|Seabourn Quest in Flam, Norway|
Since the event was in the afternoon, there was time to explore tiny Flam. Flam, it seems, is something like a midway point between the two sides of the fjord and, therefore, more of a hub than a place to live. This town of a few hundred has 1,300,000 visitors a year! The most prominent business in town is the very scenic Flam railroad. (On our day there the Norwegian Railway called a strike from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., so those booked on the 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. tours were happy, but those on the 10:00 a.m. tour…as well as those on the Viking Star and the dozen or so busses from land tours…found themselves milling about the souvenir shops.)
|Taking advantage of the hiking trails just above Flam, Norway|
After a very interesting talk about the area and the brewery it was time for the tasting of five different local beers while sitting around this beautiful fireplace:
- Pils (pilsner)
- Rallar Amber Ale
- Cherry Wheat (believe it or not it was our group’s overall favorite)
- India Pale Ale (IPA)
- Sumbel Porter.
|Viking Plank Culinary Experience in Flam, Norway|
- Shrimp and Blue Mussels in a wonderful light seafood sauce paired with a Witbier (wheat beer)
- Reindeer (Caribou) with a blueberry mouse paired with the Raller amber ale
- Salmon, shrimp and mussel Fish Soup paired with Boyla blonde ale
- Wild Boar Stew with potatoes paired with a Scotch ale
- Chocolate Ganache Cake with Lynchburg Natt paired with Sumbel Porter
Needless to say, after tasting 10 beers, five courses and two aquavits it was time to head back to the Seabourn Quest for a bit of a nap
|Someone had to hold the bar up after|
the first Goldring Travel Culinary Event!
After finalizing some of the other Food & Wine events, it was time to head out. My girlfriend is a bit more active and, therefore we headed out to the “famous” 418 step (plus inclines) climb to the highest point – thankfully with a few benches were I could ‘er um enjoy the view. Of course, as we were climbing I said, “You know all of these places can be gotten to by taxi, don’t you?”…and the first thing we saw at the summit was a taxi!
|If the 418 steps + don't kill you...|
the view of Alesund, Norway is breathtaking
As I do, I looked for an interesting place to have lunch and came upon Anno. The reviews were not great (but you know what I think about most online reviews) and I am glad I did not listen to them. What a wonderful find! We sat outside with a bottle of wine and enjoyed the fantastic view.
|The view from Anno in Alesund, Norway is fantastic|
|Bacon makes everything taste better, including pate!|
|Alesund, Norway is filled with picture postcard views|