• Want traditional Norwegian food? Go to Kaffistova, they said.

    Oslo: Cafe Kaffistova

    Want traditional Norwegian food? Go to Kaffistova, they said.

  • Saba Restaurant came well-recommended and we have never tried Ethiopian cuisine before, so we headed there with a sense of adventure.

    Oslo: Saba Restaurant

    Saba Restaurant came well-recommended and we have never tried Ethiopian cuisine before, so we headed there with a sense of adventure.

  • After wrapping Bubby up nice and warm against the cooling evening temperatures, we took a quick brisk walk around the corner from the hotel, where I found myself at a very busy Fiskeriet, one of the few fish markets still in Oslo's city centre.

    Oslo: Fiskeriet

    After wrapping Bubby up nice and warm against the cooling evening temperatures, we took a quick brisk walk around the corner from the hotel, where I found myself at a very busy Fiskeriet, one of the few fish markets still in Oslo’s city centre.

  • It was our first evening in Oslo and we found Aye Aye Club not too far from our hotel. With the sky still ridiculously sunny for the time of day (hello land of the midnight sun), we trooped over to grab some dinner.

    Oslo: Aye Aye Club

    It was our first evening in Oslo and we found Aye Aye Club not too far from our hotel. With the sky still ridiculously sunny for the time of day (hello land of the midnight sun), we trooped over to grab some dinner.

  • Langosch am Main is what I'd call a funky little number. It is also unabashed about endorsing the consumption of alcohol and the revival of face-to-face conversation (ala Die! Mobile phones! Die!) - making it my kind of place, if I wasn't breastfeeding.

    Frankfurt: Langosch am Main

    Langosch am Main is what I’d call a funky little number. It is also unabashed about endorsing the consumption of alcohol and the revival of face-to-face conversation (ala Die! Mobile phones! Die!) – making it my kind of place, if I wasn’t breastfeeding.

  • It turns out that despite being German residents, my sister and her husband had never been to Frankfurt before and were devoid of any eating recommendations. We frantically punched away on our mobiles to search for something close by and Ding Ding Sheng popped up.

    Frankfurt: Ding Ding Sheng

    It turns out that despite being German residents, my sister and her husband had never been to Frankfurt before and were devoid of any eating recommendations. We frantically punched away on our mobiles to search for something close by and Ding Ding Sheng popped up.

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Oslo: Cafe Kaffistova

Want traditional Norwegian food? Go to Kaffistova, they said.

Cafe Kaffistova

Cafe Kaffistova

For these two meals (reindeer patty and salmon with vegetables), a beer and bottle of water, it cost us about AUD$80.

Kaffistova is not a fine dining restaurant and seemed much more like a cafeteria, so… wow.

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[Sponsored] Frank Green SmartCup™

Disclaimer: The SmartCup™ was provided free by frank green and iD Collective for review. I am not financially compensated for this post. 

 

I am a technology laggard ie. a person who makes slow progress and falls behind others when it comes to technology. While the SO jumps onto the Apple the minute a new product is released, and routinely funds projects on Kickstarter, I hang onto my gadgets till they are long past their expiry date and die a horrible and painful death.

On the other hand, I do enjoy my coffee and took to bringing my own reusable mug to cafes as often as possible to do my part to save the planet. And my reusable mug is just waaaaaay cuter than those dull takeaway paper cups.

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But as you can see, it’s huge and even with two shots, my coffees are usually really milky. I really should use something smaller.

Frank Green is fusing technology and function with their newly launched SmartCup™. This reusable cup is embedded with a microchip that allows its user to go cash free. Tapping the lip of the cup to a sensor would process payment instantly at the local cafe, but you’ll need their app CaféPay™ to sync it. CaféPay™ is set to launch next month and once it is available, you’ll be able to download the app and be on your way.

Frank Green SmartCup

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Frank Green SmartCup

Features

  • One handed, push button operation opens and closes the SmartCup’s™ spill resistant lid
  • Double walled thermo plastic outer layer with non-slip grip to keep coffee hotter for longer
  • Accommodates regular (230ml) and large (340ml) coffee sizes
  • BPA free and non-toxic high quality materials that are stain and odour resistant – taste your coffee and not your cup
  • Comfortably fit in standard cup holders
  • Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning (not the lid though)
  • Designed and made in Australia

Oh, and Frank Green is donating AUD$1 from every SmartCup™ purchased online to Earthwatch.

 

How it performed

What I loved:

  • The size, which is perfect for a medium coffee
  • The materials used
    • It’s fantastically ‘grippy’ – perfect when I’m holding it and pushing the pram at the same time.
    • It’s easy to clean.
    • It insulates well and keeps my coffee nice and hot.
  • The drinking hole flows well without being huge.

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However:

  • Leak-free it is not. The leak in mine is tiny and while it doesn’t drip onto clothing copiously, it is still annoying enough that if left against a fabric, coffee will wick out. If you use a mug holder, this won’t be much of an issue.
  • After washing the lid, it still has water trapped inside and has to be tipped out.
  • CaféPay™ still hasn’t launched, so I cannot give the most unique feature about the SmartCup™ a spin.

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I hope CaféPay™ launches soon, so I don’t have to drag along my wallet, which – to be honest – is about the size of a brick with all the spare change I need to pay for my cuppa Joe.

Do you use a reusable coffee mug? Where did you get yours?

 

Disclaimer: The SmartCup™ was provided free by frank green and iD Collective for review. I am not financially compensated for this post. 

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Brisbane Night Noodle Markets returns

Disclaimer: I was invited to the Night Noodle Markets VIP Launch by Liquid Ideas, but I wandered the markets and paid for some of my own meals.

 

Noodle lovers, rejoice! Brisbane’s Night Noodle Markets has returned and kicked off yesterday (Wednesday July 22). It will be rocking the South Bank Cultural Forecourt for 12 nights till Sunday August 2, with extended hours and new stallholders.

The Markets will also be cashless this year, so you can work out your credit/debit card and ditch the snaking queues at the ATM.

My recommendations are Sendok Garpu‘s beef rendang, Hoy Pinoy‘s inihaw na manok (BBQ chicken skewers in traditional glaze), Baotime‘s chilli crab bao and New Shanghai‘s xiao long baos (if you’re not already addicted to them at Queens Plaza). But there’s so much more – check out the rest of what’s on offer!

Here’s what I saw and sampled on opening day.

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Saké Restaurant & Bar’s Chicken Udon Noodles in a Broth

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Japanese Pizza Okonomi House’s okonomi

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

New Shanghai’s Xiao Long Bao (Shanghai steamed pork dumplings)

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

New Shanghai’s Spring Onion Pancakes

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Hoy Pinoy’s Inihaw Na Manok (BBQ Chicken ion traditional glaze)

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Shallot Thai’s Pad Thai Chicken

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Sendok Garpu’s Beef Rendang served with Green Beans Curry on Rice

Good Food Month: Night Noodle Market

Waffle on a stick

Are you heading to the Brisbane Night Noodle Markets?

 

Disclaimer: I was invited to the Night Noodle Markets VIP Launch by Liquid Ideas, but I wandered the markets and paid for some of my own meals.

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Oslo: Saba Restaurant

Staying in Brugata meant we were close to the ethnic side of Oslo and it seemed there were some great ethnic eateries in the area. Saba Restaurant came well-recommended and we have never tried Ethiopian cuisine before, so we headed there with a sense of adventure.

Saba Restaurant

Spanning two floors, we climbed the narrow staircase to sit in Saba Restaurant‘s quieter main dining area. The downstairs appeared to be a far more popular drinking area with generic tables and chairs packed fairly tight, though not as swish as a bar.

If you don’t speak Norwegian and have never had Ethiopian cuisine before, don’t panic. Staff can speak English and we found them helpful with describing the dishes and making recommendations.

Saba Restaurant

Saba combination. NOK159. Derho. NOK149

We ordered the Saba combination and the Derho, and both arrived together on a table sized metal platter literally covered in injera. The fermented injera had a slightly sour taste, not too different from Indian dosai and perfect for mopping up the rich sauces. To eat, peel the spongy injera with your fingers to pick up the spicy stews and creamy lentils.

Saba Restaurant

Saba combination. NOK159.

The Saba combination comes with zegni (beef stew cooked in berbere sauce), hamli (chopped greens slowly cooked in mild spices), kelwa and alicha (curried beef stew cooked in spices and peppers) and served with injera.

Derho is a chicken stew with onions cooked in berbere sauce and served with cooked egg. This was definitely my favorite dish.

 

Saba Restaurant
Storgata 41
0182 Oslo
Norway

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Oslo: Fiskeriet

The SO had a late evening at the NDC conference, so I was left to find dinner on my own. After wrapping Bubby up nice and warm against the cooling evening temperatures, we took a quick brisk walk around the corner from the hotel, where I found myself at a very busy Fiskeriet, one of the few fish markets still in Oslo’s city centre.

Fiskeriet

Fiskeriet

Fiskeriet occupies a sizeable shop space in front of the Youngstorget square and is divided into its fish market space, where one could peruse its spread of fresh fish and wall of condiments and refrigerators stuffed with pre-prepared seafood products (there was a loaf of seafood pate I was very curious about). And its dining area for freshly prepared meals.

The fish market portion might’ve been cleaning up for the day, but the eatery was still going strong with punters lining up to get their fishy fix.

Fiskeriet

Fiskeriet‘s menu isn’t very wide, but they are known for two things: their fish and chips, and their bacalao. Their mussels also appeared very popular.

Fiskeriet

What I loved about Fiskeriet was that they offer to pricings for some of its menu items: the more expensive pricing for the privilege to dine in its very limited seating areas, and the cheaper price for you to take-away. I certainly found the significantly cheaper take-away option as quite an incentive, so placed my order at the counter and waited before taking my paper bag back to the hotel.

Fiskeriet

Fiskeriet

I got the bacalao – a rich tomato based soup full of seafood, olives and vegetables as a takeaway (NOK 129), which came with slice of bread and mayonnaise for spreading. The meal was hearty and so yummy! I recommended it to the SO when he returned from his function and was sorry I didn’t have more time (or stomach) to try the rest of their menu!
Fiskeriet
Youngstorget 2 B
0181 Oslo
Norway
Tel: +47 22 42 45 40

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