Ever since the blue cheese 'Kraftkar' was voted the world's best cheese in the World Cheese Awards 2016, Norway has cemented its position as a cheese destination. When Norwegian producer Ostegården won gold for its 'Fanaost' in the 2018 awards in Bergen, the country grew in popularity as a destination for cheese lovers.
UPNORWAY has curated three trails for cheese loving visitors to follow.
Trøndelag Cheese Trail: Located in central Norway, one of the country's most fertile regions. The trail takes in the food hub of Trondheim; the scenic Inderøy Golden Route and Tingvoll dairy farm, producers of the World Champion Kraftkar cheese.
Oslo Cheese Trail: Norway's capital is known for its green spaces and panoramic fjord views. The trail introduces the Norwegian cheese revolution before heading to country towns Thorjornrud and Granavolden.
Lofoten Cheese Trail: Lofoten is an archipelago known for its dramatic scenery. Visitors meet a family of Dutch origin who make cheese from biodynamic milk and can get hands-on experience in making goat's cheese. Taste cheese with a tang of seaweed and have lunch with the family. At Hattvika, listen to local storytelling while enjoying a festive plate of stockfish, a local speciality and visit the boutique Aaland Farm and dairy where several different types of goat's cheese are made. These award-winning cheeses include a unique brown version.
About Up Norway:
Established in 2016 with a mission of delivering high quality and uniquely Norwegian experiences; the best hosts; local food and drink; a sustainable approach and a seamless journey that opens up new perspectives. Up Norway have sourced partners who share these core values. The company takes pride in offering experiences off the tourist trail and offers access to sites and stories that otherwise would be a challenge to discover. Their love and enthusiasm for Norway shine through the experiences offered. They'put guests in touch with native Norwegians who take pride in serving local cuisine, showing off their culture, from music, art and architecture to winter sports. From Viking ancestry to modern democracy, Up Norway tells the story of what has shaped today's successful, happy society based on trust and equality.
Immersive art deco dining experience Pink Pearl, the theatrical beachfront restaurant at Vietnam's JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay, is set to become the stage for a mouthwatering culinary collaboration this month, as Chef de Cuisine Amine Ouameur Lakhdari teams up with two Michelin Star French pâtissiere Ophélie Bares to create a unique 'Two Chefs, Four Hands' dining menu.
Conceived by the resort's Master of Ceremonies designer Bill Bensley, Pink Pearl is inspired by the tale of Madame Pearl Collins, whose extravagant gastronomic soirees at this beachfront art deco mansion became the stuff of Phu Quoc legend. In this dramatic setting, Chefs Lakhdari and Bares will bring together their unique talents to write a new chapter to Pink Pearl's decadent history, tantalising guests with an innovative one-off tasting menu. Celebrating the shared culinary heritage of Vietnam and France, specially created dishes will fuse the finest local and seasonal ingredients with unexpected applications of pastry techniques, and a delicate balancing of sweet, savoury and spice.
Chef Bares formerly trained at Chateau de Chantilly (two Michelin star) and Hotel Plaza Athénée (three Michelin stars) and was also awarded Best Pastry Chef by Le Chef Magazine. Extensively travelled, Chef Bares cites Asian culture as a huge influence, saying “I'm looking forward to discovering the daily life of the island, its inhabitants and habits, as well as the local produce.”
Chef Lakhdari, Chef de Cuisine of the resort's French fine-dining concept Pink Pearl, refreshes his menus every few months to showcase the finest seasonal ingredients using classic French methods. Working together, Chefs Lakhdari and Bares will curate a collaborative fine dining menu of original dishes which fuse the best elements of their respective talents.
Oceania Cruises, culinary and destination focused cruise line, unveiled the most extensive and creative plant-based menus at sea as their latest OceaniaNEXT innovation. Remaining at the forefront of culinary development, the cruise line features more than 200 new healthy menu selections. Besides current gourmet offerings, plant-based choices will be available at breakfast, lunch and dinner and guests will also have plant-based options available on request during dinner in the specialty restaurants. New menu offerings are in addition to the line’s vegetarian and Canyon Ranch Healthy Living selections.
Cuisines include Italian, Greek, Middle Eastern, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, Italian and Malaysian. Besides hearty pastas, salads and soups there are some surprising items including an 'impossible' cheeseburger, truffle mac and cheese and apple-oatmeal crumble with plant-based vanilla ice cream. Whetted your appetite? Read on for Selected Menu Highlights ......
Banana-Oatmeal Pancakes with Berries and Maple Syrup ....... Green Apple Müesli with Pistachios, Pecans and Yellow Raisins ......... Avocado Toast on Rustic Farmers Bread
Chilled Melon Soup with Port ........ Korean Kimchi Soup ........ Wakame Sesame Salad ....... Penne au Pistou with Broccoli and Sundried Tomato
Roasted Butternut Squash with Arugula, Mango, Black Radish and Hearts of Palm ....... Sweet Potato-Oat Tarte with Forest Mushroom and plant-based Truffle Cheddar Sauce ......... Falafel Fritters with plant-based Harissa Mayo, Cucumber, Mint, and Capers ........ Crespelle alla Fiorentina with Spinach, Mushrooms, and Tomato Sauce ........ Green Curry Stir Fry with Eggplant, Oyster Mushrooms, Green Peas and Thai Basil
Plant-based Vanilla Mango Ice Cup, Crispy Granola ....... Summer Berry Pudding Chantilly .......
Vodka-Marinated Strawberries Romanoff with plant-based Vanilla Ice Cream ........ Shortbread with plant-based Orange Cream Cheese and Raspberries
Raw Juices and Smoothies
The Raw Juice and Smoothie Bar serves raw, cold-pressed juices and vegan smoothies from 7 am until 11 am. Delights include rise & shine juice, tropical green smoothie, sweet green juice, yellow sunshine smoothie, cacao joy smoothie, cold brew latte and chia cashew yogurt bowl.
Having featured the famed Canyon Ranch Spa at sea and Canyon Ranch Spa Cuisine for close to a decade, Oceania Cruises has a long-standing reputation for focusing on healthy life balance, fitness and wellness. With the expansion of vegetarian and gluten free offerings, the recent addition of Healthy Living Tours Inspired by Canyon Ranch and the debut of plant-based menu offerings, Oceania Cruises offers the most comprehensive wellness programme at sea
OceaniaNEXT is a sweeping array of dramatic enhancements. This ambitious brand initiative will elevate every facet of the Oceania Cruises guest experience to new levels. More at Oceania Cruises
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