The cheese of the month for February 2019 is: Rosalita from Tjamsland Ysteri in Birkeland, southern Norway

Completely unfazed by all the rowdy pseudo stuff surrounding them the good folks from Norway are putting on a show that is truly remarkable and full of taste in the most literal sense of the word. Again and again they bring some of the very best food and people to Berlin – including cheese. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month September 2017: Pultost from Avdem in Lesja, Gudbrandsdalen/Norway

Anybody with even a fleeting idea of Norwegian cheese history might wonder about the combination of Pultost and Gudbrandsdalen. This long-stretched valley surrounded by high mountains in the southern heart of Norway is commonly associated with brunost. Brunost, literally brown cheese and also known as geitost, goat cheese, is part of the Norwegian identity, just like elk, reindeer and snow. » Weiterlesen…

More Weißburgunder, Serendipity – and Alpine Goat Cheese

Seems like I’m on a Weißburgunder/Pinot Blanc run. Perhaps it’s the moon, so full and bright and white right now… Last night the 2014 from Johannes Sinß played its charms on me and my faithful friend serendipity first guided my hand towards a piece of Robert Maul’s lively, sweet alpine goat cheese, then made me play Norwegian Kari’s beautiful songs with it.
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A new favourite cheese producer: Svein Håpnes from Skånaliseter Gårdsysteri in Limingen/Norway

The Norwegians are one of the few reasons for me to visit the Grüne Woche, as their presentation is clearly based on quality. These friendly Nordic men and women all sport the loveliest redbluewhite starred knitted pullovers and they have aquavit (of course), a lot of fish as well as rendeer and elk meat on offer. However what excited me most this time was the goat cheese (of course) Svein Håpnes showed me. » Weiterlesen…

Cheese of the month July 2013: Grotteost from Hitra Gårdsmat

I’d like to be completely open about one thing straight away: you won’t find this cheese just around the corner, even worse, you won’t find it pretty much around any corner. Nevertheless Grotteost, the cave cheese Bodil Birkeland makes on the Hitra island in Norway, is my cheese of the month. I mean, if this isn’t the right time of the year for at least some cheese-loving people to be attracted by the midnight sun and the North Cape…  » Weiterlesen…

Cheese places: Fromagerie in Oslo/Norway

I just spent a week in Oslo and central Norway. Shame on me, but to be honest, I didn’t expect that much in terms of cheese and wine. Well – I’ve been wonderfully „disappointed“ and the food was gorgeous (yes, I did eat whale, and it was delicious) on all levels. A lot of restaurants had very good wine lists including many German Rieslings (true, wine does come at a price with the Nordic Normans – but that’s better than no wine at all). Can you imagine my surprise and happiness when I discovered Eva Fricke’s Rheingau Riesling at the wonderful Røros Vertshuset?! So onto cheese: the trip (which I undertook courtesy of the generosity and organisational skills of a number of Norwegian tourist agencies – thanks to everybody!) » Weiterlesen…