domingo, 27 de novembro de 2011

Doce Vika and its catalog...



To those of you who did not know yet, I must communicate that since April 2011 I am the happy and proud owner of little organic and gourmet food store, here, in Norway. It is a real store with an online version as well. You can click the link to check our online store. A store is an amazing thing to make, a real big thing, it takes a lot of time to conceive, lot of effort to design and develop and the final product is result of heavy, heavy, heavy work... but it is totally worth paying the heavy work price. It is a dream that took form in reality...

So now I own a food store and the last six months were been spent developing our business, the way I dream it and in the ways we can afford to make it grow healthy, steady etc... It is not easy but our little Doce Vika is growing.

Our Christmas catalog is out now and it is filled with delicious gifts ideas for people of all ages and preferences. Teas from Løv Organic, Kusmi, Pukka, Hari, Les Contes de Thé, Harney & Sons and many others...coffee, teapots from FORLIFE, chocolates from Vivani, Venchi, Divine, Meium Sjokoladefabrikk and Valrhona for Ligne Blanche. The entire lige of chocolate from Ligne Blanche are packaged in beautiful tinboks with artwork of Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Jean Michel Basquiat...just amazing!

Plus: An amazing selection of Norwegian products: sjokolades, breads, cookies, jams, juices and sausages. The most perfect Turkish Turkish delights, artisan English cookies, French jams and gelés and organic oils, vinegars and sauces from organic producer Clearspring. Clearspring products were 2011's great revelation, not just in terms of quality, it is more than that. As a company Clearspring is an example that high quality product goes hand in hand with good practices. I am so proud to stock Clearspring products. The catalog is all in Norwegian but I hope you enjoy our little catalog...























domingo, 3 de julho de 2011

The Story of a Bush...




We have two giant bushes in our garden, they make the most important part of our garden and they serve as a green fence, dividing our back yards from our neighbor's. I am totally crazy for those bushes because of the magnificent little white flowers that bloom on their branches every year... However, those flowers became a reason of conflict between my husband Per and I.



Every spring Per demands to cut the branches to give them some strength and energy, he says. Plants are no alien to me, I know they need to be trimmed every year but those bushes bloom exactly on the tip of the branches which must be trimmed... know what I mean? If I allow the spring trimming there won't be any flowers to magnify and beautify our garden... of course we have a big garden and loads of other plants bloom freely, anyhow...



As the bush grows freely, trim-free, they loose strength and the winter snow starts to be too heavy for their extra-long branches which are now curving every winter. Can you understand the entire thing? I just can't loose the flowers but I don't want to risk loosing my entire bushes because if I don't trim them at some point they will just collapse with the snow one of these years. So, every autumn I take my garden scissors, not a very big one I must confess, and I trim the longer branches myself, it is not easy, it is more like cutting someone's long hair with extra-small nail scissors.



Per won't interfere with my crazy trimming process which is much harder than necessary (because I insist to use the wrong tool) and I also perform it during the wrong time of the year. Anyway, this is me, my love for my bush, it is also me, trying to change the nature of things around here... why not?

Every year I bring some branches inside and I place them in a big glass pot in my annual attempt to reproduce indoors the spectacular view we have outside. It is a vain attempt as the bush is simply magnificent...

terça-feira, 28 de junho de 2011

When it is summer in Trøndelag...



Summer in Trøndelag is more like a fantasy, it is mostly imagined rather than experienced. If you are distracted or busy you might not noticed that summer have passed you by... It was summer last Sunday, not many summer Sundays around here. We took the car and drove to Nord Trøndelag, to Frosta and Tautra. We were looking for organic farms, a fleamarket and found a lot more than we were loking for. It was one of the best days we had in around here. We found amazing vegetables, we bought great stuff at Åsen løppemarked, we visit the ruins of Tautra Abbey and ate at the restored barn of Valberg farm, a perfect summer.



Details of the entrance to the Valberg farm, where we had lunch. On Sundays they have a buffet in their renovated barn where they serve some traditional Trønder-Norwegian dishes made with locally produced ingredients and everything was soooo delicious. No pictures of the plates because I just can't manage to take pictures while I am eating or about to eat...


Ruins of the medieval monastery from 1250 in Tautra, Nord Trøndelag. In the neighborhood around the old convent Tautra Abbey a new one was established in the years of 1990 with the same name.



Ilha de Tautra & Frosta Kommune, Nord Trøndelag...


Tautra island & Frosta Kommune, Nord Trøndelag Fylke...





Frosta & Levanger Kommune, Nord Trøndelag Fylke, Norway.
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