I’m so unbelievably excited about the news that Marks & Spencer (M&S) has opened a store at Steen & Strøm in Oslo! It is the first of a series of food stores opening throughout Scandinavia, offering the delicious treats and savoury goods M&S is reknowned for. It has been a big hit since its opening — they can’t keep enough mince pies and salt & vinegar crips in stock! I’m one of the customers excitedly awaiting the arrival of more salt & vinegar crisps, my favourite flavour: I manically check their Facebook page to see when they have arrived, so I can jump on the bus and head down there before they are sold out again…
Most products from M&S are as beautiful on the outside as the inside, and I couldn’t resist trying this unusual flavour of tea in it’s pretty box — rooibos, vanilla and cocoa nibs. It is very Christmassy with its warm flavours and has become a nice little evening treat before heading to bed. Especially when joined by one of their delicious scones. Highly recommended. But its price is not.
M&S food products are considered expensive in Britain and in Norway they have more than doubled the price of everything, to reflect the general Norwegian price level. Hence, tea that would cost about £2 in the UK is Nok 50/£5 here. This is (shockingly) the regular price of specialty teas in Norway, however, so M&S’s prices are still competitive. The British must suffer from sticker shock, though.
This silver metallic skirt has quickly become of my favourites and I challenge myself to wear it in as many ways as possible. For a day I wanted to jazz up my rather solemn mood and get the spring back in my step, I matched the skirt’s shininess with some sparkly sequins. More should really always be more, […]
These cute and colourful piggy pot holders have brightened up my kitchen in three different countries and have now come to rest in Oslo. Originally they were crocheted from an old pattern of my mum’s, but this has since been lost. I’ve recreated the instructions myself so that I could make fun Christmas gifts for […]
Last week, my friend B kindly invited me to a delicious dinner with her family of five, followed by Storebrand’s annual Christmas concert at Frogner Church. With very full stomachs from the yummy food, we heard the beautiful tunes of violinist Arve Tellefsen and the angelic voices of Nidarosdomen Boys Choir. Boy, could those boys — […]
I apologise for the lack of posting in the last week or so, but it turned out that I needed a break. After attending the best party of the year last Friday, I caught a stomach bug and was out of commission for a few days. While lying on the sofa fighting the bug, I […]