• Steam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes
    Europe,  Hotels,  Reviews

    Bästishelg på Steam Hotel i Västerås

    För flera månader sedan köpte jag (Yasmin) ett weekendpaket på Steam Hotel i Västerås i födelsedagspresent till en av mina bästa vänner. Det har varit en lång och jobbig väntan – främst för att jag var tvungen att hålla tyst om presenten fram till hennes födelsedag. För ett par år sedan körde vi en s.k. “bästishelg” på Sandhamn och det kändes som att det var hög tid för en repris på samma upplägg (plus att man är väl haxxig nog att ge födelsedagspresenter där man själv är inkluderad?). I lördags var det äntligen dags för avfärd och jag och Svarta Pärlan (min kära Peugot) rullade glatt ut från Kungsholmen för att plocka upp vår reskamrat.

    Mot Västerås!

    Vi kom fram till att allt över en timmes restid kan klassas som en roadtrip och drygt en timme efter att vi lämnat Stockholm körde vi in på området där Steam Hotel ligger. Hotellet tornar upp sig i ett annat rätt rörigt område med ombyggnationer och en skola, men läget (nära Västerås centrum och precis vid vattnet) är grymt. And here is where the magic started to happen… Eller hmm, för att vara ärlig, vi körde en snabbis till Max för kasta i oss en varsin burgare pga den långa roadtripen hade gjort oss hungriga och vem vill checka in på Steam Hotel med hungersnödSteam Hotel We are Nodes EntranceSteam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes Lounge 2 Steam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes Lounge 2Steam Hotel We are Nodes RestaurantSteam Hotel We are Nodes Sign

    Service med guldkant

    Jag vill bara förtydliga att det här inte är ett samarbete (som en kollega trodde när jag överentusiastiskt berättade om övernattningen på jobbet) men jag är otroligt imponerad av Steam Hotels förmåga att ge kunden det lilla extra. I ett av mina mejl till hotellet nämnde jag att vi skulle fira min kompis 30-årsdag. Vid vår ankomst gratulerar receptionisten i incheckningen min kompis och när vi öppnar dörrarna till vårt fina rummet med havsutsikt så hittar vi en handskriven lapp med en gratulation från hotellet PLUS en ask med choklad! Denna behandling får lätt 5 av 5 toasters som Benjamin skulle säga! Det, i kombination med den maffiga entrén och det fina hotellrummet, gjorde att Steam Hotel i princip redan hade överträffat våra förväntningar 15 minuter in i besöket.

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    Steam Hotels uppvärmda utomhuspool

    Efter att vi installerat oss på det fina rummet så var det dags att skynda sig till Voltage Lounge (spaområdet) och utomhuspoolen som ligger på våning 7! Vi svepte in oss i de gröna badrockarna som låg vikta på sängen och skyndade oss till Voltage. Det ENDA negativa jag kan komma på om hotellet är att väntetiden på hissarna är hiskeligt lång, så vi tog faktiskt trapporna upp. Vi stannade till vid spa-baren för ett glas vitt vin OCH ännu en gratulation (förstår ni, någon har varit smart nog att lägga in en memo på vårt rumsnummer så Michaela kunde inte för en enda sekund glömma att hon var födelsedagsbarn!). Med två kalla glas vitt så var det bara för oss att sjunka ned i det varma vattnet och beundra solnedgången. LIVETSLIV!Steam Hotel Spa We are Nodes 2017

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    Inomhuspool med Zen

    Efter ett par timmar i utomhuspoolen så smet vi in i inomhuspoolen på Voltage Lounge där vi fram till att det är #lifegoals att ha en nice uppvärmd inomhuspool med massor av tända ljus, ett härligt loungeområde samt bastu. Tack för inspon, Steam Hotel! Fick tyvärr inga bilder därifrån utan att behöva störa folk i badandet. Dock inträffade en rätt rolig grej när vi hängde runt i poolen. Ett par i närheten av oss börjar gå längs med poolbotten (kvinnan på alla fyra och mannen sitter alltså på hennes rygg medan hon ”promenerar” fram under vattnet) i några meter innan kvinnan dyker upp vid vattenytan, precis vid ett annat par, som förvånat tittar på dem och utbrister ”Ja, alla gillar vi olika saker?”. Hehe, wtf?

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    Middag på 18:e våningen på Locavore

    Middagen intogs på 18:e våningen på Locavore (deras rooftop-restaurang). Medan vi väntar på maten kommer servitören med två glas champagne från hotellet för att fira Michaelas födelsedag! Medan vi skålar in kvällen så kommer vår första rätt som bestod av bland annat forell, fänkål och äpple, följt av anka till varmrätt, supergott! Tummen upp för både maten och vinet. Under tiden vi åt middag fylldes rooftopbaren på med bådehotellgäster och lokalinvånare, så vi avslutar kvällen med att insupa pulsen vid baren med en sista drink.

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    Pris

    Jag köpte ett paket som innefattade övernattning för två personer, frukostbuffé, två rätters-middag och entré till Voltage Lounge (dvs poolerna och bastun) för 1925 SEK. Det som tillkom var i princip kostnader för dryck. Kostnad för parkering tillkommer också (150 kr blev det för oss från kl 15.00 till 12.00 dagen efter) och ni parkerar utanför Kunskapsskolan som ligger precis bredvid hotellet. Vi är båda supernöjda med både rummet, maten, servicen, spa:et, frukostbuffén och allt däremellan, så utlåtandet lyder: ÅK! Du kommer inte att ångra dig.

    Praktisk information om Steam Hotel

    Adress: Ångkraftsvägen 14, 721 31 Västerås
    Hemsida: www.steamhotel.se

     

  • Stockholm,  Uncategorized

    A Swedish Summer Dream: Vaxholm Hembygdsgårds Café

    Written by Sheida

    Stockholm has shown itself from its best side this weekend. 26 degrees, sunshine and a clear blue sky. And while one half of We are Nodes (Yasmin) is in Palma (stay tuned for an updated Palma-guide) I, Sheida, have enjoyed the Swedish summer in the archipelago.

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    The best place for a Swedish “fika”

    Long summer luncheons by the sea are quite hard to beat, and one of our favourite places is Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café which is beautifully situated on a small peninsula. Here you will find all sorts of traditional Swedish dishes like cold-roasted salmon with dill stewed potatoes, smoked shrimps and the classic “shrimp sandwich” (in Swedish: räkmacka). Not to even mention the amazing desert buffet with cookies and pastries!

    This is the perfect spot for a rosé lunch or a after beach waffle + coffee (there’s a little beach just next to the café if you want to go for a swim!) Well worth a visit!

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    Today’s lunch: Chèvre Chaud with a cooling glass of lemonade, and lots and lots of shrimps with aioli.
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    … and the amazing desert buffet!

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    Adress: Trädgårdsgatan 19, 185 32 Vaxholm
    Phone: 08-541 319 80
    Open: Weekends in May, everyday from June 1- Middle of September
    How to get here: You can easily take the ferry from Stockholm City in no less than 1 hour.

     

  • Destinations,  Europe

    A Burlesque Dinner at Melt Bar, Stockholm

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    I (Sheida) was surprised that I hadn’t heard of Melt Bar until a friend of mine made dinner reservations there one Friday night a couple of weeks ago. Dinner accompanied with burlesque and jazz performances, in the middle of Stockholm certainly sounded like a refreshing idea instead of the typical dinner out with friends.

    Golden Twenties

    The 1920’s restaurant and bar inspired by the prohibition New York, is suitably located at the infamous Malmskillnadsgatan 45 in Stockholm – and it really lives up to its expectations! As soon as I entered the restaurant, it felt like being thrown back to the happy 20’s again, the golden age of burlesque.

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    After hanging in my coat and being seated, we started off our evening by ordering Melt Bar’s famous ‘Punch in Crystal’. It is perfect for sharing and therefore a a great option for a larger company. The drink is presented in a lovely diamond cut punch bowl and served in porcelain teacups. We chose to start with a drink called ‘Obsession’ while waiting for our appetizers.

    Melt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueMelt Bar, Stockholm, We are Nodes, BurlesqueObssession – a mixture of passion fruit, lemon, rum and bubbles (price: 149 pp).

    Inspired by the prohibition era in NYC

    Since the theme of Melt Bar is the prohibition era in New York, where alcohol was forbidden (but didn’t stop a great party – as stated on Melt Bar’s website) many of the drinks have a fun touch that will make your dinner experience something out of the ordinary. What about drinking beer in paper bags? Or champagne in teacups? Or having a shot of absinthe? All while enjoying live entertainment (jugglers, dancers, jazz musicians and of course burlesque) throughout the dinner. You don’t necessarily come to Melt Bar for the food – you come here for the good vibe. To experience something different. And we weren’t disappointed.

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    Pop-up Entertainment

    After dinner, some complimentary chocolate truffles and yet another Crystal punch bowl (this time we tried ‘Bootlegger’ consisting of cucumber, apple, lemon, elderflower, mint and gin), we headed downstairs were the show continued. Every Friday and Saturday evening, Melt Bar has some of Sweden’s best burlesque dancers, jazz singers, magicians and dancers performing until 1 a.m. It surely will be a night to remember and We are Nodes definitely recommends you to go! After all, a little party never killed nobody.

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    Adress: Malmskillnadsgatan 45, Hötorget
    Website: www.meltbar.se
    Tel: 08-644 67 60
    E-mail: delicious@meltbar.se


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  • Europe

    Stockholm tips: Stockholm’s best coffee served by the ‘Epic Coffee Man’ in Hötorgshallen

    Some while ago, we started to hear rumors about the ‘Epic Coffee Man’ and decided to look him up. His real name is Andreas and he is the owner of Himalayas coffee bar, located in Hötorgshallen, a market hall full of restaurants and stalls with fresh meat, fish, cheese and other delicacies. Himalaya Coffee Bar opened 2012, after the big renovation of Hötorgshallen, and is a blessing to all coffee enthusiasts!

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    Brilliant customer service

    It does not take long to understand why Andreas’ good reputation is spreading. Despite long queues, the owner does his best to share knowledge about coffee beans and methods with all of his customers. His passionate and friendly customer service, making you walk away from the counter with a smile, is something you rarely run across in Stockholm.

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    “High quality coffee comes with a price,” Andreas explains. “Sometime people ask why some coffee beans are so expensive, when they should ask themselves why others are so cheap. The answer is simple: They are not as good. ”

    Skip the Takeaway

    Most Himalaya Coffee Bar-customers order their coffee “to go”. However, if you are not in a hurry, we would advise you to skip the takeaway, and sip on your freshly made coffee at the counter desk instead, while soaking in the vibrant and international atmosphere in Hötorgshallen.
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    Recommends coffee bars in Berlin

    We ask Andreas where we can find the best coffee abroad. Here are his top 3 tips:
    1. Berlin has a lot of really good coffee bars. You will find the best coffee at The Barn, it is unbelievably good!
    2. The Coffee Collective in Copenhagen.
    3. I’m also a sucker for the laidback service in Italy, I continuously return to Rome and Florence. There, you can find high-end coffee almost everywhere.

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    Private coffee tastings

    Himalaya Coffee Bar offers private tastings for coffee entushiats who want to get a better understanding of the world of coffee. Contact Andreas to schedule a private tasting.

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    Himalaya Coffee Bar
    Opening hours:
    Monday – Thursday: 10.00-18.00
    Friday: 10.00-19.00
    Saturday: 10.00-16.00
    Sunday: Closed
    Address:
    Hötorgshallen,  11157 Stockholm. Metro station: Hötorget

    Website: http://www.hotorgshallen.se/handlare/cafe-restaurang/himalaya-espressobar
    Contact details: Phone: 0046-821 88 70. Email: himalaya.te.och.kaffe@gmail.com



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  • Destinations,  Europe,  Reviews

    Stockholm Tips: Fishing weekend at the Elle Interior sea cottage

    In recent years, we have developed a family tradition of taking our little brother on a fishing weekend somewhere in the Stockholm Archipelago. It started a couple of years ago, as a birthday present to our little brother who is a true fishing enthusiast, and we quickly agreed to keep the tradition alive. A mini getaway is the perfect way to soft-start the autumn – and in just 30 minutes from Stockholm by car, you arrive to a completely different world, full of tranquillity.

    Location: The Sea Cottage, Värmdö

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    The Stockholm Archipelago consists of over 30,000 islands and Värmdö (or Värmdön) is a municipality in Stockholm’s inner archipelago which is entirely made of islands. Some of the well known and popular islands that belong to Värmdö is Sandhamn, Grinda and Möja, but this time our choice fell on a charming red cottage in Myttinge.

    Judging by the pictures (and the Elle magazine cover), it appeared to be the perfect weekend escape; offering both fishing, sauna and barbecue opportunities. So with a car fully equipped with food, fishing rods and board games, we hit the roads, eager to get away from a hectic Stockholm.

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    An interesting arrival

    Although we had received detailed directions and been told that the cottage was quite secluded, we probably weren’t prepared for how secluded or difficult it would be to find the cottage in pitch darkness, with no road signs or street lights. After driving the wrong way one or two times, we finally found the “big red barn” where we had to park our car and walk the last bit (through a forest!). While we navigated our way through the forest, using our mobile flashlights as our only source of light, it was impossible not to let the mind wander to various horror films.

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    After a five minute walk, we arrived at the cottage and immediately began making the usual Friday taco. After dinner, we played cards, drank tea and talked for a couple of hours until it was time to hit the bed.

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    ‘The early morning has gold in its mouth’

    The next morning, we woke up with the sun. We opened up the doors that overlooked the ocean to soak in the view and breathe in the fresh island air. With the ocean as our backdrop, we made a big weekend breakfast with lit candles and some relaxing acoustic background music. Unquestionably the best way to start the day!

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    The rest of Saturday was spent outside in the fresh air where we went fishing, barbecued and enjoyed the sun. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch a big pike (this time), but apparently Zlatan who also was fishing somewhere in the archipelago had better luck.

    Our evening plans? Sauna bathing and watching horror films.

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    And on Sunday, after another long breakfast and a bit of fishing, we packed our bags and said goodbye to the archipelago for this time. It really is amazing what a little bit of vitamin sea and fresh air can do for the soul. Until next time!

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    Book a cottage in the Stockholm Archipelago
    There are many websites where you can rent houses/cottages for a week or a few days. We booked our cottage here (but fritiden.se is another website with more options) and paid 2400 SEK for two nights. A week costs 8000 sek.

    The cottage was equipped with:
    – D
    ouble bed
    – Extra bed
    – 2 hotplates
    – Refrigerator
    – Microwave
    – Shower
    – Sauna
    – Rowboat
    – TV

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    What is your favorite island in the Stockholm archipelago or do you have any recommendations on where we should go next time? Leave a comment!


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