back” and then she died. My mistake. Less than a week after we would meet up again for a crazy adventure.

Back to the point.

Usually, I don’t expect nothing from no one/ situation. Since I got sick I’m trying to live day by day, having fun and enjoying. Zero drama.  So, I was open for whatever and so Roberta. If you are foreign in Scandinavia you know that people might be a lot bit cold/quiet. And I was fine with it. Again, my mistake. Since the first very email Mikkeller’ crew were amazing. We got to meet Theis (the cam guy), Mixen and Jacob (Mikkeller), Rasmus (magician!!!) Jonathan (Arizona Wilderness brewery) early morning at CPH airport. Robert and I had almost no sleep the night before and we were still drunk after a long night drinking at Mikkeller’ bar. They welcomed us with a beer (of course!) a magic show. I mean, 9am, two still drunk girls and we get beers and a magic show. I remember telling Roberta: vai dar merda!. 

I had one of the best flights of my life, even with a crazy landing due to the wind. And I hate to fly. We tasted the new brews in partnership with SAS, and the vodka. In land, we got to know the full team: Mikkel, the founder, his adorable wife, Pernille and their kids Poly and the sweetest Stella; our “guide” and Hotel Forøyar marketing head, Thora, SAS representative Peter Lawrence and his wife and baby Archie (who smiled at me every time I said the word beer).

Honestly, I thought we would have a chill time. We arrived and we went to a guided tour/ Treasure hunting. We got Mikkeller beers, wine and local food to taste: dried codfish, lamb, and whale (whale hunting is a huge historical thing in the islands, but I will leave it for the next post). And of course, scenic views that made me happy for being healthy after such a crazy year. Of course we ended it up at the bar and with a nice dinner.

It was a crazy weekend, full of new experiences, surrounded by amazing people. I got to run in jeans and shitty shoes after to chug a beer can. I got to dance with amazing local people, and had to take a shot in each place we enter dancing. Maybe 3?4?. I’m not emotional, but in the middle of the dance I looked at Roberta and said: “Girl, I’m gonna cry”. And I did. Had a weird/ amazing feeling that I can not explain. And I was not high.  Thora told me in the day before the opening: “If you party here, you have to be welcomed”, I heard. Since I’m very polite, no way I would say no to the ram’s horn filled with a spirit (maybe aquavit?)”. Those people really know how to party! And I, my friend, I know that pretty well.

Talked to these people I have met gave me a broad idea about Mikkeller. I knew them from before, the brews, the special brews, the background. After that weekend, I bet you that Mikkeller success it is because of the people behind it, not because they have fucking amazing brews. Mikkel has an amazing crew holding his back. People who love beer, but love each other even more. I felt like I was on holidays with a friend and I have met a big family. A very unite family, who talks and have fun all the time, but also knows how to take things seriously.

I’m still overwhelmed. It was the best experience someone could get. An amazing brewery, with a great fucking amazing crew and a fantastic location. Maybe these words can’t help you to get how I feel, so maybe the pictures will give you a small taste.

Ah, about the bar? Go to Tórsthavn and check by yourself, believe me, is worth it.

 

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Tromsø: a Paris do Norte

Situada a apenas 350km do Círculo Polar Ártico, você encontra Tromsø, uma cidade vibrante e cheia de histórias. Tromsø é um dos melhores lugares do mundo para ver a Northern Lights – Aurora Boreal e passar frio. Muito frio.

A pequena cidade também é conhecida por sua arte, comida e localização cênica espetacular. Não importa onde você está por lá, você sempre estará cercado pelas belas montanhas cobertas de neve ao sair do avião, cruzar a costa por navio, ou simplesmente andando pela ilha.

Durante o século XIX, Tromsø tornou-se conhecida como a “Paris do Norte”. De onde esse apelido saiu ninguém sabe, mas há quem diga que é porque os visitantes vindos do Sul chegavam à cidade e ficavam surpresos pela sofisticação, algo que eles não esperavam ver ao Norte.

 

Destaques em e perto de Tromsø

Claro que se você estiver bem das pernas (bolsos) vale muito fazer os passeios de rena, trenó e etc. Mas como eu sou estudante e aproveitei uma promo de milhas, deixei pra outra oportunidade, já que quero voltar até lá. Mais infos aqui.

Fjellheisen

O teleférico vai de Solliveien em Tromsdalen até  Storsteinen (421 m acima do nível do mar) em apenas quatro minutos. As duas gôndolas, conhecidas como Foca e Urso Polar, tem uma capacidade de 28 passageiros cada uma . Da plataforma de observação na estação superior, você pode desfrutar de vistas panorâmicas espectaculares de Tromsø e as ilhas, montanhas e fiordes. Dizem que durante o verão é um ótimo lugar para ver o sol da meia-noite ou a Aurora Boreal, em seu pico (outubro- fevereiro).

 

Mack Bryggeri Tour

Se você, assim como eu é apaixonado por cerveja, a parada na Mack é obrigatória. Uma das cervejarias mais antigas da Noruega, fundada em 1877, também é dententora do bar mais antigo de Trømso – Ølhallen, que serve mais de 67 tipos de cervejas. O pub Ølhallen abriu as portas em 1928 no porão da Macks Bryggeri, a cervejaria mais ao norte do mundo.

A cervejaria Mack é ainda mais antiga do que Ølhallen. O padeiro Ludwig Mack era um homem religioso que ficou consternado com a embriaguez da classe trabalhadora de Tromsø do século XIX. Nessa época, as pessoas bebiam principalmente shots, e algumas estavam tão constantemente intoxicadas que bebiam de casa e de casa. A cerveja tem muito menos álcool em volume do que bebidas destiladas. Por esta razão, Ludwig Mack estava convencido de que a cerveja poderia ser uma boa troca/ substituição e reduziria a concentração de álcool que as pessoas bebiam. Assim, em 1877 ele começou a produzir a Mack, assistido por seu pai que era alemæo de Braunschweig. A cervejaria é ainda propriedade da família Mack, e tem resistido a todas as tentativas de comprá-lo pelas gigantescas cervejarias internacionais ao sul do círculo do Ártico.

O tour pela antiga Mack é sensacional. O ponto alto para mim foi saber que ao testar novas receitas, os mestres cervejeiros da Mack têm na música o ponto alto: uma planilha junto ao método (cervejeiro) trabalhado, traz uma lista com as músicas que foram ouvidas durante o processo e, caso aprovada, a nova cerveja traz no rótulo um QR code para a playlist no serviço de streaming Spotify. Sensacional!

 

Os tours acontecem de diariamente às 15h30. Mais informações aqui.

The highlights of Hong Kong

I must say that Hong Kong it is one of the most amazing cities I ever been. It is mysterious, modern and has lots to offer. The multicultural people, the aesthetics of Chinese Revival architecture and the food, make this place unique.

Rains a lot in the island and the humidity it is quite high during the summer season. Do not leave the hotel without an umbrella or a light rain jacket, because when it comes, there is no escape. There is air conditioner all around, so if you want to refresh, just stop at a /Eleven or a mall.

In my opinion HK it is way safer than Oslo. And Oslo it is insanely safe. But still, be careful with your valuables on crowded places, such as the metro and buses. But there is no problem about walking around with an expensive camera or mobiles.

Forget everything you know about politeness. If your mom told you to do not burp nearby by the guests, in HK it is not a problem. I couldn’t hold my laugh every time someone farted or burped at a restaurant. Culture!

We all know the Asians are crazy for technology. In HK they take it to a next level: the weird one. I started to think if I’m using my gadgets for my well being or what. In HK they never leave their phones. All the time, anywhere, everywhere, they are connected playing or checking their social media. Was something anormal for me, even thought I still think that in Norway people use their gadgets a lot. But in HKG it is insane!

HK it is a magical place. From the wonderful skyscrapers, passing by the cuisine and culture, the city has lots to offer. Unfortunately, I could not make the Giant Buddha, super expensive and in the end, I just wanted to sleep and rest. But still, here are some of my high points while in the city.

  1. The Peak

Climbing above the financial heart of the Island, the Peak has one of the best views of HK and neighbourhoods. To rise up to the viewpoint, it is necessary to catch the Peak Tram, knowing by been the first cable funicular in Asia, in operation since 1888.

The view at 552m above the sea makes The Peak the highest point on HK and will give you the best panorama of the Island, worth the visit! Do not forget to pay extra to get access to the Panorama 360 view.

  1. Temple Street Night Market

As the name says, the Temple market it is a night market at one of the most famous and busiest streets in Kowloon neighbourhood. At the market, you can find local food at a super cheap price to fake electronics, watches, and bags. Use your bargain abilities to negotiate with the sellers. I can tell that you will be surprised by how easy it is to get a nice price if you just ask. I bought a bag for 100HKD, which cost 280HKD, and of course, they still made money on it. Temple Street Market, it is a physical version of the websites Alibaba and Deal Extreme.

If you wear contact lenses as I do, the best price can be found a few streets up, at Sai Yeung Street. Usually, I buy mine in Brazil, but I got daily lenses for 6 months for 90HKD each box with 30. To have an idea, in Oslo, I would pay circa 500kr for a month.

For the Instax lovers as I’m, the Instax film can be found for 55HKD for 20 pictures. In Oslo it costs 230kr.

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  1. Get lost.

I keep saying this because getting lost for me it is one of the best ways to know a place. Start to walk close to your hotel and get to know the facilities nearby. You might be surprised about how much nice stuff you will discover around. In HK I would point Kowloon as a great place to stay and walk around.

  1. Cross HK island to Kowloon on the legendary Star Ferry

This legendary 15min ride from Victoria Harbour takes you to the Kowloon (Central – Tsim Shai Tsui) it is extremely charming and gives you a great view of the skyscrapers during the day and an unforgettable sight of the dancing lights during the night. Star Ferry was founded in 1880 and carry daily more than 5000 thousand passengers, every 15min.The National Geographic Traveler named the ferry crossing as one of 50 places of a lifetime. The ferry ride is also well known as one of the world’s best value-for-money sightseeing trips.Tickets costs 2,50HKD. Take note: there is a tour service with prices from 98HKD.

  1. Disneyland

I love Disneyland. I’m such a Mickey Mouse fan, that I spent 45 min in a giant queue just to take a new picture with it. I had no expectations about the HK version, so when I arrived I was fine about to see the lack of attractions for the grownups. If you have time, I would suggest a visit, but knowing that there are barely 3 attractions for the old ones. Still, it is Disneyland, the place where the magic happens. The price is not bad if we compare to the other Disney parks. A must see: the Lion King show. Impeccable, beautiful and in English. I felt like a kid when I started to sing all the movie’ songs alone since 90% of the crowd was Asian. I could see how disappointed they were.

Info: https://www.hongkongdisneyland.com/

6. Enjoy the architecture

Hong Kong old constructions are knocked down and replaced with taller, shinier versions almost while your back is turned. The Island is keep growing and losing lots of its potentially architecture history. This persistent cycle of destruction and construction won’t stop, so use your time to visit some of the historical buildings.

The brightly colored Alhambra was built in 1958 and it is a commercial/ residential block in the end of the famous Temple Street. The building it is definitely a landmark around the area!

 

 

Info:

To see the HKD value: www.xe.com

Language: Cantonese and Chinese. You will get all the necessary information at metro, buses, airport in English, but this language it is not often used.

My experience eating the cheapest Michelin’ awarded dish

[Português em breve, ou use o tradutor linkado <3]

Forget everything you know about Michelin restaurants being expensive and luxurious. I truly believed myself that could be impossible to eat a Michelin’ dish for less than 10 dollars.

I had the chance to “meet” the hawkers in Singapore, what is more than a simple food court: it takes you to the best kitchen experience in town, maybe in all Asia. And also, the new town of the cheapest Michelin’ awarded restaurant.

In Chinatown, at the Maxwell Food Centre, was time to eat one of the best chicken and rice in the world. So, after 25 minutes in the queue and no air conditioning to combat Singapore’s roasting heat, to buy one of the most famous dishes in Chinatown’s Hawker: rice chicken. The now famous stall “Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle” is now a milestone for street food in the history of the reputed Michelin Guide.

A giant queue shows that something happened there. Behind a small balcony, three people squeezed into a minimum space to serve one of the dishes that costs from 2USD and tastes like heaven!

According to the Michelin guide, one-star award is given to restaurants that offer “high-quality cooking, worth a stop”. If you ever have a chance to go to Singapore, take a time to dine at this or one of the innumerous Hawkers around the city. An experience for life.

 

Info:

Maxwell Food Centre -Open from 8 to 10pm1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184

1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184