From Sea to Table: The MUNCHIES Guide to Norway

Halaigh Whelan-McManus
Halaigh Whelan-McManus. He’s a savage for bacon and cabbage

Randomly came across this on YouTube this week, I had seen some from the Munchies channel before but never from such an engaging host. Halaigh Whelan-McManus is our host, a sous-chef at Maaemo, the three-star Michelin restaurant. He takes us through a personal and informative look at Norwegian food and cooking via some not so local locals. The style is beautiful and Halaigh’s interactions and excitement feel so genuine and heartfelt that it really is a joy to watch. Prepare for a culinary tour that doesn’t attempt to be pretentious but has an Irish charm with a gorgeous Norwegian backdrop.

Catch part one and two below and let me know what you think of it.

From Sea to Table: The MUNCHIES Guide to Norway (Part 1)

Dining in Snowy Heights: The MUNCHIES Guide to Norway (Part 2)

Norway: Nature Vs Architecture

oslo_ski_jumpIn my previous post about the Oslo Opera House I was so impressed with Oslo and Norway in generals architecture that I failed to even mention the stunning nature that surrounds it. I love how brave and self assured their buildings are sat among stunning back drops. In the UK we often see strong architecture among nature as an eye sore, but here they seem to embrace it if not encourage it. I loved taking walks in Oslo with their gorgeous parks and then also out into the coniferous forests that epitomize to me Scandinavian landscapes. The way they put new and old together so well sums up their way of seemingly doing everything to a high standard. This old wooden church, where a wedding was taking place, was over the road from this glass and stone ski jump. Both sticking out of the trees around them and complimenting each others shapes. I could never see this sort of harsh design being allowed in the UK without an outcry.

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I however love me some contrasting architecture and Brutalism in particular. When discussing Scandinavian architecture with our host in Oslo he was shocked to hear we liked this style. He considers it boring and insists that most Norwegians feel the same way. It may have been my imported Bushmills Whiskey convincing him, but into the small hours of the morning I managed to change his mind on this. I think it gets a harsh time, but a quick look at WoWhaus’s collection of amazing brutalist houses and its hard not to fall in love. norway_path_forestoslo_bridgeoslo ski jump norway