Michelin postpones announcing its stars

Norway’s gourmet restaurants will have to wait until May to find out which ones have won a star (or two or three) in the much-hyped Michelin Guide this year. Like most everything else postponed or cancelled, the Corona pandemic is to blame. News bureau NTB reports that this year’s event was scheduled to be held […]

Long-term jobless ‘alarmingly high’

Closed restaurants and empty streets have added to the November gloom, and sent Norway’s numbers of “long-term unemployed” up nearly 72 percent so far this year. The increase is blamed almost entirely on the Corona crisis that’s now turning temporary layoffs into terminations. “Long-term unemployment is now at an alarmingly high level,” says Hans Christian […]

Norwegian chef wins European gold

Christian André Pettersen secured a gold medal for Norway’s team of top chefs at the European Championships of the Bocuse d’Or competition in Tallinn. He led a team that served a Norwegian menu they were sure would go down well. It did, featuring delicacies like smoked quail, potato ravioli and crayfish sauce. There were 16 […]

Oslo shuts down the taps

All serving of alcoholic beverages in Oslo was banned during the weekend, after officials grew alarmed that bar customers weren’t following anti-Corona infection measures. No other Norwegian towns and cities have followed suit, at least not yet. “We’re in a very serious situation, and must control infection,” Victoria Marie Evensen of the Labour Party, in charge […]

Michelin stars out-shine grumpy MP

A grumpy politician from the Center Party, which normally protects and promotes Norwegian food, didn’t manage to spoil all the jubilation over new Michelin stars shining on Norwegian restaurants. Geir Pollestad, a Member of Parliament, wound up as the sour grape amidst the restaurants’ sweet success. Most other politicians and local patriots were cheering a […]

Underwater restaurant finally opens

Norway’s first underwater restaurant was likely to get lots of free publicity after it hosted around 30 journalists from nine countries as it opened this week. All the hype may not even be needed. While local newspaper Fredrelandsvennen reported on the foreign journalists’ visit, newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported that around 1,200 guests had reserved […]

Tycoon wants to take over Oslo tower

Tryvanns Tower still literally towers over Oslo, but it’s been closed and abandoned for the past two years. Now local real estate tycoon Christian Ringnes wants to buy it from the city, and has big plans for a major renovation. “Tryvanns Tower is one of my childhood icons,” Ringnes told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK). “I want […]

Trondheim ready for new food pilgrims

The Norwegian city of Trondheim has drawn pilgrims to its Nidaros Cathedral for centuries. Now food worshippers are likely to make pilgrimages as well, after two of its restaurants finally won Michelin stars Monday night. They’re the first Michelin stars for the seaside city that’s surrounded by hills and farmland. They recognize what locals have […]

Government fends off new tax ‘chaos’

Norway’s newly expanded majority government came under fire right away in Parliament this week. Finance Minister Siv Jensen had to fend off a barrage of questions and criticism regarding the “chaos” that’s emerged over how job benefits now must be accounted for, and taxed. It’s not a position Jensen would have expected to find herself […]

Much-loved TV cook dies at 94

Ingrid Espelid Hovig was Norway’s first  TV cook who taught Norwegians how fish could be prepared in many ways and enjoyed, introduced them to parsley and  brought international tastes and trends into their kitchens while also perfecting Norway’s own traditions. Norwegians were having a hard time digesting her death on Friday despite her age of […]