Sustainable food from the sea

Sunday Mar 30, 2014

Its texture is soft and smooth and it has an agreeable sweetness and a salty scent, just like most other types of shellfish. Mussels are bursting with nutrition and can still be enjoyed with a clear environmental conscience. Because mussels are good for the ocean. They purify the water and reduce over-fertilisation, and in my opinion they are also a good example of really smart fast food.

Fresh cooked mussels in Ljungskile, photo: Emelie Persson

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God Jul – Merry Christmas from West Sweden!

Tuesday Dec 17, 2013

Sweden is a hive of activity at this time of year, with preparations being put in place for Christmas celebrations and Christmas concerts galore. However, by mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve, everything is ready and the whole country puts its feet up in front of the TV to enjoy the annual tradition of watching Disney movies!

Swedish Christmas tree decorations. Photo: Helena Wahlman/

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Lucia − the Bearer of Light

Thursday Dec 12, 2013

Lucia, together with Midsummer, is one of main cultural Swedish traditions. The festivities around Lucia have been going on for 400 years and  Lucia herself is an ancient mythical figure with an long-lasting role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.

Lucia and her maidens! Photo: Cecilia Larsson/

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Coffee Time – On the Lookout for Fabulous Swedish Cakes.

Monday Dec 9, 2013

Gothenburg has long been known as a city where you can enjoy great coffee with delicious cakes and cinnamon swirls. But the sweet treat culture is not only present here in Gothenburg. Baking is everywhere, in television programs and in a growing number of Swedish homes.

Fika time! Photo: Superstudio

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Gothenburg the Christmas City

Friday Dec 6, 2013

Combining contemporary Swedish design and a warm sense of tradition, Gothenburg lights the way to Christmas. From the central harbor, a three kilometer (about 2 miles) ‘Lane of Lights’ guides you through the city to stylish outdoor lighting displays, along the main boulevard to Liseberg Amusement Park and its famous Christmas market.

Gothenburg the Christmas City. Photo: Gillberg

The Christmas City. Photo: Gillberg

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How to #TrySwedish: Shellfish, Cheese and Ice Cider

Friday Nov 29, 2013

Isabel Clift is editor at Hostelworld and HostelBookers. She owns two Sarah Lund jumpers, and is never more at home than when peeling prawns for a giant open sandwich.

“Why have food theatre when the ingredients and dishes speak for themselves?” chef Gizzi Erskine says about Swedish food, and she has a fair point.

Plating Up the Delicious Food.

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Escape the City this Christmas

Tuesday Nov 26, 2013

Throughout this article Katie Watson from Off the Map Travel  shows you ways to combine the Christmas City of  Gothenburg with activities in the wonderful winter landscape of Dalsland. 

Gothenburg in West Sweden is full of festivities throughout November and December and it is a fabulous city to visit and experience in the run up to Christmas to enjoy some traditional foods, concerts and activities. Here at Off the Map Travel we wanted to give our customers the chance to enjoy this experience but also really get to know the beauty and nature that rural west Sweden has to offer!

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West Sweden Wins Prestigious Tourism Awards

Wednesday Nov 20, 2013

West Sweden has picked up some prestigious awards recently, with the grand fairytale castle, Läckö Slott, receiving the ‘Great Tourism Award 2013’; the lavish Bjertorp Slott awarded the Historic Hotels of Europe ‘Best Historic Countryside Hotel of Europe 2014’ and CNN listing Hotel Andrum’s ‘Seventh Heaven’ as one of the Best Tree Houses in the World, and the Bohuslän region as one of the World’s Last Great Wilderness Areas.

Islanna – 7th Heaven Tree House. Photo: Lisa Nestorson

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Christmas in Gothenburg

Wednesday Nov 13, 2013

Steve Jack from Inntravel gives us his thoughts on how to make the most of Gothenburg on the run-up to Christmas.

Gothenburg doesn’t hold back when it comes to Christmas. In fact, the whole city seems to sparkle during December, so here’s how to enjoy Sweden’s second city to the full during Advent…

Christmas at Liseberg in Gothenburg. Photo: Steve Jack

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Spiken – On the Lookout in the Middle of the Bleak Roe Season

Friday Nov 8, 2013

The November darkness is upon us and the days are getting much, much shorter. But don’t despair, because this is the time to bring out the heavy flavor artillery. Treat your palate to something well worth celebrating – the golden bleak roe, which for the next two months will be in the most intensive part of the processing season.

Delicious Bleak Roe. Photo: Jesper Anhede

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